The Athletic Football Podcast

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sam
 Dec 3, 2022
The so called journos at the athletic admit to being zionists and lgbt activists. They have done nothing but try to smear the world Cup because qatar does not share western values.


 Sep 30, 2022
The Athletic: we pride ourselves on having some of the top football writers around, but why would our listeners want to hear from them when we could have a bookie on the panel instead?

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The Athletic Football Podcast is our flagship show, running daily during the World Cup as we bring you all the biggest stories from on the ground in Qatar. Featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton, Matt Slater and many others and hosted by Adam Leventhal, we'll provide exclusive news and the best analysis anywhere of the most controversial World Cup in history.

Episode Date
Messi's 1000th, Southgate's selection headache & hope for USA in 2026
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Host Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's England writers Oli Kay and Jack Pitt-Brooke to discuss England manager Gareth Southgate's starting XI to face Senegal... US soccer correspondent Sam Stejskal reflects on the many positives that USMNT can take from this World Cup and James Horncastle purrs over yet another milestone and masterclass from Leo Messi. Plus, an insight into the mindset of England's opponents from Senegalese journalist Mahmoud Gueye. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2022
South Korea stun Portugal, Suarez’s tears & USA vs Netherlands preview
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Host Adam Leventhal is joined by Athletic writers Jay Harris and Paul Tenorio to discuss the drama on the final day of the group stages and also look ahead to the USA’s huge knockout clash against Netherlands.  South Korea scored a late, late goal to beat Portugal and seal their place in the Round of 16 ahead of Uruguay, leaving Luis Suarez in tears. In the other group, Switzerland edged a five-goal thriller against Serbia to progress, while Brazil topped Group G, despite their 1-0 loss to Cameroon. We also hear from Michael Cox, who gives his thoughts on South Korea’s win, and Cameroonian journalist Francis Ajumane discusses Cameroon becoming the first African team to beat Brazil in a World Cup match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2022
Germany & Belgium head home, Japan top Group E & Suarez v Ghana
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Adam Leventhal is joined by Oli Kay and Michael Cox following another dramatic night in Qatar with two European heavyweights in Germany and Belgium exiting the World Cup. There's reaction from Japan's dramatic win over Spain which eliminated Germany and also sent Japan through as Group E winners. Raphael Honigstein gives immediate reaction to Germany heading home, while Jack Pitt-Brooke revels in Japan's joy. With Belgium also out coach Roberto Martinez confirmed the end of his time in charge with the panel assessing where and what next for the Spaniard before Carl Anka looks ahead to Uruguay v Ghana on Day 13 with a look back to their quarter-final meeting in 2010. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2022
Messi & Argentina march on, Poland limp through, and prepare for pre-match penalties in 2026
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The Athletic's Adam Leventhal, James Horncastle and Adam Crafton react to Argentina's 2-0 win over Poland on Wednesday night that saw both teams make it through to the last 16, but it wasn't without its drama as Messi had a penalty saved by Wojciech Szczęsny and Poland came perilously close to exiting the tournament on yellow cards. If this World Cup isn't enough for you, we cast ahead to 2026 as Adam Crafton brings us news that FIFA are considering the possibility of having penalty shoot-outs pre-match in the group stages as a way of guarding against possible collusion in the expanded 48-team tournament We also hear from the Athletic's Jay Harris who witnessed Australia's triumph over a disappointing Denmark Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2022
Rashford’s resurgence, Pulisic puts USA through & politics dominates Iran discourse
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That’s a wrap for Groups A and B. England sailed past Wales with a resounding 3-0 win, courtesy of a remarkable Marcus Rashford brace and goal from Phil Foden. Gareth Southgate’s side will face Group A runners-up Senegal in the last-16. USA qualify in second place in Group B after their 1-0 win over Iran, and they will go up against Group A winners, the Netherlands. That match was largely overshadowed by the political tension surrounding Iran. Joining Adam Leventhal to bring us the stories of anti-Iranian government protests and how female Iran fans fear they are being spied on whilst attending games are Athletic writers Adam Crafton and Charlotte Harpur, while Jack Pitt-Brooke and Alex Abnos dissect the football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
The goals show, Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged & England v Wales preview
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Ahead of the finale of Group B, Adam Leventhal is joined by David Ornstein and Matt Slater on Day 10 of the Qatar World Cup. Matt reflects on attending all four games on the final day of four separate kick-off times before Michael Cox and Dermot Corrigan reflect on Andre Onana being suspended from the Cameroon squad by coach Rigobert Song. James Horncastle reacts to Brazil's 1-0 win over Switzerland while Laura Williamson and Felipe Cardenas watched Portugal's 2-0 win over Uruguay with Bruno Fernandes scoring twice - despite Cristiano Ronaldo's best attempts to claim one. Meanwhile, ahead of England v Wales David Ornstein has the latest on the England team news before Sam Stejskal reflects on a heated press conference prior to USA v Iran. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2022
Shock, surprises & Germany still alive in World Cup
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Adam Leventhal is joined by Jack Pitt-Brooke and Oli Kay following a day of shocks in Qatar with Costa Rica and Morocco two of the noteworthy winners, while German's draw with Spain keeps their hopes of qualification alive. Abi Paterson reports from Al Bayt Stadium along with Michael Cox, Raphael Honigstein and David Ornstein, who spoke with Ilkay Gundogan post-match, on Germany's draw with Spain. Plus there's the latest from the England camp as Marcus Rashford speaks ahead of the Three Lions taking on Wales on Tuesday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2022
Messi's Flash of Genius as Mbappe Tussles For Limelight & Queiroz v Klinsmann
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It's Sunday morning and host Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's Felipe Cardenas and Charlotte Harpur to reflect on Lionel Messi handing Argentina a World Cup lifeline in typical style... James Horncastle offers his thoughts on Messi's moments of brilliance, was Enzo Fernandez' goal an even sweeter strike and why Mexico fans are frustrated with coach Gerardo Martino. Then, following a 'prickly' Deschamps post-match press conference - and despite France's 2-1 win over Denmark - our panel also discuss how good Mbappe is in the flesh, Tunisian fan envy, Australia's Mitchell Duke and Jurgen Klinsmann's comments about Iran and their head coach Carlos Queiroz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2022
England 0-0 USA: Reaction from Al Bayt Stadium as Three Lions held
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Join Adam Leventhal for immediate reaction from England's goalless draw with USA in Group B from the Al Bayt Stadium. With comprehensive post-match analysis and reaction, tactics writer Michael Cox discusses where England failed to capitalise, USMNT writers Paul Tenorio and Alex Abnos dissect the US performance before heading to the mixed zone. David Ornstein and Sam Stejskal give their thoughts on the game with Abi Paterson along with hearing from Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson and US midfielder Yunus Musah. England writer Jack Pitt-Brooke reacts to Gareth Southgate's press conference, meanwhile elsewhere in Group B Laura Williamson watched on as Wales fell to defeat against Iran. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2022
England v USA Preview, Neymar worry & Cristiano Ronaldo makes World Cup history
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Ahead of Day Six of the World Cup, Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's England writer Jack Pitt-Brooke and Sam Stejskal to preview England v USA this evening. They discuss the historic context of the fixtures and development of the USMNT before debating where the game will be won or lost. David Ornstein speaks with Bruno Fernandes following Portugal's 3-2 win over Ghana with Abi Paterson and Michael Cox reacting to Cristiano Ronaldo becoming the first player to score in five World Cups. James Horncastle reports from Brazil's opener, having beaten Serbia 2-0 with talisman Neymar forced off through injury. Plus, Adam Crafton speaks with Piara Powar from anti-discrimination group Fare giving his take on the tournament so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2022
