The Big Interview with Graham Hunter
Gordon Strachan: Iniesta and the Golden Age
Graham meets Gordon Strachan and almost avoids talking about Aberdeen's European titles in the 80s. The Scotland manager believes we are currently watching a golden age of football and explains why Andres Iniesta is his pick of an unsurpassed generation of footballers. He goes back to his role in the 1992 Leeds United team that won the last championship before the dawn of the Premier League - and reveals why Eric Cantona could never be more than a brief influence on that side. There's also Aussie Rules punch-ups, weeping psychologists and how half an hour in a garage can fix British football forever.
Graeme Le Saux: Moneyball, Mallorca-style
Graeme Le Saux spent numerous family holidays in Mallorca, but he couldn’t have guessed that one day he would become a non-executive director at the island’s – now La Liga – football club. Real got promoted after a thrilling play-off with Deportivo and now the challenge is to keep improving while staying in the top flight.Graeme was an elegant left-back with Chelsea, Blackburn and Southampton, and he tells us about his toughest opponents, offering insight into how the likes of Brian Laudrup, Chris Waddle and a young Cristiano Ronaldo bedazzled and befuddled. Graeme just loved the challenge.Subscribeto The Big Interview YouTube channel
Classic Big Interview: Thierry Henry
Here’s another chance to hear my interview with Thierry Henry from season four.You’ll hear about how Barcelona’s talented players adapted to the visionary Pep Guardiola’s methods. The 2009 6-2 victory at the Bernabéu – in which Thierry scored a double and then went off injured –felt like the moment things fully clicked, and the Frenchman recovered in time to star in the Champions League final against Manchester United. Barcelona knew they would win – they could see the defeat in the United players’ eyes, and not even Sir Alex Ferguson had a response.There’s also chat about playing with Lionel Messi, whose talent is not of this planet.Brilliant stuff.Graham