Watching a game on tenterhooks to see if the manager picks his nose.
The twisting of proud nations on skewers of debt and want, the rise of shrill nationalisms, the fear of foreigners – all these staples of modern life can’t be more than bland echoes of those dismal days, can they?
This very enjoyable biography-cum-autobiography illuminates not just Federer’s place in tennis history but also the way in which the author converted his psychological problems into sporting fandom.
Ed Smith celebrates the free spirit of the New Zealand cricket team.
Competitiveness – against peers or past greats – may prove the initial motivation. But how long can it drive a life or a career?
For all their righteous indignation about Fifa’s misdeeds under Blatter, the English football authorities were willing participants in the circus.
Sepp Blatter is a consummate politician who took advantage of a shifting world order and Fifa’s history.
Re-elected for a fifth term even as his organisation is mired in a corruption scandal.
I had a splendid election campaign. I left England for the Caribbean.
Football's governing body has been thrown into chaos by two anti-corruption inquiries.
Next season, I hope for the return of gigantic sideboards, like what George Best and Malcolm Macdonald used to have.
No country has ever left the EU before, so there's no map for where we're going.
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