Tag: England

The 200% World Cup Breakfast, Day 8 – How To Follow A Narrative

And so it goes. Barring a sequence of events so improbable that the mathematics of it barely stands thinking about for too long, England are out of the 2014 World Cup finals after a performance against Uruguay that involved a considerable amount of toil for very little end result. There was a period of about five minutes, shortly after Wayne Rooney finally scored his first goal in the World Cup finals for his national team, when it looked as if they might just about go on and win last night’s match. The tempo of the game rose, Uruguay suddenly...

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The 200% World Cup: England vs Uruguay Live!

As the likes of Brazil and Spain have already found out to their costs, there doesn’t seem to be any such thing as “the easy way” at this World Cup finals. Not, of course, that the England national football team has much truck with the concept of such a thing. Where there might smith passage, England will usually find some degree of drama. Where we might expect drama, they will usually contrive to manfacture some sort of crisis, whether real or illusory. The atmosphere surrounding the England team this summer, has been very different to recent years. When they...

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The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day 3 – The Morning After The Night Before

One of the curiosities of watching the England national team is the fact that, for all the doom and gloom that frequently surrounds the squad, once they are actually at the World Cup finals, they are normally very good at squeezing through its group stages, historically speaking. They haven’t failed to get over that first hurdle since 1958, and that year it required a play-off defeat at the hands of ther USSR to eliminate them. There are two ways to interpret such information. One is to believe that such historical information demonstrates a trend which should give England supporters...

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The 200% World Cup: Italy vs England – Live!

Well, it’s coming up to eleven o’clock on a Saturday night here in England, and this is, of course, the ideal time to schedule the opening match of England’s 2014 World Cup Finals. But shush. There’s a bit of peace and quiet in the air. A combination of lowered expectations and the gradual thinning out of the more unctuous members of the England team have made the last few weeks somewhat less hysterical than they have been in recent years, and most England supporters seem pretty grounded in the reality of the fact that qualifying from a group which...

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The 200% World Cup: England in Brazil, 1950

Roy Hodgson’s white and the wrong-sort-of-blue army kick off tonight to begin England’s 2014 World Cup campaign. But, of course, it’s not the first time that our brave, plucky, Three Lions on a shirt, lads have done so. England’s first ever World Cup took place in Brazil back in the days that ITV were just a twinkling in a madman’s eye. Our very own brave, plucky, lad Dotmund got all excited about this little piece of historical synchronicity and has produced this handy guide to whet your appetites. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter here. Dotmund also has a...

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