Germany defiant off the pitch but desperate on it, Brazil expectant, England hopeful on Kane injury
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The Athletic's Adam Leventhal joins Raphael Honigstein and James Horncastle to reflect on day four of the World Cup, a day which saw Germany lose 2-1 to Japan after a disjointed performance but they took the headlines pre-match with their show of defiance against FIFA in the ongoing armband row. We discuss both the on and off field issues from that game, plus reflect on Spain's 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica, Belgium's underwhelming win over an unlucky Canada, and we have an update from the England camp as David Ornstein brings us news on Harry Kane's ankle injury as well as updates on Kyle Walker and James Maddison. There's also a look at Brazil ahead of their tournament bow against Serbia later today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2022
Ronaldo leaves, Man Utd for sale, Saudi Arabia humble Messi & Argentina
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Day three of the World Cup started with Saudi Arabia beating Argentina 2-1, and ended with the news that Cristiano Ronaldo has left Manchester United, the Glazers have put Man Utd up for sale, oh and England captain Harry Kane is having a scan on his ankle ahead of Friday's game vs USA. Here to reflect on all of that is the Athletic's Adam Leventhal, who is joined by Matt Slater following his trip to the Saudi/Qatar border to look at that shock result amid the backdrop of Messi's commercial relationship with Saudi Arabia, plus Matt gives us his expert view on how things will play out at Man Utd now the Glazers have effectively announced they want to sell. We also hear from David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Laura Williamson on Cristiano Ronaldo's second tenure at Old Trafford finally coming to an end and what it means not just for his world cup but for the rest of his career. Plus we get the latest on the Harry Kane injury situation from our England correspondent Jack Pitt-Brooke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
Bellingham's Brilliance, Southgate's 'Ruthless England Machine' & Iran's Silent Anthem
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As Day 3 of the World Cup dawns, Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke and Oliver Kay to reflect on England's 6-2 win over Iran... They discuss Saka's joy, Kane's influence, why no one's talking about Maguire or Sterling's club form this morning, as well as, which former German international Jude Bellingham reminds Jack of. Plus, Producer Abi spoke to Iranian fan Sahir, about why she is protesting at the World Cup and USMNT writer Paul Tenorio checks in after the 1-1 draw with Wales.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
England's 'OneLove' Armband U-Turn, Qatar's Empty Seats & US Excitement Levels
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Host Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton and Laurie Whitwell on day two of the World Cup to discuss England's World Cup opener against Iran... The panel reflect on Qatar's opening day defeat, empty seats in the stadium, choreographed support and relations between Qatar and former hosts Russia. Plus, whether England and other nations should risk punishment for their 'OneLove' armbands in support of LGBT rights, comedian Omid Djalili's message to Rashford and co, as well as, American excitement levels ahead their Group B clash with Wales. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
Qatar World Cup 2022: Infantino speech reaction, the human cost to migrant workers & England latest
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Join us for the first of our daily World Cup podcasts throughout the tournament as Adam Leventhal brings you the latest news, views and reaction from Qatar. Ahead of the start of the tournament, Matt Slater reacts to FIFA President Gianni Infantino's speech on the eve of the tournament, before Simon Hughes shares his thoughts having returned from an eight-day trip to Nepal to hear from the migrant families and their families who have prepared Qatar for hosting the World Cup. Plus David Ornstein and Laurie Whitwell are at Portugal training with the latest on Cristiano Ronaldo and England correspondent Jack Pitt-Brooke checks in from England's training base in Al-Wakrah. Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2022
Expectations, Arrogance & Anguish: How will England perform in Qatar?
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Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's dedicated England writers Jack Pitt-Brooke and Oliver Kay to look ahead to how England could get on out in Qatar, as well as USMNT writer Paul Tenorio. The panel look at England's standing and form under Gareth Southgate having led the Three Lions to the semi-final in Russia in 2018 prior to reach the Euro 2020 Final last year at Wembley. Plus, in a group containing USA, Iran and Wales how far are England expected to progress and what does the potential road to glory look like? Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2022
Would Klopp or Guardiola take an international job?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Pol Ballus, Rafa Honignstein & Adam Leventhal to debate whether managing at international level is an attractive proposition for the very best managers like Jurgen Klopp & Pep Guardiola?  On the flip side are national teams managers in the conversation to be the head coach at elite clubs that expect Champions League glory?  Plus we’ll hear Mauricio Pochettino’s thoughts on whether he’d take the England job.. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
Messi & Ronaldo: The World Cup Last Dance in Qatar
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Mark Chapman is joined by Carl Anka, Andy Mitten and Spanish football writer Dermot Corrigan to debate whether either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo can finally claim FIFA World Cup glory, in Qatar. The panel look back through the international careers of both Messi and Ronaldo debating and analysing their impact on their national sides' fortunes and the struggle for both to perform to their highest on the international scene. Who is better set for glory in Qatar is also discussed as well as whether or not World Cup victory for one over the other will finally settle the great debate over who is the greatest. Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2022
Qatar World Cup: How did we get here?
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Editor-in-Chief Alex Kay-Jelski, Deputy Editor Laura Williamson and Investigations writer Matt Slater, to pause and reflect, just days before the World Cup kicks off in Qatar... How Qatar retained the World Cup following the controversy surrounding their bid to host. The moral dilemmas of covering and even sending reporters to the tournament, how much Doha has changed in the intervening years and what visiting fans from all over the world can expect. Plus, how Gareth Southgate and the FA have navigated human rights issues in the lead up to the biggest festival of football in the world, Gianni Infantino's lamentable letter, Jurgen Klopp's aspersions on the media and if sportswashing is really at the heart of Qatar's World Cup project. Produced by Adonis Pratsides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2022
Ronaldo interview reaction & can Lampard fix Everton?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Laurie Whitwell to discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's interview where he criticised the club & his manager. Is this the end for him at Old Trafford? Greg O'Keefe then tells us the challenges Frank Lampard faces in turning round Everton who seem to be slipping into another crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
Introducing... Away From Home
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The Athletic has a brand new documentary series following Ukrainian football club Shakhtar Donetsk. Here is an introduction to the series In this episode, The Athletic’s Adam Crafton speaks to Taras Stepanenko, the captain of Ukrainian football club Shakhtar Donetsk, as he and his young family take refuge in an underground shelter when war breaks out in Ukraine.  Adam also meets with Shakhtar's Croatian head coach, Igor Jovicevic, who was separated from his family when Russia invaded.  Meanwhile, as the team prepares for their first match in Europe’s elite competition, the Champions League, we hear from Shakhtar midfielder Ivan Petryak, who lost a family member to the war with Russia. With all the odds against Shakhtar, can the Ukrainian club pull off a shock victory against the German club Red Bull Leipzig? Credits Presenter: Adam Crafton Producers: Adam Crafton, Abi Paterson, Mike Stavrou Sound mixing: Ollie Bellwood Featuring footage from: The Daily, AP, ABC News, Sport BILD, DW News, Al Jazeera, and BT Sport Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2022
Weekend Preview: Chelsea head to St James' Park, Nathan Jones makes Premier League bow & will Arsenal be top for Christmas?
