Football Weekly


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The Football Weekly pod squad bring you a twice-weekly dose of puns and punditry, news and analysis from the Premier League and beyond throughout the 2017-18 season

Episode Date
Germany leave it late, Mexico wait and Belgium run riot – World Cup Football Daily
Max and co discuss day 10 of the 2018 World Cup, Germany’s Houdini act, John Guidetti’s presence of mind, Belgium’s five-star performance, Lukaku’s significant tournament and Hernán Darío Gómez If you think this podcast is worth something, then you can support The Guardian from as little as £1. It only takes a minute - go to
Jun 23, 2018
Super Eagles, double-headed eagles and Brazil stumble to a win – World Cup Football Daily
Max and co chew the fat regarding wins for Brazil, Nigeria and Switzerland, double-headed eagle celebrations, a fine for Mexico, Swedish iPhone notifications and the best club name in the world If you think this podcast is worth something, then you can support The Guardian from as little as £1. It only takes a minute - go to
Jun 22, 2018
Willy's wobble, flaky France and Aussie grit – World Cup Football Daily
Max and the panel reflect on Argentina’s collapse, France’s water carriers and the secret importance of away kits
Jun 21, 2018
Another Ronaldo record, Spain edge Iran and Southgate's shoulder – World Cup Football Daily
Max and co run the rule over Ronaldo, Spain’s narrow win over Iran and whether Gareth Southgate’s shoulder injury will derail England’s hopes If you think this podcast is worth something, then you can support The Guardian from as little as £1. It only takes a minute - go to
Jun 20, 2018
Russia march on, Group H upsets and Japanese litter-pickers – World Cup Football Daily
Max and the pod discuss two upsets in Group H, a remarkable Senegalese goal, Japanese litter-pickers, Jack Wilshere departing Arsenal and Max’s favourite World Cup shorts
Jun 19, 2018
England leave it late, Belgium move through the gears – World Cup Football Daily
Max discusses day five with Barry Glendenning and Mark Langdon, including England’s last-gasp win, Belgium’s pasting of Panama, the Trans-Siberian Railway and what a Polish defender’s name means in Irish
Jun 18, 2018
Big guns misfire, Swedish spies and a Mexican rave – World Cup Football Daily
Max and co discuss Mexico’s impressive win over Germany, blunt Brazil, Kolarov’s goal of the tournament contender and England’s preparations
Jun 17, 2018
Video tech helps France and impressive Iceland deny Messi - World Cup Football Daily
Max Rushden and the team discuss five penalties, VAR controversy and a preview of day four’s action as Brazil get under way
Jun 16, 2018
Ronaldo's revenge, Suárez's stinker and Iran's last gasp win – World Cup Football Daily
Max Rushden and guests pore over day two of the World Cup which produced its first classic as Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain while Iran and Uruguay left it late
Jun 15, 2018
Russia's five-star showing, Robbie Williams and Stalin's 'tache – World Cup Football Daily
Max Rushden is joined by guests in the studio and in Russia to discuss the 2018 World Cup opener, Robbie Williams, the facial hair of Stalin, Spain’s self-implosion and Friday’s games
Jun 14, 2018
World Cup group G preview: an England special – Football Weekly
Max is joined by Barry Glendenning, Dominic Fifield and Barney Ronay to discuss England’s chances, the decisions Gareth Southgate has to make, King/Sir Kenny and Chris Coleman’s Chinese adventure
Jun 11, 2018
World Cup groups E, F and H preview – Football Weekly
Max Rushden is joined by voices from around the world to preview World Cup groups E, F and H, including Mexican veterans, a Japanese public with expectations set to ‘very low’ and love blossoming in Sweden
Jun 08, 2018
World Cup groups A-D preview – Football Weekly
Max Rushden is joined by voices from around the world to preview World Cup groups A-D, including Danish royalty, Peruvian vigour and the prospect of a tournament without a French meltdown
Jun 07, 2018
Beauty and the beastly in Champions League final – Football Weekly
Max and co dissect Real Madrid’s win over Liverpool, Pochettino’s contract, Lampard’s managerial prospects and Richard Wood’s magic hat
May 28, 2018
Unai Emery unveiled, England's new captain and Liverpool's big final – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co discuss new managers, a new England captain and Liverpool’s shot at Champions League glory
May 24, 2018
FA Cup cans of worms, Serie A drama and talking Turkey – Football Weekly
Max and co talk the FA Cup final, dramatic scenes in Italy, club legend departures and a former Swan deciding the Turkish title
May 21, 2018
England's World Cup hopes, Everton and trigonometry – Football Weekly Extra
Max and co discuss Gareth Southgate’s squad, end-of-season cups and play-offs, the Europa League and Barry’s England XI
May 17, 2018
