Simon Kuper (born in Kampala, Uganda in 1969) was educated at Oxford University and Harvard. He has been working for the Financial Times since 1994, and now writes a general column for the newspaper.
He is British but lives with his wife and three children in Paris. He is the author of several books including Football Against the Enemy (winner of the William Hill prize for Sports Book of the Year 1994), Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Football in Europe During the Second World War (2003), and – as co-author with Stefan Szymanski - Soccernomics (2009). He also writes for magazines in Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and other countries.
In 2008 he won the Manuel Vazquez Montalban prize for sportswriting, an award sponsored by FC Barcelona. In 2011 he was named Britain’s Cultural Commentator of the Year in Editorial Intelligence’s Comment Awards.