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The Blizzard is a quarterly football publication put together by a cooperative of journalists and authors. These podcasts feature some of the best articles from our back catalogue, and recordings of live Q&A events we hold with our writers around the UK. Our main aim is to provide a platform for top-class writers from across the globe to enjoy the space and the freedom to write what they like about the football stories that matter to them.

The Blizzard is a quarterly football publication put together by a cooperative of journalists and authors. These podcasts feature some of the best articles from our back catalogue, and recordings of live Q&A events we hold with our writers around the UK. Our main aim is to provide a platform for top-class writers from across the globe to enjoy the space and the freedom to write what they like about the football stories that matter to them.
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Sunderland, United Kingdom

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The Blizzard is a quarterly football publication put together by a cooperative of journalists and authors. These podcasts feature some of the best articles from our back catalogue, and recordings of live Q&A events we hold with our writers around the UK. Our main aim is to provide a platform for top-class writers from across the globe to enjoy the space and the freedom to write what they like about the football stories that matter to them.

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@blzzrd

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English


Episodes

Rise and Fall of Castel Rigone

5/10/2019
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The entrepreneur, the village team and the experiment in humanistic capitalism. In Episode One Hundred and Seventeen, we take a look back to "Rise and Fall of Castel Rigone" by Pedar Foss, first published in Issue 14, in September 2014. You can buy our latest magazine, Issue 32, here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/i…sue-thirty-two And access our entire archives here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/articles

Duration:00:24:27

End Of The Road

4/26/2019
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Gretna's rise was a romantic fairy-tale; their collapse provides grimly real lessons for all of Scottish football. In Episode One Hundred and Sixteen, we take a look back to "End of the Road" by Richard Winton, first published in Issue 7, in December 2012. You can buy our latest magazine, Issue 32, here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/i…sue-thirty-two And access our entire archives here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/articles

Duration:00:15:14

Capitalist Traitor

4/15/2019
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Milan Mandarić on exile from Yugoslavia, success in California and his return to Europe. In Episode One Hundred and Fifteen, we take a look back to "Capitalist Traitor" by Lukáš Vráblik, first published in Issue 27, in December 2017. You can buy our latest magazine, Issue 32, here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-two And access our entire archives here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/articles

Duration:00:14:19

Live in London

3/30/2019
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The audio recording from the first half of our event in London on Thursday 21st March. The panel, hosted by Marcus Speller, featured Jonathan Wilson, Philippe Auclair and Miguel Delaney, and discussed favourite Euros memories, the future of the game, diversity in football media and finally being proven right about Joachim Löw.

Duration:00:37:05

Offshore Development

3/15/2019
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The story of Zanzibar’s long and successful struggle for international recognition. In episode one hundred and thirteen we take a look back to "Offshore Development" by Simone Pierotti, first published in Issue 25, in June 2017. You can buy our latest mag, Issue 32, here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-two

Duration:00:21:44

Another Place

2/28/2019
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The story of how Richarlison escaped the drug gangs of Nova Venécia to make a career in the Premier League. In episode One Hundred and Twelve we take a look forward to "Another Place" by Simon Hart, due to be published in March 2019. You can preorder Issue 32 here: https://theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-two Buy tickets for The Blizzard Live in London here:...

Duration:00:17:18

What Makes A Nation?

2/15/2019
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The 2011 French race furore ignored the diversity of France's footballing culture. In episode One Hundred and Eleven we take a look back to "What Makes a Nation?" by Philippe Auclair, first published in Issue 2 in September 2011. Read the full article here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/article/what-makes-nation For access to the entire Blizzard collection, subscribe here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/subscriptions

Duration:00:18:48

Namesakes

2/3/2019
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Everton have had two Alex Youngs: one’s the subject of a Ken Loach film, the other killed his brother. In episode One Hundred and Ten we take a look back to "Namesakes" by James Corbett, first published in Issue 17 in June 2015. Read the full article here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/article/namesakes Issue 17, like all issues of the Blizzard, is available for £12 plus postage on www.theblizzard.co.uk. Since we’ve relaunched the website, all our articles, including this one, are available...

Duration:00:38:40

Live In Dublin

12/14/2018
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The entire audio recording from our event in Dublin on Monday 3rd December. The panel, hosted by Andrew Mangan, featured Jonathan Wilson, Philippe Auclair and Miguel Delaney, and discussed the Premier League "title race", the worst tackles ever seen and Jose Mourinho's future.

Duration:01:30:07

At Home

9/11/2018
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"I wasn’t at the stadium in Lyon. I was watching the game on a not-so-big TV screen in a pub near Soho Square in central London, and Japan still went out of the tournament as the bottom of the group losing all three games. But there, I witnessed Japan making a mark, albeit a small one, in the world of football. After going 2-0 down, we scored a goal, the greatest joy in the game of football – our first World Cup goal. "To non-Japanese eyes, it might have looked a mere consolation late in the...

