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Olympic Football 2016: The Story So Far

Football was all I watched of 2012’s Olympics, apart from going to the cycling time a mile-and-a-bit from my front door. And with the cycling not so close this time, football will be my 2016 Olympics. And who wouldn’t relish two weeks’ international football live on telly (well, BBC iplayer) without Lawrenson or Savage? The 2012 women’s tournament was better than the men’s. Understandably, as the top women players were involved, whereas the men’s teams were largely under-23s. In 2016, the roles have been reversed. The men’s football has been largely entertaining. South Korea 3 Germany 3 was as...

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Casual supporters: Priced out of the market? 

As the new season rolls around again, heralded by tediously drawn-out transfer sagas and tales of managers sacked before a ball is kicked, every club is still desperately hawking its season ticket offers. The reasons for this are fairly obvious: they are keen to get that money into their bank accounts and then into the pocket of whichever mediocre signing the manager feels he must have in the annual end of August panic buying bonanza. Getting that money in early helps to establish the club’s budget for the season, particularly at the lower end of the football league where...

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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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