Opinion

Informed comment from our team of writers which includes Brian Glanville, the doyenne of British football writing, former editor of World Soccer, Keir Radnedge, and current editor Gavin Hamilton.

  • The battle for FIFA: how the fight for the presidency turned dirty

    June 29, 2011

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011, could be a historic day for FIFA as the 208 officially recognised, paid-up nation members of world football’s governing body choose a new president...and he could be the first Asian to break the European/Brazilian axis.

  • Wrong man for the job?

    June 29, 2011

    Andre Villas-Boas for Chelsea? What has the poor fellow done, whatever his achievements at Porto, to deserve that? Even if he has done great things at Porto.

  • Hit and miss

    June 29, 2011

    The transfer of 19-year-old centre back Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers to Manchester United has had some puzzling aspects. In the first place, why was Jones so dead keen to go to Old Trafford at all?

  • Sinking without trace

    June 29, 2011

    One way and another, I surmise England will slide and scramble their way into the finals of the European Championship where in all likelihood they will sink without trace.

  • FIFA farce!

    June 29, 2011

    And you, Platini! Not that the former, scintillating French international can be seen as anything but a completely honest man.

  • Saving Ryan’s privacy

    June 29, 2011

    It's over twenty years ago that outside the stands at Old Trafford, Joe Brown, then the chief Manchester United scout, introduced me to a quiet 16-year-old called Ryan Giggs and assured me with good reason that he was going to be a fine player.

  • Hammered!

    June 29, 2011

    Have West Ham United, under the disastrous aegis of Sullivan and Gold, abetted by the formidable Karren Brady, doomed their ailing club to further catastrophe?