Alex Massie

Maybe Cristiano Ronaldo Isn't the Answer, He's the Problem
June 23, 2014

Would Portugal be better without him?

The Reign of Spain Is Over—But You Don't Have to be a Jerk About It
June 18, 2014

So long, Xavi and company. It's been a good six years. 

Nate Silver and His Equations Don't Understand the World Cup
June 16, 2014

The dubiousness of Big Data's soccer predictions

Why You Should Hate Team USA
June 12, 2014

Why You Should Root Against Team USA in the World Cup

Tea Time For Tories: What David Cameron and John Boehner Have in Common
January 17, 2013

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is in a bind. Not because recent opinion polls put his party a dozen points behind Labour and not even, really, because the British economy continues to splutter along in search of a long overdue recovery.

Fleet Street Blues: The Last Days of British Journalism
November 30, 2012

The Leveson Report's false promises to reform the British press.

Pirlo's Renaissance
June 25, 2012

Of all the blessings bestowed upon this tournament not the least satisfying has been the re-emergence of Andrea Pirlo as a player of the highest class. His performance against England last night was as complete a display of midfield generalship as you could wish to see. If this owed something to England’s perplexing willingness to grant the Juventus man time on the ball then that was there fault and scarcely something that should be used to diminish Pirlo’s excellence.  Juventus man? That still seems an odd thing to type, so closely has the little fella been associated with Milan.

Greece Vs. Germany
June 22, 2012

Lord spare us from any further jokelettes about tonight’s Bail-Out fixture between Germany and Greece. In any case, the boys from Monty Python were way ahead of you: That was then and this is now, and the Greeks need more inspiration than this to prevail this evening.

Can England Win? No.
June 15, 2012

According to Sellar and Yeatman, authors of the alternative history of England “1066 and All That,” every time the English came close to solving the Irish Question the Irish bamboozled their colonial overlords by, cunningly, changing the Question. This neatly reflects the way England’s neighbors confound her. As in history so in soccer. The Scots and Irish and Welsh are quick to catalogue any example of overbearing English arrogance.

The Poznan Variations
June 11, 2012

I mentioned that Ireland’s fans are perhaps the best of those visiting Poland and the Ukraine this month. (Croatia’s might be second-best). But for truly magnificent daftness we tip our hats to the Poles and especially those that follow Lech Poznan. This is mental and magnificent and all kinds of other things. Worth three minutes of your time...