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Football League Review: Meet the new Leeds, same as the old Leeds

It can be easy to forget just how quickly that pre-season optimism can burn up and vanish in the wind. This summer has seen the return of an old trope in the Football League Championship, that the division’s new arrivals are grand that they will merely waltz back into Premier League through only having to step onto the pitch to prove their apparent superiority. This may yet happen. One match, after all, is not very much with which we can build a hypothesis for the forty-five that will follow. But for two of those who fell through the trapdoor...

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Celtic’s Champions League Qualifying Party

On Wednesday night I was introduced, three times in four minutes, to the concept of “ear-splitting.” And what I thought was a metaphor for extremely high volume seemed very nearly real. When Celtic’s Moussa Dembele netted the stoppage-time penalty which advanced the Scottish champions to the final Champions League qualifying round, 52,000 people went various forms of nuts, loudly, all at once. They did so two minutes earlier, when Dembele tripped over FC Astana defender Igor Shitov seventeen yards from goal to win that penalty. And did so again, two minutes later, when the game finished. Celtic Park on...

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The 200% Podcast 66: A Football League Preview

This morning we’re back for the new season, and we kick off the new season with a preview for the Football League for the coming nine months. This was recorded on Friday evening, so many, many apologies to the supporters of Newcastle United, Coventry City, and all other clubs over whom we inadvertently placed the curse of this website with regard to this weekend’s results. Still, though, we hope that you’ll be find enough entertainment over the course of the next hour to justify the download. You can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the...

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Hull City & The Worst Promotion Ever 

There must have been times over the last few months or so when the supporters of Hull City have wondered why they even bother. Over the last couple of years, they have been booted from pillar to post by their club over the “Hull Tigers” fiasco, a sequence of events that demonstrated very clearly where their interests fell in the club’s list of priorities, but somehow, even in the midst of promotion back to the Premier League, the club has started to unravel in such a profound way that to merely read a newspaper article about the club feels...

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Blackpool’s Winter of Discontent

When all is said and done at the end of the first day of fixtures in the Football League on Saturday afternoon, there will be one particular statistic that many may reach for before any other. At home against Exeter City in their first match in the basement division of the Football League since 2001, how many people will bother with Blackpool FC’s first match of the season? For the last two seasons, attendance figures have been higher than might have been expected at a club that has fallen into a state of something approaching open warfare between the...

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