Top sports writers heading to city
IT's not just world famous players like Robin van Persie and Carlos Tevez coming to Swansea these days — top football journalists are making a beeline for the city too.
ESPN, London Times and Wall Street Journal writer Gabriele Marcotti is the latest to have signed-up for an evening of football fun and discussion at the Dylan Thomas Centre on Saturday, March 16, at 7.30pm. He'll be taking part in a question and answer session within hours of the Swansea's League Cup heroes taking on Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium.
Other footballer writers taking part include Blizzard editor Jonathan Wilson and Philippe Auclair — the England correspondent for France Football. The event will be compered by Marcus Speller from sports podcast, The Football Ramble.
Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "The success of the Capital One Cup-winning Swans is doing wonders for Swansea. Premier League football was worth £58 million to our local economy last year and now we've got European football to look forward to as well. The success of the team is putting the city on the map right across the world.
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"This means major international sports magazines and broadcasters are coming to Swansea in their droves and writing great things about our great city and its people. The line-up of writers at the Dylan Thomas Centre brings together some of the biggest names in the football-writing world. The event will be a treat for football fans and anyone interested in sports journalism."
Jonathan Wilson will also speak about his latest book, The Outsider – The History of the Goalkeeper.
Gabriele Marcotti has written a number of high-profile football books, including biographies on Paulo Di Canio and Fabio Capello.
Philippe Auclair's books include a biography on Thierry Henry.