In a new piece for ESPN, Nick Hornby discusses the aftermath of another disappointing World Cup for England. Read the full article here.
Nick is writing a couple of pieces for ESPN during the World Cup. Read the first one here.
As the advertisement says: it means more when there’s money on it, and in our house, every single game between anyone at all means at least a little. I had England to win two-nil on Saturday night. If only I knew someone who was a decent tipster.
“Sky must just be grateful they were not showing this turn-off in 3D. That would have trebled the torture,” said the Daily Mirror’s John Cross yesteday, about Wednesday”s terrible Arsenal v Liverpool game. I’m not sure whether it’s his maths that’s bad, or his science.
I wish that every single one of the Arsenal fans who were in the stadium to see their team’s pathetic surrender to Man Utd, could be nominated for an Oscar, as I was yesterday. I have to say, Oscar nominations really help to assuage football-related disappointment. My wife, who doesn’t get to the games very […]
Tony Blair became Prime Minister in 1996; Arsene Wenger became manager of Arsenal in 1997. Blair saw off four Conservative leaders: Major, William Hague, Iain Duncan-Smith, and Michael Howard. Arsene Wenger has seen off six Spurs managers: Gerry Francis, Christian Gross, George Graham, Glenn Hoddle, Jacques Santini and Martin Jol. Of course, Wenger is not […]
In the late sixties and early seventies, when I first started watching football, I was always reading about players who, as the sports-journalism cliché put it, had become “a target for the boo-boys”. These players were hapless individuals who, usually through a whole string of undistinguished performances for an underachieving team, would always attract the […]
Fifteen years or so ago – right around the time that my first book Fever Pitch was published – the atmosphere in our football stadia began to change. Hooliganism, at least inside the grounds, began to disappear, and, regrettably, the noise levels began to drop. This was an inevitable consequence of a number of things: […]
Manchester City’s new owners, who apparently have more money than Bill Gates and JK Rowling and the Queen and Roman Abramovich put together, tell us that after the capture of Robinho from Real Madrid, they will be turning their attention to Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal and Christiano Ronaldo of Manchester United, among fifteen or twenty […]
I love these football tournament summers. But the narratives of the tournaments themselves, the twists and turns and sub-plots, tend to disappear from my memory almost as soon as the final kick in the last penalty-shoot out has sailed over the bar. Here’s a piece I wrote for the New Yorker about the 2002 World […]