Posts under ‘Sport’

Englishness and Welshness in the Battle of Britons

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman previews England v Wales as competing versions of nationhood The traditional ‘Battle of Britain’ match is of course England v Scotland, the very first recognised international football match dating back to 1872 and the most intense of rivalries ever since. The last time two ‘home’ nations met in a major tournament it was […]

Euro 2016: Never stop us dreaming

by Mark Perryman.

As Euro 2016 begins Mark Perryman offers an 11-point plan finally to end England’s years of hurt Five decades on from England’s solitary tournament triumph and as the team prepare yet another effort to end these proverbial 50 years of hurt at Euro 2016 it seems as good a time as any to consider a […]

Football: Catching up with Portugal

by Mark Perryman.

50 years ago England beat Portugal in the ’66 World Cup but Mark Perryman argues English decline has left England racing to keep up with their Euro rivals Thursday night’s pre-Euro England friendly versus Portugal is bound to provoke a 50th anniversary revisiting of England’s best match of the ’66 World Cup. No, not the much feted […]

The symbolic politics of England football: an imagined community of eleven people

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football explores what Monday’s announcement of the England Euro 2016 squad tells us about modern Englishness I was six at the time of England winning the World Cup in ’66. Despite it remaining somewhat of an obsession of mine – to declare an interest I’ve just edited the collection 1966 and […]

In a stink about a pink St George Cross

by Mark Perryman.

Professional controversialist Toby Young has got himself all in a froth about a pink St George Cross at England’s international this week Oh dear. Toby Young is all in a lather, a victim once more of the ‘PC brigade’. Writing in the Daily Mail, he describes the scene he seems to have witnessed at Tuesday night’s […]

Football for fans not consumers: they took the words right out of our mouth

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football applauds Dortmund fans’ resistance to a European Superleague When the Borussia Dortmund fans held up their brilliant banner at White Hart Lane on Thursday night ‘UEFA Super League? Shut the Fuck Up’ for many fans in England too the response would be ‘you took the words right out of our […]

Fantasy is not a good basis for sporting performance – or for judging the outcomes

by Bryan Gould.

The despair felt at England’s premature departure from the Rugby World Cup is understandable, but also informative. It tells us something significant about the problems facing English rugby, and perhaps English sport more generally. No one doubts that the “pool of death” was always going to pose a major challenge to the England team. That […]

Assem Allam: don’t let the door hit you on the way out

by Patrick Smith.

Yesterday the multimillionaire businessman called on Labour Party MPs to set up a new centrist party or defect to the Liberal democrats. He told The Times “I will do anything I can if I am convinced they can form a strong opposition,” adding that he will no longer donate money to a Labour Party led by “Comrade […]

Mark Perryman reviews the best of this summer’s sports books

by Mark Perryman.

English football’s Premiership, the best league in the world? The same four clubs, well give or take one perhaps, could be jotted down on a scrap of paper every August with a cast-iron guarantee they will fill the Champions League places, year in, year out. Tedium: it’s the brand value the Premiership has become past […]

Liberté, Égalité, Vélocité

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman makes the case for a two-wheeled  revolution Le Tour is now as much a fixture of the Great British Sporting Summer as Wimbledon strawberries and cream, a flutter on the Derby, England’s bi-annual early exit from a Euro or a World Cup and the five-day drama of an Ashes Test, weather permitting. It […]

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