The World Is Still Watching, Herr Blatter

The World Is Still Watching, Herr Blatter

Perhaps it was a reflection upon the cynical age in which we live rather than anything else, but there was a current of disbelief that followed the announcement made by Sepp Blatter at the start of this month that he would not be seeking to continue as the President...
The 2015 Women’s World Cup: Second Round History

The 2015 Women’s World Cup: Second Round History

France must wonder why they bothered winning their Women’s World Cup group. Had France finished second, they would have faced a quarter-final against the hosts and a semi-final against the reigning champions. But at this tournament, Canada and Japan are the “weaker...
A Short Story About The Three Ages Of Fandom

A Short Story About The Three Ages Of Fandom

The Capuchin Crypt in Rome is a most extraordinary place. Built over a period of two hundred and fifty years between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, it was the home of a brotherhood of monks who believed that one way in which they could most successfully...
The 2015 Under-20 World Cup: Serbia’s Success

The 2015 Under-20 World Cup: Serbia’s Success

Serbia were one of the first two teams I saw live on telly in this ultimately satisfying World Under-20s Cup Finals. And, decent though they were, they didn’t scream “potential world champions” at me. Nemanja Maksimovic’s slide-rule finish on one hundred and eighteen...