FWA Q&A: NICK SZCZEPANIK

NICK SZCZEPANIK on a wee problem at Portsmouth...a chilly Big Apple reception for mustard...and feeling dicky in Bucharest

Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
Quite a few, most recently arts publicity. Best football-related memory of that is spending a day while a Brighton Festival press officer with the late, great Brian Glover, Mr Sugden from Kes. And a Barnsley fan.

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England 0, Brazil 12

By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES

HERE IS the answer: England none, Brazil 12.

The question is: how many overseas players are in the respective squads for Sunday’s friendly in Rio de Janeiro?

Roy Hodgson bemoans the dwindling number of English players in the Barclays Premier League because of the ever growing foreign legion. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has only half of his squad playing at home. The latest Brazilian export to Europe is Neymar, who this week secured his transfer from Santos to Barcelona,

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FWA Q&A: TIM RICH

TIM RICH of The Independent on heroin and incest...interviewing the wrong Kanoute...and a fabulous lunch in the occupied territories


Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
I once ran a campsite in France and once worked, very inefficiently, filling bottles of shampoo at a factory where all work stopped for 10 minutes to listen to Simon Bates’ Our Tune.

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SOCCER…SUNSHINE…SAMBA…BUT BRAZIL 2014 WILL NOT BE EASY

By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES

BRAZIL. A country that conjures up images of sunshine, fabulous beaches, carnivals, Pele...the most successful nation in World Cup history, so what better place to stage the 2014 World Cup finals?

Mike Collett, the football editor of Reuters and member of the Football Writers’ Association’s national committee, spent two weeks in Brazil checking out the venues and any possible problems. Brian Homewood was Reuters’ South America football editor for 20 years. Footballwriters.co.uk asked them about the good and bad of Brazil 2014.

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Giving Alan Ball a piggy-back after the 1966 World Cup win…drinks with Ronnie Biggs…and praying for the phone to ring

As Fleet Street legend STEVE CURRY celebrates his 70th birthday he looks back on a successful and eventful career.

By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES

IT WAS Cassius Clay who was the springboard for Steve Curry’s career as a football writer.

And when a young, innocent lad from Lancashire came to London his life literally went to pot.

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