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The FIFA Under-20s World Cup: Last 16 To Last 4

So, for all my talk of the diversity of successful nations at the FIFA Under-20s World Cup, we have one all-European and one all-South American semi-final. But what larks we’ve had getting there… Second Round Venezuela 1 Japan 0 (after extra-time, score at 90 minutes…well…guess) A match between two such intricate passing teams produced a winning goal of shocking simplicity, Yangel Herrera’s 108th-minute header from a corner with no defender on the post. Japan started slowly, as per, giving Adalberto Penaranda ample space for his trick-and-flicks. They MUST have spotted him, with all that peroxide-blond hair. And he NEEDS...

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Podcast 96: General Election Special

Well, the summer holidays are here and we’ve decided that football should take a break for a couple of months during the summer, so now that it’s June it’s time for us to venture out into the big, wide world. This week’s podcast is, therefore, on the subject of the upcoming general election and provides ample proof of why we should be not allowed anywhere near power, ever. Though Ian does reveal who he voted for. Has he broken any laws? As ever, you can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS...

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Video Assistant Referees: A Step Too VAR?

Graham Poll would have LOVED it. Every time there was a controversial incident, and he was hardly averse to them, the cameras would have been on him to see if he would refer it to the Video Assistant referees (VARs). And when decisions were reached, the cameras would still be on HIM as he strutted around (and he WOULD strut) making said decision clear. The VAR system is under full tournament trial in the World Under-20s Cup Finals, currently wowing about 3,000 people-per-game in the Korean Republic, now that the hosts are out. It was tested in last December’s...

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Morecambe: Fewer Owners, More Questions

On 23 February I posted about the complexity of the situation at Morecambe. Since then it has become a case of… Less Owners – More questions for the Shrimps. As events unwind at Morecambe and putative owners fall by the wayside, more puzzles seem to reveal themselves. The opacity of the football world and the endemic frustrations evoked support the arguments for the need for more transparency in the dealings around the game. If the club’s finances are hidden, how can fans be sure of the future stability of their club? Current events at Morecambe have provoked a number...

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The 2017 Under-20 World Cup: V For Victory

Far beneath Fifa’s, some might say on-going, corruptive deceit and abuse of patronage lies the laudable ambition to make football a truly global game. The fruits of the honest endeavours in that direction are visible at the current U-20s World Cup in the Korean Republic, where the group stages have produced results such as Zambia 2 Portugal 1 and, drumroll, Germany 3 Vanuatu 2. And if those weren’t refreshingly surprising enough, England have won their Group…in considerable style. For the first time in recent years, a squad truly representing England’s late-teenage talent is at the World U-20s, with past...

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