The Sound Of Football Podcast

Just about to start its 10th season, the Sound of Football is one of the longest running, truly independent football podcasts.
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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 340 - World Cup 2018 quarter finals



56 games into the World Cup and we're down to the last eight. And England are still there!

A World Cup that many were unsure about has so far been one of the most memorable. There have been plenty of upsets, some new stars have shone and for the most part VAR hasn't been as terrible as some people (especially us) feared. Join Graham, Terry and Jan as they look back at the group stage and the first knockout round, and how the rest of tournament could play out. Graham also reports back on his time in St Peterburg where he went to see Brazil take on Costa Rica and Argentina take on Nigeria.

Oh yes, and it's totally coming home.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 339 - World Cup 2018 preview


The World Cup is finally upon us and a whole month of football lies ahead. To say we're a little excited is a bit of an understatement.

Graham, Terry and Jan attempt to predict the entire tournament with the help of some familiar voices. Manuel Veth from the Futbolgrad network of podcasts, makes a welcome return to the podcast to give his appraisal of the host and of the current holders. Ed Carter drops by, in the calm before the 200% podcast produces a glut of content for the tournament and The Stiles Council's Chris Nee tries his best to rein in our unbridled enthusiasm for Gareth Southgate's young England squad.

Who will get to the final? Who will choke? Listen now, before the actual results prove us hopelessly wrong.

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Friday, 8 June 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 338 - ConIFA summer special


When is a World Cup not a World Cup? When it's one contested by countries that aren't technically countries. The ConIFA World Football Cup started life on 2014 and offers nations and peoples whose football teams aren't affliated to FIFA the chance to take part in a global tournament.

For our first summer special of 2018, we present a change to our usual offering: Graham, Terry and Jan take the short trip to the home of Carshalton Athletic to watch international football with a difference. Join them for some half time chat as they watch the hosts Barawa take on Cascadia from the West Coast of North America.

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 337 - A chilena, a chump and chicanery

Bale's spectacular chilena, Karius's goalkeeping howlers and Sergio Ramos's dark arts against Mo Salah provided more talking points than a decade of usual Champions League finals. Graham, Terry and Jan add their voices to the discussion as well looking at the weekends play-off finals.

And as a neat way to tie up our last regular episode of season 2017/18, Jan also looks forward to happier times ahead for his club Sunderland after their takeover announced this month.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 336 - Three Lions 2018



Gareth Southgate has named his 23 man England squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. While Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana are notable absentees none of them are surprising omissions. So what do Graham Terry and Jan make of the list of players who will be on the plane? Should the likes of Ryan Sessegnon or Jadon Sancho have been included?

We also get a chance to discuss the FA Cup final, VAR shenanigans in the closing stages of the DFB Pokal and the correct pronunciation of Shrewsbury.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 335 - The play-offs



For over 30 years the Football League play-offs have added drama to the end of the season. Often spectacular and even more often cruel, the last chance at snatching promotion in the 49th game of the season makes compelling viewing.

Recorded on Monday while watching the Championship play-off semi-final between Fulham and Derby, Graham and Terry explore the on-going popularity of the knock-out route to promotion and what the future might hold. Could a play-off for the fourth Champions League spot add some extra spice to the end of the Premier League season?

We also look ahead to this weekend's Cup finals in England, Scotland and Germany.

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 334 - Theatre of streams

Last week it was announced that Sky Sports had lost the UK rights to show La Liga from the start of next season, losing out to a little-known streaming company Eleven Sports. It's currently unclear what Eleven plan to do with their rights package but it looks unlikely that fans of the Spanish League in the UK will be able to watch live games without taking out yet another subscription.

Since breaking Sky's exclusive hold on Premier League rights the cost for consumers has continued to spiral upward as companies pass on their winning bids to the armchair fans. With the addition of streaming platforms, just how many ways are football fans willing to pay to see their club?

At the same time, the Premier League has failed to sell all the packages for the next TV deal and looks set to receive less money than it did for the previous deal. With social media giants and tech companies seemingly unwilling to play the same game as Sky and BT Sports when it comes to bidding for sports rights, will the value of the Premier League continue to drop?

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

There is a bumper crop of play-offs matches this weekend. Graham pick his seven best of the TV games - get them while you can. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.




Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 333 - Arsenal without Arsene

Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal in the summer, having been in charge of the club for 22 seasons.

Fan of the club and the man, Graham gives his perspective on his record and the legacy he leaves. With a large pair of shoes left vacant, Terry offers his expert opinion analysing a long list of potential replacements.

Also, after a weekend that saw Sunderland relegated for a second season in a row, Jan looks at what lies ahead for his club.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

The title race in Italy and the push for promotion in the Championship is the focus of Graham's pick of the TV games. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 332: Everybody, just calm down

Plenty of talking points this week, from last minute drama to more VAR bizarre-ness. Gigi Buffon saw the red mist and then a red card against Real Madrid in Juve's breathtaking Champions League quarter final, while in a relegation dogfight in Germany the VAR took the unprecedented step of bringing players back on the pitch to take a penalty, after the half-time whistle had gone.

