Season Four of The Big Interview! Graham Hunter one-on-one with the biggest names in football.
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Here's part two of this month's Q&A, with a focus on the upcoming Clasico. What does the rest of Spanish football make of the global fascination with Barcelona and Real Madrid? And how will a faltering Barcelona cope with Vinicius as the Real Madrid forward develops game-by-game into a world-class talent? Pete Jenson and Graham Hunter have the answers. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Here are Graham, Pete Jenson and our beloved socios, asking and answering all around this coming Sunday's Clasico - in this first part, we connect the Champions League performances of Barcelona and Real Madrid to the possible outcome of the weekend's La Liga meeting. And the focus falls on two of the hottest properties in Spain: Ansu Fati, whose signature is still fresh on a new Barcelona contract, and Vinicius Jnr, who shone in Madrid's hugely impressive win in Ukraine. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Here's another chance to hear my interview with Alan Smith from season four.Alan was part of an Arsenal side which won England's top division twice, and he won the golden boot twice, but a crisis of confidence blighted the end of his career, even when he scored the winner against Parma in the 1994 European Cup Winners' Cup Final.The Gunners' success was due to the camaraderie and chemistry instilled by George Graham, and Alan offers us brilliant insights into the approach of that managerial legend. The highpoint was winning the league title in 1989 at Anfield with the last kick of the ball – a moment Alan considers English club football's most iconic. You will love this fascinating Big Interview.Graham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to our Big Interview Icons series where we shine a light on a legend whose name has lit up some of the conversations I've had with my guests over the years. This episode focuses on Jurgen Klopp.Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders tells us how Jurgen and his coaches instil the players' inner voice in training. Jurgen's charges can adapt to personnel changes by sticking to a collective philosophy which is drilled into the squad.Jamie Carragher describes Liverpool's amazing 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona in the 2019 Champions League semi-final at Anfield. The Reds trailed 3-0 from first leg, but Jamie contends that Jurgen made his players believe that they could achieve anything.We caught up with Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson in early 2018, just after he had played a vital part in an awesome 4-3 victory over Manchester City. Andy tells us what it's like to play for the legend Klopp, and why he isn't scared to take a creative risk on the field.Brilliant stuff.Graham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In part two of my fascinating conversation with Michael Laudrup, we continue talking about Swansea's 2013 League Cup triumph. They won the final against Bradford 5-0 but Michael never liked humiliating teams or individuals.We hear about a masterclass dealt out in Naples by one Diego Armando Maradona when Michael was playing for Juventus. Michael also explains his philosophy of a happy retirement and why he thinks we are asking too much of our modern footballers.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As a player and a manager, Michael Laudrup was pure footballing nobility, so much so that they made him a knight of the Danish realm.Michael is one of that rare species who can articulate his playing genius. Crucial to his development was playing under Johan Cruyff at Barcelona, who was a genius at conveying his message in simple terms.There's great stuff about how the Danish national team transitioned from Corinthian purity to become perennial overachievers. And about how trophies won as a manager – not least Swansea's 2013 League Cup triumph – felt better than those won as a player.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Here's another chance to hear my interview with Christian Fuchs from season four.Back then, Christian was still at Leicester, where he had won the Premier League against all the odds. Nigel Pearson signed him for the Foxes from Schalke – and was then promptly sacked. But the left-back fitted in with Claudio Ranieri's plans. Ranieri made every player feel special, which was key to their amazing success. Christian describes watching Tottenham drawing with Chelsea – which clinched the title for Leicester – as an incredibly exhausting experience. He had never quite believed that they would become champions.You'll also hear about playing alongside the great Raul at Schalke, how Mattersburg captain Dietmar Kuhbauer toughened a young Christian up, and how a loan spell at Mainz under coaching genius Thomas Tuchel was a seminal experience.Enjoy,Graham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In part two of my fascinating interview with Aberdeen boss Stephen Glass, we hear about how everyone goes on about ‘pressing', but no side can truly pull it off for ninety minutes.You'll get the skinny on some of the great coaches Stephen has worked under or alongside: Roy Aitken at Aberdeen, Ruud Gullit at Newcastle, Gianluca Vialli at Watford, Tony Mowbray at Hibernian, Tata Martino at Atlanta. Stephen has hired the redoubtable Scott Brown as player-coach, and promises Dons fans will come to love the man they used to hate.