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Sound Of Football Podcast 351 - Non-League Day

This weekend just gone was Non-League Day here in England - an annual event organised to encourage fans of top flight clubs to check out clubs much lower down the league system. With anything involving football, nothing, even something as seemingly harmless as trying to get people to go to non-league games, can have its nay-sayers but if these voices are from those attending regular non-league games should those concerns be addressed? As an increasingly popular part of the football...


Sound Of Football Podcast 350 - Ozymandias

What is happening at the four biggest clubs on the planet? Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich may be comfortably ahead in the rich list but are all struggling in their domestic leagues. Is this just a post World Cup hangover or is it a sign of changing times ahead? With form being temporary, Graham, Terry and Jan take advantage of an international break to discuss what's going so badly wrong at the giants of European football. You can listen to the podcast here...


Sound Of Football Podcast 349 - Players owning clubs

More and more players are buying football clubs. This month, Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) bought a controlling stake in Real Valladolid. David Beckham is creating a new team in Miami while his former team-mates at United now own half of Salford City FC. With players getting richer, is this the future of club ownership? You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3. What's in the Weekend Boxset? The big games keep coming for Liverpool,...


Sound Of Football Podcast 348 - Crime and punishment

After a week's break in sunny climes, the Sound of Football team reassemble to discuss a story on their own doorsteps. Graham, Terry and Jan are all season tickets at their local non-league football club Whyteleafe FC, this week saw their club ejected from the FA Cup due to irregularities over the registration of one of their players. The decision is up for appeal but with the competition in full swing and with three clubs all claiming to be the rightful club in the next round (and the...


Sound Of Football Podcast 347 - Nations League 2018/19

The Nations League is here and it's already delivering. On this week's podcast Graham, Terry and Jan assess England's start in the tournament. Were they robbed of a late equaliser against Spain? We also try to estimate how many more defeats Southgate can absorb before the clouds start to gather. You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3. What's in the Weekend Boxset? Domestic action returns with Spurs welcoming Liverpool to Wembley,...


Sound Of Football Podcast 346 - What's the Hampden?

Could Scotland really move away from Hampden Park? Would it be a good move for them to do so? Would the SFA really be willing to throw away a century of tradition? Should that matter? As the Nations League kicks off across Europe Terry, Graham and the returning Jan discuss the plans to move the national team from Glasgow to Edinburgh. What role does the stadium play in a club's identity. We try to explain by using concepts as diverse as the musical Grease and Trigger's Broom. You can...


Sound Of Football Podcast 345 - An evening with Tim Caple

Tim Caple is one of the most distinctive voices in football commentary. We're delighted to welcome him on the show to discuss subjects as diverse as VAR, Women's Football, the Africa Cup of Nations, Bundesliga 2 and Real Madrid. There’s definitely something for everyone in this week’s pod. You can keep up with Tim on his website ( and Twitter (@timcaple). If you're a Real Madrid fan you might also want to subscribe to his weekly news round-up podcast You can listen to...


Sound Of Football Podcast 344 - Home away from home

Has it really been 10 years since the infamous Game 39 was first mooted by the Premier League? Memories of the aborted plan to play an extra league fixture in far-flung corner of the world, have been rekindled following the announcement that La Liga will be taking selected regular league fixtures across the the Atlantic, sometime in the near future. The practice of moving a team's home fixture to a different country as a PR exercise is nothing new to the NFL, who have been coming to...


Sound Of Football Podcast 343 - The Championship versus the Champions League

Who wins when football broadcasters embark on a ratings war? This season, Sky will show eight full rounds of the Championship on the same night as the Champions League is being shown on BT Sports. Despite being England's second tier, the Championship is the sixth richest league in Europe and boasts two winners (Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest) and a finalist (Leeds) of Europe's premier cup competition. Graham, Terry and Jan discuss this latest ramping of hostilities between the two...


Sound Of Football Podcast 342 - La Décima

There's really nothing like that feeling at the beginning of the season. In the first podcast of our tenth season, we look at two of our favourite aspects of this time of year. Firstly we look at fantasy football, or more accurately the way fantasy teams are created and promptly forgotten. Jan plays every week but Graham creates a team with all good intentions and then doesn't do a thing with it. If you're more like Graham than Jan when it comes to fantasy football, our special guest,...