In addition to looking over these dramatic events, Graham, Terry and Jan also take time to discuss the potential ups and downs in the relegation and promotion battles in the Premier League and Championship.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

Terry covers the FA Cup semi finals and thinks there may be an upset when Sevilla take on Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey Final. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 331 - What next for City?

Have Manchester City's recent results taken some of the shine off a wonderful season for Pep Guardiola's side? Derby defeat to United to deny them their title celebrations coming days after a 3-0 loss against Liverpool in the Champions League has shown that City aren't as unstoppable as they appear.

The way City have marched almost unhindered to the Premier League title this season it is easy to imagine that they can go on to dominate the Premier League for seasons ahead like United and Liverpool in the past and Juventus, Bayern and PSG in their domestic leagues now. But being in the Premier League doesn't make things easy for anyone: no team has retained the title for nine seasons, and, with Chelsea now looking unlikely to finish in a top four position, it will be four seasons out of the last five that the Champions have gone on to fail to qualify for the Champions League the following season.

Graham, Terry and Jan look at this current City side and ask whether they have what it takes to be the dominant side in the Premier League for seasons ahead.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

Graham looks at the Scottish FA Cup semi finals, a top of the table clash in Portugal and a chance for PSG to seal the title against the current Champions Monaco. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 330 - Football v rugby

The average football fan and the average rugby fan are often imagined to be vastly different people. Does the lack of diving, simulation and a perceived greater respect for match officials really set rugby above football in the context of morality?

Join Graham, Terry and current rugby club member Jan as they look at the differences between the codes and why fans of one are often unwilling to see anything that appeals in the other.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

Derbies in Manchester, Liverpool, London and Madrid dominate Terry's pick of the weekend viewing. Will Jose spoil Pep's party by delaying City's inevitable title win by another week. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 329 - 50+1 won't go



Bundesliga clubs last week voted to retain their ownership model of 50+1, where the majority of shares must be owned by club members rather than an oligarch or natural gas company. Good news for fans but not so good news for Bayern Munich, whose CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes will struggle to compete with the super-rich sides in other European leagues that enjoy no such restrictions.

This week, Graham, Jan and our resident Bundesliga expert Terry, discuss the 50+1 model - its benefits and any potential drawbacks. We also ponder where Bayern go from here - barely challenged on their way to a sixth consecutive Bundesliga title (even when they are far below their best), is success in the Champions League the only measure of how good they actually are?

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

If all this chat has whetted your appetite for some German football, Bundesliga games don't get much bigger than Bayern v Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. There's also Chelsea v Spurs - not only a scrap for a Champions League spot but could also be a rehearsal for next month's FA Cup Final. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 328 - Idealists and idiots


How could Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side have lost to a team that has won three times as many European trophies in the past four seasons?

Instead of celebrating qualifying for an FA Cup semi-final at the weekend, much of the conversation around Jose Mourinho and his side still centres around their exit from the Champions League just a few days earlier, and the unconventional press conference he treated everyone to afterwards. While the rant, for want of a better word, did little to explain United's Champions League exit, it does a much better job at exploding the tedious narrative of the football manager press conference.

This week Graham, Terry and Jan discuss Jose's season: is his side in transition or is he really just a "busted flush" as his detractors would have us believe.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

It's an international break, worse still it's a friendly international break. As such, we're taking a break for a week and finding something far more interesting to occupy our time with - we suggest you do the same but be sure to check in next week. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 327 - Fan action


The actions of a small minority of fans at the London Stadium last weekend have been widely condemned but have also drawn attention to the troubles at West Ham. While most fan groups involved agree that something must be done, just how they go about it has led to division and threats of violence.

With acts of collective protest now easier than ever to organise, what steps can fans take to show their dissatisfaction? Terry, Graham and Jan look at the situation in East London and in other flash-points across football. Could we soon start to see tennis ball protests in the Premier League?

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?

It's the FA Cup Quarter Finals. Terry looks forward to them (even United v Brighton) and three other fixtures, for his choice of the weekend's TV matches. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 326 - Arsenal Fan TV

Is Arsenal Fan TV the future of football punditry? Is supporter-led and created content the way forward? Ed Carter from the Twohundredpercent podcast sits in for Jan to discuss the YouTube channel that has become his, as a Brighton fan, firm favourite.

A service with phenomenal metrics, we ask just why the formula works so well for Arsenal Fan TV and why it doesn't seem to work so well at other clubs.

Recorded on Monday night, Terry also goes through the pain of watching his team, Crystal Palace, lose a two goal lead to Manchester United while recording a podcast with a Brighton supporter.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

United v Liverpool headline a collection of games Sky are dubbing Rivalry Weekend. Graham makes his choices of the seven most intriguing TV matches from the weekend. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 325 - Doubling down

How far is there for Sunderland to fall? Facing back-to-back relegations, the club has been offered for sale by the owner, Ellis Short, for £0. Bottom of the Championship with mounting debts what hope is there for those, like Jan, who are fans of the club?