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stephen Glass might have been brought up as a Dundee United fan, but he gave everything as a player and gives everything as a manager to my beloved Aberdeen. Once, he even helped relegate United while wearing a red jersey.Stephen learned his trade from coaches who had played during the Dandies' golden age, but boy, it was a tough apprenticeship. Such were his talents that when at Newcastle, he was compared with Magpies legend Tony Green.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In part two of my riveting Big Interview with Aston Villa manager Dean Smith we hear about how he establishes the right culture by leading by example. He thrives on developing players, and consistency is his byword. All of this laid the groundwork for the incredible 7-2 destruction of then Premier League champions Liverpool in October 2020.Thanks, Dean. That was special.GrahamSubscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dean Smith is a dyed-in-the-wool fan living the dream. As a youngster, the Aston Villa manager watched his club's glory days from the Holte End when the European Cup was clinched and talents like Brian Little, Gary Shaw, Gordon ‘Sid' Cowans, Andy Gray and Didier Six plied their trade. But the man he has just sold for £100million – Jack Grealish – rivals them all.Enjoy.GrahamSubscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to our Big Interview Icons series where we shine a light on a legend whose name has lit up some of the conversations I've had with my guests over the years. This episode focuses on Jose Mourinho.Benni McCarthy's tough time at Celta Vigo ended when Jose brought him to Porto. Benni saw the Portuguese as a father figure, and would have run through a brick wall for him. He repaid Mourinho by helping Porto win the Champions League. A mainstay of that side was Ricardo Carvalho, and Benni says Jose is the only boss the leftfield defender could have thrived under.Line of Duty star Martin Compston was struck by Mourinho's will to win even in a charity match. Despite being led astray for a night on the tiles by pal Greg McHugh, he absolutely loved his brief spell playing under the managerial legend.Robert Huth remembers that when Mourinho arrived at Chelsea, he took training sessions to a new level. The Special One introduced an intensity and an attention to detail that fired the players' imaginations.EnjoyGraham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It was quite a transfer window in La Liga, but when we asked our socios for questions, there was one move they all wanted to know more about. Here is Graham and Pete Jenson with a 360-degree look at the deal that took Antoine Griezmann back from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In part two of my absorbing conversation with Vinny Samways, we speak about the midfielder's earlier days at his beloved Tottenham, not least his time spent under manager and club legend Ossie Ardiles, who Vinny considered to be ahead of his time. Vinny was the kind of player Ossie wanted the play to flow through, his ‘pivote'. There was even a call-up for Ossie's testimonial match, when a teenage Vinny starred alongside a certain Diego Armando Maradona. An unforgettable experience.We also cover two memorable giant-killing thrashings which Vinny was on the right side of, one against Real Madrid when at Las Palmas, and one against Barcelona when he was at Sevilla.You'll love this Big InterviewSubscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vinny Samways is a man I admire. At the age of 28, the classy midfielder gave up the English top flight and stepped into the unknown. He signed for Canary Islands club Las Palmas, then in Spain's second tier. It was a struggle to adapt at first, not least because of the number of yellow and red cards Vinny received, but in his fourth season there his perseverance paid off when he was part of a promotion-winning side. It felt like he had repaid the islanders for all the warmth and support they had given him.EnjoyGrahamSubscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to our Big Interview Icons series where we shine a light on a legend whose name has lit up some of the conversations I've had with my guests over the years. This episode focuses on Roy Keane.Darren Fletcher believes that Roy was underrated in terms of his passing and ball control simply because he played alongside the magnificent Paul Scholes.Quinton Fortune tells us about receiving a kick from Roy in training for trying