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Sound Of Football Podcast 328 - Idealists and idiots

How could Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side have lost to a team that has won three times as many European trophies in the past four seasons? Instead of celebrating qualifying for an FA Cup semi-final at the weekend, much of the conversation around Jose Mourinho and his side still centres around their exit from the Champions League just a few days earlier, and the unconventional press conference he treated everyone to afterwards. While the rant, for want of a better word, did little to...


Sound Of Football Podcast 327 - Fan action

The actions of a small minority of fans at the London Stadium last weekend have been widely condemned but have also drawn attention to the troubles at West Ham. While most fan groups involved agree that something must be done, just how they go about it has led to division and threats of violence. With acts of collective protest now easier than ever to organise, what steps can fans take to show their dissatisfaction? Terry, Graham and Jan look at the situation in East London and in other...


Sound Of Football Podcast 326 - Arsenal Fan TV

Is Arsenal Fan TV the future of football punditry? Is supporter-led and created content the way forward? Ed Carter from the Twohundredpercent podcast sits in for Jan to discuss the YouTube channel that has become his, as a Brighton fan, firm favourite. A service with phenomenal metrics, we ask just why the formula works so well for Arsenal Fan TV and why it doesn't seem to work so well at other clubs. Recorded on Monday night, Terry also goes through the pain of watching his team, Crystal...


Sound Of Football Podcast 325 - Doubling down

How far is there for Sunderland to fall? Facing back-to-back relegations, the club has been offered for sale by the owner, Ellis Short, for £0. Bottom of the Championship with mounting debts what hope is there for those, like Jan, who are fans of the club? You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3. If you are a fan of Sunderland (or even if you're not) and you're on Twitter, you might want to follow Jan's latest project @RokerRoar73 -...


Sound Of Football Podcast 324 - New World Cup kits

New kits for this summer's World Cup are launching every week. Chris Oakley makes a welcome return to the podcast to discuss the rather familiar look to many of the designs. You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3. What's in the Weekend Boxset? Arsenal and Manchester City, two teams that were humbled in the FA Cup, have somehow managed to make it to the Caraboa Cup final, while in the Premier League Chelsea make the trip to Old...


Sound Of Football Podcast 323 - Does anyone know the rules?

The contentious incidents at the climax of this weekend's fixture between Liverpool and Spurs highlighted again the problems involved when the laws of the game, or their interpretation, differ from how players, coaches and fans expect them to work. This week Graham, Terry and Jan discuss the controversy surrounding the incidents in the match and the furore in the press conferences and social media that followed. They ask whether journalists should be subject to censure when their line of...


Sound Of Football Podcast 322 - A safe pair of hands

According to the number crunchers, if xG were actual Gs Manchester United would be languishing in 6th place - just one place above Crystal Palace. Is the difference between what should have happened and what did happen largely down to the performances of David de Gea in goal? His numbers this season are phenomenal even for a player who has already set high standards. By many people's reckoning, his closest rival to the title of best goalkeeper in the Premier League is Thibaut Courtois but...


Sound Of Football Podcast 321 - One Jimmy Armfield

The passing of Jimmy Armfield this week has rightly been marked across football in England. A true gentleman of the game respected as a player, a manager and in most people's memories, as a summariser on Radio 5 Live. Graham and Terry pay their respects to the great man and also remember Cyrille Regis - a genuine trailblazer in the English game. On a less sombre note, we ponder whether the new England Women's manager will in fact be Tracey Neville rather than her less experienced brother...


Sound Of Football Podcast 320 - Player power

Do players have too much power or have valuable players earned the right to take whatever opportunities they think a career of match-altering performances deserve? This week Graham, Terry and Jan look at this window's more contentious transfer sagas including Alexis Sanchez's drawn-out move away from Arsenal and why it's taking so long for Naby Keita to join Liverpool from RB Leipzig when it's already a done deal. Terry throws some background on Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's possible move...


Sound Of Football Podcast 319 - All over for another year

Football can be a bit of a disappointment at times. Sometimes your favourite players leave for your rivals, other times your side puts in a woeful performance against a side they really should beat. Occasionally, these disappointing things all come at once. Usually in January. We kick off 2018 with a look at a disappointing weekend for our respective clubs in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Graham's team Arsenal went out to Nottingham Forest, Jan's team Sunderland went out to Middlesbrough....


