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In the week which saw the publication of Tracey Crouch's "fan-led review" of English football, the most hotly debated subject on our screens was whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo should have started United's game against Chelsea. The excitable stand-off between Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher, closely watched by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, became a socia…
 
What next for Manchester United now they've fired club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Should they rush to replace him with a someone like Pochetino or Zidane or will they hope that caretaker Michael Carrick has the same start as Ole did? As the club looks to "manage the message", we also discuss the thinking behind Ole's exit interview. For more info…
 
Never before have five managers who started the Premier League season been fired before the November international break. Aston Villa's Dean Smith and Norwich City's Daniel Farke are the latest to face the axe. Is this high number of managerial casualties a statistical blip or is this a sign of increasing instability at the top of the game? This we…
 
Spurs are on their fourth manager since Harry Kane signed his famous six year contract with the club. What's gone so very wrong for Tottenham in that time? Is all of this Daniel Levy's fault? Premier League winner Antonio Conte is taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo, who survived just seven Premier League games after winning August's Manager of th…
 
While Manchester United's heavy defeat at the weekend at home to Liverpool was entirely predictable, it was shocking nonetheless. Eight years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, is the club losing its way by searching for the return of its glorious past? What story is the club trying to tell? To help us discover the answer, United fan, writer and host…
 
The new era for Newcastle United started on Sunday with a 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham. The game marked Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce's 1000th game in management, a milestone that saw him inducted into the League Managers Association Hall of Fame, but with the new owners unable to bring any new players in until January to help turn things around…
 
After a whirlwind week on Tyneside, hated Newcastle United owner, Mike Ashley, is finally out the door. This is undoubtedly cause for celebration, but should the fans be celebrating their new Saudi owners? How do we as fans draw a line in ever-shifting sands? Newcastle fan Helen Hardy from the Women's Soccer Show joins us to talk about the highs an…
 
This week's international break sees the finals of the 2021 Nations League. France, Spain, Belgium and hosts Italy battle it out to see who can become the second winners of the competition - but could they also be the last winners? With proposals for the World Cup to become a biennial event looking inevitable, could the pressures of a congested fix…
 
A charity match at Spennymoor Town this weekend, organised by charity Head For Change, tested two new rules designed to protect the long term health of players. The first half restricted heading the ball to penalty areas only, while the second half prohibited heading completely. As the danger of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football be…
 
Jimmy Greaves was the greatest goal-scorer England has produced but for many people he's most readily remembered as the comedy sidekick to Ian St John on ITV's Saturday lunchtime football show Saint & Greavsie. In celebration of his life and careers, this week we look at the lasting legacy of a show that was a cornerstone of 1980s football conversa…
 
The World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina in Sao Paulo descended into chaos when Brazilian health officials stopped the game after discovering that four UK based players had been included in the Argentine squad. With football authorities showing no appetite to reduce cross-border competition, are these events likely to become more common…
 
It's Arsenal's worst start for 67 years. With no goals from their first three games and performances getting worse rather than better, fans face another season of disappointment. But given where the club has been for the last decade, should fans expect any different? Also, the international break is upon us with battle lines being drawn between FIF…
 
One of the ideas pushed at the FIFA Congress in May was that World Cups should be held every two years instead of four. In the time since, individuals with links to the organisation, such as Arsene Wenger and most recently Javier Mascherano, have lent their support to the idea but what would what would it mean for the rest of football? We also disc…
 
Regular listeners will know that Graham, Terry and Jan regularly attend non-league football at their local Isthmian League club Whyteleafe FC. That was until the club folded over the summer in a bitter dispute between those who ran the club and the ground's new landlords. With the promise of a new phoenix club looking to carry the spirit of the clu…
 
Every summer brings its share of big money moves, and the financial uncertainty of the Covid era seems to have done nothing to change that. But for every "dream come true" player unveiling, another club is left with bitter fans and soured relationships. And for Harry Kane that's happened without even leaving his club. In our first podcast of our 13…
 
Football may not be coming home but the true extent about racism in England might well be. From the violent scenes outside Wembley to the slew of unrestricted online abuse thrown at young black England players, the reaction to England's defeat in the Euro 2020 final was not only shocking, it was entirely predictable. For more information on the pod…
 