Wenger gone, goal frenzies and Tranmere Rovers' return – Football Weekly
Max and co discuss Arsène Wenger bowing out, the extraordinary seasons of Salah, Vardy and Kane, scary bedtime greetings and more
May 14, 2018
Premier League joy and despair as finale looms – Football Weekly Extra
Max and co on Huddersfield and Southampton’s survival, hotels, West Brom’s relegation, Yaya Touré’s leaving do and plenty more
May 10, 2018
Squeaky bum time at the bottom of the Premier League – Football Weekly
Max and the gang discuss Stoke’s relegation, Darren Moore as saviour, Claude Puel as scapegoat, Vincent Tan being hoisted aloft and problems at PSG
May 07, 2018
Goals, crows and lying league tables – Football Weekly Extra
Max and co talk Champions League goalfests, the art of defending, Football League permutations and plenty more
May 03, 2018
Boxes, Baggies, Celtic, Sunderland and more – Football Weekly
Max and the gang talk Wenger’s Old Trafford tribute, trophies for Celtic and Barcelona, Sunderland’s latest woes and podders as Premier League managers
Apr 30, 2018
Mo Salah, mo' problems for Roma – Football Weekly Extra
Max and co discuss another world-class display, controversies at Wolves and Leeds, Fifa, Zidane the bald not-fraud, crows and more
Apr 26, 2018
Wenger finally out and managers surviving nuclear fallout – Football Weekly
Arsène Wenger’s departure, goalkeeper protection, Mohamed Salah’s 50/50 win, anarchy in Naples and managers surviving nuclear fallout
Apr 23, 2018
Andy Carroll surrounded by toddlers – Football Weekly Extra
Max and the gang look back at the week in football including Andy Carroll surrounded by toddlers, World Cup morale boosters, half-time VAR, Instagram tie-ins and journalists passing colds on to players
Apr 19, 2018
Manchester City crowned champions and Bayern's big news – Football Weekly
Max and co talk Manchester City’s title win, Manchester United’s latest slip-up, the pre- and post-Pardew bounces, big Bayern news and Ferraris
Apr 16, 2018
Champions League drama, safe standing and more – Football Weekly Extra
Max and co discuss extraordinary comebacks, valiant efforts, spectacular own goals, screeching Italians and weasels
Apr 12, 2018
Manchester and Merseyside serve derbies of contrast – Football Weekly
Guest host Nat Coombs and the panel discuss a marvellous Manchester derby, Ayoze Pérez’s strike, Wayne Rooney’s strop, red cards galore in Ireland and managers who sound like drinks
Apr 09, 2018
Anfield nights and Christ on a bicycle kick – Football Weekly Extra
Max and the podders discuss the Champions League fixtures, Cristiano Ronaldo’s gravity-defying wondergoal and Alan Pardew’s job prospects, as well as paying tribute to the late Ray Wilkins
Apr 05, 2018
Spurs end Stamford Bridge curse as Manchester City close on title – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and co discuss Dele Alli, the wonder of Zlatan, Premier League survival and death by nostalgia
Apr 02, 2018
VAR worries, World Cup dreams and West Ham's woe – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co discuss England’s options, international friendlies and the role of Kenny G
Mar 29, 2018
World Cup countdown continues and Brechin get the boot – Football Weekly
Max and the podders discuss England: more fun on the pitch than off it? France in a mess, young talent, a miraculous comeback in non-league
Mar 26, 2018
England's headache, fancied squads and sticker stories – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co assess England’s priorities, Old Trafford hymn sheets, Panini versus Merlin and more
Mar 22, 2018
Another magical Salah display and Warnock's pub quiz – Football Weekly
Max and the podders discuss the FA Cup quarter-finals, another magical Mohamed Salah performance, short teams, coldest games and Neil Warnock’s pub quiz pedigree
Mar 19, 2018
Chelsea fall at the feet of Messi – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co dissect Manchester United’s and Chelsea’s exit from the Champions League and in the last-chance-saloon, Saints go for Mark Hughes
Mar 15, 2018
Did Upton Park die for this? – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and the podders take a look at the trouble at West Ham, a José Mourinho masterclass, several goal of the season contenders, miserable Sunderland and gun-toting chairmen
Mar 12, 2018
Where do Tottenham and PSG go from here? – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co discuss the Champions League, the battle for survival, a weekend preview and, er, John Hartson’s underwear habits
Mar 08, 2018
Chelsea walk into City's jaws, Arsenal fall again and the Pulis connection – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and co tackle one-sided games, decide which league is actually ‘the best league in the world’, footballing brothers and a Tony Pulis connection
Mar 05, 2018
The pod's Irish odyssey, VAR and best Welsh players – Football Weekly Extra
