Hold The BackPage: Episode 8


Hello Y’all – and welcome to Hold the BackPage no.8!

They’re back again, it’s Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh of the Sunday Mirror and Neil Ahern of the Irish Indo, with a trans-continental mix of glitz and glamour for your aural pleasure.

This week, as FIFA’s large-toupeés shacked up in Qatar at the end of a worldwide Technical Inspection tour, we are joined by Fox Sports’ Keith Costigan, who tells us why U-S-A, U-S-A, should host the World Cup in 2018.

We also have a chat about how New York Red Bull’s honorary Irishman Thierry Henry, and David Beckham, are changing the face of the MLS.

Then we come back a little closer to home and, as promised last time out, we delve into the dark arts of financial accounting at the top of European Football. AC Milan’s hunger to win silverware saw them snap up Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer – but how on earth will they get Ibra for €46m LESS than Barca paid last year? On the line to explain it all, in layman’s terms (mostly!) is Kieron O’Connor, from the Swiss Ramble blog.

As usual, we’re joined by the ever generous Chris McWilliams from PaddyPower.com, who hopes to add to the winning tips handed out last week.

All that, and plenty of banter featuring OJ Simpson, the Irl u-17 girls, Shamrock Rovers and much more.

It simply has to be HTBP #8.

The Author

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com. Writes mostly on Premier League and A-League with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

6 thoughts on “Hold The BackPage: Episode 8

  1. I think Neil has the Madrid story a little arseways. I’m pretty sure it was Raul and not Salgado that had the pleasure of shaking the hand of a Dundalk man as it was Raul that signed my Madrid shirt that day.

    Best thing about Beckham for me was his participation in a crossbar challenge with a couple of others from about thirty yards. Becks hit it every time.

    Another great pod lads.

  2. Jayziz, lads, you know nothing about Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He was amazing at Inter and has already set a scoring tone at Milan. At Barca he managed 16 goals (setting a record by scoring in his first four league games), and is without doubt one of European football’s greatest current strikers.
    Don’t judge him by his selling price, but on his CV. He’s no Robbie Keane, but he may be another Pipo Inzaghi.

  3. I don’t see where the lads were having any digs at Zlatan John. The whole piece was about the financial deal, and it’s clear that if someone costs 70m one year and 24 the next it’s a silly deal for someone!
    there wasn’t any doubts cast over his ability, where are you getting that from?

  4. I thought it was a very good discussion aswell to be honest….

    Credit to the lads, best pod yet in my opinion. Certainly the most polished.

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