Guillem Balagué

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Guillem Balagué
Born
Guillem Balagué

November 2nd 1968
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
NationalitySpanish
Alma materAutonomous University of Barcelona (BJ)
OccupationFootball journalist • writer • author
Years active1989–present
EmployerBBC
AwardsCross Sports Book Awards
Football Book of the Year
Websiteguillembalague.com

Guillem Balagué (born 1968)[1] is a Spanish football journalist, author and pundit. He was a regular pundit on Sky Sports' show Revista de la Liga and has also written for some of Britain's newspapers as well as several Spanish newspapers.

Journalism[edit]

In June 2008, Balagué launched his own personal website[2] featuring a blog, news and the opportunity to interact with him directly.

Balagué is a journalist and has written for several English and Spanish newspapers. He is currently preparing a football documentary and also the first Pep Guardiola biography in English. He has written articles in British newspapers The Times and The Observer, as well as a weekly column in the free daily commuter newspaper The Metro commenting mainly on stories involving continental football. He also occasionally writes for sport website Bleacher Report.

He is also well known for his work with Spanish football newspaper AS and Spain's national radio station CADENA SER,[3] where he features on phone-ins regularly

Balagué and Gabriele Marcotti presented The Game podcast, hosted by The Times, for the 2007–08 Premier League season.

Balagué appeared as a contestant on an episode of Pointless Celebrities first broadcast on 29 April 2017.[4]

His book, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Biography was named Football Book of the Year 2016 in Polish Sports Book Awards (Sportowa Książka Roku).[5]

Since Sky Sports lost their rights to La Liga he has appeared every Thursday on BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily podcast.

Books[edit]

  • A Season on the Brink: Rafael Benitez, Liverpool and the Path to European Glory: A Portrait of Rafa Benitez's Liverpool. Orion. 19 October 2006. ISBN 978-0-75287-936-9.
  • Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning: The Biography. Orion. 15 August 2013. ISBN 978-1-40912-946-2.
  • Messi. Orion. 5 December 2013. ISBN 978-1-40914-659-9.
  • Barça. Carlton. 6 November 2014. ISBN 978-1-78097-369-2.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo: The Biography. Orion. 5 November 2015. ISBN 978-1-40915-504-1.
  • Brave New World: Inside Pochettino's Spurs. W&N. 26 October 2017. ISBN 978-1-40915-771-7.

Involvement in football[edit]

In 2013 he became a B licensed coach,[6] and in 2014 he became Director of Football at English non-league football team Biggleswade United, and is now the chairman of the club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Si exiute el periodismo deportivo basura es porque hay audiencia para ello". impassemag (in Spanish). 4 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Guillem Balague Football Website Home" (in Spanish). Guillembalague.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  3. ^ "ONDACERO – Radio en Directo, Noticias, Deportes, Podcast, Olimpiadas 2012". Ondacero.es. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  4. ^ "International". BBC. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Polish Sports Book Awards 2016 - results". sportowaksiazkaroku.
  6. ^ "Guillem Balague - Biography". www.guillembalague.com.

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