Like a lot of kids the great Martinican/Algerian revolutionary Frantz Fanon loved playing soccer as a youngster. Returning to Martinique in 1945 after fighting in Europe and North Africa in World War II.
Football is all about numbers. It’s a game of two halves, 4-4-2 formations, 11 players and as many goals scored as possible.
Football always divides opinion. As the latest English season draws to a close and the Football League playoffs take centre stage, there will be some that grumble about the format.
Last year, as 24 football-mad nations across Europe cheered on their heroes, and Portugal battled their way to UEFA Euro 2016 glory.
Another month, another potential money scandal in the beautiful game. Unfortunately, and despite several weeks passing since tax officers raided two Premier League clubs, uncertainty remains as to who exactly is suspected of committing crimes.
Kelvin MacKenzie has been suspended as a Sun columnist for an opinion piece in which he referred to Everton footballer Ross Barkley – who has a Nigerian grandfather – as a “gorilla”
In top-level sport, success is the overwhelming criterion for judging coaches. In professional sport, team owners, directors and fans clearly value the product (winning) greater than the process (performance).
The Premier League is desperately trying to stop people from illegally streaming football games. Its latest victory in the UK’s High Court was to stop hundreds of thousands of people watching matches for free via a Kodi set-top box.
For the top football clubs in Europe, it was another great result. The telephone company BT was so determined to keep broadcasting Champions’ League and Europa League football, that it forked out £1.18 billion for the privilege.
The Scottish national football team’s last gasp 1-0 victory over Slovenia in the World Cup qualifier on Sunday March 26 has breathed some life into a campaign that was trundling towards elimination.
Everton Football Club announced a milestone step towards moving from its historic Goodison Park home to a new stadium at Bramley Moore dock in Liverpool.
When Arsene Wenger was named as the new manager of Arsenal FC in September 1996, English football was in a period of transition.
English football’s top flight, the Premier League, dominates the sporting world’s league tables for revenue.
Football fans are still waiting to hear the year’s biggest announcement: which team does Theresa May support?
A total ban has been put on The Sun by Liverpool football club, 28 years after the city started a mass boycott of the newspaper for running a false story about supporters’ behaviour during the Hillsborough tragedy.
Almost three decades after the Hillsborough tragedy, Liverpool Football Club has banned journalists from The Sun newspaper from its stadium and training ground. It is a move that has social resonance well beyond the...
Most people don’t often think about bees’ brainpower. Bees are generally regarded as tiny unthinking machines, flying from flower to flower, genetically pre-programmed to collect pollen and nectar and make honey.
Last weekend’s A-League derby between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers was a tense and thrilling game. More than 40,000 spectators cheered on their respective teams, with the match also available to viewers on subscription TV.
It seems barely conceivable, but then it is Premier League football, a realm where almost anything seems possible. Leicester City to the Premier League title – arguably the greatest shock in the entire history of the English game – the club’s Italian manager and coach, Claudio Ranieri has been unceremoniously sacked.
Less than 60 years ago, women’s football almost disappeared in Australia. This Sunday, local team, Perth Glory, will take on Melbourne City in the 2017 W-League Grand Final.
Disgruntled Blackburn Rovers fans are desperate for the club’s owners, Indian poultry firm Venky’s – to sell the club.
When the government completes its review of the gambling sector, a clampdown on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) looks on the cards.
Those were the lucky few who actually saw Pele play in his hey-days from his meteoric rise from a Brazilian slum.
FIFA’s decision to increase the number of countries taking part in the World Cup has provoked a predictable range of responses in football.
It is likely that this winter’s transfer window will be the biggest yet and is predicted to break the current record of £225m spent by clubs.
Heading a football may look effortless but many scientists have suspected it might actually harm the player’s brain. There could be real consequences – we know that brain injury is linked to an increased...
Football has always played an important role in Scottish culture. For working-class communities in particular, the biweekly pilgrimage to the team’s stadium is a deep-rooted and long-held tradition. Indeed, Scotland’s top tier has regularly...
The Premier League recently signed its biggest deal outside UK. Chinese electronics giant Suning has stumped up £560m for TV rights.
A decade after General Augusto Pinochet died, Chile still feel the legacy of his regime on a daily basis more tangibly in football.
Andy Woodward has been speaking out recently about their experiences of sexual abuse as children.
The tragic crash involving a plane carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense was extremely sad.
The inglorious end to Sam Allardyce’s brief reign as manager of the England football team, after just 67 days in charge, sparked national embarrassment. But, despite Allardyce facing a ban from the sport, it...
Many young aspiring footballers in West Africa look at professional football like a global multibillion industry, as pathway out of poverty.
According to BBC Radio 5 Live survey, 82% of fans in England, Wales and Scotland are comfortable with their club signing a gay player.
When Canadian military doctor John McCrae sat down to write a poem on the edge of a battlefield in May 1915, he could have had no idea how far the echoes of his words...
Families of the Hillsborough 96 gathered at the city's historic St George's Hall to receive specially cast medals and scrolls.
New research released by Cancer Council NSW has revealed eight out of nine food and beverage sponsors of children’s sports development programs in Australia are classified as unhealthy.
A FIFA taskforce has recommended the tournament should be rescheduled from the summer to winter, at least high temperatures are likely to disappear as one of the sticks with which to beat Qatar.
Stefan Szymanski and Simon Kuper’s Why England Lose: And Other Curious Football Phenomena Explained, which also was published as Soccernomics for an American audience, had a go at an explanation. Their prediction of the...
As each league kicks off, the competition over which is the biggest does too. Some commentators are claiming European football is now dominated by a “big three” of England, Germany and Spain instead of the traditional “big five” that also includes France and Italy.
black players now form the basis of many English football clubs and the England national team – think Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Danny Wellbeck and Theo Walcott. And, of course, some black players from the past are now occupying management positions within clubs.
Greg Dyke has used this season’s star, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, as a prime example of the kind of talent that clubs need to do better at fostering.
Their fans revel in past glories but few know there is also a dark side to their club’s history: both were involved in the highest-level fix we know about in English football.
The re-opening of all these cases has thrown up inconvenient and challenging questions about our notions of law, order and justice