Sean Roberts – Episode 010

Sean Roberts

“If you’re prepared for when the opportunity eventually comes you get lucky”

 

Ex-professional footballer. Jokester. Role model. Player agent. Loving husband. Nature lover. Sean bares all. Sit back and hear his story.

 

From afar, the world of being a professional football player does indeed look glamorous. In many ways it certainly is, however, it’s what we don’t see where the conundrum and anomalies lie.

 

For many young boys it is their dream to play a professional sport of some sort. The amount of dives by young boys into thin air, imagining they are saving a penalty in the World Cup Final is innumerable. The truth is that it takes a special type of person to follow through with this journey.

 

Sean grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and started his career as a goalkeeper at Panorama Soccer Club at 5 years old. Turning professional at 15 years old involves a lot of sacrifice, however, Sean also recalls it as some of the best times in his life.

After relocating to the UK and after his 7th trial at different clubs, many others may have thrown the towel in but he eventually got the nod and call up to sign his first contract with Crystal Palace.

 

We hear about his career which involved many highs and lows, various clubs, different countries and continents. These were all a culmination of learning curves and experience to help Sean understand what his ‘second skill’ was when he eventually retired from professional sport.

 

In the Podcast we cover many interesting subjects such as transitioning from professional sport to real life, the glamour of football, training routines, reserve leagues, understanding who your mates really are, injuries, player agents, finances, travel and finding love.

 

Sean these days can be found in Sea Point, Cape Town, where he is working as a player agent providing advice and support for players when ‘real life’ really begins.

 

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

 

Let’s find out what it means for Sean Roberts, to be Ridiculously Human.

 

Your fellow beings

Craig and Gareth

SHOW NOTES

Background, Context & Reference

Connect with Sean Roberts: 

Email

Instagram

FaceBook

Twitter

LinkedIn

Other relevant points discussed and mentioned:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Maasai Mara migration

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Paarl, South Africa

Sea Point, South Africa

Tanzania

Bafana Bafana, South African National Soccer Team

Cayman Islands

Working on Super Yachts

Working on Cruise Ships

Patella Tendons

Hernia

South African Football League, PSL

SLeague – Football League in Singapore

People Discussed:

David Seaman, ex-Goalkeeper Arsenal and England

Rowen Fernandez, ex-South African goalkeeper

Stanton Fredericks, ex-South African midfielder

Gianluigi Buffon, ex-Italian Goalkeeper

Robert Enke, ex-German goalkeeper

Steve Bruce, ex-professional footballer and now football coach

Ronaldo

Messi

Stuart Baxter – SA coach

Brian Baloyi, ex-South African goalkeeper

Andre Arendse, ex-South African goalkeeper

Alex Ferguson, ex-Man United Coach

Gary Bailey, ex-Goalkeeper and now TV show host

Stacey Roberts, Sean’s wife

Books Mentioned:

A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke

Football Clubs Mentioned:

Music By

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