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Dan Bardell is joined by The Athletic's Tim Spiers and Rich Amofa as well as bet365's Steve Freeth ahead of the final weekend of Premier League action prior to the World Cup. Chelsea's visit to Newcastle is top of the bill before looking ahead to Nathan Jones' Southampton start away at Anfield, before discussing Wolves welcoming Arsenal to Molineux. Plus there's reaction to the latest in the Cristiano Ronaldo fiasco ahead of Manchester United taking on Fulham. Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2022
Maddison and Gallagher IN - England squad reaction
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The Athletic's Adam Leventhal is joined by Jack Pitt-Brooke and Jay Harris for reaction to Gareth Southgate naming his 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar. The big news is Leicester's James Maddison is finally in the squad, plus a surprise inclusion for Chelsea's Conor Gallagher, as well as a place for Newcastle's in-form striker Callum Wilson. There's a look at how those three will feature during the tournament, plus discussion of Harry Maguire's role in the team, whether Sterling will keep his place, how you get the best out of England's many attacking options, and we pick our starting XI for the game against Iran Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
Martin O'Neill Interview: Clough inspirations, Villa regrets & advice from Sir Alex
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's George Caulkin sit down with Martin O’Neill to talk about his new book On Days Like These and his life in football.  As well as discussing the numerous career highs, Martin also shares his regrets during managing in the Premier League. Martin talks about the charisma of playing in Brian Clough’s legendary Nottingham Forest team & about his time as manager of the Republic of Ireland at Euros in 2016, when they made it to the second round for the first time in their history. On Days Like These – My Life in Football by Martin O’Neill is published by Pan Macmillan, 10 November Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
Rio Ferdinand x The Athletic: Tipping Point
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Rio Ferdinand's 3-part documentary series, 'Tipping Point' aims to find real solutions to the racism, homophobia and mental health crisis which plague our sport... prior to its release, Rio sat down for an honest conversation with The Athletic's Roshane Thomas on the current state of play. Host Dan Barnes is joined by Roshane and editor Richard Amofa to keep that conversation going. Over the course of this episode you'll hear the interview with Ferdinand, but also from Wilfried Zaha, Romelu Lukaku and Josh Cavallo, as our panel evaluate football's progress. Rio Ferdinand’s Tipping Point is available on Prime Video from Friday 11 November Produced by Adonis Pratsides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
Why have FSG put Liverpool up for sale, who could buy the Reds & what next?
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Adam Leventhal is joined by football correspondent David Ornstein & senior football news writer Matt Slater to discuss the latest on FSG's decision to explore an exit from Anfield. Merseyside football writer Simon Hughes shares his thoughts on the decision too, giving insight into the American consortium's reign at Liverpool over the past 12 years and the impact the decision to sell could have on manager Jurgen Klopp. Plus, the panel explore who could be interested in buying Liverpool as well as analysing the short-term impact on the sporting side of things at Anfield. Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2022
FSG puts Liverpool up for sale & Southampton sack Hasenhuttl
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In breaking news, The Athletic's David Ornstein reveals Fenway Sports Group (FSG) has put Liverpool up for sale. Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Jacob Tanswell to discuss the breaking news that Southampton have sacked manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.  Adam also discusses his new podcast series Away From Home, where he follows Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk's during their champions league campaign whilst their country is at war with Russia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2022
Weekend Preview: Arsenal out to prove credentials, Conte v Klopp & Ten Hag shows who's boss
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Dan Bardell is joined by George Elek, The Athletic's Tim Spiers and bet365's Steve Freeth as Arsenal head to Chelsea in the weekend's standout Premier League game. The panel also look ahead to Liverpool's visit to Tottenham following Antonio Conte's first anniversary in charge of Spurs. Plus there's a look ahead to Unai Emery starting his reign at Villa Park against Manchester United, including some trivia, as well as Man City v Fulham & Everton v Leicester. Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2022
Barcelona’s financial mess: Champions League exit & more levers
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The group stages of the Champions League are now over & despite pulling various levers Barcelona have not qualified for the knockout stages Mark Chapman is joined by Spanish football journalist Alvaro Romeo & The Athletic’s Oliver Kay to discuss what has gone wrong & what are the financial consequences of being eliminated?  And with stalwarts Atletico & Juventus also being eliminated, does a less predictable Champions League make for a better competition and weaken the argument for a European Super League?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
Kane, contracts & on course for success? One year of Antonio Conte at Tottenham Hotspur
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Tottenham Hotspur writer and Serie A expert James Horncastle to analyse one year of Antonio Conte at Tottenham Hotspur. Fresh from winning their Champions League group to make it through to the last 16 of the competition, the panel comment of Spurs' style of play under the Italian as well as the mentality he has instilled, helping to get the best from Harry Kane. Given the uncertainty over Conte's long-term future as well there is debate into the likelihood of him remaining in north London while also considering any potential return to Juventus? Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
From Trailblazer to Outlier: Uriah Rennie & The Wait for Another Black PL Referee
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Carl Anka to explore why 14 years on from Uriah Rennie's last Premier League game, he remains the only black referee in Premier League history...  What are the major obstacles that continue to prevent aspiring male and female officials - from marginalised or ethnic communities - from reaching the Premier League? The cost, the abuse, and how much progress has been made in recent years - following a 2021 FA initiative to combat the problem head on. We'll hear from Ashley Hickson-Lovence, a former semi-professional referee and author of Your Show, written in collaboration with Rennie, as well as, Russell Hoyte, who helps semi-professional referees navigate their way through the ranks. Produced by Adonis Pratsides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2022
Miami move for Messi, De Gea future uncertain, Liverpool boardroom concern
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's James Pearce to discuss What is going wrong at Liverpool & the financial implications on missing out on a top four place. We’ll hear how Manchester United are weighing up changes to their goalkeeper department and the future of David De Gea - Laurie Whitwell joins us. And David Ornstein will tell us about the MLS club who are confident of signing Lionel Messi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2022
Weekend Preview: Potter makes Brighton return, Man City eye top spot & Liverpool look for home comforts
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Dan Bardell is joined by The Athletic's Tim Spiers, George Elek and bet365's Steve Freeth as Man City look to leapfrog Arsenal at the top of the Premier League and Graham Potter returns to Brighton with his in-form Chelsea side. Following Unai Emery's return to the Premier League the panel give their take on the Spaniard taking over at Aston Villa, as well as Villa's visit to Newcastle United. The panel also discuss Liverpool v Leeds at Anfield with the Reds in need of kickstarting their campaign while pressure being to mount on Jesse Marsch. Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2022
Sean Dyche on return to management, his style of football & the rockstar that left him speechless
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Mark Chapman sits down with Sean Dyche who is looking to return to being a football manager after nearly ten years with Burnley - including seven seasons in the Premier League. Sean outlines why his brand of football is sometimes misunderstood, explains why Pep Guardiola compared facing Burnley to visiting the dentist & what he is looking for in his next role & the moment in football be wished he could live again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
Villa meet Villarreal: Unai Emery's Premier League return
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Aston Villa writer Gregg Evans and Pol Ballus to discuss Unai Emery's appointment at Aston Villa. The end of Steven Gerrard's reign is analysed prior to look at what Emery will bring with him to Villa Park having taken Villarreal to Europa League success as well as last season's Champions League semi-finals since being sacked by Arsenal in 2019. Spanish football writer Dermot Corrigan also gives his view from Spain as well as the tactical ideas Emery may look to instil at Aston Villa. Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2022
Everton's Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium & The Uncomfortable Truth
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Merseyside football writer Simon Hughes, editor Dan Barnes and author Jimi Jagne, to discuss the issues facing Everton, in light of revelations about John Bramley-Moore (after whom the site of their new stadium is named) and his involvement in the slave trade... The panel detail Bramley-Moore's connections to the horrors of slavery in Brazil and handle many uncomfortable truths relating to how the City of Liverpool prospered from men like him - as well as, how local authorities are trying to confront these aspects of their past. Plus, a frank assessment of Everton's response, and how a problem inherited may also present a unique opportunity to lead new discussions around racism in football. Produced by Adonis Pratsides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2022
What next for Leeds? Who next for Villa? Top four for Newcastle?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Phil Hay to share his insight on the future of Jesse Marsch as Leeds manager - could he hang on till after the World Cup? Our Newcastle writer Chris Waugh details how Eddie Howe has turned his side into top four contenders as he approaches a year in charge. Dan Bardell tells us what went wrong for Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa and who he'd like to see as their new manager. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2022
Weekend Preview: Reaction to Gerrard sacking, Man United motoring on without Ronaldo, shambles at Wolves
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Dan Bardell is joined by George Elek, Bet 365's Steve Freeth and the Athletic's Tim Spiers to look ahead to all the action in the Premier League this weekend. We start with reaction to Aston Villa sacking Steven Gerrard on Thursday night, with Villa fan Dan very pleased with the decision, before moving on to the big game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening between Chelsea and a Ronaldo-less Manchester United. There's also a look at Spurs v Newcastle, Nottingham Forest v Liverpool, Manchester City v Brighton and Leicester v still managerless Wolves Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2022
What next for Ronaldo after Old Trafford walkout?
