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This show gets right under the skin of world football with extraordinary stories, interviews, and features from BBC World Service's World Football.




Girona FC: Meeting La Liga's new boys

We spend time with Girona FC as the Catalan club prepares for its first ever season in La Liga. Also on the show, the Burnley manager Sean Dyche talks about his love for dance music and handmade leather shoes. Picture: The Estadia Montilivi stadium during the Spanish Segunda Division match between Girona FC and SD Eibar (Josep Lago/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:26:38

Maty Ryan, Eric Abidal and the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa

Australian goalkeeper Maty Ryan talks about his move to Brighton, initiation songs and how he keeps his feet on he ground. We travel to Lille to find out about the coaching methods of the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa. Plus, Eric Abidal talks about 'crazy' transfer fees and his emotional return to football after twice being diagnosed with cancer. Picture: Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan gestures during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification match between the Socceroos and Tajikistan (Robert...

Duration: 00:26:37

Women's Euro 2017, Yannick Bolasie and a football visionary

Ahead of the Euro 2017 final we discuss the state of the women's game. Yannick Bolasie talks about his rehabilitation following a serious knee injury. And comic book artist Paul Trevillion tells us about the ideas he's had which have shaped the modern game, such as replica kits, mascots and football stickers. Picture: Netherlands' Shanice van de Sanden celebrates after winning the UEFA Womens Euro 2017 football match against Sweden (Credit: DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:26:38

The Journeyman Coach

Some of football's most traveled managers swap stories about their experiences. We're joined by Stephen Constantine, Tom Saintfiet, Vera Pauw and Steve Darby...four coaches who between them have coached more than 20 national teams and countless clubs on four continents. (Photo: India's national football coach Stephen Constantine (R) addresses his players at a training camp in Bangalore (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:32:38

Viking Adventures in the Champions League

We're with Vikingur of the Faroe Islands and FC Copenhagen for the latest round of Uefa Champions League matches. We hear from the FC Copenhagen coach Ståle Solbakken about his near death experience. And the former Denmark midfielder John Jensen tells us how binge eating beef burgers was the secret to their shock European Championship success in 1992. Picture: FC Copenhagen fans (Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:29:53

Kluivert, Wynton Rufer and the Coach of the Philippines

Former USA captain Thomas Dooley talks about coaching the Philippines national team. Is there a secret as to why 25% of Premier League managers used to play for Barcelona? We ask Patrick Kluivert. And the former Werder Breman and New Zealand striker Wynton Rufer tells us about his fascinating career. (Photo: Patrick Kluivert poses with a t-shirt at a Global Legends Series event in Kuala Lumpur. Credit: Charles Pertwee/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:39:01

Meet the Minnows: The Uefa Champions League is Back!

We spend time with Andorra's FC Santa Coloma. Despite being a modest club, the Andorran champions do have a rather special left-back...the former World Cup winner Joan Capdevila. But could this be the end of his illustrious career? We speak to Capdevila and his team-mates as they take on Armenia's Alashkert in the first qualifying round of the Uefa Champions League. We're also in Mitrovica for Trepca 89 v Vikingkur, the first Champions League match to be played in Kosovo. (Picture: BBC)

Duration: 00:29:20

Confederations Cup Part 2: Sochi and St Petersburg

The CEO of Russia's 2018 World Cup organising committee, Alexey Sorokin, reacts to reports that Russia's footballers are being investigated for doping and talks about the lessons learnt at the Confederations Cup. The former Russia and CSKA coach and Leonid Slutsky looks ahead to next year's World Cup. And we talk to FIFA's head of referees Massimo Busacca about the controversy over the use of video technology at the Confederations Cup. (Picture credit: Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:27:50

Confederations Cup Part 1: A week in Moscow

Mani Djazmi reports from the Fifa Confederations Cup speaking to the former Russia captain Alexei Smertin.

