Levelling the playing field
Andrew Dolan spoke to Jack Badu, Tom Perez and Joel Sharples of Football Beyond Borders, a charity that uses football to help create a more equal and inclusive society

From the terraces to the boardroom
With many elite football clubs now the indebted playthings of billionaire owners, football has become a game of two halves. Kicking from left to right, Jim Keoghan charts the rise of supporter ownership models.

Anyone but Ingerland?
From the archives: Mark Perryman puts the case for flying the St George cross at the World Cup, while Mike Marqusee explains why he'll be rooting for any other country to win it (Published in issue 142, June 2006)

Copa de Cash: saying this is a World Cup for everyone is a cruel joke
The World Cup in Brazil will be a far cry from the inclusive and peaceful celebration it pretends to be, writes Tom Gatehouse

Fifty years ago, Cassius Clay ‘shook up the world’ by winning the heavyweight title – and embracing the Nation of Islam
Mike Marqusee remembers the victory of the underdog who became Muhammad Ali – and how it wasn't just sport's hierarchies that were rocked by it

Sochi will be remembered as the anti-gay Olympics
LGBT people are the latest of many victims of Putin's strong-arm tactics - and the Winter Olympics are the cutting edge of his regime's homophobia, writes Peter Tatchell

One year after London 2012, a call for a dissident Olympics in Rio
Mark Perryman explores the necessity of a politics that takes the Olympics seriously

Showing Israel the red card
As UEFA prepares to stage the 2013 European under-21 championship in Israel, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi reports on the exclusion of Palestinian footballers

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about competition
'Did sibling rivalry make you happy? Would you like to be treated by a more competitive doctor?'

The neoliberal Games: who are the real winners from London 2012?
Far from embodying some timeless ‘Olympic spirit’, the 2012 Games reflect the injustice and inequality of the current economic system, writes David Renton

The Olympic struggle of the London 2012 resisters
East London activists write on their seven years of campaigning over the 2012 Olympics development

Winners and losers: The human price of Olympic gold
The metal for the 2012 medals will come from Salt Lake City and the Gobi desert. Richard Harkinson introduces activists fighting Rio Tinto plc’s hazardous mines

The Olympics site: ‘a ticking-clock assault on the residue of industrial history’
In this extract from his latest book, Ghost Milk, Iain Sinclair looks at the toxicity of the soil under the Olympics

From toe-hold to no hold: football and the EDL
Jim Keoghan looks at the campaign to kick the English Defence League out of football

Fueling an oily future
Art activists Platform look at BP's sponsorship of the Olympics

South Africa’s own goal
As football fans worldwide turn their attention towards South Africa, Ashwin Desai and Patrick Bond look at what impact hosting the World Cup is having on the world's most unequal large country

Off the ball
Mark Perryman stands up for a game that would prefer him to sit down

A broader Britannia
England's World Cup qualifying campaign takes fans to some far-flung places: Belarus this year, Kazakhstan and Ukraine in 2009. Mark Perryman argues the case for a fan-led popular internationalism

It’s just not natural
From sheep's testicles to strychnine the use of performance-enhancing substances in sport has a long, if dishonourable, history. Cathal Sheerin reports

Sleeping your way to the top
Cathal Sheerin investigates altitude chambers in world-class sport and asks if it's breaking the Olympic sporting spirit, giving an unfair advantage to athletes that can afford to use them

Pass the torch and follow the money
The Olympic ideal speaks of internationalism, but the Games have long been a focus for national rivalries. And while advertising remains banned from stadiums, the 'Olympic family' embraces corporate sponsors. Garry Whannel looks at the contradictory politics of the world's largest sporting event

Who’s afraid of the Indian Premier League?
Mike Marqusee on why it's just not cricket anymore

You’re booked
Sports books fill the bestseller lists every Christmas. Anne Coddington and Mark Perryman examine the rise and rise of the new sports writing

Manchester’s Red Revolution
Tom Wainwright discovers a grassroots movement that's transforming fans into activists

The Olympics and the City
Oscar Reyes went to Athens to look at how the Olympics affected the life of the city, and found a legacy of privatization and surveillance. Back in London, he draws the lessons for the capital's own Olympic Bid.