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Season Four of The Big Interview! Graham Hunter one-on-one with the biggest names in football.

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    Jon Dahl Tomasson: How Ancelotti Managed Milan's Egos

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 49:28

    I caught up with Jon Dahl Tomasson in Rotterdam, the city where he enjoyed one of his greatest moments: scoring in the 2002 UEFA Cup final victory for Feyenoord against Borussia Dortmund.Jon's next port of call was AC Milan, where the forward starred alongside greats such as Filippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Costacurta and Andrea Pirlo. There was tough competition for places, but legendary coach Carlo Ancelotti managed the club's big egos, got under the players' skin and inspired them with his passion.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Jimmy Bullard: I convinced myself I was Zidane

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 7:03

    Today's story comes from Jimmy Bullard but it's about Zinedine Zidane. Here's Jimmy on how he convinced himself he WAS Zidane when he was playing in the Premier League - and how a movie that focuses on Zizou during one La Liga match moved him from one footballing genius to another. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Neil Lennon: Those Barcelona boys will cut your throat

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 5:45

    This story comes from Neil Lennon and was filmed in front of a live audience. To start, here's me asking him about a titanic series of matches between his Celtic team and the Barcelona side that had as its focal point Ronaldinho. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Kevin Bridges: Mourinho and me

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 7:56

    Today, our story comes from the great Kevin Bridges, a two-time guest on The Big Interview. Here, he's going to tell you about his time as a player under Jose Mourinho, and the origins of his feud with Edwin van der Sar. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Gaizka Mendieta: The perfect penalty

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 6:40

    Today's story comes from Gaizka Mendieta – who at Valencia was the most reliable penalty taker in the world. He's going to tell you all of his secrets, so grab your pen and paper and listen up. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Classic Big Interview: Gus Poyet

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 43:04

    Here's another chance to hear my Big Interview with Gus Poyet from season four.The former midfield maestro explains the indefatigable mindset of players from his native Uruguay which makes the nation overachieve, and culminated in the 1995 Copa America triumph which Gus starred in. That sparked a level of euphoria only football can bequeath, as did Gus' incredible European Cup Winners' Cup final win with Real Zaragoza against Arsenal that same year.Also in this extraordinary Big Interview: why playing in a Chelsea midfield alongside Roberto Di Matteo, Dan Petrescu and Dennis Wise meant he felt they could beat anyone. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Oriol Romeu: Writing My Own Story

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 36:40

    At the start of his pro career at Barca B, Oriol Romeu was under the auspices of Luis Enrique. It was an incredibly demanding experience, but the current Spain manager made the midfielder see football completely differently, not least because of Oriol's desire to improve.Also in part two, we chatted about Oriol's published diaries. He found the writing experience fun, cathartic and self-improving – and he wanted to leave a legacy, a testimony.And there's great content about the methods of Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl and why club team-mate James Ward-Prowse is the best free-kick taker in the world.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Oriol Romeu: The Xavi Hernandez Helpline

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 36:31

    Oriol Romeu is a midfielder with such game intelligence that he has adapted to playing a pivotal role under several Southampton managers. Key to this success is his ability to seek out critique in order to improve his game, even contacting Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez for pointers. Xavi said his famously consistent level of performance was rooted in his stubborn refusal to give the ball away.Also in part one, you'll hear Oriol's ultimate five-a-side team picked from the clubs he's played for – Barca, Chelsea, Valencia, Stuttgart and Southampton. He barely hesitated in rhyming his selections off.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    La Liga's don't-miss dogfight - Q & A (part two)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 34:31

    Which La Liga players should be on Manchester United's radar if they are planning a summer rebuild? And how many of them feature in the relegation scrap that has turned into Spain's most enthralling football attraction? This and more in the final installment of our Q & A show. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    'There's no level above Liverpool': Q&A part one

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 41:29

    HolaWelcome to part one of the April Q&A - yes, we know it's May but we wanted to preview this week's Champions League semi-finals, so we delayed it by a few days. So here's myself and Pete Jenson chewing over Liverpool 2 Villarreal 0 and Man City 4 Real Madrid 3 - and what we expect from this week's second legs.EnjoyG See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Bolo Zenden: Ronaldo Fenomeno, Master of Disguise

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 29:44

    In part two of my absorbing conversation with Bolo Zenden, there's great stuff about Ronaldo (the Brazilian one), who blossomed alongside the Dutchman at PSV. Bolo adored and admired Ronaldo, and tells us how fancy dress failed to disguise the genius from recognition at a Dutch carnival. But it was agony losing to his pal's Brazil in the semi-final of the 1998 World Cup.There's also amazing content about working under and alongside Rafael Benítez, and winning the only major honour in Middlesbrough's history.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Villarreal: The Best Village Team in the World

