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Nottingham Forest: Beware Greeks Bearing Loans

When we last touched on the subject of Nottingham Forest in March, the story that we told was one of stagnation and a lack of direction that was reaching into every corner of the club. The end of the season came and went with little by way of thrills or spills. The club finished its season in the Championship in sixteenth place in the table, fifteen points above the relegation places but nineteen below the play-off places, and at the end of June Philippe Montanier – formerly of Boulogne, Valeniciennes, Real Sociedad and Rennes – was appointed as its...

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The 200% Podcast 65: Let Us Never Speak of Euro 2016 Again

This week’s Twohundredpercent podcast marks the end of last season – finally – and the start of the next, and what bettwe a way could we find to finish things off than by picking over the carcass of Euro 2016. Was the frequently defensive football a sign of the times when the costs of losing are so great? Who were the biggest successes of it all? Who will be the new England manager and will anybody really care that much? You can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS feed is here...

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The League of Ireland – Bohemian: Bohs Will Be Bohs

It was a frustrating night for the home fans, with the scoreless 90 minutes falling, Roy Hodgson’s England-style, some way below expectations. Their team made a bright start with the opposition keeper producing what kids today call a “worldie” to prevent an early goal which would surely have opened the proverbial floodgates. As the evening progressed, so did opposition confidence, even to the extent of creating an occasional chance themselves. But tiredness crept in and while the hosts’ pressure should have broken the deadlock, the failure to do so was greeted more with defiance than dismay by home fans....

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Colin Murray, Liverpool & Integrity

This year hasn’t been a very good year for integrity. No matter which side of the political schism that is currently playing out like an episode of House of Cards on mescaline you currently sit, the very idea that there are people left in the public sphere that can still act with a degree of principle has come to feel like a relic of a bygone age, like going to take the bins out and coming across a sabre-toothed tiger jumping over the wall into next door’s garden. As it is in politics, so it is in professional football....

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Euro 2016: The Final Reckoning

This wasn’t, it seems reasonable to say, the ending to the tournament that UEFA were most likely expecting. As Portugal danced around the pitch in front of their small but extremely boisterous group of supporters with the Henri Delaunay Trophy tucked under their collective arm, the inquests had already begun. How could a team that only won once in ninety minutes over the course of their seven matches win the trophy? Was this the fault of the decision to expand it all to twenty-four clubs? This conclusion on top of much of the football played over the last four...

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