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# btl - Tuesday 23 February, 2021

'The idea you can’t prepare is complete rubbish' - Why penalty shootouts are no lottery
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'The idea you can’t prepare is complete rubbish' - Why penalty shootouts are no lottery

Feb 23rd 2021, 8:00 AM 6,116 Views 0 Comments

Tim Wigmore, author of The Best: How Elite Athletes are Made, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

'He would have been bursting with delight over it, but his persona is that of a serious guy'
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From The42
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'He would have been bursting with delight over it, but his persona is that of a serious guy'

Updated Feb 16th 2021, 12:00 PM 24,971 Views 2 Comments

John Leonard, author of Dub Sub Confidential, talks Stephen Cluxton and lots more on this week’s edition of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 9 February, 2021

'I felt it was a generation of lads who really wanted to go to war, and really wanted to defend England'
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From The42
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'I felt it was a generation of lads who really wanted to go to war, and really wanted to defend England'

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 12:00 PM 35,402 Views 27 Comments

American writer and editor Bill Buford, who wrote a book on English football hooliganism called Among The Thugs, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 2 February, 2021

'These horrific incidents seemed to keep them enmeshed with one another, in a taboo bond of manhood'
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From The42
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'These horrific incidents seemed to keep them enmeshed with one another, in a taboo bond of manhood'

Feb 2nd 2021, 8:00 PM 47,335 Views 3 Comments

Anna Krien, author of the award-winning Night Games: Sex, Power, and a Journey to the Dark Heart of Sport, is our guest on this week’s Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 26 January, 2021

'One of the things I find disappointing is Keane hasn’t become the figure in football I thought he would be'
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From The42
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'One of the things I find disappointing is Keane hasn’t become the figure in football I thought he would be'

Jan 26th 2021, 5:05 PM 55,226 Views 27 Comments

Dion Fanning talks about Roy Keane and a lot more besides in this week’s episode of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 19 January, 2021

'Nowadays, footballers stop being normal people from the age of 11 or 12'
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From The42
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'Nowadays, footballers stop being normal people from the age of 11 or 12'

Jan 19th 2021, 3:00 PM 20,117 Views 5 Comments

Author Simon Kuper is our guest on this week’s episode of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 12 January, 2021

'Some of the fans went way beyond what was acceptable... Arsène was deeply hurt'
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From The42
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'Some of the fans went way beyond what was acceptable... Arsène was deeply hurt'

Jan 12th 2021, 8:00 AM 30,547 Views 18 Comments

French journalist Philippe Auclair is the latest guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

'He was saying, 'I'm a champion so vote for me, I've won 18 Club Championships! And I'm saying, 'You liar!'
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From The42
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'He was saying, 'I'm a champion so vote for me, I've won 18 Club Championships! And I'm saying, 'You liar!'

Dec 22nd 2020, 8:00 AM 59,009 Views 4 Comments

Legendary American sportswriter Rick Reilly – author of Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump – is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 8 December, 2020

'Klopp's arrival made me think of how we have always been prejudiced against Germany'
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From The42
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'Klopp's arrival made me think of how we have always been prejudiced against Germany'

Dec 8th 2020, 8:19 PM 10,027 Views 7 Comments

Liverpool novelist and critic Anthony Quinn, author of a new book about Jurgen Klopp, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 1 December, 2020

'One of the weapons Cavan did have is their captain and manager would bawl and cry as it would mean that much to them'
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From The42
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'One of the weapons Cavan did have is their captain and manager would bawl and cry as it would mean that much to them'

Dec 1st 2020, 7:00 AM 5,842 Views 2 Comments

Cavan writer Paul Fitzpatrick is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

'He’s put me on the ropes, and just as I’m about to verbally swing back… 'Anyway son, it’s great to see you'
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From The42
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'He’s put me on the ropes, and just as I’m about to verbally swing back… 'Anyway son, it’s great to see you'

Nov 24th 2020, 8:00 AM 65,189 Views 5 Comments

Andy Mitten grants an insight into how Alex Ferguson operated on the latest episode of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 17 November, 2020

'I was called to say, 'We've had a solicitor's letter over your schools rugby match report'
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From The42
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'I was called to say, 'We've had a solicitor's letter over your schools rugby match report'

Updated Nov 17th 2020, 9:01 AM 79,203 Views 16 Comments

Paul Howard is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines, and reveals a schools’ rugby story that helped to form Ross O’Carroll Kelly.

