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2017 In Review & Yesteryearend Awards

As calendar years have become a thing in football we are taking a look at which moments and stories from 2017 have made their way into the history books. We also hand out the second annual Yesteryearend awards. Like, share, subscribe! Follow us on Twitter at Many thanks to Waylon Thornton for the intro track ("Very Hazel", used under CC-BY-NC-SA). You can find his music at the


Retro Recap: Uefa Cup Final, Valencia vs Marseille, May 19th 2004

It's the final episode of our Retro Romp through the 2003/04 season. Having started in Spain we've now come full circle as newly crowned La Liga champions Valencia take on Marseille in the Uefa Cup final. The French side built around Didier Drogba finished a lowly seventh in their domestic league but overcame strong opponents to reach Gothenburg. Would their international exploits continue or would Valencia pick up the doblete? Like, share, subscribe! Follow us on Twitter at...


Retro Recap: A Decisive Superclásico, Boca Juniors vs River Plate, May 9th 2004

For the penultimate episode in our 2003/04 series we're venturing out into the world, away from Europe. What better port to head for than Buenos Aires where Boca Juniors are hosting River Plate. With only two points separating the sides the fierce Superclásico might be a title-decider. And it features future greats Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano! Like, share, subscribe! Follow us on Twitter at Join us on Facebook Visit the website...


Retro Recap: Morientes Sinks Blues; Chelsea vs Monaco, May 5th 2004

Under the watchful eyes of Jose Mourinho did Chelsea host Monaco for the return leg of their Champions League semi-final encounter. Porto had booked their place in the final just the day before. For Mourinho, though, the trip to the Bridge was as much opposition scouting as it was surveying his soon to be battleground. After their 1:3 loss in the first leg Chelsea's manager Claudio Ranieri was a sitting duck. And Jose Mourinho his designated successor. The only question was, would they...


Retro Recap: Jose Leaves His Card, Man United vs Porto, Mar 9th 2004

United were in a sorry state in early 2004. Well, if you go off their usual standard. Rio Ferdinand had been handed an 8-month ban for missing a drug test. Missing their defensive lychpin United could hardly keep a clean sheet. At Porto, for the first leg of a CL R16 encounter, they even lost 1:2. What's more, Roy Keane was sent off in the closing moments for stamping on Porto's goalie Vitor Baia. Heartbreak for the United faithful, though, arrived only late. Like, share, subscribe! Follow...


Retro Recap: A New Generation, Ajax vs PSV, Feb 8th 2004

This week our trip through the 2003/04 season takes us to Holland. As they meet in February 2004 PSV and Ajax are tied for first place. PSV are the reigning champions, in large part thanks to Mateja Kezman. Ajax boast a side rivalling their mid-90s team in sheer talent. This match features seven players who would go on to play in the World Cup final 2010. Like, share, subscribe! Follow us on Twitter at Join us on Facebook Visit the website...


Retro Recap: 10-Man City Stun Spurs, Tottenham vs Man City, Feb 4th 2004

These days not much separates Tottenham and Manchester City. The same could be said for the early aughts, only with a vastly different level of play. A lot of hoofball on display then in this FA Cup Fourth Round Replay. The hosts have already claimed a decisive lead when City's Joey Barton gets himself sent off shortly before half time. Surely it would be smooth sailing for Spurs after the break? Like, share, subscribe! Follow us on Twitter at Join us on Facebook...


Retro Recap: Henry Puts Nerazzurri To The Sword, Inter vs Arsenal, Nov 25th 2003

There were days in the early aughts when Thierry Henry was simply unstoppable. Unfortunately for Internazionale November 25th 2003 was such a day. The Invincibles were guests at San Siro that day but while their domestic campaign was taking off, Europe seemed elusive. On the fifth Champions League matchday a win was needed to survive in the competition. Luckily for the Gunners they had Henry. Like, share, subscribe! Follow us on Twitter at Join us on Facebook...


Retro Recap: Nedved Dominates Rematch, Milan vs Juventus, Nov 1st 2003

The Champions League final of 2002/03 had seen Milan take on Juventus. The latter had to do without the mercurial Pavel Nedved on the day. And it showed. Bereft of much attacking threat Juve limped into a penalty shootout which they lost. For the rematch in Serie A the following autumn Nedved had some demons to exorcise. Like, share, subscribe! Follow us on Twitter at Join us on Facebook Visit the website for shownotes.


Retro Recap: Aimar Schools Torres, Atletico Madrid vs Valencia CF, Sept 20th 2003

Our journey through the 2003/04 season continues. Having taken a look at Barcelona and Real Madrid it's now time to take stock of Spain's third power. No, not Atletico but Valencia! Because in the early 2000s Los Che likely came closest to break up the duell of Barca and Real. With Rafa Benitez on the sidelines Valencia had claimed La Liga in 2001/02. In Europe too they had come mighty close... What would 2003/04 hold in store? Like, share, subscribe! Follow us on Twitter at...


