Quinton Fortune: Ribbing Ronaldo and being kicked by Keane

Last season, our Socios at patreon.com/grahamhunter got an exclusive interview with Quinton Fortune. For the first time, here’s the full episode.
In part two, Quinton speaks about how he got to know the second Ronaldo – Cristiano, and describes how his Manchester United team-mates’ relentless teasing fired up and brought out the best in the Portuguese genius. Quinton offers an incredible insight into the golden era at Old Trafford, where training was so intensely competitive – he speaks about getting a kick from Roy Keane – that playing on a Saturday was a blessed joy by comparison. Quinton Fortune will make a great coach. You heard it here first.
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Quinton Fortune: From the Cape Flats to Fortune

Last season, our Socios at patreon.com/grahamhunter got an exclusive interview with Quinton Fortune. For the first time, here’s the full episode.
In part one, when Quinton relates his journey from the ‘nightmare’ of the Cape Flats in South Africa to gracing the Champions League stage, you realise you are dealing with the stuff of football fairy tales. Quinton describes happy days as a youngster at Spurs under Terry Venables where he adored club legend Paul Gascoigne. He also speaks about joining a heady era at Atlético Madrid, where in his senior debut he was tasked with marking Ronaldo – the original Ronaldo, the Brazilian who Quinton describes as the player who had everything. Quinton Fortune was sheer class as a footballer, and is sheer class as a man. He is a footballing raconteur who rubbed shoulders with so many legends of the modern game, and you will love this interview.
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Classic Big Interview: Gianluca Vialli

Here’s another chance to hear my interview with Gianluca Vialli from season two.
Gianluca was my favourite footballer during the 1990s, and I had the honour of getting to know him at his peak. He graced Serie A with his goals during a golden age of Italian club football, winning the league and getting to three European finals with Vujadin Boskov’s Sampdoria – an unfancied club who caught the imagination with their togetherness and sheer will to will. At Juventus, Luca played amid a mouth-watering array of talent, as part of the Turin side’s Tridente attack, culminating in a Champions League win on his final game. We hear about how coach Marcello Lippi’s pressing, offensive style at Juve broke the mould of the Italian approach. Gianluca also gives incredible insights into his time at Chelsea – falling out of favour with Ruud Gullit, replacing Gullit as boss, and then his shock and anger at his own unmerited sacking.
My friends, it’s simply one of the best Big Interviews ever.

Virgil van Dijk: Lessons From the World’s Best Defender

Season 2019-20 of the Big Interview starts with the world’s best defender and my pick for the Ballon D’Or – Virgil van Dijk!

How does the Mane-Firmino-Salah press help him make those trademark interceptions?

What coach does he try to impress every time he walks past a training drill?

How did Holland set the trap for England in the Nations League?

Thanks for listening – please let me know what you think of this one on Twitter @ghpodcast or by leaving a review on iTunes.

Graham

Phil Neville: Spanish passion and Salford soul

Ahead of this summer’s World Cup, here’s another chance to hear my 2016 interview with Phil Neville, the manager of England’s Lionesses.
In part two, Phil describes how he and his family made the joint decision to try a new life in Spain, his love for the Spanish language and the differences between football culture in Spain and Britain. Phil also speaks about his involvement with Salford City FC, a club which he and several others of Manchester United’s Class of ’92 have invested in financially and emotionally.
Truly fascinating stuff.