THE PREMIERLEAGUE INSIDER MEETS FUTBOLITA
During ourspecial coverage of Euro 2012, The Premier League Insider invited Futbolita tobe interviewed. Futbolita accepted our invitation and the encounter was out ofthis world.
At a time whenpeople try to look their best in being serious and perfect, Futbolita managesto mix a dose of down to earth reporting with fun. It is for this reasonFutbolita is popular with the football personalities of the world.
For our readers,The Premier League Insider presents the time it met and interviewed Futbolita.
1. How did theconcept of Futbolita get its start?
Futbolita is the Female Voiceof Football also known as 'Fabulous Insiders' of the game. We're all about thefootball, the personalities and the culture surrounding it! We started it outin 2008 with the intention of reaching out to as many women who were passionateabout the sport as possible. However, we also have a lot of supportive malereaders which is fantastic!
2. Is itdifficult to compete against the giant conglomerates of sports such as ESPN orthe BBC?
First of all, we don't considerthem our competitors although we are both media platforms. Futbolita injects apersonal, colourful and exclusive approach to our football coverage which isnot readily available on those mediums. We want fans to feel as if they are ona fun journey with us- a journey with the teams, players, tournaments andexperiences. Anyone can be sitting with Futbolita on the train, when we arethere interviewing players or dancing at the training ground. We arejournalists - but we try to incorporate the fan experience in everything we do!
3. Will you havea version of Futbolita in Spanish for Spain and Latin America? I am also askingthe question since Puerto Rico is experiencing an interest with the NASL [NorthAmerican Soccer League] Team The Puerto Rican Islanders?
Yes, we definitely would loveto reach out to our Spanish-speaking readers and the Latin American market inthe near future. A sizable number of Futbolita fans are from Puerto Rico, whereI can imagine the support for football is incredible as well.
4. If people wantto see Futbolita, where can they go to see the programs?
Futbolita.com for maincoverage, insights, interviews, gossip and news. Futbolita.TV for our video clips and verysoon, we'll be on TV and will upload those clips to the Youtube Channel. At themoment, we're also working with Yahoo! Southeast Asia and have several morecreative partnerships lined-up - stay tuned!
5. Futbolitainterviewed many personalities in football. Do you remember any interview thatwas unforgettable?
Certainly, although it will behard to pick just one. I'd have to say that Jose Mourinho was one intervieweewho stood out - because he was insightful, intelligent and proved that he didhis research before sitting down for this interview. He surprised me a lot withhis responses, which is always nice in football. Besides Mourinho, Barcelona'sXavi was brilliant and down to earth. I'd have to say Cristiano Ronaldo isanother one of my favourites because the whole experience of interviewing himwas surreal.
6. Will you cover the friendly match between Chelsea FC and AC Milan atSun Life Stadium in Miami Florida this July? The two European giants areplaying a friendly match at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Florida on July 28, 2012at 6:00PM
Unfortunately no - during thattime, Futbolita will be doing some preseason work with Premier League clubs inAsia including Arsenal and Man City, so we won't be able to fly to Miami.However, we've already been to Chelsea several times and also worked withMilan, so you guys are lucky to be able to watch the Champions League winners'live' this season!
7. What sets youaside from the competition?
Our identity speaks for itself- we're Fabulous Football Insiders, female journalists who value substance overform (although we occasionally have fun with gossip, which is normal). Andreally, it's hard not to have fun when we're around!
8. Will you bereporting about the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup?
Hopefully, yes - we will becovering the World Cup in Brazil, as we have many friends there and work closely with the'selecao brasileira' as well. Brazil's culture and passion resonates with us,and it's part of our brand identity as well. So 2014 is a definite 'must' forus.
9. Do you have amessage for the world?
Be passionate about what you doand LOVE IT! Live life on the edge - keep drawing, writing, reading, observingand exploring! :)
10. Will you bereporting about Euro 2012?
Of course! Our international'Futbolitas' based in Poland and Ukraine will be bringing you the most excitingcoverage which comprises of exclusive reports, insider experiences and ofcourse, fan interactions!
11. Will you bereporting the 2012 Olympics?
Yes, especially since there isa huge focus on women's football there - and that's really where we think wecan come in and go all the way. Besides, the men's football tournament will beparticularly interesting with the formation of the Great Britain squad - we'dlove to see how that pans out and if they can go all the way and get the gold!
Futbolitadeserves a thank you for accepting our invitation at such short notice. Ourbest wishes for Futbolita and her coverage of Euro 2012.
In addition toFutbolita, please visit The Premier League Insider for your coverage of Euro2012. Thanks.