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Each week our team get together to review the weekend's football action, preview upcoming fixtures and have an in-depth discussion on the big issues affecting the beautiful game.

Each week our team get together to review the weekend's football action, preview upcoming fixtures and have an in-depth discussion on the big issues affecting the beautiful game.
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Each week our team get together to review the weekend's football action, preview upcoming fixtures and have an in-depth discussion on the big issues affecting the beautiful game.








Episode 45 - Mission ImPogssible III

After only 3 weeks of agonising wait, the Premier League has graced our screens yet again. It all began on Friday night at Old Trafford where Manchester United got off to a 2-1 victory over Leicester City. But are United's biggest problems off the field? On the blue side of Manchester, Champions City got off to an impressive start to their title defence with a 2-0 victory over Unai Emery's Arsenal. Despite a disappointing start for the post-Wenger Arsenal, it's still too early to judge their...


Episode 44 - Premier League Preview: Football is back!

Welcome to a new season of the Total Football Podcast. On today's pod, we preview the upcoming English Premier League Season, discuss our predictions for the top 4, who will go down as well as everything in between. Join us, won't you? Contact us: @thetfpod on Twitter and @totalfootballpod on Instagram or Remember to rate/review the show on your podcast provider of choice and do tell friends and family about the show. The more the merrier!


World Cup 2018: France Are World Champions

A bizarre final that sums up this bizarre World Cup. France came out victorious 4-2 over a tough Croatia side. On this, the final podcast of an incredibly long season, Andrew and Declan look back on this World Cup final. Where was it won and lost? Who performed well? Who didn't? And of course, what next for these two sides? France have a youthful, exciting side at their disposal, but can they go on and achieve further greatness and become on of the great international sides? Croatia, on...


World Cup 2018: The Final Countdown

So it's all led to this: Almost 4 years ago, 211 teams began the qualification process for Russia 2018, but now only 2 are left standing. France and Croatia. There was a long road to get here, but their last victims, Belgium and England must still suffer the indignity of a third place playoff. Saturday England face Belgium as their B side seek revenge over Belgium's B side in what must surely be the first instance of two teams throwing on the B team against each other in the same...


World Cup 2018: Semi Finals Here We Come

And then there were 4. Only two games separate these sides from World Cup glory, but who will stand in their way, who will deprive them of such joy and wonder, who will be the hero and who will be the scapegoat? There are only 3 more meaningful matches left in what has been an incredible World Cup. Each team has had a bizarre journey to this stage of the competition, but they have all earned it. Tuesday: Belgium - France. Can Belgium repeat the performance that saw them past Brazil or will...


World Cup 2018 - It's Coming Home?

We started with 32 but now only 8 remain. Who will win the 21st edition of the World Cup? On today's show the team takes a look at all 4 of the quarter final matches taking place in the next two days. It's incredibly difficult to say who will win, which leads to an almost total disagreement in predicted semi-finalists. Friday: France - Uruguay @3pm* Brazil - Belgium @7pm Saturday: England - Sweden @3pm Russia - Croatia @7pm *All times stated in BST Contact us: @thetfpod on Twitter and...


World Cup 2018: Diaries - Day 19

After almost 3 weeks of non-stop football (except that one awful day that we've all agreed to forget), we've whittled the World Cup down to 8 remaning teams. The final two entrants were decided today in one very dramatic match and one... match... Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland: Not much to say about this one, well done Sweden. Switzerland poor. But can Sweden keep their phenomenal competition going? Colombia 1(3) - 1(4) England: In a competition with so many incredible shock surprises, is...


World Cup 2018: Diaries - Day 18

This World Cup is the gift that keeps on giving. While Brazil played out a fairly professional victory, their quarter final opponents just about scraped by in what is instantly a World Cup classic. Day 18 and hopefully this tournament will never end. Brazil 2 - 0 Mexico: Mexico started brightly, but they started to fade from the 20th minute on. They did expose weaknesses in Brazil that Belgium will be looking to exploit, namely Fagner at right back. Casemiro will also be suspended which is...


World Cup 2018: Diaries - Day 17

The penalty shootout Gods have smiled down up on us! Not one, but two shootouts for us to enjoy on what was an otherwise entirely ordinary day of knockout football. Spain 1(3) - 1(4) Russia: Spain completed over 1000 passes but failed to use any of those passes to set up any good goal scoring opportunities. They have the superior side, but they seemed to have no idea how to break down that Russian defence. Croatia 1(3) - 1(2) Denmark: Two very even teams reverted to knockout type...


World Cup 2018: Diaries - Day 16

After a difficult 24 hour period of no football, the action restarted in spectacular fashion with a 10 goal blitz over two games. The hope now is that this is a sign of things to come as opposed to a sign of what could have been. France 4 - 3 Argentina: Messi is out of the competition, but Kylian Mbappe re-introduces himself as the heir to Messi's throne. An incredible performance from the 19-year old immediately raises the question: can he win the 2018 Ballon D'or? But first, before we...


