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This show gets right under the skin of world football with extraordinary stories, interviews, and features from BBC World Service's World Football.

This show gets right under the skin of world football with extraordinary stories, interviews, and features from BBC World Service's World Football.
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This show gets right under the skin of world football with extraordinary stories, interviews, and features from BBC World Service's World Football.




US Women's Team v US Soccer Federation: A quest for equality

Two-time world champion Kristine Lilly talks about the US Women’s National Team's decision to file a lawsuit over a dispute for equal pay. The panel debate player safety, after several incidents of fan trouble in British football. Mani Djazmi travels to Sweden to talk to Östersund’s Aly Keita about fan violence, and there will also be an exclusive interview with Ajax’s Daley Blind.


Why France's women are ready to lift the World Cup

Amandine Henry tells us why France's women can win the World Cup, while Mathieu Flamini explains why he wants Champions League football for Getafe and a better world for everyone Photo: Amandine Henry playing for France (Credit: Getty Images)


Hegerberg's hiatus, double El Clasico and the fall of Chelsea's Roman Empire?

She's the best player in the world, the winner of the Ballon d'Or and she has won the Champions League three times. But Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg won't be playing at this year's World Cup in France, apparently in protest at what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in Norway. We discuss why Hegerberg has made this decision and we hear from former Colombia midfielder Melissa Ortiz, who also quit her national team - citing inferior treatment of women's football by the...


Gus Poyet, sectarianism and the Dalai Lama

Gus Poyet talks about the lack of respect in the modern game. Pat Nevin discusses the problem of sectarianism in Scottish Football. And World Cup winner Heather O'Reilly remembers her meeting with the Dalai Lama. (Photo: Gus Poyet. Credit: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images)


Timothy Weah, Mark Schwarzer and national identity

PSG striker Timothy Weah talks about the lessons learned from Mbappe, Neymar and his father, George Weah. We're also joined by the former Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.


La Liga's Ambition and Aspire's role in Asian Cup Success

Mani Djazmi is joined by the former Chelsea and Scotland winger Pat Nevin, Heather O’Reilly the American three-time Olympic Gold medalist and World Cup winner, and the former Nigeria forward Peter Odemwingie. Former Real Madrid and Malaga defender Fernando Sanz, who's now La Liga's director for the Middle East, tells us that the league's dream of playing games overseas must come true, after the failed attempt to stage Girona against Barcelona in Miami. We'll reflect on Qatar's surprise win...


Kluivert, Rossi and the Asian Cup Final

Former Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert, who is now the assistant coach of the Cameroon national team, shares his thoughts on the upcoming men's Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Cameroon was recently stripped of the right to host this year’s tournament as a result of delays and concerns about the potential of violence. The competition will now go ahead in Egypt - and Kluivert believes that will actually benefit the Cameroon team. Ahead of the Asian Cup Final between...


Back at the Asian Cup

It is crunch time at Asian football's biggest tournament as we enter the knock-out stages. As the transfer window begins to close we find out what its really like when your hopes of a dream move become a nightmare. And we hear about former British footballer, John Wilkinson, who started his journey with Exeter City but found the love of his life and an international career in Singapore. (Female Iran fans support team at Asian Cup match against China. Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)


Sven Goran Eriksson, Carl Ikeme and the coach of Matabeleland

Sven Goran Eriksson talks about his addiction to football. The former Wolves and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme talks about his retirement from the game due to cancer. And we're also joined by the former New Zealand captain Rebecca Smith and the man who coached the Matabeleland. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)


Giorgio Chiellini and Kyrgyzstan's African Prince

The Juventus and Italy captain, Giorgio Chiellini, talks about his career and tells us how the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo has changed the dressing room. Plus, we hear from Kyrgyzstan's Daniel Tagoe, an African Prince playing in the 2019 Asian Cup. (Photo by Daniele Badolato via Getty Images)


World Football at the 2019 Asian Cup

Bernd Stange has one goal above all others when he leads Syria into the finals ; to put a smile back on the faces of the country's war-ravaged people. The veteran German manager was lured out of retirement this year to take charge of the Syrians as they seek to build on their remarkable run to the verge of qualifying for their first World Cup finals last year. Awer Mabil's journey from life as a refugee in a hut built out of mud to scoring on his international debut is the stuff dreams are...


John Arne Riise: Bullies, Golf Clubs and Istanbul

The former Liverpool, Roma and Norway footballer John Arne Riise looks back on his career and remembers the many highlights, such as the 'Miracle in Istanbul'. Yet despite his achievements, Riise had to overcome bullying, insecurity and loneliness to get to the top. And his career was nearly put in jeopardy when a team mate attacked him with a golf club. (Photo: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)


Mourinho, the FIFA Club World Cup and Nelson Mandela the Wedding Crasher

Former South Africa international Shaun Bartlett talks about his meetings with Nelson Mandela. Plus, Heather O'Reilly Pat Nevin and Peter Odemwingie discuss Jose Mourinho's sacking and the relevance of the FIFA Club World Cup. (Photo: ANNA ZIEMINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)


Racism, Sébastien Bassong and River Plate Win!

Former Tottenham and Cameroon player Sébastien Bassong talks about the racism he has suffered. Mani Djazmi reports from the postponed Copa Libertadores final in Madrid. Plus, the Belgian defender Thomas Foket tells us how a routine medical led to an unpleasant surprise.


Copa Libertadores Take Two

Mani Djazmi hosts the show from Madrid where River Plate and Boca Juniors are set to play the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final Sunday. The match was postponed twice after River fans attacked the Boca team bus and has now been moved more than 6000 miles from Buenos Aries. Mani will be joined by Heather O’Reilly, Pat Nevin and Peter Odemwingie to discuss the Ballon d'Or, Cameroon losing the right to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, this weekend's MLS Cup final and the rest of this...


The Biggest Game That Never Was

The story of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors, which was controversially postponed following an attack on the Boca team bus. We also hear from the Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, who reflects on his career highlights. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)


The Big Ticket in Town

World Football comes from Buenos Aires, ahead of the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between fierce rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate on Saturday. This is South America’s Champions League and, with the match currently tied at 2-2 on aggregate, it’s hard to over-hype what a contest this will be! Mani Djazmi is joined by former Scotland winger Pat Nevin and ex-Nigeria international Peter Odemwingie - and World Cup winner with the USA, Heather O’Reilly, makes a brief appearance...


Stories from Inside the Dressing Room

Heather O'Reilly, Peter Odemwingie and Pat Nevin discuss the big football stories. Should TV cameras be allowed in the dressing room? The education of playing abroad and why you're never to old for a kick-about.


Controversial Refs, Shop Windows and Saying 'No' to Zlatan

Heather O'Reilly, Pat Nevin and Peter Odemwingie join Mani Djazmi to discuss the week's biggest stories. We also hear from controversial French referee Tony Chapron and the players of Kenyan champions Gor Mahia.


Derbies, Rivalries and a Trip to Soweto

World Cup winner Heather O'Reilly, former Premier League striker Peter Odemwingie and Pat Nevin once of Chelsea, Everton and Scotland swap stories about football's biggest rivalries. And presenter Mani Djazmi takes a trip to the Soweto Derby, where he meets the South African George Best.