Grant Wahl Biography
Grant Wahl is an American sports journalist best known for being a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and a correspondent for FOX Sports. He is a best selling author for The Beckham Experiment which was the first soccer book to make the New York Times Best-Seller List.
Wahl attended Shawnee Mission East High School, then went on to study at Princeton University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics in 1996. Wahl developed a passion for soccer in Buenos Aires where he wrote his college senior thesis on politics and soccer in Argentina.
During his first year at University, Grant covered the Princeton Tigers men’s soccer team, then coached by Bob Bradley. Bradley
would go on to manage Major League Soccer teams and the United States men’s national soccer team. He provided Wahl with an opportunity to study abroad in Argentina, spending time with Boca Juniors, before returning to the United States for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
Grant cites his experiences with Bradley as a catalyst for his love of the sport. He began his career working with the Miami Herald as an intern in 1996.
Grant Wahl Age
Grant Wahl was born on 2 December, 1974 in Mission, Kansas, United States. He is 44 years old as of 2018.
Grant Wahl Wife
Wahl is married to his wife, Celine Gounder. They tied the knot in 2012, the same day Manchester City won the Premier League. Celine is an American medical doctor and medical journalist who specializes in infectious disease and global health.
The couple resides in New York City with their two dogs.
Grant Wahl Podcast
Grant hosts Planet Fútbol, it is a show about all things soccer from all around the world. It features news, analysis, and wide-ranging interviews from the most prominent figures in the beautiful game.
Grant Wahl Sports Illustrated
He joined Sports Illustrated in November 1996, covering college basketball as well as soccer. He was then promoted to the position of senior writer by October 2000. He mostly covers soccer for both the magazine and SI.com. Sports Illustrated launched their soccer section, named “Planet Fútbol”, with Wahl at the helm in 2013.
Wahl has reported on 12 NCAA basketball tournaments, eight World Cups, and four Olympic games.
Wahl first gained critical acclaim for his 1998 cover story Where’s Daddy?, which documented the growing number of illegitimate children born to professional athletes. He has since
written numerous cover stories and profiles on athletes. He has also received four Magazine Story of the Year awards given by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
He was robbed of his phone and wallet at gunpoint in broad daylight in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Earlier that day, Wahl had interviewed interim Honduran president Roberto Micheletti, who later apologized to Wahl over the incident.
Grant Wahl Book
He published his first book, The Beckham Experiment, in 2009. It focused on the move of David Beckham to the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer and his impact on the league.
Grant Wahl New Book
Football 2.0 – 2018
Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World’s Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game – 2018
Grant Wahl Masters Of Modern Soccer | Grant Wahl Soccer Book
The book reveals what players and managers are thinking before, during, and after games and delivers a true behind-the-scenes perspective on the inner workings of the sport’s brightest minds. Wahl follows world-class players from across the globe examining how they do their jobs. This access imbues Masters of Modern Soccer with deep insight from the players on how goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards function individually and as a unit to excel and win.
He also shadows a manager and director of soccer as they juggle the challenges of coaching, preparation, and the short- and long-term strategies of how to identify and acquire talent and deploy it on the field. A book that will stand the test of time, Masters of Modern Soccer is the most in-depth analysis of the craft of soccer ever written for the American fan. For any fan, player, coach, or sideline enthusiast, this book will change the way they watch the game”
Grant Wahl Fifa President
Wahl announced a possible bid to become President of FIFA in the upcoming election to unseat incumbent Sepp Blatter in February 2011. He later pulled out before the official deadline after failing to earn the endorsement of a football association. He amended its presidential nomination process by requiring the endorsement of five associations.
Grant Wahl Salary
The premier soccer journalist receives an annual salary of $64,577 from his successful reporting career with Fox Sports.
Grant Wahl Net Worth
Wahl has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.