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The Big Interview with Graham Hunter podcast

The Big Interview with Graham Hunter

By Graham Hunter  

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

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

 

#476

Brian Laudrup: Denmark 1992 – Football’s Greatest Fairy Tale Part Two

In part two of my uplifting interview with Brian Laudrup, we get into the detail of Denmark’s Euro ’92 fairy tale. A disappointing draw with England was followed by defeat to hosts Sweden and the Danes prepared to pack their bags. But a star-studded France team underestimated Laudrup and Co, who clinched a semi-final place against the Netherlands. The Dutch were the competition’s most fancied side, featuring talents such as Rijkaard, Bergkamp and Van Basten. Yet Denmark won a penalty shoot-out to face Germany in the final in Gothenburg where Peter Schmeichel was a hero between the sticks and John Jensen scored an unlikely beauty. Perhaps Destiny also played her part for the Danes that summer. The lesson, friends, is to never stop believing. Graham [Subscribeto The Big Interview YouTube channel] (https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fchannel%2FUC-fx5fn0ivc2GrjfQ8bTTNg&amp;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cf7fc57878f854192b53b08d8b6e9515d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637460460496509772%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=TArpn95FiDie6Th1pR8vv37NHvKu7pMJO%2Bww66sgHRw%3D&amp;reserved=0) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

06 May 2021

54 MINS

54:38

06 May 2021


#475

Brian Laudrup: Denmark 1992 – Football’s Greatest Fairy Tale Part One

Brian Laudrup was part of the Denmark side who were last-minute additions to Euro ’92. They would have been happy to have taken a point… but they only went on to win the tournament! Brian and his brother Michael weren’t keen on coach Richard Moller Nielsen’s ideas and both quit the national side. But Brian and Neilsen managed to sort things out only three months before the Euro finals began. When Yugoslavia were disqualified and Denmark invited to take their place just eight days prior to their first game, Brian didn’t think he was recovered enough from a recent injury. But he soon warmed to the idea of proving that Denmark weren’t the ugly ducklings everyone thought they were. Enjoy, Graham [Subscribeto The Big Interview YouTube channel] (https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fchannel%2FUC-fx5fn0ivc2GrjfQ8bTTNg&amp;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cf7fc57878f854192b53b08d8b6e9515d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637460460496509772%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=TArpn95FiDie6Th1pR8vv37NHvKu7pMJO%2Bww66sgHRw%3D&amp;reserved=0) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

05 May 2021

45 MINS

45:52

05 May 2021


#474

John McGinn: Hero of the Holte End

In part two of my chat with John McGinn, we pick up just after hearing about how the midfielder’s beloved Celtic’s inexplicable dithering meant that Villa swooped for his signature. He relates the thrill of beating rivals West Brom in a penalty shootout to set up a play-off victory over Derby. John also describes Scotland’s showdown in Serbia to clinch a place at the Euros. A simple but powerful team-talk from Steve Clarke had set the players up psychologically. John, who had been substituted, describes the agony of watching the penalty shootout from the stand. He needn’t have worried, because glory awaited. Enjoy, Graham [Subscribeto The Big Interview YouTube channel] (https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fchannel%2FUC-fx5fn0ivc2GrjfQ8bTTNg&amp;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cf7fc57878f854192b53b08d8b6e9515d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637460460496509772%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=TArpn95FiDie6Th1pR8vv37NHvKu7pMJO%2Bww66sgHRw%3D&amp;reserved=0) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

29 Apr 2021

32 MINS

32:35

29 Apr 2021


#473

John McGinn: The Fire Inside

It was a real pleasure catching up with Scotland and Aston Villa midfield maestro John McGinn. John is a graduate of the academy at St Mirren where he was taught technique by progressive coaches – and also learned how to dodge fireworks! Let’s just say that training took place in Ferguslie Park, the more… boisterous end of Paisley. Hibernian came calling and John describes the Scottish Cup triumph of 2016 over Rangers, replete with a pitch invasion and a stirring rendition of the anthemic Sunshine on Leith. Enjoy, Graham [Subscribeto The Big Interview YouTube channel] (https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fchannel%2FUC-fx5fn0ivc2GrjfQ8bTTNg&amp;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cf7fc57878f854192b53b08d8b6e9515d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637460460496509772%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=TArpn95FiDie6Th1pR8vv37NHvKu7pMJO%2Bww66sgHRw%3D&amp;reserved=0) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

28 Apr 2021

33 MINS

33:25

28 Apr 2021


#472

Q&A Extra: Madrid’s Three-peat Part 2

Welcome back to my chat with Pete Jenson and Neil White in which we consider if Real Madrid’s Three-peat side are underrated. As we heard in part one, certainly Real’s run-up to the first final was underwhelming and they had to take city rivals Atlético to penalties. But the 4-1 thrashing of Juve and then the beating of Liverpool surely deserve more credit. After all, this is a team which featured the likes of Isco, Benzema, Casemiro, Modric and Kroos, as well as talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. Having Ronaldo was like having a goal start, and it is a distinct possibility that he himself was underrated and misunderstood. Just ask any of his team-mates. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

