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Your favourite football podcast. One of the longest running independent soccer podcasts. Described by the Telegraph as quirky, funny and well-informed.

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Your favourite football podcast. One of the longest running independent soccer podcasts. Described by the Telegraph as quirky, funny and well-informed.

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English


Episodes

Sound of Football Podcast 564 - Beale is out and Roy has left

2/20/2024
Sunderland are looking for a new manager, just two months after hiring the last one, Michael Beale. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace have appointed a new manager, and this time it's an interesting choice. 2022 Europa League winning head coach Oliver Glasner comes in to replace Roy Hodgson. In Germany, pressure is mounting on Thomas Tuchel, whose Bayern side have lost three games in the space of a week. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_564.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? Hopefully this season's EFL Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea will be more entertaining than the finals the sides fought in 2022. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:24:24

Sound of Football Podcast 563 - Blue cards

2/13/2024
Last week, the football laws body IFAB announced an idea they were looking to trial - the introduction of blue cards for offences punishable by a visit to a ten minute sin bin. Why, in England at least, has the idea almost universally gone down like a lead balloon? Are the decisions-makers at IFAB fixing problems that no one has asked them to fix? For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_563.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? Manchester City face Chelsea twice and if those games are even half as good as the reverse fixtures we should be in for a treat. The WSL fixture saw City come agonisingly close to winning with just nine players, while the Premier League tie finished 4-4. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:38:50

Sound of Football Podcast 562 - It's grim down south

2/6/2024
After bruising defeats at the weekend both Roy Hodgson and Mauricio Pochettino are under pressure before they face each other next Monday. Are they safe all the time no one else would touch their respective clubs? Also this week we discuss a couple of controversial off-field decision with some VAR chaos in Belgium and, closer to home, the problems of cup-tying players in league-based knockout competitions after Aston Villa avoided being kicked out of the Women's League Cup. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_562.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? This weekend contains two continental finals with the Asian Cup and Afcon. The knockout action continues with the Scottish Cup and the Women's FA Cup. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:40:23

Sound of Football Podcast 561 - The long goodbye

1/30/2024
At the end of last week it was announced that Jurgen Klopp will be leaving Liverpool, but not until the end of the season. And he wasn't the only one. The following day, Xavi confirmed that he would be leaving his role as head coach of Barcelona, meaning that two of the biggest jobs in world football will be vacant in the summer. With four months of the season still remaining, have these two become "lame duck" managers? Who is likely to replace them? Is Xabi Alonso really the natural choice for Liverpool that many believe he is? Could Mourinho really go back to Barcelona? For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_561.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? Sky will have their chance to eulogise Klopp when his Liverpool side take on Arsenal on Sunday. There are also Afcon quarter-finals and the Derby D'Italia as well. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:37:18

Sound of Football Podcast 560 - Tossing coins

1/23/2024
This weekend games across Germany have been disrupted by fans throwing chocolate coins on the pitch as a mark of protest against plans to encourage investment in the Bundesliga, plans they feel weaken their traditional fan-ownership models. As fans groups in England look toward 50+1 as a potential future to safeguard the game, the system as it stands in Germany could be at its most vulnerable. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. What's in the Weekend Boxset? It's a weekend of knockout football with the FA Cup 4th round and Afcon's round of 16. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_560.mp3

Duration:00:36:48

Sound of Football Podcast 559 - Double jeopardy

1/16/2024
Having already been deducted ten points for breaching Premier League Profit and Sustainability rules, Everton could now face more sanctions; and Nottingham Forest could be punished too. The charges come on the same day as the EFL sent a letter to the Reading owner, Dai Yongge, demanding that he either put money into the club or sell-up, and just a day before the leaders of England's top leagues were due to face questions from the Culture, Media and Sport committee. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. What's in the Weekend Boxset? Afcon continues with the champions Senegal taking on Cameroon and Tunisia facing Mali. Back in the Premier League, it's a Sound of Football derby as Arsenal host Palace. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_559.mp3

Duration:00:37:09

Sound of Football Podcast 558 - Super freaking

1/9/2024
Just before Christmas, the European Court of Justice ruled that UEFA had acted illegally in sanctioning clubs looking to form a European Super League. For the clubs that lead the breakaway attempt, the ruling seems to mean that UEFA's control of football has been broken and they can push ahead with plans to restructure international club football. But how will their plans fit with FIFA's expanded Club World Cup, which starts in 2025? Also this week we take a moment to reflect on the life and legacy of Franz Beckenbauer, who died this week aged 78. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_558.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? It will be an emotional night on Friday in the Allianz as the Bayern restart the Bundesliga season against Hoffenheim. On Saturday the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in the Ivory Coast with the hosts taking on Guinea-Bissau. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:39:57

