Thursday, 21 May 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 222 - Flipflop football

Is it bad form for teams to take their feet off the gas once their season is effectively over, or have they earned the right to don their flip-flops (obviously you should never put your foot on the gas while wearing flip flops - that would be dangerous).

Join Terry, Jan and Graham as they discuss the merits and pitfalls of taking it easy. They also take time to discuss the peculiar goings on at Anfield for the big farewell to Stevie G.

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

Friday, 15 May 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 221 - Character and Professionalism

Is there a place for characters in the modern game? Do we need anything more from players beyond exceptional skill and determination to succeed? Terry, Graham and Jan put their heads together to explore the relatively recent phenomenon of football media management - is it a good thing for the game as a whole?

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

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 220 - Disappointment

All of us know you should never rely on football to entertain you - it will always let you down. After we urged you to follow the Championship because it was going down to the wire, it's now sewn up with a full weekend of fixtures still to play.

We all know it but somehow it always seems to surprise us just how disappointing it can be, and yet still we come back for more and still Graham, Terry and Jan keep talking about it. Also this week you'll find out why Chelsea aren't boring and where next for Jurgen Klopp (spoiler: It's not Newcastle)

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

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 219 - Uppers and Downers

With the media hysterical about party balloons filled with a mild anaesthetic, we thought we'd have a discussion about who's going up to and who's coming down from the Premier League. In time honoured tradition, we don't offer predictions, just things we wouldn't be surprised about if they happened.

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

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 218 - Playing away from home

It's often said that it's good to try new things but does that apply to football clubs? This week Graham, Terry and Jan take a nostalgic look back at their experiences of dabbling with groundhopping to watch clubs that weren't their own. Our wander down memory lane covers subjects as diverse as the German sausages at Craven Cottage to the peculiar habits of the home crowd on the terraces at Ayresome Park.

And of course, there's a bit of Top Trumps too.

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



Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 217 - The lost opportunity for Women's football in Britain

With the recent controversy surrounding David Gill's appointment as British vice-President of FIFA, there is a lot of ill-feeling between the FA and the other Home Nation FAs. It's hardly surprising that within a few days of that vote, the FA-led plans of sending a combined Team GB to the 2016 Olympics in Rio were blocked by the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish FAs.

While for the men this may not seem like a big deal: Britain miss out on the chance to compete in an under-23 tournament. For the women though, this decision means they are denied the opportunity of participating in a full senior event arguably more prestigious then their own World Cup.

On this week's pod, Graham, Terry and Jan discuss whether it's time for the Women's game to go it alone and makes its own decisions without the petty politics of the Men's game to hold it back.

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


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 216 - Going fourth

Despite the recent failings of English clubs in Europe a look at the UEFA coeffecient table sees England sitting second, still just slightly ahead of Germany and a huge 13 points ahead of Italy in fourth. Though with three Italian sides left in the competitions there is the potential for that gap to shrink to just a quarter of a ranking point by the start of next season - the equivalent of a single win. This could see season 2015/16 as a year long play off for a fourth Champions League place.

This week, Jan, Terry and Graham discuss how losing a Champions League spot would affect the Premier League - especially with the recent announcement that UEFA would be providing even even more money to those competing in it.

Also discussed is the FSF's campaign for fairer wealth distribution and of course there's another round of Top Trumps.

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