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 13:47

    During my time in Spain, I have seen the heights of Villarreal's extraordinary rise from a scruffy port town team, playing in front of a couple of thousand fans in a ramshackle stadium. Here, from my writing this week for ESPNFC, is the special story of how their billionaire owner, Fernando Roig, has sustained that improbable transformation for a quarter of a century, and now stands on the edge of a new frontier: the Champions League final. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Bolo Zenden: The Winger's Masterclass: How to Beat Your Full-Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 31:20

    Boudewijn ‘Bolo' Zenden was a winger full of pace and precision who graced the jerseys of the Netherlands, Barcelona, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Liverpool and his beloved PSV Eindhoven, where he now coaches.His childhood grounding in judo prepared him for epic duels with full-backs, and he's as good a Big Interview guest as we've had at articulating the intricacy of his craft, how he lured opponents into his traps.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Big Interview Extra: Mick Clegg - The Man Who Built CR7

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 30:54

    Hola!Here's an interesting one... this is my chat with Mick Clegg, the former power development coach at Manchester United. Mick is a fascinating character who tells tales of boxing with Roy Keane and Wes Brown, training the 'non-athlete' Paul Scholes and, of course, helping to shape a teenage Cristiano Ronaldo into the specimen he became. A fascinating tale of a unique guy.G** Mick has a brilliant book out, The Power and The Glory, expertly ghostwritten by Steve Bartram - You can buy it here ** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Luuk de Jong: Xavi's Mind Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 21:19

    Xavi often cites Luuk de Jong as setting the standard of professionalism and application that he demands at Camp Nou. In part two of our conversation with Luuk, there's amazing content about the Barcelona head coach's methods, which include fun team games at training that seem to have little to do with football yet which sharpen you mentally and teach you positional and possessional play, and also bond the players.You'll also hear great insights into the natural talents of Barca superstars Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Frenkie de Jong and Ousmane Dembele.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Brian Laudrup: I'm still waiting for Effenberg's shirt

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 8:16

    Today's story comes from Brian Laudrup. In 1992, he was a teammate of Stefan Effenberg at Bayern Munich and they were both moving to Fiorentina after Euro 92. They met in the final, but Effenberg's pre-match promise of comradery faded quickly after Denmark's upset victory over Germany. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Benzema Ballon D'Or (assist by Vinicius jnr.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 24:26

    There can only be one winner for the Ballon D'Or, but he has not done it alone. Here, from my writing for ESPNFC, is my argument that Karim Benzema must end the year in possession of his first Ballon d'Or - and my explanation that the key to his incredible level of performance has been his partnership with Vinicius jnr., a player Benzema himself has shaped into exactly the foil he needed. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Luuk de Jong: The Lightbulb Moment

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 25:02

    To celebrate our sixth birthday, The Big Interview did something special: visited the Barcelona training ground to meet with their bright and brilliant Dutch striker Luuk de Jong.In part one, you'll hear about how Luuk formed a relationship with Ever Banega at Sevilla which helped them clinch the 2020 Europa League. Sevilla's record-breaking win was achieved with zero fans present, but the Covid bubble actually helped bond the players for victory.You'll also hear about Luuk's explanation of how the striker's instinct kicks in in the heat of the moment, and his favourite footballing moment: PSV beating Ajax 3-0 to become Eredivisie champions in 2018.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Conor Coady: The Beauty of 3-4-3

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 5:20

    Today, Wolves defender Conor Coady sells us on the merits of his favourite formation – 3-4-3 – and his it has changed the way he watches football, not just plays it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Ander Herrera: Big match mentality

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2022 4:48

    Today's story comes from Ander Herrer. I asked him to break down how he prepares himself for big games – here's what he had to say, I think you'll like it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Michael Carrick: Penalties in Moscow

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 7:09

    Today's story comes from Michael Carrick, former Manchester United midfielder and now a key part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's staff at Old Trafford. Here's Michael transporting us – and himself – back to the penalty shoot out that ended the 2008 Champions League final. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Graeme Souness: They were terrified of us

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 7:39

    Today's story comes from Graeme Souness, once of Liverpool and Scotland. He's going to tell you that even the most elite club game in world football, the European Cup final, can sometimes be a mismatch, when one team looks into the eyes of the other and sees fear. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Jonny Evans: A debut to remember

