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The Football Autobiography Show

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The podcast focuses on long-form interviews with people making up the professional football industry like players, managers, backroom staff, writers and more. Our listeners want to hear football professionals share their life experiences and journey in the football world. Think of these as mini-autobiographies.

The podcast focuses on long-form interviews with people making up the professional football industry like players, managers, backroom staff, writers and more. Our listeners want to hear football professionals share their life experiences and journey in the football world. Think of these as mini-autobiographies.
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United Kingdom

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The podcast focuses on long-form interviews with people making up the professional football industry like players, managers, backroom staff, writers and more. Our listeners want to hear football professionals share their life experiences and journey in the football world. Think of these as mini-autobiographies.

Language:

English


Episodes

Viv Anderson: How to Gracefully "Fall off a Cliff"

1/11/2018
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Download & Listen to the Full Episode ---> This Football Life The podcast is now This Football Life so go to that feed. You can also find shownotes and listen to this episode on www.tifofootball.com/podcast Please Subscribe to the new show. Some of the new guests: Adebayo Akinfenwa, World's Strongest Footballer Tony Coton, Ex-Birmingham City Goalkeeper Lawrie McMenemy, Ex-Southampton Manager Martin Edwards, Ex-Man United CEO & Chairman

Duration: 00:12:55


Rob Swire: The Man Behind 1000+ Injuries at United

1/4/2018
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Download & Listen to the Full Episode ---> This Football Life The podcast is now This Football Life so go to that feed. You can find shownotes for this episode on www.tifofootball.com Please Subscribe to the new show. Some of the new guests: Adebayo Akinfenwa, World's Strongest Footballer Tony Coton, Ex-Birmingham City Goalkeeper Lawrie McMenemy, Ex-Southampton Manager Martin Edwards, Ex-Man United CEO & Chairman

Duration: 00:22:32


Bruce Grobbelaar: The Smiling Soldier

1/4/2018
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Download & Listen to the Full Episode ---> This Football Life The podcast is now This Football Life so go to that feed. You can find shownotes for this episode on www.tifofootball.com Please Subscribe to the new show. Some of the new guests: Adebayo Akinfenwa, World's Strongest Footballer Tony Coton, Ex-Birmingham City Goalkeeper Lawrie McMenemy, Ex-Southampton Manager Martin Edwards, Ex-Man United CEO & Chairman Rob Swire, Ex-Man United Physio

Duration: 00:22:11


Anthony Clavane: History of Jews & Football

11/19/2017
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I have some pretty big news for y'all. Starting in the beginning of January I will joining forces with Tifo, the website formerly known as Umaxit. The new show will have a new podcast feed and all my episodes will be available on www.tifo.com. I'm really excited to work with Joe Devine and their crew to make this show even better. We still don't have a name for the new show so if you have a suggestion, shoot me a message on Twitter. The new show will be done the exact same way so you...

Duration: 01:09:09


Gary Curneen: The Coach's Coach

11/12/2017
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This week's guest is Gary Curneen. Curneen is the head coach of women's soccer at the University of California State Bakersfield. Prior to Cal State, Curneen was the Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at the University of Cincinnati and Head Women's Soccer Coach at Wingate University. Curneen holds a UEFA 'A' License from the Irish FA and a "Premier Diploma" from the NSCAA. However, Curneen is more well known as the author of 'The Modern Soccer Coach' series which aim to educate coaches. His...

Duration: 01:21:26


Jeff Wood: The Perennial Underdog

11/5/2017
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Today, our guest is Gibraltar Men's National Team Coach Jeff Wood. Jeff is a bit of a rare bird and he has been a perennial underdog. As a player he left his native England to play in Finland, which we go into, Malta and Hong Kong. So he's a bit of a nomad, and now he's a well-respected coach trying to grow the Gibraltar National team which has only been in existence since 2011. So quite a task. In this episode Jeff talks about football culture in Finland in the 80's, playing Liverpool...

Duration: 00:34:55


Alan Knight: 40+ Concussions and 24 Years with Portsmouth

10/29/2017
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Our guest is current Portsmouth ambassador, Alan Knight. Previously Knight was a goalkeeper for Portsmouth from 1977-2000 where he made 801 appearances for the club, 2nd all-time behind Jimmy Dickinson. He also made 2 appearances for the England U-21 side. He is largely a one club man as he only represented one other club in Havant & Waterlooville after he left Portsmouth and that was for 3 matches. He has also been a goalkeeping coach for numerous clubs including FC Dallas and...

Duration: 01:12:28


Dave Thomas: The Master Storyteller

10/22/2017
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Dave Thomas is the author of atleast 17 books on his beloved Burnley FC , including an autobiography with Paul Fletcher who was a previous guest on this podcast. He has also written for Up the Clarets, and Something to Write Home About magazine. Thomas is a master storyteller and he is part-historian, part-die-hard fan, part author. He regals tells tales of watching Burnley in the 50's, meeting Burnley fans in Tasmania and the bond that is formed from mutual love for the same club,...

Duration: 00:49:21


Daniel Fieldsend: Football Vagabonding from Benfica to Bayern Munich

10/15/2017
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Our guest today is football consultant and author, Daniel Fieldsend. Fieldsend is the author of the book The European Game: The Secrets of European Football Success, a book about his travels over the course of three months to more than 10 of the best football academies in Europe. Before writing the book Fieldsend was an academy scout and coach for Liverpool. In the book, he speaks with all sorts of interesting characters, from revolutionary coaches, powerful to video analysts to...