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Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's Laurie Whitwell & Jack Pitt-Brooke to reflect on Manchester United's comfortable win over Tottenham that was overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Old Trafford before the final whistle after being an unused substitute. What did this performance tell us about Erik ten Hag’s influence on his United side? What does the defeat say about Spurs nearly a year into Antonio Conte’s tenure as manager? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2022
Crystal Palace Feeling Glad All Over
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Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's Dom Fifield and Crystal Palace writer Matt Woosnam to discuss and dissect Crystal Palace's start to the new Premier League season. After making it three unbeaten against Wolves on Tuesday night we explore how the South London club continue to evolve under Patrick Vieira, the key men on the pitch including Eberechi Eze and Wilfried Zaha, plus what does the future hold at Selhurst Park? Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
Parenthood, Pressure & Porridge: A Day In The Life Of A Footballer
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Mark Chapman presents a special report from The Athletic's Tim Spiers who, over the weekend, was granted an all-access, behind the scenes pass on a match day in the life of a professional footballer... With special thanks to both Omar Beckles and Leyton Orient FC, Tim was invited into the Grenada international defender's home for breakfast with his family, right through to moments before kick-off in the home dressing room for this 'fly-on-the-wall' insight into what it's really like. We learn about the pressures of victory and defeat on a young family, the duty Omar and his teammates feel towards their local community, how important match-day routine and diet have become and also about the role of his faith in his career. Produced by Adonis Pratsides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2022
Did Man City get a raw deal at Liverpool?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Sam Lee & Oli Kay to reflect on that titanic battle that saw Liverpool see off Manchester City at Anfield. Pep Guardiola suggested afterwards that his side get a bit of a raw deal at Anfield - is he right? Also, we’ll cross to Spain to look back on an El Clasico victory for Real Madrid that puts Barcelona manager Xavi under pressure with The Athletic's Deromot Corrigan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2022
Weekend Preview: City out to end Anfield curse, Gerrard's Villa future & Newcastle eyeing an upset
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Dan Bardell is joined by George Elek and bet 365's Steve Freeth as Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool look to get their Premier League campaign back on track up against Pep Guardiola's Man City. Steven Gerrard's position at Aston Villa has been up for debate ahead of Chelsea heading to Stamford Bridge. Plus Newcastle United visit Old Trafford looking to upset Manchester United, meanwhile, will Tottenham finally provide style as opposed to substance up against Everton? Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2022
Ex-Premier League boss Richard Scudamore on why independent regulator won't work, American owners & overseas games 
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater speak to Richard Scudamore who was the Premier League’s executive chairman for 20 years, a tenure that saw it develop into the world's leading sports entertainment product. Scudamore addresses a range of issues including his thoughts why an independent regulator won't work, the failed European Super League, foreign ownership of Premier League clubs, games being played overseas and his role in the infamous 39th game propsal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
Chaos at Nottingham Forest - what is going on?
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Mark Chapman is joined by Nottingham Forest writer Paul Taylor and Nick Miller to delve into exactly what is going on at Nottingham Forest, having made more than a splash on their return to the Premier League. 22 new signings, just one win in nine and having sacked their recruitment team, Forest are certainly making up for 23 years away from the Premier League. Steve Cooper's position is also analysed as well as Senior Writer Daniel Taylor taking a look at Forest's owner Evangelos Marinakis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2022
The Story of the Indonesia Stadium Disaster: Panic, Grief & The Search For Justice
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Host Mark Chapman and The Athletic's Adam Leventhal present a special report into the Kanjuruhan stadium disaster in Malang, Indonesia on October 1st. When a pitch invasion escalated, as tear gas was fired onto the pitch and into the stands by Police, several locked exits led to a crush and the death of 131 people. Adam later provides an update on the independent investigation into what happened, the government's response, FIFA's involvement and the search for justice which will feel all too familiar for many UK football fans. * Please be advised that this episode contains reporting that some people may find disturbing. Produced by Adonis Pratsides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2022
How Arteta & Edu have changed Arsenal & the challenges ahead
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein to detail how have things turned out round so quickly at Arsenal & the role of manager Mikel Arteta and the increasing influence of technical director Edu. In contrast, our Liverpool writer James Pearce explains the challenges for Jurgen Klopp as he tries to turn things at Anfield. The Athletic Manchester United writer, Laurie Whitwell shares his thoughts on what he saw of Casemiro who was man of the match in victory over Everton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2022
Weekend Preview: Leaders vs Liverpool & Cooper hanging on at Forest
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Dan Bardell is joined by George Elek, bet 365's Steve Freeth and The Athletic's Tim Spiers to preview the weekend's Premier League action, with a big focus on Sunday's clash between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates. There's also a look at Erling Haaland's incredible run of form before getting stuck in to Brighton v Tottenham, Everton v Manchester United and Crystal Palace v Leeds Utd. All this plus the meeting on Monday night of two managers under increasing pressure as Steven Gerrard takes his Aston Villa side to the City Ground to take on Steve Cooper's Nottingham Forest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2022
Qatar: Is it ready to host a World Cup?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Matt Slater & Phil Buckingham to look at ahead to preparations for the World Cup in Qatar in just 45 days time. Is the country ready for the influx of people from both an accommodation & security point of view? What do Qatari residents feel about the attention the World Cup has brought to their country and the scrutiny it has been under from those who have highlighted human rights and environmental abuses in the host nation. Also, what will the knock on effect be in the Premier League in terms of players returning to their clubs ahead of a busy Christmas schedule and just before the January transfer window. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Liverpool's stuttering start & how Klopp can transition them into title challengers
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Mark Chapman is joined by Senior Football Writer Oli Kay and Liverpool Reporter Andy Jones to analyse Liverpool's start to the new season. Whilst the European recovery continued at Anfield on Tuesday night, seeing off Rangers 2-0, the Reds remain 11 points off the pace in the Premier League ahead of Sunday's visit to league leaders Arsenal. We explore the on-pitch issues that have led to Jurgen Klopp's side struggling to build momentum this season as well as explore the off-pitch transition within the recruitment team. Having replaced Michael Edwards as Sporting Director in the summer, Julian Ward oversaw Mohamed Salah's contract extension, the sale of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich as well as the potentially club-record arrival of Darwin Nunez, but have the Reds done enough in the transfer market to keep pace with Man City? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2022
Chelsea x Christopher Nkunku: Will It Work?
