Football

Thoughts on a foreign clash of the English titans

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Thank heavens the Champions League final is being played in Portugal, now Turkey’s off the menu (sorry). It will certainly…

Letters: The C of E’s obsession with critical race theory

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Christian approach Sir: Dr Michael Nazir-Ali’s criticism of our report ‘From Lament to Action’ (‘Bad faith’, 1 May) was wide…

Portrait of the week: Covid retreats, raves resume and a £165,000 squid

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Home ‘I think we have got a good chance of being able to dispense with the one-metre-plus from 21 June,’…

Why all the outrage over the European Super League?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Anything been happening in football in the past couple of weeks? No? Moving on then… Hang about though. The doomed…

The unsavoury truth about American sport

1 May 2021 9:00 am

New York What follows has been covered ad nauseam, but I wonder why people were surprised at the planned breakaway…

Portrait of the week: Covid pills, Chauvin’s conviction and a red card for the Super League

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced the hunt was on for two effective pills to treat Covid, to be…

How the Super League sabotaged itself

21 April 2021 9:32 pm

‘So you’re telling me they’re wetting the bed because we’re suggesting the same teams should compete in a competition in…

There's nothing wrong with foreign owned football

21 April 2021 3:50 pm

Many are blaming the failed European Super League on foreign owners, presenting it as a greed fuelled attempt by overseas…

The two elites squeezing the life out of football

21 April 2021 9:00 am

So, all of a sudden the chattering classes care about football fans? Yesterday, the kind of people who usually wring…

Why are politicians picking on the football Super League?

19 April 2021 11:51 pm

The collective gasp of outrage – led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson – at the decision of a few wealthy…

Let’s show vaccine passports for football fans the red card

17 April 2021 9:00 am

As I’ve written before, the thing I’ve missed the most in the past 12 months is going to see QPR…

Which football teams are the biggest losers?

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Mounting losses The England football team beat San Marino 5-0, taking to 56 the number of competitive games that the…

My plan to kick off life after lockdown

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The last time I went to a football game was on Saturday 7 March last year when my 12-year-old son…

In defence of horse racing

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Rugby has enough problems — from baffling rule changes to concussion — without the referees muddying the pitch even more.…

Contains nothing you couldn't get from Wikipedia or YouTube: Netflix's Pelé reviewed

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Pelé is a two-hour documentary about the great Brazilian footballer — the greatest footballer ever, some would say — who…

Are we returning to ‘normalcy’ or ‘normality’?

30 January 2021 9:00 am

New normal Why have so many people started saying ‘normalcy’ rather than ‘normality’? — Normalcy has been traced back to…

Trump's exit is an opportunity to ditch the nuclear 'football'

20 January 2021 6:00 pm

Among the most alarming episodes during Donald J. Trump’s tumultuous final weeks in the White House was an announcement by…

Footballers have made a pig’s ear of Covid rules

9 January 2021 9:00 am

It’s the Portuguese piglet you feel really sorry for. The diminutive (ready cooked) porker — a festive delicacy all over…

This has been the year of epic derangement

19 December 2020 9:00 am

I wonder if British universities will follow Cornell’s innovative approach to ensuring students are protected from wretched viruses? The American…

In defence of the booing Millwall fans

12 December 2020 9:00 am

It is an enormous shame that the Millwall fans who booed their players for ‘taking a knee’ in support of…

Rugby must try harder

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Remember those lazy, hazy, crazy days of last year’s rugby World Cup, when as perfect a performance by England as…

Cheering for Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool FC’s manager can do no wrong

21 November 2020 9:00 am

As his biographer, I feel obliged to quote John Updike’s wise sayings — among them the first rule in his…

Farewell to Graham Cowdrey, cricket’s king of the dressing room

21 November 2020 9:00 am

So the Good Lord really wants to fill out his team: how else to interpret the passing in recent months…

What’s the difference between ‘gifting’ and ‘giving’?

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Boris Johnson, the Telegraphsuggested last week, is understood to have a personal interest in rewilding, ‘recently gifting his father beavers…