Philip Patrick

Jordan Henderson’s Saudi move would be good for football

15 July 2023 5:00 pm

Jordan Henderson is set to become the latest high-profile veteran to join the rapidly burgeoning Saudi Arabian Professional league. The…

Japan’s dark history of forced sterilisation

24 June 2023 5:30 pm

A Japanese government report has revealed that over a 50-year period, under a policy of forced sterilisation, 16,500 people were…

Why Japan doesn’t do Pride

19 June 2023 10:42 pm

Want to avoid Pride month? Bit tired of the, almost literally, in your face, carnival of uninhibited sexual freedom we…

Fifa is in denial about the women’s World Cup

3 June 2023 5:30 pm

The women’s football World Cup will kick off in under 50 days’ time in Australia and New Zealand, and England…

Does Gary Lineker deserve Amnesty’s human rights award?

26 May 2023 1:22 am

‘We need to be careful with the language we use,’ said Gary Lineker as he picked up an award from…

Another grim reminder of Japan’s violent politics

16 April 2023 3:20 am

Has Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida just survived an assassination attempt? Kishida was evacuated from the site of a stump speech in the fishing…

Is Humza Yousaf up to the task?

28 March 2023 1:41 am

As expected, Humza Yousaf has won the SNP leadership election and, barring something extraordinary, will become the next First Minister…

Match of the Day without Gary Lineker was oddly soothing

12 March 2023 8:31 pm

Well, did you enjoy MOTD? Did you miss Gary? Thanks to, let’s just say ‘circumstances’, we were able to take…

Is Japan doomed?

27 January 2023 6:00 pm

Japan is heading for trouble, the country’s prime minster Fumio Kishida has suggested. ‘Our country is on the brink of…

Why Japan has been a post-Brexit ally to Britain

12 January 2023 1:59 am

Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida is in London today to meet Rishi Sunak and sign an historic defence agreement which…

What we learned from the Qatar World Cup

20 December 2022 2:06 am

It is a measure of the unexpected success of the Qatar World Cup that it could be hailed as the…

Why Argentina is the team we love to hate

18 December 2022 7:29 pm

With the prospect of Messi closing out his glorious career with the ultimate prize it’s likely most neutral fans will…

Why Messi matters

14 December 2022 7:04 pm

I hope that the Argentinian national team (also known as Lionel Messi) will win its third (or first?) World Cup…

Let’s kick penalties out of football

7 December 2022 11:00 pm

Spain crashed out of the World Cup on penalties last night, despite dominating possession against Morocco for two solid hours.…

Will the end of zero Covid be the real legacy of the World Cup?

1 December 2022 8:45 pm

You often hear about ‘legacy’ when international sporting tournaments come around. It’s a weasel word used by the organisers to…

The World Cup armband row would never happen in Japan

24 November 2022 8:59 pm

Before the start of their World Cup game with Japan, the German team chose to make a ‘protest’. Each player…

Fifa 1 – England 0

22 November 2022 12:21 am

England have backed down in the ludicrous standoff with Fifa over the plan for captain Harry Kane to wear a…

Fifa’s president is feeling African, gay and disabled. I’m feeling confused

20 November 2022 8:39 pm

‘I’m defending football here, and injustice’ was the standout quote, for me, from what has been described as a ‘bizarre…

The problem with Ronaldo’s betrayal narrative

16 November 2022 10:01 pm

Cristiano Ronaldo has almost certainly played his last game for Manchester United after an ‘explosive’ interview which ‘the whole world’s…

Football’s problems run far beyond the Qatar World Cup

6 November 2022 11:18 pm

Are there any redeeming features of the Qatar World Cup? Perhaps one: the tournament has a sane and logical format.…

Did lockdown contribute to Seoul’s Halloween tragedy?

30 October 2022 7:55 pm

At least 151 people were crushed or trampled to death in a narrow alley in the South Korean capital Seoul…

In defence of VAR

29 October 2022 4:30 pm

There isn’t much that unites the fractious, dysfunctional football family. But in the UK, at least, there is something most…

Hard to swallow: the unjustified hype around Japanese food

15 October 2022 9:00 am

Japanese food is over-hyped

Paris’s football World Cup boycott will achieve little

6 October 2022 11:49 pm

Several French cities have announced that they will be boycotting the upcoming World Cup in protest against the Qatari state’s…

The anger behind Shinzo Abe's state funeral

26 September 2022 11:34 pm

Tokyo While not quite on the scale of Her Majesty’s service, Tuesday’s state funeral of Japan’s longest serving PM Shinzo…