The Sound Of Football Podcast

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 309 - Allowing the big to get bigger


Every time the biggest clubs in England demand more of football's financial pie, it comes with the promise that the national team will become stronger as a result of whatever changes they suggest. From EPPP to the formation of the Premier League itself, every grab for further power for the most powerful comes with the same tired and patently obvious lie.

Yes, England do keep qualifying for tournaments but since the formation of the Premier League, the national teams of all of the four main rival leagues in Europe have won the World Cup, whereas England can count just two quarter finals - and few but the most optimistic of England fans believe they will challenge next summer in Russia.

With the promise also comes a threat - let us have our way or we'll break away and form a European Super League. With the ever-increasing globalisation of the club game, and online global media giants poised to join the broadcasting markets, has what was once the "nuclear option" for the most powerful clubs, now become the next logical step? Graham, Terry and Jan attempt to find an answer.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

There is a wealth of huge club fixtures to welcome us back from the international break. Terry picks the seven most intriguing ties on offer. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 308 - Homage to Catalonia


Should football and politics be separated? Can it even? Last weekend, Barcelona played their home match against Las Palmas behind closed doors after La Liga refused a postponement due to the civil unrest surrounding the government breaking up an independence referendum. The decision sent a powerful political message in a time where politics is never far from anything.

Could a similar furore to that of the NFL players protesting against racially motivated police brutality soon be seen here in Europe? Could we see Catalan players "taking a knee" during the Spanish national anthem in this weekend's World Cup qualifiers?

Graham, Terry and Jan are on hand to discuss all this and more, including FIFA's recent reversal of its stance against poppies.

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In other news, awards season will soon be here. In 2014, we were lucky enough to be nominated for an FSF award - if you think we deserve to be nominated again, please put us forward.

What's in the Weekend Boxset?

It's an international break and there are a bunch of World Cup qualifiers happening - also the A-League returns with the Big Blue. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 307 - Beyond the dreams of avarice


Bayern Munich, the fourth richest club in the world, are in crisis. With this week's defeat at the hands of PSG (which cost Carlo Ancelotti his job) it seems that despite being the financial bully boys in their own league, they struggle to compete with the new mega-rich powers. It concerns those who run the club so much that they are making noises about a Europe-wide salary cap and maybe an end to 50+1 ownership rules that are the envy of fan groups in other countries.

With money pouring in from wealthy investors and media companies, the amount clubs get from match-going fans is a dwindling percentage of their total income (despite ticket prices going through the roof). With clubs like Celta Vigo being fined for not filling their stadium enough to look good on TV, are we approaching a stage where fans will be let in for free? And if they are, will they still not go?

Graham, Terry and Jan look at the murky world of finances for Europe's mega-rich clubs and ask where is there left to go when everyone is owned by a billionaire?

In other news, awards season will soon be here. In 2014, we were lucky enough to be nominated for an FSF award - if you think we deserve to be nominated again, please put us forward.

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


What's in the Weekend Boxset?

In keeping with the subject of financial doping we preview Chelsea v Manchester City, also "crisis club" Bayern travel to Berlin. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 306 - Do we need segregation?


The segregation of football fans into home and away sections has been a part of professional football for so long that few can remember what it was like before it was put in place.

The controversy over last week's Europa League tie, where thousands of FC Köln fans acquired unwanted home tickets, has called into question the necessity of separating fans - a practice that is unique to football.

This week Graham, Terry and Jan analyse what happened at the Emirates and look at what - if anything - went wrong. Does segregation encourage bad behaviour or do home fans have a right to watch football without away fans sat next to them?

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

Local derbies in Sheffield and Turin, and Tottenham try to put their Wembley form behind them by going to their first choice of ground they wanted to move to as they face West Ham in Stratford. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 305 - Pushing the panic button


Arsenal's weekend demolition at the hands of Liverpool this weekend, plunged the club firmly back under the label of "Crisis Club" - and (maybe unsurprisingly) they aren't the only team in that position. Crystal Palace and West Ham are already being touted as sides that could be looking for a new manager soon, while those who thought Tottenham would struggle at Wembley have adopted a smug countenance following Burnley's last minute equaliser there.

With the added pressure of the transfer window sliding shut today, it's no wonder that fans and clubs - and the endless stream of agents and media outlets - are mired in panic mode.

This week, Graham and Terry are joined by Matt Hermann of the Talking Fussball podcast to discus the rights and wrongs of paper-talk and scare-mongering in the fledgling weeks of the season. Is it damaging or all just part of the fun and games that is top-level football.

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


What's in the Weekend Boxset?

It's World Cup qualifiers dominating this weekend - Scotland go to Lithuania needing a win to keep their hopes alive, and Cameroon take on Nigeria in a double-header. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 304 - Who needs a sporting director?


The role of sporting director, or director of football as it's sometimes called, is meant to allow for a separation of the tactical and the strategic operations of football management. While it may be commonplace in parts of Europe, its use in the UK has had mixed results, largely down to mistrust from traditional managers but also by some baffling appointments - Joe Kinnear at Newcastle, readily springs to mind.

On this week's podcast, Graham, Jan and the returning Terry, discuss this week's appointment of Dougie Freedman to this role at Crystal Palace. What can a sporting director offer a club that a manager can't? In the modern age of £100 million plus transfers and super-agents, is the job of manager too big for one man?

Terry gives his perspective on the continental interpretation of the role and how it can help clubs (especially in the Bundesliga) punch above their weight. Jan runs through the chequered history that his own club, Sunderland, has had with sporting directors, and their hand in hiring, firing and being fired by managers. As always, feel free to add your twopenn'orth to the debate.

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


What's in the Weekend Boxset?

Liverpool host Arsenal, Leicester go to Old Trafford and Spalletti returns to the Eternal City - all that and four other games, previewed by Terry, to take you from Friday night to Sunday night. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 303 - Russia and the World Cup


With now less than 10 months to go before the start of next summer's World Cup in Russia, we begin our build up to the tournament with an in-depth look at the host nation. Will the stadia be ready in time? Will the home team be any good?

Graham and Jan are joined by writer and podcaster Manuel Veth from the Futbolgrad network. A frequent visitor to Russia, Manu has recently returned from watching the Confederations Cup. In addition to his excellent knowledge of domestic football in Russia, he tells us about his experiences of watching football there and provides us with some invaluable travel tips, if you're thinking of going yourself.

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


What's in the Weekend Boxset?

The two best sides in the Premier League last season meet each other at Wembley after differing performances in the opening weekend, there are also fixtures from the opening round of the Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.