Football

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

Alastair Campbell’s mix of football and terrorism makes for an accomplished thriller

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Alastair Campbell is a man of many parts.   Journalist, spin doctor extraordinaire, diarist and now novelist. For this, his third…

For Putin, the World Cup is not about football but global respect

13 January 2018 9:00 am

For Putin, the 2018 World Cup means global respect

Once you get over its political correctness, Netflix’s Godless is a cracker

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Boy came to me the other night in a state of dismay. ‘Dad, I just turned on Match of the…

As West Ham go for dull David Moyes, football badly needs more Pep talks

11 November 2017 9:00 am

So West Ham took the least surprising option and sent for David Moyes. Same old same old. I have a…

Spot the swastika: Fiorentina striker Gabriel Batistuta in 1992

The art of the football shirt

28 October 2017 9:00 am

The early 1970s was football’s brute era of Passchendaele pitches and Stalingrad tactics. The gnarled ruffians of Leeds United —…

Modern rugby is lethal, and it's only a matter of time before a player dies on the pitch

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Rugby’s autumn internationals are almost upon us and dark thoughts hover over lovers of the sport. One day soon a…

Why is England’s football team so unexciting?

14 October 2017 9:00 am

During a riveting session at the Cheltenham Literary Festival with sporting brainboxes Mike Brearley and Matthew Syed, discussion touched on…

Letters: the government should not take responsibility for obesity

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Fat responsibility Sir: Prue Leith is right to note that the state picks up the bill for our national obesity…

Why English footballers are so useless

9 September 2017 9:00 am

It is late in the evening. You’re in a bar. You’ve had quite a bit to drink but you are…

Learning? It’s a walk in the park, says Rod Liddle

9 September 2017 9:00 am

My school trip, by Rod liddle

‘Levelling down’ in schools is the problem, not the solution

19 August 2017 9:00 am

The education gap Sir: It is disappointing that Toby Young (‘Parents, not schools, are key to the knowledge gap’, 5…

What has the Premier League ever done for us?

19 August 2017 9:00 am

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

Why football wants the ‘somewheres’ to get lost

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Some years ago, when Millwall played West Ham United, the Millwall fans sang the following song (to the tune of…