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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.