Max and the pod discuss yet more VAR silliness, Pep’s yellow ribbon, Neymar’s injury woes, Welsh greats and an epic journey across land and sea
Mar 01, 2018
Arsenal’s decade-long capitulation and Pardew on the brink – Football Weekly
Max and the pod discuss the Carabao Cup final, Mourinho’s game-changing substitutions, goalkeeping howlers, Sol Campbell’s self-confidence and more
Feb 26, 2018
Messi at Chelsea, messy at Wigan and much more – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co reflect on Manchester City’s FA Cup exit, Champions League action and Sunderland’s sausage-making facilities
Feb 22, 2018
Rochdale's road to Wembley, VAR shenanigans and taxi talk – Football Weekly
Max and co discuss the Juve of the north, more VAR teething problems, great headers, West Brom, players who are taller in real life and Mick McCarthy gifs
Feb 19, 2018
English sides excel, Ronaldo's wane and the failing PSG project - Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co discuss a great week for English teams in the Champions League and why the away goal rule should be abolished
Feb 15, 2018
Tottenham take charge, super Salah and Derry goes – Football Weekly
Max and co discuss a very one-sided 1-0, Liverpool’s Egyptian king, Swansea’s miraculous resurgence and whether Barry could relegate Manchester City
Feb 12, 2018
Chelsea troubles, replays and a VAR flag fiasco – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co discuss the increasing woes for Antonio Conte, the deeper meaning of signing Patrice Evra and whether replays should be ditched
Feb 08, 2018
Magical Mo Salah, marvellous misses and celebrity barracking – Football Weekly
Max and the podders discuss Salah magic, flying starts for Arsenal new boys, Jordan Ayew’s undershorts and Birds of a Feather
Feb 05, 2018
Spurs sweep Manchester United aside, plus deadline-day delights – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co analyse the biggest transfers, the best of the midweek action and the culinary delight of locusts
Feb 01, 2018
FA Cup bad blood and the precociousness of youth – Football Weekly
Max and co cover the weekend FA Cup action, bad tackles, Neil Warnock’s geography lessons, the latest transfer activity and more
Jan 29, 2018
Phil Neville's tweets, Leeds United's new crest and the power of social media – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and the panel reflect on the Carabao Cup semi-finals, the dangers of tweeting and ask what’s in a club’s badge?
Jan 25, 2018
Transfer swap shop, another stung Hornet and Lyon tamers – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and co talk January’s big transfer deal, Marco Silva’s sudden departure, PSG getting beaten in Ligue 1 and bloody selfies
Jan 22, 2018
VAR games, Alexis Sánchez and what next for Newcastle? – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co have their say on VAR’s latest outings, dig into some transfer rumours and uncover a secret about the retiring Ronaldinho
Jan 18, 2018
Liverpool spoil Manchester City's party, while Stoke and Wales have new arrivals – Football Weekly
Max and the pod talk Liverpool’s attacking verve, Arsenal’s no-hopers, new arrivals at Wales and Stoke, Cyrille Regis, VAR (again) and Cambridge United’s French connection
Jan 15, 2018
Carabao Cup semis, Coutinho's unveiling and VAR in action – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co discuss the best and worst of the League Cup, Philippe Coutinho’s grand unveiling and recall Tommy Lawton’s transfer deal
Jan 11, 2018
Philippe Coutinho's exit and the ever-decreasing importance of Theo Walcott – Football Weekly
Max and the panel discuss Arsenal’s embarrassment in Nottingham, Philippe Coutinho’s departure, Stephen Ireland’s worst day, Lukas Podolski’s kebab shop and Eric Lichaj’s close call
Jan 08, 2018
Wilshere's left foot, why Liverpool should sell Coutinho and 2018 so far – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co return to discuss a cracker at the Emirates, January transfers and Diego Costa’s weight loss regime
Jan 04, 2018
Liverpool splash the cash and is Kane's record a big deal? – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co assess whether Virgil van Dijk will save Liverpool’s defence, if George Weah will make a good president of Liberia and the significance of calendars in football
Dec 28, 2017
Christmas Carrolls and Sid's ham garage – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and co discuss a Friday night Christmas cracker, weaponised goal celebrations, an Italian club contriving to win as few points as possible and another title race as good as done
Dec 24, 2017
Bristol City in dreamland and Swansea in a spin – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co discuss a Carabao Cup cracker at Ashton Gate, Swansea’s predicament, and preview the festive fixtures
Dec 21, 2017
Ederson's distribution, levels of celebration and Sunderland – Football Weekly
