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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...

Duration: 00:36:58

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....

Duration: 00:34:56

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...

Duration: 00:52:05

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...

Duration: 00:35:22

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...

Duration: 00:32:46

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...

Duration: 00:40:09

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....

Duration: 00:37:07

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...

Duration: 00:37:36

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...

Duration: 00:39:04

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...

Duration: 00:40:13

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...

Duration: 00:40:49

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

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