Two new commissioned articles up for the European Review of Poetry, Culture and stuff, Versopolis. I'm not a huge football brain, but I've always been around it, a few members of my family played for professional clubs youth teams (and then got dropped). It was interesting to get these commissiones - the first an article about how England views itself as a national team as opposed to a series of club supporters (an article I might revise now, given it was written did alright in the world cup and lost their minds) and the second that overviews the world cup itself.
Team over nation, on England's national team and the club as a barrier to fully fledged national confidence http://www.versopolis.com/column/639/team-over-nation
Russia’s victory off the pitch, my highlights of the world cup 2018 http://www.versopolis.com/panorama/643/russia-s-victory-off-the-pitch