Sound of Football Podcast 557 - 2023 Advent Calendar

12/20/2023
It's our Christmas special and of course that means it's time to open up all the doors on our advent calendar. Join Graham, Terry and Jan in their final podcast of 2023 as they find out who or what will be the 24 biggest talking points in football in 2024. Merry Christmas from all of us at the Sound of Football. For a full list of all the doors opened on this advent calendar, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_557.mp3

Duration:01:14:54

Sound of Football Podcast 556 - Prime cuts

12/12/2023
While other major leagues in Europe are struggling to get good TV deals, the Premier League has once again secured a big uplift. The new domestic TV deal will see even more games broadcast live; the vast majority of which will be on Sky who, after the withdrawal of Amazon, now have twice as many matches than when they had exclusive rights. Also this week, we discuss the options open to Sunderland as they look for a new manager after sacking Tony Mowbray. We also ponder what Sir David Brailsford can do for United, coming in as part of the team working for new investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_556.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? The games don't get easier for Manchester United, this week they're at new table leaders Liverpool. There also promises to be an emotional return to Turf Moor for Sean Dyche as his Everton side take on Burnley in what is already a relegation six pointer. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:41:10

Sound of Football Podcast 555 - In with the big boys

12/5/2023
The FA Cup third round draw has given us box office fixtures this season with Arsenal v Liverpool and Sunderland v Newcastle. While such ties are mouth-watering, some would suggest they lack the romance that makes the competition special. Should the FA Cup third round be seeded to guarantee bigger ties for smaller clubs reaching that stage? Would messing with the old competition like that take away some of its magic? For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_555.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? Despite what we said on the podcast, Palace wont feature in the Boxset this week. Instead we have the Tony Mowbray derby without Tony Mowbray, as managerless Sunderland host West Brom. There's also the MLS Cup final. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:40:08

Sound of Football Podcast 554 - Unofficial Euro 2024 draw

11/28/2023
In the finest Sound of Football tradition, going back to the earliest days of the podcast, we present our fake draw for next summer's Euros in Germany. Being in separate seeding pots, there's potential for England, Scotland and Wales to be drawn into the same group (though Wales still need to get through a tricky pair of play-off matches). There's also a high risk of a “group of death” with strong tournament teams like Croatia and the Netherlands in Pot 3 and the holders Italy among the lowest seeds in Pot 4. The real draw is at 17.00 UK time on Saturday 2 December. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog, where you can also see how our draw turned out. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_554.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? In addition to the glitz and glamour of Saturday evening's draw, the FA Cup reaches its second round, Spurs look to break out of their losing run away to City, and on Friday, Team GB's qualification for next summer's women's football at the Olympics hangs on the outcome of England's must-win Nations League tie against the Netherlands. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:36:10

Sound of Football Podcast 553 - Toffees hammered

11/21/2023
Everton have been hit with an immediate 10-point deduction for breaching Premier League financial rules. Their guilt would appear to be undeniable but is the punishment fitting when the champions Manchester City sit top of the table with 115 outstanding charges against them. Also this week, we discuss the plans announced by Brighton & Hove Albion to construct, within the city, the first purpose-built stadium for women's football. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_553.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? Everton's first match since their points deduction will be an emotional home tie against Manchester United. It's one of three huge Premier League games in this weekend's Boxset. On top of that there's also a top-two Derby D'Italia. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:37:13

Sound of Football Podcast 552 - Game changing

11/14/2023
Last week the NWSL announced a new TV deal that has the potential to change the landscape of women's football globally. Will the WSL or other European leagues be able to compete with the new financial strength of the US league? Also this week, at the start of the third international break - notoriously the most convenient for clubs to ditch their managers - we ponder if there's any reason there's yet to be a managerial casualty so far in this season's Premier League. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_552.mp3

Duration:00:38:19

Sound of Football Podcast 551 - Check incomplete

11/7/2023
It was another weekend of VAR controversary in the Premier League but this weekend its failures were a matter of opinion rather than fact. Mikel Arteta was left fuming when his Arsenal side were denied three inconclusive shouts to disallow the only goal of the game against Newcastle. Then on Monday night the London derby between Spurs and Chelsea descended into chaos with five disallowed goals and two red cards. After a number of process errors, apologies and referee demotions it's hard to remember a time when respect for decision-making at the top level has ever been as low. Does the blame fall solely on VAR or do expectations need to be reassessed? For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_551.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? Wayne Rooney is still looking for his first win as Birmingham boss, will he find it away to Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime? Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:37:19

