Football

England are probably going to win the World Cup

2 December 2017 8:20

England, Belgium, Tunisia, Panama: it doesn’t make an acronym as alluring as the ‘England Algeria Slovenia Yanks’ headline The Sun…

Man City’s ‘cosmic’ football isn’t matched by the rest of the Premier League

25 November 2017 8:30

What a privilege it is to watch Manchester City in the age of Pep Guardiola. I can’t recall a club…

Turning rejects into champions – the miracle of Östersund FC

27 October 2017 11:26

In my Daily Telegraph column today, I write about the incredible story of Östersund football club. It hasn’t quite been…

Why ‘fanfunding’ is the future of sports finance

22 September 2017 14:28

A few years ago, I was sitting at my desk late at night, frustrated by the latest sports financing project…

The Spectator Podcast: Fat Britannia

7 September 2017 8:25

On this week’s Spectator Podcast, we discuss Britain’s obesity crisis, the upcoming German election and the England team’s footballing woes.…

2017: The year football went from a beautiful game to a caricature of its worst excesses

31 August 2017 17:33

Football is theatre, that much has always been obvious; but it’s also business. And though the rules of the game haven’t…

What has the Premier League ever done for us?

19 August 2017 13:00

Football’s back, I’m afraid, and, in the imperishable words of David Mitchell, every kick in every game matters to someone,…

Even in the cesspit of elite football, the Neymar deal has a pungent whiff to it

12 August 2017 9:30

In a quiet season for business news, the giant cesspit that is the world of elite football can be relied…

Girl power: give women’s sport the credit it deserves

6 August 2017 12:00

England won the cricket World Cup for the fourth time. Huzzah! England reached the semi-finals of the European football championship.…

In defence of Neymar’s transfer fee

3 August 2017 17:47

A season ticket at the Parc des Princes, home to Paris Saint-Germain, will set you back somewhere between £336 and…

Why are football fans such patsies?

14 May 2017 9:21

I have been called every name under the sun by a great many people since my defence of Arsenal manager…

Was the Borussia Dortmund bus bombing motivated by greed?

21 April 2017 12:54

It seems the rush to blame the Borussia Dortmund bus bombing on Islamist extremists was wrong. German police have now arrested a…

German football keeps calm and carries on

13 April 2017 9:54

Germany lost a football match but won a moral victory last night, when Borussia Dortmund were defeated 3-2 at home…

Leicester were right to sack Ranieri

24 February 2017 13:40

‘Inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad’, ‘nobody can delete the history you wrote’, ‘Shocked after last night’s display!’. No, these aren’t…

The Six Nations is the most exciting sport on the planet

18 February 2017 12:30

Perfection in sport: unattainable, but sometimes you can come close. Moments, people, actions you never tire of watching: Roger Federer’s…

Fifa’s decision to expand the World Cup is a disaster for football fans

11 January 2017 11:34

Disastrous decisions by Fifa are nothing new. But yesterday’s announcement by football’s governing body that it will expand the World…

The FA’s annus horribilis could be about to get a lot worse

8 December 2016 17:07

Football is no stranger to scandal, but the scale of the sex abuse allegations now circling the beautiful game is…

In defence of Eric Bristow

29 November 2016 17:11

The Twitch-hunters, those antsy, intolerant guardians of what it’s permissible to say on Twitter, have claimed another scalp. Eric Bristow’s.…

Stella Creasy: England team’s problem? Too many privately-educated players

22 November 2016 16:21

The English football team have a problem and everyone knows it. After a string of disappointing results, many fans are…

Why sacking the football manager is a fool’s game

28 September 2016 13:25

At last, an English football manager who actually deserves to be sacked (or ‘left by mutual agreement’ if you prefer…

In defence of Sam Allardyce

27 September 2016 16:21

A gastropub in Manchester is a fitting venue for the latest corruption sting on England manager Sam Allardyce. While his poncey…

Transfer deadline day is a countdown to zero and that’s what makes it great

31 August 2016 13:33

For football fans, today is a special day: it’s Transfer Deadline Day – a branded, almost to Hallmark levels, moniker.…

The return of football marks the return of normality

13 August 2016 9:11

With parliament in recess, silly season is in full swing. In fact, silly season would be an apt name for…

Premier League? The football finance deals that should be relegated

22 July 2016 11:19

Finance firms love taking football fans for suckers. The latest is Virgin Money which has this week launched a Manchester…

Spectator competition winners: when sportswriting turns purple

9 July 2016 10:30

The invitation to supply a report on a Uefa Euro 2016 match written in the florid style beloved of some…