• Whose side are you on? Kosovo football dilemma sparks identity debate Written for BBC Radio Four’s From Our Own Correspondent, broadcast on November 10, 2016: The fans of Kosovo’s national side are in good voice – even though the team’s so new that they don’t yet have many songs to sing. “We want victory!” they chant in the bus taking them to their first official home […] 4 min read
  • Dinner in Geneva led to Rumble in the Jungle KINSHASA, October 2004 – When a guest at a plush dinner in Geneva asked where Kinshasa was, she set off a chain of events that led to one of the world’s great sporting showdowns. Zaire’s President Mobutu Sese Seko was furious his fellow diner was ignorant of the country’s capital. When he had calmed down, […] 3 min read
  • Soccer And The Media: Did Louis Van Gaal Offer To Van Go? LONDON, Feb 2016 – Did Louis van Gaal offer to quit as Manchester United manager? If so, when? After a defeat to Southampton, as the Guardian reported last week? Categorically not, according to the BBC and the Telegraph. How about twice over Christmas, as the Times recently reported? Maybe, but the Daily Mail says he’s […] 7 min read