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 6:38

    Today our story comes from Jonny Evans, an FA Cup winner with Leicester City in 2021. But he's going to tell you about one of his earliest experiences of elite football, when, before he had kicked a ball for Manchester United, he found himself playing for Northern Ireland against Spain in a game that would change the course of football history. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Jurgen Klopp: My kind of leadership

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 6:29

    Today's story comes from the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who is going to tell you about leadership and the power of second chances. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Dreams and Hard Work: Can Villarreal's Rulli outshine Neuer?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 12:58

    HolaHere is my latest column for ESPN FC on tonight's (Tuesday) Champions League quarter-final second leg between Bayern Munich and Villarreal. The Spanish side lead 1-0 from the first leg - and it could prove to be a tale of two keepers. EnjoyG See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Classic Big Interview: Don Hutchison

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 41:38

    Here's another chance to hear my Big Interview with Don Hutchison from season four.You'll hear about Don's meteoric rise from boys' club to Hartlepool to Liverpool – where he formed a midfield three with the magnificent Jan Molby and Ronnie Whelan under manager Graeme Souness. Don speaks about the vision, courage and split-second decision making required to be a midfield fulcrum.There's moving stuff, too: how Don's winner for Scotland against England brought his tough miner father to tears. And how Don found Howard Kendall weeping after leading his beloved Everton to top division survival. There's also a tale about another late, great manager – Walter Smith, who sprung the best bit of man-management ever on Don at Goodison Park. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | John Collins: The Making of Thierry Henry

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 6:16

    Today our story comes from John Collins, who moved from Celtic to Monaco in one of the first major Bosman transfers. He tells us how when he got there, he got to witness the making of a future superstar – Thierry Henry. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Emile Heskey: What ex-pros miss the most

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2022 6:04

    Today's story comes from Emile Heskey. He remembers the fun of the footballer's daily work – training – here as part of the Leicester City team that won two League Cups under Martin O'Neill. It's the part of the life that almost every ex pro tells you they miss the most. Here's why. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Darren Fletcher: The truth about Sir Alex

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 5:49

    Today's story comes from Darren Fletcher, who's going to tell you about the master of man management, Sir Alex Ferguson – the hairdryers, the calmness, and why he could never tell which of those was coming next. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | David Weir: Team America

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 7:57

    Today's story comes from David Weir, former centre-back and captain of Scotland, Everton and Rangers, who's going to tell you about his formative years playing college football in the United States – as a centre forward. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Jaap Stam: Being Part of United's Miracle Year

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 41:10

    In part two of my fascinating Big Interview with Jaap Stam, we hear about how Johan Cruyff said that the centre-half could have defended for a team by himself.There's great stuff about being part of Manchester United's annus mirabilis of 1999. Also: playing with and against Filippo Inzaghi, rating Virgil van Dijk, working under Roberto Mancini… and just missing out on promotion to the Premier League as manager of Reading.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Dembélé vs Camp Nou - the comeback of the century

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 18:38

    How has a player who was subjected - not entirely without reason - to some of the most brutal treatment I have seen from the supporters of FC Barcelona become a favourite of that same crowd, while remaining a possible candidate for a summer departure from this financially stricken club? This, from the column I write for ESPNFC, is the story of Ousmane Dembélé and the Camp Nou. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Conor Coady: Ice Baths and Inflatable Trousers

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 6:22

    Today, you'll hear Wolves defender Conor Coady break down the science of recovery at the club – and his respect for former boss Nuno Espirito Santo. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Jaap Stam: The Man Sir Alex Regretted Letting Go

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 47:49

    Jaap Stam was one of the most eloquent guests we have ever had on the Big Interview.The Dutch centre-half had a glittering career, not least at Manchester United. He is perplexed by the current state of the club, and compares it to the ultra-competitive environment he arrived at in 1998. Sir Alex Ferguson admitted letting Jaap go was his biggest regret. For Japp, the experience still hurts.Subscribe to The Big Interview YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Darren Anderton: Saying No to Sir Alex

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 8:30

    Today you'll hear from Darren Anderton on the career crossroads which saw him weighing up a move away from his beloved Spurs to Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United – and why he chose to remain in north London.Enjoy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Damien Duff: Beating Barcelona

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 7:03

    Today's story comes from Damien Duff, who talks about the unmissable rivalry between Jose Mourinho's Chelsea and Barcelona. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Craig Gordon: The long way back

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2022 7:41

    Today's story comes from Craig Gordon and it's his incredible account of the journey from an apparently career-ending injury, through two years of rehab, to a return to the Scotland team and the Champions League. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Christian Fuchs: My hero the bully

