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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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The 200% World Cup: The 20 Greatest World Cup Kits Of All Time

In around forty-eight hours or so, the 2014 World Cup Finals will begin in Brazil, and some sets of eyes will be focused, initially at least, upon the sartorial efforts made by the thirty-two competitors, a diversion that will be considerably less enjoyable for FIFA’s tinkering with the rules to ensure that teams only wear predominantly two colours this summer. The 78 year old Sepp Blatter is, apparently, a fashion guru. Since 1930, however, teams have been dressing up for the occasion so here’s a run down of the twenty best, in strictly chronological order. Bolivia (vs. Yugoslavia) 1930...

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The 200% World Cup: Meet The Team, Part Two

Earlier this evening on 200%, we introduced the first part of the team that will be covering this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil. Now, it’s time for the second instalment of this, featuring a further three of those who have kindly made themselves available for the tournament for us. Mark Murphy Who do you think will win the tournament? Argentina. Messi to add goals to his good displays in 2010. Ronaldo to break a neatly manicured finger nail or lose his hair gel and go home crying before the quarter-finals. Who do you want to win the tournament?...

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The 200% World Cup: Meet The Team, Part One

This summer marks the third World Cup Finals that we have covered here on 200%, and we’ve decided to mark the occasion by doing something a little different this time around. Four years ago we marked the occasion by producing match reports for every single match played within literally days of them having been played, but the questions hanging before us as we started to prepare for this tournament were pretty straightforward: who, exactly, reads match reports these days and why would they bother reading them at a place like this – where we play fast and loose with...

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British Television & The World Cup, Part Two – The Box Takes Over

In the first part of this series, we looked at the formative days of televising the World Cup, from the limited selection of matches on offer to viewers in Europe in 1954 to the two day delay for any televised coverage at all from Chile, eight years later. Even though viewers in Europe were not in a position to be able to watch live matches in 1962, however, there was already a global revolution in television broadcasting coming, thanks to developments in satellite and other technology, and the next two tournaments would come to shape much of what we...

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