# btl - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

'As he lay on a hospital bed with his leg in the cast, the letter arrived from Jack Charlton'
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From The42
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'As he lay on a hospital bed with his leg in the cast, the letter arrived from Jack Charlton'

Updated Nov 10th 2020, 3:13 PM 39,944 Views 7 Comments

On the latest episode of Behind the Lines, Damian Lawlor tells the extraordinary rise, fall, and rise of Irish footballer Paul McGee.

# btl - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

'Klopp wanted Julian Brandt...in the past there'd be friction about the manager not getting who he wanted'
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From The42
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'Klopp wanted Julian Brandt...in the past there'd be friction about the manager not getting who he wanted'

Oct 21st 2020, 11:21 AM 14,653 Views 1 Comment

Melissa Reddy, author of a new book about Liverpool’s rise under Jurgen Klopp, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

'That's one of the problems - Maria Sharapova made her legacy as the highest-paid female athlete'
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From The42
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'That's one of the problems - Maria Sharapova made her legacy as the highest-paid female athlete'

Oct 14th 2020, 10:31 PM 12,815 Views 5 Comments

On the latest edition of Behind the Lines, Caitlin Thompson assess the legacy left by Maria Sharapova.

# btl - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

'I cannot even begin to put into words what he was like when he lost his temper, it was ludicrous'
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From The42
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'I cannot even begin to put into words what he was like when he lost his temper, it was ludicrous'

Updated Sep 29th 2020, 4:16 PM 64,053 Views 16 Comments

Daniel Taylor, a veteran of many of Alex Ferguson’s infamous press conferences, is our guest on the latest episode of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

'In some ways, he was somebody who was desperate to be loved by everybody'
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From The42
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'In some ways, he was somebody who was desperate to be loved by everybody'

Updated Sep 22nd 2020, 8:04 PM 50,302 Views 21 Comments

Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan, authors of the remarkable Champagne Football, are our guests on this week’s Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

Three years on, Wright Thompson reflects on infamous Dublin/McGregor piece
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From The42
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Three years on, Wright Thompson reflects on infamous Dublin/McGregor piece

Sep 15th 2020, 4:11 PM 37,289 Views 24 Comments

ESPN’s Senior Writer is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

'There was tension in the relationship, but the miracle here is they could do it for 20 years'
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From The42
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'There was tension in the relationship, but the miracle here is they could do it for 20 years'

Updated Sep 1st 2020, 3:00 PM 30,926 Views 17 Comments

Jeff Benedict, author of a new book on the New England Patriots, is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Dealing with sexism and being told she would 'destroy the American family' - A sportswriter's trailblazing career
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From The42
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Dealing with sexism and being told she would 'destroy the American family' - A sportswriter's trailblazing career

Aug 11th 2020, 7:42 PM 21,188 Views 2 Comments

US sportswriter Diane K.Shah is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 4 August, 2020

'If you said to me, 'Is there more doping in football than we think?' I would say yes'
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From The42
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'If you said to me, 'Is there more doping in football than we think?' I would say yes'

Aug 4th 2020, 4:26 PM 21,888 Views 8 Comments

David Walsh is our guest on this week’s edition of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

'He just can't help himself. If he could, he would have got right back into favour'
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From The42
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'He just can't help himself. If he could, he would have got right back into favour'

Updated Jul 28th 2020, 2:58 PM 34,765 Views 12 Comments

David Walsh, chief sportswriter with the Sunday Times, is our guest on this week’s Behind the Lines.

# btl - Saturday 25 July, 2020

'How in God’s name did they get married?' - The cheating athlete and the anti-doping zealot who blew the whistle on Russia
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From The42
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'How in God’s name did they get married?' - The cheating athlete and the anti-doping zealot who blew the whistle on Russia

Jul 25th 2020, 7:00 AM 62,443 Views 7 Comments

David Walsh talks to The42 about his new book, The Russian Affair.

# btl - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

'I just sat at the back thinking, 'These lads' lives have changed beyond all comprehension'
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From The42
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'I just sat at the back thinking, 'These lads' lives have changed beyond all comprehension'

Jul 21st 2020, 12:17 PM 5,113 Views 0 Comments

Kieran McCarthy is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Making us dream while telling Pavarotti to 'Shut the f**k up' - Celebrating Jack Charlton's remarkable life
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From The42
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Making us dream while telling Pavarotti to 'Shut the f**k up' - Celebrating Jack Charlton's remarkable life

Jul 14th 2020, 5:43 PM 25,420 Views 8 Comments

George Hamilton and Phillip Quinn joined us for a special edition of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

'He didn’t become a fully formed human being until his heavyweight title was stripped away'
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From The42
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'He didn’t become a fully formed human being until his heavyweight title was stripped away'

Updated Jun 23rd 2020, 12:00 PM 19,874 Views 5 Comments

Legendary American sportswriter Robert Lipsyte discusses Muhammad Ali on this week’s edition of Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 9 June, 2020

'Corporations now want to be on the right side of history. The NFL should not be allowed to participate in that'
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From The42
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'Corporations now want to be on the right side of history. The NFL should not be allowed to participate in that'

Jun 9th 2020, 3:24 PM 18,449 Views 18 Comments

Author and ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines, and tells us why the NFL’s recent apology is unacceptable.

