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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...

Duration: 00:37:04

Sound Of Football Podcast 308 - Homage to Catalonia

Should football and politics be separated? Can it even? Last weekend, Barcelona played their home match against Las Palmas behind closed doors after La Liga refused a postponement due to the civil unrest surrounding the government breaking up an independence referendum. The decision sent a powerful political message in a time where politics is never far from anything. Could a similar furore to that of the NFL players protesting against racially motivated police brutality soon be seen here...

Duration: 00:35:01

Sound Of Football Podcast 307 - Beyond the dreams of avarice

Bayern Munich, the fourth richest club in the world, are in crisis. With this week's defeat at the hands of PSG (which cost Carlo Ancelotti his job) it seems that despite being the financial bully boys in their own league, they struggle to compete with the new mega-rich powers. It concerns those who run the club so much that they are making noises about a Europe-wide salary cap and maybe an end to 50+1 ownership rules that are the envy of fan groups in other countries. With money pouring...

Duration: 00:36:42

Sound Of Football Podcast 306 - Do we need segregation?

The segregation of football fans into home and away sections has been a part of professional football for so long that few can remember what it was like before it was put in place. The controversy over last week's Europa League tie, where thousands of FC Köln fans acquired unwanted home tickets, has called into question the necessity of separating fans - a practice that is unique to football. This week Graham, Terry and Jan analyse what happened at the Emirates and look at what - if...

Duration: 00:37:07

Sound Of Football Podcast 305 - Pushing the panic button

Arsenal's weekend demolition at the hands of Liverpool this weekend, plunged the club firmly back under the label of "Crisis Club" - and (maybe unsurprisingly) they aren't the only team in that position. Crystal Palace and West Ham are already being touted as sides that could be looking for a new manager soon, while those who thought Tottenham would struggle at Wembley have adopted a smug countenance following Burnley's last minute equaliser there. With the added pressure of the transfer...

Duration: 00:32:37

Sound Of Football Podcast 304 - Who needs a sporting director?

The role of sporting director, or director of football as it's sometimes called, is meant to allow for a separation of the tactical and the strategic operations of football management. While it may be commonplace in parts of Europe, its use in the UK has had mixed results, largely down to mistrust from traditional managers but also by some baffling appointments - Joe Kinnear at Newcastle, readily springs to mind. On this week's podcast, Graham, Jan and the returning Terry, discuss this...

Duration: 00:35:16

Sound Of Football Podcast 303 - Russia and the World Cup

With now less than 10 months to go before the start of next summer's World Cup in Russia, we begin our build up to the tournament with an in-depth look at the host nation. Will the stadia be ready in time? Will the home team be any good? Graham and Jan are joined by writer and podcaster Manuel Veth from the Futbolgrad network. A frequent visitor to Russia, Manu has recently returned from watching the Confederations Cup. In addition to his excellent knowledge of domestic football in...

Duration: 00:33:51

Sound Of Football Podcast 302 - Kicking off Premier League 17/18

While Southern Europe scorches in a heatwave, conditions in England are perfect for the return of football. For a summer that was supposedly football free, there seemed to be plenty on offer, with England's youth teams collecting international trophies by the armful. But club football is inevitably what we crave and our fix arrives this weekend with the start of a new Premier League season. As ever at the start of a new season, positivity is in abundance: Terry is cockahoop that his side...

Duration: 00:41:47

Sound Of Football Podcast 301 - The end of the season show

We've finally made it to the end of the season: the Leagues are all finished and the cups are being handed out. What better time to look at how the dust is settling on 2016/17? Graham, Terry and Jan select some of their highlights of the season, including their team of the year and the best bit of punditry (well done, Glenn). Terry and Jan will also be looking at what the future holds for their respective clubs now that Palace and Sunderland are managerless. Recorded before the weekend's...

Duration: 00:38:05

Sound Of Football Podcast 300 - The triple century show

Summer is coming and with it a slew of competitions that don't really mean anything. Or do they? When does a hokey summer tournament turn into something that actually counts? All football tournaments are made up so how do we differentiate between the stuff worth celebrating and the stuff opposing fans can happily deride. Drawing on their own experience of the globalised game, Graham, Terry and Jan look at the perceived rights and wrongs of expanding community based clubs to a worldwide...

Duration: 00:34:58

Sound Of Football Podcast 299 - Integrity and the play-offs

While many sides are still battling for promotion or escaping relegation, when it gets to this stage of the season the majority of sides have little or nothing to play for. Except, that is, for "the Integrity of the League" - that old-fashioned concept that stipulates that everyone is honour-bound to try their hardest to win every game, even when there seems little point in stretching yourself. David Wagner is the latest to have an accusing finger pointed in his direction after his almost...

