The Sound Of Football Podcast

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Monday, 28 December 2015

The Best of The Sound of Football 2015

2015 is almost at an end and what a year it's been, Stevie G played his last game for Liverpool, there was a Women's World Cup, the Premier League went topsy turvy and FIFA finally crumbled under the weight of its own corruption.

In this special episode, the thoughts of Jan Bilton, Terry Duffelen and Graham Sibley are distilled down from over 30 podcasts into just over an hour of everything you need to now about the game in 2015.

As is customary, our walk down memory lane is produced and presented by Chris Oakley, complete with his gold lamé game show host jacket. You can listen to The Best of The Sound of Football 2015 for FREE by clicking here. Alternatively, right-click the link to save it to whatever device you wish.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 238 - 2015 Advent Calendar


A very Merry Christmas to all our listeners.

Tis the season to be jolly, especially if you're a Leicester fan, maybe not if you're a Chelsea or United fan.

Who waits behind the 24 doors of this year's advent calendar? Pour yourself a festive glass of port, warm up a couple of mince pies and make yourself comfortable as we look at what we think the talking points of the year ahead will be. If you have nothing else better to do you might fancy listening to all our old advent calendars too and see how times have changed.

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

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 237 - The World Club Cup

Today marks the start of the 2015 FIFA World Club Cup, which in case you didn't know is an annual knock-out tournament contested by the six confederation Champions and a host nation's Champions. You'd imagine that such an event would attract a lot of interest and be accompanied by a huge fanfare but here in the UK at least the competition hasn't even been picked up for any TV coverage.

Why is there so little regard for this competition? Is it the format or is it that it just reeks of FIFA? Terry, Graham and Jan discuss this year's tournament, the last FIFA tournament before the emergency meeting in February, and try to work out why no one cares about it.

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

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 236 - Unofficial Euro 2016 Draw

We love an international draw - who doesn't enjoy watching football administrators and awkward-looking ex-pros coming together to decide the fate of nations.

We love them so much, we do our own, this one being our fourth unofficial draw. Who will the home nations get? Will ancient rivalries be reignited? Will political tensions be strained? It's Europe, of course they will.

WARNING: This draw is for entertainment purposes only, don't book your holidays around it. The real draw is on Saturday 12 December at 5pm GMT.

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

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 235 - Banning headers

In what could prove to be a landmark decision, football chiefs in the USA have decided to ban headers from games for under 10s and restrict them for U13s. What would be the repercussions if this ruling was spread amongst the wider game?

Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the results of recent studies as well as the wider issue of concussion in football. Are changes likely in the professional game or will they carry on despite the risk? What would football without headers even be like?

There's also a celebration as one of the crew hits an impressive milestone.

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

Friday, 13 November 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 234 - Design for life

The Football League, a body that's been wrestling with its own identity since the breakaway of the Premier League, has decided to become The English Football League. With a new word in its title comes a new logo, and on an international break such easy content is manna from heaven for the likes of us.

This week, Graham, Terry and our man in New Zealand, Chris Oakley, discuss the finer points of visual branding in football, from disastrous badge redesigns to those awful club themed Coca-Cola hoardings from 2004. We also take time to congratulate Chris on his nomination as Blogger of the Year by the FSF.

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

Friday, 30 October 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 233 - I don't like Mondays

Monday night isn't a good time to go to a football match but it's a great night to stay in and watch one on TV. No wonder then that FC United of Manchester - a club created to serve the needs of the attending fans - weren't very happy when they were told they are to be playing in that slot in the 1st Round of the FA Cup.

Is their opposition to the power of TV a righteous stand against runaway commercialisation or a Canute-like act of futility - Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the rights and wrongs of TV scheduling and its impact on football.

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

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 232 - Time travel special

In celebration of Back To The Future Day, Graham, Terry and Jan decide to jump in their time machine (like one in a film they've seen) and look at what fun they could have shaping football to their will.

What would you do? See a classic match? Change the course of history? Or brutally gun down everyone in the phone book with a certain name? All these and more are covered along with the odd paradox thrown in.

