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Is This the Worst Soccer Interview Ever?

New York TV station, Fox 5, recently conducted a one-on-one interview with Thierry Henry, and it has to be one of the worst soccer interviews you’ll probably ever see.

Hosts Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly begin the train wreck by telling Henry that he had just won the World Cup. And the interview seems to get worse from there with Scotto seemingly slowing down her words for Henry to understand her despite the fact that Henry speaks and understands English incredibly well.

The hosts of the “Good Day New York” TV show then make even more fools of themselves by talking about how Americans love “big scores” and “blowouts,” while trying to make a joke that a 3-0 scoreline is a “blowout” in soccer.

Scotto then ad libs and starts talking about the “horns” (i.e. vuvuzelas).

It’s obvious that Scotto and Kelly didn’t do their homework before interviewing Henry. To have one of the biggest soccer stars in the world on your show but then not even give him the courtesy of asking intelligent questions is a travesty. Yes, the TV show is a morning program, which is typically the bottom of the barrel when it comes to television shows. But still, you would have expected Henry to be treated with a little more dignity and respect than this horrible interview.

Fair play to Henry for remaining calm during the interview and answering the questions with a humility that a lot of other sports stars wouldn’t have been able to carry.

No wonder soccer gets a bad rap in Europe especially when you have morons like Scotto and Kelly on the show, or when you have TV news programs that can’t the difference between South Africa and South America.

Thanks to Griff for the news tip.


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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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