21 Apr 2021

31 MINS

31:47

21 Apr 2021


#471

Q&A Extra: Madrid’s Three-peat Part 1

With Neil White in the chair, myself and Pete Jenson discussed a brilliant question from one of our Socios: Will time bring more respect to Real Madrid’s Three-peat team? We’re talking, of course, about the side who clinched successive Champions Leagues in 2016, 2017 and 2018, all under the auspices of club legend Zinedine Zidane. There is a perception that somehow they stumbled their way to these titles, and they aren’t as lauded as the other Three-peat clubs, Ajax and Bayern, who both achieved the feat in the 1970s. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

19 Apr 2021

26 MINS

26:39

19 Apr 2021


#470

Roberto Mancini: Big Interview Icon

Welcome to our Big Interview Icons series where we shine a light on a legend whose name has lit up some of the conversations I’ve had with my guests over the last six years of The Big Interview. This episode focuses on Roberto Mancini. At Sampdoria and Lazio, Mancini was Sven-Göran Eriksson’s artist, an elegant, Rolls Royce of a forward beloved by his manager and the club chairman. But he could also be a hothead, a man who lost the rag with team-mates or officials when things went wrong. As for Mancini the manager, Micah Richards speaks about working under him at Manchester City. He found Mancini to be a brutally honest perfectionist who players either loved or hated. Micah just loved him. He improved him immeasurably as a player, made him fitter and more tactical aware, and, of course, delivered that incredible 2011/2012 Premier League title win in injury time. Enjoy Graeme &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

15 Apr 2021

26 MINS

26:31

15 Apr 2021


#469

Classic Big Interview: Ander Herrera

Here’s another chance to hear my interview with Ander Herrera from season three. Classy midfielder Ander is now at Paris Saint-Germain where he was recently a Champions League finalist. I caught up with him when he was still a Manchester United player and he waxed lyrical about his earlier footballing life helping his beloved Real Zaragoza survive in Spain’s top flight. He liked his time at Athletic Bilbao under the footballing romantic Marcelo Bielsa, but he describes losing two cup finals due to the team’s sheer exhaustion. There’s also great stuff about why Ander wouldn’t become a manager, and he makes his case for David de Gea being the best goalkeeper in the world. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

12 Apr 2021

38 MINS

38:08

12 Apr 2021


#468

Rainer Bonhof: Gerd Muller, King of the Penalty Box

Welcome to part two of The Big Interview with Rainer Bonhof, in which the World Cup winner reveals a secret about his nationality. Let’s just say that his grandfather wouldn’t have been pleased to have seen him help defeat Holland in the 1974 final! We hear about Rainer’s time as Scotland Under-21 coach when he worked with talents like Shaun Maloney and Darren Fletcher – now Belgium assistant coach and Manchester United technical director respectively. We also chat about who should be the next Germany manager and why Gerd Müller’s greatness will never be surpassed. Enjoy Graham [Subscribeto The Big Interview YouTube channel] (https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fchannel%2FUC-fx5fn0ivc2GrjfQ8bTTNg&amp;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cf7fc57878f854192b53b08d8b6e9515d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637460460496509772%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=TArpn95FiDie6Th1pR8vv37NHvKu7pMJO%2Bww66sgHRw%3D&amp;reserved=0) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

07 Apr 2021

28 MINS

28:33

07 Apr 2021


#467

Rainer Bonhof: How to Win the World Cup

Today we welcome our first German World Cup winner onto The Big Interview: Rainer Bonhof. The elegant midfielder enjoyed his prime during a golden era for Borussia Mönchengladbach. We’ll hear about team-mates Berti ‘The Terrier’ Vogts and Günter Netzer, the side’s bona fide rock star. It was also a golden era for West Germany, and Rainer made his breakthrough at the 1974 World Cup, scoring against Sweden and then setting up Gerd Müller’s winner in the final against the great Netherlands side starring Johan Cruyff. Enjoy Graham [Subscribeto The Big Interview YouTube channel] (https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fchannel%2FUC-fx5fn0ivc2GrjfQ8bTTNg&amp;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cf7fc57878f854192b53b08d8b6e9515d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637460460496509772%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=TArpn95FiDie6Th1pR8vv37NHvKu7pMJO%2Bww66sgHRw%3D&amp;reserved=0) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

05 Apr 2021

42 MINS

42:02

05 Apr 2021


#466

Darren Anderton: Sheringham, Euro 96 & Eng-Arg 98

In part two of my chat with Darren Anderton, we hear about playing for England at Euro ’96, the indescribable feeling of that summer and the classy midfielder’s involvement in THAT Gazza goal against Scotland. There was the perfect performance against Holland at Wembley which was so sublime that Darren was able to take it all in, even hum along to the singing from the terraces. Compare that with the match against Argentina in France two years later, when an inept Danish referee ended England’s World Cup hopes. Playing alongside Teddy Sheringham was a joy; he made you look a better footballer because of his brilliantly simple movement and assists. He was a leader, as hard as nails, and could score any goal. You’ll also hear about how Sir Alex Ferguson tried to woo Darren – but his loyalty to Spurs was too strong. Enjoy Graham [Subscribeto The Big Interview YouTube channel] (https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fchannel%2FUC-fx5fn0ivc2GrjfQ8bTTNg&amp;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cf7fc57878f854192b53b08d8b6e9515d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637460460496509772%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=TArpn95FiDie6Th1pR8vv37NHvKu7pMJO%2Bww66sgHRw%3D&amp;reserved=0) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

