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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 483 - Everton mince

What next for Everton, now that the uneasy and unpopular Rafa experiment has come to an end? While fans might be happy that the former Liverpool manager has left their club, does the uninspiring list of replacements speak of a lack of direction at the club, despite a huge amount of cash thrown at the squad. With less than two weeks left before the end of the month, will the new manager coming in have any time left in the transfer window to throw good money after bad to help the club avoid a...


Sound of Football Podcast 482 - Play the kids

With most Premier League clubs having in excess of 50 eligible U21 players to supplement their squads of 25, is their any excuse for them to cancel games because a few players are missing, for one reason or another? All 32 of this weekend's FA Cup ties went ahead, even with Covid infections at their highest and some squads weakened by losing players to the Africa Cup of Nations. Are the fans being cheated in other competitions, or does filling out the team with youth players diminish the...


Sound of Football Podcast 481 - 2021 Advent Calendar

It's a special 10th anniversary edition of our Advent Calendar. Friends old and new join us to help us celebrate the festive season and look forward to 2022. From semi-automated offside to fan tokens, from the fan-led review to Qatar 2022, we give you the low-down on 24 of the biggest talking points for the next 12 months. For details of all our special guests, links to their websites, podcasts, books and social media, and a full list of all the subjects behind the doors opened on this...


Sound of Football Podcast 480 - Up for jabs

An alarming rise in Covid cases among players in the Premier League has brought a growing number of cancelled games. How much responsibility do the clubs have in making sure their players are safe and that the show goes on? In Germany, Joshua Kimmich, having refused to be vaccinated, has been hospitalised with the disease and looks set to be missing from Bayern Munich's starting line-up for some time. What balance can football clubs and authorities strike between personal liberties and...


Sound of Football Podcast 479 - Hey Jude, let it be

Teenage star of England and Borussia Dortmund, Jude Bellingham, has been handed a €40,000 fine from the authorities in Germany after bringing up the murky past of Felix Zwayer, one of the Bundesliga's top referees, in a heated post match interview following his side's defeat to Bayern. While he chose the wrong words, at the wrong time, in the wrong place, his outburst has opened up the question of whether or not a match official who has been banned for match-fixing should ever by allowed...


Sound of Football Podcast 478 - Worth shouting about

In the week which saw the publication of Tracey Crouch's "fan-led review" of English football, the most hotly debated subject on our screens was whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo should have started United's game against Chelsea. The excitable stand-off between Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher, closely watched by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, became a social media sensation. The video has been far more readily liked and shared than any reasoned debate on increasing fan influence in the running of...


Sound of Football Podcast 477 - Ole's gone

What next for Manchester United now they've fired club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Should they rush to replace him with a someone like Pochetino or Zidane or will they hope that caretaker Michael Carrick has the same start as Ole did? As the club looks to "manage the message", we also discuss the thinking behind Ole's exit interview. 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? As...


Sound of Football Podcast 476 - Sacked in the morning

Never before have five managers who started the Premier League season been fired before the November international break. Aston Villa's Dean Smith and Norwich City's Daniel Farke are the latest to face the axe. Is this high number of managerial casualties a statistical blip or is this a sign of increasing instability at the top of the game? This week we take a broad look at the role of the manager in the modern era. How does Solksjaer keep surviving while everyone around him falls? How do...


Sound of Football Podcast 475 - Spurs-esque

Spurs are on their fourth manager since Harry Kane signed his famous six year contract with the club. What's gone so very wrong for Tottenham in that time? Is all of this Daniel Levy's fault? Premier League winner Antonio Conte is taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo, who survived just seven Premier League games after winning August's Manager of the Month. A manager with a proven track record, can the man who won last season's Serie A title, turn the club's fortunes around? There's also a...


Sound of Football Podcast 474 - Red-faced and bedeviled

While Manchester United's heavy defeat at the weekend at home to Liverpool was entirely predictable, it was shocking nonetheless. Eight years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, is the club losing its way by searching for the return of its glorious past? What story is the club trying to tell? To help us discover the answer, United fan, writer and host of the Behind the Spine podcast, Mark Heywood, joins us to look at the decisions and mistakes that have lead the club to this chapter in their...