Max and co discuss superior goalkeeper distribution, celebrations at both end of the enthusiasm scale, Celtic losing, Sunderland winning and Ryan Babel
Dec 18, 2017
Manchester City make history and Arsenal in 89 – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden returns as the panel talk Man City dominance, Liverpool’s toothless tendencies and how Arsenal’s 1989 title winners compare to the current crop
Dec 14, 2017
City slickers, Benteke's blunder and classic Allardyce – Football Weekly
Guest host Paul MacInnes and co cover Milkgate at Old Trafford, Big Sam Big Samming, and the team Sid Lowe thinks got the best Champions League draw
Dec 11, 2017
Liverpool lash in seven, the mask of Zorro and derby days – Football Weekly Extra
Elis James and co assess the Champions League last 16, how José Mourinho will approach the Manchester derby and the reason behind his first pub visit
Dec 07, 2017
Gunners misfire, Hull upheaval and Benevento scenes – Football Weekly
Guest host Jacqui Oatley and the panel discuss the Emirates ding-dong, Leonid Slutsky’s sad exit, a keeper’s 95th-minute diving header equaliser and more
Dec 04, 2017
Raheem Sterling, English managers and the World Cup draw – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co reveal the secret behind Raheem Sterling’s form, revel in Wayne Rooney’s long-range goal and look ahead to the World Cup draw
Nov 30, 2017
Terrible Toffees, Manchester City's marvels and Dyche's deep-thinking - Football Weekly
Max Rushden and co look back on an eventful weekend around the major European leagues
Nov 27, 2017
Liverpool's leaky defence, expected goals and expectant wives – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co run the rule over the midweek Champions League action and reveal why Edward Elgar would be turning in his grave
Nov 23, 2017
Pulis gone, Arsenal's bragging rights and Buffon's broken heart – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and co predict managerial merry go round movement, review the latest action and find out if Roman Burki has hit the headlines in Germany
Nov 20, 2017
Peru's party time, Irish sighs and the end of days – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co look back at the World Cup play-offs, ponder groups of death and preview the return of club football on a busy weekend of action
Nov 16, 2017
World Cup play-offs: the final race to reach Russia 2018 – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and co review Northern Ireland’s heartbreak, the other play-off first legs and wonder who will round off the final 32 for Russia 2018
Nov 13, 2017
World Cup play-offs, Moyes is back in town and vexatious VARs – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and his merry men assess those nations left in the race for Russia 2018, what happens next at Everton and plenty more besides
Nov 09, 2017
Slaven Bilic gone while Manchester City cruise on – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and co reflect on Slaven Bilic’s departure, Super Sunday and find out which Ghanaian clubs have the biggest rivalry
Nov 06, 2017
Super Spurs, Sunderland in a state and David Squires – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co pick over the Champions League bones, preview an enticing weekend and get inside the mind of cartoonist David Squires
Nov 02, 2017
England’s U-17 glory, the dashing Blades and a keeper caught short – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and co on the weekend’s action from the Premier League and further afield, a World Cup win for England, a symbolic victory in Spain and the best minute you’ll watch all weekend
Oct 30, 2017
Weightless balls and the weight of expectation – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co discuss the week’s Carabao Cup action, if Leicester have appointed the right man and what the exploits of England’s U-17s tell us
Oct 26, 2017
Koeman given the chop at Everton and Lovren thrown under the bus – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and the pod discuss the weekend’s results, the cutoff age for crowdsurfing, fine young centre backs and managers making examples out of players
Oct 23, 2017
English teams get their Champions League groove back – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co discuss English teams’ success so far in the Champions League, a shambolic day for the FA and look ahead to the weekend’s action
Oct 19, 2017
From Zaha to Mourinho: the Premier League happiness index – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and co on the upsets at Palace and Watford, Ronald Koeman’s embarrassment of riches, Andy Carroll’s thinking and naked Norwegians
Oct 16, 2017
Crunch time in Cardiff and Scottish genetics – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and the pod discuss England’s tedium, Wales’s singing, Niger’s team picture, Scotland’s genetics and So Solid Crew
Oct 09, 2017
