Tag: Colombia

The 200% World Cup: Brazil vs Colombia – LIVE!

Soccer! It’s back again and the hosts are in action. This is no doubt terribly exciting for the loyal support but not necessarily so for us, because Brazil have stunk the place out so far, or at least been terribly disappointing. Their test today is a stern one, against everyone’s favourite South American team from this tournament. Colombia have been dazzling, aggressive and potent, as well as possessing the outstanding player of the World Cup James “James” Rodriguez. The game in Fortaleza promises to be hot hot hot. If that fails, there’s always the weather. We’ll be here from...

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The 200% World Cup: Colombia vs Uruguay, LIVE!!!

So, both Uruguay and Colombia are at full strength for this evening’s Second Round match between Uruguay and Colombia. Who knows? Perhaps Luis Suarez is in the crowd wearing a Luis Suarez mask. It’s time to get ready for a little SOCCER. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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The 200% World Cup: The Group C Final Round – Live!

Eyes down for a full house, then, everybody. It’s time for the final round of group matches in Group C this evening, and a place in the Second Round of the competition up for grabs for three of the four teams playing this evening. The other of the four in this group, Colombia, has already qualified for the next round of the competition and has been one of the most impressive teams that we have seen so far. As such, we might well argue that Japan, their opponents this evening, have the most difficult job of all to get...

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World Cup Tales: The Murder Of A Footballer, 1994

In amongst the razzamatazz of the 1994 World Cup, which kicked off with Diana Ross putting a penalty kick wide of the goal during the opening ceremony and finished with Roberto Baggio putting one over in a penalty shoot-out that seemed pre-ordained to follow a desperately bad final between Italy and Brazil, the darkest of football’s dark hearts showed its face. It felt as if a parallel universe – a feudal world in which criminality rules and considerations of humanity take a back seat – had momentarily become entwined with ours, and it led to the death of a sportsman, quite possibly for the seemingly absurd reason that he made a mistake under highly pressurised circumstances that cost some very violent and very powerful people a lot of money. Andres Escobar was born in Medellin in Colombia in 1967. A tall, gifted defender, he played for Atelico Medellin, one of the giants of Colombian football, for his entire career apart from a brief and unsuccessful six month long spell in Switzerland playing for Young Boys Bern between 1989 and 1990. For someone that had lived the whole of their life in one of the most violent cities in the world, perhaps life in the relative peace and quiet of the Swiss capital was too much of a culture shock. Atletico are a successful club. They have won the Colombian...

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World Cup Tales: Colombia 1986 – The World Cup That Never Was

The upcoming World Cup will the first to take place in the entire continent of Africa but there are several countries that have already held the tournament more that once, such as Italy, France and Germany. The first team to earn the honour of hosting the World Cup finals twice, however, was Mexico and the story of how this came to pass is as much a story of the politics of FIFA as it is of the qualities of Mexico when it comes to hosting the finals of the tournament. The truth of the matter is that the hosts of the 1986 World Cup finals should have been Colombia. Then, as now, the decision made over who to award the World Cup was made many years before the actual tournament took place. In the case of the 1986 tournament, the decision was taking during a tumultuous year for FIFA – 1974, the year that Joao Havelange replaced Stanley Rous as the president of FIFA. Havelange campaigned on the principle of an expanded role within the game for the Asian and African confederations and Rous, who had in 1963 campaigned for Apartheid South Africa to be allowed to play in the World Cup, was an easy picking for him. Havelange would go on to reward those that had supported him by expanding the tournament, it was too late for him...

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