30 Mar 2021

44 MINS

44:05

30 Mar 2021


#465

Darren Anderton: Fathers, Sons and Football

Darren Anderton’s late father Norman, a Motherwell man, was his biggest supporter and his best friend. In gratitude, Darren even tried out for Scotland, but his destiny would be with three lions on his shirt. Darren was brought up a Southampton fan and played for their academy but was not asked to sign up. Therefore, Dad called up arch-rivals Portsmouth, who watched the lad and signed him as a schoolboy. Manager Alan Ball believed in him and Darren improved immensely. Darren then played for an attacking Tottenham side alongside guys like Teddy Sheringham, Gheorghe Popescu, Nick Barmby, Jürgen Klinsmann and Vinny Samways. Under Ossie Ardiles but they were too attacking, too open, but Gerry Francis improved the shape. If only they’d have kept that team together, who knows what they could have achieved. Enjoy Graham [Subscribeto The Big Interview YouTube channel] (https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fchannel%2FUC-fx5fn0ivc2GrjfQ8bTTNg&amp;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cf7fc57878f854192b53b08d8b6e9515d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637460460496509772%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=TArpn95FiDie6Th1pR8vv37NHvKu7pMJO%2Bww66sgHRw%3D&amp;reserved=0) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

29 Mar 2021

34 MINS

34:02

29 Mar 2021


#464

Casemiro, Simeone, Morelos - March Q&A part two

It's part two of the monthly Q&amp;A show, with Graham and Pete Jenson taking questions from our beloved socios on subjects including a scouting report on Manchester United's Europa League opponents, Granada; who Rangers could find in La Liga to replace Alfredo Morelos and the value to Real Madrid of the wonderful Casemiro. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

29 Mar 2021

39 MINS

39:44

29 Mar 2021


#463

Laporta's second coming: March Q & A part one

In part one of our monthly Q &amp; A show, Graham is joined by La Liga Television's Pete Jenson to take questions from our beloved socios. From Betis to Barcelona - where returning president Joan Laporta has brought back the good vibes - we have you covered. &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

26 Mar 2021

35 MINS

35:47

26 Mar 2021


#462

Big Interview Extra: The man who makes the world's best pitches

My chat with Paul Burgess was ground-breaking, if you’ll pardon the pun, for the Big Interview. Paul isn’t a player or a coach, but one of the world’s leading groundsmen. Paul was in charge of the last pitch at Highbury and the first at the Emirates. He had a unique view of Arsenal's Invincibles and Real Madrid's European dominance under Zidane, after he was headhunted by the Spanish giants, who believed the atrocious surface at the Bernabeu was beyond repair. Enjoy seeing football from a different angle in this special Big Interview. Graham [Subscribeto The Big Interview YouTube channel] (https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fchannel%2FUC-fx5fn0ivc2GrjfQ8bTTNg&amp;data=04%7C01%7C%7Cf7fc57878f854192b53b08d8b6e9515d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637460460496509772%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=TArpn95FiDie6Th1pR8vv37NHvKu7pMJO%2Bww66sgHRw%3D&amp;reserved=0) &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

16 Mar 2021

51 MINS

51:39

16 Mar 2021


#461

Sir Alex Ferguson: Big Interview Icon

Welcome to our Big Interview Icons series where we shine a light on a legend whose name has lit up some of the conversations I’ve had with my guests over the last six years of The Big Interview. This episode focuses on Sir Alex Ferguson. Rio Ferdinand once vented his rage at Sir Alex and was fortunate not to be sold. But he never doubted his genius. Yet there was a flaw to that genius, exposed when he left Manchester United too open in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League final defeats to Barcelona. Rio found the latter defeat particularly embarrassing. Terry Gibson tells us about how Sir Alex’s arrival at Manchester United was the new broom Old Trafford needed after the lax regime of Ron Atkinson. Terry’s face didn’t fit, but luckily Wimbledon came calling. Alex McLeish relates how his former Aberdeen boss tried to poach him for Manchester United, while Darren Fletcher provides an amazing insight into a Fergie team talk. He could be unpredictable, but ultimately exuded a calmness which affected his players and filled them with belief. Lastly, fellow manager Gianluca Vialli speaks of what an inspiration Sir Alex was, and shares with us two golden nuggets of advice he always remembered. Enjoy Graeme &#10; See <a style='color: grey; ' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information. ... Read more

12 Mar 2021

30 MINS

30:55

12 Mar 2021