7 Feb 2018 - 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
A remote island in the Pacific. War-torn Lebanon. The heart of football’s spiritual home. Join us for an intimate look at the beautiful game in some of the world’s most unique places. Hosted by renowned football journalist, author and publisher, Ian Ridley, three global football enthusiasts share their incredible experiences from all corners of the globe.
James Montague – Journalist and author of 31-0, Football Book of the Year at the BSB Awards
James Montague is a journalist and author who writes for the New York Times, CNN, GQ and World Soccer. Having grown up in Essex, he has spent considerable time reporting on football in the Middle East and beyond, leading Sports Illustrated to describe him as ‘The Indiana Jones of soccer writing’. He appears regularly on CNN as well as writing and producing regular radio shows for the BBC World Service’s award winning World Football show.
Paul Watson – Director of CONIFA and author of Up Pohnpei
After one too many late-night discussions, Paul Watson and his mate Matt Conrad hatched the perfect plan: find the world’s worst national team, become citizens of that country and win an international cap playing for them. Their search led them to Pohnpei, a remote Pacific island in desperate need of a new national coach. Without a second thought, Paul accepted the offer and jetted off thousands of miles in search of the unknown.
Seth Burkett – Author of The Boy in Brazil
When Seth Burkett travelled to Brazil for a youth tournament with his local team Stamford, he was stunned by what happened next. Spotted by a scout, he accepted an offer to join Sorriso Esporte Clube in the central state of Mato Grosso and became a media celebrity as well as the only English professional in the football-crazy country.
No Englishman has ever managed more national teams than Stephen Constantine. He has worked in Asia, Africa, America and Europe, taking his teams from North Korea to Zimbabwe. Having negotiated war-torn Sudan, Himalayan royalty and the relatively sedate climate of Milwall’s Den, Stephen is now Head Coach of the Indian national football team.