Sound of Football Podcast 550 - Making it look easy

10/31/2023
Problems on and off the pitch has been the story of the season so far for Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, with an uninspiring defeat at home to City just the latest disappointment. Jobs in football management don't get much tougher than the seat once held by Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson. The same could also be said of the job at Spurs but Ange Postecoglou is making it look a piece of cake. Two points clear at the top of the table and picking up two Premier League Manager of Month awards in the process - and you'd imagine only Unai Emery stands in his way of a third for October. Of course, it's still early days: Erik ten Hag won the award twice in his first season at Manchester United. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_550.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? It's FA Cup first round weekend and League One Charlton host a side from just three miles down the South Circular but five tiers below them in the pyramid. Meanwhile in Germany Harry Kane plays in his first Klassiker. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:42:51

Sound of Football Podcast 549 - Bobby Charlton

10/24/2023
Bobby Charlton won everything worth winning in football, but more importantly he won the admiration of his peers and fans around the globe. We look at the legacy of the England legend who passed away at the weekend aged 86. We also discuss the impending bidding process for domestic TV rights for the Premier League. With leagues across Europe struggling to find better deals than the ones they currently have, will the Premier League also find itself out of pocket? What could that mean for clubs and fans? For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_549.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? There are sure to be more tributes to Bobby Charlton at the Manchester derby on Sunday. We also have the chance to see the man who surpassed his scoring records for United and England, Wayne Rooney, in charge of Birmingham City as they visit Southampton. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_549.mp3

Duration:00:43:22

Sound of Football Podcast 548 - Gary Neville's Manchester United World

10/17/2023
The much-discussed takeover of Manchester United has now become just the sale of a minority stake in the club. This week saw Sheikh Jassim withdraw from the race, leaving OGC Nice's owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe as the only bidder. But now instead of paying £5bn for the whole club, the deal now looks to be £1.25bn for 25% What all this means for the club's future is anyone's guess but Gary Neville knows one thing - it has to include a place called Manchester United World. Could his vision of Old Trafford and the surrounding area make it the Happiest Place on Earth™? For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. What's in the Weekend Boxset? Club football returns with Merseyside derby, there's also the final weekend of the regular season of MLS. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_548.mp3

Duration:00:38:13

Sound of Football Podcast 547 - A host of hosts

10/10/2023
This week saw some big announcements of hosts for major international tournaments. The five nations of UK and Ireland will host the 2028 Euros, Turkey and Italy will host the competition in 2032, and the 2030 World Cup will see games in six different countries. Are tournaments too big now for anyone other than petro-states to take on? With the ballot open for tickets for next summer's European Championship, we also offer some tips and advice for anyone thinking of heading to Germany. Could it be the last European Championship to be hosted in just one country? For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_547.mp3

Duration:00:39:48

Sound of Football Podcast 546 - VAR again

10/3/2023
These days, barely a week goes by without some refereeing controversy or another. This weekend in the Premier League, on an otherwise sensational day of actual football, the conversation was once again dominated by a bizarre failure of VAR to follow the correct process in Liverpool's match at Tottenham. A system sold to football on the basis of making referees jobs easier is putting an even heavier burden on them, and almost every suggestion to improve the situation places even more pressure on them. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_546.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? The big game of the weekend is between the sides that finished first and second in last season's Premier League. You can also see Real Madrid's next manager Xabi Alonso as top of the Bundesliga Leverkusen take on local rivals Köln. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:45:26

Sound of Football Podcast 545 - A farewell to arms

9/26/2023
It was another weekend of hotly contested handball decisions in the Premier League. One, in the match between Wolves and Luton, was given on the pitch and not turned over by VAR. The other, in the North London derby, was not originally given by the onfield official, but overturned on review. In the four years since the handball law was updated, it continues to undergo refinements - none have of which appear to have produced anything approaching straightforward. Is there any hope of improvement in the age of VAR? Are the ongoing changes to the handball law more for the benefit of how the game looks rather than how it is played? For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_545.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset? Spurs have another big test of their new found confidence hosting a resurgent Liverpool, there's also a Basque derby, and the opening weekend of the VAR-free WSL. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

Duration:00:39:22