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Barney Ronay Interview: The World Cup

Laurence McKenna, co-host of the EPL Talk and World Cup Buzz Podcasts, recently had a golden opportunity to sit down with one of the most remarkable English football writers and authors, Barney Ronay of The Guardian and When Saturday Comes.

In this second part of the interview series (part one is included below), Ronay shares his opinion regarding several fascinating topics including:

  • How he assesses Fabio Capello as a manager,
  • How England measures up to the rest of the world,
  • His fondest memories of previous World Cup tournaments,
  • What we will remember the 2010 World Cup for,
  • What sets the World Cup apart from other sporting tournaments,
  • Who will win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa,
  • And much more.

Note that the video interview was conducted before the World Cup kicked off, so his thoughts on Capello (which may still be justified depending on what happens during the rest of this tournament) were shared before the England versus USA game.

Ronay is the author of the book entitled The Manager, which examines the role of football managers throughout the history of Association Football and how the role has changed over time. The book was voted as the Best New Football Book of the 2009-10 season in the EPL Awards as chosen by readers of EPL Talk.

And, as promised, here is the first part of the two-part Barney Ronay interview series:

Barney Ronay is one of many guests who have been interviewed by EPL Talk. Other guests have included Ray Hudson, Patrick Barclay and Phil Schoen. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to subscribe to EPL Talk’s YouTube Channel so you’re notified as soon as new videos are released from EPL Talk.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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