Simon Kuper is a Life & Arts Columnist with the Financial Times. He joined the FT in 1994. He wrote the daily currencies column, before leaving the FT in 1998. He returned in 2002 as a sports columnist and has been there ever since. He has written several books on soccer, most recently Barça: The Rise and Fall of the Club that Built Modern Football. He writes a general column for the Weekend FT on all manner of topics from politics to books, and on cities including London, Paris, Johannesburg and Miami.