Football

BA’s disaster plan failed as soon as the smoke started coming out of its servers

3 June 2017 9:00 am

The science of ‘disaster recovery planning’, together with the related art of ‘crisis PR’, is a core discipline of 21st-century…

Competitive sport is good for mind, body and soul

3 June 2017 9:00 am

‘Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate,’ the Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios remarked to his opponent…

I am a human football

3 June 2017 9:00 am

My latest bed partner is a seven-year-old lad. That first night we slept together in my double bed, I hardly…

Tennis’s golden generation is showing the first signs of metal fatigue

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Not a bad week for Roger Federer then: first pootling along being cool and rich in a morning suit at…

Spectator Letters: Libyan oil must be allowed to flow freely

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Libyan solution Sir: Boris Johnson correctly reports glimmers of hope in Libya, but to say its problems can be solved…

Angry Arsenal fans want Arsène Wenger out. Why don’t they leave instead?

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Angry Arsenal fans want their manager out. Why don’t they leave instead?

My feminist, girl-power, girlie theme night

13 May 2017 9:00 am

I was sitting between mother and daughter on the sofa, and we were having a ‘wee night’ as Glaswegians put…

Britain’s most hated man isn’t all that hateful

8 April 2017 9:00 am

‘Christ, I would be shot for buying this if people knew,’ says an anonymous fan in the comments below Amazon’s…

An away day with foul-mouthed football fans is very heaven for my sons

1 April 2017 9:00 am

I can barely contain my excitement. The Easter break is nearly upon us and I will soon be heading off…

Why it’s wrong to let Liverpool FC ban the Sun

1 April 2017 9:00 am

The comedian Jimmy Carr is not necessarily a guy you would trust on much, but he was spot on the…

Forbidden love and the beautiful game

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Nowadays, most of us living in the liberal West agree that there can never be anything morally wrong with love…

Video technology can’t come to football soon enough

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Few sporting events in history have been greeted with such swivel-eyed, table-pounding hysteria as Barcelona’s comeback to overturn a 4-0…

Confessions of a Feyenoord hooligan-turned-Rastafarian

11 March 2017 9:00 am

In Spain, I stayed in youth hostels in Barcelona, Alicante, Almeria and Seville. But that first hostel in Barcelona, where…

The footballing giant killers of 1914

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Big league Lincoln City became the first non-league club since Queens Park Rangers in 1914 to win a place in…

How many goals must an England footballer score to be knighted?

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Match of the knights Emails emerged suggesting David Beckham would rather appreciate a knighthood. How many goals do you have…

At least David Beckham has exposed the honours system for the sham it really is

11 February 2017 9:00 am

How will we remember him, do you suppose? If you’re a committed football fan, possibly for that exquisite chip from…

On the waterfront: The Deep, Hull

How Hull won me over

4 February 2017 9:00 am

James Walton finds a lot to love about this year’s City of Culture – even on a bleak January weekend

Why does sport work so well on radio?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The purest form of radio is probably sports commentating, creating pictures in the mind purely through language so that by…

If you can see top games for free, where will footie’s millions come from?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

At a wedding a few years back a very gloomy looking guest, a well-known Geordie actor as it happens, arrived…

‘Blimey! How did they think of that?’ said no one about BBC2’s Our Dancing Town

14 January 2017 9:00 am

‘Blimey! How on earth did they think of that?’ is unlikely to be anyone’s response to Our Dancing Town (BBC2,…

The player: Lionel Messi, with Marcos Llorente of Deportivo Alavés

Barcelona’s latest big tourist attraction: Lionel Messi

15 October 2016 9:00 am

The secret to keeping any relationship going is, of course, to see as little of each other as possible. We…

The inevitable waning of Wayne Rooney

15 October 2016 9:00 am

As the final chords of the Wagnerian epic that is ‘The Dropping of Wayne Rooney’ fade away, we can leave…

Jamali Maddix, Viceland’s answer to Louis Theroux

Vice TV is a con

8 October 2016 9:00 am

For all its much-vaunted rebel soul, Viceland is just BBC2 in disguise, says Neil Armstrong

Syrian and Russian jets ‘unleash a new hell’ bombing civilians in Aleppo

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Home Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said that Britain would oppose attempts to create an EU army, as it…

Why Eddie Howe should be the next England manager

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The name of Jozef Venglos won’t mean much to most of us apart from a few Aston Villa completists with…