Interview with Steven Wells

steven-wells.jpgThe Guardian’s Steven Wells never shies away from controversy. In fact, just as I was writing this article, my RSS feed to The Guardian popped up with a new column from Wells — the British writer who now lives in Philadelphia. The article argues that “In order to relieve the pressure on those in the closet, we should assume all footballers are gay.”

The reason I was writing this article in the first place was to make you aware of a podcast interview with Steven Wells by John Turnbull at The Global Game. If ever there was a podcast to complement the EPL Talk Podcast, The Global Game is it. Thoughtful, riveting, and a breath of fresh air.

Wells is an excellent interviewee. I’ve tried to get him on the EPL Talk Podcast previously to no avail. If you think he should be on a future episode of the show, feel free to convince him why by emailing him today.


3 thoughts on “Interview with Steven Wells”

  1. "[S]occer-playing America is massively liberal, loving, caring, socially conscious and nice. While soccer-hating America consists of increasingly isolated gangs of Bush-supporting, bible-bashing, gun-crazed, dungaree wearing, banjo-playing, quasi-fascist chicken-lovers and their twelve fingered, pin-headed, cyclopic, drooling monster children."

    That's been my observation, too. And I live in the thick of American soccer-hating land, so I ought to know. He could have been describing the guy who sits in the next cubicle over in my office, although I must admit I haven't seen him play the banjo. Yet.

    I love the way Wells sticks it to those on the other side of the Big Water as well. 1953, indeed!

  2. Ask Wells why he has worked to promote the Yanks in this sport when as an Englishman he should be trying to keep football pure of the heathens and barbarians that are money grubbers.

    In other words his commentary has given the Yanks aid and comfort while undermining the instsitutions that make football a world game.

    He also talks about the stinking yank league and the supporters group of the Philadelphia clubs as some sort of sign that the Yanks get it.

    The Yanks cannot get it. They do not live in a football culture. They live in a culture of barbarism, best exemplified by the simple but violent game of American football. Unless these Yanks spend time in Britain or Brazil or some place similar they can never understand it.

    Wells writing reflects a pro-Yank point of view which either means he has been paid of by the Yank Oligarchs or is simply not a football man himself and does not care about the game.


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