We're at the semi-final stage of Euro 2020 and not only are England still in it, they look the most likely to win the whole thing. And this time it's not just blind optimism - England look genuinely good. Not only that but also the remaining three games are all at Wembley. We're delighted to welcome back Everton fan Sam Whyte to the podcast, to tel…
 
The knockout stage of Euro 2020 is in full swing and has already provided one of the greatest days ever in international tournament football. And then there's England v Germany. Recorded just before France were knocked out by Switzerland, we try to look beyond the tabloid bluster at the real context of this match in the tournament. We also analyse …
 
Approaching the end of the group stage and everyone is twisting their brain around how teams qualify for the knock-out stage and which route their team will take to the final. For home fans, Wales can look forward to being the bad guys as they face Denmark in the next round; the expectations of England fans took a blow in the 0-0 draw with Scotland…
 
New stars, incredible goals, Nessun Dorma and a ball delivering car - Euro 2020 is already a winner, and we're already far too excited about the whole thing. Rob Langham joins us to discuss the many highs from the opening weekend of the tournament as well as the controversies that have arisen following Denmark's Christian Eriksen suffering a cardia…
 
A year later than scheduled, Euro 2020 is finally upon us. Before the action kicks off this Friday, we present our aural wallchart for the tournament. With special guest Rich Nelson giving his expert analysis on the new boys to international tournaments, Finland, we look at all six groups to pick out who will win, who will surprise and who is most …
 
Well it's certainly been a crazy season but we've made it through to the other side, and with fans return to stadiums in England, it's starting to feel like things are finally returning to some level of normal. For our last podcast of this irregular season, we look at the talking points at the end of the season and look forward to what is to come. …
 
It's the last week of the season for leagues across the continent and places in next season's European competitions are up for grabs - including the new Europa Conference League. Will this new competition purely become a ghetto for Europe's also-rans or will it allow different sides to get beyond the group stages while at the same time creating a n…
 
Everything seems to be coming to Wembley. As well as the FA Cup and EFL play-off finals, there's the possibility of more Euro 2020 games and maybe the Champions League final - though that's probably on its way to Lisbon again. This week we look at the discussion surrounding the moving of the Champions League final from Istanbul to anywhere else. We…
 
Now that the European Super League is dead, what is to be done with the Dirty Dozen? With the symbiotic relationship the broadcasters share with the top clubs, would any sanctions against those who signed up to the ESL prove just as damaging as the breakaway would have been itself? With focus now shifted on to the way that football clubs are run an…
 
The white ball was widely disliked during trials in 1927 and one manufacturer declared it ‘practically impossible to make’. It would take another 24 years for the Football League to give it the go-aheadThe Guardian
 
Stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In the final episode of this series: 15 Dutch footballers were among 176 people who died in a 1989 plane crash. Edu Nandlal, one of …
 
The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: Alex Villaplane said captaining France was ‘the happiest day of his life’. Fourteen years later he was sho…
 
The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: after English clubs were banned from Europe in 1985, the Football League created a consolation competition…
 
The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: the white ball was widely disliked during trials in 1927 and one manufacturer declared it ‘practically imp…
 
The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: the concluding part of a feature-length story about Jim McLean, the tactical genius, bully, visionary and …
 
The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: the first of a two-part feature-length story about Jim McLean, the tactical genius, bully, visionary and ‘…
 
The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: Primetime TV would prove the inspiration for one of the most shambolic managerial appointments in football…
 
The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: banned for ‘life’ in 1959, the former Northern Ireland forward John Crossan can consider himself the most …
 
Football is more than just a game. The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: Fred Spiksley dazzled as an outside-left, but found his far-reaching co…
 
The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: the concluding part of a two-part feature-length story about how the little Israeli Abraham Klein survived…
 
The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: the first of a two-part feature-length story about how the little Israeli Abraham Klein survived politics,…
 
The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: it took the sudden passing of the 29-year-old England right-back in 1959 to get a generation pouring into …
 
A new series from The Guardian, featuring the best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: few had expected much from Galatasaray in the European Cup, but …
 
A new series from The Guardian, featuring the best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet. In this episode: how Nazi bullying and controversial victories overshadowed Italy…
 
Your introduction to Forgotten Stories of Football, a new series from The Guardian, starting on Wednesday 13 May. The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists. Spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet…
 
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