Duration:00:06:43

Live In Manchester (Jose Mourinho edition)

9/3/2018
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The first half of our live event in Manchester on Thursday 30th August. Yes, we know the sound quality isn't the greatest throughout, and we apologise, but would like to bring you at least some of the evening's discussion for those who couldn't make it along. The panel, hosted by Rory Smith, featured Jonathans Wilson and Northcroft and Miguel Delaney, and in the first half of the evening focussed pretty much exclusively on developments over on the red side of Manchester.

Duration:00:44:24

Alternate Title

4/13/2018
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"The fact that he was asked to change the title only adds to the effect. He had picked up the phrase from the broadcast media. So how could it be inappropriate for broadcast media? What kind of place was this? In such circumstances, what could be a better alternate title than “Alternate Title”? Micky Dolenz had come, walked down our streets, and with no song-writing finesse to filter through the experience, had successfully transformed his confusion about English contradictions into art. Our...

Duration:00:10:11

Breaking The Mould

4/6/2018
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"Saelua's role in giving some dignity back to one of the worst teams in the world made waves across the globe. "Korean TV came to my house to do an interview. It was kind of weird," Saelua said. "I would have people from New York call in and say they wanted to come to my house and do a photo shoot and interviews and stuff. All the attention was very overwhelming." "There was less of a ripple in the trans community. Plenty don't care about the "macho" elements of sport, according to Juliet...

Duration:00:08:26

Blue Period

3/23/2018
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"Only two things dominated the lives of any schoolboy growing up in Johannesburg in the late 1970s – sport and girls. Girls were a proposition too various and complicated to contemplate, so we sublimated frantically and played more sport than we were already playing. Scratch soccer games at break-time. Cricket, rugby, touch-rugby. We swam, considered water polo. We even tried athletics. "If we discovered that we were ill-suited to rugby and self-loathing to any great degree, we heard the...

Duration:00:16:38

Issue 28

3/15/2018
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Issue Twenty Eight is out now, and jam-packed full of interesting and enlightening articles - we've got David Winner, Anthony Clavane and Jonathan Wilson tackling Brexit; interviews with Andi Herzog and Carlos Alberto Parreira; a photo essay from the Polish non-leagues; eight of the worst seasons in living memory; John Brewin on the Nevilles, the Gallaghers and football in Manchester; Sean Cole on Notts County's failed dalliance with Munto Finance and much more. Head to...

Duration:00:02:23

The Clubs Behind The Countries

3/9/2018
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"Atlético Madrid 0 SpVgg Fürth 2; Lucchese 1 Manchester City 0; Triestina 3 Ajax 0; Benfica 0 Rot Weiss Essen 1. Not, as might be supposed, the scorelines from some long-forgotten round of the Uefa or Intertoto Cup, but a rather different measure of footballing success." In episode One Hundred and Two we revisit "The Clubs Behind the Countries" by Richard Jolly, first published in Issue Thirteen in June 2014. Read the full article here:...

Duration:00:11:28

Dessert Comes At The End

2/24/2018
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"It all goes to show that less can sometimes be more. This might jar with US thinking about sport, but keeping international competitions so open that the best teams rarely meet — or possibly don't at all — has been football's secret master-stroke. It turns the latter stages into must-view events. The Champions League brand plays heavily on the exclusivity and scarcity of its product." In episode One Hundred and One we look back on "Dessert Comes at the End by Raphael Honigstein, first...

Duration:00:08:24

Route One

2/2/2018
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"Beck would go to great lengths in search of the smallest advantage. Visiting sides were made to feel as unwelcome as possible, with the heating turned off in the cramped away dressing room and flat, soggy practice balls given out. It was psychological warfare. The impact of these unsporting practices and intimidation tactics is impossible to quantify, and many felt they were done simply for effect – pseudoscience to create a hostile atmosphere. Meanwhile, Cambridge players were forced to...

Duration:00:18:38

Ronaldo In Moscow

11/17/2017
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"That 1997-98 Uefa Cup campaign was the last we saw of the 'pure' Ronaldo. Nike's 'R9' brand soon sprang into action, forgetting it had a human at its core. The striker changed his Inter shirt number from 10 to 9 and became the greatest commodity in world sport, selling everything from tyres to sunglasses. Rushed back from one serious injury after another, he lost two years of his career to chronic knee problems until making his comeback in the 2002 World Cup, scoring eight goals on the way...

Duration:00:08:49

Tour of Duty (with By Association)

11/10/2017
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For this week’s episode we present the most recent offering from By Association, an award-winning narrative podcast about football, based in Australia. They took inspiration from Davidde Corran’s article ‘Tour of Duty’, originally published in Issue Three of The Blizzard in December 2011. For a brand new audio documentary each month, subscribe to By Association on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your audio output. Learn more about the show at their website – byassociation.audio To find...

Duration:00:25:44