Duration: 01:25:16


Paul Fletcher: From Team Sheet to Balance sheet

10/8/2017
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The Football Autobiography Show is focused on long-form interviews with football's most interesting players, coaches, agents, writers and more. Our guest today is Paul Fletcher. His CV is about as long as a summer day on the North Pole. He was a player from 1968-1981, mostly for Burnley, and made 4 appearances for the England U-23 team but his most notable accomplishments come off the field. He was CEO of Huddersfield town, Bolton and BurnleyAt Huddersfield he led the construction of...

Duration: 01:41:05


Gwendolyn Oxenham: Bolivian Prison Footballer, Filmmaker and Women's Football Writer

10/1/2017
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Our guest today is Gwendolyn Oxenham, author of Finding the Game: Three Years, Twenty-five Countries and the Search for Pickup Soccer, and the co-director of Pelada, a documentary that the book is based off. We discuss the movie and international street football at great length. Oxenham has also written for the Atlantic and MLSsoccer and is currently an English professor at the Laguna College of Art and Design. She is also the author of the new book Under the Lights and in the Dark:...

Duration: 01:02:21


Darryl Telles: Ever felt alone in a crowd of 40,000? Being a gay fan from 1970-2017

9/24/2017
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Our guest today is Darryl Telles. Telles is the author of the new autobiography, We're Queer and We Should Be Here: The perils and pleasures of being a gay football fan. Telles has been a Tottenham fan since 1970 and was one of the earliest members of the Gay Football Supporters Network and helped found Tottenham's Gay Supporter Group, the Tottenham Hotspur Lilywhites. In this interview, Telles helps you walk a mile in his shoes and shows you what it was like to be a gay football fan in...

Duration: 00:42:58


Mark Leech: 40+ years of capturing football's finest goals, fights and finals

9/17/2017
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Our guest today is one of the best photographers covering football, Mark Leech. Leech has been capturing football moments for more than 40 years. He started working for himself in 1977 and having kept most of his archived images, formed his own photography company, Well Offside in 2001. In 2012, he was awarded the Barclays Photographer of the first 20 Seasons for his work in the Premier League, and he has covered some of the most legendary games in the FA Cup, World Cup, and Champions...

Duration: 01:19:25


Dan Harris: Applying lessons from rugby & the NFL to football

9/10/2017
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Our guest today is assistant manager of Seoul Eland Dan Harris. Before coaching at Seoul Eland, Harris was previously the Head of Sports Science at Celtic, West Bromwich Albion, and Birmingham City. He also supported the U-18, U-19, U-20 English national teams with their sports science. In this episode Harris talks about why he left Celtic and the game for 3 years, what he's learned from boxing, rowing, American football and rugby, why he turned down opportunities in Qatar and China, the...

Duration: 01:50:19


Mark Sutcliffe: Inside Hong Kong Football

9/3/2017
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Our guest today is CEO of the Hong Kong Football Association Mark Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe is responsible for developing football on and off the pitch in Hong Kong. Since he has taken over Hong Kong has risen over 20 places in the FIFA and rankings they now have 2 teams in the AFC Champions League. Before working in Hong Kong Sutcliffe was the CEO of Strategic Leisure Limited where he consulted sports and leisure projects for nearly 20 years. In that time he developed a football centre of...

Duration: 01:13:00


Cyrille Regis: Britain's First Black Icon 40 Years On

8/30/2017
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On August 31st it will be the 40th anniversary of ex-player, and one of the first black football icons, Cyrille Regis making his debut against Rotherham. In his 20 year career he famously played for West Brom, Coventry City, and Aston Villa. At West Brom, he was one of the first prominent black footballers in England and was part of the "Three Degrees" in the late 70's, along with black players Laurie Cunningham and Brendan Batson, becoming among the first iconic black teams ever. In 1987,...

Duration: 01:39:26


Omar Chaudhuri: From Blogger to Boardroom

8/20/2017
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The Football Autobiography Show is dedicated to taking you on a football journey with football’s most interesting players, coaches, trainers, staff and journalists. Think of these as mini-football autobiographies. Each guest will show you how they got to where they are now, reveal their techniques for success and what they’ve learned along the way. Today we go inside football data analytics, one of the newest driving forces behind why football is changing so quickly. If you want a...

Duration: 01:00:25


Ade Mafe: Tales from the Football Fitness Revolution

8/16/2017
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Our guest today is personal trainer Ade Mafe. Mafe was one of the first fitness coaches in the Premier League. He coached at Chelsea from 1996 until 2005 and then at Millwall, MK Dons, West Brom and Watford. He's worked with world class players and coaches like Claudio Ranieri, Roberto Di Matteo, Gianfranco Zola and Jose Mourinho. Before his coaching career he was an accomplished sprinter. He competed in the 200m in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles at the age of 17. He won a medal in the...

Duration: 01:09:46


Mads Davidsen: How to Make it in the Far East

8/13/2017
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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 is about motivational...

Duration: 00:53:46


Ian Darke: 'The Legend'

8/6/2017
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Todays guest is BT play-by-play announcer Ian Darke. 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 called every World Cup since 1982, and has voiced some of the game's biggest goals. He called the Landon Donovan winner over Algeria in the 2010 World Cup and Sergio Aguero's last minute goal to win Manchester City the title in 2012 just...

Duration: 01:10:50

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