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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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The Last Stand of Issa Hayatou

Issa Hayatou’s 2017 has been mixed…and will get more mixed as his Confederation of African (Caf) football presidency comes under electoral threat at, some say, long last. The 70-year-old (remember the age) was a happy man in Libreville, Gabon on February 5th when his native Cameroon beat Egypt 2-1 in the best African Cup of Nations (Afcon) final for many-a-year…although you wouldn’t necessarily have noticed as his “smiling” during post-match celebrations matched Roy Keane smiling on the disturbing imagery scale. However, he has good reason to look as miserable as…well…usual. Fifa’s senior vice-president, a role which made him acting...

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Podcast 86: Any More Pie?

Well, pies have been in the air over the last week or so, so this week we’re taking a look at that uncomfortable junction at which romance and sentimentalism meet cold hard cash. How realpolitiking is acceptable? How wretched is the tabloid press? And will Leicester City now have been cursed by their decision to relieve Claudio Ranieri of his duties? We shall see. 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...

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