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Season Four of The Big Interview! Graham Hunter one-on-one with the biggest names in football.

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Season Four of The Big Interview! Graham Hunter one-on-one with the biggest names in football.

    World Cup 2010 Revista: Arise, Sir Carles

    World Cup 2010 Revista: Arise, Sir Carles

    It's the final four, socios.


    For Germany, it's World Cup semi-final number 11. For Spain, number one.


    It's a rematch of the 2008 European Championships final. And it's a repeat of the same scoreline. Spain outplay their most dangerous opponent of the tournament but they need a singular goal to reach the final.


    Here's the back story to Carles Puyol's majestic leap; where I rank it in the pantheon of World Cup headers; and how the evening ended with Puyi face-to-face with the Queen of Spain, wearing only a towel (Puyol, not Queenie). 
     
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    • 56 min
    World Cup 2010 Revista: Iker & Pepe

    World Cup 2010 Revista: Iker & Pepe

    Spain v Paraguay. Quarter-finals.
    Spain's top two goalkeepers, Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina, conspire to keep out Oscar Cardozo's penalty - and that's just the start of one of the craziest five minutes in World Cup history - two more penalties, another not given and after all that the score is still 0-0.
    With the clock ticking down, and their quarter-final curse looming, Spain turn to the tournament's top scorer once more.
     
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    • 49 min
    World Cup 2010 Revista: The Ronaldo Rules

    World Cup 2010 Revista: The Ronaldo Rules

    It's matchday in South Africa 2010, so it's time to see what Spain were up to.
    It's the round of 16 and it's Portugal: that means Ronaldo. He was the world's most expensive footballer and had just finished his first season in the white of Madrid. 
    Behind him, was one of the meanest defences in world football.
    Spain had to innovate to stifle Ronaldo and break down the defensive barrier that stood between them and a quarter-final spot. Here's how they did it. 


    BUY Spain: The Inside Story of La Roja's Historic Treble in paperback, ebook or audiobook (read by Graham)
     
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    • 50 min
    Pat Bonner: The Loneliness of the No.1

    Pat Bonner: The Loneliness of the No.1

    In the sweltering heat of Orlando Pat Bonner misjudged a net-bound shot during Ireland’s knock-out defeat to the Netherlands at USA ’94. Getting over setbacks like that, and indeed the whole psychology of goalkeeping, has obsessed him ever since he hung up his gloves. He has been a top-level coach, he has developed goalkeeping courses and he has been a consultant to the major footballing bodies.
    In this brilliant lock-down Big Interview, he is incredibly insightful on the nature of modern goalkeeping, especially on how the No1 has now become a player in his own right. It is little wonder Pat is such a sought-after broadcast analyst. He is also one of the true gents of the beautiful game.
    Thanks for breaking the lock-down monotony, Pat.
    Graham
     
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    • 52 min
    World Cup 2010 Revista: Bielsa's Uneasy Truce

    World Cup 2010 Revista: Bielsa's Uneasy Truce

    It's win or bust in the final group game. Spain must Defeat Chile or go home. 
    This was packed full of incident: a whirlwind start by Chile; two beautiful goals from Iniesta and Villa; a red card that should never have been; and the most bitter memory of the World Cup for my taste, as Chile offered Spain a murky deal, which they eventually accepted. 
    Before that, nerves were shredded and I had to use all my wiles to get Spain's talismanic superfan past stadium security.
     
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    • 52 min
    Pat Bonner: One Night in Genoa

    Pat Bonner: One Night in Genoa

    Pat Bonner was made in Donegal: his values, resilience and work ethic were instilled in him by his family and his community, while playing Gaelic football toughened him up for a glittering soccer career.
    He was Celtic’s stalwart No1 for years, winning nine major honours at the club, and he earned 80 caps for the Republic of Ireland. His penalty save in a shootout in Genoa against Romania - exactly 30 years ago this week - earned his national side a place in the quarter-finals of Italia ’90. Just weeks before, Pat had failed to save a single kick in the shootout against my beloved Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final. But he analysed and strategised and gave his country one of their biggest parties ever. Everyone in the world was a little bit Irish that night.
    Enjoy
    Graham
     
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