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One World Sports: The Summer Madness Tour

Just as the new domestic club season appears in the road ahead, we set the transition course from a summer tournament that disappointed many, straight into the ongoing saga of Paul Pogba and even explore the change at the top of the England National Team as Big Sam enters the frame. International commentator Tim Caple joins the show to take on these topics and also take a look at the big two clubs in the Bundesliga who are once again exchanging ideas in the transfer market while one of...

Duration: 00:47:30

BTP Premium: Transfer Season Checkpoints

With less than 30 days away from the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season, Anto and Phil jump on the line to take a look at a key juncture of the off-season to calculate which of the top clubs of a season ago have made the best moves, who needs to get into gear and also weigh in on some top transfers that could alter the balance. We explore the ongoing saga for Paul Pogba to make a bold statement there, the impact of Antonio Conte at Chelsea as he looks to shore up the toughness of...

Duration: 00:38:00

BTP Premium: Triumph, Tours and Transfers

Since the end of EURO2016 much has been said about the quality on the pitch and perhaps even more about how few goals have been scored, but for Anto and Phil the competition itself revealed so much more about the sport, where it's headed and told us even more about one of its reigning superstars who has now matched his club exploits with a trophy that will distinguish him among the greats. Make no mistake about it, when we look back at this tournament we will remember Cristiano Ronaldo...

Duration: 00:58:15

BTP Premium: EURO Finale and The Pogba Obsession

One last match to go to determine a champion of Europe, cast against a new backdrop of one superstar chasing international glory at last and another who stands to match the opportunity to his hype as Portugal looks to unseat host nation France. Anto and Phil take a look at how France and Portugal find themselves in the final encounter, what failed Germany at the semi-final stage once again and whether Manchester United is suffering from a Paul Pogba obsession as a summer of big names...

Duration: 00:40:19

One World Sports: Value Deals and Transfer Trends

With the first official deals now in place as the transfer window begins, once again we dig deeper into the many of the trends, possible moves and clubs with a real sense of urgency as a market shaped by external factors could begin to take some important turns amidst unexpected issues which could surface this summer. No sector or league will not feel the pinch of volatile currency issues in the wake of Brexit, new Chinese money entering the transfer system like never before and the impact...

Duration: 00:47:20

BTP Premium: The Copa Effect

Ever since the US National Team fulfilled its target of a semi-final result at Copa Centenario, the heat surrounding its complex manager Jurgen Klinsmann has been turned down to a simmer as the next stage soon returns back to World Cup qualification. However, that does not mean that rampant speculation about his future has not subsided. In fact, it does appear that this part of the tale has some consideration to be flushed out as links to the England national team job may suggest an...

Duration: 00:38:15

BTP Premium: EURO2016 Jackpots and Long Shots

Anto and Phil take another look at the checkpoint stories from a surprising quarterfinal round that truly illustrates the key facets to EURO2016 where some of the favorites finally fell, more appear to be destined for failure and whether Germany-Italy will turn into the heavyweight scrum most believe it will be. We also look again back at England-Iceland as the upstarts are set to match destinies with the host nation France. How unexpected should this upset really be viewed given the...

Duration: 00:37:15

BTP Premium: Tournament Clashes and Transfers

In this segment Anto and Phil are joined by Gab Marcotti to take a look at the quarterfinal field in advance of the big clash between Germany-Italy as well as weighing in on a couple of big transfer targets that signal a huge turn for Manchester United as Jose Mourinho has secured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and apparently Henrikh Mkhitaryan. We also examine how many of the strikers who have performed for their clubs have failed to show up in EURO2016 to date, how fear might be tempering some...

Duration: 00:25:45

One World Sports: Copa Calamity and England Erased

A very significant week in world football as disappointing milestones and remarkable results mark the landscape from two tournaments where a champion was confirmed and continued upsets and miscalculations continue to demonstrate how EURO2016 has defied expectations and thrown up some huge surprises that are sending shockwaves back to some prominent football federations. Joining Anto for this episode is broadcaster and pundit Janusz Michallik to consider the damage done to England by an...

Duration: 00:49:30

BTP Premium: Wasted Chances in Full Bloom

As both summer tournaments continue into the single elimination rounds, Anto and Phil take on the matter of what is wrong with England and why the goals have dried up so much in EURO2016 as many of the top 20 target-men are misfiring or are simply not there in France, while in Copa Centenario the marquee names have largely delivered with at least a goal per game more. Joining for a brief appearance from France is Miquel Delaney from ESPN FC to answer to that big question and more - are the...

