Ten of the Best Football Writers

A look at 10 of the best English language football writers in the world. The media scrutinizes every aspect of the game, and these guys, with their huge Twitter followings, are at the forefront in providing informed opinion and analysis on world football.

1
Henry Winter

Among the most respected football writers in England, Winter is an authority on all things Premier League. He is the chief football writer at The Daily Telegraph, where he covers matches and produces regular columns, each one a thing of beauty.

 

Twitter: twitter.com/henrywinter

2
Gabriel Marcotti

Born in Italy and now based in England, Marcotti is an expert on world soccer, specializing in Serie A and the Premier League. Always with his ear to the ground in the world of transfers, Marcotti writes for Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal and The Times among other publications.

 

Twitter: twitter.com/Marcotti

3
Rafael Honigstein

An expert on his native Bundesliga, the amiable Honigstein is the English football correspondent for German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, and German correspondent for British newspaper The Guardian. Honigstein, who studied law before becoming a journalist, also writes a column for Sports Illustrated.

 

Twitter: twitter.com/honigstein

4
Brian Glanville

One of football's most celebrated scribes, Glanville has written a host of books. Noted for his strong opinions on the game, he has contributed to World Soccer for many years and also wrote a regular column for British newspaper The Times. He spent much of his earlier career in Italy.

5
Tim Vickery

An authority on South American football, Vickery is one of World Soccer magazine's main contributors. His weekly column on the BBC Sport website also has a huge following, while like most of the writers on this list, his work can also be seen on Sports Illustrated.

 

Twitter: twitter.com/Tim_Vickery

6
Jonathan Wilson

If tactics is your thing, Wilson will fulfil your every need. He began a column on tactics in World Soccer at the end of 2010 to add to those he already writes for The Guardian, Champions and Sports Illustrated. An expert on east European soccer, Wilson also writes regularly for the Independent, the Independent on Sunday and FourFourTwo magazine. He has written two books - Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football and Inverting the Pyramid, a book on tactics.

 

Twitter: twitter.com/jonawils

7
Grant Wahl

Sports Illustrated's highly regarded football writer, Wahl is the author of The Beckham Experiment which assessed the impact on American soccer of David Beckham’s move to LA Galaxy. Wahl boasts a huge Twitter following and has interviewed some of the best players in the world.

 

Twitter: twitter.com/GrantWahl

8
Guillem Balague

If you are looking for the inside track on transfer dealings, particularly involving Spanish and English clubs, look no further than Balague. A regular pundit on Sky Sports’ Revista de la Liga, and columnist in several newspapers and websites in both countries, Balague clearly has a strong contact book.

 

Twitter: twitter.com/GuillemBalague

9
Sid Lowe

The Spain-based English journalist is The Guardian's La Liga correspondent. His column on guardian.co.uk on a Monday is always an entertaining read as he tears into the often farcical happenings in Spain. Never afraid to use statistics to make a point, Lowe also writes for Sports Illustrated, World Soccer and FourFourTwo. He acted as translator for David Beckham, Michael Owen and Thomas Gravesen when the trio played for Real Madrid.

 

Twitter: twitter.com/SidLowe

10
Martin Samuel

In 2008, Samuel made a big money transfer from The Times to the Daily Mail. He signed a contract reportedly worth in excess of £400,000 a year. Samuel is a popular writer because of his strong views and accessible writing style. The big man also covers other sports and writes general columns.