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey and German Football expert Raphael Honigstein, to explore RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku's prospective move to Chelsea in the summer... Where he would fit in, the inevitable questions about 'Bundesliga tax', whose feathers will be ruffled in Potter's existing squad, a potential attacking duo of Nkunku and Lukaku and why the new owners have elected to pay over the odds now, rather than wait til next Spring. Plus, an assessment of his strengths, character, form and whether the next superstar to arrive in the Premier League from the Bundesliga, will ultimately turn out to be more Haaland or Werner? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2022
Nkunku to Chelsea agreed, Foden contract close & why Wolves sacked Lage
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's football correspondent David Ornstein. They discuss Man City's demolition of United with The Athletic's Sam Lee with news on a new contract on the cards for Phil Foden. The Athletic's Wolves writer Steve Madeley tells has all the details as to why Bruno Lage was sacked and we hear how the influence of agent Jorge Mendes at the club who could be lined up as the Wolves manager. David also has news on Chelsea's pursuit of RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
Taking The Knee: What's Changed?
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The Athletic's Dan Barnes, Carl Anka & Roshane Thomas in conversation about Taking The Knee - the gesture was popularised ahead of games in England following the death of George Floyd in the USA. What purpose has taking the knee served? What if anything has changed? And why does it make some people so angry? What should happen next? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2022
Weekend Preview: Derbies in North London, Manchester and the East Midlands - the Premier League is back
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Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by The Athletic's Tim Spiers and Bet 365's Steve Freeth to get stuck in to a massive weekend of Premier League football, with the North London derby, the Manchester derby and a crunch encounter in the East Midlands between Leicester and Nottingham Forest the pick of the bunch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal redemption explained
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Ian Iriving is joined by The Athletic's data writer Maram AlBaharna & former Arsenal midfielder Adrian Clarke to explain the numbers and facts behind Granit Xhaka's journey to leading his side to the top of The Premier League having been close to leaving and the focus of fierce criticism in the past. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
Watford fire and hire again, but why is this one different?
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Ian Irving is joined by Adam Leventhal and David Walker to talk about Watford's 17th head coach of the Pozzo era. On Monday this week in the space of 15 minutes, Watford announced the departure of Rob Edwards and the arrival of Slaven Bilic. It's not new but this time things felt different, and this time Watford fans are angry. Listen to get the inside story on how the club looks and to try to get inside the mind of Watford's trigger happy owner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
Are England ready for the World Cup? Questions remain for Southgate
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Ian Irving is joined by the Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke and Oli Kay to reflect on Monday night's 3-3 draw at Wembley between England and Germany. It was a spirited comeback for Gareth Southgate's side but big question marks remain over the inclusion of Harry Maguire, whether Foden fits into this system, whether Bellingham has nailed down a starting berth, whether Saka should start, and why Trent Alexander-Arnold is seemingly out in the cold, to name but a few. All these issues and more discussed, plus JPB and Oli pick their starting XIs for England's opening world cup encounter against Iran. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
Eric Cantona Interview: United President offer, Sir Alex, Beckham & Qatar
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Premier League legend Eric Cantona sits down with The Athletic's Adam Crafton to discuss a range of topics including his offer to become President of Manchester United, his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson, his thoughts on David Beckham's promotion of the World Cup in Qatar the possibility of World War and his connection with England. Eric also shares the inspiration behind that iconic goal celebration, that kick and why he is both humble & arrogant. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
Weekend Preview: big tests for England & Southgate
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Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by the Athletic's Tim Spiers and Bet 365's Steve Freeth for a look ahead to a big weekend of international football which will feature significant tests for Gareth Southgate's England and Rob Page's Wales just two months out from the world cup. Will Southgate put his faith in Bellingham? Will out of form Maguire and Shaw retain their starting spots? Who takes the no.1 shirt in Pickford's absence? The international break also gives us the opportunity to reflect on the Premier League, so the panel cast their eye on how the title race and relegation battles are shaping up after seven games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
Derby weekend preview, Manchester City's recruitment problem, and the best kick off time
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Mark Chapman is joined by commentator Robyn Cowen and author Dr Carrie Dunn to look ahead to a big weekend of WSL action where we will be treated to Arsenal v Spurs, Liverpool v Everton, and Chelsea v Man City. We discuss why Manchester City has got itself into the state it has, why Manchester United were able to get ahead of Spurs, and what to expect from the big derby matches in the men's stadiums. All that plus a debate on the best kick off time Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Jude Bellingham: The battle to sign him & why he might not start at the World Cup
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s Rafa Honigstein, Jack Pitt-Brooke & James Pearce to detail the battle between clubs such as Liverpool & Manchester United to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund. Also we hear why, despite impressive performances in the Champions League, Bellingham isn't sure to start for England at this year's World Cup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
Bruno Fernandes on his character, Ten Hag, captaincy, Ronaldo, Solskjaer, Rangnick and more
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Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes sits down with The Athletic's Adam Crafton for an exclusive in-depth conversation on topics ranging from Bruno's mindset and attitude when on the pitch, his view of why life under Erik ten Hag started so badly, how it's turned around so quickly, how it feels to be handed the captain's armband, and his relationship with teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. There's also fascinating insight from Fernandes on how he uses the referee as a reference for finding space on the pitch, his thoughts on what went wrong for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, why it didn't go well for Ralf Rangnick, and much more besides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
How Grealish works at City, De Zerbi to Brighton, Cooper & Rodgers under pressure
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Ian Iriving is joined by The Athletic's Sam Lee to discuss the two sides to the Jack Grealish debate – and why they are both right. Andy Naylor explains how and why Brighton appointed Roberto de Zerbi as their new manager. Nick Miller on the mounting pressure on Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper & Leciester City boss Brendan Rodgers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Weekend Preview: Time for Richarlison to replace Son, England's Toney to trouble Arsenal, Forest need points over performance
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Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by the Athletic's Jay Harris to look ahead to all seven games this weekend as the Premier League returns from a week off. There's a big game on Friday night between two promoted sides Nottingham Forest and Fulham, can Forest pick up some points to match their promising performances of late, or will Mitrovic be too much for that leaky defence? There are question marks over Son's place in the Spurs team as they get set to take on Leicester, Brentford take on Arsenal with Ivan Toney looking to celebrate his England call-up with a big performance, and there's a big game for Steven Gerrard as Aston Villa look to back up that point against Man City with a positive result at home to Southampton on Friday night All that plus Wolves v Man City, Everton v West Ham and Newcastle v Bournemouth Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
Lewandowski: Why Bayern let him go & how Barca can get the best from him
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s German football writer Raphael Honigstein & Spanish writer Dermot Corrigan to discuss Robert Lewandowski; the reasons he left Bayern Munich & what he offers Barcelona. Also, how do the Barcelona & Bayern Munich compare off the pitch and which club is the greater attraction for elite players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Liverpool's Loss of Rhythm, Neymar's 'World Cup form' & Marcus 'Mini-Messi' Edwards: Champions League Preview
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Spurs and England correspondent Jack Pitt-Brooke to talk about Marcus Edwards; the 23-year-old English forward lining up against his former club Spurs in the Champions League... Plus, tactics writer Michael Cox is on hand to assess whether Christophe Galtier's PSG are any more balanced than in previous years, as well as, Neymar's imperious form less than two months from the start of the Qatar World Cup. Senior Writer Oli Kay also joins to discuss some fascinating parallels between Klopp's current floundering Liverpool and Arigo Sacchi's great AC Milan side of the late 80s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