Sound Of Football Podcast 318 - 2017 Advent Calendar

Crackers, tinsel, Brussels Sprouts: there are some things that it just wouldn't be Christmas without. For us on the Sound of Football it wouldn't be Christmas without our annual Advent Calendar. Settle down with a fistful of Quality Street and join Graham, Terry and Jan for their final podcast of 2017, as they open each of the 24 doors and look ahead to what they think will be the big talking points in the world of football in 2018. Merry Christmas from all of us at the Sound of...


Sound Of Football Podcast 317 - Just what you always wanted

Christmas is almost up on us and many listeners will have well-meaning relatives thinking of buying them something football related as a stocking filler. About 10 years ago the go-to answer was the football compilation video, usually presented by an ex-pro or a football-friendly TV personality, but what's available these days? From Danny Baker's first offerings on VHS to the latest releases 89 and Kenny, Graham, Terry and Jan look at the rise, demise and reinvention of the football...


Sound Of Football Podcast 316 - Great expectations

For fans of football in England, this weekend was book-ended by two important cup draws. On Friday, those with an interest in the national team discovered who England would be facing in next summer's World Cup. While on Monday evening, just a couple of hours before we recorded this week's podcast, the draw for the 3rd round of the FA Cup was made - the traditional half-way point of the season and a time when many see an opportunity for a change in fortune for their sides. Following their...


Sound Of Football Podcast 315 - So VAR, so...

It's now almost eight months since Video Assistant Referees (VARs) were introduced into professional football in the A-League. Since then the system has been trialed in MLS, the Bundesliga and Serie A. With more than a hundred games now played in both of those European Leagues we should now have a good feel for how the new system works in the real world. Regular listeners will know that this pod has always taken a position against the introduction of technology in football, has this...


Sound Of Football Podcast 314 - Unofficial 2018 World Cup draw

A biennial treat for us here at the Sound Of Football are our unofficial draws for major international tournaments. This week's podcast is our fifth such draw having begun back in 2009 just before the official draw for South Africa 2010. This year's draw has the added complication of having the teams from the various confederations dispersed throughout the pots and with each group restricted to one per confederation (two for UEFA) there is the potential of things going horribly wrong....


Sound Of Football Podcast 313 - Confessions of a football tourist

Football tourism: a delight for those looking to expand their football horizons or just another aspect of globalisation eating away at the traditions of the game? With Jan on his way to his first foreign football experience in Germany this weekend, to watch 'Gladbach play Hertha in Berlin, Terry and Graham recount their own experiences of watching games on the continent. You can listen to the podcast here or if you right click on that link, you can download the MP3. What's in the...


Sound Of Football Podcast 312 - The managerial merry-go-round 2017

The managerial merry-go-round is spinning again. Just weeks after Leicester and Everton part ways with their manager, both West Ham and Sunderland have seen fit to follow suit. Much has been said recently at lack of the opportunities for promising British coaches but is that down to the influx of foreign coaches or more down to the fact that after sacking a manager, chairman want the calm, steadying influence of an Allardyce, a Hodgson or even a Moyes? Are the jobs going to the right...


Sound Of Football Podcast 311 - The kids are alright

When the England Under 17s lost the final of their Euros on penalties back in May few would have thought it would be the start of an incredible summer for England's youth teams. In June, a squad made up largely of the U18s won the Toulon Tournament, this was eclipsed in the same month by the U20s winning their World Cup in South Korea. July saw the U19s return from Georgia as European Champions. Last weekend the U17s bounced back from that Euros defeat to add their World Cup to an already...


Sound Of Football Podcast 310 - Is the FA fit for purpose?

The FA's slapdash mishandling of the latest of a series of crises was brutally exposed by the damning evidence of racism and bullying presented by Eni Aluko to a House of Commons select committee last week. If these problems are happening near the top, what the hell is going on further down within the structure of football? Terry, Graham and Jan discuss the latest shambles surrounding the FA and ask what can and what should be done to fix it. You can listen to the podcast here or if you...


Sound Of Football Podcast 309 - Allowing the big to get bigger

Every time the biggest clubs in England demand more of football's financial pie, it comes with the promise that the national team will become stronger as a result of whatever changes they suggest. From EPPP to the formation of the Premier League itself, every grab for further power for the most powerful comes with the same tired and patently obvious lie. Yes, England do keep qualifying for tournaments but since the formation of the Premier League, the national teams of all of the four...


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