Duration: 00:29:12

Portugal's Jose Fonte, Nigeria's Ahmed Musa and Russia's Leonid Slutsky

Portugal's Jose Fonte looks ahead to the Confederations Cup and talks about his international career. Nigeria's Ahmed Musa reflects on his time playing in Russia for CSKA Moscow. We also hear from the former Russia national team coach Leonid Slutsky . Plus, Stuart Baxter explains why he's decided to take on the job of South Africa's national team coach for a second time. (Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:28:28

Remembering Cheick Tiote

Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho pays tribute to Cheick Tiote after the Ivory Coast international collapsed and died during training. Iheanacho also tells us how his manager, Pep Guardiola, was caught up in the recent Manchester bombing...and discusses his own future. Also on the programme, the USA international Herculez Gomez talks about the rivalry between Mexico and the USA. Picture: Cheick Tiote of Newcastle United applauds the supporters following the Premier League match between...

Duration: 00:26:38

Julian Draxler: My Worst Moment

Paris Saint Germain winger Julian Draxler talks about the heartbreak of their dramatic loss to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League this season. Bebeto's baby-cradling goal celebration was one of the iconic images from the 1994 World Cup. The child who inspired that celebration is now a footballer and has just signed for Sporting Lisbon. Bebeto tells us all about him. And we travel to the Colombian jungle to find out about a new football club set up by FARC rebels. (Photo by Aurelien...

Duration: 00:27:02

A Crazy Week in Manama

Has FIFA broken its promise to reform? We're in Bahrain to find out. The Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez talks about the one thing in football he'd love to change. And we visit the West Bank settlements to find out more about the football clubs at the centre of a political row between Israel and Palestine. (Picture credit: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:28:11

Racism, Bribery and an ex-KGB agent

Italy's anti-racism adviser, Fiona May, reacts to the latest incident of racism involving Ghana's Sulley Muntari. As football's corruption scandal reaches Asia, we find out more about the men caught up in the latest bribery allegations. And we're in Latvia to hear a story of match-fixers, ex-KGB agents and a former Premier League player who's simply had enough. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:26:38

Martin Demichelis, Iheanacho and women's football in Colombia

Argentina's Martin Demichelis looks back at Manchester City's title win in 2014 and tells us why his former coach Manuel Pellegrini deserves more respect. The Nigerian internationals Kelechi Iheanacho and Kenneth Omeruo discuss their Premier League futures. Plus, we visit Colombia to find out more about the country's new professional women's league. Picture: Martin Demichelis of Manchester City signals as snow falls during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and...

Duration: 00:27:46

Dwight Yorke, Indonesia and the Assassination of Amilcar Henriquez

Former Manchester United player Dwight Yorke tells us why he thinks black footballers should go on strike. We find out more about the new league season in Indonesia with Bhayangkara FC coach Simon McMemeny. Friends pay tribute to the Panama footballer Amilcar Henriquez following his murder. And we hear from Brighton and Hove Albion's Israeli players Tomer Hemed and Beram Kayal, who are looking forward to playing in the Premier League. (Photo credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:29:52

World Cup 2026 and Argentina's search for a coach

The President of Mexican club Santos Laguna, Alejandro Irarragorri, discusses the 2026 World Cup bid. And what next for Argentina following the sacking of the national team coach? We visit the football club where Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus began his career. And can the former England captain Tony Adams save Granada from relegation?

Duration: 00:26:43

The Fight for Steaua Bucharest

Why is one of the most famous clubs in European football, Steaua Bucharest, being torn apart? We speak to the controversial Gigi Becali. Watford's Isaac Success talks about reports that his injuries this season are due to a voodoo curse. And what is it like to be one of the worst teams in the world? We travel to the Turks and Caicos islands to find out. (Photo: FC Steaua Bucuresti supporters during the Uefa Europa League group stage march. Credit: Andrei Pungovschi/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:26:38

Juninho, Alex Iwobi and King Kazu

World Cup winner Juninho reflects on Brazil's qualification for Russia 2018. Also on the show, the Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi defends his manager Arsene Wenger. And we hear from Japan's record-breaking striker, the 50 year old Kazuyoshi Miura. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Duration: 00:26:39

Standing up to the Taliban

Khalida Popal, standing up to the Taliban Former Afghanistan women's team captain Khalida Popal grew up in a nation under Taliban rule where women were banned from playing any form of sport. She learned to play silently with friends to avoid detection, played on pitches once used for public executions and suffered physical and verbal abuse. Khalida fled her country, years later, and with her playing career now over she looks back on her life and tells us of her dream to one day return home...

Duration: 00:26:38

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