The Sound Of Football Podcast

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 317 - Just what you always wanted


Christmas is almost up on us and many listeners will have well-meaning relatives thinking of buying them something football related as a stocking filler. About 10 years ago the go-to answer was the football compilation video, usually presented by an ex-pro or a football-friendly TV personality, but what's available these days?

From Danny Baker's first offerings on VHS to the latest releases 89 and Kenny, Graham, Terry and Jan look at the rise, demise and reinvention of the football DVD.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

It's Tottenham's turn to face the juggernaut that is Manchester City, while "unbeaten in six games" Palace are set to meet a resurgent Leicester. Graham selects the weekend's best matches on TV. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 316 - Great expectations


For fans of football in England, this weekend was book-ended by two important cup draws. On Friday, those with an interest in the national team discovered who England would be facing in next summer's World Cup. While on Monday evening, just a couple of hours before we recorded this week's podcast, the draw for the 3rd round of the FA Cup was made - the traditional half-way point of the season and a time when many see an opportunity for a change in fortune for their sides.

Following their own draw made two weeks ago, Graham, Terry and Jan look at the real World Cup draw and discuss what, if any, realistic expectations England fans can have from sharing a group with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Terry also gives his reaction to his side, Crystal Palace, being drawn against their fierce rivals Brighton & Hove Albion, in the FA Cup.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

Derbies in Manchester and Merseyside dominate this weekend's Premier League action, while this season's MLS comes to a climax with a rematch of last season's MLS Cup. Terry guides you through the weekend's best matches on TV. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 315 - So VAR, so...


It's now almost eight months since Video Assistant Referees (VARs) were introduced into professional football in the A-League. Since then the system has been trialed in MLS, the Bundesliga and Serie A. With more than a hundred games now played in both of those European Leagues we should now have a good feel for how the new system works in the real world.

Regular listeners will know that this pod has always taken a position against the introduction of technology in football, has this season softened our stance? Following his trip to Berlin, Jan recounts his own experience of viewing VAR first-hand in a match situation. Seasoned VAR-skeptics Graham and Terry are on hand for more analysis of this contentious subject.

Data: We've collected data on how decisions have gone over the last few seasons to see if the leagues that have adopted VAR have shown any obvious changes compared to those that haven't | Download the datasheet (pdf)

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

The big talking point of the weekend will obviously be the World Cup Draw but there's also the matter of Arsenal v Manchester United and Napoli v Juvetus. Graham takes you through the weekend's best matches on TV. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 314 - Unofficial 2018 World Cup draw


A biennial treat for us here at the Sound Of Football are our unofficial draws for major international tournaments. This week's podcast is our fifth such draw having begun back in 2009 just before the official draw for South Africa 2010.

This year's draw has the added complication of having the teams from the various confederations dispersed throughout the pots and with each group restricted to one per confederation (two for UEFA) there is the potential of things going horribly wrong. Find out just how well Graham, Terry and Jan get on.

Our completed draw are now available on our Instagram feed and on our facebook page - be sure to follow them if you haven't already. The real draw takes place on 1 December.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

The top in La Liga go head to head as Valencia host Barcelona while in the Premier League it's Klopp v Conte. Terry guides you through the weekend with his pick of the best matches on TV. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

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.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 306 - Do we need segregation?


The segregation of football fans into home and away sections has been a part of professional football for so long that few can remember what it was like before it was put in place.

The controversy over last week's Europa League tie, where thousands of FC Köln fans acquired unwanted home tickets, has called into question the necessity of separating fans - a practice that is unique to football.

This week Graham, Terry and Jan analyse what happened at the Emirates and look at what - if anything - went wrong. Does segregation encourage bad behaviour or do home fans have a right to watch football without away fans sat next to them?

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

Local derbies in Sheffield and Turin, and Tottenham try to put their Wembley form behind them by going to their first choice of ground they wanted to move to as they face West Ham in Stratford. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 305 - Pushing the panic button


Arsenal's weekend demolition at the hands of Liverpool this weekend, plunged the club firmly back under the label of "Crisis Club" - and (maybe unsurprisingly) they aren't the only team in that position. Crystal Palace and West Ham are already being touted as sides that could be looking for a new manager soon, while those who thought Tottenham would struggle at Wembley have adopted a smug countenance following Burnley's last minute equaliser there.

With the added pressure of the transfer window sliding shut today, it's no wonder that fans and clubs - and the endless stream of agents and media outlets - are mired in panic mode.

This week, Graham and Terry are joined by Matt Hermann of the Talking Fussball podcast to discus the rights and wrongs of paper-talk and scare-mongering in the fledgling weeks of the season. Is it damaging or all just part of the fun and games that is top-level football.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

It's World Cup qualifiers dominating this weekend - Scotland go to Lithuania needing a win to keep their hopes alive, and Cameroon take on Nigeria in a double-header. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 304 - Who needs a sporting director?


