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Slaven Bilic: Pancev, National Pride And The Road To Paris

IN part two of my interview with Slaven Bilic, we discuss the big figures from his past – from players he faced, like Dejan Savicevic and Darko Pancev, to his former Croatia colleague Alen Boksic.

Slaven also takes us back to the 1998 World Cup, when he was part of the Croatia side which lost to France in the semi-finals, as well key moments from his time as manager of his national team.

One of the most enjoyable moments of this interview is when Slaven teaches me something I didn’t know about the Croatian team spirit. You’ll find it interesting, too.


And he talks about the development of Luka Modric from a teenager playing in his homeland into a brilliant footballer admired the world over.


Slaven Bilic Part One: Boban, Suker And The Boys of ’96

THIS is the first part of my interview with Slaven Bilic, recorded at West Ham’s pre-season camp in Germany.

This interview will leave Hammers fans loving their manager even more than they already do – and will also, I’m sure, have everyone else feeling exactly the same way.

In the first part of this podcast, we hear about Bilic of Croatia, the centre-back of the team so many of us adored in Euro 96 and a side which nearly won it all at the World Cup two years later.

Croatia's Davor Suker (left) and Zvonimir Boban (right) celebrate at the end of the match

From Boban and Suker, to Boksic and Prosinecki, Slaven talks about all of those wonderful Croatian footballers, and in incredible, colourful detail too.

Slaven is one of the most passionate and insightful guests we’ve had on The Big Interview. I think you’ll agree.


The Six Steps To Becoming a Socio…

STARTING today, you have the chance to subscribe to The Big Interview for £2.99 a month on Patreon.

Subscribing couldn’t be simpler – just follow these six steps to become a socio:

1. On the right of you should see a big red button with ‘BECOME A PATRON’. Click on it and follow the instructions to confirm your pledge.


2. You should now receive your private RSS feed link. Copy it.


3. Go to your podcast app, e.g. the Podbean app.


4. Tap the search icon and then ‘+ Add Feed URL’.


5. Paste your private link in the box labelled ‘Add URL’.


6. Now you’re ready to listen to The Big Interview as a socio! Our podcast with Rafael van der Vaart and Episode Three of The Big Inside View are there waiting for you right now.


The more subscribers we get, the more new content we can create – we have some exciting ideas for special new shows, but we will only be able to make these with your help.

I’ll see you in the socio club.


The Big Inside View: Neymar, Alves, Bale & More

VAMOS socios! Here’s what I was talking about in the latest episode of The Big Inside View over on Patreon.

As you know, in the podcast I spoke about what I think has been a push back against the brand of football made popular by Pep Guardiola, a style many of us fell in love with while watching his FC Barcelona team, especially.

But there is an antidote to this attack, as you can see in this clip of the fabulous football being played by Celta Vigo, where Luis Enrique’s former assistant at Barcelona, Juan Carlos Unzué, is now manager.

And you can see something very similar in how Napoli move the ball cleverly, at pace, during a recent friendly with Atletico Madrid.

I also want to draw your attention to the sensational decision of Juan Mata to support Street Football’s #CommonGoal project. Mata is giving up one per cent of his salary to that incredible cause and you can find out more about it by following this link.


Become a Big Interview Socio

The new football campaign is around the corner… and we have some big news about season 2017-18 of The Big Interview. The local football club here in Barcelona have a membership scheme for supporters – they call them socios. They are the lifeblood of the club and they get special treatment in return. Well, we at The Big Interview are doing the same thing.

Next Wednesday – August 9 – you will have the chance to subscribe to The Big Interview for £2.99 a month on Patreon.  Here’s what you’ll get if you do:

  •  One extra, exclusive Big Interview episode per month – starting with Rafael van der Vaart

  • A brand new weekly show – The Big Inside View – where I will give you my take on what I’ve learned from the past seven days in football. Sign up next week and you’ll get the latest episode straight away

  • Socios will also receive bonus shows during the season, including Q&A specials around big events like Clasicos. You’ll also get ad-free versions of everything we produce

  • Only Socios will get the chance to win prizes signed by our guests, or access Facebook Live production meetings, where they can add their questions before interviews

    G and Rafa

All that for £2.99 per month. Less than a pint; less than the price of your favourite football magazine; less than a matchday programme.

The more subscribers we get, the more new content we can create – we have some exciting ideas for special new shows, but we will only be able to make these with your help.

 Thanks for listening, and see you in the Socio club. Mine’s a G&T!