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

The penultimate World Cup 2014 group finale is upon us, and it promises to be the most fascinating yet with all four teams in the mix, all four teams playing good football and all the group’s matches so far having been memorable in some way. In Recife, the United States (2nd) play group leaders Germany. There’s potential intrigue there aplenty: the US are managed by German legend Jurgen Klinsmann and five of their players were born in Germany. US midfielder Jermaine Jones has already stated that he will be singing both anthems, something which you can only imagine would...

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World Cup Breakfast, Day 10: Cometh The Hour, Cometh The Talisman

We might reasonably suggest that no small part of the global appeal of association football stems from its combination of reliance on the very differing attributes of individual brilliance and the application of a solid team ethic. If the game itself is a blank sheet onto which we can project any of our values, this combination seems likely, whether concious or not, to be no small part of the reason behind why it is this particular aspect of the game that gives it a near-literal “everyman” appeal across so much of the globe. If the performances of the likes...

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The 200% World Cup: Germany v Ghana – Live!

Evening football fans, big game tonight for both of these team. Germany absolutely demolished Portugal while Ghana lost to USA. There’s a lot to play for. An interesting dynamic will occur tonight has the Boateng half-brothers will be playing for opposite teams. As you may have noticed some of us live bloggers are suffering from technical difficulties…. hopefully we are past that...

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The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day 5 – Portugal’s Dismal Day

It’s all a matter of the position in which you put yourself. There was much discussion last night of the incident that led to the sending off of Pepe during yesterday’s match between Germany and Portugal, and as with all arguments that take place online, there was never going to be one decisive winner. On the one hand, Robert Muller’s reaction to Pepe’s momentary lapse of reason hardly shows the game in the greatest of lights, but on the other, Pepe has a reputation for allowing his temper to get the better of him, and in any case the reality of the matter is that the ultimate responsibility for Pepe staying on the pitch for the full duration of this match rested with, well, Pepe, ultimately. It would be nice if television broadcasters could spare us the sort of moralising that we had to endure from Adrian Chiles at half-time yesterday afternoon, though. The kerfuffle surrounding Pepe’s dismissal almost overshadowed the torrid hammering that Portugal received at the hands of Germany during the first half of this match. Joao Pereira might have been sent off for the foul on Mario Goetze which led to the penalty from which Muller gave Germany the lead in the first place, but things only went from bad to worse for Portugal as the first half wore on, and by half-time the Germans led...

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The 200% World Cup: Ghana vs the USA Live!

Sixty-four years on, football supporters in the United States of America will be hoping that this summer brings something approaching a repeat of what remains this nation’s greatest single result in the World Cup. In Brazil in 1950, the USA team was unable to get through the group stages of the competition, but they did at least have the supreme consolation of beating England – who were making their first appearance in the World Cup finals, having fallen out with FIFA over payments to amateur players – by a goal to nil in Belo Horizonte, thanks to a goal...

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