Football

Is the EU to blame for football’s daft new handball rule?

21 August 2019 11:48

It’s not often Mr S jumps to the defence of the EU, but he is prepared to make an exception.…

Why the hype over women’s football isn’t all good news

11 July 2019 14:08

I hate football. Wait, that’s a bit strong, I’ll rephrase: I have no interest in watching a bunch of grown…

The women’s world cup pay gap is nothing to do with sexism

8 July 2019 15:05

As the Women’s World Cup drew to a close yesterday, the noise around the ground wasn’t just generated by fans…

Jose Mourinho’s sacking will be a relief for the Special One

18 December 2018 15:50

They say it’s not what you do or say that people remember you for, but how you make them feel.…

Jeremy Wright’s football fail

7 October 2018 10:52

Is Jeremy Wright the new David Cameron? By that, Mr S does not mean to suggest that Wright is the…

The rise and fall of Jose Mourinho

1 September 2018 17:17

If we were to discover Jose Mourinho lately fantasised during press conferences about mowing down the assembled hacks in a…

Why won’t football clubs give English players a chance?

25 August 2018 9:00

Watching the Chelsea v Arsenal match last Saturday I could spot one Englishman in the two starting line-ups: Ross Barkley,…

The World Cup is the only football that matters

19 July 2018 8:55

Every four years, when the World Cup ends, I make a promise to follow the players I’ve come to know,…

The agony of World Cup penalties

15 July 2018 12:00

Last week, for the first time since 1996, and for the second time in nine attempts, England won a match…

How football united a nation

12 July 2018 16:57

England did not expect. That was the key to this summer’s World Cup. Last night’s defeat by Croatia was a…

Why England’s part-time fans will be hurting the most

12 July 2018 11:46

My lovely, wonderful wife was disconsolate. She went to bed, desolated. This is the problem with people who tune in…

Gary Lineker tops the BBC pay league

11 July 2018 12:31

Whether or not England win their World Cup semi-final tonight, one thing is guaranteed: Gary Lineker has plenty to be…

Sweden vs England: the agony of the Nelson household

6 July 2018 15:07

At 3pm tomorrow, a thin blue line will be drawn across my living room. My wife will be supporting her…

Paul Mason’s England World Cup identity crisis

4 July 2018 10:25

Paul Mason wasn’t the only England fan celebrating last night’s World Cup win over Colombia but he is perhaps one…

My World Cup plea to Putin

2 July 2018 13:25

Here is a letter which I sent today to the Russian Embassy. Please keep your fingers crossed for me. To:…

Raheem Sterling’s article is brilliant but did he actually write it?

2 July 2018 10:47

England’s Raheem Sterling has underwhelmed so far at the World Cup. Off the pitch, however, he is winning new fans.…

Matt Hancock’s World Cup struggle

28 June 2018 13:09

Ahead of England’s crunch World Cup game against Belgium tonight, you might expect that support for the Three Lions is…

Brexit football chant competition: ‘He’s here, he’s there! He’s a citizen of nowhere: Barnier, Barnier!’

28 June 2018 11:58

Congratulations to Radio 4’s Today programme for the amusing item on Brexit football chants. Very good. Radio 4 being Radio…

I can’t wait for England to be knocked out of the World Cup

21 June 2018 11:53

On Monday evening, I watched a man in a smart shirt and trousers put his friend in a headlock while…

England’s diverse World Cup team is something to celebrate

18 June 2018 13:40

England kick off their World Cup campaign today by putting their faith in youth as they take on Tunisia: Gareth…