I hardly slept for weeks during the run-up to the last two World Cups, terrified he wouldn’t make it.
In three recent meetings with people who work in entirely different fields, I felt instantly at home, even though the territory was often unfamiliar to me.
The FA has ignored the concerns of fans and lower league clubs in favour of the interests of the wealthiest soccer interest – once again showing it’s mostly concerned about serving the already-powerful.
Where will the fans park then?
The novelist and comedian on anti-Semitism in football, a night out in Pocklington and plans for his 50th.
Once Wigan scored, though, it was a different story: the affable familes were suddenly full of hate and fury.
Of all the managers who have been sacked this season in the premier league, David Moyes can have perhaps the fewest complaints.
Football fans have always had a keen sense of the ridiculous.
When I’m making poached eggs, I crack the shells cautiously but this makes me more likely to mess up.
According to Runner's World, a woman needs some pink trainers and a dog if she is to stay safe while jogging.
For years, his teammates and the whole world mocked his silly, high-pitched voice, suggesting he was a bit simple, making endless jokes about his stupidity. Now, he sounds clear and low and serious.
The work of the Liverpool Supporters’ Union, known as Spirit of Shankly, is a much-needed good news story in modern football.
Back in the press box again.
When top bankers retire, no one ever says they’ve been great servants to HSBC, but in football romantic notions of service linger on.
The case against three Tottenham Hotspur fans accused of “a racially aggravated public order offence” undermines the battle against bigotry. Now that the prosecution has been discontinued, the threat to freedom of speech has been resisted – for now.
Does sending the boys out to Dubai to kick balls around really achieve anything?
A report from a cross-party group of MPs could provide the much-needed impetus to clear away the mess around club ownership structures.
When it comes to choosing an England captain, fans are more likely to have a biased opinion based on club colours than skin colour.
Like Kanye West, Sol Campbell has the habit of making headline-hogging statements that allow us to evade wider and more uncomfortable questions – in this case, about institutional racism in football.
From Thierry Henry to Christian Eriksen, It is fascinating to note which names the fans cheers loudest for.
The introduction of "safe-standing" at Premiership football grounds would allow clubs to reduce ticket prices and prove that clubs are prepared to listen to their fans.
Kevin Pietersen willed himself to become an Englishman, and is as troubled as he is gifted. But who is he? And will we miss him now that he is banished from the team?
Are we seeing the emergence of a two-tier legal system in which football fans are treated as a class apart? Martin Cloake and solicitor Darren White examine the evidence and ask whether we should have cause for concern.
The depth of feeling that exists about the disaster and what came after is entirely understandable. The attorney general has a difficult task ahead deciding what consititutes contempt of court in this unique circumstance.
Britain’s ongoing flirtation with a military way of life.
Modern footballers are about as hard to get access to as the Queen. Outsiders, on the other hand, have stories to tell.
Though overseeing a period of glory for the English team, Flower became a cowing figure rather than an inspirational one.
Russia has given its Olympic volunteers a rainbow-coloured uniform. This is a country that, as of last year, has criminalised homosexuality and banned its citizens from publically brandishing the Pride flag. What's really going on here?
Julie Welch’s semi-autobiographical 1983 film <em>Those Glory Glory Days</em> is that rarest of things, a film about football that works.
Sport is defined for some by its macho (and often homophobic) tone of behaviour, but beneath the adversarial veneer it is one of the ties that bind us together.