AC Milan's redemption: how they turned it round & who are new owners RedBird Capital?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's James Horncastle & Matt Slater to detail how AC Milan was turned around both on and off the pitch, and tell you all you need to know about their new owners RedBird Capital - including their links with the New York Yankees, Drake & Lebron James - and hear about out their plans and challenges for AC Milan in the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
Inside Tuchel's sacking - and why Chelsea have turned to Potter
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A day on from Chelsea's sacking of Thomas Tuchel, Adam Leventhal is joined by David Ornstein and Simon Johnson to analyse how things turned sour at Stamford Bridge. And with Graham Potter's arrival close to confirmation, we ask why the new Chelsea ownership regard him as the key man for the Blue's next decade. Plus, what next for Tuchel - and how do Brighton prepare for life after Potter? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
Chelsea sack Tuchel - reaction with David Ornstein
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Chelsea have sacked Thomas Tuchel after a string of disappointing results and performances at the start of the new season. Join Mark Chapman, David Ornstein and Liam Twomey as they discuss why tensions have been increasing since the US tour, what this might mean for new boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and which manager they could to turn to next. [This episode of the Athletic Football Podcast was originally broadcast as a live stream] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
Aubameyang To Chelsea: Unfinished Business, The No. 9 Curse & Boehly v Barcelona
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Liam Twomey and Pol Ballus to put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's deadline day return to the Premier League under the spotlight... Where does the 33-year-old goalscorer fit in, six years on from being coached by Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund, and how will his arrival impact Sterling, Havertz & Mount? Xavi's reluctance to sell at Barcelona, Auba's status at London-rivals Arsenal and a case of some unfinished business in the Premier League. Plus more on Todd Boehly's first transfer window since the Chelsea takeover and the shared desperation/chaos/bad-planning that kept drawing Barcelona and Chelsea together throughout the summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
How Brighton sold best players & got better & Diego Costa set for Wolves medical
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Andy Naylor to explain how Graham Potter’s Brighton sold their best players and improved. Alongside him, our Leicester writer Rob Tanner tells us why Brendan Rodgers is safe for now but is on thin ice. Elsewhere, with Diego Costa set for a medical at Wolves, we hear what if anything he has left in the tank from The Athletic's Dermot Corrigan, Jack Land & Wolves writer Steve Madeley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2022
Weekend Preview: Nunez back for Merseyside derby, Aubameyang in at Chelsea, Gerrard under big pressure
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Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by the Athletic's Tim Spiers for a look at the pick of the Premier League fixtures this weekend, there's the Merseyside derby on Saturday lunchtime which should feature the returning Darwin Nunez, and could see new signings debut for both teams. Chelsea made a late move for Aubameyang, will he come straight in against West Ham and make an impact? Plus there's a look at Aston Villa v Manchester City, a daunting prospect for under pressure Steven Gerrard. All that plus Man United v Arsenal, and the increasingly beleaguered Brendan Rodgers takes his Leicester side to high flying Brighton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
Hey big spender! Why the Premier League dominates the transfer window whilst the rest of Europe watches on
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The Athletic's Matt Slater and Phil Buckingham join Mark Chapman to look at a transfer window where the Premier League blew its European competition out the spending waters. So much so that players are choosing to come to England rather than stay at their clubs and compete in Europe's elite competition: the Champions League. The how and why of that is explained here. Plus there's a discussion on the Super League, what forms it could take should Europe want to compete with the Premier League, and whether we prefer juggernauts doing well but don't want to admit it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
Scott Parker’s Bournemouth sacking: Criticisms, transfers and a summer of tension
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Ahmed Shooble & Peter Rutzler for a deep dive into why Bournemouth sacked Scott Parker as manager. Details include the relationship between Parker & the players, his relationship with the board and ownership, what happened inside the club in the after the nine nil battering by Liverpool and of course what who will take over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2022
The Great Dele Alli Mystery: Bottled Lightning, A Phenomenon & Totally Unique
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Carl Anka and Jack Pitt-Brooke to explore the myriad of events which led to Dele Alli making his Besiktas debut last night at just 26 years old... The panel reflect on a meteoric rise, their first impressions of a totally self-confident phenomenon who quickly became a symbol of both Pochettino's top-table party-crashers and England's new generation. Was Dele failed by a succession of coaches, is he a player born in the wrong era tactically, or even a victim of the gaps in his own footballing education such was the speed of his rise to the top? Plus, did anyone think the Everton loan would work out and do we need to challenge the narrative of what success actually looks like for Alli? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
Four days till deadline - Ornstein with latest on Antony to Man Utd, Ronaldo future, Chelsea ins and outs, plus many more...
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein and Adam Crafton for a comprehensive roundup of the Premier League transfer picture ahead of Thursday's deadline. There's the latest on Antony to Man Utd and the future of Ronaldo, plus Chelsea's deal for Wesley Fofana and news of a possible u-turn in their pursuit of Aubameyang. We also look at the potential ins and outs at Everton as they strive to keep hold of Anthony Gordon amidst continued interest from Chelsea. All that plus mention of potential activity at Liverpool, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, West Ham, Newcastle, Arsenal, Tottenham, Leeds, Wolves, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Aston Villa as we prepare for the conclusion of what has already been a record breaking summer window. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
Weekend Preview: Can Bournemouth spring a surprise against Liverpool? Are Spurs quiet contenders?
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Dan Bardell, George Elek, and Tim Spiers gather once again to preview the biggest Premier League fixtures. Coming up, can Manchester United get two wins in a week? Will Liverpool be pulled apart by the Cherries? And could Fulham be the first to put a spanner in the Arsenal armoury? All that plus some insight into Newcastle's potential new striker Alexander Isak and the striker with a pirate celebration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
Moving on from Marcelo: how Jesse Marsch got Leeds rocking again
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Leeds correspondent Phil Hay and tactics writer Ahmed Walid for an in-depth look at how Jesse Marsch's has put his stamp on things at Elland Road, and how that has helped the club and its fans to move on from the Marcelo Bielsa era. We look at his soft approach off the pitch, his aggressive tactics on the pitch, his renewed focus on set-pieces and the abandonment of the high-risk man-to-man system used by Bielsa. There's also a look at how the new signings like Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams are the perfect fits for Marsch's system and how he's reinvigorated the likes of the Premier League's leading goalscorer Rodrigo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2022
Snobbery at Sheffield, cracks at Coventry('s pitch), and inspired Ipswich
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Mark Chapman is joined by Nancy Frostick of The Athletic and EFL goal centurion Sam Parkin to bring you up to date on the story lines from across tiers two to four. Covering everything from Coventry's dodgy pitch, to Preston's clean sheets, to the manager inspired by Hansi Flick to the coaches Manchester United have waved goodbye to. It's all here in this whip around the lower divisions. All that plus Watford's transfers, Wigan and Rotherham's unbeaten records, and the first sacking of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2022
Sancho's Moment, Klopp's Midfield, A Sea of Gold & Green: The Night The Erik ten Hag Era Began
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Manchester United writer Laurie Whitwell, News correspondent Dan Sheldon and Liverpool writer Simon Hughes (somewhat more reluctantly), to reflect on all the drama from Monday night's game at Old Trafford... The panel discuss the anti-Glazer protests, how Erik ten Hag's big decisions paid off, while Jurgen Klopp's backfired and what it all meant for the respective futures of the likes of Ronaldo, Alexander-Arnold and more... Plus, an update on United's pursuit of Ajax's Antony and PSV's Cody Gakpo, as well as, why Liverpool may need midfield reinforcements more than the manager is prepared to admit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2022
Chelsea on the hunt for Aubameyang, Fofana, Gordon and De Jong, plus Casemiro set to join Man Utd
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Mark Chapman is joined by the Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke and our Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey to reflect on Sunday's chastening defeat at Elland Road for Tuchel's side, and bring you insight on whether this result will hasten Chelsea's transfer pursuit for the likes of Aubameyang, Fofana, Anthony Gordon and even Frenkie De Jong. We're also joined by the Athletic's Manchester United writer Carl Anka as Casemiro is set to be the latest big-money star signing to arrive at Old Trafford, but will he be the difference maker that they so badly need? Plus there's a look at Man Utd's continued interest in Brazilian winger Antony, after he was left out of Ajax's fixture at the weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
Weekend Preview: Could defeat for Man United be a tipping point? Do Liverpool injuries give United hope?
