Football

Why I love a bit of death on a Sunday night

9 November 2019 9:00 am

There’s nothing like a nice bit of death on a Sunday evening. Radio 4 originally transmit their obituary programme Last…

It’s not just hooligans – hipsters also love a football shirt

19 October 2019 9:00 am

When I was young, from about the age of nine to 13, I went through what my parents recall with…

The joy of Japanese-style rugby

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Proud son of Wexford he may be, and of doughty farming stock too, but the heart sinks at the prospect…

On photography, shrines and Maradona: Geoff Dyer’s Neapolitan pilgrimage

7 September 2019 9:00 am

On photography, shrines and Maradona: Geoff Dyer goes in search of transcendence in Naples

End this hate speech against my community

13 July 2019 9:00 am

I am a football fan. Each fortnight I go to watch my club and, like the overwhelming majority of the…

I admit it: I enjoyed the Women’s World Cup

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I was asked on to the BBC Today programme — my old manor — last week to talk about the…

Ball boy: Maradona and his parents

Gripping and heartbreaking but I wanted to know more: Diego Maradona reviewed

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Diego Maradona, Asif Kapadia’s take on the poor boy from the slums of Buenos Aires who became a footballing god,…

Could my slogan have swayed the Brexit vote?

25 May 2019 9:00 am

People sometimes ask what slogan could have swayed the Brexit vote: the opposite of the touchstone phrase ‘Take back control’.…

The fans make British football what it is – stop fleecing them

18 May 2019 9:00 am

It is always possible to tell the difference between a bunch of Manchester City fans and auditions for the latest…

Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund’s star player (Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/DFL via Getty Imag-es)

I watched Jadon Sancho grow up. That’s why I know he’s Britain’s next footballing megastar

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Even at eight, it was clear that Jadon Sancho would be special

Is Lionel Messi the greatest footballer of all time?

8 December 2018 9:00 am

If you don’t know who Lionel Messi is you won’t enjoy this book much. If you do, you probably will.…

The All Blacks: world-class time-wasters

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Marvellous team, the All Blacks, of course. But they certainly know how to waste some time. Here are some things…

A pub brawl certainly livened up a boring football match

13 October 2018 9:00 am

I told Oscar to wait outside and I went in and said to the barman: ‘Would it be all right…

Why football is a league for gentlemen

8 September 2018 9:00 am

The idea that posh boys can’t play football has always been wrong, says William Cook

Football, not rugby, is now the gentleman’s game

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Rugby used to be civilised – but no longer. Now it’s footballers who know how to behave

The great thing about the World Cup is you don’t even have to watch it to enjoy it

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Even though I don’t watch much football I love the World Cup because it’s my passport to total freedom. I…

Raheem Sterling in the England World Cup game against Tunisia

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

7 July 2018 9:00 am

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

Vladimir Putin gives a speech prior to the start of the World Cup

My World Cup plea to Putin

7 July 2018 9:00 am

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

What happened to the teams who scored more than six goals in a World Cup?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Nursing numbers Was there ever a time when the NHS wasn’t in crisis? According to a report by NHS Health…

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

30 June 2018 9:00 am

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

Doctors and deaths: how many mortalities were avoidable?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Mortal combat Health secretary Jeremy Hunt promised more protection for medical staff accused of criminal malpractice after a doctor was…

As our World Cup hopes grow, let’s not fret about the brilliant Belgians

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Here’s a question: name some famous Belgians. Well there’s Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, and Eden Hazard. And if that’s…

Gareth Bale’s megabucks are not a pretty sight

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I must have missed the memo when it became compulsory for major football matches to operate as a marketing opportunity…

English cricket’s new tournament already looks doomed

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Difficult to know quite what to make of The Hundred, which has the feel of being knocked up on the…

My football lesson

17 March 2018 9:00 am

In my day, it was a trip to the footie, not trekking in the Himalayas, writes Mark Palmer