And so it came to pass that in rugby world cup year the RBS Six Nations championships has come down to the final weekend with four countries still capable of becoming the champions of the Northern Hemisphere. Read More »
Ian Stafford is a multi award-winning sports writer, author and broadcaster, with 25 years' experience at the highest level of both national and international media. He has written for The Times, The Daily Express, Sunday Express, The Independent, The Scotsman and, for many years, The Mail on Sunday, where he is a senior sports writer, as well as for a host of magazines ranging from Esquire to High Life, Reader's Digest to Newsweek. In his time he has been voted Sports Reporter of the Year, twice Sports Magazine Writer of the Year, twice highly commended for his sports interviews, twice highly commended for his magazine writing, and finished 2nd in 2009 in the prestigious British Press Awards. He has covered every major sports event in the world since 1988, and interviewed just about every sports star.
Ian has also appeared regularly on a host of terrestial and satellite television programmes over the past 20 years, and remains a familiar face on TV and voice on Radio 5 Live and Radio 4, where he has written and narrated sports documentaries.
He has written 14 books, many of which have been best -sellers, including his well-known four participatory books, "Playgrounds of the Gods," "In Your Dreams," "In Search of the Tiger" and "Who Do You Think You Are ... Michael Schumacher?" For four years he also wrote "The Player," a participatory column in Esquire magazine.
In December 2009 he co-launched Sportsvibe.co.uk, which he co-owns and edits. In its 15-month lifespan to date Sportsvibe has become a major sports entertainment site that is enjoyed around the world and boasts significant figures.
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England's progress towards a successful Rugby World Cup grounded to a shuddering halt in Dublin where they were well beaten by an Irish side in the ascendancy.In the process another chance of a Grand Slam went begging in a year when finally burying this particular hoodoo would have been particularly welcome. Read More »
What a woeful, insipid display by England overnight at the cricket world cup.Apart from Joe Root (again) nobody stood up to be counted against a New Zealand side who swatted England aside with very evident contempt. Read More »
Two weekends gone and already we are talking about a Grand Slam decider in the RBS Six Nations. Read More »
I don't know whether we are growing a tad blasé about the golden age of British sport, what with the London Olympics, the Glasgow Commonwealths and the Rugby League World Cup all passing by so effectively, but there is no danger of this momentum abating any time soon. Read More »
So, is it a coincidence that British sport enjoyed it's best ever Olympics in 2012? And is it similarly a coincidence that the home countries also enjoyed their best return at the Commonwealth Games? The answer, of course, is no. Read More »
Let's get something straight right from the start.Sport is ultimately about winning titles and medals.That's the end goal for every athlete in any sport.In most sports Olympic gold is the pinnacle.In some sports it is a world cup/championships. Read More »
People will accuse me of being reactionary.After all, when Rory McIlroy lifted the Claret Jug on the 18th green at Hoylake on Sunday evening it was "only" his third major title claimed.But I am convinced that McIlroy will finish his career with more majors than Tiger Woods. Read More »
The one good thing about Mario Gotze scoring that exceptional extra time winner for Germany last night is that it spared Argentina and the rest of the world the sight of the Germans winning a penalty shoot out, as they always do, to become world champions.Now there can be no arguments. Read More »
Saturday boasts a rare, joyous hat-trick for England sports fans.Early in the morning the England rugby team take on the New Zealand All Blacks in the 2nd Test in Dunedin.As soon as that finishes it is Day 3 of the 1st Test against Sri Lanka at Lords. Read More »