There is no story quite so dull as that of the totally confident person. Jennifer Doyle considers Ken Loach's new film, Looking for Eric, in the context of other football life stories, and concludes there's something missing from the tale.
I am a founding officer for the Union Football League, an AYSO-affiliated adult league which plays near downtown Los Angeles. When we heard that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) would field a team during our first season we were a bit wary.
Rudo y Cursi, Carlos Cuarón’s comedy starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna is as much about soccer as Footballer’s Wives is. It is less a sports film than a parody of fútbol culture – of everything that the game produces around itself. But where the British television series marries the drama of the spoiled...
Lily Parr was the first woman inducted to the National Football Museum Hall of Fame. Renown for her athleticism and skill, she was a celebrity in the late teens and twenties, and was directly impacted by the 1921 FA ban that barred women from FA pitches and forbid FA members from refereeing or working as linesmen during women's games. Jennifer Doyle asks if the FA have really apologized for this.
If you are lucky enough to visit White Hart Lane on match day, you might hear the Tottenham fans chant "Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur" to the tune of the song popularly known as "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". Jennifer Doyle looks at the oft-forgotten origins of this stirring tune in 19th century America.