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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 61 - Hungary Are Owed Nothing

The North London Derby, over the last ten years, has arguably become one of the Premier League’s finest fixtures. There’s been goals, red cards, handbags, penalties, Mike Dean and big 6-point swings. This weekend’s meeting between the local rivals at the Emirates certainly lived up to expectations… The Euro 2020 qualifying draw was made. Ireland meet teams they know pretty well, avoided Netherlands and Germany. Mark Hughes has been sacked after the disappointment of only drawing 2-2 with...


Episode 60 - Alan Hutton or Lionel Messi?

Last week, in our breaking news special regarding the Irish national team management position we discussed the future of Irish football. Fast forward to Sunday and not only have the FAI hired their next manager, they’ve also hired the next manager after that! Premier League returned to action this week without much going on. Two title contenders winning comfortably enough. Arsenal continued their unbeaten run. But Man United were the ones who slumped to a laborious 0-0 draw at home to...


Breaking News Special: Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane Resign

Shane Long. Jonathan Walters. Robbie Brady. James McClean. James McClean again. These were the goal scorers, the match winners, on Martin O’Neill’s most famous nights as Republic of Ireland manager. But in the end, Christian Eriksen and Gareth Bale were the players who put the final nails in the former Ireland managers coffin. It was confirmed today, Wednesday, that the Derryman, and his assistant Roy Keane, were to resign effective immediately from their position within Irish football. Is...


Episode 59 - Germany Relegated!

Last week we opened the show with a discussion of the lack of managerial sackings this season. Well, Fulham owner Shahid Khan must have been listening. Last Friday, it was announced Slavisa Jokanovic had left the club and was swiftly replaced by Claudio Ranieri. Is he the man to turn things around at Craven Cottage? England have won their Nations League group, but Croatia have been relegated at their expense. Meanwhile, Germany have also been relegated and also face the possibility of...


Episode 58 - How Do We Judge Manchester City?

We've reached the third international break of the season and are yet to see a Premier League manager leave their position. Are teams finally giving managers the time to turn things around? Or are the other options just not particularly inspiring? Slavisa Jokanovic of Fulham is under pressure after a 2-0 defeat at Anfield leaves his side bottom of the table. Was he hard done by the referee on Sunday? Or should he be the first manager to leave his post this season? Elsewhere, a huge victory...


Episode 57 - European Super League, Anyone?

Last season when the two sides met at the Emirates, Arsenal and Liverpool played out a frantic and messy 3-3 draw. Last weekend, they played out a similarly frantic, but much more controlled 1-1 draw. How have the 2 sides progressed since that crazy encounter last December? It’s been a tumultuous 10 game run for Newcastle to start this season, but it was on the 11th match that Rafa Benitez’s luck began to turn. A 1-0 win over Watford lifts the merry men of Tyneside out of the relegation...


Episode 56 - Why, Mark Hughes? Why?

In recent years, Barcelona have won El Clasico 5-0(h), 4-3(a) 6-2(a), 4-0(a), 3-1(a), 3-0(a), 3-2(a) and 5-1(h). Zidane remains the only Madrid manager to win on his first Clasico since 2007. Rafa Benitez lost 4-0, Jose Mourinho 5-0, Manuel Pellegrini 1-0, Juande Ramos 6-2 and now Julen Lopetegui 5-1. So, congratulations to Pellegrini on being the best loser at Real Madrid... While last week we discussed where it went wrong for Julen Lopetegui. This week shall complete his spectacular fall...


Episode 55 - Jose Mourinho: Touchline Fracas Masterclass

There are many great things about the beautiful game, but really, who among us doesn’t thoroughly enjoy a 96th minute touchline fracas? Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge dramatically finished 2-2. But was it a fair result? Five months ago everything was looking up for Julen Lopetegui. Manager of his national team, one of the favourites to win the World Cup and his side were playing great football. Since then, he’s been appointed Real Madrid manager pre-World Cup, sacked before...


Episode 54 - The Future of Football Coverage

Now you might think that the US Open has absolutely nothing to do with football, and normally you’d be right. However, this year, for the first time, the competition was only available to viewers in the UK & Ireland via Amazon. No longer on traditional TV, it was a testing ground for what streaming services can bring to sport. How this relates to football specifically then, is the fact that Amazon have snapped up Premier League streaming rights for the 2019/20 season on a 3 season deal. Is...


