The Sound Of Football Podcast

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Friday, 30 December 2011

The Best of The Sound of Football 2011

It's time once again to don our reflective hats and look back on another wonderful year full of Sound of Football podcasts.

We recorded over 40 shows during the last twelve months covering topics as diverse as football journalism, Sir Alex Ferguson, corruption in the game and classic football kits. If you've managed to catch them all, we salute you. If not, we salute you even more for having some semblance of a varied and fulfilling life.

Either way, our Best of 2011 podcast should provide you over an hour of award-nominated entertainment, so why not download and listen to it, and if you really like it, tell your friends too. They'll thank you for it later.

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

Monday, 19 December 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 100 - Christmas Advent Calender

Who would have thought that the Sound Of Football would have made it to 100 episodes without resorting to violence and dropping in old episodes and passing them off as new?

This week, the chaps see in the festive season with our Sound Of Football Advent Calender.

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


Monday, 12 December 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 99 - Measuring Football

This week, Graham, Terry and Chris talk about the merits of measuring football beyond goals scored and conceded. We assess the value of statistics and the pointlessness of player awards.

In other, unrelated, news, The Sound Of Football have been nominated for a NOPA Award for best podcast. Tickets are available for the award ceremony and details can be found here.

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



That Onion Bag story written by Graham is here.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 98 - Euro 2012 Draw Reaction

Welcome back to another edition of the Sound Of Football. This week, the chaps ponder the prospects of the forthcoming European Championships in Poland and Ukraine in 2012.

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

Monday, 28 November 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 97 - Transfer windows for players and managers

This week, Graham, Terry and Chris discuss the pitfalls and advantages of the Transfer Window and wonder if it should be extended to managers. This is on the back of this article that we read on the Guardian website. Our thanks, once again, to Richard Bevan for providing us with another choice topic for this podcast.

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

Thursday, 24 November 2011

(Not) The Euro 2012 Draw

Those of you that heard Episode 95 of The Sound of Football will know that we recently staged our own draw for the Finals of Euro 2012. It's something we like to do before a major football tournament because (a) you get a feel for which teams might end up playing against which other teams, and (b) we're really very silly.

Anyway, with a week to go before the real UEFA Euro 2012 draw is made, we thought we'd remind you first how the 16 finalists will be seeded beforehand. See thus...

Pot 1: Spain, Netherlands
Pot 2: Germany, Italy, England, Russia
Pot 3: Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Sweden
Pot 4: Denmark, France, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland

Poland and Ukraine, the co-hosts, are effectively in Pot 1 but have already been assigned to their groups. Poland will be in Group A and Ukraine will be in Group 4.

Now, let's show you how our draw came out. For the benefit of people that don't want to listen to the podcast (and who could blame you) or simply want a reminder of how it all panned out, here it is:

GROUP A
Poland
Germany
Denmark
Croatia

GROUP B
Netherlands
Italy
France
Sweden

GROUP C
Spain
Russia
Czech Republic
Portugal

GROUP D
Ukraine
Greece
England
Republic of Ireland

So what do you think?  Any groups you particularly like the look of? Any matches you'd particularly look forward to seeing? Which teams got a bad deal at the hands of Graham's supercomputer brain and a farrago of folded paper?

We'd love to hear what you think, even if it's only to tell us we should grow up. With only a few days left before the real draw takes place, could this be how it all pans out? Remember, you can hear the podcast by downloading it here...

Monday, 21 November 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 96 - Where next for David Beckham?

This week we page homage to David Beckham and ask what the near and distant future holds for the former England Captain. Will it be Paris or will he stay in LA? And how important is the upcoming Olympic football tournament in his thinking?

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

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 95 - The Mock Euro 2012 Draw

Following the staggering success of our mock World Cup 2010 draw, we are proud to present the Mock Euro 2012 Draw held by Graham Sibley, Chris Oakley and Terry Duffelen in the glamorous location of the Sports Bar and Grill in London.

Needless to say it's a thoroughly well organised affair which you can listen to by clicking here or if you right-click on that link, you can download the MP3.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 94 - Kit sponsors and commercial miscellany

This week's pod started off as an exploration into the rights and wrong of the commercialisation of football but quickly descended into a ramble about football kits. Oh well, it is International Week, after all.

