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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 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 Spain...


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 old...


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 all...


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!


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 the...


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 tournament...


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 England...


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 a...


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 immediately...