# btl - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

'He was almost poetic' - Gary Lineker tells us about Hugh McIlvanney's genius
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From The42
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'He was almost poetic' - Gary Lineker tells us about Hugh McIlvanney's genius

Jun 2nd 2020, 11:34 AM 25,198 Views 10 Comments

The Match of the Day presenter celebrates one of sportswriting’s masters in a special edition of the Behind the Lines podcast.

# btl - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

'It's important to recognise that men's sport has had investment and privilege that most of women's sport never had'
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From The42
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'It's important to recognise that men's sport has had investment and privilege that most of women's sport never had'

May 26th 2020, 8:00 AM 23,916 Views 59 Comments

Anna Kessel is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 19 May, 2020

'Maybe I suppressed a laugh that it took 30 years for Jordan to say, 'Ok, I was a jerk, but who cares?'
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From The42
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'Maybe I suppressed a laugh that it took 30 years for Jordan to say, 'Ok, I was a jerk, but who cares?'

May 19th 2020, 7:00 AM 49,253 Views 24 Comments

Sam Smith, author of the controversial Jordan Rules, is our guest on this week’s Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

'Football matters so deeply in Mayo that it kind of defies belief that they haven't won more'
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From The42
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'Football matters so deeply in Mayo that it kind of defies belief that they haven't won more'

May 12th 2020, 7:15 AM 6,560 Views 7 Comments

‘House of Pain’ author Keith Duggan is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

'I told him, 'I'm writing about you on Sunday, and I think you should read it'
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From The42
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'I told him, 'I'm writing about you on Sunday, and I think you should read it'

May 5th 2020, 8:00 AM 33,842 Views 1 Comment

Liam Hayes is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines, and spoke of writing about himself, Sean Boylan, and his Meath team-mates in his playing days.

# btl - Tuesday 21 April, 2020

'I ate paper and drank ink to prove how attached we were to print'
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From The42
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'I ate paper and drank ink to prove how attached we were to print'

Apr 21st 2020, 7:00 AM 5,124 Views 1 Comment

Danny Kelly is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

'Seaman comes through the mixed zone crying...and one of the journalists starts booing him'
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From The42
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'Seaman comes through the mixed zone crying...and one of the journalists starts booing him'

Apr 14th 2020, 12:49 PM 56,612 Views 18 Comments

Miguel Delaney is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

'I remember saying, 'Oh my God...even on a sinking ship he is doing things like that'
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From The42
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'I remember saying, 'Oh my God...even on a sinking ship he is doing things like that'

Apr 7th 2020, 12:00 PM 36,037 Views 16 Comments

Kerry great Dara Ó Cinnéide is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

'I watched Roy Keane stare down a cloud and make the wind go away'
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From The42
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'I watched Roy Keane stare down a cloud and make the wind go away'

Mar 31st 2020, 8:00 AM 47,740 Views 22 Comments

Jonathan Wilson tells the tale as our latest guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

'There was huge snobbery then to the GAA, even in the broader culture'
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From The42
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'There was huge snobbery then to the GAA, even in the broader culture'

Mar 24th 2020, 10:00 AM 10,059 Views 0 Comments

Kieran Cunningham is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Thursday 19 March, 2020

'I’m sitting in Bosman’s house on the morning they’ve found in his favour...it makes my career'
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From The42
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'I’m sitting in Bosman’s house on the morning they’ve found in his favour...it makes my career'

Mar 19th 2020, 12:35 PM 9,222 Views 5 Comments

Graham Hunter is this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

'You don't have to be an asshole to be ambitious' - How to land your dream job...via the NBA draft
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From The42
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'You don't have to be an asshole to be ambitious' - How to land your dream job...via the NBA draft

Mar 10th 2020, 10:44 AM 4,197 Views 1 Comment

Jeff Pearlman was this week’s guest on Behind the Lines.

# btl - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

'Your future depends on the decisions you make every day' - How The Ringer became a $200 million success
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From The42
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'Your future depends on the decisions you make every day' - How The Ringer became a $200 million success

Feb 25th 2020, 9:00 AM 8,572 Views 0 Comments

Bryan Curtis, the site’s Editor-at-Large, is this week’s guest on Behind The Lines.

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