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Author: John Obi Mikel and Chris McHardy

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Welcome to The Obi One Podcast. Join Chelsea and Nigeria legend, John Obi Mikel, as he chats candidly to the game’s biggest names. From former team-mates, to his greatest rivals, to some of today’s current heroes.

Alongside Chris McHardy, renowned sports broadcaster, the pair bring you the dressing room secrets, the untold stories, the in-jokes and the disagreements.

Make sure to download The Obi One Podcast for free on your preferred podcast platform NOW. You can also watch every episode - in full - on our YouTube channel - @obionepodcast

18 Episodes
Chelsea’s greatest ever goalkeeper, Petr Cech, joins John and Chris on Episode 12 of the Obi One Podcast. The Czech man mountain details what made José Mourinho’s Chelsea so special, opens up on the full extent of the sickening head injury that changed his outlook on life and why Champions League glory as a boardroom executive is his favourite memory at Stamford Bridge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In the aftermath of Chelsea’s extra time defeat to Liverpool in the EFL Cup Final, John gives his verdict. Was Gary Neville right to call the Blues bottlejobs? And what now for Mauricio Pochettino? The big man has his say. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In his first in-depth interview since his shock retirement last year, Eden Hazard opens up about his career like never before with John and Chris. From snubbing Sir Alex Ferguson to what life was REALLY like at Chelsea. The Belgian magician also explains why Zinedine Zidane - and not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo - is the greatest footballer of all time, why he has no regrets over his time at Real Madrid and calls out Cristiano Ronaldo on his bold Saudi Pro League claim. Oh, and then there’s his well-publicised love of rice pudding! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In this episode of Taking the Mikel, John and Chris react to Nigeria’s run to the AFCON semi-finals and pick their best African XI of players who’ve plied their trade in the Premier League. John also makes a hilarious admission about ex-Chelsea star Celestine Babayaro. 👀 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In a break from the norm, Episode 10 features our first non-Chelsea or Nigeria star: it’s Rio Ferdinand. Hear from the Manchester United legend as he discusses his battles with Chelsea, his run-ins with Sir Alex, the brilliance of Paul Scholes and Erik ten Hag’s immediate future. 👀 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Episode 9 features a player former Chelsea team-mates affectionately nicknamed “Zizou”. It’s the one and only, Joe Cole. A boyhood Blues fan, Cole is in superb form in as he opens on a variety of topics in studio with John Obi Mikel. From turning down Sir Alex Ferguson to Claudio Ranieri’s hilarious sales pitch to take him to the Bridge. There’s the fall outs with Jose Mourinho (and there are many), why he’d never join Tottenham and the real reason Eden Hazard joined Chelsea. And, yes, Joe is taking some of the credit! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Taking the Mikel: Sunday Oliseh, look away now! - Ep.3 Ahead of the upcoming 2024 African Cup of Nations, John Obi Mikel reminisces about leading Nigeria to continental success back in 2013. He then takes aim at a compatriot who he labels the worst manager he’s ever come across! 👀 Hold onto your hats, folks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
From the Special One to a special one. Victor Boniface is one of the most exciting young strikers in world football, and he’s our special guest on Episode 8. With 10 goals and 7 assists in 16 Bundesliga games this season, the Nigerian is spearheading Bayer Leverkusen’s bid to end Bayern Munich’s dominance. Here, he talks candidly about the heartbreak that almost saw him quit the game, the genius of boss Xabi Alonso and reveal the club he’s supported since he was a boy. Oh, and would a move to the Premier League ever interest him? We put that question to him too! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
He is the Special One, and over the course of an hour-long chat on the Obi One Podcast, José Mourinho reminds us why. Hear from the Portuguese as he reminisces about his days at Chelsea, what ACTUALLY happened with Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah and the player that gave him more grey hairs than any other.  José also opens up on why beating Liverpool at Anfield in 2014 was so special, identifies the man he REALLY wanted to work under at Manchester United and gives his verdict on Arsenal’s title chances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
John Obi Mikel turns the air blue as he gives a DAMNING assessment of this current Chelsea side after their defeat at Everton. Where are the leaders and Is Mauricio Pochettino still the right man for the job? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player in a 2003 fan poll, Gianfranco Zola is our latest guest on the pod, and what an episode it is! Hear Franco as you’ve never heard him before as he makes an extraordinary Roman Abramovich claim, regales a hilarious Eden Hazard story and tells us why Sir Alex Ferguson was wrong to say he’s “always smiling”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Episode 5 sees the man who guided Chelsea to their first ever European Cup success join the guys on the pod. It’s Roberto Di Matteo.  Another insightful chat as as ‘Bobby’ opens up about THAT win over Bayern, his duels with Pep Guardiola and the OCD habits of his close friend: the late, great Gianluca Vialli. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In a first for the podcast, ex-Chelsea winger Florent Malouda joins John and Chris live in studio. Here, he reveals EXACTLY what happened after Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt shame at the 2006 World Cup. He also opens up on his training group fight with John and the unlikely defender who frightened Didier Drogba! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Episode 3 features one of the world’s best strikers: Victor Osimhen. The Nigerian superstar opens up on a raft of subjects: his tough upbringing, his Ballon d’Or dream, winning the Scudetto with Napoli and why he spurned crazy money from Saudi Arabia. Oh, and who did he support as a boy: Man Utd or Chelsea? He puts that to bed too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On Episode 2 of the brand new Obi One Podcast, John Obi Mikel and Chris McHardy are joined by a man John Terry labelled on last week’s installment as “the greatest player in Chelsea’s history”. Step forward, ‘Super’ Frank Lampard. In a wide-ranging conversation, Frank talks tears, tantrums and transfers. He opens up on his second stint as Chelsea boss, reveals the big-name he failed to bring to the Bridge and the one manager he didn’t see eye to eye with. Download and subscribe to the Obi One Podcast NOW. Available on all your usual platforms and in full on YouTube - @obionepodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In this bonus edition of The Obi One Podcast, “Taking the Mikel” sees John Obi and Chris McHardy discuss the game’s biggest talking points, sparking no shortage of opinion, debate and conversations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Obi One Podcast is now LIVE, with John Obi Mikel and Chris McHardy joined on Episode 1 by former Chelsea and England captain John Terry.  In this intriguing and wide-ranging interview with one of the Premier League’s all-time greats, JT discusses his monumental career, and playing under some of the world’s best managers.  The former central defender also talks about the one phone call he wanted which never came.  A must-listen for any Chelsea fan! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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