Author, Speaker, Ambassador

Dan Freedman


Dan Freedman

Dan is best known for his hugely popular series of Jamie Johnson football novels (Scholastic UK).

The books have been adapted for TV by the BBC and the drama series is being broadcast around the world.

The Jamie Johnson books have sold more than 800,000 copies globally.

Before becoming an author, Dan was managing editor for The FA for seven years. He interviewed the likes of Messi and Ronaldo and has been to two World Cups as part of the official England Team group.

He was also part of the official delegations to meet the Queen, the Prime Minister and Nelson Mandela.

When not writing, Dan gives talks at schools and sports clubs.

He has made 2000 school visits during the last decade and it was those experiences that inspired him to write his newest novel, Unstoppable.

You can follow Dan on social media.

Twitter: @DanFreedman99
Insta: @DanFreedman_99

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Frequently asked quick-fire


What made you want to go into writing?

I wanted to share the amazing experiences I’d been lucky enough to have in football through a compelling story that would draw people in.

Who is the most famous player you've interviewed?

CR7. (a.k.a Cristiano Ronaldo!) I interviewed him twice. We got on quite well.

How old were you when you started writing?

13 or 14. I wrote to every newspaper in the country asking if I could come and do work experience doing my school holidays.

Why do you love football so much?

Incredible unscripted drama. The magic of a goal. The reflections of life. The escape from life. Connecting with people that you might not otherwise know or be able to communicate with. That moment when a player beats their opponent with a flourish of skill…

Which is the biggest match that you have ever reported on?

The 2002 World Cup Quarter Final between England and Brazil.

How did you come up with the ideas of Jamie Johnson?

They are all based on people, players or moments that I have met in life down the years. Football and life are so rich, you don’t need to make stories up.

Which JJ book is your favourite?

That’s like asking a parent which is your favourite child!

Will you write another Jamie Johnson book?

If people want more, I would hate to disappoint them…

When will Series 5 of 'Jamie Johnson' come out?

It’s out now! – Watch on iplayer

Will you ever write a different series of books?

I’ve written a new book called Unstoppable that’s out now.




Here Is What They Are Saying

"Pure joy."

“A hot talent in children's literature"

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