Past Events

Past EventsSunday, March 7

Football Crazy: Simon Kuper, Amy Raphael, Colin Shindler

Simon Kuper
Amy Raphael
Colin Shindler
Chair: Simon Inglis

In a classic Book Week 3:1 formation, some of the most talented writers on the game discussed the Jewish obsession with football and the most important questions of the moment: Why are there so few good Jewish players? Is the strong Jewish presence in the stands and the boardroom a substitute for action on the pitch? And why are so many football commentators Jewish?

Simon Kuper is author of two books including Ajax, the Dutch, the War (2003). He writes a weekly sports column in the Financial Times.

Amy Raphael is a freelance writer for the ObserverThe Evening Standard and Esquire magazine.

Colin Shindler is a leading TV writer and producer. He is the author of two best-selling books about football including Manchester United Ruined My Life (1999). George Best and 21 Others was published in April 2004.

Simon Inglis has written several books on football including Sightlines (2000).

Experience the event as it happened:

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