Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Culture
  2. Sport
19 June 2018

Political Football, the New Statesman’s World Cup podcast. Episode 2: flags and patriotism

The World Cup podcast series with Jason Cowley and Stephen Bush.

By New Statesman

Jason Cowley and Stephen Bush are joined by guest David Winner, the author of Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football, to discuss the relationship between the World Cup and national identity. They also look at the way the patriotism displayed by fans intersects with politics, particularly in England and Germany, and make their predictions for the rest of the tournament.

Get in touch with questions and comments for future episodes on Twitter: @JasonCowleyNS@stephenkb, @dwinnera or @ns_podcasts.

You can subscribe to the podcast through your podcast app of choice (Apple here, Android here), with this RSS feed:, or listen using the player below:

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. A handy, three-minute glance at the week ahead in companies, markets, regulation and investment, landing in your inbox every Monday morning. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A weekly dig into the New Statesman’s archive of over 100 years of stellar and influential journalism, sent each Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
I consent to New Statesman Media Group collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy