The 2018 FIFA World Cup
The World Cup Match That Spawned a Decades-Old Conspiracy Theory
When Argentina thrashed Peru at the knockout stages of the 1978 World Cup, the result led many to mutter darkly about fixes, political interference, and corruption at the highest level.
this weekend in the premier league
Return of the Moyes: This Weekend in the Premier League
With West Ham an absolute shitshow at this point and managerial change in the air, the long shadow of David Moyes looms over English football once more.
Mourinho the Magnificent: This Weekend in the Premier League
Football has been happening again, and I'm delighted to announce that Jose Mourinho is up to his old tricks.
What's Behind Football's Enduring Anti-Semitism Problem?
While anti-semitism is hardly a new problem for European football, it is one of the most persistent forms of discrimination in the game.
Decline of the Hard Lad: This Weekend in the Premier League
Crystal Palace finally scored a goal!
world cup controversies
How The 2002 World Cup Became The Most Controversial Tournament in Recent Memory
The 2002 World Cup is remembered as the tournament of Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Ronaldo. However, thanks to referees, the golden goal rule and South Korea, it is also considered one of the most contentious of all time.
Why Is Casual Culture Still Relevant In Football and Fashion?
Whether on social media, fan forums or niche online clothing outlets, the look and lifestyle of the football casual still appeals to many people. So why is this decades-old phenomenon still relevant?
A History of Racial Epithets In Boxing
From the time of Jack Johnson all the way up to the nineties heyday of British boxing, race has been used to define fighters and ethnicity used to sell fights.
the legend of golden balls
How David Beckham Became Football’s First Truly Global Brand
Though many players of the nineties and noughties were at least as iconic as Beckham, and some more talented, ‘Golden Balls’ broke the corporate mould like no other. Here’s how he ceased to be a footballer and became a brand instead.
Why Are People So Obsessed With New Soccer Kits?
Despite the fact that kit launches are little more than PR stunts and the strips themselves are increasingly generic, the circus which surrounds the arrival of new kits still thrives. Why are we still interested?
hillsborough and grenfell
Why Are People Comparing The Grenfell Tower Fire To The Hillsborough Disaster?
In the aftermath of the deadly fire in Grenfell Tower, parallels have been drawn to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at Hillsborough. Both disasters have their roots in institutional negligence and a lack of care for working-class citizens.
the transfer window
The Semi-Definitive Guide To Transfer Window Cliches
From ‘swoops’ and ‘raids’ to summer war chests, here’s a concise summary of all the bollocks football fans will have to hear this transfer window.