RH Call Up #2 with Jordan Florit

Jordan Florit is a freelance writer currently writing ‘Red Wine and Arepas: How Football is Becoming Venezuela’s Religion.’ The book uses football as the lens through which areas of Venezuela’s culture, society, and politics are explored. Jordan’s work has been featured on These Football Times, Pundit Feed, The Terrace, and more.

Show Notes:

  • What inspired Jordan to write this Rivaldo article?
  • What it was like growing up as a Southampton FC fan, favorite Saints jersey, favorite player.
  • Foobtall: Entertainment vs Sport.
  • Supporting local and foreign football clubs.
  • How did Jordan become a writer?
  • Jordan’s preference for non-fiction and his dislike of fiction explained.
  • What inspired him to write “Red Wine & Arepas: How Football is Becoming Venezuela’s Religion”? Deciding what goes into the book and his writing process. Dealing with constant changes in Venezuela while writing the book.
  • Interviewing a football agent and meeting shady characters with dodgy backstories.
  • Stumbling upon fascinating but unrelated material through research and procrastination.
  • Jonathan Wilson(T:@jonawils) and James Montague(T:@JamesPiotr) as inspirations.
  • Finding a fixer and getting help from @oncefutve‘s Kevin.
  • Adventures getting around in Venezuela like hitching rides with professional footballers and sketchy times up in the Andes.
  • What Jordan would like for people to get from reading the book.
  • What to do when there’s no live football?
  • How he was surprised to learn what Venezuelans think of the country’s politics.
  • Favorite chapter so far? Daniuska Rodriguez(IG:@daniuska0507), Deyna Castellanos(IG:@deynacastellanos T:@deynac18)
  • Book recommendations:
    Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You: The Biography by Jonathan Wilson
    When Friday Comes: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East by James Montague
    Red or Dead: A Novel by David Peace
  • Podcast recommendations: Under the Skin by Russell Brand and The Jordan B Peterson Podcast.