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Football League Review: Songs of Fire & Ice

An ominous sound was heard across the Football League Championship on Saturday night. Newcastle United’s fourth win in succession, a comfortable win at Derby County, was another fine performance against a team that had been widely predicted to challenge near the top of the table before the start of the season but instead find themselves floundering near the wrong end of the league. This win kept them breathing ominously down the neck of leaders Huddersfield Town, whose one-nil win at Leeds United was one to be filed away under “workmanlike”, but did carry the added bonus of being a...

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Democracy, UEFA Style

Anything Fifa can do, Uefa can do almost as shamelessly. Including, it seems, presidential elections. Uefa elect their replacement for the banned/disgraced/French Michel Platini in Athens on Wednesday. Ex-Uefa secretary-general Gianni Infantino might have been a candidate to replace Platini had he not already replaced Blatter. As it is, Infantino, whose nascent Fifa presidency has teetered towards controversy, has been accused of improper interference in the election. As I type, the election favourite is Infantino’s alleged favourite Aleksander Ceferin, a low-profile international football political figure when the election timetable was announced on May 18th, not least because even now...

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Premier League Review: The Football Broke Out

The Sunday newspaper headlines made it perfectly clear whose performances were those that mattered from yesterday lunchtime’s tete-a-tete at Old Trafford. In a sense, the match between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola is a reasonably interesting contest. Two men with a history meeting this way in our backyard has a dramatic feel to it, and it’s a story that has been repeated through the ages over a variety of different mediums. But in the context of the Premier League it is a sub-plot, no matter how the press may attempt to spin it. For forty minutes from the kick-off...

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Podcast 71: Reforming the Football League

The international break leaves a big old hole in the news schedules these days, but that which was held last weekend was rather overshadowed by the ongoing issues relating to reform of the game in England and Wales. Should Scotland join the party? Will football ever be about the supporters rather than the broadcasters and sposnors again? All of these questions will be answered in this week’s super, soaraway Twohundredpercent podcast. Well, they might not get answered. But they will definitely be asked. As ever, you can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200%...

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On Protesting: What is to be done?

Scunthorpe United’s Football League Trophy match against Middlesbrough’s youth team was seen by 1,200 people. As a fan who is vehemently opposed to this season’s changes, I stayed away and was very dismayed to see that the attendance was relatively high: just a fraction below the average for the last two seasons, excluding visiting supporters. Clearly, despite forums and social media being full of protesting and scorn for the changes to the competition, few supporters had actually decided to vote with their feet. The motives behind the introduction of U-23 into the competition could be seen as a stalking...

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