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Football Crazy: Simon Kuper, Amy Raphael, Colin Shindler

Simon Kuper, Amy Raphael, Colin Shindler

07/03/2004 10:45 am
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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

Simon Kuper joined the Financial Times in 1994. He wrote the daily currencies column, before leaving the FT in 1998, to return in 2002 as sports columnist. He has been there ever since, nowadays writing a general column for the Weekend FT on all manner of topics from politics to books, and on cities including London, Paris, Johannesburg and Miami.

Amy Raphael

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

Colin Shindler

Colin Shindler is Professor Emeritus and Pears Senior Research Fellow at SOAS, the first UK Professor of Israel Studies. He has written seven books including The Rise of the Israeli Right and Israel and the European Left.