2012 in review: The New Statesman . . . on sport
By Helen Lewis - 23 December 7:45

From the Olympics to facing Shane Warne, the best NS reporting on all things sportive.

It’s time for pundits to put some skin in the prediction game
By Ed Smith - 19 December 9:26

Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.

There’s posh: Golden Balls is coming home
By Hunter Davies - 19 December 9:14

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

Juan Manuel Marquez lands a blow for the nearly men of sporting history
By Cameron Sharpe - 16 December 16:29

The Mexican boxer’s dogged refusal to accept defeat resulted in the most glorious of pay-offs.

The sound of silence from the Sun
By Hunter Davies - 13 December 7:59

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

French coach Raymond Domenech
Race, bling and les Bleus
By Simon Kuper - 13 December 6:47

A story of modern France and modern football.

New Statesman
The Glory Glory Nights: The Official Story of Tottenham Hotspur in Europe
By Martin Cloake - 12 December 16:47

A new book tells the story of Tottenham Hotspur and their fans, one of "football’s great romances".

Andrew Flintoff fighting Richard Dawson during their International Heavyweight
It’s not fame that Freddie Flint off is addicted to, it’s the rush
By Ed Smith - 06 December 8:09

Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.

Russian billionaire and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich
When in Chelsea, do as Roman doesn’t
By Hunter Davies - 06 December 8:00

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

Xcom. Courtesy Flickr/JBLivin
When you say nothing at all
By Helen Lewis - 06 December 7:04

What makes you care about a videogame character? Clue: it's not ladles of expository dialogue.

Have you seen Crouchie, with his pubic fluff?
By Hunter Davies - 29 November 8:30

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

Israel football player Yossi Benayoun playing for West Ham
When Spurs fans celebrate being the "Yid Army", are they giving racists ammunition?
By David Rosenberg - 28 November 16:17

There's no excuse for anti-Semitic abuse in football, says David Rosenberg, but can offensive slurs ever be reclaimed?

Jimmy Greaves, Spurs player, in 1962. A different time.
Derby day and not a hooligan in sight
By Hunter Davies - 22 November 8:44

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

Roger Federer at Wimbledon
Why must our sporting idols be nice?
By Cameron Sharpe - 17 November 12:34

Desire to place the highly successful on a pedestal does no one any favours.

Shane Warne: King of the spinners
By Ed Smith - 15 November 10:26

Ed Smith reviews a biography of Shane Warne, modern sport’s method actor.

The England v Germany match in 1935, held at White Hart Lane
Stadium v synagogue: The hidden history of Jewish football in Britain
By Sunder Katwala - 15 November 10:23

Sunder Katwala reviews "Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? The Story of English Football’s Forgotten Tribe"

Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard.
Don’t be a smiler if you want to be a winner
By Hunter Davies - 15 November 9:28

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

Paul Lambert - Hunter has a hunch his face doesn't fit at Villa
Sometimes, your face just doesn’t fit
By Hunter Davies - 08 November 8:49

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

New Statesman
When in a strange city, ich spreche Fußball
By Hunter Davies - 01 November 6:03

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

Jimmy Savile’s “innocence”, Rio and racism and next-day deliveries
By Peter Wilby - 25 October 8:34

Peter Wilby's "First Thoughts" column.

New Statesman
My TV is possessed by silly possession stats
By Hunter Davies - 11 October 7:38

Hunter Davies' "The Fan" column.

Norman Tebbit
The secret Tebbit test
By Anthony Clavane - 11 October 6:52

The forthcoming Poland-England match is a test of whether formerly Polish Jews now see themselves as entirely English.

Tom Queally riding Frankel in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
Frankel, a wonder horse for all the ages
By Nicholas Clee - 11 October 6:45

This horse appears to possess an engine with twice the power of that of any other.

John Terry
Now John Terry has departed, the pressure is all on the FA
By Cameron Sharpe - 24 September 16:10

Muddying the waters of sport’s great taboo does no one any favours.

Lance Armstrong
A half-seductive, half-comical insider tale of professional cycling
By Gary Imlach - 20 September 10:58

The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France – review.

Hugo Lloris - first choice for France, second choice for Spurs.
God has played a rotten trick on them
By Hunter Davies - 20 September 9:16

These poor bored footballers, paid so much to do so little.

Johann Sebastian Joust.
Playing in public: Johann Sebastian Joust
By Helen Lewis - 20 September 8:18

The rise of digital folk games, which are designed to break social taboos, to get strangers talking and interacting and to make public spaces feel more friendly.

The Team GB women's football team
Women's sport sold down the river only a month after Olympic high
By Naomi Westland - 19 September 12:47

What should be a blockbusting qualifying fixture for England's women footballers will be played at a time and place that guarantee it will be ignored.