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Gaelic Football: Roscommon, From Rags To Riches

Last March, Roscommon were touted in Ireland’s media as Gaelic Football’s “Leicester City.” This March, Roscommon were Gaelic Football’s Sunderland…with a worse defence. A “quick and awful” decline. An inexplicable, un-necessary waste of a LOT of talent. Roscommon is one of those Irish counties which need locating on a map to most non-Irish people. At school in the mid-1970s, I had to explain that it was in “Southern Ireland” and I wasn’t in danger of “getting bombed up” during my summer holidays there. It sometimes needs locating on Gaelic Football maps too, with only two All-Ireland titles, both in...

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Podcast 90: The Rest Of The Season, Decided

There was no football in the Premier League or the Football League this weekend and the internationals didn’t really seem worth talking about that much, so this week’s Twohundredpercent podcast takes a look at the tops and bottoms of the top four of the Premier League and the three divisions of the Football League and tells you, with absolutely no doubt whatsoever, who will be promoted and who will be relegated. We’ve also got some news of a new feature that will be appearing on both the website and the podcast. As ever, you can download the 200% podcast...

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The Trouble With The Soundtrack To England 

It is a simple fact of life that the scheduling of international friendly matches is more likely to provoke earnest discussion about the state of things than it is to provide entertainment on the pitch. With Europe’s domestic leagues now gearing up for the final legs of  their domestic seasons, the small matter of why it should have been deemed necessary to poke the hornet’s nest of antipathy that many hold towards the international game by scheduling rounds of matches at this time of year remains tantalisingly out of reach. So, in Dortmund last night Germany beat England by...

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CAF’s Presidential Election: Who Really Won?

So, my “gut” feeling about Issa Hayatou’s re-election to Africa’s Football Confederation (Caf) presidency? Indigestion after all. Thursday’s election in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa contained triumphs for Fifa president Gianni Infantino and president of Zimbabwe’s FA (Zifa) and the Council of Southern African FAs (Cosafa), Philip Chiyangwa. Caf’s actual new president Ahmad was carried shoulder-high around the African Union building’s Nelson Mandela Plenary Hall. But the REAL winner? Nah. Ahmad’s rise without trace to Caf power echoed Aleksander Ceferin’s rise to Uefa power last September. Both had Infantino’s overtly-covert backing, ensuring their election regardless of their campaigning. And both...

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Podcast 89: The Weekly Football Digest

This week’s Twohundredpercent podcast sees us try out another new format. This time, we’re going with a weekly football digest angle, so it’s Manchester City and Leicester City in the Champions League, Nottingham Forest and Derby County in the Championship, and it’s the revealing of the new England squad for their upcoming matches against Germany and Lithuania. 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”...

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