Emile Heskey: Silencing the Critics

The title of Emile Heskey’s autobiography is ‘Even Heskey Scored’, a sardonic nod to the misperception that he was anything other than a highly talented player, a prolific goal scorer and, most of all, a winner. In part one, Emile describes his ‘strange’ personality – painfully shy in the dressing room, super-confident on the field of play. He explains how he helped his beloved Leicester City escape financial meltdown and paints us a vivid behind-the-scenes picture of life at the Foxes training ground under Martin O’Neill, when being forced to wear the dreaded, smelly, yellow jersey was every player’s worst nightmare. Enjoy Graham

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Classic Big Interview: Ramon Calderon Part Two

Here’s another chance to hear part two of my interview with Ramon Calderon from season two. Ramon tells the story of how he became Real president, and how promoting Zinedine Zidane from the position of reserve team coach to the biggest role in club football management was a risk that paid off. Ramon also tells how David Beckham was the ultimate professional, giving everything to help Real win the 2007 La Liga in dramatic style before he left for LA, how crucial Ruud van Nistelrooy and Sergio Ramos were to Los Blancos, and how signing the latter cheesed off Manchester United no end. Enjoy.

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Classic Big Interview: Ramon Calderon Part One

Here’s another chance to hear part one of my interview with Ramon Calderon from season two. As president, Ramon helped usher in a new golden era for Real Madrid, not long after the club had flirted with bankruptcy. We delve back in time to hear about how Santiago Bernabeu made Real into the world’s premier football club after the trauma of the Spanish Civil War. Ramon relates how he chatted with the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano about his kidnapping, and how Paco Gento – the only man with six European Cup medals – was a winger who flew so fast that his team-mates couldn’t keep up with him. You’ll also hear how the underrated Vicente del Bosque was sheer class in midfield, and could change a match in a single moment. Enjoy.

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