|Born||Simon Gad Kuper
October 15, 1969
|Known for||Sports journalism|
Kuper was born in Uganda of South African parents in 1969, and moved to Leiden in the Netherlands as a child, where his father, Adam Kuper, was a lecturer in anthropology at Leiden University. He has also lived in South Africa (to escape the Dutch winters), Stanford, California, Berlin and London. He studied History and German at Oxford University, and attended Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar. He now lives in Paris with his family.
He won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 1994 with his book Football Against the Enemy, which was later released in the United States as Soccer Against the Enemy. He has also written for The Observer and The Guardian, and is currently a sports columnist for the Financial Times.
In 2003 he published his book Ajax, The Dutch, the War: Football in Europe during the Second World War. He co-authored the 2009 book Soccernomics with Stefan Szymanski. Kuper usually writes about football, discussing the culture that surrounds it — such as the Old Firm rivalry — as well as the on-field play. He has written on cricket occasionally, with insightful and idiosyncratic articles on cricket in the Netherlands and cricket in apartheid South Africa. The book put forward a formula allowing Kuper to predict that Serbia and Brazil would play the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final.
- Inglis, Simon (23 May 2011). "Review: The Football Men". Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- A quote from the short bio next to his article ‘De Teloorgang’ in Vrij Nederland, nr. 23, June 7th, 2008. Page 24.
- Simon Kuper (March 5, 2007). "Hail Holland, world cricket’s unlikely lads". Financial Times. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
- Simon Kuper (March 6, 2006). "All the time in the world". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
- Simon Kuper short biography in Financial Times web site
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