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 9:28

    Here's Christian Fuchs, title winner with Leicester City, to tell you an incredible story from his early years as a teenage professional in Austria. Christian found himself sharing a dressing room with his childhood hero – who then set about bullying him relentlessly. Almost two decades later, Fuchs has a different perspective on what was happening See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Luis Enrique to Man United is a futile dream... in more ways than one

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 15:01

    HolaHere's my latest ESPNFC column on why Luis Enrique will be sticking with Spain instead of Manchester United.EnjoyG See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Gareth Bale's Long Goodbye (Q&A part two)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 36:52

    HolaWelcome to part two of the March Q and A, where myself and Pete Jenson talk Bale, Cholo, Atleti-Man City, Ukraine and more. EnjoyG See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Ander Herrera: Superfan

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 6:45

    Today's story comes from Ander Herrer. You might know Ander as one of Europe's Premier midfielders, but let me introduce you to Ander Herrer, super fan – of Real Zaragoza See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    How do Barcelona break even AND keep the Xavi revolution rolling? (Q&A part one)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 37:15

    What does Aubameyang's contract mean for the future of the Barcelona attack? Are Coutinho, Griezmann and Adama going to start pre-season in Catalonia? Will Xavi get to keep hold of their incredible young core? And how much of this is down to their returning president, Joan Laporta?It's the March Q&A and our listeners ask the BEST questions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Clive Allen: Maracana Memories

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 6:22

    Today you're going to hear from Clive Allen, a guaranteed goalscorer through the 1980s with Spurs, Bordeaux, QPR and Palace to name a few. Here he's talking about his England debut in a legendary international in Brazil, and the idiosyncrasies of the man who selected him, Bobby Robson. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Alan Smith: That FIFA guy

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2022 7:14

    Today's story comes from Alan Smith, once of Arsenal and England but now of EA Sport's FIFA franchise. That's what he's going to tell you about – how decades after he finished playing, his voice alone connects him with new generations of football fans. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Brian Laudrup: The Golden Ticket for Euro 92

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2022 5:55

    Today's story comes from Brian Laudrup, who was preparing for a big season with Bayern Munich in the summer of 92, when he got the news that would change his life - Yugoslavia had been forced to withdraw from the upcoming European Championships and Denmark had been given a last-minute reprieve. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Benni McCarthy: When Jose met Didier

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 7:17

    Today's story comes from Benni McCarthy, the former South Africa and Porto striker, who tells us about the first time his old manager in Portugal, Jose Mourinho, fell for Didier Drogba, then of Marseilles. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Alan McInally: Playing Under Heynckes

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 7:13

    Today you'll hear from ex-Bayern Munich striker Alan McInally, who recalls the inimitable man-management style of legendary former boss Jupp Heynckes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Charlie Adam: From the Halfway Line

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 3:51

    Here's a one-two from Charlie Adam, who is going to break down two of his most outrageous goals. First, the free-kick that helped Blackpool to promotion to the Premier League. Then we move on to one he scored from the halfway line against Chelsea and Thibaut Courtois. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Andres Iniesta: Big Interview Icon

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 19:20

    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 Andres Iniesta.Gordon Strachan waxes lyrical about watching Iniesta and says that he would never have believed that the standard of football the great Barcelona side he played in was possible.David Moyes reflects on a clash between Real Sociedad and that Barca side. David's team won, but boy, could they not get near Andres.Someone else who knew how hard it was to dispossess Iniesta is former Swansea, Brighton and Blackpool winger Andrea Orlandi, who played alongside and against him while at Barcelona B. Andrea envied Andres his speed – he was quicker than people realise, with incredible acceleration; and he never gave the ball away.Finally, we hear how Alex McLeish nearly signed a young Iniesta on loan when manager of Rangers. The bid caused a real fuss at Barcelona, forcing their hand about whether to loan out or start playing the blossoming midfield genius. Sadly for Rangers fans, Barca chose the latter. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Will Ancelotti take the rap for Madrid's criminal Clásico?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 15:05

    From my writing for ESPNFC, here is my take on a weird and wonderful Clásico. Paired with Madrid's other embarassing losses this season - at home to Sheriff and to PSG in Paris - it could give president Florentino enough ammunition for a firing of a coach likely to end the season a champion (he has form here). But the list of culprits for this latest crime goes far beyond the Italian. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    BITESIZE | Dean Smith: Aston Villa 7 Liverpool 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 5:08

    Today you'll hear from Dean Smith, the Aston Villa manager who masterminded one of the most memorable results in the club's history when his team overcame defending champions Liverpool 7-2 in October 2020. Here's how he did it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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