Simon Kuper

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Simon Kuper
Simon Gad Kuper

Known forSports journalism

Simon Kuper is a British author. He writes about sports "from an anthropologic perspective."[1]

Kuper was born in Uganda of South African parents, 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. The book put forward a formula allowing Kuper to predict that Serbia and Brazil would play the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final.[2]

Kuper usually writes about football, discussing the culture that surrounds it — such as the Old Firm rivalry — as well as the on-field play.[3] He has written on cricket occasionally, with articles on cricket in the Netherlands[4] and cricket in apartheid South Africa.[5]

Kuper also writes in Dutch, and his work frequently appeared in publications including the Dutch newspaper De Pers, the literary football magazine Hard Gras, and opinion magazine Vrij Nederland.


Writing for the Financial Times, Kuper has written that, with the Democratic Party campaigning on "modernity and unity of Americans of all backgrounds", Donald Trump would predominantly rely on white identity, tax cuts and male supremacy for his re-election attempt in 2020.[6]


  1. ^ A quote from the short bio next to his article ‘De Teloorgang’ in Vrij Nederland, nr. 23, June 7th, 2008. Page 24.
  2. ^ "Formula predicts who will win". Stuff. Archived from the original on 14 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ "No Headline Present". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  4. ^ Simon Kuper (March 5, 2007). "Hail Holland, world cricket's unlikely lads". Financial Times. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Simon Kuper (March 6, 2006). "All the time in the world". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  6. ^ Simon Kuper (February 10, 2020). "How the Democrats can beat Trump". Financial Times. The Democrats’ positive message must be about modernity and unity of Americans of all backgrounds, plus a takeover of Trump’s anti-elitist spiel of 2016. That leaves Trump with white identity, male supremacy and tax cuts for the rich — probably not enough.

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Preceded by
Stephen Jones
William Hill Sports Book of the Year winner
Succeeded by
John Feinstein