TV

Here’s a selection of some of my TV work.

These two videos were made by Ryan Smith to help promote CNN’s six-part serialisation of my book Thirty One Nil.

The first covers Bosnia, who qualified for their first ever World Cup finals in 2014. Many of the players are children of refugees who fled the vicious war that killed tens of thousands in the mid-1990s.

The second covers Brazil. I was at the Confederations Cup in Brazil in 2013 and witnessed the huge street protests against the corruption and mismanagement of the World Cup that exploded on the streets.

The footage at the top of the blog was  shot by film maker Seamus Mirodan of a riot that broke out when 300,000 people protested in Brazil after Spain beat Tahiti 10-0. Apologies for the cigarette.

I’ve covered much of pre and post revolution Egypt, and the role that football fans have played. Here’s another CNN video where I explain some of the political background after a stadium disaster which killed several fans of the Cairo club Zamalek. And here’s a live hit talking about the incident.

Here’s an interview I did with former US national football team coach Bob Bradley. He was coach of the Egypt national team, charged with getting The Pharaohs to the World Cup in Brazil. But a revolution had swept Hosni Mubarak from power.

On February 1st 2012, 72 fans of Al Ahly were killed in Port Said after a game against Al Masry. The fans of Ahly, the Ultras Ahlawy, played a key role in the revolution and many believe that their deaths were payback from the state for their role in the uprising.

Here’s something about my time spent with the Libya national team in Zambia. I watched them, incredibly, qualify for the African Cup of Nations whilst war was raging at home.

Just before the 2010 World Cup I tracked down the mysterious North Korean national team to a ski resort in Switzerland and followed them around for a bit. When they heard I was from CNN they believed I was a CIA agent.

And here’s me at St Pauli in Hamburg, Germany, the coolest club in the world.

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