By Ed Smith - 14 November 13:07
The commonest myth about leadership is that it’s a skill. It isn’t.
By Martin Cloake - 12 November 16:11
The news that BT has secured exclusive rights to all pan-European club competition has serious long-term implications for the game and for BT.
By Juliet Jacques - 12 November 11:10
Normally, once I'm comfortable with people I don't worry too much about ‘passing’– that is, hiding my transsexual past – but I'm not sure how to play this. Are they reading and treating me as male or female?
By Hunter Davies - 07 November 7:37
Disgusting, shouldn’t be allowed, ruining football as we know and love it. So naturally, when invited to be a guest in an executive box, I said brilliant, count me in.
By Martin Cloake - 01 November 14:38
Reporters across the UK are constantly fighting against overbearing clubs and their petty behaviour. As freedom of the press is examined in other spheres, we should remember the sports writers who are trying to balance the need to maintain access with the
By Gary Lineker - 24 October 11:05
It’s the pushy parents screaming at little Liam from the touchline, making him feel clumsy and putting him off his stride, who are partly to blame for the decline of English footie, says Gary Lineker.
By Ed Smith - 24 October 7:50
Sachin Tendulkar has announced that he will retire from cricket, after a career in which he scored 100 international centuries. I often imagined what it would be like to be that good - but looking at the challenges he faced, I'm not sure I'd want to.
By Hunter Davies - 23 October 7:00
The Football Association is 150 years old this month - so, too, is the London Underground. But the similarities don't stop there.
By Ed Smith - 21 October 14:49
What does it mean to call a tennis player a genius? Ed Smith reflects on his own career and asks - should Roger Federer just give up?
By Martin Cloake - 21 October 11:28
International football could be the purest of competitions, but the dominance of the global club brands, the bloated finals tournament and lack of surprise factor together with distaste for FIFA mean that it's increasingly becoming irrelevant.
By Sophie McBain - 17 October 15:23
"Many young people feel hopeless. And I don't think I ever felt that."
By Hunter Davies - 17 October 14:19
How often have we heard a manager say that the trouble with his star striker is that “his head is not in the right place”? Fergie frequently observed that today’s players are fragile.
By Sunder Katwala - 16 October 19:13
Englishness finds a confident voice in sport, but has little cultural or political voice. Cameron and Miliband should not remain mute.
By Sam Bright - 13 October 11:52
The real reasons for our economic, social and sporting woes is not unfettered immigration: it's bad management and dishonest politics.
By Hunter Davies - 10 October 13:03
Wenger is so miserable, he's beginning to make W H Auden look positively baby-faced. The manager of the German women’s team seems like she has a lot more to say.
By Joshua Funnell - 05 October 11:27
The footballer deserves our compassion. Not cruel psychological abuse.
By Hunter Davies - 03 October 16:09
Sex doesn’t take up that much time, unlike football: you get 90 minutes, a chance to change ends, extra time and then often a penalty shoot-out. Football, it does put in your day.
By Lee Barnett - 29 September 16:38
Replace the word "yid" with any other racist hate term, and you'll see why the argument for keeping Spurs' "yid army" chant doesn't work.
By Hunter Davies - 26 September 7:10
It costs £400 plus VAT, but you do get your name in the programme and on the big screen.
By David Skelton - 21 September 9:47
It will take more than one weekend of footballers wearing rainbow laces to really tackle the problem.
By Hunter Davies - 19 September 12:05
Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote once: ‘There is nothing I hate more than a masculine man.’
By Jonathan Smith - 12 September 9:20
Modest, confident and at ease with themselves - the deaths of Welsh rugby icon Cliff Morgan and the Irish poet Seamus Heaney have been a double blow, writes Jonathan Smith.
By Hunter Davies - 12 September 8:40
Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column
By Sunder Katwala - 06 September 15:23
The footballer's triumph shows things are different for his generation.
By Ed Smith - 05 September 11:55
Where once to be called talented or a "natural" was the highest praise, today sportsmen have to pretend success has nothing to do with innate ability - is it time to think again?
By Simon Kuper - 05 September 7:14
The boy from the ghetto has not merely become a great footballer - he has become a modern European fairytale.
By Martin Cloake - 04 September 10:27
It is obscene and absurd — but Martin Cloake can't stop watching.
By Martin Cloake - 23 August 15:45
Maybe fans should be standing <em>for</em> future football. Mobilising for something is more productive, if more difficult, than simply opposing.
By Anthony Clavane - 22 August 12:05
Margaret Thatcher hated football - and sport in general - but her legacy to the game was to turn a generation of sports writers, who had previously dodged any analysis of their sports' significance, onto politics.
By Frances Ryan - 19 August 15:25
While we talk of "legacy", it’s starting to feel like what happened exactly a year ago this month not only hasn’t elevated disabled people, but is being used to trap.