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Questions Please for Tim Vickery, Jim White and David Conn Interviews

epl-talk-logo-163x1011.jpgThe EPL Talk Podcast returns this weekend with an exclusive interview with an executive from Setanta Sports to discuss soccer coverage in North America and how soon we can see the network on cable as well as the programming changes we can look forward to next season. That episode will be available via iTunes by Sunday night, so be sure to subscribe to the iTunes feed to receive the episode as soon as it’s released.Over the next few weeks, the EPL Talk Podcast will also feature interviews with three well-known soccer personalities:

  • Tim Vickery (BBC) — The pundit appears on the BBC World Football Phone-In Show where he shares his incredible knowledge about the game (especially South American football). He also writes for Sports Illustrated, BBC Sport and SBS.
  • Jim White (The Daily Telegraph) — The Man United supporter is a popular columnist for The Telegraph. His articles cover a range of topics, and often writes about referees. He’s also the author of a book entitled “You’ll Win Nothing With Kids: Fathers, Sons and Football,” which explores the emotions White felt coaching his son’s junior soccer team.
  • David Conn (The Guardian) — The former sports writer of the year is a popular investigative and feature reporter, and also the author of the book entitled “The Beautiful Game? Searching The Soul of Football” (which focuses on the influence of money on modern day football).

Here’s where I need your help. You have the opportunity to ask any questions you’d like to any or all of the above guests. Simply post your question by clicking the comment link below and I’ll pick out the best questions to ask on-air. If I ask your question, I’ll mention your name on-air to the guest. All I ask is that you submit your question(s) before midnight Monday, April 21st, 2008.One last note: I just stumbled across a review of the EPL Talk Podcast from a blog named Bedroom Bandits. While the review sums up the podcast pretty well, I disagree with some of his comments but take a look at the review yourself.Thanks in advance for your questions for Vickery, White and Conn.

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  1. The Gaffer

    April 23, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Paul R,

    We’ve already interviewed Bobby McMahon back in 2006 —

    I have no interest in interviewing Kenny Hassan, but thanks for the recommendation.

    The Gaffer

  2. The Gaffer

    April 22, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the questions for Jim White. That interview is now completed. There’s still time to post your questions/comments for Tim Vickery and David Conn, though.

    The Jim White interview will be released within the next few weeks.

    The Gaffer

  3. Todd

    April 21, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    questions for jim white….

    i enjoyed his book youll win nothing with kids and i wondered if he had any thoughts on sky sports “state of the game” debate about the problems with grassroots football in england. his article on the 19th was very interesting about respecting the referees and the new changes being implemented. how does he think this will affect the pressure put on kids, the touchline dads who think they are fergie, the refs being threatened. he took a humorous look on this in his book, but what does he think about the current state of the game, and how has it had any affect on english football in general. surely it isnt the reason for the underperforming national team, but does he think some kids are quitting early or moving away from football at a young age? also, what changes does he think could/should be made if any. any dialogue on this subject would be interesting and very timely

  4. Chad Looker

    April 20, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Oh yes, Tim Vickery!

    I have a few that may be worthy of asking. I’ve been reading all of his columns so this is a treat.

    1. Mr. Vickery continuously notes the trend of Brazil’s national team to employ ‘markers and runners’ in its midfield as opposed to its traditional use of central midfielders who possess artistic and creative qualities.

    As an analogue, what are the trends in Argentina’s national team? How would you characterize their tactical history and tradition, and have they broken away from this tradition?

    2. In a column Mr. Vickery wrote for the BBC, a reader asked a question where the reader noted that Africans no matter their specific nationality would root for Ghana in the 2006 World Cup. The reader wondered whether there is a similar phenomenon in South America.

    Mr. Vickery said, “In South America during World Cups, there are many who will cheer for Brazil or Argentina, but there are limits. For the 2002 World Cup final there was a survey showing that more Argentines were supporting Brazil than Germany. If it had been Argentina against Germany I’m not convinced the Brazilian public would feel the same way. ”

    Can he explain why this asymmetry exists?

    3. I know Mr. Vickery is a Tottenham supporter. Does he support a specific national team/teams?

    4. If he could interview any player in South America’s footballing past, who would he choose and why?

    5. Brazil won the Copa America over favored Argentina using a 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield. This breaks away from their tradition. Many Brazilian fans scoffed at this non-traditional formation, but nevertheless it proved successful. What is Mr. Vickery’s take on Dunga’s new tactical direction?

    6. From reading some of Mr. Vickery’s columns, I am aware that in the past racism toward Blacks in Brazil affected their potential to appear for the national side. Does this prejudicial attitude still exist? Does a black player face a greater obstacle in his attempt to progress? And, perhaps more complex, does a player receive less respect from fans for not being a rags to riches story like Adriano? For instance, Kaka came from a family where his father was an engineer and I’m assuming he lived relatively well off. Is he not a fan-favorite because of this? Would Brazilians find more of an affinity with a player like Adriano who grew up in a slum but still reached the heights of playing for a European giant?

  5. Paul R

    April 20, 2008 at 4:05 am

    Question for Tim Vickery

    Tim as a journalist that has doen some work for the SBS TV network in Australia what are your views on that networks chief football analyst Craig Foster and his long running anti English football agenda???

  6. Paul R

    April 20, 2008 at 4:02 am

    Great news about the podcast interviews coming back Gaffa…..

    I used to love listening to those and cant wait for the three aforementioned guests…

    If you are looking for guests in the future why not ask WSD’s Kenny Hassan or Bobby Macmahon form Fox Soccer both very knowledable football people

  7. Aidan

    April 19, 2008 at 5:53 pm


    Three fantastic guests – Tim Vickery especially.

    I don’t really have any questions, just looking forward to the podcasts.

  8. Kartik

    April 19, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Ask Vickery his thoughts on Mexico’s league compared to the south American leagues. You can tell him your listener believes Mexico’s league is the best in the Hemisphere.


    17 of the last 19 Mexican teams in the Copa Lib have advanced to the knock out stage

    Mexico has attracted more legitimate internationals from other latin countries than Brazil or Argentina.

    Mexico’s league is the most balanced and competitive in the world

    Mexico’s league is flush with American TV dollars and the rights fees for Mexican football paid by American TV is higher than many American professional sports league. Despite the weakness of the $, this is something Brazil and Argentina will never have.


    Curious his thoughts.

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