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Dan Bardell, Tim Spiers and George Elek preview the best of the weekend's Premier League action starting with the huge game at Old Trafford on Monday night as Manchester United take on Liverpool - will another humiliating defeat prove a tipping point for the disgruntled United fans? Does Liverpool's lengthy injury list give Utd a glimmer of hope? Can Jurgen Klopp's side afford to drop more points this early on? Plus there's a look at Spurs v Wolves, Bournemouth v Arsenal, Leeds v Chelsea, and Newcastle v Manchester City Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
Wrexham’s Hollywood owners on why they did it
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The Athletic's Pablo Maurer sits down for an interview with Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds & Rob McElhenney about their ownership of Wrexham football club - and their new documentary charting the experience. To set the scene, Pablo is joined by Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Nick Miller to discuss the rise of sports documentaries and why football clubs & footballers want to peel back the curtain in the first place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
"Where's Balotelli?" Why Newcastle United aren't spending like Man City did
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Joining Mark Chapman this week it's Newcastle's "Pope of Mope" George Caulkin and senior writer Oli Kay to answer the question: "Why aren't Newcastle doing the thing we expected them to do?" ie spend tonnes of money. To answer that question and get an insight into the running of this rejuvenated football this is the podcast for you. Hear about comparisons with Chelsea, City, and Everton and why this is such a different situation to those clubs. There's also a look into a matchday at St James' Park including something significant on cheese. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
Hasenhuttl's Grip on Saints & Gamble on Youth
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Southampton writer Jacob Tanswell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes, to explore the huge gamble the club's new owners are taking on young talent - despite mounting concerns over Premier League relegation and manager Ralph Hasenhutll's job...  The panel detail and discuss the new profile of player being targeted by the club and why new Head of Recruitment, Joe Shields, is the right man for the right time. Plus, what it's like to actually play for Hasenhuttl, why a tactical shift has dented his popularity among supporters and what the last few years have done to his once glowing reputation on the continent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2022
How Brentford demolished Manchester United
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Jay Harris - who were both at Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday - to explain how Brentford blew Manchester United away. Hear details from both clubs as to how they prepared and the fallout out behind-the-scenes at United featuring a an extra running session , strained relations and Ten Hag changing his mind on Ronaldo. We also get a report from The Athletic's Spanish writer Dermot Corrigan as he left Camp Nou on Saturday after Barcelona’s frantic week to register their new signings for their season opener. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
Weekend preview: Gerrard v Lampard 2.0, Brentford’s Great Dane, and finisher-less Chelsea take on Spurs
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Dan Bardell, Tim Spiers and George Elek preview the best of the weekend's Premier League action as Gerrard prepares to take on Lampard. Is Stevie G missing Mick Beale? Do Chelsea have everything to lose against Spurs? And will somebody hit 40 goals in the Premier League this season? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
Are Spurs turning into Juventus-on-Thames?
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Mark Chapman is joined by Jack Pitt Brooke and James Horncastle to discuss the peculiarly sensible transfer dealings of Tottenham Hotspur and what has caused Daniel Levy to rip up his playbook. In the pod hear about the triumvirate of Levy-Conte-Paratici and how the Italian duo have influenced Levy for this transfer window. James tells us about Conte and Paratici's history at Juventus and the developing relationship Spurs are forming with Serie A. Whilst Jack gives insight on why exactly the stadium is also key to Spurs' development - and why in particular Lady Gaga is an aid to it all too. All that plus a little bit on United - because it wouldn't be The Athletic Football Podcast without it would it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
Why is the World Cup start date changing again?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Matt Slater & Joey D’Urso to discuss the news that FIFA is set to move the start date of the World Cup one day earlier so that host nation Qatar can play the first match. The panel discuss why the decision is only being take now, the current state of preparations for the World Cup in Qatar and also what the fan experience might be like for supporters given the countries' human rights record. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
Rodgers, Fofana, Maddison & Leicester's Curious Summer Transfer Window
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Leicester writer Rob Tanner and Stuart James, to explore Leicester's bemusing inactivity in this summer's transfer window so far... The reality behind the widespread statistic that the Foxes remain the only top-flight European side yet to make a summer signing, Brendan Rodgers' frustrations and Chelsea's very public pursuit of Wesley Fofana. Plus, the panel explore the smaller margin for error in the transfer market, for Premier League clubs like Leicester, their recruitment strategy, hope yet for Boubakary Soumare, Maddison and Tielemans' futures and what would constitute success this season? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
United working to sign Rabiot & Barcelona threaten legal action over De Jong contract
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein, Adam Crafton & Laurie Whitwell to discuss Manchester United's pursuit of Adrien Rabiot from Juventus & Marko Arnautovic from Bologna.. David exclusively reveals a huge story from his weekly column that Barcelona told Frenkie de Jong that they have evidence of criminality around contract given by old board and cause for legal action vs all involved. We are also joined by our Aston Villa writer Gregg Evans after a disappointing start to the season for Steven Gerrard - will he get to spend the money from the sale of Carney Chukwuemeka. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
Season Preview - Two-horse title race again? Are Spurs contenders? Could Rodgers be first to go?
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Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by the Athletic's Tim Spiers for the first preview show of the season, and on the eve of another Premier League campaign they start by looking at the big narratives that may define the 9 months ahead. Are we set for another two-horse title race between Man City and Liverpool? Can any of the chasing pack close the gap and could that team be Antonio Conte's Tottenham? Could Newcastle barge their way in to the big six and make it seven? Plus there's a look at the relegation candidates, how we expect new boys Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest to fare, and with things seemingly not being well at Leicester could Brendan Rodgers be a surprise candidate for first manager to be sacked? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
Inside Barcelona's Summer Transfer Window: De Jong, Laporta & 'Levers FC'
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Host Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton and Pol Ballus to explain the story of Barcelona's summer transfer window... How exactly returning President Joan Laporta 'rescued' the Catalan giants from being 'clinically dead', why in-demand stars like Raphinha and Kounde chose Barca over Premier League rivals and how on earth they got themselves into this mess - dating all the way back to the aftermath of Neymar's transfer to PSG. Plus, more on 'Operation Salida' and whether any of their new recruits will be registered in time for the first game of the new La Liga season, Bernardo Silva interest, Frenkie de Jong's choices, why Real Madrid actually need a competitive rival and if there is any chance of a Lionel Messi comeback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
Toone on Euro glory, Chelsea eye Cucurella & Ronaldo's early exit
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Ian Irving & The Athletic’s Charlotte Harpur reflect on EURO 2022 as the Lionesses clinched their first ever major trophy - we hear from wonder goal scorer Ella Toone. We’ll also squeeze in an update on Ronaldo after his return in a red shirt at Old Trafford - where he was watched by The Athletic’s Carl Anka. Plus David Ornstein is here with a transfer update. Chelsea fans - he may have some good news.. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
England Win Euro 2022
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Kait Borsay, Jen O'Neill, Tim Stillman, The Athletic's Charlotte Harpur, Lynsey Hooper and a host of other voices at Wembley try to process what just happened as England are crowned European Champions. Chloe Kelly, Beth Mead, Leah Williamson, Georgia Stanway, Mary Earps and Rachel Daly tell us how it felt to win it against Germany. Plus we get the reaction from past Lionesses Katie Chapman, Karen Bardsley, Kerry Davis and Julie Fletcher. German journalist Tamara Keller assess whether Germany deserved the defeat. After analysing the final we look ahead to how this home victory could change the women's game for the better. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
EFL Preview: Burnley & Kompany, Derby-Post-Rooney & One's To Watch
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Host Ian Irving is joined by a host of The Athletic's EFL writers, including Burnley correspondent Andy Jones, West Brom writer Elias Burke and staff writer Nick Miller, to preview the start of the 2022/23 EFL season... The panel discuss Vincent Kompany's big rebuild at Turf Moor, why Hull City are sure to entertain this season, if Sunderland could make a surprise run at the Championship play-offs, as well as who Derby will contend with for automatic promotion from League One. Plus, the Chris Wilder Factor at Boro and why Scott Twine, Jack Rudoni & Grady Diangana are just a few of the one's to watch this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
REACTION: England reach EURO 2022 final
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Kait Borsay, Faye White and Carrie Dunn try to keep giddiness at bay as England sweep aside Sweden to reach the Euro 22 final. The Lionesses hammer Sweden 4-0 at Bramall Lane on a night where dreams come true, a night full of unforgettable moments. The Russo goal, the Williamson performance and winger Beth Mead showing she’s up there with the best strikers in the world. Are Sarina’s side destined to face Germany in the final? Tamara Keller gives us the lowdown on Magul, Popp and co ahead of their semi-final with France. And we revisit England’s two previous Euro final appearances. The quagmire of 1984 and Faye’s class of 2009. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
Tuchel transfer warning, Inside Lingard Forest move, & why isn't Bronze shining?