something he wouldn't do during a match. The intensely competitive sessions meant that when Saturday came, United felt they could take on anyone.Kevin Kilbane reflects on the notorious Saipan incident during the 2002 World Cup. Had Roy stayed on board, Kev reckons Ireland could have gone all the way to the final.Jason McAteer states that Roy's ability to read the game was second to none, and speaks about how he came round to liking and admiring the man.As kids, Jonny Evans and Alex Bruce both idolised Roy and ended up playing under him at Sunderland and Ipswich respectively. They say you should never meet your heroes, but Roy made a positive impression on both players.Enjoy possibly the best Big Interview Icon so far.Graham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
With Messi gone and both Barcelona and Madrid reassessing their long-term finances, our socios ask Graham and Pete Jenson about the teams most likely to make a title challenge this season See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to the first part of our monthly Q & A show. Graham and Pete Jenson answer questions on life after Messi for both Barcelona and La Liga. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Rafael da Silva's most memorable Sir Alex Ferguson moment was just after Manchester United had lost the Premier League title on goal difference to their city rivals in 2012. Fergie told the players to remember how the loss felt, and indeed United came back to win the league the next season. Sir Alex understood Rafa and got inside his head.Also in part two, there's chat about scoring at Anfield – Rafa's favourite goal, playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and against Lionel Messi, and how Ole Gunnar Solskjær's United can win the title this season. And you will hear what it's like to come up against Kylian Mbappé, who accelerates like a Ferrari and has more trickery than a magician.EnjoyGrahamSubscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Brazil has an uncanny habit of producing truly special right-backs, and Rafael da Silva fits that classification. In 2007, he signed for Manchester United on the same day as his twin Fábio, and the brothers have now released a joint-memoir, The Sunshine Kids.In part one of this engaging Big Interview, Rafa suggests that Ronaldinho represents the spirit of Brazilian football more than Neymar. Ronaldinho had everything: strength and unbelievable ability, but most of all he made people happy.Rafa also reflects on the London 2012 Olympics, a difficult experience, but one which taught him not be afraid of taking risks.EnjoyGrahamSubscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
You know the headline: Leo Messi, maybe the greatest footballer to ever take the field, will leave Barcelona, the only club he has ever played for. Here is my take - and your questions - on how we got here, what is real and what is spin, and what may lie ahead for Messi and for FC Barcelona, whose financial crisis is ground zero for this monumental move. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In our last Euro 2020 episode Graham and Pete take on questions about England's plan for Qatar and beyond; who starts next winter's World Cup as favourites and whether the laissez-faire refereeing of the Euros can unlock a faster kind of football.Thanks for all your support this season and especially during these daily Euro shows. We're taking a short break before the new season, when we will have more new interviews for you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ciao ragazzi, and welcome to the first part of the Q&A, as we bring our Euro 2020 series to a close. Here, Graham and Pete Jenson discuss: the under-sung stars of the tournament; the errors made by England's management team; and the centurions at the heart of defence for the new champions of Europe. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Recorded late, right after it went down, and with more than a little frustration in my voice. Forza Italia, the new champions of Europe, but where was the new England we had grown so fond of watching? Undone by slow decision-making on the touchline and a tired talisman on the pitch. Here's my on-the-whistle take on the final. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
HolaThe big day is here... and we dived into the mailbag to answers all your queries on England v Italy. We talk Chiesa, Kane, Foden, Saka, Chiellini and much more.Enjoy!G See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
