Voice of the Players

Forced to quit the game at 30, Ryan France fell back on his maths degree and carved out a career in finance – mainly thanks to his transferable skills as a footballer…   Tell us about how your playing career came to an end… You can go back to...
18/02/2018
"I am very pleased to have this opportunity to tell you about my Foundation. Some of you are no doubt wondering “Why does he not simply donate the money? What is the point of a foundation?” My Foundation is something that is really close to my heart...
06/02/2018
Valtteri Bottas says that his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton triumphed in 2017 as a result of his longer experience with Mercedes.   "What he’s been doing better than me, I think it comes mainly from experience," the Finn told Motorsport.com....
05/02/2018
“It is like a Christmas gift,” said former Romanian international footballer Mihai Nesu after receiving the FIFPro Merit Award and a $25,000 USD cheque for his work with disabled children.   Nesu’s career ended abruptly in June 2011. He fractured...
12/12/2017
Russian ice hockey squad members should definitely take part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, despite the fact that they will have to compete under the neutral flag, national team member Ilya Kovalchuk said on Tuesday.   "We should...
06/12/2017
Paulo Dybala warned Juventus “are good at defending, but must try to play the ball a bit more” after a 0:0 with FC Barcelona.   “It was not easy against a very tough team, especially as Barcelona now defend much better than they used to. Now we...
23/11/2017
Norwegian Para ice hockey player Lena Schroder has a big dream and knows how she wants to achieve it. “I really want to go to the Paralympics this time. But I want to be there as a player, not as a woman. It would be a personal victory,” said...
17/11/2017
Former West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers striker Rob Hulse admits that his new work colleagues are fascinated when discussion turns towards why an already successful footballer has joined them working in the National Health Service (NHS...
04/11/2017
He’s won just about everything there is – the Champions League and Europa League twice apiece, numerous titles in Spain, Serie A with Juventus – but if Dani Alves had got his way, none of it would have ever happened.   A young Alves would have...
19/10/2017
One of the most prominent players in the Indonesian top league is taking antidepressants each day.   Dane Milovanovic, a 27-year-old Australian midfielder with Madura United, suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. “When I get up in the morning I...
14/10/2017
Photo: Gustavo at SAFP HQ with a complimentary set of G-Form shin pads    Gustavo Zardetto - Date of Birth: 25.10.87 - Position: Midfielder - Nationality: Brazil   Alone in Switzerland with family in Brazil. Gustavo’s home is where he plays...
18/08/2017
Danish internationals Cristian Eriksen and William Kvist are taking a stand against homophobia in football. Tottenham star Eriksen says homophobia is an unwanted part of the game. Together with FC Copenhagen's William Kvist, they are calling for gay...
20/06/2017