Bale woes, the power of Babel and Icelandic wickets – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and the gang discuss Gareth Bale’s calf, Iceland’s cricket pitches, Burkina Faso’s squad depth, Ryan Babel, Yeovil Town and more
Oct 05, 2017
Fabian Delph and the rise of the full-backs – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and the pod look at Manchester City’s newest weapon, more Palace woe, Burnley’s rise, Barcelona, Nadia Nadim and the Norwegian league
Oct 02, 2017
Champions League review and the importance of analytics – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and the panel review all the latest action, debate whether Harry Kane is world class and look ahead to the weekend’s Premier League fixtures
Sep 28, 2017
The Oumar Niasse appreciation edition – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and co review the weekend of Premier League football, the key action around Europe and look ahead to another packed midweek fixture list
Sep 25, 2017
Mark Sampson sacked and the Carabao Cup – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co look at the big stories of the week, plus the midweek action, via Rio Ferdinand getting in the ring and a painful Spurs song
Sep 21, 2017
Champagne supernova football as Manchester clubs stand apart – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and his crew of merry pundits take the time to consider a Manchester revival, Liverpool’s frailty and another look at Wolves hot-takes
Sep 18, 2017
Power and the money, money and the power – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and the pod squad review the midweek Champions League action and look ahead to another weekend in the Premier League
Sep 14, 2017
Controversial dismissals at both ends of the Premier League – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and the gang return with a roundup of the weekend’s action, some choice adjectives and an honest appraisal of Max’s abilities
Sep 11, 2017
Urinating into a swimming pool from a great height – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and the pod bring you the latest from the World Cup qualifiers, and look forward to this weekend’s Premier League action
Sep 07, 2017
Passion on the pitch or points on the board? – Football Weekly
Max Rushden and the gang are here to bring you up to speed on the state of play around the world when it comes to booking flights to Russia next summer
Sep 04, 2017
Deadline deals and World Cup qualifiers – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and co return to review the movers and shakers on deadline day and preview a crucial round of World Cup qualifiers around the globe
Sep 01, 2017
Familiar scenes for Arsenal fans as Sánchez walks alone – Football Weekly
Max Rushden’s back with some more apologies for anyone he’s recently offended, and he’s brought along Barry Glendenning, Paul MacInnes and Jonathan Wilson to bear witness and review the most recent footballing action
Aug 28, 2017
Liverpool cruise, Wilshere bruise and tunnel views – Football Weekly Extra
Cambridge United’s third most famous fan Max Rushden is joined for Football Weekly Extra by Guardian football editor Marcus Christenson, Shay Given apologist Paul Doyle and rally-driving commentator Philippe Auclair
Aug 24, 2017
Is 'the Wembley curse' fake news? – Football Weekly
Cambridge United’s most famous fan Max Rushden is joined today by Paolo Bandini, Jacob Steinberg and, making his pod debut, Ed Aarons
Aug 21, 2017
Liverpool beat the Hoff and the Jonny Evans puzzle – Football Weekly Extra
Putting the ‘extra’ in Football Weekly Extra this week are presenter Max Rushden and his cast of experts, Barry Glendenning, Jacob Steinberg and Paul MacInnes
Aug 17, 2017
Goals, petulance and absent defences: the Premier League is back! – Football Weekly
Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Paolo Bandini to look back at the Premier League’s opening weekend, and forward to Liverpool’s chances in the Champions League play-off• Premier League: 10 talking points from the opening weekend’s action
Aug 14, 2017
The big Premier League kick-off – Football Weekly Extra
Max Rushden and the pod chew over Danny Rose, Premier League surprise packages and mid-table worries, plus the worst thing you can do on the pitch
Aug 10, 2017
Neymar, Euro 2017 and a Championship preview – Football Weekly
Our brand new presenter Max Rushden is joined by the loyal Barry Glendenning, the devoted Gregg Bakowski and the faithful Jonathan Wilson for the first Football Weekly of the 2017-18 football season
Aug 03, 2017
Germany too hot for Chile as they also rain on Spain's parade - Football Weekly
The podders evaluate Germany’s double success as they emerge victorious at both the Confederations Cup and the Euro U21s
Jul 02, 2017
Black magic, white lies and Germany in two finals – Football Weekly Extra
The podders muse on the ever-mighty Germans. Plus, the Garcia report, the Portuguese witch doctor scandal and Sunderland finally appointing a manager
Jun 30, 2017