I was born on St. Patrick’s Day 1971 in Barking, East London. During my early years my bedroom was adorned with posters of Cruyff and Neeskens, and pendants of FC Barcelona. The first football shirt I ever owned was the classic Blaugrana of Barca.
I've been lucky enough to attend some wonderful games over the years - both Champions League finals v Manchester United in 2009 and 2011, and the match which gave me the outstanding football memory of my lifetime - Andres Iniesta's injury time goal at Stamford Bridge in 2009.
I also have the great privilege of being Public Relations Delegate for Penya Blaugrana London, the Official FC Barcelona Supporters Club in London. My love for soccer has always endured.
I've interviewed many people from the football world, and Carlos Alberto, Brazil's 1970 World Cup winning captain has to be my favourite to this point.
I've completed a 52.4 mile ultramarathon in the UK, am a qualified UK Athletics running coach and I am very happily married with 3 wonderful children who all share my love of sport.
My own website is: www.jasonpettigrove.wordpress.com
Freelance for @gulfnewssport @itvsport @aljazeerasport @sport @talksport and many more.
worst bleacher report writer ever....
Jason, can you please tell me when you started supporting Barcelona? I noticed your best ever football moment(s) were from the last few years..! The reason I ask is that the last I see you at a football match you was wearing a silly jester hat supporting West Ham United. What changed or is that silly question? Reeks of glory hunting to me...
Hi Jason can you put light or your thought on the following issue: I think we have to start thinking about phasing out Xavi, I am afraid that would not be easy. We lost Thiago, when I saw him playing for Bayern, I felt sorry for Barca. I do not know if we can replace him with someone this matured. There are potentials out there in Oliver Torres and Barca should spend crazy amount of money if necessary should sell sergio roberto, Alex Song if necessary i order to finance that, any thoughts ??????????
I have another point, crazy it may sound: Messi could replace Xavi in few years. Recently we have seen him in a traditional no 10 position. We have a front man in Neymar. Besides he plays in that position for Argentina. As he ages, burst running or any recurrence of injury could force him to play in a traditional no 10 position. May be a crazy thought....
this might go off topic but i think that since Barcelona fans are too into their recent trophy wins that they are forgetting that the years of their domination are coming to an end, Xavi is not the same , iniesta only has like 2-3 season left of him, fabregas is not suited for la liga football. Also with the new goalkeeper coming in I can see some major consequences. Victor valdes is not replaceable for Barcelona fc right now, bringing in a young goalkeeper that will have loads of expectations will cost them. As for their defense I dont believe Pique,Bartra will be good enough in the seasons to come.
so...about your "25 Reasons Why Messi Must Win the Ballon D'Or"...fail. it was pretty obvious to everyone with a brain that he wasn't going to win, but your profile reads like you have a bigger crush on messi/barca than my 14 year old sister does on one direction, so i'm not really surprised you still went with your boyfriend
Do you see the team getting a true number 9? If so who do you think would be the best or most likely to happen.
Wanted to get your opinion regarding who would be the ideal replacement for Victor Valdes.
I think it is a tough call between Marc ter Stegen and Thibaut Courtois. Which one do you rate better?
Awaiting your response.
Here some info about what Tata Martino plans are with Barca
I understand that the topics are predetermined. It's more of a compliment what I'm trying to say. Lots of writers write about like you said "how neymar is great" or "barcelonas tiki taka Is boring" but very few actually take a standard position or challenge their readers opinion. They just mumbojumbo throughout the article writing what everyone wants to hear
also as to your question on the barca vs sevilla article:
"you usually take on controversial topics and seems a bit more "gloom" never any optimism ha..
good thing is, you dont shy away from such topics.. its why i read your articles ;-) "