Simon Kuper has lived (and played and watched soccer) in France' Holland' Germany' the USA and England' and has written on soccer for publications all over the world' including at The New York Times. He now works for the Financial Times. He studied history and German at Oxford University and supports Ajax Amsterdam' but not all that passionately. His book' Soccer Against the Enemy won the William Hill Prize for sports book of the year in Britain. He lives in Paris.