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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.

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.




Sound of Football Podcast 515 - World Cup 2022: Time after time

England's World Cup has got off to a dream start with a comfortable, confidence-building win over Iran. Off the field the controversies continue to overshadow the whole event - including FIFA's decision to block the England captain's choice to wear the OneLove armband. On the field, in the matches that have been played so far, there's been a lot of time added on for stoppages in a deliberate effort to disincentivise time-wasting. Will it work, or just make games even longer? Also, we've...


Sound of Football Podcast 514 - World Cup 2022 preview

The World Cup in Qatar is finally here. Our coverages begins more muted than it has in the past. The scandals and controversies that have surrounded this tournament have tarnished the World Cup, a competition that was already damaged from years of FIFA sleaze and political opportunism. Throughout the next month we'll be walking the tightrope of enjoying the games while hating everything else that surrounds them. How will England get on? Who are the dark horses? Can we find any...


Sound of Football Podcast 513 - Getting it kicked

This week Gareth Southgate will announce his 26 man squad for the upcoming World Cup. Many of the players included in the squad will have developed through the FA's St George's Park-based England DNA coaching philosophy, established in 2014. In his new book Get it kicked!: The battle for the soul of English football, broadcaster Jon Driscoll analyses the current nature of English football from the England set-up all the way down to kids playing in the park. Jon makes a welcome return to the...


Sound of Football Podcast 512 - Gerrard's double-cross

Steven Gerrard's dismissal had an immediate positive impact on his former charges at Aston Villa, as they ran out 4-0 winners at home to Brentford. On whom does this sudden change of fortunes reflect worse on, the former manager or the players who were obviously under-performing? Also, we look at last weekend's draw for next year's Women's World Cup. England's group sees them face Asian champions China along with Denmark and a still to be decided play-off winner. For more information on...

Sound of Football Podcast 511 - Unofficial Women's World Cup 2023 draw

Continuing a fine tradition on this podcast, we present our version of the draw for next year's Women's World Cup, to be held in Australia and New Zealand. Discover the things you didn't know you wanted to see in the real thing on Saturday. With two hosts, the tournament is divided into two halves: one being played exclusively in Australia, the other mostly in New Zealand. Unlike regular World Cups, this means that a side could face the same team in the semi-finals as they did in the group...

Sound of Football Podcast 510 - Klopp's seven year myth

Liverpool are having a poor season, by the very high standards they have set since Jurgen Klopp took over in 2015. Is the talismanic head coach the problem? Is he running out of steam just as he did after seven years at both Mainz and Dortmund? Some would say that his troubles match the pattern of his managerial career (even though he's now in his eighth season as Liverpool boss). How does this season compare to his final season for Dortmund in 2014/15? We also discuss the latest autumnal...

Sound of Football Podcast 509 - The Haaland v Mbappe era

This weekend, Erling Haaland scored his third consecutive Premier League hat-trick at the Etihad, in the Manchester derby. Those goals took his tally for the season to 14. With the Messi v Ronaldo era over are we about to see a decade of Haaland v Mbappe narrative to fill the void? Of course, the rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo was constantly stoked by the two facing off in El Clasico, but without guaranteed competitive clashes between the new megastars of football, will Real Madrid...


Sound of Football Podcast 508 - The relegated and the unregulated

This week we discuss a selection of unsurprising things: England being rubbish, the Government going back on its word, and Watford replacing a manager. England's defeat to Italy on Friday has condemned Gareth Southgate's men to relegation to the second tier of the competition, when it's next run in 2024. Should we care, beyond the lack of form in the build up to the main event, the World Cup? Far more concerning than England's performance in a competition few people care about, is the news...


Sound of Football Podcast 507 - Hurly Boehly

After just a few months in charge, Todd Boehly has already marked himself out to be the perfect owner of Chelsea. Firstly by sacking Champions League winning coach Thomas Tuchel, like Abramovich would have, and then by coming up with hokey competitions, just like Ken Bates. Is this just him settling into the role or has the club gone from Chelski to Chaosea? For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our...


Sound of Football Podcast 506 - Clear and obvious

It's been another torrid weekend for the technology that was meant to make football better. Not only did VAR have a nightmare in the Premier League, even the seemingly reliable goal-line technology failed to award a legitimate goal in the Championship. There are almost as many opinions on how to fix VAR as there are awful calls but do they address the fundamental problems with the system? Do we even know what we want from it? For more information on the podcast and links related to the...


