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Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki and the UK's finest team of sports reporters unpack the week in football, every Monday. Join the club.

Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki and the UK's finest team of sports reporters unpack the week in football, every Monday. Join the club.
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Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki and the UK's finest team of sports reporters unpack the week in football, every Monday. Join the club.




Jamie Carragher: No one can question Didier Deschamps now

We have our World Cup 2018 winners at last and it’s France, after their 4-2 victory over Croatia. Jamie Carragher joins host Thom Gibbs one last time to unpick the big moments of the 2018 World Cup final, decide what counts as handball, and find out Jamie’s favourite moment of the tournament. We speak with Telegraph columnist Jim White to rate this World Cup, hear some anecdotes of fans in Russia, and discuss which World Cup trend will be sweeping the Premier League next season. Plus...


Jamie Carragher: Kane’s miss was the defining moment of the match

The dream is over for England for another four years as England bow out of the World Cup with an excruciating extra time loss to Croatia. On today’s episode, Jamie Carragher joins Thom Gibbs to discuss what England were missing from the match, why Croatia weren’t looking tired as many thought they would, and ask what exactly is the purpose of the third/fourth place play off. We head to Russia to speak to Sam Wallace who was in the stadium to see the end of England’s run at this...


Jamie Carragher’s advice to England

Football has edged even closer to home following a 2-0 victory over Sweden on Saturday. Former England player Jamie Carragher joins Thom Gibbs to discuss who impressed, who has more work to do, and how on earth you mark Harry Maguire in set pieces. We speak with Chief Sports Writer Paul Hayward, who’s been covering the tournament out in Russia, to get his thoughts on whether England can rewrite Italia ‘90, what Gareth Southgate has been like to speak with, and ask when is appropriate to...


Jamie Carragher: I always felt England would edge it

The unthinkable has happened. England go the long route round via a much feared penalty shootout to reach the quarter finals of a major tournament. On this historic episode of Total Football Thom Gibbs is joined by Jamie Carragher to unpick how to take a penalty, how solid England’s defence was, and whether England will last longer than the American referee in the middle. We head to Russia to speak with James Ducker about the other, more glamorous side of the knockout round draw and...


Jamie Carragher: England will be favourites against Colombia but it won’t be easy

It was all going so well until the mind games started but England finish the group stages on the correct side of the draw, supposedly. Telegraph football writer JJ Bull steps into the presenter seat this week to discuss England’s abject performance against Belgium alongside Telegraph columnist Jamie Carragher. We decide if there was any point to that match, if any of the B team made a case for themselves, and which England player Jamie most identifies with. We get Jamie’s take on what...


Mourinho is like a vampire sucking the life out of Man Utd

Saturday’s FA Cup final is the main subject of discussion on this week’s Total Football, with Telegraph Sport’s Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt joining host Thom Gibbs to dissect the game. There’s also an England World Cup squad to analyse, with all the big topics covered including which formation Southgate will play, who will start in goal and whether it’s acceptable to announce your 23 names with a video of shouting children. Midlands Football Correspondent John Percy is on...


A centurion season

Goodbye Premier League season 2017/18, we’ve all had a fairly nice time but all fairly good things must come to an end. That’s exactly what happened on Sunday with a final simultaneous round of games providing everything from last-gasp record-clinching for Manchester City, turbo-charged Champions League spot-securing for Liverpool and mega-goal we’re-all-slightly-on-holiday-now fun at Wembley Stadium. Telegraph Sport’s Football News Correspondent Matt Law joins host Thom Gibbs to...


John Motson Special

Total Football goes on the road this week to speak with the legendary voice of football, John Motson Jim White is at Wembley for this special episode as we look back on John’s 40 year plus career, and how the commentary world has changed. We discuss World Cups as we get Motty’s fondest memories, commentating under the pressure of penalties, and a greatest XI. All that plus football programmes, VAR, and that England victory in Munich.


Goodbye to the big Staffordshire temple of gambling

It’s the business end of the business end of the season and Total Football is here to detail all you need to know about promotion, relegation and mathematical safety. Telegraph Sport’s Luke Edwards joins host Thom Gibbs to discuss City’s formal coronation, Arsene Wenger’s carefully stage-managed exit and the demotion of Stoke City. The Championship reached its conclusion on Sunday, so Luke and Thom ponder how Neil Warnock has managed his latest incredible promotion and what next for...


Arsenal need a realist who will get rid of half the squad

Arsene Wenger began his longish farewell to Arsenal on Sunday, with a 4-1 victory against West Ham. The Telegraph’s Chief Sports Writer Paul Hayward joins host Thom Gibbs to discuss the Frenchman and the club he leaves behind. Elsewhere there are FA Cup semi-finals to evaluate, an unsurprisingly large victory for Man City over Swansea and three draws in the remaining three Premier League games of the weekend. Mina Rzouki joins to discuss the Champions League semi-finals, including...


