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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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Podcast 87: The Fanatics

This week’s Twohundredpercent podcast is on the subject of fanatics. Are football supporters more swivel-eyed than they used to be, and if this is the case, how much of this is football’s fault and how much of this is just a reflection of society? Don’t worry, though, we won’t get too bogged down with being serious. 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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Leyton Orient: Getting All Wound Up

A four-one defeat at Stevenage last night has left the bottom of the current League Two table making for distressing reading for Leyton Orient supporters. Still one place off the bottom of the table, Orient are now six points adrift of safety, and worse still the club’s recent run of form, which has seen it win just two of the twelve league matches that it’s played since beating Crawley Town on Boxing Day, gives no hint that this particular team is in any way capable of reversing the collapse that has led it to this dark state of affairs...

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