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Leicester City’s Intractable Position

Seldom these days does the FA Cup actually feel like it is offering something of critical importance, but on Tuesday night it certainly felt as though Claudio Ranieri needed Leicester City’s three-one win against Derby County in their FA Cup Fourth Round replay more than most managers need a win in this particular competition at this particular time of year. Make no mistake about it, May 2016 feels like a long time ago. The ribbons on Leicester’s extraordinary Premier League title win are looking tatty to the point of dilapidation already, and off the back of four successive defeats...

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The Curious Case of Rangers’ “Relegation”

A curious Scottish court case involving Rangers is barely news, given the events of the last decade. But the latest is, if you’ll forgive the descent into impenetrable legalese, a “doozy.” The case’s central question looks simple. Were Rangers “relegated” in the summer of 2012? And the question remains the same, for the knee-jerk reactors out there, even if you avoid the interminable new/old club argument about Rangers (as I so intend). Even, indeed, if “the gambling industry is still acting as if Rangers is the same club,” as was suggested in court. However, this central question proved far...

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Premier League Review: In The Rear View Mirror

The gap between first and second place in the Premier League take remains at nine points following this weekend’s round of matches, but it already feels as though the events of the previous couple of days have largely been an exercise in continuing to count the corpses of loftier ambitions from earlier in the season. This time around it’s Arsene Wenger and Juergen Klopp who are feeling the heat following defeats that felt as much about their nature as about points standings in the actual Premier League table itself. The weekend began with Chelsea putting Arsenal to the sword...

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AFCON 2017: The Final Reckoning

Mark Murphy sums up an indifferent three weeks of African international football. FINAL: Cameroon 2 Egypt 1 “Terrific final.” “Fabulous, thoroughly entertaining tournament.” Eurosport’s Wayne Boyce was in a generous mood, or applying for the job of writing the quotes on the advertising posters for the AFCON 2017 finals’ DVD, as Cameroon’s weakened squad produced a happy, fulfilling ending to a tournament which was neither. “Terrific second half,” would be a better assessment of a final that was only “terrific” overall in comparison to the previous six finals which finished either 1-0 or on penalties after a 0-0 draw....

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Podcast 83: Will Lincoln City Win The FA Cup?

Oh, this week’s podcast asks the unaskable. Can Lincoln City, leaders of the National League, become the first non-league team to win the FA Cup in modern times? We have a look at the draw for the remainder of the competition, have a chat about where the FA Cup rests in most people’s lists of priorities these days, and have a look aat the remainder of the draw, and its permutations. As ever, you can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS feed is here and you can subscribe through Itunes here....

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