Peter Chapman is FT.com sport and feature editor. He played in goal for Leyton Orient juniors in the 1960s but after two disastrous performances against Tottenham Hotspur was deemed unfit for a professional football career. He attempted to exorcise the memory as author of The Goalkeeper’s History of Britain, published in 2000 in London by Fourth Estate.
As a researcher and producer for ITV, Chapman covered two World Cups - Mexico 86 and Italia 90 - and the Seoul Olympics of 1988.
He was a correspondent for the BBC and the Guardian in Central America and Mexico in the 1980s.
Chapman’s second book, Jungle Capitalists: A Story of Globalisation, Greed and Revolution, was published in 2007 by Canongate. It is a narrative history of the old United Fruit Company and its infamous career in Latin America and the Caribbean.
He lives in South London with his wife, daughter and stepson.