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The 200% World Cup: Artist’s Impression number 1

Every morning during the World Cup we are going to send an expeditionary force down to the fetid lair of our semi-trained hominid and resident artist Dotmund to prod him with a stick and see if he’s got any drawings of the previous night’s action lying around. This morning’s dawn raid yielded fruit, as he mourns those players on the fringes of the Brazilian squad who just missed out on the final 23. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter here. Dotmund also has a Twitter, another blow for the...

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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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