Hugo Borst

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Hugo Borst (born 15 June 1962, Rotterdam) is a Dutch writer, editor, TV personality and critic (best known for his football critiques).


Borst finished school when he was 18, the so-called havo. Although he never played professional football, he became a journalist for the magazine Voetbal International in 1985. After working for Voetbal International for six years he started to write for another magazine, Panorama. He did that for three years only. He now writes columns for the Algemeen Dagblad (mostly about Football) as well for the magazine Esquire, about love and sex. He also is one of the main editors for the soccermagazine Hard Gras.

Borst also appeared on Dutch television. He was a regular guest in the soccer discussion program Studio Voetbal as well as regular guest in the current affairs program De Wereld Draait Door. He also presented his own television program, Over Vaders en Zonen. In this show Borst examines issues of raising autistic children, a topic to which he was drawn due to his experiences with his own autistic son.

The Dutch journalist in "Becoming Zlatan"one of the film’s ugliest moments borrows the language of anti-Islamic politician Pim Fortuyn to describe Zlatan as a “second-class foreigner” and a “lazy migrant worker” during Zlatan's tenure at Ajax

In 2011, Borst ceased all writing and television activities, claiming he was mentally exhausted.[1]

During the 2014 World Cup Borst is appearing on Nederland 1's "Studio Brasil" as a pundit.


  • De Coolsingel bleef leeg (1996)
  • Over vaders en zonen (2005)
  • Het grote, gezellige voetbalquizboek voor het hele gezin (2006)
  • Over lust en liefde. Verhaaltjes voor het slapengaan (als men niets beters te doen heeft natuurlijk) (2007)
  • Schieten op Volkert van der G. De beste voetbalverhalen (2008)
  • Over vaders en zonen. Een controversieel verhaal over de verboden liefde tussen een vader en zijn zoon (2008)
  • Alle ballen op Heintje (2009)
  • Waarom ik zo van Sparta hou (2010)
  • Kappen (2011)
  • O, Louis (2014)
  • Ma. Hugo Borst over zijn dementerende moeder. (2015)
  • Ach, moedertje. Vervolg op het boek Ma. (2017)
Year Medium Function
1985–1991 Voetbal International Journalist
1991–1994 Panorama Journalist
1994 - Hard Gras Head editor (since 2004)
2004 Komt dat schot (BNN) Judge member
2005 - Algemeen Dagblad Columnist
2005 - Esquire Columnist
2005–2010 Studio Voetbal (NOS) Regular Guest
2006–2010 De Wereld Draait Door (VARA) Regular Guest
2007–2009 Over Vaders en Zonen (VPRO) Interviewer and presenter
2010 WIA 4 (VPRO) Voice over


  1. ^ "Borst legt werkzaamheden voor televisie per direct neer". Voetbalzone Magazine. 11 January 2011.