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From Delhi to the Den

Forbes delved into the murky world of North Korea and how their football team was allowed to travel to Japan, despite sanctions, with Stephen Constantine’s account of the atmosphere in North Korea showing the contrast with the one in Japan.

A short video on the life and times of Stephen, football's most travelled manager: http://www.decoubertin.co.uk/blog/the-life-and-ti...

On the Brink

In the Irish Times, Michael Walker looks ahead to the Manchester derby and the differences in Manchester City before and after the Shinawatra takeover as highlighted in Simon Hughes’ book, On the Brink.

Russian Winters

Sky Sports NewsThe Daily Telegraph, the Manchester Evening NewsESPN, the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror and the Independent all spoke to Andrei Kanchelskis ahead of the Manchester derby, with Andrei giving is views on both Pep and Jose. 

There to be Shot At

Sam Wallace of the Telegraph chatted to Tony Coton about the battle of the Manchester Goalkeepers.

The Duellists

Oliver Kay from the Times looked into the history of the rivalry of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, referencing The Duellists.

Steve Busfield from the International Business Times compared Pep and Jose fierce rivalry in Spain to the lukewarm one in Manchester.

Paolo spoke to Graham Hunter about their time covering Barcelona and Madrid and Pep and Jose in Spain for the Big Interview

Green Shoots

'Green Shoots by Michael Walker a typically in-depth and diligently reported trip through Irish soccer on both sides of the Border by one of the best in the business' - The Irish Times

The Irish Daily Star chatted to Michael Walker about his new book, Green Shoots.

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Green Shoots'Walker does a superb job of explaining it all in what must be the most significant examination of football there since Malcolm Brodie’s History of Irish Soccer in 1963.' Eric Brown from the Sports Journalists’ Association on Green Shoots by Michael Walker. 'An even-handed, affectionately perceptive view of Irish football on both sides of the border, its emotional [...]

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Green ShootsThe Newsletter (Ireland) talked to Michael Walker about Northern Ireland’s football fortunes. http://www.newsletter.co.uk/sport/football/how-michael-o-neill-transformed-northern-ireland-s-football-fortunes-1-8212577The I paper also spoke to Michael, focusing again on the rise of Northern Ireland ahead of the play-offs next week.Michael Walker, or @mwalker2771, is a formidable reporter. Looking forward to reading this... pic.twitter.com/URrLYqB1Fk— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) October 23, 2017 Faith of our FamiliesFaith of our Families author [...]

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Michael Walker on Martin Hardy's Tunnel of Love launch

Martin Hardy’s second book on Newcastle United’s recent history – Tunnel of Love – was given a superb send-off at the Exchange in North Shields on Saturday night. There may well have been ships launched on the Tyne to less fanfare.It began with excellent local band The Middens performing I Wanna Be Adored by the [...]

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Q&A with Michael Walker, author of Up There

  Michael Walker is a freelance journalist and columnist for the Irish Times. He has written on football in the north-east  for The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent and Daily Mail. In 2006 he was commissioned by The Irish Times to write a season-long series on Sunderland, then Irish-owned and with Roy Keane as manager. Those articles [...]

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