What do you know about Diego Costa? When the striker arrived at Chelsea last summer, Jose Mourinho described him as a “made player – an end product, a complete striker”. But before he ripped up the Premier League; before he bulldozed La Liga defences during Atlético’s championship season – two reigns of terror stopped only by a shredded hamstring – it was a very different story. You can read all about it in a new biography, Diego Costa – The Art of War, out at the end of this month. Read More →
“A great read… I could relate to it every step of the way” Sir Alex on Sean Fallon: Celtic’s Iron Man
Sean Fallon had a profound effect on the life and football education of Sir Alex Ferguson. The two men first met in the 1960s after Ferguson spent an evening not-so-subtly earwigging on Fallon’s conversation with Jock Stein in a Glasgow restaurant. “Eventually they just gave up and invited me over,” recalled Ferguson. Read More →
In 2011, we asked Kevin Bridges to write his top football memory for an Alzheimer Scotland project we were involved in. It is a brilliant reflection on his first meeting with Graham Hunter in Barcelona in 2010 and then attending his first Clasico, the 5-0 game in November of that year.
Last week, we sat down with Jamie Carragher for Graham Hunter’s latest podcast. Our previous encounter with the Liverpool legend was in Madrid in March of last year. We were in Spain to film some videos with Graham to accompany his Spain book, and also take in the Spain v Italy friendly, notable for being Diego Costa’s debut.
If you are interested in sports writing then the Covering Futbol podcast is a must listen. Start with the Andy Mitten interview, but check out them all. At the core of Andy’s development from young fanzine founder to established journalist with world-class contacts are practises that cut to the core of good sports writing and reporting; practises that may not be fashionable anymore, but thankfully endure. Read More →