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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 289 - London calling


This weekend a story broke that if true would have been sensational. British tabloid, The Sun on Sunday, reported that Sunderland were looking into the possibility of moving its training HQ down to London in a bid to attract better players and keep hold of the talent it already has. The story was quickly denied by everyone involved in the club and most people seemed happy to label it simply as "football gossip" - which some outlets now refer to as "fake news" - but it did get us thinking.

Could a club really move all its non-match day operations away from its locality? Would the advantages of doing so outweigh the disadvantages?

As a Sunderland fan who himself left the North-east to find his fortune in the South, Jan provides his perspective on the idea. Graham and Terry are on hand to provide additional blue-sky thinking on the concept.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 288 - Return to Leicester


What has happened to Leicester City? Could what already looks to be the worst ever Premier League title defence, end in the unthinkable?

Is it just down to Kante's departure to table-topping Chelsea? Have they just ran out of luck? Should they stand by Ranieri to the end, or is there more dignity in letting him go?

Plenty of questions and there are as many theories explaining these events as there were when they created their own miracle last season. Graham, Terry and Jan try to find sense in what's been a wild ride for the Foxes.

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 287 - Aggressive football


In his post match interview on Saturday, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte expressed surprise at being asked by British media whether or not Marcos Alonso's aerial challenge with Arsenal's Hector Bellerin was a foul. "Not in England. In Italy... maybe."

The challenge itself, which brought Chelsea's opening goal, was defended by almost all commentators, the only dissenting voices being those from Arsenal fans. Was the aggression and desire to win the ball too great? There may not have been any intent to injure the opponent but nonetheless Bellerin lost consciousness, could play no further part in the game and required an MRI scan.

Meanwhile, in Germany a more clearly unacceptable form of aggression took place outside Borussia Dortmund's ground as a section of home fans indiscriminately attacked supporters of RB Leipzig. What had been barely more than a war of words over something as ideological as club ownership, has now seemingly degenerated into an all too familiar out-pouring of anger.

On this week's podcast, Graham, Terry and Jan look at both these incidents to discuss the place for aggression in the game.

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Sound Of Football Podcast 286 - Tackling the SAS



Back in the day, Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton were known as the SAS, a formidable partnership that helped their team Blackburn Rovers to the title in the early years of the Premier League. Nowadays they both ply their trades as pundits for the BBC and both of them seem to find opinions as easy as they found the back of their opponents' nets during that 1994/95 campaign.

This week Shearer took exception to the number of manager's seemingly disrespecting the FA Cup by fielding weaker teams. Sutton's ire was directed at players who have decided to cash in on the opportunity presented by the Chinese Super League. Shearer thinks fans are being "cheated". Sutton thinks China-bound players are "mercenaries". Strong words but are they justified? Is it the job of these former players, and many others like them, to tell players and managers what they should and shouldn't do?

Terry, Jan and Graham are on hand to discuss all this and more. There's also some feedback from last week's podcast to take care of too. Including some more blue-sky thinking from our listeners.

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