Episode 1181: Putin’s Phone-In, Israel’s Messi Situation, Rose Opens Up, Pogba’s Last Word
One week to go before the big kick-off in Moscow and Vladimir Putin has hosted his annual Direct Line televised press conference in which he fields questions from ordinary citizens around Russia. He is cautiously optimistic that despite recent disappointments, the Russian team might surprise everyone as their judoka’s did when winning several gold medals in 2012.
My favourite question to Putin so far was the one when the poverty-stricken pensioner living on the edge of a toxic landfill asked him: “Why have you created a system where the only realistic chance i see to solve my problems is to call your annual Q&A session?” That was good.
— marc bennetts (@marcbennetts1) June 7, 2018
We talk about the cancellation of the Israel-Argentina friendly, the bitter aftermath of which has been muddied by conflicting accusations and fake quotes.
Argentina have cancelled their football friendly with Israel, after threats against star player #Messi https://t.co/gilaYygFE0
— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 6, 2018
We also discuss some pre-World Cup interviews with Paul Pogba and Danny Rose.
France’s Paul Pogba on beefs with his club coach: “The coach tells you something and you do something else. You’re on the pitch. … You’re the one who has the last word.” https://t.co/09X7HbfUan #LargerThanLife ???????? pic.twitter.com/Dv3bfw8Yb5
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 6, 2018
Danny Rose opens up about depression after tragedy and tough year at Spurs | @marthakelner https://t.co/VClLUnsVI5
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) June 6, 2018
We speak to Eliot Rothwell in Moscow and Jonathan Liew in London about the coverage of the tournament and whether the future of the World Cup has begun to look precarious.
I wrote something for @prospect_uk about the World Cup. https://t.co/4Ygex1VLi0
— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) June 2, 2018
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James Lowe joined us in Kilkenny last Friday night to talk about settling into life in Dublin, his early life in NZ, Carbery’s move to Munster and his particular area of expertise – enjoying yourself as a rugby player
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