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The Presidents Podcast – So Far

Following our latest episode of the Presidents Podcast with Fabrizio Romano, which was broadcast last weekend, we take a look at the series so far.

Episode 1 | Joe DaGrosa – ex-Bordeaux owner & CEO of Kapital Football Group – September 2019

Ex-Ligue 1 club Girondins de Bordeaux Chairman & General American Capital Partners Founder Joe DaGrosa kicks off this series style, laying out his vision for FCGB in a more comprehensive fashion than ever before. We also find out that he is bad at FIFA, hugely admires Winston Churchill & Benjamin Disraeli, that he was mentored by Bob Glazer and much more.

Episode 2 | Loïc Féry – FC Lorient owner – October 2019

The owner of Ligue 2 title-chasers FC Lorient Loïc Féry joins us to discuss how to juggle running a football club and an investment management firm, his thoughts on how far Mattéo Guendouzi can go, why Alexis Claude-Maurice decided to snub West Ham & Norwich City, what really happened in 2015 when Rennes tried to steal the transfer of Majeed Waris from Lorient by turning up at the airport, his hopes for the future of French football & much more.

Episode 3 | Vincent Enyeama – ex-Lille & Nigeria goalkeeper – November 2019

In the third episode of this extraordinary series, ex-Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama joins us to discuss his journeyed career, from the streets of Nigeria and Israel and his continued hunger for a new challenge, to his unlikely friendship with Joe Cole, to a move to Bolton falling through at the last minute, to Eden Hazard moaning at him being too good in training, to Zlatan Ibrahimovic calling him the “black mamba” of French football, to his faith in God and much more.

Episode 4 | Jennifer Mendelewitsch – agent – December 2019

FFF & FA licensed football agent Jennifer Mendelewitsch joins us to give you at home unfettered access to the life of a football agent: from answering your Twitter questions to the issue of Brexit to the situations of Thomas Basila (Nantes), Thierry Ambrose (Metz/Manchester City) & David Faupala (Jerv) to hard truths about football as a job & much more.

Episode 5 | Gauthier Ganaye – ex-OGC Nice President & current Oostende President – March 2020

In the fifth episode of this extraordinary series, ex-OGC Nice President Gauthier Ganaye joins us to discuss his journey to becoming the youngest Ligue 1 club president in history, his role in a tumultuous 6 months with Les Aiglons, lunch with Raphaël Varane, love in Leeds, Patrick Cryne’s impact on his career, trouble ahead of French football with the DNCG & Mediapro, and much more.

Episode 6 | Bob Ratcliffe – Chief Executive, INEOS Football – May 2020

In the sixth episode of this extraordinary series, OGC Nice CEO, Lausanne-Sport President & Head of Football at INEOS Sport, Bob Ratcliffe, joins us to discuss his journey to making the largest club acquisition in French football history in August 2019, having bought Les Aiglons for €100m. We chat his multi-club vision for INEOS in football, Jorge Mendes, the transfer window ahead, what Nice currently does better than PSG and much more.

Episode 7 | Darren Tulett – Broadcaster, BeIN Sports – July 2020

In the seventh episode of this extraordinary series, French sport’s Englishman Darren Tulett, a president of sorts in the sports presenting & broadcasting realm, brings his signature joie de vivre to the table. We discuss his unique path to becoming one of France’s most recognisable faces, his time with Arsène Wenger, David Beckham as well as PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, speculate on the future of French football broadcasting, women in Bolton & much more.

Episode 8 | Ravy Truchot – CEO, Strive Football Group – August 2020

In the eighth episode of this extraordinary series, we chat with entrepreneur Ravy Truchot, the mastermind behind PSG’s commercialisation and youth academy formation strategy in North America, about his success in that project, as well as the ambitions he harbours for his Strive Football Group company, that intend to acquire several European clubs in the next two to three years & much more.

Episode 9 | Anne-Laure Bonnet – Broadcaster, ex-BeIN Sports & Téléfoot Chaine – November 2020

In the ninth episode of this extraordinary series, we chat with broadcast sensation Anne-Laure Bonnet, the leading female in the world of European football journalism, about her toughest job yet, the heroics of Marcus Rashford, dealing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, fighting for gender equality of opportunity in her line of work & so much more.

Episode 10 | Oleg Petrov – Vice President, AS Monaco – November 2020

In the tenth episode of this extraordinary series, we chat with one of French football’s newest major actors – AS Monaco Vice President Oleg Petrov. In his longest interview yet in any language, he makes a compelling case for why the Principality side are firmly on the path to success again – we talk his short-lived goalkeeping career, Paul Mitchell, how he signed Wissam Ben Yedder, intended brand relaunch & much more.

Episode 11 | Alejandro Requena – International Development Manager, ex-Marseille – January 2021

In episode 11 of this extraordinary series, we sit down with Ligue 1 club Marseille’s now departed International Development Manager Alejandro Requena on the challenges of developing the mythical club’s brand and marketing that globally, including how best to draw in Gen Z, working with Mario Balotelli, how OM has evolved & much more.

Episode 12 | Fabrizio Romano – Journalist, Sky Italia/CBS/The Guardian – February 2021

In episode 12 of this extraordinary series, we sit down with transfer market journalist Fabrizio Romano to discuss how his job has impacted personal relationships, dealing with pressure from social media, his dream of becoming a football manager & much more.

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