Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 253 - Unbalanced leagues

Why are seemingly uncompetitive leagues so popular? In Italy, Juventus have claimed five consecutive Scudetti; in France PSG have run away with a fourth straight title, a feat Bayern look set to match in Germany this weekend. Even in Spain where the top three are separated by just one point the fourth Champions League spot will be claimed by a team at least 20 points off the pace.

While the Leicester fairytale has meant that fans of the Premier League get to see a different Champion from the four teams that have won all the titles over the last 20 years, there is always the feeling that this season is just a blip and it'll be business as usual next campaign.

Terry gives his perspective on the German league which, from the outside, looks to be extremely one-sided. His own experience suggests that just because a league is dominated by one team, it doesn't necessarily make it predictable or boring. Graham and Jan are on hand with their own observations.

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

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 252 - Pen or no pen

When is a pen not a pen? Or to put it another way, when is a dive not a dive? The last few days have seen a series of debatable decisions, some given, some not. The most controversial of these decision saw title-chasing Leicester's Jamie Vardy sent off after receiving a second yellow card having been adjudged by the referee Jonathan Moss to have dived.

In the intervening days opinion has been split over the incident despite the numerous slow motion replays. Graham, Terry and Jan pick this incident apart along with other recent contentious decisions to see if we can finally resolve just what is foul play and what isn't.

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

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 251 - Roy's boys

For England fans, the recent international break raised everyone's hopes and then dashed them all again within days - perfect preparation for the tournament ahead, you might say.

Buoyed with a tempered optimism Jan, Terry and Graham discuss England and this summer's European Championship in France. Who would be in their squads? You'll have to listen to find out.

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

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 250 - The relegation battle

Chris is back for a milestone episode of the podcast. To mark the occasion we thought this week we'd mix things up and talk about football for a change. So with the end of the Premier League season beckoning we put our heads together to work out who will be playing Championship football come August. Can Palace arrest their slide? Will Sunderland pull it out of the bag again? Just why does Terry dislike Leicester so?

If that wasn't enough you can also discover Terry's "safe-word" and what Chris has as his ringtone.

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

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 249 - Who stole the World Cup?

50 years ago this week, the Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen from a stamp exhibition in London. Although someone was imprisoned for holding the Cup to ransom, none of his accomplices were caught, and how it ended up in Beulah Hill to be found by a man and his dog is anyone's guess.

In a special Sound of Football investigation, Graham goes through this half century old cold case - upturning long forgotten evidence and making some breathtaking discoveries along the way. Was it a lone thief? Was it the mob? Was it stolen under orders from Apartheid South Africa's Secret Service? Terry and Jan are on hand to try and make sense of it all.

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

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 248 - Raging against the Machine

Video technology in football is on its way. Finally!

Everyone wants it because it will mean that for once everything in football will be right. Won't it? Trust Graham, Terry and Jan to deliberately throw a spanner in the works like the luddites they are.

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

Friday, 11 March 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 247 - European Super League

When it comes to big money football scare-stories they don't get much better than rumours about a breakaway European Super League. The Sun broke the story last month and since then almost everyone has had their opinion on the idea - even if the idea hasn't even been presented. If the meeting hadn't actually started the conversation, the news reports about it certainly has - maybe that was the whole point. Has globalisation reached a point where a league of the mega clubs is now a viable option?

Who better than Graham, Terry and Jan to pick through the rumours, hints and half truths as to what the super-rich really want with football.

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