Posts Tagged ‘Football’

Another two people have been allegedly poisoned by the Soviet-era nerve-agent ‘Novichok‘, this time in Amesbury.

And Russia and England are both still in the 2018 World Cup, with just over a week left to go. Those probably seem like two unrelated statements: and maybe they are.

Then again, maybe not.

Regarding this latest alleged nerve-agent incident, the authorities have been careful not to be seen to jump to conclusions – so there has been no overt statement implicating Russia. And the media reports all suggest that the two individuals in question had nothing to do with Russia. (more…)



For weeks, outlets in France and elsewhere have been warning that there might be a terror attack during the Euro 2016 football tournament. And sure enough, it happened within just one day of the competition starting. Except no one’s calling it a terror attack.



Leicester City being crowned English Premier League champions ranks without doubt as one of the greatest sports stories of modern times.


In a recent post early into the 2014 FIFA World Cup I was illustrating one of the key appeals of World Cup football being the ‘drama’ and the dramatic ironies that often permeate tournaments and the undertone of Greek tragedy/myth to some of the more classic examples, raising the spectacle beyond the level of mere sport and into the realm of human drama. I cited Zinedine Zidane in 2006 and David Beckham in 1998 among other memorable examples.
The fact that a few days later the most memorable moment of a largely memorable tournament emerged in the form of Luis Suarez’s now infamous biting incident simply reinforced the point: almost every memorable World Cup features a particularly memorable narrative revolving around a specific individual. And Luis Suarez has become that individual in 2014.