Sound of Football Podcast 473 - Steve Bruce: Hall of Famer

The new era for Newcastle United started on Sunday with a 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham. The game marked Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce's 1000th game in management, a milestone that saw him inducted into the League Managers Association Hall of Fame, but with the new owners unable to bring any new players in until January to help turn things around, how many more games will he have in charge? For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show...


Sound of Football Podcast 472 - All wi' smiling faces

After a whirlwind week on Tyneside, hated Newcastle United owner, Mike Ashley, is finally out the door. This is undoubtedly cause for celebration, but should the fans be celebrating their new Saudi owners? How do we as fans draw a line in ever-shifting sands? Newcastle fan Helen Hardy from the Women's Soccer Show joins us to talk about the highs and lows she's experienced during this eventful week. Beyond the moral arguments, what does the takeover mean for football? Newcastle only have one...


Sound of Football Podcast 471 - Nations League Finals 2021

This week's international break sees the finals of the 2021 Nations League. France, Spain, Belgium and hosts Italy battle it out to see who can become the second winners of the competition - but could they also be the last winners? With proposals for the World Cup to become a biennial event looking inevitable, could the pressures of a congested fixture calendar consign the Nations League to the history books? We also look at the recent tribunal decision that could allow the proposed...


Sound of Football Podcast 470 - A whole new ball game

A charity match at Spennymoor Town this weekend, organised by charity Head For Change, tested two new rules designed to protect the long term health of players. The first half restricted heading the ball to penalty areas only, while the second half prohibited heading completely. As the danger of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football becomes clearer, could either of these options be the future of the game? How many other laws would need to be altered to keep the game as the...


Sound of Football Podcast 469 - It's still a funny old game

Jimmy Greaves was the greatest goal-scorer England has produced but for many people he's most readily remembered as the comedy sidekick to Ian St John on ITV's Saturday lunchtime football show Saint & Greavsie. In celebration of his life and careers, this week we look at the lasting legacy of a show that was a cornerstone of 1980s football conversation. Also this week we discuss the plans to carry out pilot events at Premier League grounds that will introduce safe-standing to the top flight...


Sound of Football Podcast 468 - Stop the game!

The World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina in Sao Paulo descended into chaos when Brazilian health officials stopped the game after discovering that four UK based players had been included in the Argentine squad. With football authorities showing no appetite to reduce cross-border competition, are these events likely to become more commonplace? If that wasn't enough, the return of club football sees a second Manchester United debut for Cristiano Ronaldo. A game many people would...


Sound of Football Podcast 467 - The thing about Arsenal

It's Arsenal's worst start for 67 years. With no goals from their first three games and performances getting worse rather than better, fans face another season of disappointment. But given where the club has been for the last decade, should fans expect any different? Also, the international break is upon us with battle lines being drawn between FIFA and clubs over players going to red list countries for World Cup qualifiers. For more information on the podcast and links related to the...

Sound of Football Podcast 466 - Worlds upon worlds

One of the ideas pushed at the FIFA Congress in May was that World Cups should be held every two years instead of four. In the time since, individuals with links to the organisation, such as Arsene Wenger and most recently Javier Mascherano, have lent their support to the idea but what would what would it mean for the rest of football? We also discuss the possibility of 33 year old Robert Lewandowski being available for a snip at €100 million, Dimitri Payet being struck by a bottle in the...


Sound of Football Podcast 465 - Death of a football club

Regular listeners will know that Graham, Terry and Jan regularly attend non-league football at their local Isthmian League club Whyteleafe FC. That was until the club folded over the summer in a bitter dispute between those who ran the club and the ground's new landlords. With the promise of a new phoenix club looking to carry the spirit of the club forward, we look at the events over the past few months from our perspective as fans. Also on this week's podcast, we take a look at the key...


Sound of Football Podcast 464 - Mes que un desastre

Every summer brings its share of big money moves, and the financial uncertainty of the Covid era seems to have done nothing to change that. But for every "dream come true" player unveiling, another club is left with bitter fans and soured relationships. And for Harry Kane that's happened without even leaving his club. In our first podcast of our 13th season, we look at the most notable transfers of the summer including Jadon Sancho's move to Manchester United and Jack Grealish's £100...