BBC BLOGS - Dan Walker

Archives for September 2011

Tevez, Moyes and Stamford Bridge finger food

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Dan Walker | 16:35 UK time, Thursday, 29 September 2011

I was at a charity do on Tuesday night and turned on my phone afterwards to see if anything interesting had happened in the world of sport.

The first thing that caught my eye was the two Kettering players sent off for fighting over who would take a penalty kick. I thought that was going to be the big talking point of the night but then I saw Carlos Tevez's name popping up all over the place.

BBC Radio 5 Live was full of Tevez talk while, after I got home, the news channels were running pictures of a gesticulating Mancini and a confused Tevez talking to Pablo Zabaleta. None of us know the exact way things developed in Munich - whether Tevez flatly refused to go on or simply misunderstood instructions from the boss - but it doesn't really matter.

He is paid by the club to play football. If the club ask him to play football - even in a way he's not keen on - he must do it. He has to do it for himself, his manager, his team-mates and for the thousands of people many footballers don't seem to care about - the fans.

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Sporting drama at its best - and our game

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Dan Walker | 17:24 UK time, Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Sport at the very top level, played by gladiators at the peak of their powers, is a captivating spectacle.

The US Open tennis was a great example. During the semi-final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, my wife came into the living room to discover why I was whooping like a banshee.

Even though my eyes were closing during Monday night's final and I needed to be up at the crack of dawn, I pressed on, intoxicated by the quality of the talent on display and the developing battle between Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

I would suggest that last week's England v Wales charity match at Pride Park for the John Hartson Foundation perhaps lacked some of the 'watchability' that made the tennis so unmissable.

It was a real pleasure to play in the game that ended in a 6-0 England win and showcased the foundation's work in raising the awareness of testicular cancer - a condition John battled through after being diagnosed in 2009 having ignored a lump for four years.

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Football Focus fun with Dixon, James and Neville

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Dan Walker | 11:38 UK time, Wednesday, 7 September 2011

I really enjoyed last Saturday's Football Focus. Lee Dixon was at his insightful best, while Phil Neville proved he is a pundit for the future and David James delivered that unpredictability you need from live television.

As soon as the show finished, Neville turned to James and laughed, "I think you just ruined any chance of a TV career". We had a few tweets and emails saying the Bristol City goalkeeper was hard work and a bit rude but that is far from the truth.

He does have a remarkably dry sense of humour that probably doesn't work as well in quick-fire TV as it does in normal conversation. If you watch the longer-form Focus Forums on the website, you'll see what I mean.

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