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1FC Köln & The Great Arsenal Stadium Mystery

Finsbury Park has seldom , if ever, seen anything like it before. More than twenty thousand supporters of 1FC Köln descended on North London for their match against Arsenal determined to have a party last night, and there was little that anybody was going to do to get in their way. Having raucously celebrated a return to European football after a quarter of a century away, the German supporters arrived at The Emirates Stadium last night to take it over, and take it over they did. Kick-off was delayed by an hour in order to try and bring some semblance...

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Crystal Palace: A Dream That Couldn’t Happen

There’s a lot of snobbery in modern Britain, and at the time that Crystal Palace appointed Frank De Boer as their new manager, there were those who said that Croydon didn’t deserve the sort of revolution that the owners of the club were planning for it. Seventy-seven days on from his appointment, De Boer has left Selhurst Park and a dream, of sorts, has died. Just a few weeks ago, there might have been some degree of hope that the club, having survived two successive narrow brushes with relegation, might have been set to turn a corner and turn...

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FIFA & Sierra Leone: Musa Liability’s Integrity Task

“Even Fifa has its limits. Doesn’t it?” So ended Nick Harris’s November 2015 profile of Fifa presidential hopeful Musa Bility, on Harris’s excellent Sporting Intelligence website, as Bility’s presidential candidature was rejected on countless (lack of) integrity grounds. “Maybe in time,” Harris mused, “it will become apparent why on earth he thought Fifa’s integrity check would be a gimme.” Harris may be right. Perhaps Fifa has no limits. After all, their just-announced a task force to address the countless integrity issues affecting Sierra Leone’s Football Association (SLFA) will be chaired by Liberian FA president and African Football Confederation (Caf)...

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Podcast 101: Transfer Deadline Day – Nathan to Amiens

This week’s Twohundredpercent podcast is ready, and it’s focussed on the transfer deadline day dealings of our clubs, whilst taking brief detours into football architecture, Arsenal (yet again) and the trouble with Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer policy in days gone by. 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 also have a Facebook page for the podcast, which you can “like” by going here. And you can support us through subscribing right here, through Patreon. Podcast 101: Transfer Deadline...

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Billericay Town: The Only Way Isn’t Necessarily Essex

Glenn Tamplin was background noise to my summer, merely the latest wealthy narcissist ejaculating wealth and narcissism over a non-league football club before the narcissism proves insufficient once the wealth runs out. Tamplin, the owner of Isthmian League Billericay Town, initially seemed little different to over-ambitious owners like Canvey Island’s Jeff King, Grays Athletic’s Micky Woodward and Hornchurch’s Karl Williams… even when he made himself Billericay’s manager (King did likewise at Canvey. But a closer look at Tamplin’s public persona (which strongly suggests there isn’t a private one) reveals plenty more “ejaculating.” The forty-five year-old frequently comes across like a...

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