Duration: 00:28:15

BTP Premium: Takeovers and Tournament Selections

As world football is rightfully distracted by Copa Centenario and EURO2016 big news continues to emerge from the Far East as selection events for the AFC Champions League, World Cup Qualification and new takeovers of European clubs continues with China as a big factor in each of these events. Joining Anto for a look into all these matters is Asian football correspondent John Duerden to examine the remaining field with some new players and stalwarts in the annual continental club tournament...

Duration: 00:36:15

BTP Premium: Brexit Sized Problems in Britain

In the days leading to a very important and hugely polarizing referendum in the UK, Anto is joined by Daniel Geey of Sheridans of London to consider some key ramifications of leaving the European Union for English football and the Premier League, in particular. Work Permits, Quotas, Free Movement of Goods and Services are just some of the topics discussed in this episode as other significant impacts in terms of player allocation and youth player recruitment are also evaluated as well. How...

Duration: 00:24:50

BTP Premium: Fear and Loathing for Infantino

As two continental tournaments continue to provide further cover for some early yet disturbing days at FIFA, there are a number of ongoing questions surrounding the new president both in terms of actual messaging and first round decisions that may have become instantly problematic had the ethics layer not been dismantled by the president himself in the aftermath of his election in February. Joining Anto is David Larkin of ChangeFIFA to examine where FIFA really is in terms of its evolution...

Duration: 00:39:00

Jovan Kirovski on Galaxy Youth, Pulisic and The Future

As Copa Centenario continues to prove to be a positive experience for the US National Team, Anto and Phil are joined by LA Galaxy Technical Director Jovan Kirovski to assess how the tournament is progressing along with a number of technical matters including how the league is evolving and where the future lies within a Galaxy system already delivering young players to its first team. We also explore how technical directors in America view the Far East, the emergence of Christian Pulisic at...

Duration: 00:18:30

BTP Premium: Early Transfer Market Splashdown

Already some important first shots have been fired in the transfer market from both Bayern Munich and Juventus where some important names have now been moved for substantial fees, but surely have further ramifications as new money, new managers and big new projects are soon to envelope the back pages this summer. Joining Anto for a first look at the Italian market which often shapes the higher end moves and the after market moves late in the summer is David Amoyal of

Duration: 00:37:14

Ray Wilkins on England, Conte and Sale of AC Milan

Now that the first round of group stage matches have been completed in France, Anto and Phil are joined by former player, manager and now pundit Ray Wilkins to weigh in on the matter of what next for England, Wales and a number of important topics across European football. We explore the matter of Belgium and Marc Wilmots after a stunning loss to Italy, the arrival of Antonio Conte at Chelsea later this summer and ask the question about why England continues to struggle to meet...

Duration: 00:35:15

Summer Moves and Early Euro Returns

Joining Anto and Phil is former Manchester United, Chelsea and Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich from Australia to give us his take on a variety of early summer returns both in terms of the Premier League and first glance perceptions of the field competing at EURO2016 as the group stage is now underway. We examine the groups for a couple of potential upstarts and surprise packages, who exactly are the favorites and even dig into who could be the dark horses based on early performances....

Duration: 00:20:00

Early Transfer Takes and England Questions at EURO2016

Heading into a weekend when EURO2016 begins its grip on summer football, former Manchester United and Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham joins Anto and Phil for a couple of important early transfer stories that show some first indications of where a number of big clubs in the Premier League could be headed in an off-season ripe with TV revenue and new managers seeking to restock and rebuild. We explore where the move for Jamie Vardy at Arsenal could signal a degree of evolution in the...

Duration: 00:28:15

Richard Keys on EURO2016, Mourinho and Sepp Blatter

Joining Anto and Phil for a quick series of takes into several major topics of the day is BeIN Sports Senior Football Anchor Richard Keys as we are now just days away from the start of EURO2016 featuring a number of talking points for England, security warnings for the tournament and what lurks ahead in a transfer window destined to be shaped by some big names in the Premier League. We also get his perspective on the always controversial figure that is Sepp Blatter, who he recently...

Duration: 00:20:40

One World Sports: New Boss Like the Old Boss

The summer shows no signs of relief for world football as a tournament and more FIFA nonsense dusts up in the aftermath of the Champions League final, and the implications could be massive as details emerge on yet another potential scandal tied to Sepp Blatter over compensation and preparations continue for both EURO2016 and a transfer window already shaping up to be a serious blockbuster in scope. Joining Anto is regular co-host Phil Brown to take on a number of emerging storylines in...

Duration: 01:04:16

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