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Playing the game

16 November 2018 The new Women’s Super League season kicked off with renewed media attention. Alex Culvin analyses the growth of women’s football

Playing the game

2 October 2018 The new Women’s Super League season kicked off in September with renewed media attention. Alex Culvin analyses the growth of women’s football

Tackling racism, on and off the pitch

11 August 2018 As the Premier League kicks off across England this weekend, Red Pepper columnist Siobhán McGuirk spoke to scholar, author and Everton fan Emy Onuora about racism in football, right-wing 'fan' groups, and the legacies of Russia 2018

Coming home

16 July 2018 'Home' is not a simple place. Sivamohan Valluvan and Malcolm James explore the complex relationship between nationalism, race and belonging in the beautiful game.

Levelling the playing field

1 December 2015 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

19 June 2014 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.

Uneven playing fields

19 June 2014 Enjoyment of mega-sporting events such as the World Cup and critique of their context can and should go hand in hand, writes Mike Marqusee

Anyone but Ingerland?

18 June 2014 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

12 June 2014 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

24 February 2014 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

23 January 2014 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

12 July 2013 Mark Perryman explores the necessity of a politics that takes the Olympics seriously

Showing Israel the red card

3 December 2012 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

31 October 2012 '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?

27 July 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

10 January 2012 East London activists write on their seven years of campaigning over the 2012 Olympics development

Winners and losers: The human price of Olympic gold

22 December 2011 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’

16 December 2011 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

28 November 2011 Jim Keoghan looks at the campaign to kick the English Defence League out of football

Fueling an oily future

24 November 2011 Art activists Platform look at BP's sponsorship of the Olympics

South Africa’s own goal

16 June 2010 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

1 December 2008 Mark Perryman stands up for a game that would prefer him to sit down

A broader Britannia

30 November 2008 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

7 August 2008 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

7 August 2008 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

4 August 2008 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?

3 June 2008 Mike Marqusee on why it's just not cricket anymore

You’re booked

14 December 2007 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

1 June 2005 Tom Wainwright discovers a grassroots movement that's transforming fans into activists

The Olympics and the City

1 April 2005 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.