Episode 53 - Big Sam's Shadow Looms Large

As we head into the October international break, 3 teams sit atop the Premier League table on equal footing. Who will be happiest with their league start? Who has the most work to do? And who will win the title come May? Arsenal have achieved a 9 match winning streak, is Unai Emery's ideals taking shape at the Emirates, or are they simply making the most of a fortunate fixture list? Tottenham are level on points with their North London rivals, but are they flattering to deceive? Has the...


Episode 52 - Calm Cop, Crazy Cop: The Manchester United Story

Manchester United remain a total shambles and will probably continue to be for as long as Jose Mourinho is in charge at the club. But what about big ol' Zinedine Zidane, ey? Bring him to England for a bit of fun! Speaking of fun, lots of it was to be had at Stamford Bridge last Saturday as Liverpool and Chelsea played out an entertaining 1-1 draw. Can this be the future of high-level football? And finally, why do managers waste great opportunities? Oh, and how could we forget that pesky...


Episode 51 - The Return of the Mid-Table Side

Cows are in the news again, which is always nice. Also nice: seeing Sir Alex Ferguson make his return to Old Trafford after his health scare last May. However, he will not have been happy with Manchester United's limp performance against Wolves. A 1-1 draw at home against a newly promoted side has become the norm for United, but don't worry because Paul Pogba's got all the solutions. Tottenham are back to winning ways, but remain unimpressive. Chelsea dropped their first points of the...


Episode 50 - What is the Future of the Transfer Market?

On Thursday, the New York Times published a piece detailing FIFA’s plans for the transfer market. A report that was requested by FIFA President Gianni Infantino has put forward some very interesting ideas for the future of football’s marketplace. So, we go through them… There's also time for a brief Premier League/Champions League Preview. Contact us: @thetfpod on Twitter and @totalfootballpod on Instagram or Remember to rate/review the show on your podcast provider of...


Episode 49 - Roy Keane Is Our Saviour

It's been a turbulent two week break from club football, but Roy Keane has done us all a solid in giving us something to talk about. Just how many Irish players has he fallen out with? Can him and Martin O'Neill continue on as Ireland manager for much longer? England lost their first competitive game at Wembley since 2007, but at least Luke Shaw played well before his unfortunate injury. How important is the Nations League? Paul Pogba. Zinedine Zidane. Jose Mourinho. How will these 3 men...


Episode 48 - Champions League 18/19: It's in the Qarabag

As we head into the first International break of the season, it's all about the Champions League Draw. Will there be any upsets? Who will win it outright? We discuss this all, and more, on this week's edition of the Total Football Podcast. 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!


Preview Show #1 - Can Leicester City Stop Liverpool?

On this, the first Preview Show of the season, we look ahead to the weekend's footballing action in the Premier League as well as across Europe's other big leagues. To kick us off, Liverpool go to the King Power Stadium. They've had some poor results there in the past, but now seems like as good a time as any to turn up at Leicester City where it's not been the most ideal start to the season. Around the grounds at 3pm, West Ham host newly promoted Wolves in what should be an entertaining...


Episode 47 - Chelsea: The Abramovich Era

Last Saturday saw a record equalling number of red cards received on a single day of Premier League action. 4 in total. What on earth is coming up that they couldn’t get time off for otherwise? Liverpool, Chelsea… and Watford? They've all gotten off to a 100% winning start, but can they keep it up? While Arsenal win at last. Chelsea won at St.James' Park for the first time since 2011, but earlier in the week Roman Abramovich reportedly put the club up for sale at a valuation of 2 billion...


Episode 46 - La Liga Goes to Hollywood

Another week, another miserable Manchester United performance. What on Earth is going on in the club? Why is it so toxic? Is Mourinho the man for the job? We discuss this, and more, following on from the Red Devil's 3-2 defeat to Brighton on Sunday. On Saturday, Chelsea came out on top, also winning 3-2, against London rivals Arsenal. Emery's 0 for 2 in the Premier League, yet it's still far too early to criticise his methods. With West Ham coming up next Saturday, is that the real beginning...


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!