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The Lever of La Paz – 6 – Fútbol Boliviano

This is episode six of a wider series. To start at episode one, please click here. I don’t have a crystal ball. I am not in the witches market of La Paz with my tarot cards. HM: Welcome back to another episode of Fútbol Boliviano, everyone’s favourite English language podcast about Bolivian football. I’m Hugo […]

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The Lever of La Paz – 5 – Artist in the ambulance

This is episode five of a wider series. To start at episode one, please click here. Sorry, Melgar. We love you, but not right now. The streets of La Paz are a vibrant explosion of colour. The locals move at a frenetic pace, their urgent energy charging around the textile and food markets that line […]

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The Lever of La Paz – 4 – I’m just a happy camper!

This is episode four of a wider series. To start at episode one, please click here. Take that Carl Hagedorn! “Señor Teixidó, it’s your father! He’s at the hospital!” Gabriela, the loyal administrator from the small office at Estadio Hernando Siles belonging to Club The Strongest, had burst in the doorway, out of breath and […]

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The Lever of La Paz – 3 – Do you know what nemesis means?

This is episode three of a wider series. To start at episode one, please click here. He’s like if Piers Morgan had a dangerously high BMI and could tell you everything about the Venezuelan third division. The conference room at Estadio Hernando Siles is as stifling as ever. A small flock of dedicated reporters have […]

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The Lever of La Paz – 2 – The Italian Job

This is episode two of a wider series. To start at episode one, please click here. The old CRT TV in the bar happened to be showing grainy Serie A highlights. They each sipped a Cusqueña, putting the world to rights, as only a father and son can do. Starting with football, of course. “The […]

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The Lever of La Paz -1 – Fernando Teixidó

This is episode one of a wider series. Sometimes the magnitude of the iconic black and yellow Tigre shirt weighs too heavy on a player. Sometimes the fans’ expectations weigh too heavily on the coach. The press officer of Bolivia’s Club The Strongest takes a deep breath, nervously looking down at his notepad covered in […]

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Journeyman – 30 – Bayern Munich – Part of the journey is the end

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. “Not every man knows what he shall sing at the end, watching the pier as the ship sails away, or what it will seem like, when he’s held by the sea’s roar, motionless, there at the end, or what […]

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Journeyman – 29 – Bayern Munich – Ain’t no stopping us now

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. I park the G63 outside Säbener Strasse and consider everything I’ve been through so far. Being penniless in Sweden. Relegation, then promotion and domestic cup success in Norway. Unemployment. Stability in the South of France, then UEFA Europa Conference […]

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Journeyman – 28 – Bayern Munich – We are who we are

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. So I understand you’ve heard (and read) the news? I was settled at Lille. I was comfortable. Ready to go again in the UEFA Champions League. Ready to go and retain Lille’s Ligue Un crown. Ready to permanently dethrone […]

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Journeyman – 27 – Lille – This is breaking news!

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. Former Lille manager Adam Lockhart has reportedly turned down the opportunity to manage Juventus and a lucrative contract extension to remain in France; to replace Roberto Mancini as the manager of Bayern Munich. Mancini had been at the helm […]