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

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 231 - The Normal One

Jürgen Klopp has arrived in the Premier League. After winning back to back Bundesliga titles with Dortmund and nurturing some of Europe's most wanted talent, Liverpool fans have every right to be excited. Meanwhile we've sent Jan to the Stadium of Light to report on the feelings of the locals to the arrival of Big Sam at Sunderland - we're not expecting similar levels of excitement on Wearside.

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



You can also read more on Terry's thoughts on Jürgen Klopp on his blog: http://pirlobeforeschweini.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/what-liverpool-should-and-should-not.html

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 230 - A house divided

With the need to change FIFA seeming more pressing than ever, Terry, Jan and returning host Graham ponder some radical ideas for the future of the global governing body.

Could a party based system, with an official opposition leader be the solution? Would it provide the democracy and transparency the sick organisation needs or just make matters worse?

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



In addition, we have two more listener starting XIs including this excellent England side courtesy of David Hartrick from the Football Fives Podcast. Get involved yourself by getting in touch through Twitter or Facebook.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 229 - Build your own football club


Graham is seeking refuge in the Corsican mountains so the pod crew of Jan and Terry have drafted former host Chris Oakley to host this special extended podcast.

This week the team are going shopping at the Football Clubs R Us megastore, Together they are going to build their own club from scratch.

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


We also have a couple listener favourite XIs for you, including this fantastic Dundee United team from 1984.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 228 - International tight run things

This week Graham, Terry and Jan take advantage of the break in club football to ponder at how international football fits into the globalised society we live in today. Is it still relevant? Will club football ever be able to compete with the power of the World Cup?

We also have a couple of Starting XIs from supplied by listeners (see podcast 226). If you fancy having a go at one yourself, get in touch.

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


Thursday, 3 September 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 227 - Strike it rich

The headlines for the close of the transfer deadline are all about the deals that have collapsed rather than the ones that have gone through. Both de Gea and Berahino looked like done deals back in May but thankfully for content hungry outlets such as ourselves, football is never that straightforward.

Graham, Terry and Jan pick over the comings and goings and the staying-puts. Also, we give you the low-down on the new Dutch wonder-kid Jelle Blind.

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


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 226 - Our Favourite Starting XIs

The start of our seventh season sees Jan, Terry, and Graham looking backwards instead of forwards as they each go through their favourite starting XI that ever turned out for their respective clubs. Which Palace side will Terry choose? Will Jan's side include a beach ball? Can Graham bring himself to pick an Arsenal side that had Ashley Cole in it. All these questions and more will be answered.

Fans of Top Trumps might want to prepare themselves for some bad news.

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


Thursday, 16 July 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 225 - Summer transfers 2015

During the few short weeks between the end of one season and the start of another the one thing on most people's minds is who will be turning out for their chosen side in the months ahead. Players come and players go - sometimes for an obscene sum of cash. One immensely cash rich club has paid £49 million for a promising England International - that's almost enough to pay for another Expendables sequel.

Graham, Terry and Jan discuss that deal and others, on this edition, along with some quick reflections on the Women's World Cup now that the euphoric, feel-good factor has settled down a little.

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


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 224 - Women's World Cup 2015

With the start of the final round of fixtures in the Group stage we thought it was high time to review the tournament so far and what we think of the game as a whole. Graham, Terry and Jan approach the subject with an admittedly limited amount of knowledge but that hasn't stopped them enjoying what they've seen so far.

Also, in a rare piece of investigative journalism, we take a closer look at just what the likes of Abby Wambach, Tim Howard, Kobe Bryant and Tom Hanks all have against the use of artificial turf at this World Cup.

If that's not all, there is also a truly stunning round of Sound of Football Top Trumps. Prepare for shocks and surprises in this Summer Special Sound of Football.

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

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 223 - Premier League XI 2015

For our last regular season podcast of 2014/15 season we've got a treat for you. Graham, Terry and Jan (with help from listeners) thrash out a team of Premier League players to compete in a fictional World Cup of Leagues.