World Cup 2018: The Path to the Final Begins Now

It took 2 weeks of non-stop football, but the knockout rounds are upon us! Rejoice at the thought of a penalty shootout! Rejoice at the thought of one simple mistake ruining the hopes and dreams of a nation in a matter of seconds. We now know the bracket, who will play who and who won't be playing who. One side of the draw looks a lot meaner than the other, but there are no easy games in International football. To win, you must earn it. Who will be our quarter-finalists? What matches are...


World Cup 2018: Diaries - Day 15

The group stages are finally over and while they have been enjoyable, it's time to get into the nitty gritty of tight, tense knockout football. Group H: Farce no. 1 of the day sees Africa's last hope Senegal knocked out of the group phase on the basis of having earned more yellow cards than Japan. A sad day for African football and yet another day where FIFA needs to inspect their rules. Colombia bounce back from losing their opening game, but how far can they and Japan go? Group G: Farce...


World Cup 2018: Diaries - Day 14

Wow... Group F: World champions Germany have been eliminated from the competition! One of the most incredible moments in World Cup history, it is the first time since 1998 that the Germans haven't finished in the top 3, which really emphasises how disappointing this campaign has been. In their place is Sweden and Mexico, but how far can these perennial also-rans go? Group E: An anti-climactic end to what was a dramatic group. Brazil boring in victory, Neymar annoying in triumph. It's not a...


World Cup 2018: Diaries - Day 13

Correction: In today's episode Declan wrongly states that Brazil play at 3pm tomorrow when they in fact play at 7pm... This incredible World Cup continues with yet another day of spectacular drama. Argentina got over the line, just. While Iceland's late comeback is thwarted by Ivan Perisic. Group C: Really the most uninteresting group of the tournament and is summed up by the fact that the first 0-0 of the competition arrived here with France drawing with Denmark in one of the dullest...


World Cup 2018: Diaries - Day 12

Turns out Russia aren't very good, but just how bad are Egypt? We now have 4 games a day, with 2 kicking off simultaneously at 3pm and at 7pm and how on earth are we meant to keep up with all the drama?? Group A: Uruguay bat away the hosts with relative ease, winning 3-0 and the result never really in doubt once Luis Suarez put the South Americans in front. Just how far can the Uruguayans go? And will Russia be satisfied to just get out of the group? Group B: Before the tournament, most...


World Cup 2018 - Can England Win in Russia?

The second round of group games have been played meaning 50% of all matches have been played, why does it all have to end so soon? In today's matches, England demolished Panama in a dominant display that makes you wonder is that actually England playing. Can they go on and win the tournament? And is losing to Belgium a good idea? We also consider all the option in group H, while Poland may be offically out of the tournament they could still have a big role to play in deciding who goes...


World Cup 2018: Diaries - Day 10

It's day 10 and it's a 10 out of 10. While Germany v Sweden lived up to the hype, the two matches that preceded it were also of a high quality and sets up a final round of group games perfectly. Belgium 5 - 2 Tunisia: Lukaku now level with Ronaldo for the golden boot, but will he be fit for the England game? Beglium starting to really look like a Roberto Martinez side, whether that's a good thing or not is yet to be seen. Tunisia were better, but ultimately not a good enough side to take...


World Cup 2018: Diaries - Day 9

Day 9 was an unforgettable day of World Cup action which saw three incredibly enjoyable games and one sad exit from the tournament. Brazil 2 - 0 Costa Rica: Brazil took their time about it, but two late late goals saw them pick up all 3 points against a stubborn Costa Rica. Unfortunately that's curtains for Costa Rica, but is Neymar this tournament's villain to root against? Nigeria 2 - 0 Iceland: The two underdogs of group D clash and no one will be happier than the Argentina fans. This...


World Cup 2018: Diaries - Day 8

Listen in as Declan tries to process what in the world that Argentina performance was. There's also lament at Peru's elimination as well as Australia's good and bad fortune. Denmark 1 - 1 Australia: VAR intervenes on Australia's behave, but did Denmark even deserve a point? Either way, Denmark all but through now. Peru 0 - 1 France: Pogba in fine form as France keep Peru at bay. As fun and as exciting as Peru have been, unfortunately that is them eliminated from the tournament. Argentina 0...


World Cup 2018: Diaries - Day 7

Not a lot of goals, but still plenty to talk about on Day 7 of this the 2018 World Cup. The day started and ended quite well, but there was quite the lul in action in the middle. Portugal 1 - 0 Morocco: An entertaining match that was just missing some goals. Ronaldo did find some time to get on the score sheet though and knockout Morocco who become the fist team officially eliminated from this year's edition. Uruguay 1 - 0 Saudi Arabia: Who'd have guessed that Uruguay would play out a 1-0...