Jonathan Wilson (writer)

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Jonathan Wilson
Born (1976-07-09) 9 July 1976 (age 41)
Sunderland, England
Nationality British
Occupation Author, Journalist

Jonathan Wilson (born 9 July 1976) is a British sports journalist and author who writes for a number of publications, including The Guardian, The Independent and Sports Illustrated. He is a columnist for World Soccer, bettingexpert[1] and founder and editor of The Blizzard. He also appears on The Guardian's football podcast, "Football Weekly".[2][3]


Wilson has written for The Independent, FourFourTwo magazine and The Daily Telegraph, and was football correspondent for the Financial Times from 2002 to 2006. He writes for The Guardian, Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report and is a columnist for World Soccer.

In 2011 he founded the quarterly football journal The Blizzard, which he edits.[4]

Wilson is the main contributor to a feature on The Guardian website, "The Question", in which he analyzes modern trends and evolutions in football. "The Question" has included articles on the decline of the box-to-box midfielder, the importance of the modern full-back and the evolution of the defensive striker.[5]

His book Inverting the Pyramid was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2008,[6] and won 'Best Football Book' at the British Sports Book Awards in 2009.[7]


  • Behind The Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football (2006)
  • Sunderland: A Club Transformed (2007)
  • Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics (2008)
  • The Anatomy of England (2010)
  • Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You: The Biography (2011)
  • The Outsider: A History of the Goalkeeper (2012)
  • The Anatomy of Liverpool (2013)
  • Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina (2016)


  1. ^ Jonathan Wilson article archive
  2. ^ Jonathan Wilson profile Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  3. ^ Jonathan Wilson article archive at Sports Illustrated Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  4. ^ About The Blizzard Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  5. ^ "The Question" Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  6. ^ How not to look like a prize idiot: the uncertain journey of a shortlisted author
  7. ^ British Sports Book Awards – Previous Winners

External links

  • Jonathan Wilson's profile at
  • The Question Column
  • Review of "Inverting the Pyramid"
  • Jonathan Wilson's profile at bettingexpert
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