The Big Interview with Graham Hunter
Final Preview (II): Come and Have a Go if you Think You're Italian Enough
The 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.
Michael Laudrup: Messi or Ronaldo or Pele or Maradona? You're missing the point.
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.Subscribeto The Big Interview YouTube channel
Michael Laudrup: A Cruyff Education
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.Subscribeto The Big Interview YouTube channel
Classic Big Interview: Christian Fuchs
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