World Cup

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 art of Jonathan Meades

15 April 2016 13:52

Ape Forgets Medication: Treyfs and Artknacks Londonewcastle Project (28 Redchurch Street, E2), until 23 April Process, means, method: it was these rather…

Football’s elite deserve the foulness of Fifa

3 June 2015 9:57

My favourite moment in the crisis engulfing football’s governing body, Fifa, came with the intervention of a man called Manuel…

Reforming Fifa will be an even more messy job than exposing it

2 June 2015 19:35

There he was, doing his lovable leader act: the little father of all the world, humble and slightly dishevelled. The…

Britain’s reaction to Fifa’s troubles makes us look like sore losers

30 May 2015 15:44

How pleasing that the sleazebags at Fifa are finally getting their comeuppance. We have all known what has been going on…

England should withdraw from the 2022 World Cup

13 November 2014 13:38

Mark Steyn once wrote of the United Nations: ‘It’s a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of…

What Germans do worst

17 July 2014 18:10

Yes, alright. It turns out that Germans are pretty good at football. But they aren’t quite so good at everything,…

Why England’s World Cup elimination will help save the union with Scotland

20 June 2014 21:58

So England are out the World Cup; the Three Lions rolled over – and we can expect plenty more gloomy…

From the Archives: 1966 and all that

3 December 2010 12:46

Yesterday, Coffee House recommended that disappointed English football fans take solace, as always, in memories of 1966. To that end,…

Cameron can be proud of his World Cup fight

3 December 2010 9:17

It’s not often that I disagree with James, but I don’t think that David Cameron returns from Zurich with egg…

BREAKING: England lose their 2018 World Cup bid

2 December 2010 15:37

Bad news, I’m afraid: Russia has won the contest to host the World Cup in 2018. According to some sources,…

The Madness of the World Cup

2 December 2010 14:55

Well, in as much as it matters who hosts the World Cup, I’d like to see England have it in…

The Stupidest Man in America

2 July 2010 15:30

Like Satan, Sodomy and Socialism, Soccer begins with an S. Obviously, then, it’s un-American and likely to corrupt these great…

Are England Hopeless Underachievers?

30 June 2010 3:14

A good question! Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski suggest not. Their argument, summarised by Tim Harford, runs more or less…

Karma

28 June 2010 14:43

Yes, it might well, nay would, have changed the momentum of the game*. No, video technology is not needed (not…

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18 June 2010 21:45

I’m not going to intrude into private grief. But, as mentioned before, there’s a considerable disconnect between the England fans…

Oh No! English People Support England! Racists! Think of the Children!

18 June 2010 0:49

Sunder Katwala has already done a terrific job dismantling this fatuous piece of New Statesman guff by James Macintyre. But…

Annals of Dismal Punditry: World Cup Edition

16 June 2010 19:02

One of the stranger aspects of watching World Cup coverage in the United States is ESPN’s choice of colour commentator…

The View From Here

13 June 2010 16:59

 Hats off to the New York Post: And we’ll have no more jokes about Scottish goalkeepers, ok? [Thanks to RF…

A World Cup Song for England

9 June 2010 18:37

In 2006 David Cameron said: “This coyness, this reserve, is, I always think, an intrinsic part of being British. We…

Defending the Defence: Italian Edition

8 June 2010 22:21

As the build-up to the World Cup continues, my latest item at Goal Post defends Italy and the Italian way…

World Cup Blogging

7 June 2010 16:49

Naturally there’ll be some of that here this month, but I’m also blogging for the New Republic over at Frank…

Beat This, Adidas

21 May 2010 15:43

Nike’s World Cup ad is great. Let’s see how Adidas counter with Lionel Messi et al. Note too how even…

Wayne Agonistes

30 March 2010 23:18

  Who knows how bad Wayne Rooney’s ankle injury is? Not since Metatarsal Watch in 2006, however, has there been…

Anyone But England?

26 February 2010 2:17

Happily, I couldn’t find a photo of Steve Nicol’s miss against Uruguay in 1986. Could there be anything dafter, yet…