The Sound Of Football Podcast

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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.

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.