The role of sporting director, or director of football as it's sometimes called, is meant to allow for a separation of the tactical and the strategic operations of football management. While it may be commonplace in parts of Europe, its use in the UK has had mixed results, largely down to mistrust from traditional managers but also by some baffling appointments - Joe Kinnear at Newcastle, readily springs to mind.

On this week's podcast, Graham, Jan and the returning Terry, discuss this week's appointment of Dougie Freedman to this role at Crystal Palace. What can a sporting director offer a club that a manager can't? In the modern age of £100 million plus transfers and super-agents, is the job of manager too big for one man?

Terry gives his perspective on the continental interpretation of the role and how it can help clubs (especially in the Bundesliga) punch above their weight. Jan runs through the chequered history that his own club, Sunderland, has had with sporting directors, and their hand in hiring, firing and being fired by managers. As always, feel free to add your twopenn'orth to the debate.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

Liverpool host Arsenal, Leicester go to Old Trafford and Spalletti returns to the Eternal City - all that and four other games, previewed by Terry, to take you from Friday night to Sunday night. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 303 - Russia and the World Cup


With now less than 10 months to go before the start of next summer's World Cup in Russia, we begin our build up to the tournament with an in-depth look at the host nation. Will the stadia be ready in time? Will the home team be any good?

Graham and Jan are joined by writer and podcaster Manuel Veth from the Futbolgrad network. A frequent visitor to Russia, Manu has recently returned from watching the Confederations Cup. In addition to his excellent knowledge of domestic football in Russia, he tells us about his experiences of watching football there and provides us with some invaluable travel tips, if you're thinking of going yourself.

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?

The two best sides in the Premier League last season meet each other at Wembley after differing performances in the opening weekend, there are also fixtures from the opening round of the Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 302 - Kicking off Premier League 17/18


While Southern Europe scorches in a heatwave, conditions in England are perfect for the return of football. For a summer that was supposedly football free, there seemed to be plenty on offer, with England's youth teams collecting international trophies by the armful. But club football is inevitably what we crave and our fix arrives this weekend with the start of a new Premier League season.

As ever at the start of a new season, positivity is in abundance: Terry is cockahoop that his side Palace has Frank De Boer in charge, while Arsenal's win on ABBA penalties against Chelsea in the Community Shield has impressed Graham. Even Jan, whose team Sunderland dropped into the Championship, can see method in their somewhat austere summer signings. He also reveals his Fantasy League picks for the start of the season - though he could just be feeding you misinformation in the hope you invite him into your league.

With so many new football podcasts coming out and so many good ones available already, we know you have you choice of listening. Thanks for choosing us.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

The Premier League kicks off this weekend with Leicester at the Emirates on Friday evening, there are tough openers for two newly promoted sides and as an extra treat, the first Clasico of 2017/18. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 301 - The end of the season show


We've finally made it to the end of the season: the Leagues are all finished and the cups are being handed out. What better time to look at how the dust is settling on 2016/17?

Graham, Terry and Jan select some of their highlights of the season, including their team of the year and the best bit of punditry (well done, Glenn). Terry and Jan will also be looking at what the future holds for their respective clubs now that Palace and Sunderland are managerless. Recorded before the weekend's games it also includes a very spooky prediction of how the Cup Final would play out.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

The last regular Weekend Boxset will be for the upcoming International Break. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 300 - The triple century show


Summer is coming and with it a slew of competitions that don't really mean anything. Or do they? When does a hokey summer tournament turn into something that actually counts? All football tournaments are made up so how do we differentiate between the stuff worth celebrating and the stuff opposing fans can happily deride.

Drawing on their own experience of the globalised game, Graham, Terry and Jan look at the perceived rights and wrongs of expanding community based clubs to a worldwide fanbase. Watch out for Terry indiscriminately firing his Bring-Down Ray™ and our new portmanteau word "Greird".

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?

Graham's preview of this weekend's top TV fixtures includes two possible title winning matches and the National League play-off final. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 299 - Integrity and the play-offs


While many sides are still battling for promotion or escaping relegation, when it gets to this stage of the season the majority of sides have little or nothing to play for. Except, that is, for "the Integrity of the League" - that old-fashioned concept that stipulates that everyone is honour-bound to try their hardest to win every game, even when there seems little point in stretching yourself.

David Wagner is the latest to have an accusing finger pointed in his direction after his almost entirely changed, and already play-off bound, Huddersfield succumbed to 10-man Birmingham City. Did facing these toothless Terriers give Harry Redknapp's side have an unfair advantage over their fellow strugglers? Have Colchester's play-off hopes been unfairly disadvantaged by the (justified or not) fan-action affected game with Leyton Orient? Will Blackpool's when they face the Os on the last day?

