Motez Bishara

London-based journalist and feature writer

Author of three books; contributor to The Guardian, CNN, ESPN, Sky Sports, The National and others

Ph.D. candidate in Sports Sociology at the University of Leicester


New release: Athletes Who Rock! Stories of Sacrifice, Setbacks and Success in Sports, Music and Life (Cranthorpe Millner Publishers, Feb 22, 2022)

Order Athletes Who Rock! from the Cranthope Millner Publishing website here or from Amazon here

Athletes Who Rock! shares the inspiring backstories of rare individuals who have achieved the near-impossible: success in the ultra-competitive worlds of pro sports and music.

Enhanced by dozens of intimate photos, this dynamic collection of in-depth interviews provides accounts from star talents Damian Lillard, Bernie Williams, Chelcee Grimes, Yannick Noah, Rony Seikaly, Pat Nevin, Ray Barbee, Lyndsay Perry, Kyle Turley, Bronson Arroyo, Mark Butcher, Pat Burgener, Essence Carson, Kevin Walker and Daniela Hantuchova.

 available: When the Sheikh met the King: The Complete Oral History of Michael Jackson’s Remarkable Year in Bahrain through this Amazon link (Kindle only)

Read a riveting excerpt from the book published in The Guardian here.

Listen to an interview on Irish Radio about When the Sheikh Met the King here.


Motez spent his formative years in New York City obsessing about the Yankees and Giants. He subsequently lived in Kuwait, Boston and New Orleans before settling in London during the heyday of Cool Britannia. Motez earned an MBA from Tulane University and was a new media / tech industry investor before turning his focus to journalism. He also holds a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Boston University and an MA in International Journalism from City University in London. A front-row Arsenal season ticket holder, Motez can sometimes be spotted chatting with Martin Odegaard during corners.  

Motez released his first book Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan in 2013, and is set to release two books in successive months to start off 2022.  

January 11 marks the release of the investigative ebook When the Sheikh met the King, a riveting tale of Michael Jackson's year spent in Bahrain. 

February 22 marks the release of Athletes Who Rock! (Cranthorpe Millner Publishers), a collection of 15 inspiring interviews with world-class athletes who have flourished as professional musicians. (The top photo shows Motez (left) interviewing Swiss Olympian snowboarder and singer-songwriter Pat Burgener for the book in Manhattan Beach, California.)

Motez is also an academic embarking on a doctorate in sports sociology at the University of Leicester. He served as a visiting professor at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, teaching news writing in spring 2018.


Awards and Nominations

2021 Tulane University, International Award for Exceptional Achievement

2020 The Best American Sports Writing, Notable Sports Writing inclusion for We All Have Hoop Dreams (

2019 The Best American Sports Writing, Notable Sports Writing inclusion for From humble beginnings, Gay Bowl attracts NFL sponsors and touches lives (

2019 Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS) nomination, Writing Best Colour for From humble beginnings, Gay Bowl attracts NFL sponsors and touches lives (

2018 Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS) nomination, Writing Best Column for NFL players learning how not to go broke -- with the help of MBAs (

2017 Drum Online Media Award Winner, Best Freelance Writer

2017 Goalden Times WorldBall list of best football writing of 2017 honorary mention for Son of the King (The Blizzard).

2016 Drum Online Media Award runner-up / commendation for Best Freelance Writer

2015 Sports Media Pearl Award nomination for Wimbledon: Below the top 10, a life of budget dwellings and last-minute deals. (

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