Thursday, 26 May 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 257 - All rights reserved

So it appears Jose Mourinho can't begin his reign as Manchester United manager until Chelsea give up the rights they hold over his name. While we at the Sound of Football don't know much about how to actually run a football club, we've certainly been involved in more than the occasional fiasco, so we feel very comfortable discussing the current comings and goings at Old Trafford.

Join Graham, Terry and Jan as they have a look at what the future holds for United and any other team that would be looking to dominate the Premier League

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

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 256 - Red alert

If it wasn't for the drama unfolding in the toilets of Old Trafford, the final day of the season might have been easily forgettable (outside of North London at least). Join Terry, Jan and Graham as they tie up the loose ends of a season that refuses to be anything but bonkers.

They also discuss Roy's 26 man England squad, announced on Monday. Should Jack Wilshere be going? Why not Mark Noble?

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

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 255 - Deciders

What happens when you can't separate purely by the number of goals they score against each other? As the 2015/16 season comes to an end almost every day brings finals and semi-finals, relegation battles and promotion play-offs. What's the fairest way to decide matches and leagues?

Graham, Terry and Jan - all who support clubs whose seasons could end on the tightest margins be it Champions League qualification, an FA Cup final or Premier League survival - discuss the pros and cons of separating equals.

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

Friday, 6 May 2016

Sound Of Football Podcast 254 - The Miracle of Leicester

Leicester City are Champions. That's nothing new, they were champions in 2014 and 2009 too, albeit of the Championship and League 1 respectively. Their remarkable feat will rightly be remembered long after recent Premier League seasons are long forgotten. It has also revived memories of the similarly remarkable achievements of Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest and given proof that even in this age where football seems rigidly stratified, miracles can still happen.

Join Terry, Graham and Jan as they look at what other clubs can learn from Leicester, and if the landscape of English football truly has changed.

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

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.