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

Monday, 7 November 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 93 - Who will replace Sir Alex Ferguson?

Yes that's right, we at the Sound of Football Podcast have come to praise Caesar and to bury him. As Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates 25 years as manager of Manchester United, Chris, Terry and Graham discuss a suitable  replacement should the great man hang up his chewing gum to tend his horses.

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

Monday, 24 October 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 92 - Living with EPPP

With the Elite Player Performance Plan a reality, the chaps gaze into their crystal ball and try to foresee what, if any, changes will be forced upon the English game as a consequence.

Is this really the end of the local lad playing for his team? How will clubs survive without the revenue generated from their youth structure? Why did the Football League vote for a system that, on the surface, seems like turkeys voting for Christmas?

You can expect to hear some strident opinions on this week's Sound of Football, the podcast that likes to keep its head while everyone else is eating theirs.

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

Monday, 17 October 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 91 - Nailing the trap door shut!

Terry, Graham and Chris read that story about Richard Bevan and those evil geniuses at the Premier League's plan to abolish relegation and it got their juices flowing. Then they calmed down and decided to record a podcast on the subject.

The discussion starts with the relegation proposal and moves onto Liverpool's apparent ambitions with regards to international TV rights and the UK Government's Football Review.

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

Monday, 10 October 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 90 - Euro 2012 round up

Well someone has to get excited about the Euro 2012 qualifiers so it might as well be the Sound Of Football podcast.

This week, Graham, Terry and Chris review the runners, riders, winners and shot-in-the-paddocks in the race to Poland and Ukraine.

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

Monday, 3 October 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 89 - Steve McClaren

The much maligned former England coach Steve McClaren is the topic of discussion on this week's Sound of Football Podcast.

McClaren is one of the few successful English coaches around yet suffers reputationally because of his ill-fated stint at England. With the Yorkshireman having quit his latest post at Nottingham Forest, the chaps assess his career and wonder where it's all gone wrong.

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

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 88 - Being a football supporter

We may all take it for granted, but what's really involved with being a football supporter these days? Just how much do we interact with each other, how well do we understand the game and how much football do you have to watch?

Are our shared experiences strengthened or weakened by the sheer amount of viewing choice we have these days? And do you really have to watch a game 'in the flesh' to consider yourself a proper supporter?

These questions and many others are answered by the Sound of Football team - minus Terry who's away on holiday this week. Luckily for you, we've found a more than adequate replacement in the shape of Chris Nee from the TwoFootedTackle blog and podcast...

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

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 87 - Footballers on Twitter


The boys of the Sound Of Football have been on Twitter since just after it popped out of Biz Stone's entrepreneurial womb. So who better to cast their eye on the shenanigans and hubbub of top footballers on Twitter.

From Rohan Rickett's self promotion, Jack Wilshire's dog walking, Nani's etherialism and Stan Collymore's caps locks we ask what draws players to Twitter and why?

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

Monday, 12 September 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 86 - The Premier League is quite good


The chaps have been pleasantly surprised by the start of the Premier League season so thought it would be quite nice to talk about it.

We run or barely trained eyes over the top four in the English top flight and ask if the Manchester clubs are likely to run away with the title race, leaving Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal to pick up the scraps.

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

Monday, 5 September 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 85 - International Football on the Telly

Join us as we discuss the recent coverage of international football on the telly and its relationship with UK broadcasters.

How enthusiastic are Sky as broadcasters of the international game? To what extent are TV companies become embroiled in the age old club v country debate. Are they motivated by the more regular income generated by the Premier League and Champions League?

And how has the culture of the England supporter changed with the increased coverage of England on the telly? These and a few more unrelated issues are discussed on the Sound Of Football podcast.

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

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 84 - Champions League and Europa League

This week, Graham, Terry and Chris take a look at English clubs' prospects in European competition as the group stages of the Champions League and Europa League are announced.

Can Arsenal overcome their travails and be ready for what should be a cracking encounter with Borussia Dortmund? Will Birmingham fly the flag for the Championship in Europe? And where on earth is Galati?