Retro Recap: Real Madrid's 7-2 Demolition of Valladolid, Sept 13th 2003

Our romp through the 2003/04 season continues. After checking in on Ronaldinho at Barca we're crossing the Clasico divide. A certain David Beckham had joined the Galacticos party in the summer of 2003. Los Blancos had already picked up their first silverware of the season (the Spanish Super Cup) and were hosting Valladolid on the third matchday of the season. Like, share, subscribe! Follow us on Twitter at Join us on Facebook Visit the...


Retro Recap: Ronaldinho's Home Debut for Barca vs Sevilla, Sept 3rd 2003

In the summer of 2003 a bucktoothed Brazilian took Barcelona by storm. His name: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, or rather just Ronaldinho. For our latest Retro Recap we're taking a look at his home debut, played on September 3rd 2003. Barcelona hosted Sevilla. To check out the TFT piece I mentioned visit: and for the match report in the Guardian visit: Like, share, subscribe! Follow us on Twitter at Join us on Facebook...


Snoozefest Or Defensive Master Class? w/ Laura Bradburn; CL Final 02/03, Juve vs Milan (S01E11)

What happens when an immovable object meets another immovable object? Well we found out just that having re-watched the Champions League final 2002/03. An All-Italian affair, contested between Juventus and Milan, one could have expected a rather tepid offensive output. Beauty however is in the eye of the beholder and so we honed in on the defensive genius of Maldini, Gattuso & Co. Trying to help us make sense of the state of calcio around '02/03 was Laura Bradburn. You can find her blog at...


Decoding The World Cup 1930, w/ Dean Lockyer

On July 30th 1930 Uruguay won the first ever World Cup. In the final held at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo they beat Argentina 4:2. Of that we can be certain. But how much of what we read and hear about the tournament should we take at face value? Dean Lockyer has spent several years battling this very question. On his blog he digs through newspaper archives, memoirs, photographs, and every other bit of information covering the World Cup 1930....


Talking Polish Football History From A to Zbigniew, w/ Christopher Lash (@rightbankwarsaw)

In recent years the Polish national side has been trending up. Robert Lewandowski has established himself as one of the premier forwards in the game. A number of talents are starting to make a name for themselves. At the World Cup 2018, with a bit of luck, Poland could progress into the knock-out stages. There used to be a time when the Biało-Czerwoni belonged to the elite of world football. A unique generation of players saw them finish third at the World Cup 1974: Tomaszewski, Zmuda,...


YYFPonTour: U21 Euro Recap Matchday 3, Preview Semi-Finals, Polish Youth & Amateur Football

All good things come to an end (cue a Calum Chambers error against Germany). But, when it comes to our Poland Tour, we at least went out with a bang: a triple header on Saturday. We started with a local youth match, dipped our toe into lower league football, and finished up the tour with the classic Italy Germany match-up. We'll recap our impressions of the local trade in the final segment of this episode. First we recap the U21 Euro action of matchday 3 in all of the groups, and preview...


YYFPonTour: U21 Euro Recap Matchday 2

Travelling more than 1.500km we caught three matches at the U21 Euros within three days. Kielce, Gydnia, Tychy: Some great football was on display in Poland. And we got to see England's "Young Lions" play too! We recap the action of the second matchday and talk about our impressions on the road. Minutes: 0:02:30 Impressions from Slovakia vs England in Kielce 0:12:45 Group A as it stands ahead of Matchday 3 0:17:00 Impressions from Portugal vs Spain in Gdynia 0:35:30 Group B as it stands...


YYFPonTour: U21 Euro Recap Matchday1

Coming to you live from Kraków it is a raw, unedited bonus episode of the YYFPod in which we look towards the future instead of delving into the past. We are on location for the U21 European Championship and re-cap the action from the first matchday. Spain dominate Group B. Germany and Italy both impress, while Slovakia might be a dark horse favorite? Quick time stamps for the matches / groups: 0:00:00 Denmark vs Italy 0:14:00 Germany vs Czech Republic 0:22:00 Spain & Group B 0:30:00...


Antonio, Antonio, Or: 2016/17 in Review

Somehow we've made it through yet another season without the house of cards that is international club football collapsing in on itself. Reason enough to take stock of the Big 6 in England, ponder where Tuchel will go, and pick sides for the upcoming Champions League final. Head over to Twitter to vote on our match to watch for the upcoming Poland special and get hyped for our matchday pods from the UEFA U21 European Championship:


Neverkusen vs Galácticos w/ Eric Bruehl & Kiyan Sobhani; CL Final 2001/02 (S01E10)

Having finished runners-up more times than anybody in Leverkusen cared to remember, Bayer 04 had claimed the undesirable moniker of "Neverkusen". Playing at times the best football in the country the side ultimately always fell short in collecting silverware. In 2001/02 they lost the Bundesliga title race on the last matchday. A week later they fell to Schalke in the Cup final. Another four days later another defeat in the Champions League final would forever cement their place in...


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