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If you are a fan of Sunderland (or even if you're not) and you're on Twitter, you might want to follow Jan's latest project @RokerRoar73 - a real-time history account of Sunderland's famous 1973 FA Cup campaign.

What's in the Weekend Boxset?

City take on Chelsea, Dortmund are in Leipzig and there's the start of a brand new season of MLS. Which ones will Terry choose for his seven of the weekend's most interesting TV matches. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 324 - New World Cup kits

New kits for this summer's World Cup are launching every week. Chris Oakley makes a welcome return to the podcast to discuss the rather familiar look to many of the designs.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

Arsenal and Manchester City, two teams that were humbled in the FA Cup, have somehow managed to make it to the Caraboa Cup final, while in the Premier League Chelsea make the trip to Old Trafford. Graham chooses seven of the best weekend's TV matches. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 323 - Does anyone know the rules?


The contentious incidents at the climax of this weekend's fixture between Liverpool and Spurs highlighted again the problems involved when the laws of the game, or their interpretation, differ from how players, coaches and fans expect them to work.

This week Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the controversy surrounding the incidents in the match and the furore in the press conferences and social media that followed. They ask whether journalists should be subject to censure when their line of questioning is a deliberate attempt to incite a player or coach into saying something that will land them in trouble with the football authorities.

They also reveal the real reason why football can't learn anything from rugby.

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?

Spurs are back on the telly with another crunch encounter - this time it's the North London Derby. There's also St Étienne v Marseille and Aston Villa v Birmingham. Graham chooses seven of the best weekend's TV matches. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 322 - A safe pair of hands

According to the number crunchers, if xG were actual Gs Manchester United would be languishing in 6th place - just one place above Crystal Palace. Is the difference between what should have happened and what did happen largely down to the performances of David de Gea in goal?

His numbers this season are phenomenal even for a player who has already set high standards. By many people's reckoning, his closest rival to the title of best goalkeeper in the Premier League is Thibaut Courtois but while they have conceded the same number of goals, the United man has faced almost twice as many shots on target.

Is a goalkeeper's ability to get a telling touch on a twenty yard screamer enough to judge his ability in the modern game? Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the men between the sticks and ask how their value to a side should be estimated.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

It's Liverpool v Spurs on Sunday in what's looking more and more like an early 4th place play-off. In Germany, can a resurgent Köln climb off the bottom of the table against a wobbly Dortmund? Terry selects seven of the best weekend's TV matches. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 321 - One Jimmy Armfield


The passing of Jimmy Armfield this week has rightly been marked across football in England. A true gentleman of the game respected as a player, a manager and in most people's memories, as a summariser on Radio 5 Live. Graham and Terry pay their respects to the great man and also remember Cyrille Regis - a genuine trailblazer in the English game.

On a less sombre note, we ponder whether the new England Women's manager will in fact be Tracey Neville rather than her less experienced brother Phil.

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

The 4th round of the FA Cup dominates with United travelling to Yeovil and both City and Spurs heading into Wales. In other football Marseille take on Monaco. Graham picks his seven best of the weekend's TV matches. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 320 - Player power


Do players have too much power or have valuable players earned the right to take whatever opportunities they think a career of match-altering performances deserve? This week Graham, Terry and Jan look at this window's more contentious transfer sagas including Alexis Sanchez's drawn-out move away from Arsenal and why it's taking so long for Naby Keita to join Liverpool from RB Leipzig when it's already a done deal.

Terry throws some background on Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's possible move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal, while at the other end of the scale Jan highlights the perilous situation of Jack Rodwell: a player on Premier League wages, out of form and at the bottom of the Championship.

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?

Almost back to a full list to select from as most leagues return earlier than usual from their winter breaks. In Scotland it's cup action that brings the teams back with an Edinburgh derby the highlight of the 4th round. Terry picks seven of the weekend's best matches on TV. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 319 - All over for another year



Football can be a bit of a disappointment at times. Sometimes your favourite players leave for your rivals, other times your side puts in a woeful performance against a side they really should beat. Occasionally, these disappointing things all come at once. Usually in January.

We kick off 2018 with a look at a disappointing weekend for our respective clubs in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Graham's team Arsenal went out to Nottingham Forest, Jan's team Sunderland went out to Middlesbrough. How would Terry's side Palace fare at Brighton? We join the action at the start of the second half with Palace a goal down but on the attack. Will VAR play a hand in proceedings?

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What's in the Weekend Boxset?

Liverpool host Manchester City in what should be a feast of attacking football. Jos Luhukay's introduction to English football is a steel city derby while Aitor Karanka takes the reins at a bubbling Nottingham Forest for their game against Aston Villa. 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.