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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.

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




Saudis in Spain, Mauricio Pellegrino and Östersunds FK

Will Saudi Arabia's deal with La Liga backfire if their players don't get game time ahead of Russia 2018? Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino talks about the pressure footballers face. We discuss the state of football in Egypt and visit the Swedish club Östersunds FK. (Photo by Kaz Photography/Getty Images)


Gus Poyet, Jade North and Gernot Rohr

The former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet talks about his time in the Chinese Super League and discusses the pressures of coaching. We also hear from the former Australia international Jade North about his struggles with depression and discrimination. And the coach of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr, tells us it's ridiculous to suggest that there's an attitude problem among African players. (Photo: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)


Racism in Germany, Morocco 2026 and Pochettino

Nigerian international Leon Balogun talks about the racist abuse he has suffered in Germany. Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino remembers the moment that changed his life and talks about his fondness for Barcelona. We also assess Morocco's bid to host the World Cup in 2026 and speak to Matthew Beard - the coach of the now defunct Boston Breakers. (Picture by Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Taribo West, Steve Parish and the FIFA Way

Nigeria's Taribo West talks about the pitfalls of being a footballer. Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish discusses his club's turnaround this season. And FIFA whistle blower Bonita Merciades talks about her new book, 'Whatever It Takes - the Inside Story of the FIFA Way'. (Photo by Mark Sandten/Bongarts/Getty Images)


The pioneers

A female football fan tells us what it was like when her dream of watching her favourite team in the flesh came true. Fathers teaching their young daughters about football tactics, women attending stadia without guardians and, later in 2018, being allowed to drive. Is football heralding a new era in the Kingdom? In the week that Spartak Moscow describe three of their black players as “chocolates” in a joke, the Nigeria striker, Peter Odemwingie, tells us there’s no racism in Russia....


In Conversation with Pablo Zabaleta

Argentina's Pablo Zabaleta talks about the heartbreak of losing a World Cup final. We explore the problem of sexism in football with Mansfield Town's CEO Carolyn Radford. And the Malawi coach Ronny Van Geneugden discusses the challenges he faces.


Melon Trees, Presidents and Orphans

Cameroon's Lauren on the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup. The former AC Milan striker George Weah tells us how Nelson Mandela inspired him to become the President of Liberia. And Nigerian international Odion Ighalo on fulfilling his dream of opening an orphanage in Lagos. Plus, we on the island of Jersey as they bid to get an national football team. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)


The Road to Russia: The Story of World Cup Dreams and Heartbreak

Relive the highs and lows on the road to Russia 2018. Over two years ago, teams from 210 nations began the qualification campaign for next year's World Cup. There was joy for Panama and Iceland. Syria went close despite the civil war. And there was heartbreak for Italy, the USA and Ivory Coast. From the earliest matches in the Himalayas, to Peru claiming the final spot, this is story of World Cup qualification. (Photo: ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/Getty Images)


Football’s Wild West: The Story of the North American Soccer League

Exactly 50 years ago, the North American Soccer League was launched in the USA. During its heyday in the 1970s it attracted some of the biggest names in the world game like Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Eusebio, Gerd Müller, George Best and Pele. This is the story of the hype-and-chaos surrounding the rapid rise and dramatic fall of the NASL featuring former players Rodney Marsh, Bob Rigby and Chris Dangerfield. (Photo by Peter Read Miller /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)


US Soccer Politics, Adnan Januzaj and Steaua Bucharest

US Soccer Presidential candidate Steve Gans outlines his vision for the future of the game. We hear from Real Sociedad's Adnan Januzaj and Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. And we visit Steaua Bucharest, currently playing in Romania's fourth division.


Brazil Still Hurting

World Cup winner Rai explains why Brazil could struggle at Russia 2018. The former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele remembers how he persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson to sign David de Gea. And New Zealand's Rory Fallon on why he's turned his back on football to go into the ice cream business. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)


Oumar Niasse, Rigobert Song and Rodney Marsh

After becoming an outcast at his club, Senegal's Oumar Niasse talks about the challenges he faced following a bust-up with coach Ronald Koeman. The former Liverpool and Cameroon defender Rigobert Song reflects on the moment he almost lost his life. Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio looks ahead to next week's World Cup draw and discusses his own future. Plus, Rodney Marsh remembers his great friend George Best. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)


Party Time in Peru and other stories

All the excitement from Peru, Senegal and Ivory Coast on the road to the 2018 World Cup. During a dramatic final round of qualification matches in South America and Africa...we hear from Peru's assistant coach Nobby Solano, Ivory Coast's Kolo Toure, Morocco coach Herve Renard, Senegal's Cheikhou Kouyaté and many others. There's heartbreak, despair, joy and plenty of crazy celebrations. (Picture: LUKA GONZALES/AFP/Getty Images)


When Dreams Are Snatched Away

Footballer Chris 'Kiki' Naumoff talks about retiring at the age of 21 because of a heart condition. Steven Gerrard and New York City FC's Mikey Lopez reflect on the career of Andrea Pirlo - following the Italian's retirement. There are shocking stories about assassination attempts and match-fixing in Malta. And in the second part of our interview with Ghana's Tony Yeboah, we hear about his time at Leeds United. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


Tony Yeboah, Claudio Ranieri and Shay Given

The former Ghana international Tony Yeboah talks openly about the racism he experienced while playing in Germany. We also hear from the former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, who looks back on his career and the controversial referee decision which still haunts him. Claudio Ranieri reflects on life at Nantes. Plus, we find out about the dangers for women players in the Russian league. (Photo by Frank Peters/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Eric Wynalda: Talkin' 'bout a Revolution

This week's special guest is the former USA international Eric Wynalda, who now wants to run US soccer. Also on the show, we're all dressed up, our hair's neatly combed and we're off to the annual FIFA awards night where we'll meet up with the former France captain Marcel Desailly and the in-form Harry Kane. Plus, we'll hear from Bibiana Steinhaus...the first ever female referee to take charge of top level men's football. (Photo by Lutz Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Xavi, Makelele and the Qataris

Does Qatar have enough time to find a good enough team for when they host the World Cup in 2022? Many have criticised the Qatari tradition of drafting in naturalised players to fill the national team, but is that criticism fair, and will it continue in the next five years? Also on the show...Claude Makelele explains why France could struggle at next year's World Cup. And the great Spanish midfielder Xavi tells us how he turned down Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United to stay at...


Road to Russia 2018: Joy and Despair

On World Football, we look back on a feverish week of World Cup qualifiers in the Americas. We're with the United States as they were sensationally eliminated, ending a run of seven consecutive World Cup appearances. We're in Panama as they capitalized on the USA's misfortune to secure their World Cup debut. And we'll be asking why the South American champions Chile haven't made it to Russia 2018. Picture: Supporters of Panama celebrate after their team defeats Costa Rica and qualifies for...


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Football's biggest stories of the week on the BBC.


Megan Rapinoe and the Making of Kylian Mbappe

The USA international Megan Rapinoe discusses her Olympic and World Cup victories, sexism and homophobia in the game and why she chose to 'take a knee' during the American national anthem. We also find out where it all started for PSG's Kylian Mbappe. We visit AS Bondy in the Paris suburbs to find out more about the club and coaches which shaped Mbappe. And in the second part of our interview with Ivan Rakitic, the Barcelona midfielder ttells us how he'd swap five Champions League titles...


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