Click here for details of the the Socrates Football Bloggers Meet-up in London.

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

Monday, 22 August 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 83 - Soccer Magazines

Welcome back to another edition of the Sound Of Football podcast. This week the chaps discuss their favourite and not so favourite football magazines.

We ask what the future holds for the venerable World Soccer and compare to heavy weights Four Four Two. We also ponder the origins of When Saturday Comes and consider the merits of Supporter Owned Media, blogs and all that stuff.

There's also plenty of time for some nostalgia, particularly from Chris who celebrates his 40th birthday this week so many happy returns to him.

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

Monday, 15 August 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 82 - Hopes and Expectations

The chaps are back in the podcasting hood with the first episode of the new season.
Join Terry Duffelen, Graham Sibley and your host, Chris Oakley as they look ahead to the new season strictly via the kaleidoscope of their their own club.

Hear Terry angst about the PA at Palace, Chris consider the longer balls at West Ham and Graham considers life without Cesc at Arsenal.

There is also time for a few off colour jokes about Croydon as well.

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

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 81c - FIFA Meltdown Superpod

Like Frank Sinatra on an endless run of farewell concerts, The Sound of Football is back for one final, final podcast for the season.

And it's not just any podcast either. Oh, no - this is the second part of a two-part superpod with our friends from the TwoFootedTackle podcast, namely Gary Andrews, Chris Nee and James Appell.

Part 1 of the superpod featured a review of the 2010/11 season with a lengthy discussion on the Premier League, Championship, non-league football, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A and much more besides. In Part 2 (hosted by us), we spent half an hour trying to get to the bottom of the current FIFA crisis (admit it Sepp, that's what it is) without making too many leud jokes about Silvio Berlusconi, amongst other people.

Download:

To listen to Part 1 of the superpod, visit TwoFootedTackle.com and tell them we sent you.

To listen to Part 2 hosted by The Sound of Football, click here or right-click on the link to download the MP3.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Sound of Football Podcast 81b - The Summer Break

The domestic season may be over but there's still time for another Sound of Football Extra from the SportsBar and Grill, Victoria Station, London.

Amid the noise and hubbub, Terry, Chris and Graham discuss the ever diminishing summer break and wonder whether it barely exists in this age of satellite TV, internet coverage and social media channels. Russian Premier League anyone?

For those of a literary persuasion, Terry and Graham also discuss the new James Bond novel and wonder what a podcast dedicated to Ian Fleming's creation might be called...

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

Monday, 23 May 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 81 - Premier League Review

Chris, Graham and Terry are on hand for the final (sort of) podcast of the season.

With the Premier League season done and dusted, it's time to review our predictions and see how daft they were.

Listen out for a special guest appearance from Terry's washing machine who at the very least, predicted that Blackpool would fair better that Terry himself reckoned.

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

Monday, 16 May 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 80 - Football Club Ownership

This week, Graham, Terry and Chris cast their untrained eyes on club ownership.

In light of West Ham's relegation, is it a good idea to let fans run a football club? Which models of ownership work the best? Can the Supporter Trust owned model work at the highest level? Can English football learn from the German ownership model?

All of these questions and more are asked in this week's Sound Of Football.

If you're a blogger and would like accreditation for the Supporters Direct Cup and Expo, click here.

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


Monday, 9 May 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 79 - The Premier League run in and the Championship Play Offs

Join us for a positively partisan promenade down the path to the Premier League season's climax.

This week, Graham gets a ribbing for Arsenal's perceived underachievement. Graham, in turn works off his frustration on Tottenham's perceived underachievement.

The relegation candidates also fall under our gaze with Chris trying desperately hard not to throw himself off the edge of the Internets in despair when talking about West Ham.

Finally, to the Championship Play Offs via Norwich and QPR. It was all good fun.

For more information on Socrates 9, the football bloggers meet up in London, click here.

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




Monday, 2 May 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 78 - European Football and Chris Oakley is back!

Graham and Terry are thrilled to welcome regular host, Chris Oakley who is back from his trip to New Zealand.