HolaThe last time England met Italy at a major tournament was in the first group game of the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Italy won 2-1 that day, thanks to goals from Balotelli and Marchisio.One of our Socios posed a challenge: Which player from the England and Italy teams from 2014 would make the current teams?Never one to shirk a challenge, this is my response...EnjoyG See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hola!England have reached their first major final since 1966. Here's my thoughts on a fantastic game at Wembley, when a young England team came of age.EnjoyG See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hola!Wow.... what a semi-final. This was recorded in the early hours of this morning, after I'd gathered my thoughts on events at Wembley last night. It was a privilege to be there.What. A. Night. Olmo, Pedri, Jorginho, Chiellini... just incredible.EnjoyGraham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hola!This is it... the day of the Euro 2020 Italy-Spain semi-final - and I'm literally on my way to Wembley.Jump in my London Cab and listen to some of my semi-final experiences covering La Roja ... and more thoughts on tonight's match. Plus, my Bet365 Player of the Day.EnjoyG See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hola!I'm in London ahead of tomorrow night's Italy-Spain Euro 2020 semi-final. Listen up for how La Roja vanquished a century-old Italian curse at Euro 2008. We also dip into the mailbag to answers questions on how Spain can find a way past Roberto Mancini's hugely impressive Italy.And there's also my Bet365 Player of the Day!Enjoy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Here's what I think about Gareth Southgate's career-defining moments on and off the pitch, including his response to racists and his management of a talent-packed squad; which players might make big moves after the tournament; why we haven't seen much of Thiago so far. And a loan move happens as we are recording! Wolves fans, be excited. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nerves shredded, I send you this from the post-apocalyptic aftermath of Spain's quarter-final with Switzerland. Don't let the outcome fool you, it was Switzerland's gameplan, and not Spain's that prevailed. But thanks to Unai Simon, we're on our way to Wembley. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Leo Messi's transition into free agency was a big story yesterday, so here's why I think he's probably not going, but he won't stay until he shapes his final years at FC Barcelona as much as he can while in a position of maximum leverage. Then we talk Spain v Switzerland and Italy v Belgium, and why Sergio Busquets has proved to be so influential for La Roja. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hola!We've dipped into The Big Interview archive to serve you up a nice little slice of Sven-Goran Eriksson, in which he reflects on the relationship between Roberto Mancini and Gianluca Vialli at Sampdoria. He tells us not only how the Goal Twins ran the dressing room and effectively the whole club, but also how Mancini the artist could turn into a raging bull.The two men are reunited in the Italy dugout for Euro 2020 and will attempt to negotiate the Azzurri's passage to the semi-final against Belgium tomorrow evening. Listen out for my Bet365 Player of the Day after we hear from Eriksson.EnjoyGraham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A blessed day of rest, so a good chance to get through some of your questions. Including: which of the lesser-known players would I go for if I was FINALLY in charge of a major European club? Who are the equivalents of Rio, Wrighty and Ally on Spanish television's coverage? And which England player has unlocked Harry Kane's mojo? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Another late-night episode recorded right after Spain's game (with an added bonus recorded after France were knocked out by Switzerland - stick around at the end!)I loved watching Spain v Croatia - I hope you did too. It was about explosive football, some weird moments and above all, character. Watch out. Here come Spain. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Belgium have just knocked out Portugal here in Seville in a game that built to a thrilling finale. I recorded this as soon as I left the stadium, just after speaking to Thibaut Courtois - and that was a conversation that really got me thinking. So this is a story about a text I sent a long time ago, and a moment of audacity that helped to win the game. This one's a little different, I hope you like it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I'm in Seville tonight for Belgium v Portugal - not just the tie of the round but potentially the tie of the tournament. Here I'll tell you about what I learned from interviews with Roberto Martinez and Jan Vertonghen and we'll revisit an old Big Interview - with Martinez's right-hand man, Shaun Maloney. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Forgive the croak in my voice - this was recorded at the end of a very long day and night, before Spain left Seville ... destination - Copenhagen. In their destruction of a disappointing Slovakia team, Spain gave us a reminder of what they can do when everything clicks and when the opposition's guard drops. They have a history of these blowout wins in recent years. Does that make them contenders? I still have more than a few doubts about that. But for now, let's enjoy the good stuff. