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Football Godfathers: Episode Guide

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We take viewers from the field to the locker room and beyond for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what makes these titans tick, why they’re driven to glory, and how they continue to transform the world’s greatest game.

Sven Goran Eriksson: Football Godfather

Geoff Shreeves travels to Sweden to meet footballing Godfather Sven Goran Eriksson. He discovers how the Swede went from the Swedish third division to become a champion of Italy's Serie A, won a European trophy with a team of part timers and hears about his six year spell as manager of England and how he feels England should have won the World Cup in 2006.

Louis Van Gaal: Football Godfather

Geoff Shreeves travels to Portugal to meet with Louis Van Gaal, a footballing Godfather and serial winner who has won 20 titles in his career as a coach. He hears about his unique football philosophy, how he coped with his wife’s death, how he managed to win league championships in three different countries and how he feels about his treatment at Manchester United.

Roy Hodgson: Football Godfather

Geoff Shreeves meets footballing Godfather Roy Hodgson, a cosmopolitan and well-travelled coach who has been knocked to the very bottom and comeback to manage at the very top. He hears how he helped revolutionise football in Sweden, won titles in different countries, led unfashionable Fulham to the Europa league final and his time as manager of the English national team.

Claudio Ranieri: Football Godfather

Geoff Shreeves travels to Nantes in France to meet footballing Godfather Claudio Ranieri. The Italian manager masterminded the ‘Miracle of Leicester’, the improbable Premier league triumph of Leicester City football club. He discovers the truth about Ranieri’s numerous sackings and learns how he became an innovator of mid game tactical switches, earning him the nickname, The Tinkerman.

Gerard Houllier: Football Godfather

Geoff Shreeves travels to Paris to meet Gerard Houllier, a footballing Godfather with an extraordinary story. Houllier reveals his management philosophy and how he went from a schoolteacher to a treble-winning manager with Liverpool football club. He also opens up about the time the game he loves almost killed him, and he was rushed to hospital at half-time during Liverpool’s game vs Leeds, and underwent open heart surgery, even as his team were in action.