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The Big Interview with Graham Hunter

Graham Hunter one-on-one with the biggest names in football. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Andy Robertson: When the Kop Sings Your Name

Liverpool 4 Man City 3. January 14, 2018. The day Andy Robertson arrived as a Liverpool player.With 71 minutes gone and his team 4-1 ahead of league leaders City, visiting winger Raheem Sterling is subbed after being marked out of the game by the young Scot.Minutes later Robertson embarks on a lung-bursting 70-yard pressing run which sees him chase down four City defenders and their goalkeeper. ‘The Run’ would go viral on social media the next day.Moments later, the Kop starts signing his name. It has been a good day.    Here, Robertson recalls the key moments of last month’s classic match and breaks down life under Jurgen Klopp.EnjoyGraham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

8 Feb 2018

Rank #1

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Graham Hunter: Spain - The Inside Story of La Roja's Historic Treble

In 2013, Graham book Spain: The Inside Story of La Roja's Historic Treble was released. Graham had behind-the-scenes access at all three tournaments and used his incredible insight to tell the story of the greatest achievement in the history of international football. This is Graham's conversation with Neil White, co-founder of BackPage who published the book and believes it is the best title his company have released.To take advantage of a special offer to buy the book direct from BackPage, listen out for the offer code at the end of the show.Enjoy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

3 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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Busquets, Costa and the Spanish Inquisition: Q&A Special

Hola Big Interview listeners!I asked our Socios to send me more of their World Cup questions and theydefinitely didn't disappoint.This time I focus on their questions about Spain and how they have been performing in Russia so far. From Thiago and Busquets to that burly striker of theirs Diego Costa, I give you my views on all of them. Thanks again to all of the wonderful Socios who sent me their questions, and especially those who recorded them - they feature on this podcast!Dasvidaniya!Graham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28mins

23 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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Thierry Henry: Take The Ball, Pass The Ball Part One

Hola Big Interview listeners!I am delighted to bring you something special: this is the first part of my conversation with Thierry Henry, an interview which we included in the film Take The Ball, Pass The Ball.Thierry was so excited, so energised by the opportunity to talk about FC Barcelona and his time there that I knew I had to share our chat with you. I know that you are going to love this.From his relationship with Pep Guardiola to Thierry's role in many key games during an historic period in the club's history, there is so much to enjoy.Graham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

23mins

27 Nov 2018

Rank #4

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Slaven Bilic: Pancev, National Pride And The Road To Paris

In part two of my interview with Slaven Bilic, we discuss the big figures from his past - from players he faced, like Dejan Savicevic and Darko Pancev, to his former Croatia colleague Alen Boksic.Slaven also takes us back to the 1998 World Cup, when he was part of the Croatia side which lost to Germany in the semi-finals, as well key moments from his time as manager of his national team.One of the most enjoyable moments of this interview is when Slaven teaches me something I didn't know about the Croatian team spirit. You'll find it interesting, too.And he talks about the development of Luka Modric from a teenager playing in his homeland into a brilliant footballer admired the world over.Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54mins

16 Aug 2017

Rank #5

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Pablo Zabaleta: Messi, Manchester and Martin Tyler

I FIRST interviewed Pablo Zabaleta at his tiny flat in the Manchester suburb of Didsbury years ago. A lot has happened since then. The Argentine has now made over 300 appearances for the club which he joined just before Sheikh Mansoor’s takeover in 2008. He also scored the forgotten goal of English football. 2012. Final game of the season. Edin Dzeko equalises against QPR in the 93rd minute. Then, “Aguerooooo” seals the title with the famous last minute strike. Pablo opened the scoring that day and told me that at half-time, with the score 1-0, he thought he’d be the “hero of the day, the hero of the city!”He is fascinating on those final few moments of the 2012 season, revealing how the injury-time news that QPR were safe changed everything in City’s favour and helped Aguero to claim his place in history. We cover a lot in this conversation, starting in 2005 at the Under-20 World Cup, which Argentina won. Zabaleta was captain and a little Argentinean kid called Leo Messi had joined up with the squad... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

31 Oct 2016

Rank #6

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James Milner: Anfield Nights

James Milner is my guest on this, the first of a two-part interview we recorded in Liverpool at the end of last year.Here are the things he learned as a ball boy watching Leeds United storm through the Champions League; how the journey to Anfield can give his team a goal of a start; and the things he will and won't tell us about his strategy from the spot. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

22 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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Gary Neville: Analysing the Analyst

Our Socios spoke. We listened.We asked them to tell us what their favourite Big Interviews were from past seasons of this podcast and why they enjoyed them so much.One of the most popular choices was my chat with Gary Neville, a former Manchester United captain, current TV pundit and, most importantly, a fascinating and engaging character.In this Big Interview, we discuss cricket, United and what makes Gary one of the most respected pundits around today. I remember recording this episode well and it was such fun.I'm sure you will enjoy listening to everything Gary had to say.This episode is now available ad-free at patreon.com/grahamhunter. Sign up now and you will unlock our full archive of Big Interviews with the likes of Kevin Kilbane, Sir Les Ferdinand and Troy Deeney, while you will also be helping us to continue producing the content you love.Graham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48mins

29 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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Never Mind the Busquets... here's Ivan Rakitic!

