The Sound Of Football Podcast

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 316 - Great expectations


For fans of football in England, this weekend was book-ended by two important cup draws. On Friday, those with an interest in the national team discovered who England would be facing in next summer's World Cup. While on Monday evening, just a couple of hours before we recorded this week's podcast, the draw for the 3rd round of the FA Cup was made - the traditional half-way point of the season and a time when many see an opportunity for a change in fortune for their sides.

Following their own draw made two weeks ago, Graham, Terry and Jan look at the real World Cup draw and discuss what, if any, realistic expectations England fans can have from sharing a group with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Terry also gives his reaction to his side, Crystal Palace, being drawn against their fierce rivals Brighton & Hove Albion, in the FA Cup.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

Derbies in Manchester and Merseyside dominate this weekend's Premier League action, while this season's MLS comes to a climax with a rematch of last season's MLS Cup. Terry guides you through the weekend's best matches on TV. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 315 - So VAR, so...


It's now almost eight months since Video Assistant Referees (VARs) were introduced into professional football in the A-League. Since then the system has been trialed in MLS, the Bundesliga and Serie A. With more than a hundred games now played in both of those European Leagues we should now have a good feel for how the new system works in the real world.

Regular listeners will know that this pod has always taken a position against the introduction of technology in football, has this season softened our stance? Following his trip to Berlin, Jan recounts his own experience of viewing VAR first-hand in a match situation. Seasoned VAR-skeptics Graham and Terry are on hand for more analysis of this contentious subject.

Data: We've collected data on how decisions have gone over the last few seasons to see if the leagues that have adopted VAR have shown any obvious changes compared to those that haven't | Download the datasheet (pdf)

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

The big talking point of the weekend will obviously be the World Cup Draw but there's also the matter of Arsenal v Manchester United and Napoli v Juvetus. Graham takes you through the weekend's best matches on TV. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 314 - Unofficial 2018 World Cup draw


A biennial treat for us here at the Sound Of Football are our unofficial draws for major international tournaments. This week's podcast is our fifth such draw having begun back in 2009 just before the official draw for South Africa 2010.

This year's draw has the added complication of having the teams from the various confederations dispersed throughout the pots and with each group restricted to one per confederation (two for UEFA) there is the potential of things going horribly wrong. Find out just how well Graham, Terry and Jan get on.

Our completed draw are now available on our Instagram feed and on our facebook page - be sure to follow them if you haven't already. The real draw takes place on 1 December.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

The top in La Liga go head to head as Valencia host Barcelona while in the Premier League it's Klopp v Conte. Terry guides you through the weekend with his pick of the best matches on TV. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 313 - Confessions of a football tourist

Football tourism: a delight for those looking to expand their football horizons or just another aspect of globalisation eating away at the traditions of the game?

With Jan on his way to his first foreign football experience in Germany this weekend, to watch 'Gladbach play Hertha in Berlin, Terry and Graham recount their own experiences of watching games on the continent.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

It's back to domestic action this weekend with derbies in London and Madrid. Graham tells you all you need to know about his pick of the weekend's offerings. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 312 - The managerial merry-go-round 2017


The managerial merry-go-round is spinning again. Just weeks after Leicester and Everton part ways with their manager, both West Ham and Sunderland have seen fit to follow suit. Much has been said recently at lack of the opportunities for promising British coaches but is that down to the influx of foreign coaches or more down to the fact that after sacking a manager, chairman want the calm, steadying influence of an Allardyce, a Hodgson or even a Moyes?

Are the jobs going to the right people? Is their a balance to be struck between pragmatism and progression?

Taking Jan's club Sunderland as our ready example, Graham and Terry join him to look at the names topping the betting for their new head coach. Can we find any logic in those names being there, or can we offer any alternatives that would be better and, more importantly, would actually want it?

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

World Cup qualifying closes with a weekend full of play-offs in Europe, and group deciders in Africa. Terry tells you when and where you can see them, served with some sizzling takes on the side. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 311 - The kids are alright


When the England Under 17s lost the final of their Euros on penalties back in May few would have thought it would be the start of an incredible summer for England's youth teams. In June, a squad made up largely of the U18s won the Toulon Tournament, this was eclipsed in the same month by the U20s winning their World Cup in South Korea. July saw the U19s return from Georgia as European Champions. Last weekend the U17s bounced back from that Euros defeat to add their World Cup to an already unprecedented haul of silverware.

While it is a time for celebration the subject of what opportunities will be available in club football for these players is never far from the back pages. Will more players like Jadon Sancho look abroad for their chance of top level first team football?

Terry, Graham and Jan look at the prospects for England's fledging talent and what, if anything, it means for the future of the senior side.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

It's FA Cup 1st Round this weekend and clubs like Hyde United and Shaw Lane are on national TV, and there's a bumper Sunday of Premier League action with North London taking on Manchester. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 310 - Is the FA fit for purpose?


The FA's slapdash mishandling of the latest of a series of crises was brutally exposed by the damning evidence of racism and bullying presented by Eni Aluko to a House of Commons select committee last week.

If these problems are happening near the top, what the hell is going on further down within the structure of football?

Terry, Graham and Jan discuss the latest shambles surrounding the FA and ask what can and what should be done to fix it.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

It's the battle of the caretakers as Everton take Leicester. Terry picks his choice of the best seven matches on TV this weekend. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.