World Cup

Kyle Walker in front of England fans at this year’s World Cup in Russia

Two football books examine where money is taking the modern game

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘Football holds a mirror to ourselves,’ Michael Calvin asserts in State of Play. Modern football is angrier, more brutal, more…

The view from Paris: ‘Why are Brexiteers so stupid?’

28 July 2018 9:00 am

‘Problème est masculin; solution est féminine,’ says Brigitte, the adored French teacher at the British embassy in Paris. Good way…

Real football fans don’t care about race

21 July 2018 9:00 am

It’s middle-class commentators – not supporters – who seem obsessed with the number of black players There were altogether too many darkies in England’s World Cup…

This is what happens when you put Brexit in the hands of unbelievers

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Well, we did it. No, not Brexit, the World Cup or my (somewhat less) ambitious scheme at Legal & General…

The World Cup has made us proud to be English

14 July 2018 9:00 am

The World Cup has allowed us to stop being ashamed of Englishness

Video games like Fortnite are fun — so they must be bad

14 July 2018 9:00 am

It was only a matter of time. The headteacher of a primary school in Ilfracombe in Devon has banned ‘Flossing’,…

The true winner of this World Cup? Russia

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Like most people with any taste, I like the odd vodka, I love Crime and Punishment, I enjoy Turgenev and…

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…

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…

Fifa may be corrupt but it has done wonders for football

30 June 2018 9:00 am

A by-product of the organisation’s expansionism has been an increase in the sport’s global appeal which we can but applaud

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…

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…

What it was really like to be at the 1966 World Cup

30 July 2016 9:00 am

It cost just £4/10s for 19-year-old Alan Dryland to buy a season ticket that would take him inside the stadium…

Confessions of an England fan

11 June 2016 9:00 am

If you’re a proper football supporter, getting excited about England on the eve of a major tournament is considered uncool.…

It’s not just the Russians – there is no morality in top-level sport

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Why do transgendered people need separate toilets? I thought, according to the prevalent orthodoxy, that the new gender they had…

What is to be done about a world where everything is for sale?

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Next time you read about an auctioneer’s gavel coming down on a $150 million painting bought by some flunkey representing…

Dan Snow's diary: Making World Cup history

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Could there be a more timely advert for the Better Together campaign than on the field of sport? What the…

Now even Fifa’s dinosaurs have learned to cry racism

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Are all white women really prostitutes who should be avoided, as some children at those schools in Birmingham were apparently…

Did anyone really think that Qatar won the World Cup fairly?

7 June 2014 9:00 am

I suppose the appalling shock to the soul that was occasioned by the allegation that Qatar bribed its way to…

Estate agents just don't get it - I want a house, not a building site

7 June 2014 9:00 am

‘What is this, please?’ I said to the estate agent, as he showed me into the building site he was…

I used to think I was a Nietzschean superman. Now I know I'm just a dad

7 June 2014 9:00 am

In The Wolf of Wall Street, there’s a poignant shot towards the end in which we see an FBI agent…

Spectator Sport: Does anyone care about the cricket world cup?

8 January 2011 12:00 am

It seems churlish to be having a bitch just when two enthralling Test series are being played out in Australia and South Africa.

The World Cup we just might win

27 November 2010 12:00 am

Quite how much tawdrier the plotting and deal-making for the 2018 football World Cup could become it is hard to imagine, and how appropriate that not just Sepp Blatter but officials at England’s campaign are so keen to denounce the devastating Sunday Times investigation into Fifa corruption.

Spectator Sport: Spare us the 2018 World Cup!

30 October 2010 12:00 am

Andy Anson and Simon Greenberg are two splendid, clubbable chaps. Their current gig is running England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup, and forgive me for sounding disloyal but I hope these two delightful fellows find themselves disappointed when Fifa votes on the 2018 and 2022 bids in early December.