No Jan this week as he too has put his feet up before the season's end. So it falls to Graham and Terry to discover just how unstable football's integrity really is.

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?

Terry's preview of this weekend's top TV fixtures includes the final round of Championship fixtures and the A-League Grand Final. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 298 - A Messi world


Is Lionel Messi the greatest footballer of all time? His performance in last Sunday's EL Clasico 3-2 victory for Barcelona at the Bernabeu could well be the finest individual performance ever seen. His winning goal, scored with just a few seconds of injury time remaining, was also his 500th for Barcelona. His scoring record alone is remarkable but when coupled with the fact that he doesn't turn 30 until June, his career figures begin to look like the stuff of implausible fiction.

Ronaldo, two years older than Messi, has himself surpassed the 500 club goal mark. Between them they have taken first and second place in eight of the last nine Ballon D'Or. Statistically, it's hard to argue against them deserving such recognition but are they really that far ahead in a decade that has had more than its share of remarkable players? How will history remember them after they have retired and focus is shifted on to the new stars that will replace them?

On this week's podcast, Graham, Terry and Jan look back at the great players they remember, in a bid to see if "great" is being redefined in the modern era.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

Graham's preview of this weekend's top TV fixtures includes the North London derby and the Derbi barceloní. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 297 - Under new management



Harry Redknapp is back, having been swiftly appointed as Birmingham City manager following Gianfranco Zola's exit at the weekend. This piece of surprising news came just a few days after the announcement that Tony Adams had taken over as caretaker manager at Granada CF. Surprising news is always good for those producing topical football discussion podcasts.

On this week's podcast, Graham, Terry and Jan jump on the managerial merry-go-round and look at whose hats are being thrown into whose rings. Are promising British coaches really being over-looked by the top clubs or are they merely swimming in a very competitive pond?

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?

Terry's preview of this weekend's top TV fixtures includes the FA Cup semi-finals and El Clásico. Get our free weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 296 - Escaping the trapdoor


Squeaky bum time is here: titles are waiting to be taken, play-off places are being snapped-up and the sucking maw of the relegation trapdoor has groaned open. On this week's podcast, Graham, Terry and Jan get together to watch Crystal Palace (Terry's team) take on Arsenal (Graham's team). Both sides have plenty to play for with Palace starting the game still in the relegation mire and Arsenal struggling for form in the chase for their usual Champions League spot

Join us in the gardens of stately Sound of Football Manor, as we discuss who's coming up and who's going down at the end of season 2016/17. We join the action with half an hour to go, Palace leading by a goal to nil...

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 295 - Having a flutter


The link between watching football and having a bet seems to be stronger than it ever was - half of the teams in the Premier League are sponsored by betting companies and the ad breaks during live matches are over-flowing with odds and options. With the wealth of information available today at your fingertips, it seems a world away from the days of Spot The Ball.

On this week's podcast, Graham, Terry and Jan look at the relationship between football fans and gambling from the football pools up to the most modern of innovations, app-based in-play markets. Largely drawing from their own experiences, they describe their favoured ways of losing money.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 294 - National team fans v Non-league fans


As a pivotal international break draws to a close we find ourselves in reflective mood. By the time you've got to almost 300 podcasts, you might think there are few questions about football left to ask ourselves. However this week we stumbled upon a question that the only reason we've never asked it must surely be because we had been subconsciously avoiding it.

This week we pose this question: who are weirder, those who go to watch their national team or those who watch non-league football?

The attractions of both are fairly self-evident: international football offers the stars of the game, a big game atmosphere and maybe some pride in your heritage; Non-league offers a sensation of being almost amongst the action, along with some sense of belonging within a local community. Staunch fans of professional club football could point that their version of the game offers the best of both worlds with the only compromise being expense.

As non-league season ticket holders themselves, Graham, Terry and Jan may not be the most unbiased people to level this question towards, but they give a fair stab at it anyway. Warning: may contain uncomfortable personal insights.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 293 - The Nations League



The Nations League is on its way - UEFA's solution to uncompetitive matches and too many unnecessary friendlies. A two-year cycle of promotion and relegation, a new alternative to qualification play-offs, and a shiny new cup for Europe's elite to battle for, are just some of the promised benefits when it kicks off in September 2018.

And what better time to discuss this than during an international break - a time when the term "meaningless friendly" is never too far from the thoughts of many observers.

On this week's podcast Graham, Terry and Jan attempt to unravel the complexity of the new tournament and how it will sit in the qualification process of the pan-national Euro 2020 and subsequent competitions. Strap yourselves in - it's going to be a wild ride.

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