This week the chaps take a look at the UEFA coefficients. We look ahead to at the prospects of competing nations who are gaining and losing Champions League and Europa League qualification places such as Portugal, Italy, Spain, Holland, Germany, France and yes, you guessed it... Scotland.

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


Monday, 25 April 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 77 with guest host Jon Hartley

Graham and Terry are delighted to welcome Jon Hartley from the Bundesliga Show. Both Jon and Terry are experienced bloggers and podders on German football so it makes perfect sense to make the topic of this week's show... the English Football League.

On this week's show, we discuss the latest TV deal for the League and its effect on club's finances. We also talk about a number of club's failures plus their ambitions and suggest that the two may be connected. We wonder if there might be a better way and we think about different methods of governance and League structure.

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


Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 76 with guest host Andrew Gibney

Graham and Terry welcome Andrew Gibney of the Gibfootballshow. The show starts of with a withering critique of the PFA Player Of The Season Award and the over-importance individual awards in a team environment and ends with the Welsh UEFA Co-oefficient. Goodness knows how we got there but there it is.

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


Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 75 with guest host Richard Whittall


Graham and Terry are delighted to welcome Richard Whittall as our guest host while Chris Oakley is away.

Richard is a Canadian blogger and football writer of note who's excellent blog A More Splendid Life, we exhort you to read.

On this week's show, we discuss Stan Kroenke's takeover of Arsenal and the subject of US ownership of Premier League football clubs. We ask if there will be a change in sporting culture in the UK as a result of US ownership. We also take a look at the growing popularity of football in North America and its impact on the domestic and global game.

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


Monday, 4 April 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 74 - Our Favourite XI

If your familiar with the Twofootedtackle website you'll be aware of their popular My Favourite XI feature. In which case, you'll know what to expect from this special bumper edition.

Terry, Graham and Chris select their favourite XI based on their reminiscences of watching football from all the way back to the 1960's. (We should stress that we were not around in the sixties, we just chose a couple of players from that time).

Chris will be typing up a blogpost which will appear on Twofootedtackle shortly.

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


Monday, 28 March 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 73 - The Great Club v Country and Olympic Debates Settled (plus David Gold's chopper)

By the time you've finished listening to this podcast you need never discuss the club v country or country v Olympic team debate ever again because Chris, Graham and Terry have nailed it.

Well OK we haven't but we gave it a good stab. Our ramblings centre on Jack Wilshere's desire to participate in the European Under 21 Championships, this Summer. We wonder whether it's a good idea for him to play in that tournament or stay at home and watch it on the telly.

We also, think ahead to the men's Olympic football tournament and decide if it's right or fair that the Great Britain team is made up only of English players.

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


Monday, 21 March 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 72 - John Terry and the myth of the England captaincy

Terry, Graham and Chris are back for another edition of the Sound Of Football podcast.

This week we try to stay focused for about half an hour on the news that the controversial Chelsea defender John Terry has been awarded the England captaincy approximately one year after he was stripped of it.

Why is the role of captain so important that it should be a big story in it's own right? Does it have anything to do with the emergence of the England Supporter? What will John Terry add to the role?

We also take the opportunity to have a reminisce about England captains of the past and make a few disparaging remarks about the Welsh.

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

Monday, 14 March 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 71 - Premier League Managers and Referees

Terry, Chris and Graham return for another edition of the Sound Of Football.

This week, the chaps discuss the apparent rise in criticism of referees among top managers in England. Are the standards among our officials dropping in quality or are they being used as scapegoats for manager's own failures?

The chaps look at the recent outbursts by Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger and wonder to what extent there is a trickle down effect that can be harmful to the grass roots of the game.

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

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 70a - Social Media and the future of football journalism

We present an additional podcast where Chris, Graham and Terry attempt to dissect the role of social media within football writing and how this affects the future of football journalism.

The digitisation of media is a phenomenon that is challenging our usual models and conceptions of traditional football media.

We examine the relationship between the the football blogger and the journalist. We ask if, amidst all the free content available to us, is there anything worth paying for and how do proper journalists continue to make a living while giving us the insight and knowledge that we, as bloggers, crave so deeply.

