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Real Deal Podcast: Managing Kiyan: Inside the Journey of a Real Madrid Media Maestro

The Real Deal is here, and with a special twist for Madridistas: Kiyan as a guest instead of host

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)

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