Join us on this insightful episode of the Real Deal show where we dive deep with Kiyan Sobhani, the lead journalist of Managing Madrid.
Experience Kiyan as a guest: sharing anecdotes, letting loose, and freed from the pressure of covering day to day stories. From his humble beginnings to becoming a prominent figure in football media, Kiyan shares his personal journey and the lessons learned along the way.
[4:00] Kiyan’s Start in Sports Media: Discover how Kiyan Sobhani turned his passion for football into a successful career in sports journalism.
[15:20] Player Auras: Kiyan reveals which football players have the most impactful presence both on and off the field.
[21:20] Growing Managing Madrid: Sobhani discusses the challenges and triumphs of expanding one of the most renowned Real Madrid-focused platforms.
[29:55] Barcelona’s PR and Marketing Strategies: A deep dive into the rival club’s approach to public relations and marketing.
[38:46] Impressive Coaches: From Pep Guardiola to Thomas Tuchel, find out who Kiyan thinks are the masters of managing the press.
[48:10] Controlling the Narrative in La Liga: Explore how Spanish clubs, including Real Madrid, shape their public image and story.
[59:10] Mourinho’s Era: Reflecting on Jose Mourinho’s controversial and impactful tenure at Real Madrid.
[67:40] Kiyan’s Personal Fan Moments: From heartbreaks to euphoria, Kiyan shares his most memorable experiences as a Real Madrid supporter.
[75:50] Debunking Analytics with Champions League Glory: A lively discussion on how Real Madrid’s 2022 Champions League win challenges the conventional wisdom of football analytics.
[86:12] Looking Ahead: Kiyan Sobhani discusses what’s next for Managing Madrid and his vision for the future of the platform.
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Hosts this week:
Mehedi Hassan (@MHassanFootball)
Siddharth Ramsundar (@TacticalFouling)