Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 280 - Comebacks


Last Sunday saw a couple of thrilling comebacks, both for teams who style themselves with the suffix "AFC". In the Premier League, Bournemouth took all three points after twice being two goals down against Liverpool. That result came hot on the heels of Wimbledon shattering the FA Cup dreams of National League North side Curzon Ashton by wiping out a three goal margin to win in the final 10 minutes.

On this week's pod, Graham, Terry and Jan talk about their own experiences of comebacks - both for and against their respective teams. One perhaps not too surprising observation that emerges is that the better the comeback, the less likely you are of sticking around to see it.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.


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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 279 - Journalism and Churnalism

The term "newszak" - the dull background noise of worthless news stories - is a concept that goes back to the 1960s. In these days of news feed algorithms, getting stories out packed with click-friendly keywords appears, from the outside, the only important factor for many outlets that call themselves news providers.

As British football at all levels, faces a crisis in the wake of historic sex abuse of young players* the importance of good journalism is greater than ever. This week, Graham, Terry and Jan, discuss why football journalism is so easily derided and whether such criticisms are fair or unjust.

* An NSPCC hotline, supported by the FA, is available 24 hours a day. If you need to talk to someone, call 0800 023 2642.

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 278 - Foreign coaches

This week saw Jurgen Klinsmann removed from his role as head coach for the US national team after they lost consecutive World Cup Qualifying matches for the first time in 15 years. Their defeat to Mexico being only their second home defeat in World Cup qualification since they hosted the tournament in 1994.

Back in the summer the former German International was being strongly linked to the role of England manager and even now sits high in the betting, albeit a considerable distance behind Gareth Southgate.

England's experience of non-domestic coaches is seen by many as a failure but are they right? What do foreign coaches offer? Is it an admission of a weak domestic system of coaching or an ambition to broaden the country's football outlook?

On this week's podcast, Graham, Terry and Jan look at the major issues regarding the use of foreign coaches for international sides.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 277 - Standing safe



At the start of this season a section of seating at Celtic Park was converted to safe standing. A block of 3,000 of the 60,000 seats in the stadium can now be converted to an area of terracing in competitions that allow it. The possibility of reintroducing standing at top flight games in Britain has a lot of support among fans groups. For clubs, there are obvious advantages: the capacity at Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park increases by over 15,000 when safe standing is in operation.

Premier League clubs are already looking at Celtic's experience, as well as a number of extremely successful implementations in the Bundesliga but will need to overturn legislation before being able to install safe standing themselves.

Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the issues involved in a reintroduction of standing to the Premier League, and the likelihood of whether or not it will happen in the foreseeable future.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 276 - England v Scotland v Poppies



In a week dominated by much bigger world issues, you'd have thought the whole England v Scotland poppy furore might have been forgotten.

Of course it wasn't and both teams took to the field with the little flower proudly emblazoned on their black armbands - in defiance of any rules made by Johnny Foreigner (and the home nation FAs).

Jan is away, leaving Terry and Graham to discuss the fixture (recorded before the match).

We live in worrying times, and as a bonus feature on the podcast, there's a chance to hear a snippet of Terry's new song for peace "The World is a Global Thing" - currently 16/1 to be Xmas No. 1.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.


Thursday, 3 November 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 275 - Do we need to watch football?

Where have all the viewers gone? With so much football's new wealth reliant on TV money what does an alarming drop in viewing figures mean for the future of the game?

In an age of "Second Screen Experience" do modern football consumers get as much enjoyment (or maybe even more) from social media interaction as they do starring at the action on TV? In a week which saw goal Vines set to become a thing of the past - will traditional models of sport on tv soon join them in the advent of technologies like Kodi?

Regular host Graham has returned from his holiday in the US with plenty of input regarding the coverage of sport on the other side of the Atlantic. Terry and Jan indulge him patiently.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 274 - South London Fussball and the Saturday TV Blackout

Terry and Jan return for another edition of the Sound Of Football podcast.This week we discuss the Saturday afternoon TV blackout in the UK.

While enjoying an afternoon in the pub watching the Bundesliga Konferenz in south London. We ask why are we unable to watch live English football in the Saturday afternoon slot and we consider whether or not this would be a good thing.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3.