Sound of Football Podcast 505 - Flies on the walls

Much earlier than is usual, Sunderland are looking for a new manager. Luckily, for the narrative of the club, the Netflix cameras happened to be at the ground to capture first-hand the fallout of the departure of Alex Neil. Among a raft of new football documentaries, this week saw the launch of Welcome to Wrexham on Disney+. As this growing genre evolves, are we seeing a shift away from "fly on the wall" style documentary more towards reality TV? Is there a problem with that or is this just...


Sound of Football Podcast 504 - Who do you think you are?

This week sees the draw for this season's Champions League groups, with many of the sides entering at this stage of the competition struggling in their early domestic campaigns. With the World Cup compressing the season, will there be opportunity for clubs that don't usually qualify for Europe to snatch spots in next year's competitions while the traditional clubs juggle with fixtures and squads? Could the draw this time next season see Brighton taking on Union Berlin? For more information...


Sound of Football Podcast 503 - United they fall

Any optimism of a new era at Manchester United will have vanished this weekend following the first half hammering Erik ten Hag's side experienced at Brentford. With huge investment needed in every aspect of the club, could it be decades before we see United return as a dominant power domestically and in Europe? 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...


Sound of Football Podcast 502 - Welcome to the future

The Sound of Football returns for the new season, our 14th. Having taken the summer off there's plenty for us to catch up on, including Barcelona's shady business practices, Erik ten Hag's introduction to the Premier League and the BBC's decision to axe the Saturday 5pm classified results on Radio 5 Live. We also look at the latest update to VAR - semi-automation. Ostensibly, this is intended to speed up offside calls but with multiple cameras tracking every player on the pitch, it's a...


Sound of Football Podcast 501 - Women's Euros 2022

Having been in the stadium for England's fantastic quarter final win over Spain, it's fair to say we're more than just a little bit excited about the Women's Euros and the future of women's football. With great performances on the pitch and a huge amount of good-feeling that is drowning out the usual negativity towards the women's game, there is much to look forward to in the coming years - and much work that still needs to be done. For more information on the podcast and links related to...


Sound of Football Podcast 500 - The quintuple century show

The Sound of Football hits another milestone. Well, two milestones in fact: 500 podcasts and the end of our 13th season. This week we look back at a big season of change and discuss what the future holds. As City win their fourth title in five seasons, is the Premier League in danger of going the same way as the Bundesliga, which has seen Bayern win ten titles in a row. Will Newcastle be pushing for the Champions League next season? And who needs to win this weekend's Champions League final...


Sound of Football Podcast 499 - Still VAR from perfect

Sunderland play Wycombe Wanderers in the League One play-off final this weekend. With both sides having played 48 games to get to the Wembley showpiece without the benefit of VAR, now they play their most important match of the season under different conditions. As rules are continually being tweaked to accommodate it, 10 years on since the introduction of goal-line technolgy, are we any closer to a universally accepted form of VAR? Also this week, with just two weeks remaining of the...


Sound of Football Podcast 498 - Can't buy me love

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says that everyone loves Liverpool, and that makes everything tougher for his side in the Premier League title race. Meanwhile his opposite number at Liverpool Jurgen Klopp is perhaps playing his own mind games by suggesting that the race is already over. Such comments are part and parcel of the last knockings of a long season, along with play-off drama and suspicious scorelines. This week, we look for any final twists the season has to offer, plus we ask...


Sound of Football Podcast 497 - The EFL play-offs 2022

As clubs face up to the prospect of promotion play-offs, we look at the climax of the EFL season — its thirtieth since the Premier League broke away in 1992. This summer could see big changes for the way fans of EFL clubs watch the game. Discussions are underway among the clubs to bring an end to the Saturday 3 embargo - the blackout that prevents live football being shown on TV. Who stands to gain and lose from such a decision and what influence will that have on how any lifting of the...


Sound of Football Podcast 496 - See you later, regulator

The independent regulator for football is on its way. We're not sure when or what powers it will give fans but it's on its way after the government this week announced the publication of a white paper to bring forward the necessary legislation based on the findings in the report from Tracey Crouch's fan-led review. The white paper will set out plans to give fans a bigger say in the running of clubs, especially regarding changes to their club stadia, logo, name and kit through something they...