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.

Football Crazy: Simon Kuper, Amy Raphael, Colin Shindler

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?

Football across Borders (The Talk)
Assaf Gavron, the author of CrocAttack, Uri Sheradsky, editor of the monthly sports magazine, Shem Hamisehak, both members of the Israeli writers’ football team and their counterpart on the English team, Jeremy Gavron, (An Acre of Barren Ground) and Simon Kuper (Why England Lose) are joined by Jerrold Kessel, the author of Goals for Galilee, the story of a tiny Arab soccer club which won the Israeli State Cup discussed the ways in which football can bring together people, players and au...
What IS going on in France?
Allez Vite! “Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité”: France at the crossroads. In this session focused on France, Simon Kuper, the highly respected and entertaining Paris columnist for the Financial Times, discusses the current situation with bestselling author and political commentator, Jonathan Fenby, whose recent book The History of Modern France: From the Revolution to the Present,...
Worth Dying For?
One of the finest geopolitical analysts of our day, bestselling author of Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall, examines the relationship between flags, national identity and nationalism. In conversation with journalists Martin Bright and Simon Kuper, Marshall analyses what these symbols represent and how they relate to the renewed sense of nationalism in China, the troubled identities in Europe and the USA, and the international potency and threat of Islamic State. Drawing on more than 25 ye...