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Premier League Review: Games of Two Halves 

Goodness only knows what was said in the changing rooms at The City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday afternoon. For the first forty-five minutes of their Premier League match against Manchester City, Arsenal had looked very much as they have done for much of this season,  slick and fluid, as per recent years, but with that added spine of grit that has determined them as being one of the few clubs fit to cling to Chelsea’s coat-tails at the top of the table. Theo Walcott’s fifth minute goal had given them the lead and all seemed right with the...

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Celtic: Coasting & Colliding To Victory

I enjoyed watching AFC Wimbledon in 2003/04’s Combined Counties League; a team with larger support than clubs five steps higher in England’s ‘National Game’ consistently hammering sometimes literally “pub teams.” These four-or-more-goal processions were not everybody’s cup-of-tea. Wimbledon won games stylishly. But the lack of competitive edge disconcerted many fellow-neutrals. And when this scenario plays out in the top league in the land, it is more disconcerting still. Celtic are cakewalking to this year’s Scottish Premiership title. And their home game against Hamilton Academicals on Tuesday seemed an ideal opportunity to discover how. It was… though not quite as...

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Birmingham City: A Mess Of The Blues 

Since relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2011/12 season, life hasn’t been particularly easy for the supporters of Birmingham City. A fourth place finish the following season was a decent enough return to the peculiar world of the Football League Championship, but since then the club has returned only two relatively soporific mid-table finishes and a narrow escape from the further ignominy of a further relegation to League One, on goal difference. It may even be worth considering that the most entertainment that Blues supporters have been able to grasp at over the last three...

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Podcast Extra: Saving The World Cup

Footballers play too many matches these days. International football is dead. Two pulsating soccer soundbites that no self-respecting football pundit would be without: check them out the next time you watch Match of the Day, they are both there, discreetly bulging in the pockets of their shiny, shiny trousers. And FIFA seem hell-bent on turning the World Cup finals into… well, something or other. We’re not quite what, but we don’t like the smell of it. Now, before we go any further, if you’re interested in listening to this week’s Twohundredpercent podcast and the draw referred to below as...

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Podcast 79: A 128 Team World Cup Finals

There’ll be an article or two on the subject of Gianni Infantino’s recent proposals as the Chief Executive of FIFA on these pages over the next few days or so, and with this in mind, this week’s Twohundredpercent podcast takes his words to their logical extreme. A straight, 128-team knockout tournament. One leg per match, with the final rounds being played as a competition. We argue about the format – a little bit – and we argue about the nature of the way in which we chose the teams – the easiest, most expedient way, is it turns out...

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