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We just finished recording this - my view on Scotland's exit last night and then an examination of what is at stake in the game I'll be leaving for shortly - Spain v Slovakia - and the decisions facing Luis Enrique.Socios, thanks for sending your questions in - please keep asking them, I'll respond to as many as I can on these daily podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Here's my look ahead to the final round of games in Group D: Scotland v Croatia and Czech Republic v England.With the news that Billy Gilmour is isolating after a positive Covid test, will Scotland find yet another way to break our hearts? I don't think so.And can England find the courage to unleash Jack Grealish on the Euros? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hola!This was recorded late last night, following Spain's disappointing 1-1 draw with Poland in Seville in their second group game of Euro 2020. The result leaves them with just two points from their first two games - and sees their Group E qualification hopes resting on Wednesday's meeting with Slovakia. Hope you enjoyLove yaG See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Here's my take on a new-look Scotland and what Steve Clarke achieved with a bang-on team selection and a game plan to starve Harry Kane of service.Also, news from the Spain camp on game day for them plus my Player of the Day comes from the tea-time kick off, Germany v Portugal. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hola!What a Euros so far eh?This is my latest bulletin from inside the Spain camp - ahead of tomorrow night's second group match v Poland - but listen out for reflections on some other games and teams that have set my pulse racing... from Belgium's gigantic performance v Denmark to Italy's fizzing 3-0 win over Denmark. And a wee bit of Scottish content, too!Enjoy!G See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tomorrow, England play oldest rivals Scotland at Wembley in their European Championships group game. We dug into the Big Interview archives and unearthed the recollections of three men who engaged in two famous Euros encounters between the Auld Enemies at the old Wembley in the 1990s.One of Darren Anderton's career highs occurred in June 1996 when England defeated the Scots 2-0. He set up Paul Gascoigne for his memorable goal with a superb pass. Darren tells us about the incredible feeling of that summer in England.For a Scottish perspective, we first hear from Gary McAllister, who featured in the '96 match's pivotal moment. With the score at 1-0, David Seaman saved Gary's penalty. Moments later, Darren picked out Gazza. Sheer agony.Three years later, Scotland reclaimed pride in the second leg of a European Championships play-off qualifier. They trailed 2-0 from the Hampden match and would ultimately go out, but not without bloodying English noses with a magnificent 1-0 Wembley victory. The scorer and star of the show was Don Hutchison, and we hear from him last.Scotland fans and England fans, whet your appetite with this special preview episode of the Big Interview.GrahamSubscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 hours later, I still can't figure out why Luis Enrique didn't go with Gerard Moreno earlier in their frustrating but not entirely unloveable 0-0 draw with Sweden. I traveled five hours up through Spain to see him back on the training pitch. Plus, I wonder if Gareth Bale can leave his mark on one more tournament for Wales. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I recorded this as soon as my work was done last night. It's my first reaction to the first game in Spain's Euros, an intriguing and dramatic draw.This was a lop-sided, tension-filled, Hitchockian classic for Spain watchers. And despite their failure to score, they looked pretty damn good to me.We want your questions for these daily shows, so if there's anything you've seen you want me to talk about, anything you want to know - ask! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Here's all the latest from the Spain camp on the morning of their opener against Sweden - I finally got to see the players after their Covid-enforced isolation. And I also got to watch England start their Euros with a win - there was a lot to like. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As Spain's Covid crisis appears to ease, the coach Luis Enrique feels the heat from the nation's media while he mulls his opening team selection. Meanwhile, what will England's Gareth Southgate do in the same spot? And how close to a move to Barcelona is the Netherlands' main man, Memphis Depay?. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
HolaWelcome to another of our daily Euro 2020 shows. Ahead of Monday's Spain v Sweden game in Seville, I spoke to legendary Swedish defender Jocky Bjorklund about his country's chances of not only beating Spain but emulating Sweden's quarter-final apperance at Euro 2004.EnjoyG See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.