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Premier League Review: Oh, Arsene 

At ten thirty on Saturday night, a nation sat bewitched in front of its collective television set. Would he or wouldn’t he? If he did, would he opt for baggy, modesty covering shorts, or would he go all in, cock and balls visible as an outline through the tightiest of whities, or perhaps a luminous mankini? In the end, Gary went for the former, opting to stand before the camera with the probable knowledge that sitting down can make even the buffest of specimens look as though they’ve got three stomachs. It was the sensible choice. The salt and...

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Football League Review: League tables may or may not lie

There was a time when there were no league tables at the start of the season. Exactly whose responsibility this eminently sensible decision was is just about lost to the mists of time, but it has only been in the last couple of decades that league tables have started to even be published before the first three league matches of the season. It may have been an entirely pragmatic decision, of course. League tables take up space, and most newspapers would likely sooner have filled that space with advertising or results from summer sports. In the age of infinite...

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Charlton Athletic & the PR suicide note 

One of the small consolations that comes with any relegation is the hope that next time around, things might not be quite as bad. Playing at a lower level should secure a few more wins than the previous season, maybe even promotion back from whence one came. The likelihood of things being as bad again is reduced. There are, however, caveats to this, and one of the more obvious of these comes when the supporters of a club are in a state of revolt against its owners. Under these circumstances, it can feel as though the summer break is...

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The 200% Podcast 67: Two-Thirds of the Premier League

This week’s Twohundredpercent podcast marks the beginning of another season of Premier League football. How bad will Hull City be? How annoying and tiresome will Jose Mourinho be? There’s a lot of money at stake, so it’s all very, very important. Of that much we are certain. So, we take a look at the top and the bottom of the table, forget the name of this year’s Watford manager, and forget altogether about Swansea City. It’s been one of those pre-seasons. You can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS feed is...

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Olympic Football 2016: The Story So Far

Football was all I watched of 2012’s Olympics, apart from going to the cycling time a mile-and-a-bit from my front door. And with the cycling not so close this time, football will be my 2016 Olympics. And who wouldn’t relish two weeks’ international football live on telly (well, BBC iplayer) without Lawrenson or Savage? The 2012 women’s tournament was better than the men’s. Understandably, as the top women players were involved, whereas the men’s teams were largely under-23s. In 2016, the roles have been reversed. The men’s football has been largely entertaining. South Korea 3 Germany 3 was as...

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