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.