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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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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