Heart of Football


Although we are passionate about the game and have considerable collective experiences spanning different countries, we would never presume to be experts in all fields. Instead we will bring you insight from coaches, authors grassroots organisers and many more to offer a different perspective.

Let us know what type of figures from within the game you’d like to hear from, and we’ll do our best to bring you more exclusive interviews!

Click on each underlined title below to read our interviews, then let us know your thoughts on our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

John Ludden – author of Matt and Jimmy

Matt & Jimmy is a live podcast scripted by the prolific Manchester-based author John Ludden. It is a unique exploration into the painful distortion of the pair’s relationship after the Munich crash, and how they delicately pieced together a bond that had been torn at the seams. We spoke to Ludden about how the concept of Matt & Jimmy came about, the medium of a live podcast, and the emotional rollercoaster he so frequently puts himself through.

FK Vojvodina’s Duško Grujić – Academy Director

The third and final interview of our series around Serbia’s prestigious FK Vojvodina involves the club’s Academy Director, Duško Grujić. Born near Novi Sad back in the 1970s, and a centre-back in his playing days, Grujić is currently the man responsible for bringing the next generation of talents at Vojvodina to the mainstream. Hanu Trivedi sat with Duško to discuss club philosophy, how to identify talents, and the overall state of Serbian Football.

Napredak Kruševac’s Aleksandar Mesarović

Heart of Footballs’s Hanu Trivedi continues his mini series with an interview with Aleksandar Mesarović, a graduate of the FK Vojvodina academy. Alongside alumni such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savić and Dusan Tadić, Hanu investigates how the Vujadin Boškov Centre competes with Serbian powerhouses Red Star and Partizan.

FK Vojvodina’s Miloš Subotin – PR Manager

The job of the PR manager of any football club is often underappreciated. Not only are they tasked with preserving and improving the identity of a sporting organisation, their duties and decisions often impact entire communities, cities, and even nations. Hanu Trivedi’s mini series focuses on Vojvodina and a peek into life a football club from a non-playing perspective.

Tuesday Night Football

Tuesday Night Football Eastbourne was set up two years ago as a group for men to play a weekly football game with a community spirit. They have discovered the benefits of opening their doors by cultivating a collective of like-minded souls. It isn’t just on the pitch once a week that they have worked hard to use football as a medium for positivity, as Andrew Flint, Editor in Chief, found out.

Blaine McKenna

Blaine McKenna is not your average coach. In the modern game one must strive harder than ever to stand out, and the Northern Irishman has succeeded with a bold and forward-thinking approach. In a career that has already spanned 11 countries on five continents McKenna has accumulated considerable experience. He sat down with Heart of Football to discuss the importance of psychology & sport science, venturing abroad, being approachable and expanding horizons.

Steven Scragg, author of A Tournament Frozen in Time: The Wonderful Randomness of the European Cup Winners’ Cup

Steven Scragg is the author of A Tournament Frozen in Time: The Wonderful Randomness of the European Cup Winners’ Cup, and a Senior Writer at the award-winning These Football Times. His work has featured on Guardian Sport, The Athletic and Hummel among others. We caught up with the man to delve into his thoughts about football writing and his love of a unique competition.

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