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The 200% World Cup: Switzerland vs Ecuador Live

Switzerland are one of the returning teams who also played in the 1950 finals. In fact, this will be their ninth World Cup appearance, and their third in succession. Outstanding during qualification, finishing their group undefeated, the Swiss are more than capable of hitting the ground running. They are currently ranked eighth in the FIFA rankings and many expect them to progress from this groups stage. In the build up to this tournament they grabbed victories against Peru and Jamaica without conceding a goal. Their coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will be retiring after these finals but has had a pretty...

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The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day 3 – The Morning After The Night Before

One of the curiosities of watching the England national team is the fact that, for all the doom and gloom that frequently surrounds the squad, once they are actually at the World Cup finals, they are normally very good at squeezing through its group stages, historically speaking. They haven’t failed to get over that first hurdle since 1958, and that year it required a play-off defeat at the hands of ther USSR to eliminate them. There are two ways to interpret such information. One is to believe that such historical information demonstrates a trend which should give England supporters...

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The 200% World Cup: Côte d’Ivoire vs Japan – Live!

Good evening, night owls! It’s two o’clock in the morning and time for an assortment of drunk, middle-aged men to bring you all the latest goings on from this evening’s match between Côte d’Ivoire and Japan. So, pour yourselves a very strong cup of coffee and sit back to enjoy some very, very, very late night football with us. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by...

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The 200% World Cup: Italy vs England – Live!

Well, it’s coming up to eleven o’clock on a Saturday night here in England, and this is, of course, the ideal time to schedule the opening match of England’s 2014 World Cup Finals. But shush. There’s a bit of peace and quiet in the air. A combination of lowered expectations and the gradual thinning out of the more unctuous members of the England team have made the last few weeks somewhat less hysterical than they have been in recent years, and most England supporters seem pretty grounded in the reality of the fact that qualifying from a group which...

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The 200% World Cup: Uruguay vs Costa Rica – Live!

Good evening, everybody, and welcome to Group D, where two of England, Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay will be going home in a couple of weeks time with their tails between their legs. Later on this evening comes the hysteriafest that will most likely be England vs Italy, but first of all comes the match between the other two teams in England’s group, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Winners of the tournament twice by 1950, it’s unlikely that Uruguay will be the stength in football at international football that they once were, although last time around in South Africa they...

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