Hodgson’s way is so in tune with austerity Britain
Very much in the image of their manager, Roy Hodgson, England were well organised, disciplined, lacking in flair, modestly artisan and resilient.
Evening Standard, June 12th 2012
Jason Cowley gave up his golfing ambitions 20 years ago. Now he's back on the course, but finds his biggest challenge is not in the lie of the ball - it's in the lies he told himself about his game.
The Observer, July 1st 2007
As the ragga music blared and the tills rang at the open-air bars in Rodney Bay, Jason Cowley bumped into New Zealand and England cricketers intent on a good night out. Then the World Cup darkened into tragedy.
The Observer, April 1st 2007
An epic drama of pride, passion and then tears
After the match, his final defeat as England manager, Sven-Goran Eriksson seemed somehow reduced and much smaller as he prepared to take questions from his tormentors in the press.
The Observer, July 2nd 2006
Lonesome Riquelme is the go-to man
Argentina's playmaker sometimes seems to be playing a game beyond his peers .
The Observer, June 18th 2006
The French revolutionary
Last weekend, Arsenal played their final league match at Highbury, an occasion that was at once a celebration and a long goodbye. No one seemed to be living more intensely through those last moments at the venerable stadium in north London than Arsène Wenger.
The Observer, May 14th 2006
The lost art of commentary
The best commentators weren't just experts - they were eloquent, writes Jason Cowley.
New Statesman, July 11th 2005
London 2012: smaller, greater, braver
While Beijing looks set to be gigantic, the UK capital should offer a vision that is true to the modesty and spirit of the original Games.
The Observer, July 10th 2005
The Arsenal captain's on-off move to Real Madrid last summer led to a season of frustration and lost form. As his side's last chance for a trophy, the FA Cup final, approaches, Jason Cowley speaks to Patrick Vieira, his friends and confidants, to discover how deeply the Spanish saga has affected him.
The Observer, May 8th 2005
Racism in South Africa
Apartheid, not the ruling regime, brought race into South African cricket, writes Jason Cowley.
New Statesman, February 7th 2005
Press box gossip
You get better gossip in the match press box than in the Westminster lobby, writes Jason Cowley.
New Statesman, January 17th 2005
Jason Cowley on how the mysterious Fijian Vijay Singh became the world's best player.
The Observer, November 28th 2004
Jason Cowley celebrates Andrew Flintoff, the exuberant and irresistible England all-rounder.
The Observer, September 5th 2004
The crying Games
It was a fortnight of tears in Athens, writes Jason Cowley. Matthew Pinsent wept with joy; Hicham El Guerrouj collapsed in tears after breaking his Olympic hoodoo in the 1,500m; and, of course, there was Paula Radcliffe, her hopes dashed on the road from Marathon.
The Observer, September 5th 2004
After a stellar career on the track - and an equally speedy rise in politics - Sebastian Coe now heads London's bid for the 2012 Olympics. But with his team lying third on the last lap, can he once again kick to the finish?
The Observer, August 8th 2004
The death of cricket in Zimbabwe
Cricket in Zimbabwe has no future because it is almost wholly a white game, writes Jason Cowley.
New Statesman, May 17th 2004
The great Steve Waugh
Waugh is over: in praise of the man who transformed Test cricket.
New Statesman, January 12th 2004
Cast out by the cricket establishment, cursed by failed relationships and traumatised by the death of his mother: small wonder Phil Tufnell agreed to bug-eating in the bush. Jason Cowley meets the nation's favourite Jack-the-lad.
The Observer, July 6th 2003
English footballers are dying out
Cherish English footballers while you can; they are dying out, writes Jason Cowley.
New Statesman, June 16th 2003
An honourable cricketer
He spent his final days in the second XI. Yet Robert Bailey was a hero. By Jason Cowley.
New Statesman, August 12th 2002
Football has become rich and cosmopolitan and at the heart of our entertainment culture. But what about the footballers themselves?
Prospect, Issue 75, June 2002
Still haunted by the ghosts of '66
That World Cup win and that swinging summer created a benchmark against which we will always be measured, and always found wanting.
New Statesman, July 3rd 2000