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Welcome to This Football Life, the show that gives you intimate, in-depth interviews with football's most interesting players, coaches, backroom staff and executives. Walk a mile in their shoes and see the game through their eyes.

Welcome to This Football Life, the show that gives you intimate, in-depth interviews with football's most interesting players, coaches, backroom staff and executives. Walk a mile in their shoes and see the game through their eyes.
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Welcome to This Football Life, the show that gives you intimate, in-depth interviews with football's most interesting players, coaches, backroom staff and executives. Walk a mile in their shoes and see the game through their eyes.




Heath Pearce: Turning $1,400 into 35 US International Caps

Timeline: 3:47 Jetsetting with Thierry Henry 9:56 The Origin of his storytelling 19:02 Would he approach social media differently if he was a player in 2018? 27:55 The golf agent who tried to sell him to Rangers 34:30 Advice to players transitioning to left-back 43:16 Trading shirts with the Spanish national team Today our guest is Heath Pearce. Heath is currently a Creative at Copa 90 and was previously a professional footballer. For those of you who don't know, COPA90 is the world’s...


Osian Roberts: The Welsh Coaching Whisperer

Timeline: 5:39 Meeting his Liverpool idols 10:09 Picking the brains of Liverpool Legend Steve Heighway 18:02 Coaching coaches and His famous Pro License Course 27:07 The most common question he gets and his answer 34:23 Remembering the 2016 Euros 41:19 How he watches coaches Today we are joined by Osian Roberts. Roberts has been coaching in Wales since 1991, becoming the Technical Director in 2007 and the Assistant Manager in 2013. He's even been called the 'most influential man in Wales...


Jess Ibrom: Football in the South Pacific & Building Academies From Scratch

Timeline: 6:05 Lessons from coaching in the US 14:48 Academy building from across the world 23:38 Becoming a Cook Islander 31:27 How to entice Mexicans to play in New Zealand 43:41 Managing expectations in young players 54:10 Coaching opportunities for British Expats in England Today our guest is coach Jess Ibrom. Ibrom has experience working all around the world at the youth level. He started his career in the US before moving back to England. After that, he was the Head of International...


Michael Calvin: The Art of Sportswriting

Timeline: 4:13 Covering a surf contest in Da Nang Vietnam 14:03 On the craft of writing 21:51 Taking a sabbatical to set up English Institute of Sport 29:01 The story of Jeff Astle & head injuries in football 39:41 The future of football, a pan-global league? Today we are joined by writer extraordinairre and award winning author, Michael Calvin. Calvin is the author of 6 books and his newest book, 'State of Play' just came out last week. It's a compilation of stories and topics from all...


Alex Culvin: Lifting the Veil on Women's Football

Timeline: 4:40 Impact of Mo Marley on her 10:40 Day in the life of a female footballer 10 years ago 19:07 The Eni Aluko situation 26:42 Pregnancy 34:32 Contract issues 40:45 The future of women's football 46:03 Why she quit the game Today my guest is ex-women's football player Alexandra Culvin. In her career as a full-back, Culvin played for 5 teams, Leeds, Everton, AZ Alkmaar, Bristol Academy and Liverpool. She is now finishing her PhD dissertation on the realities facing professional women...


George Sephton: 48 Years as the 'Voice of Anfield' + Origin of 'You'll Never Walk Alone'

Timeline: 8:25 European adventures 15:05 Heysel memories 21:36 The origin of You'll Never Walk Alone 32:50 The chaotic Wales World Cup Qualifier in 1998 36:35 Stadium experience in 1970s vs 2010s 44:40 The best game at Anfield that no one remembers 52:22 Stadium experiences around the country Today we are joined by Anfield's stadium announcer, George Sephton. Sephton has been the Voice of Anfield since August 14th, 1971. In his time, he's witnessed scores of classic games and crazy incidents...


Matt Kleinman: Midnight in Middlesborough

Timeline 5:00 Should we really call them agents? 14:15 Most difficult aspect of closing a deal 19:51 The culture that needs to change 28:58 Agents of clubs 37:30 Adam Lallana as a teenager 43:58 Tapping up between agents 45:55 His FA suspension 53:57 English youth players going to Germany 1:02:00 The player that haunts him We are joined by long-time agent co-founder of Sidekick Management, Matt Kleinman. Kleinman has been an agent for almost 20 years and in his time he's represented a number...


Danny Mills: PEDs, Painkilling Injections & Play-off Finals

Timeline: 5:45 Comparing triathlons to football matches 13:04 "Getting lost" in the 1998 Playoff-final 22:52 Reflecting on his "dream move" to Leeds 34:20 Getting into the 2002 World Cup squad 42:37 PEDs in football 48:57 Painkilling injections in football Today we are joined by ex-England international Danny Mills. In his 14-year career Mills played for 7 different clubs but is most famous for being the right back on those great Leeds teams of the early 2000s. Following his retirement in...


Mads Davidsen: The Dane Thriving in China

My guest this episode is technical director of Shanghai SIPG FC Mads Davidsen. Before being the technical director at Shanghai SIPG, Davidsen was the team's reserve and U23 team coach and head of Recruitment. Previously he was an assistant under legendary coach Sven Goran Ericksson at Guangzhou R&F Football Club. He also coached the U-19 team at Brondby IF, one of the biggest clubs in Denmark. And this past year he co-authored the book "When talent committed" which came out in May, however...