The closest player to Sergio Busquets in Europe's top leagues may just be the guy playing alongside him for Barcelona.In this podcast, I put the microscope over how Valverde's team are using Ivan Rakitic, and how this is the key to the acceleration in the football they are playing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

23 Jan 2018

Rank #9

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David Weir: Made in America

As a player, David Weir was bright, he read games brilliantly and his intelligence ensured that he enjoyed a long and successful career.That career, in my eyes, was a boy's own story.In this first episode, David claims that he was not good enough for professional football at 18 and so he left for the United States, becoming one of the elite players in the college game. You'll hear about his experiences across the Atlantic, as well as his time at hometown club Falkirk, and Scottish Cup glory at Hearts.Enjoy!Graham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

13 May 2019

Rank #10

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The Big Inside View: Strachan On Genetics, Messi On The Brink

Last week's Big Inside View was on politics, this one touches on genetics. Gordon Strachan's comments after his team's 2-2 draw with Slovenia on Sunday night - which saw them miss out on qualification for Russia - have been unfairly hijacked. This is my take on the issue.Plus, news of another wee man - Leo Messi - whose Argentina side face a must-win qualifying match against Ecuador.Enjoy! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

10 Oct 2017

Rank #11

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Champions League review: punch-drunk in Madrid

Of course Alisson was man of the match. Of course it was a penalty. And of course it was a poor match - here's my review of the final of the Champions League. Also, why elite footballers need a rest and why they won't get it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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Classic Big Interview: Steve McManaman

Here’s another chance to hear my interview with Steve McManaman from season two.Johan Cruyff once described Steve as the partner to everyone on the pitch. He epitomised elegance, passing ability and vision, and graced the field with Real Madrid legends such as Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane, Raul and the Brazilian Ronaldo. There was also Claude Makelele, the unsung hero who Steve reckons was the cog that made Los Galacticos tick and whose departure spelled their decline.We hear about how before that, this boyhood Evertonian learned at the feet of Liverpool greats. About how his decision to depart Merseyside for Real – a club apparently in turmoil – was vindicated when he won the Champions League in his first season there. About how conflict with the Madrid hierarchy spoiled a golden era. And if you want to know what it was like in the Camp Nou away dressing room after scoring in a Los Merengues victory in the semi-final of the Champions League, then listen in.This is truly legendary stuff. Enjoy it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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March Q&A - part one

This is part one of our March Q & A show - covering my reading preferences, the difference between football media in Spain and the UK, and how this cursed virus might impact European football and the Spain national team in particular. The questions come from our beloved socios, our members, at patreon.com/grahamhunter. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Jamie Carragher: Glory in Europe

Reflecting on from Liverpool’s epic Champions League win over Milan in Istanbul, Jamie Carragher talks about how it felt to play through the pain barrier against the best team in Europe.He’s great on another historic final – the UEFA Cup win over Alaves, and why Liverpool couldn’t celebrate it. If you want to know more about the myth of ‘continental’ management and what Jamie thinks of recruitment at Liverpool over the last 10 years, then I think you’re going to enjoy this. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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Robbie Keane: Me, Modric & the Hunger Games

Hola Big Interview listeners!In the first part of my Big Interview with Robbie Keane the former Spurs striker delivers fierce criticism of the way that bigger wages have diminished the desire of young, talented footballers to make it make it in the game.It is a subject which continues to rile Robbie and he compares the attitudes of some promising young players today with dedicated winners like Roy Keane and Luka Modric. Both of those men would feature in Robbie's dream five-a-side team.And the Irishman also recounts his remarkable spell playing alongside David Beckham in LA.This episode is available ad-free at patreon.com/grahamhunter. Sign up now and you will unlock our full archive of Big Interviews with the likes of Brian McClair and Quinton Fortune, while you will also be helping us to continue producing the content you love.Graham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46mins

1 Oct 2018

Rank #16

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Classic Big Interview: Peter Crouch

Here’s another chance to hear my interview with Peter Crouch from season two, when the striker was still playing football, at Stoke City.There was a myth about Peter: that he had a good touch for a big bloke. In reality, he just had a fabulous touch, period. He gives us an amazing insight into the relentless practice – as well as the instinct – behind some of his most famous goals, including an extraordinary overhead kick which he netted for Liverpool against Galatasaray. Peter speaks about his sheer joy for the game, and how he was inspired by watching guys like Roy Wegerle who played in an exciting QPR team. He waxes lyrical about Gareth Bale – a player he always knew would make it at the highest level, and explains ‘The Stoke Effect’ – how top sides like Arsenal choke whenever they visit The bet365 Stadium.Brilliant stuffGraham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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Shaun Maloney: Wigan's Great Escape

Last season, our Socios at patreon.com/grahamhunter got an exclusive interview with Shaun Maloney. For the first time, here’s the full episode.Shaun was a superbly gifted player who won trophies with Celtic and Wigan, where he worked under Roberto Martinez, the coach who has now made Shaun part of his staff at the Belgium national team. Oh, and he’s a fellow Aberdonian.He talkks here about how in 2012 he scored to defeat Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, a victory that galvanised the Latics’ players to attain Premier League survival - winning seven of their last nine games in a heroic run-in.If you would prefer not to wait 12 months to listen to these extra interviews, it’s time to become a Socio at patreon.com/grahamhunter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

13 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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The Big Interview on... Mavericks

Don't be mis-sold by the picture, this is not a Big Interview with King Eric. But wouldn't that be wonderful? This is something new. The first in a series of clip shows where we look back over the first season of the podcast and find themes that a few of our guests talked about. This is about the mavericks. You'll hear Chris Waddle talk about what it takes to get fans out of their seats. Then several of our guests talk about two of the great icons of 90s football: Paul Gascoigne and Eric Cantona. There'll be another new guest on the podcast next week. But for now, I hope you enjoy this. There will be more coming soon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

24 Nov 2016

Rank #19

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England march on: Quarter-final review

Hola Big Interview listeners!Is it really coming home? England are certainly in the final four of the World Cup finals, following a victory over Sweden. Gareth Southgate's side will now face Croatia - who needed penalties to squeeze past hosts Russia.Here is my take on both matches.Enjoy!Graham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

7 Jul 2018

Rank #20