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The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day One

When is a fix not a fix? It’s a riddle, for sure, and it’s a question that many people will be asking in all seriousness after the host nation Brazil eventually overcame an impressive performance by Croatia to win by three goals to one in Sao Paulo last night. The host nation are up and running, but they only did so with considerable assistance from the rub of the green, and they will have to improve if they wish to find a way past better opposition than that which they faced last night. Meanwhile, protests against the tournament being...

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The 200% World Cup: Brazil vs Croatia – Live!

No pressure, Brazil, no pressure. Thoughts inevitably turn to 1950, when FIFA’s peculiar decision to have a group stage for the final round of the competition left Brazil – hosts then, as now – needing a draw from their final match against Uruguay to win the competition. So it was that over 199,000 turned out at the Maracana and saw the host nation take the lead, before freezing and allowing Uruguay to win the competition for a second time. This loss turned out to be a psychological scar that some say the country never quite recovered from, even though...

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The 200% World Cup: The Opening Ceremony – Live!

Good evening, everybody! Well, after literally hours of anticipation it’s finally time to get our coverage of the World Cup finals under way. We’ll be back at 7.00 (BST) with this very live-blog of the opening ceremony, and as soon as that’s done we’ll be back for the opening match of the tournament, which to be played between Brazil and Croatia in São Paulo at 9.00. In the meantime, here’s a small sample of World Cup opening ceremonies from days gone by. https://youtube.com/watch?v=NaU-MdB0HWo You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking here. You can follow Richard Grinham on Twitter...

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The 200% World Cup: Young ‘Uns To Watch

So, farewell then, World Cup warm-ups. Italy’s mad match against Brazilian club side Fluminense – almost certainly the most entertaining of the thousand or so recent preparation games – brought SKY TV’s live match coverage to a temporary end and we can now let the real games begin. Here, Mark Murphy nominates his “ones to watch” over the next month-and-a-day. Not that he’s let slip his international football research since the World Under-20s Cup finals last year…oh no… In two related senses, World Cup finals genuinely aren’t “what they used to be.” The point has been made by a...

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The 200% World Cup: Who Should Be In The World Cup?

Keen-eyed readers of this site and observers of the world in general will probably have noticed that there’s about to be a football World Cup to be held. It’s certainly something which has piqued my interest. I’ve just wallpapered my house with St. George’s flags and had my daughter renamed Rooney Lineker Platt McManaman by Deed Poll. However, aside from England who are, as everyone on earth can attest, the Greatest Team The World Has Ever Seen, I have observed that some of the wrong teams are in this World Cup tournament. One can only imagine they had some sort of calamity at the...

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