From Tottenham To Biggleswade United: Exclusive Interview With Guillem Balague

The art of sports journalism is something that’s been fine-tuned a great deal over the last few years, and in many ways, we’re still working on perfecting it. One man, in particular, who has worked hard to hone his craft and be the best in the business is Guillem Balague.

The Spaniard has been the standard bearer when it comes to all things football for quite some time now, and while his views may sometimes cause a bit of a divide among fans, nobody can deny that his insight has changed the way that a lot of people view the beautiful game.

“Once you give him [Pochettino] the opportunity to take over a club like Spurs, you knew that there was going to be a progression and you knew the kind of work that he was going to put in. I think there is a limit, as they don’t have the finances of the big guys. When City need full-backs they can spend millions and millions on them, and Spurs can’t do that.”

Balague has recently been working on a new book entitled Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs, which gives us an insider’s look at just how well things have come together in North London since Mauricio entered the fray.

It’s one of many feature pieces that Balague has worked on throughout the course of his career, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi also being thrust into the spotlight in the form of one of Guillem’s books.

The way in which he can draw upon entirely unique perspectives will continue to have a long-standing impact on football long after he’s gone, and at this stage, it’s fascinating to consider where his next project lies.

“The most satisfying thing I’ve ever done is being the director of football at Biggleswade United. It’s the most satisfying, time-consuming, energy consuming thing that I’m doing. I absolutely love what we’re creating, and the buzz that’s behind our project at the club.”

Of course, we somewhat know the answer to that query, with Guillem dedicating a great deal of his time and efforts to raising the profile of Biggleswade United.

For those of you who don’t know, Balague is the director of football at the Bedfordshire club and continues to try and raise the profile of the lower leagues with each passing day.

You can tell that’s one of his primary passions right now, which is refreshing given how self-centered a lot of people in his position could be. Sure he’s not on the money 100% of the time and not everyone is going to agree with his methodology, but that’s the nature of the beast.

“For me, it’s football. People kind of put it into a box that they can ignore and forget about by using names like ‘non-league football’ so we are defined by what we are not. I don’t like the branding of what we are, because it’s real football.”

Balague has always remained true to what he believes in, which is probably why he’s been such a success story. Many have tried and failed to emulate his accomplishments, and moving forward, things are going from strength to strength – whether that be at Wembley or Second Meadow.

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