Friday 21 January 2022
Fantasy Premier League has attracted 8.9million players this season. A new study suggests this could be having a bad effect.
Friday 14 January 2022
From LinkedIn to the AFCON
In 2018, Roberto Lopes ignored a message on social media thinking it could be spam. That error almost cost him a chance to play at the African Cup of Nations.
Friday 7 January 2022
The indomitable Phil Jones
Few players have suffered more abuse or worse luck with injuries than Manchester United’s Phil Jones. But he endures.
Tuesday 4 January 2022
2022: Playmaker predictions
What do we think will happen on and off the pitch in 2022?
Tuesday 21 December 2021
A game of patience
Squid Game’s director Hwang Dong-hyuk originally had the idea for this year’s runaway TV hit in 2009. His story is a 12-year lesson in endurance.
Friday 17 December 2021
‘Tis the season to be… playing football
We’re not going to start feeling too sorry for professional footballers. But if there’s any moment in the year when they deserve a tiny bit of sympathy, it’s Christmas and New Year when the league schedule can be punishing.
Friday 10 December 2021
Sergio Ramos – a Galactico too far?
The Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos signed for Paris Saint Germain, and pocketed a fortune. Then he disappeared.
Friday 3 December 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sour grapes
This week, Cristiano Ronaldo finished outside the top three in the Ballon d’Or for the first time in ten years. The Portuguese superstar isn’t happy about it at all.
Friday 26 November 2021
Ballon d’Or – the unhealthy obsession
On Monday night, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski will go head-to-head to be crowned the world’s best player. But should we really be lauding any player with individual awards?
Friday 19 November 2021
The vanishing millions
Vanishing spray, the stuff which referees use to mark out distances for free kicks, has become part of football. But now there’s a monumental fight over who owns the patent to it.
Monday 15 November 2021
Men against boys
Since 2016, 16 Premier League or ‘category one’ academies have entered teams into the EFL Trophy to gain valuable experience, The changes aren’t working.
Friday 12 November 2021
A game with no name
Talks for naming rights between video game manufacturer EA Sports and FIFA are reportedly at a standstill. Which could mean the unthinkable – a FIFA video game not actually called FIFA.
Thursday 11 November 2021
No place for sentiment
Dean Smith had the dream job – manager of his childhood club, Aston Villa. His sacking after a poor run of form shows just how brutal the industry is.
Wednesday 10 November 2021
England’s right-back puzzle
Trent Alexander-Arnold is arguably the best right-back in world football. Why isn’t he first choice for England?
Friday 5 November 2021
What happened to home advantage?
It used to be the case that playing football at home gave teams a big advantage. But so far this year in the Premier League, more away teams have won. What’s going on?
Friday 29 October 2021
The Karim Benzema puzzle
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career. But off-the-field matters threaten to jeopardise his on-pitch form, and it’s not the first time it’s happened.
Friday 22 October 2021
Fact, fiction and football
In the TV hit Succession, a made-up media mogul accidentally buys Hearts FC. It’s turned into a real-life good news story.
Friday 15 October 2021
Racism: the receiving end
Two weeks ago League Two goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux was racially abused by a fan on social media. In his own words, he talks about the raw emotion he felt and how we can move forward to a better future.
Friday 8 October 2021
The biggest statistical anomaly in football
Why are there so few professional footballers in the UK from a South Asian background? The former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is trying to find the answer.
Monday 4 October 2021
Should loot boxes be in the game?
FIFA 22 came out last week, with some changes to its most controversial feature – loot boxes. Has EA Sports done enough to fend off charges that it’s making huge profits from a form of gambling?
Friday 1 October 2021
Ted Lasso scores
Film and television have a pretty dismal record making dramas and comedies about football. But now there’s Ted Lasso.
Friday 24 September 2021
It’s always sunny in Wrexham
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s takeover of non-league side Wrexham earlier this year left most football fans bemused. But it’s likely it would never have happened had it not been for an English comedian.
Friday 17 September 2021
Scoring net zero
This weekend, Tottenham Hotspur play Chelsea in a match that will be a first of its kind. But is a ‘net zero’ football match purely a stunt or signs that things are changing for the better?
Friday 3 September 2021
Keith the duck
A minute’s applause rang out at Wigan last weekend for a dead duck called Keith. What does it tell us about who gets commemorated at football matches and why?
Friday 27 August 2021
Is Bale back?
For years, Gareth Bale has been something of an enigma. He’s never really fully developed into the player we hoped he’d be, but as he restarts his career against at Real Madrid, could this season be the one when he catches fire?
Friday 20 August 2021
The English striker adored in Chile
Ben Brereton has had a year like no other. Born in Stoke-on-Trent and having played at England youth level, how did he become a cult hero this summer in Chile?
Friday 13 August 2021
One for the price of 55?
Arsenal’s chairman Stan Kroenke is known for keeping his business decisions close to his chest. But when 55 staff members were made redundant during the pandemic, only for one player to be bought for £50 million just 12 months later… well, how do you justify that?