Brian Viner

Brian Viner swapped London for the Herefordshire countryside, and his column ‘Country Life’ documents his attempts to chase the rural idyll. Chiefly a sports writer, he pens a weekly sports column and interview for the paper. He is the author of 'Ali, Pele, Lillee and Me: A Personal Odyssey Through the Sporting Seventies'.

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Pope John Paul II led a service at which sports arena? See question 27

Brian Viner: Tackle this! Our annual Christmas Quiz

The Last Word

‘Getting back into football sorted me out,’ says Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones: The caring side of bullet-tooth Tony

The Brian Viner Interview: No, Vinnie Jones has not gone soft living in La La Land, but he helps newly-arrived Brits in Hollywood, wants to curb anti-social behaviour and has a plea for his old mate Gazza

Was the era of Ian Botham really better than that of Brian Lara?

Brian Viner: A golden age? Try the one we are living in

The Last Word

Alex Corbisiero shows his frustration at the World Cup

Alex Corbisiero: good and proper

The Brian Viner Interview: England's Alex Corbisiero kept away from dwarfs and booze at the World Cup but, despite the brutal fallout, he enjoyed it and is now spurred on to become a world-class forward

Boston Red Sox 'messiah' Bobby Valentine is all smiles at Fenway Park
Jimmy Hill took the nation’s jokes on the chin but he deserves much greater recognition as one of football’s great innovators

Brian Viner: Hill's Sky-Blue thinking was ahead of times

The Last Word

Gus Poyet takes Brighton training

'The word negrito isn't offensive in Uruguay' - Gus Poyet speaks out

Gus Poyet says he would die in defence of his fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez against the Football Association's charge of racist abuse. The Brighton & Hove Albion manager is not a man given to understatement. He did not intend to pour fuel on the highly inflammable Suarez-Evra situation, he assures me, when he declared last week that he had never responded to insults – even though they had been frequent during his playing days in Spain – by "crying like a baby, like Patrice Evra". All the same, there are dedicated arsonists who get lesser conflagrations going.

Alex Corbisiero: 'Rugby is a game built around banter, but it was nothing worse than at my club'

World Cup questionnaire made me uneasy, says Corbisiero

The England World Cup prop Alex Corbisiero was uneasy about answering the now-infamous questionnaire that formed part of the review, leaked to the press, of England's shambolic campaign in New Zealand, he told The Independent yesterday. He was not the source of any of the damning assessments of several of his World Cup team-mates and coaches, he said.

Gus Poyet takes Brighton training

Gus Poyet: 'Negrito isn't offensive. Such people are part of our society. We go to war with them, and at the same time use that word'

The Brian Viner Interview: The Uruguayan remains outspoken on the Suarez-Evra race row, and talks about his three dreams – of taking Brighton up; of one day managing Chelsea; and seeing his son Diego play for England...

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