Duration: 00:32:52

Sound Of Football Podcast 298 - A Messi world

Is Lionel Messi the greatest footballer of all time? His performance in last Sunday's EL Clasico 3-2 victory for Barcelona at the Bernabeu could well be the finest individual performance ever seen. His winning goal, scored with just a few seconds of injury time remaining, was also his 500th for Barcelona. His scoring record alone is remarkable but when coupled with the fact that he doesn't turn 30 until June, his career figures begin to look like the stuff of implausible fiction. Ronaldo,...

Duration: 00:41:26

Sound Of Football Podcast 297 - Under new management

Harry Redknapp is back, having been swiftly appointed as Birmingham City manager following Gianfranco Zola's exit at the weekend. This piece of surprising news came just a few days after the announcement that Tony Adams had taken over as caretaker manager at Granada CF. Surprising news is always good for those producing topical football discussion podcasts. On this week's podcast, Graham, Terry and Jan jump on the managerial merry-go-round and look at whose hats are being thrown into...

Duration: 00:36:42

Sound Of Football Podcast 296 - Escaping the trapdoor

Squeaky bum time is here: titles are waiting to be taken, play-off places are being snapped-up and the sucking maw of the relegation trapdoor has groaned open. On this week's podcast, Graham, Terry and Jan get together to watch Crystal Palace (Terry's team) take on Arsenal (Graham's team). Both sides have plenty to play for with Palace starting the game still in the relegation mire and Arsenal struggling for form in the chase for their usual Champions League spot Join us the gardens of...

Duration: 00:33:42

Sound Of Football Podcast 295 - Having a flutter

The link between watching football and having a bet seems to be stronger than it ever was - half of the teams in the Premier League are sponsored by betting companies and the ad breaks during live matches are over-flowing with odds and options. With the wealth of information available today at your fingertips, it seems a world away from the days of Spot The Ball. On this week's podcast, Graham, Terry and Jan look at the relationship between football fans and gambling from the football...

Duration: 00:37:04

Sound Of Football 294 - National team fans v Non-league fans

As a pivotal international break draws to a close we find ourselves in reflective mood. By the time you've got to almost 300 podcasts, you might think there are few questions about football left to ask ourselves. However this week we stumbled upon a question that the only reason we've never asked it must surely be because we had been subconsciously avoiding it. This week we pose this question: who are weirder, those who go to watch their national team or those who watch non-league...

Duration: 00:35:14

Sound Of Football Podcast 293 - The Nations League

The Nations League is on its way - UEFA's solution to uncompetitive matches and too many unnecessary friendlies. A two-year cycle of promotion and relegation, a new alternative to qualification play-offs, and a shiny new cup for Europe's elite to battle for, are just some of the promised benefits when it kicks off in September 2018. And what better time to discuss this than during an international break - a time when the term "meaningless friendly" is never too far from the thoughts of...

Duration: 00:36:20

Sound Of Football Podcast 292 - Rise of the VAR

The use of technology in football is something that this podcast has always viewed with a suspicious eye. Now, however, following a groundbreaking decision last year, the Video Assistant Referees (VARs) are on their way whether we like them or not. So is it time for us to embrace change and look forward to the new age of technologically enhanced decision-making? Graham, Terry and Jan take a long look at the information material being produced by FIFA and IFAB (which as Jan points out,...

Duration: 00:43:34

Sound Of Football Podcast 291 - With intent

Controversial actions and decisions are far from uncommon in football. The match between Manchester United and Bournemouth last weekend had more than usual. Many of the incidents, including the two most controversial, were seemingly missed by the referee but were soon leapt upon by commentators. United's Zlatan Ibrahimavitch and the Cherries' Tyrone Mings got embroiled in two incidents that saw the former having his head trodden on and the latter receiving an elbow in the face. On...

Duration: 00:37:04

Sound Of Football Podcast 290 - Winning's for losers

If any babies were conceived on the night Leicester lifted the title, they might not have been born by the time Claudio Ranieri was sacked, such is the speed in which fortunes can be reversed in the Premier League. The previous title winning coach, Jose Mourinho, didn't even manage to see the year out. Pellegrini before him lasted a season and a half before being told his contract wasn't to be extended. He, of course, took over from Mancini - a role he was linked with just eight months...

Duration: 00:35:04

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