For the first time on Forzafutbol we had the pleasure of inviting a couple of media personalities from Scandinavia. We are pleased to welcome Johanna Gara, a football journalist at Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet and La Liga expert on TV4, a Swedish national TV channel. Johanna lived in Barcelona and covered Zlatan's stay at Barça and offers some great insights into Zlatan and a lot of things in his autobiography. You may follow Johanna on twitter @johannagara.
We extend a warm welcome also to Petter Veland, La Liga-expert for the Norwegian TV-channel CANAL+. Petter watches all the 380 matches from La Liga per season. For Petter Granada - Racing is as interesting as Real Madrid - Barça. An out and out La Liga fan and specifically a Villarrea fan. [the groguets are the best, as you all know by now ]. Petter is very active on twitter and all his tweets are about La Liga. You may follow him at @PetterVeland.
Elisa and Ravi discussed a range of topics with Johanna and Petter.
Segment #1 - 31 min
- How is La Liga viewed and perceived in Norway & Sweden
- Which league is the most watched league there?
- How many La Liga games are televised in Norway/Sweden? How many networks carry them?
- Who is most supported team (apart from Madrid and Barça)?
- Betweem Madrid & Barça who is more popular?
- How Biesla's move to Athletic piqued interest about Athletic in Norway
- The impact of Swedish & Norwegian players like Henrik Larsson and John Carew playing in La Liga and the teams supported
- Recent trend of people disliking Barça or complain about Jose Mourinho
- Who well Spain is supported over there.
- Penyas in Norway and Sweden
- CANAL+ Norway's interview of Del Nido and the reaction
- Predictions of Petter & Johanna for La Liga and Johanna
Segment #2 - Zlatan book & the season so far 33 min
- The Zlatan book
- How Zlatan tried to be a part of Barça system - "Why did you buy a Ferrari and use it like a fiat?"
- Does the current issue with Villa have a parallel to the Zlatan issue?
- The other parts of the Zlatan book - Ibra's chidhood
- How Ibra got to Ajax.
- How does he find Italy comfortable?
- The Ibra-Oguchi Onyewu skirmish at Milan
- The childish demeanour of Ibra
- Reaction to Ibra's book in Norway & Sweden - The love and hate relationship of Zlatan with people
- Johanna's 1-on-1 interviews with Cesc Fabregas and Andrés Iniesta
- Summary of La Liga season
- The race for 3-7 in Spain
We thank Johanna & Petter for their valuable time and being on the show. We also hope you will all enjoy this podcast a lot. Cheers!