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

Monday, 28 February 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 70 - Season Howwibolus: The Premier League Relegation Dogfight

The chaps return for another podcast after another break.

This week Terry, Chris and Graham take a look at the bottom half of the Premier League table. With only six points separating Everton in 10th and Wigan in last place, the relegation battle is wide open while at the same time being incredibly tight.

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

Monday, 14 February 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 69 - Champions League Preview

Chris, Terry and Graham return to the internets to bring you another edition of the Sound Of Football Podcast.

This week, we look ahead to the raft of exciting Champions League fixtures coming up over the horizon.

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

Monday, 31 January 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 68 - The January Transfer Window

This week there is only one story in town and that's the bloody January Transfer Window.

Join Chris, Graham and Terry as we cast our cynical eyes on the comings, goings, toings and froings as the dreaded transfer window slams shut. Hopefully, trapping Harry Redknapp's fingers in the process. Just kidding, Stratford fans.

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


Saturday, 29 January 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 67b - Where next for Sky Sports?

Chris, Graham and Terry went for a few beers at the Sports Bar and Grill in London. So when the whole hullabaloo with Richard Keys and Andy Gray took place we thought it would be a good idea to record a podcast.

The chaps decided to focus on what Sky Sports will do now that their two heavyweight broadcasters are out of the picture. Who will Sky recruit to replace them?

Such names bandied around are Chris Kamara, Ben Shepherd, Jeff Stelling, Clare Tomlinson, Gary Lineker, Adrian Chiles and many many more including John Inverdale, curiously.

Inevitably the chaps stray off topic and just as inevitably, James Richardson's name pops up.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right-click on that link, you can download the MP3. Alternatively, you can subscribe via the your reader of choice or via our iTunes feed

Monday, 24 January 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 67 - Olympic Shenanigans and MK Spurs

This week, the chaps try to get to the bottom of the Olympic Stadium saga.

With the decision as to which party to award the site delayed, the situation has moved in to high politics.

Our conversation explores the role of AEG in the Tottenham bid the implications for Leyton Orient and the possibility of West Ham playing at an Athletics Stadium. How does this effect London's contract with the IOC? What about the Olympic legacy? Where do Crystal Palace fit in to all this and when can we start calling Tottenham Hotspur MK Spurs.

It's a complex web and the chaps do their best to de-web it.

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


Monday, 10 January 2011

Sound Of Football Podcast 66 - The FA Cup, Liverpool & Chelsea

The Sound Of Football Podcast is BACK and has the Third Round of the FA Cup in its sights.

Chris, Graham and Terry pick out a few results that caught the eye which gave them a chance opine about the trials at Liverpool and the tribulations at Chelsea.

Chris also gives us his opinion on what's occurring at West Ham and Terry learns the true meaning of tiebacks.

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

Monday, 3 January 2011

Sound of Football Podcast 65 - 2018/2022 World Cup Bid

In this episode, Chris, Graham and Terry reflect on the surprising (or perhaps not-so-surprising) FIFA announcement that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar will host the 2022 equivalent.

Could the England bid team have avoided so much disappointment, frustration and anger by simply not bidding in the first place, and would it have been better to simply stuff £15 million into a large brown envelope and send it to Jack Warner?

All this plus our regular attack on the British media, a Simpsons reference or two and even a mention for Ian Holloway - on this week's Sound of Football.

For more information about the Not 100% Football Bloggers Awards including how to buy tickets for this event, click here.

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


Sunday, 2 January 2011

The Best of The Sound of Football 2010

Somewhat later than advertised in the Radio Times, we have great pleasure in bringing you our 'Best of' Podcast featuring all the best bits from our shows in 2010.

Relive our numerous assaults on the British media, the jokes about Paul The Octopus and our hilariously rubbish predictions...

We've trawled through 40-odd episodes (in more ways than one) so you don't have to, so sit back, relax and enjoy the best of The Sound of Football - 2010.

You can listen to the podcast here or if you right-click on that link, you can download the MP3. Alternatively, you can subscribe via the your reader of choice or via our iTunes feed.