|Friday 14 June 2013|
|There’s something about Jose|
Hated in Spain, loathed in Italy, but adored in Britain – what is it about Mourinho that makes him our special one?
|Friday 7 June 2013|
|No thank you for the matchday music|
The fashion for blaring out pop songs is killing the real source of stadium atmosphere: the noise of the fans.
|Thursday 30 May 2013|
|The worst insult in football: ‘plastic’|
Abusing the other team’s fans for being fake is fun. But the demand for football authenticity is a mug’s game.
|Friday 24 May 2013|
|Palace, get over |
Some Palace fans are quaking at the thought of promotion to the Premier League. They should grow a pair.
|Friday 10 May 2013|
|Palace v Brighton: it’s more than a game|
With the teams’ ferocious rivalry, the Championship playoff semi-final will be tastier than a family bucket of KFC.
|Friday 3 May 2013|
|Football is no place |
for the thin-skinned
Britain's football terraces are an ironic and offensive foul-mouthed carnival. If you don't like it, well, tough.
|Thursday 25 April 2013|
|What should we do about Suárez? Laugh.|
The Liverpool striker’s bonkers bite had football’s moralists foaming at the mouth, yet it was classic entertainment.
|Friday 19 April 2013|
|Is this the return of hooliganism? No.|
The fighting involving Millwall and Newcastle fans last weekend was notable because it's now so unusual.
|Friday 12 April 2013|
|Di Canio: let’s salute freedom of conscience|
So what if the new Sunderland manager has a weird attitude to fascism? It’s his ability to do his job that counts.
|Friday 22 March 2013|
|England: still waiting for the Chosen One|
The travails of would-be messiahs Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney raise awkward questions for English football.
|Friday 15 March 2013|
|It’s official: Aussie sport has gone soft|
The once all-conquering Aussie cricket team has dropped four players for not handing in their homework. WTF?
|Friday 8 March 2013|
|Football fans, let’s burst this authoritarian ‘bubble’|
Why is there so little liberal outrage over the ‘bubbling’ of fans by police, when it assaults both justice and freedom of movement?
|Thursday 28 February 2013|
|Oscar Pistorius: when good metaphors turn bad|
It is bad for sport when we turn athletic stars either into role models for society or symbols of evil.
|Friday 22 February 2013|
|Let’s order that|
taxi for Wenger
Wenger had plenty time to turn Arsenal’s fortunes around and put an end to Gooner whinging. Now, time’s up.
|Friday 8 February 2013|
|They call him Cashley, but he don't care|
Ashley Cole is accused of being a greedy, Cheryl-cheating swine. But, to his credit, he has never courted popularity.
|Friday 1 February 2013|
|Better than man bites dog? Player kicks ballboy|
Your grandchildren will one day ask you: where were you when Chelsea’s Eden Hazard kicked Charlie Morgan?
|Thursday 24 January 2013|
|Colin Murray and the sad decline of MOTD|
The trouble with the BBC's football flagship is not the presenters, but the insight-lite pundits it has on.
|Friday 18 January 2013|
|£62 ticket? Welcome to football’s free market|
Top Premier League clubs may be ripping off fans on ticket prices, but there’ll always be punters willing to pay.
|Friday 11 January 2013|
|The ‘magic of the cup’ is just an illusion|
Even Championship teams - and their supporters - are more interested in joining the big boys, not just beating them.
|Thursday 20 December 2012|
|2012: the summer the moaning stopped|
In an astonishing year for British sport, the country has finally put aside its favourite pastime of all: grumbling.