Sound Of Football Podcast 341 - World Cup 2018 homecoming

France are World Champions for the second time, having beaten Croatia in a final packed with incident. In our 40th podcast of 2017/18, Graham and Terry pick over the bones of what has been a surprising tournament. New stars, new rules, new plays, new powers and a new England - what more could anyone want from a World Cup? Long time friend of the show, Rob Langham from the excellent Two Unfortunates blog joins to give us some of his takes on the tournament. (*Rob also hosts the Sounding...


Sound Of Football Podcast 340 - World Cup 2018 quarter finals

56 games into the World Cup and we're down to the last eight. And England are still there! A World Cup that many were unsure about has so far been one of the most memorable. There have been plenty of upsets, some new stars have shone and for the most part VAR hasn't been as terrible as some people (especially us) feared. Join Graham, Terry and Jan as they look back at the group stage and the first knockout round, and how the rest of tournament could play out. Graham also reports back on...


Sound Of Football Podcast 339 - World Cup 2018 preview

The World Cup is finally upon us and a whole month of football lies ahead. To say we're a little excited is a bit of an understatement. Graham, Terry and Jan attempt to predict the entire tournament with the help of some familiar voices. Manuel Veth from the Futbolgrad network of podcasts, makes a welcome return to the podcast to give his appraisal of the host and of the current holders. Ed Carter drops by, in the calm before the 200% podcast produces a glut of content for the tournament...


Sound Of Football Podcast 338 - ConIFA summer special

When is a World Cup not a World Cup? When it's one contested by countries that aren't technically countries. The ConIFA World Football Cup started life on 2014 and offers nations and peoples whose football teams aren't affliated to FIFA the chance to take part in a global tournament. For our first summer special of 2018, we present a change to our usual offering: Graham, Terry and Jan take the short trip to the home of Carshalton Athletic to watch international football with a difference....


Sound Of Football Podcast 337 - A chilena, a chump and chicanery

Bale's spectacular chilena, Karius's goalkeeping howlers and Sergio Ramos's dark arts against Mo Salah provided more talking points than a decade of usual Champions League finals. Graham, Terry and Jan add their voices to the discussion as well looking at the weekends play-off finals. And as a neat way to tie up our last regular episode of season 2017/18, Jan also looks forward to happier times ahead for his club Sunderland after their takeover announced this month. You can listen to the...


Sound Of Football Podcast 336 - Three Lions 2018

Gareth Southgate has named his 23 man England squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. While Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana are notable absentees none of them are surprising omissions. So what do Graham Terry and Jan make of the list of players who will be on the plane? Should the likes of Ryan Sessegnon or Jadon Sancho have been included? We also get a chance to discuss the FA Cup final, VAR shenanigans in the closing stages of the DFB Pokal and the correct pronunciation of...


Sound Of Football Podcast 335 - The play-offs

For over 30 years the Football League play-offs have added drama to the end of the season. Often spectacular and even more often cruel, the last chance at snatching promotion in the 49th game of the season makes compelling viewing. Recorded on Monday while watching the Championship play-off semi-final between Fulham and Derby, Graham and Terry explore the on-going popularity of the knock-out route to promotion and what the future might hold. Could a play-off for the fourth Champions League...


Sound Of Football Podcast 334 - Theatre of streams

Last week it was announced that Sky Sports had lost the UK rights to show La Liga from the start of next season, losing out to a little-known streaming company Eleven Sports. It's currently unclear what Eleven plan to do with their rights package but it looks unlikely that fans of the Spanish League in the UK will be able to watch live games without taking out yet another subscription. Since breaking Sky's exclusive hold on Premier League rights the cost for consumers has continued to...


Sound Of Football Podcast 333 - Arsenal without Arsene

Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal in the summer, having been in charge of the club for 22 seasons. Fan of the club and the man, Graham gives his perspective on his record and the legacy he leaves. With a large pair of shoes left vacant, Terry offers his expert opinion analysing a long list of potential replacements. Also, after a weekend that saw Sunderland relegated for a second season in a row, Jan looks at what lies ahead for his club. You can listen to the podcast here or if you right...


Sound Of Football Podcast 332: Everybody, just calm down

Plenty of talking points this week, from last minute drama to more VAR bizarre-ness. Gigi Buffon saw the red mist and then a red card against Real Madrid in Juve's breathtaking Champions League quarter final, while in a relegation dogfight in Germany the VAR took the unprecedented step of bringing players back on the pitch to take a penalty, after the half-time whistle had gone. In addition to looking over these dramatic events, Graham, Terry and Jan also take time to discuss the potential...