Guillem Balague

Biography

Guillem Balague has been a key fixture in Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football for 20 years. He is now the presenter of the highlight show Revista de La Liga, as well as regular pundit at the weekend. He is also the UK Correspondent for AS, the Madrid-based Spanish sports newspaper. His work appears regularly on Yahoo.com, the biggest news website in the world, and has a blog on Skysports.com. He has his own radio/podcast show on Talksport, 'Inside Football' where he has interviewed Juan Mata, Gary Neville and was given exclusive access to Eddie Howe's coaching methods.

He also wrote the bestselling "A Season on the Brink", an insider's account of Liverpool's 2004-05 Champions' League winning campaign, updated later with the 2006 FA Cup victory.

In November 2012, he published the first international biography of Pep Guardiola, based on conversations with him, his former players and Pep's closest friends. It was shortlisted for Football Book of the Year both in the United Kingdom and Germany.

In 2013, he wrote the first authorised account of the life of Leo Messi, full of insight and conversations with coaches, players, teachers and his family. The four years of his time with Pep Guardiola were analysed by Pep himself exclusively. The book, ‘Messi’ was shortlisted for the Football Book Award in the UK in 2014.

As well as two football diaries (of the 2012 European Championships and the 2014 World Cup), he published the Official History of FC Barcelona in the autumn of 2014.

In November 2015, he published 'Cristiano Ronaldo, the Biography’ which recently won the Football Book of the Year Award at the British Sports Book Awards and the Best Football Book of 2016 in Poland.

He is preparing a new book on Mauricio Pochettino to be published in Autumn of 2017.

He has written or worked for The Telegraph, Marca, The Times, The Observer, Talk Sport, BBC, Cadena Ser, 442, World Soccer, Champions magazine, and many other publications in Spain, Britain and worldwide.

Guillem has most recently interviewed the following personalities: José Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Pep Guardiola, Manuel Pellegrini, Alex Ferguson, Carles Puyol, Eddie Howe, Juan Mata, Héctor Bellerín, Mikel Arteta, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Rafa Benítez, Samuel Etoo, David Villa, David Beckham, Raul, Xavi, Iniesta, Van Nistelrooy, Robben, Frank Lampard, Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher, Kenny Dalglish, Fernando Torres, Mikel Arteta, Frank Rijkaard, Gianluca Vialli, David Moyes, Xabi Alonso, Harry Redknapp, Mark Hughes, Alex McLeish, Roy Hodgson, Gilberto Silva, Steve McClaren, Alan Curbishley, Nico Kranjcar, plus a host of other influential figures in the game.

He completed his journalism course at the Universitat Autònoma de Bellaterra (Barcelona) in the summer of 1991. Thereafter, he moved to Liverpool where he worked as a correspondent on the oldest newspaper in Europe, Diari de Barcelona, and the magazines Lecturas and Cambio 16.

In 1996, he was named English Football Correspondent for the Soccer magazine Don Balón. And in 1997, he was contracted by Sky Sports to become the regular insider for the new highlight show which eventually became Revista de la Liga.

In the popular Spanish football show he has broken some of the biggest news of recent years: the arrival of David Beckham to Real Madrid and their signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, the departure of Fernando Torres from Liverpool to Chelsea, the departure of Cesc Fábregas from Arsenal to Barcelona, and many more.

In the summer of 2013, he became a B licenced coach and he is working towards the A licence. Guillem was approached by Antonio Tapia, Spanish coach, to become part of his technical staff that Tapia was putting together for possible work in Scotland.

He is the Director of Football of Biggleswade United, a role that fills him with joy like no other.

He has written songs with two bands, Best Boy Grip and King and Scholes. Both EPs were published in the summer of 2014.