Ian Baraclough- Leicester's Journeyman

We are joined by Northern Ireland U-21 manager, Ian Baraclough. Baraclough had a long career as a player making more than 600 appearances in 20 years for many teams. He then went into the world of coaching and has since managed Scunthorpe, Sligo Rovers in Ireland, Motherwell, and Oldham before his current job with Northern Ireland. In this episode we'll get into the precarious nature of being a manager- he was fired weeks after winning a trophy-, football in Northern Ireland, the art of...


Ian Darke- World Cup Cult Icon

Extra Time Radio Podcast host and longtime friend Dave Gass joins me to talk about our World Cup Adventures. Then (11:16)former World Cup play-by-play commentator Ian Darke joins me. PLEASE NOTE: This was recorded in the summer of 2017. Darke is currently a play-by-play announcer for BT Sport. Darke has been calling sports for over 40 years. He's called every season of the Premier League and before he worked for BT, he worked as a commentator for Sky Sports where he also called boxing. He's...


Bruce Arena- Why the US Didn't Qualify for Russia & How They Can Avoid It In The Future

On today's show, I speak with ex-US Men's National Team Coach Bruce Arena. Arena has coached football for more than 40 years in the United States. He's most famous for coaching the US twice, from 1998-2006, leading the team to their best finish in a World Cup Finals, when the US went to the quarterfinals in the 2002 tournament and also most recently in 2016, when he took over from Jurgen Klinsmann and was unable to lead the US to qualification for this year's tournament. It was the first...


Geir Jordet: Virtual Reality + What World Cup Teams Can Learn From Oil Riggers

Today our guest is sports psychologist Geir Jordet. Jordet is currently a sports psychology professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, specialising in psychology applied to football. He is also the Director of Psychology at the Norwegian Centre of Excellence (owned by the Norwegian Premier League), where he advises clubs in the top two professional leagues, as well as Norway’s national teams, on all topics related to psychology. Over the past 15 years, he has consulted professional...


Sergei Baltacha- Memories from the Soviet Union's Last Dynasty

Today our guest is Sergei Baltacha. Baltacha is the U-18s coach at Charlton where he's been since 2012. Before being a youth coach Sergei was a decorated player at Dynamo Kyiv. He played there from 1976-1988, winning the Soviet League 4 times, the Soviet Cup 3 times and the 1986 Cup Winners Cup. After Dynamo Kiev, he finished his career in England and Scotland. He played 45 times for the Soviet Union and represented them at the 1982 World Cup. He was part of the USSR team that won the...


Momo Sissoko: Revisiting the 2007 Champs League final & the Valencia team of the 00's

Today we are joined by Mohamed Sissoko, also known as Momo Sissoko. Sissoko has played for the biggest teams in the world: Valencia, Liverpool, Juventus and PSG. He's won La Liga, the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup, the UEFA Supercup and Ligue 1. However, we mostly focus on his time at Valencia and Liverpool in this episode. As most of you will know the Champions League final featuring Liverpool is this Saturday so we'll be revisiting Sissoko's experience in a Champions League final, which is also the...


Michael Beale- The Mastermind of Youth Coaching

Today we are joined by Liverpool FC Head of Coaching for the Foundation phase, Michael Beale. Beale has worked at every level of youth coaching from the Under 5's all the way to the U-23s. He's worked at two of the biggest clubs in England, Chelsea and Liverpool. He worked at Chelsea with Brendan Rodgers and then followed him to Liverpool. Starting in 2012 he spent 5 seasons there working with the U-21 and U-23 players, coaching the likes of Jordon Ibe, Raheem Sterling and more. He then went...


Raphael Honigstein- Football Broadcasting in 2018 & Beyond

Today we are joined by German writer extraordinaire Raphael Honigstein. Honigstein is a regular contributor to ESPNFC and you can hear him every week on BBC 5 Live's Euro Leagues Football Show. He's also a regular guest on The Totally Football Show and writes for Unibet. He's written 4 books, most famously Das Reboot and Klopp: Bring the Noise. His most recent book is Per Mertesacker's autobiography which comes out on May 11th. Well you have to speak German for that one. I wanted to speak to...


Stephen Constantine: The Marco Polo of Coaching

Today our guest is Indian National Team Manager Stephen Constantine. Stephen is a bit of a football nomad having coached in every corner of the world. He's coached 5 different national teams: Nepal, Malawi, Sudan, Rwanda and India twice. He's coached plenty of clubs as well: in the US, numerous teams in Cyprus, Greece, Bournemouth and Millwall. He also holds a UEFA Pro License. In the this episode, we get into some of his adventures from globetrotting around the world, including a story...


Stuart MacFarlane: 17+ Years Capturing the Scenes at Arsenal

Today our guest is Chief Photographer at Arsenal, Stuart MacFarlane. MacFarlane has been working for the club since 2001 and but had worked with the club as far back as 1991 doing assignments for Colorsport. So today take a ride through Arsenal's Premier League years with Stuart and I. Specifically, we'll hear him discuss working with Arsene Wenger, the final days at Highbury, the victory parade after the season of the Invincibles, and who on the current team likes taking photos. You can...


Geremi: From Cameroon to European Champion

Today we are joined by Cameroon legend, Geremi. Geremi has played on some of the best teams in the world and has won the top prizes in the game. He won 2 champions league trophies with Real Madrid in 2000 & 2002, which he talks about in this episode. He then went to England to play with Chelsea in 2003. There he won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2005 & 2006. In this episode, he talks about the frustrations he had there and his relationship with Jose Mourinho. He then went on to play at...