Man Utd at their best haven’t come close to City

The world of football and podcasting removes its hats as one this week to salute Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side have clinched the Premier League title without playing to complete a deeply odd footballing week. Sam Dean joins host Thom Gibbs to reflect on the weekend that was, including portentous results for Southampton, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield at the bottom of the table. Total Football heads to Wolverhampton for a chat with broadcaster and Wolves fan Lynsey Hooper...


From Olé to Dismay: Manchester City guilty of premature Premier League congratulations

Manchester City’s Premier League party was pooped by Paul Pogba and company on Sunday, as Manchester United made their city rivals wait. Ian Irving stands in for Thom Gibbs, and is joined by chief football writer Sam Wallace to discuss the events at the Etihad. Elsewhere North West correspondent Chris Bascombe picks over a damp squib of a Merseyside derby, and looks ahead to Tuesday’s fireworks in the Champions League, while broadcaster Kelly Cates discusses the battle at the bottom of...


Salah has done what we would have expected if Liverpool signed Messi

One hardy Premier League record was sent tumbling to the ground on Sunday, when Spurs finally registered a league win at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1990. Deputy football correspondent Jeremy Wilson joins host Thom Gibbs to discuss that and the rest of the weekend’s games, including more excellence from Mo Salah at Selhurst Park, and thumping wins for Manchester City and West Ham. Elsewhere Telegraph Sport’s Chief Football Writer Sam Wallace takes us behind the scenes of...


Sean Dyche would make a better Prime Minister than Theresa May

It’s international break which means a break from the norm for Total Football. This week Thom Gibbs welcomes former spin doctor and current author Alastair Campbell to the podcast. Campbell, an enormous Burnley FC fan, gives his views on everything from which footballer manager would make the best politician to why it’s so hard writing convincing fiction about sport. Normal service will be resumed next Sunday, with a round-up of all of the weekends football.


The weekend of the overdog

Our footballing priorities were divided this weekend, with a depleted raft of Premier League fixtures taking place at the same time as the FA Cup quarter finals. It was a Cup weekend light on shocks, but Alan Tyers joins Thom Gibbs to analyse all four ties, as well as the league schedule which included a storming win for Liverpool, and morale-boosting victories for Crystal Palace, Everton and Bournemouth as they look to distance themselves from relegation trouble. There’s also plenty...


Arsenal are so bad even Gunnersaurus is performing badly

The Arsenal ennui barometer reached dangerous new levels on Sunday with a grim defeat to Brighton in Falmer. Host Thom Gibbs is joined by Telegraph Sport’s Sam Dean to discuss all of weekend’s football, which also included wins for Liverpool, Manchester City and a resurgent Swansea. The Telegraph’s Sports News Correspondent Ben Rumsby joins to discuss a decision with big ramifications for this year’s World Cup. Plus, what’s it actually like to play football in sub-zero...


Matt Le Tissier: Arsenal went into the game with an inferiority complex

Football royalty joins host Thom Gibbs for this week’s episode. Yes Southampton fans, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for - Matt Le Tissier is our special guest. He helps us analyse Arsenal’s wretched performance in the League Cup final as well as how Manchester City managed to secure the season’s first silverware. There’s also a full complement of Premier League games to get into, with Man Utd seeing off Chelsea at Old Trafford as well as impressive wins for Liverpool and...


Sol Campbell: I don’t know what kind of manager they want. Maybe puppets?

In a special Total Football episode we bring you when Thom met Sol Campbell. As the League Cup final looms we ask the former Arsenal hero if his team can repeat Wigan Athletic’s success and complete a miserable week for Pep Guardiola. We also ask Sol about the challenges he’s facing in trying to become a football manager and get his thoughts on whether Arsene Wenger might quit if he wins at Wembley. Sol Campbell is attending Willow’s London Football Awards on March 1....


VAR has come in a year too early

The magic supply was running dangerously low in the FA Cup fifth round, until Steve Davies buried an unlikely equaliser for Rochdale against Spurs at Spotland. Charlie Eccleshare joins host Thom Gibbs to examine all the weekend’s Cup football, and dip a reluctant toe into the increasingly tedious waters of VAR. Former Reading and Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell, now with Brighton, talks to Total Football about mid-season tours and whether West Bromwich Albion’s ill-fated trip to...


Stuart Pearce: Relegation is a game of musical chairs

Total Football welcomes a special guest this week as Stuart Pearce sits down with host Thom Gibbs to reflect on the weekend’s football. Pearce, now assistant to David Moyes at West Ham, gives his verdict on their win over Watford, Newcastle’s surprise victory over Manchester United and City’s dominance of Leicester, along with the rest of the weekend’s games. Ahead of the return of the Champions League, Mina Rzouki speaks to the podcast on what lies in wait for Spurs as they travel...