Who would make yours? Does it match what we think? Listen and find out

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

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.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 215 - Sunderland's New Manager 2015

With the inevitability of the launch of a new iPhone or the arrival a tax demand, Sunderland have plunged themselves into the search for yet another new manager. Jan gives a fan's perspective as he casts his critical eye over the Poyet reign. We also try to work out why it's taken so long for Jamie Carragher to work out that the Premier League might not be all it's cracked up to be.

There's another swashbuckling round of Top Trumps, including a failed attempt at electoral fraud from Terry in a vain effort to wrest control of the game from you, the listeners.

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


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 214 - Roman knows


Following their League Cup success at the weekend Jan, Terry and Graham take a long look at Chelsea and what the last 12 years of control by Roman Abramovich has meant to the landscape of English top flight football.

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


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 213 - Brentford's keys to success

Brentford sit 7th in the Championship, just a point from the play offs and after a 3-1 victory over title contending Bournemouth, are capable of challenging for an automatic promotion spot. Why then have they decided to rid themselves of the services of their manager Mark Warburton at the end of the season irrespective or whether they go up or stay in the Championship?

The focus is drawing towards their publicity shy owner Matthew Benham and the use of Key Performance Indicators in the transfer market and to improve performances. Is it the way ahead for football? Join Jan, Terry and Graham as we pick over what exactly is going on in TW8.

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


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 212 - Sherwood's return

With Jan on his half term holiday, Chris Nee makes a welcome return to the podcast to discuss the latest developments at his club, Aston Villa. With Tim Sherwood now at the helm, Chris explains how the club got into this sorry mess.

We also take full advantage of Chris's knowledge of (the) MLS for a preview of the upcoming season.

Chris's latest Villa blog post: http://football.chrisnee.co.uk/2015/02/rudderless-aston-villa-replace-paul.html

If you want to hear more on Villa, you can listen to Chris regularly on his podcast Aston Villa Review

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

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 211 - Mules and Spinning Wheels

Yesterday, the much awaited details of the new domestic TV bids for 2016-19 were revealed by the Premier League. A staggering £5.136 billion is going to be stumped up by Sky and BT as they continue their cross-platform battle for dominance in a war that reaches far beyond football.

Despite the Premier League's suggestion to the contrary, very little of that money will be going outside of the teams involved. Graham, Terry and Jan analyse the deal and attempt to work out what it all means now that domestic TV revenue will dwarf match day revenues at a ratio of 3:1.

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

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 210 - The January sales

Who were the winners and losers of this year's winter transfer window? Jan, Terry and Graham pick through some of the names that have come and gone. There's also time to reflect on Harry Redknapp's departure from QPR which will hopefully avoid any knee-jerk reactions.

Top Trumps returns but now, with Jan's demise, it's a head-to-head with you the listeners taking on Terry. Who will draw first blood?

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

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 209 - Managerial Merry-go-round 2015

Though the Transfer Window has been open for almost two weeks, it's managerial changes that dominate discussions in the Premier League at the moment. This week Terry reveals his thoughts on Alan Pardew's appointment at Crystal Palace and Tony Pulis going to West Brom. Jan and Graham are on hand and look at where the Merry-go-round will stop next.

Jan may be a little distracted though as he's down to his last card in Sound of Football Top Trumps. You, the listeners have control of the game - will Robin van Persie knock him out of the competition?

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

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Sound Of Football Podcast 208 - Steven Gerrard RIP* (*Reside in Pasadena)

Happy New Year everyone. We start the year with our reaction to the news of Steven Gerrard's upcoming summertime departure from Anfield. It looks like he'll be joining his long time England midfield partner Frank Lampard in MLS but about as far away as you can get from New York, in LA. Join Graham, Terry and Jan as we look back at their differing careers and wonder who's right - the people who think they're two of the greatest players we've ever had, or those who think they're shockingly over-rated.

Top Trumps returns with you the listener in the driving seat. Jan's tugging at his collar with just two cards keeping him in the contest.

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