Chris Jones

Senior Contributor

Chris Jones is a journalist and screenwriter who began his career covering baseball and boxing for the National Post. He later joined Esquire magazine, where he won two National Magazine Awards for his feature writing. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN The Magazine (RIP), and WIRED, and he is the author of the book, The Eye Test: A Case for Human Creativity in the Age of Analytics. Follow him on Twitter at @EnswellJones

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'No messing around': John Herdman's Canada must be ruthless not only in word, but in action

Canadian men's national team head coach John Herdman made clear his strategy for the next three years: He will play his best players, try to win relentlessly and convincingly, and hope his team will surge into the 2026 World Cup filled with venom and self-belief. That plan may now also include insisting his best penalty taker to be the one to take those spot kicks.

'We've come home to win': Canada prepares for key CONCACAF Nations League game vs. Honduras

On Monday afternoon, the Canadian men’s soccer team returned to train at the cold but familiar confines of BMO Field, one year to the day since an emphatic victory over Jamaica took them to their first World Cup in 36 years.

This was a World Cup Lionel Messi refused to lose

In the hearts of soccer fans around the world, the greatest game that any of us will see in our lives will be remembered as fated, because a tiny man from Argentina willed that trophy into his hands. 

Canada joins 2026 co-hosts U.S., Mexico in World Cup handover ceremony

Hours before the men's World Cup final in Qatar, dignitaries from the host country and the three co-hosts for the 2026 edition — Canada, the U.S., and Mexico — met to hand over responsibility for the biggest sports event on Earth.

Messi's wisdom vs. Mbappé's power of youth the focus of dream matchup in men's World Cup final

The men's World Cup final will be a contest between more than France and Argentina. It will be a battle between Europe and South America, between Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi, between the speed and power of youth and the craft and guile of middle age.

How Qatar's World Cup is remembered will depend on where one chose to look

Sunday's World Cup final — Argentina versus France, Lionel Messi versus Kylian Mbappé — could be the most watched soccer game in history, a fitting end to a tournament that has been defined, for good and ill, by its devotion to extremes.

French belief triumphs over Moroccan wishfulness in men's World Cup semifinal

In the grand and sprawling history of the men's World Cup, several unexpected sides have appeared among the final four; there have been no surprise winners. The second-last game is the maximum expected range of the aspirants, the romantics, the prayerful. The preordained almost always take it from here.

Fates of Modric and Messi show what makes World Cup so beautiful also makes it brutal

Tuesdays semifinal between Argentina and Croatia felt like a contest between two men, each wearing his iconic No. 10, each carrying the hopes of his country on his shoulders, each having announced that he will never play on the sport's biggest stage again.

Lionel Messi's masterful approach leads Argentina into World Cup semifinal vs. Croatia

Argentina's Lionel Messi has played so well at this men's World Cup. He has been the best version of his late-career self, joyous and sublime, taking only what the game has given him, but taking all of it.

A friendly shawarma shop unwittingly serves up comfort during a difficult World Cup

Journalist Grant Wahl died at Lusail Stadium the other night, and for all his devastated friends in Qatar, covering this World Cup, with all its physical demands, has now become emotionally and psychologically challenging, too.