This is the story behind our first Spotify Original podcast, which is out now. It is called ‘Mutiny at Hearts’ and tells the story of arguably the most explosive press conference in British football history in October 2006 – when three Hearts players led by club captain Steven Pressley turned on the club’s megalomaniac owner, Vladimir Romanov.
Welcome to a new episode of Between the Lines. This is Martin’s chat with Oliver Kay about Forever Young: The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football’s Lost Genius. It’s one of Martin’s favourite sports books of the last decade and that’s why this episode is a bit longer than most… plenty to cover!
Welcome to a new episode of Between the Lines. This is Martin’s conversation with Matt McGinn about his excellent book Against the Elements: The Eruption of Icelandic Football. This is one of the most well researched and interesting sports books I’ve read this year and if you’ve ever wondered why Iceland have enjoyed such recent success as international tournaments, then this will tell you how it happened. And here’s a clue: it’s not just the indoor facilities. As always. the story behind the story is what we focus on as always and you’ll hear how Matt interviewed Icelandic musicians and powerlifters and even spent time aboard a fishing trawler as he sought to capture the elements of Icelandic characters which have bred their sporting success.
This is Martin’s chat with James Pearce, the brilliantly connected Liverpool writer for The Athletic. A lot of James’ writing makes up our latest book, At the End of the Storm, which also featured in last week’s episode – and is released today (October 15).
Great sport inspires great writing. Liverpool’s 30-year wait to be crowned champions of England coincided with the launch of The Athletic in the UK. As Jurgen Klopp’s men powered their way through a record-breaking campaign, their progress was documented in extraordinary depth by the writers of The Athletic. Read More →
‘I consider myself fortunate: I know Antonio Conte’ – Exclusive extract from I Think Therefore I Play
Andrea Pirlo was appointed the new head coach of Juventus on August 8, 2020. In his 2014 autobiography, I Think Therefore I Play, Pirlo said that he “wouldn’t bet a single cent on me becoming a manager”. Read More →