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CAF’s Presidential Campaign: The Final Countdown

The African football confederation (Caf) 2017 presidential campaign has frequently reminded me of what was once said of an election in my trade union: “Democracy is being de-mocked.” If public declarations of support can be believed, Madagascar FA president Ahmad (his ballot paper name) has sufficient momentum for victory. It is an “if” the size of the ego Ahmad’s self-styled “election agent” Philip Chiyangwa. But incumbent president, Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou, will need some delegates to Caf’s 39th Ordinary (ha!) General Assembly, in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa this Wednesday and Thursday, to use the secrecy of the ballot to vote...

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Podcast 88: Arsenal vs Lincoln City – The Director’s Commentary

So, for this week’s Twohundredpercent podcast, we decided to go for a different tack to normal. The FA Cup quarter-final between Arsenal and Lincoln City was being played, so we just left it on in the background and discussed whatever it was that came to mind. A success? Probably not, but you live and learn, eh? 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. We now also have a Facebook page for the podcast, which you can “like” by...

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The Inevitable Arsenal Post-Mortem

It comes so regularly that we could almost set our watches by it, but this year’s does feel somehow more significant than in previous years. The flaming car-wreck that Arsenal’s two-legged Champions League Round of Sixteen match against Bayern Munich became was going to be something of a weathervane for Arsene Wenger before a ball was even kicked in anger. The outcome of it, ten goals conceded over the course of the two matches, feels like a significant symptom of something far greater. The end of Wenger’s time at Arsenal is surely now fast approaching, and with that comes...

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Parking The Coach: Bela Guttmann

  If Bela Guttmann had never existed football would probably have needed to make him up: an individualist who nevertheless created one of the most iconic teams in European football history; a self-confessed mercenary who inspired and cajoled excellence wherever he pitched his wagon. He managed more than twenty club sides, in nine countries and on two continents, and was one of the architects of the rise to prominence of Brazilian football. He discovered, nurtured and unleashed the greatest African footballer of all time into the European game. As a player he insisted his jerseys be made from silk,...

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The CAF Elections: Can Hayatou Win?

If disgraced gnomic Swiss Fifa ex-president Sepp Blatter could win a presidential election when he did in 2015, can current African confederation (Caf) president Issa Hayatou win one in Ethiopia on March 16th? The short answer, to paraphrase a more fondly-remembered president, is “yes he can.” The long answer is “Of COURSE he can. International football administration is rotten to the core, its democracy driven by finance and patronage. But…well…” African football has been in-vogue since Uefa Champions League draw compere Gianni Infantino became Fifa’s president last February. Infantino’s victory was underpinned by African votes, giving Africa considerable leverage....

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