Catharsis in Qatar: How the FIFA World Cup This Year Will Likely Change the Gulf Nation

The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha IF ALL GOES well, the FIFA World Cup of this year-end, to be held in the months of November and December, as opposed to the usual months of May or June and July, will be held in the small nation of Qatar in the Persian Gulf. People from that … Continue reading Catharsis in Qatar: How the FIFA World Cup This Year Will Likely Change the Gulf Nation

I am very surprised about India making so little progress in football, says Simon Kuper

Simon Kuper (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) SIMON KUPER has earned a reputation over the years as one of the world’s greatest football writers. A columnist with the Financial Times, 51-year-old Kuper is an author of several books on football, including perhaps the most influential of them all, Soccernomics, co-authored with sport economist Stefan Szymanski. His latest book, Barça: … Continue reading I am very surprised about India making so little progress in football, says Simon Kuper

“Voters Are Intelligent Enough to Distinguish Between Politicians and Football” — In Conversation with Simon Kuper

SIMON KUPER IS one of the world’s most renowned football writers. A widely read Financial Times columnist, Kuper, who co-authored Soccernomics with sports economist Stefan Szymanski, had been working on region-specific editions of their best-selling work. Recently, they came out with a revised edition of the book, drawing upon new market inputs and data. The 48-year-old Uganda-born British writer, … Continue reading “Voters Are Intelligent Enough to Distinguish Between Politicians and Football” — In Conversation with Simon Kuper