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Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Flo Lloyd-Hughes to look ahead to England's EURO 2022 semi final and the form & fitness ofLucy Bronze - why is not shining as brightly as she once did – is that to be expected? Paul Taylor brings details of Jesse Lingard's move to Nottingham Forest; his social influence and how a seafood restaurant in Athens helped swing the deal. And our Chelsea writer Simon Johnson gives his reaction to Thomas Tuchel's comments questioning the the club’s transfer activity & his players' commitment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
EURO 2022: England through to semi-finals!
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England legend Kelly Smith and She Kicks Editor Jen O’Neill join Kelly Somers to digest England and Spain’s rollercoaster of a quarter-final. How did England turn it around? And is this the best England side we've seen? From Brighton Lynsey Hooper brings us Lucy Bronze and Sarina Wiegman's reaction. Spanish journalist Bea Redondo reflects on what Spain could have done better. Plus we look ahead to the next quarter-final, Germany v Austria, with Tom Middler in Vienna. RUNNING ORDER PART 1 - So much adrenaline. How will we sleep? (1.00) PART 2 - England 2 - 1 Spain with Lynsey Hooper and Bea Redondo (4.00) PART 3 - Coming up… Germany v Austria with Tom Middler (28.00) Producer: Sophie Penney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
Raphinha, Richarlison & Jesus: The New Brazilians
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Host Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's South American football expert Jack Lang, tactics writer Michael Cox and Spurs & England correspondent Jack Pitt-Brooke, to reflect on three big summer transfers for a new kind of Brazilian superstar... The panel reflect on some of the true Brazilian greats of the last 25 years, discuss why great entertainers like Ronaldinho and Neymar never signed for a Premier League club and if the 'Joga Bonito' spirit clashes with modern day Premier League tactical systems. Plus, ahead of the winter World Cup, who has taken the biggest risk by moving to Arsenal, Spurs and Barcelona respectively and what chance do Tite's Selecao have in Qatar this winter? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2022
Ornstein transfer update & Shakhtar Donetsk seek damages from FIFA
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The Athletic's David Ornstein shares transfer lines on players including Armando Broja Oleksandr Zinchenko & Youri Tielemans There is an exclusive from Adam Crafton featuring and interview with the CEO of Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk & Chris Waugh has the latest from Newcastle’s tour of Austria. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Why Rooney Went Back To DC
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Host Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's Pablo Maurer, fresh from his interview with the new DC United manager... It's Wayne Rooney! Senior Writer Oli Kay joins in as the panel reflect on his playing days stateside, a 'baptism of fire' at Derby County last season, how Wayne appears to be carefully plotting his route to some of the 'big Premier League jobs' and what Rooney: The Manager - is really like. You'll also hear from Wayne Rooney himself throughout the podcast, as well as from Elias Burke, Derby Correspondent for The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
England make history with biggest Euro win of all time
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A special bonus episode of The Atheltic's Woman's Football pod with all the reaction to an historic night for English football. Ex-England player Gemma Davison joins Kait Borsay and ex-Sunderland player turned She Kicks Magazine Editor Jen O’Neill to digest England’s epic 8-0 win over Norway in the Euros group stage. To keep right up to date with the Lionesses throughout the tournament and beyond, search 'The Athletic Women's Football Podcast' wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
De Jong, Barca & United latest plus Raphinha edging closer to Camp Nou
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Ian Irving Coming up today we attempt to unravel the tangled web of Manchester United’s chase for Frenkie de Jong. from Barcelona. We get the perspective from all sides with The Athletic's Pol Ballús & Laurie Whitwell. Barcelona finances will dominate the pod and Phil Hay will join us to talk about their improving chances of spending some money on Leeds forward Raphinha. Look away Chelsea fans. Plus, Charlie Eccleshare gives us an update from Tottenham’s tour of Korea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
ICYMI: How England's U19s Won Euros Again, Scouting 'Future Stars' & Protecting Foden
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Host Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's England correspondent Jack Pitt-Brooke and football news reporter Dan Sheldon, to reflect on England's U19 Euro's win... for the second time in just five years! So, what's the secret to all their recent success at youth level, who is head coach Ian Foster, how did both Mason Mount and Steve Holland play a vital part and have we got any better at protecting and nurturing young English talent? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2022
Introducing... The Athletic Women's Football Podcast: Euro Edition
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The Euros are off and underway and you can follow it all over on The Athletic Women's Football Podcast. But for now, here's a taster of what to expect. A bonus podcast episode will drop on this feed on Friday morning but to keep right up to date with the Lionesses throughout the tournament and beyond, search 'The Athletic Women's Football Podcast' wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2022
Chelsea eye Ronaldo, Eriksen agrees United terms, Inside Salah deal & Euros preview
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Ian Irving us joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein & Laurie Whitwell to discuss the news that that Cristiano Ronaldo has told Manchester United he wants to leave if the right offer comes in for him and that Chelsea are considering a move. We also have an exclusive from David Ornstein on the news that Christian Eriksen has verbally agreed to join United. We also hear part of Adam Crafton’s interview with Monaco Sporting Director Paul Mitchell, who has admitted he wants to return to the Premier League at some point in the future amid continued links with top-flight clubs in England including Manchester United Then our Liverpool writer James Pearce with all the details of Mohamad Salah’s new Liverpool contract that could see him earn close to £400,000 a week And our Women’s football Correspondent Charlotte Harpur will help us preview the European Championships that start in England on Wednesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2022
Beckham-Mania, Italian Conspiracy & Ronaldo's Redemption: 2002 World Cup Revisited
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Host Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's Dominic Fifield and Laurie Whitwell to reflect on the 2002 World Cup in South Korea & Japan, twenty years on this week... Uri Geller's bizarre effort to repair Beckham's broken metatarsal on live TV, Rivaldo's histrionics, Rustu's war-paint, South-Korean spirit, Roy Keane's civil war and whether or not Ronaldinho actually meant to catch Seaman out from that far away. Plus, Mr Football Cliches, Adam Hurrey's own personal Top 5 moments, what happened when George Caulkin got caught in a lift with R9, if James Horncastle (and the rest of Italy) has finally forgiven referee Byron Moreno and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
Jesus set for Arsenal, Ronaldo's agent meets Boehly & Platini v Blatter trial
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Ian Irving & The Athletic's Adam Crafton discuss stories including Arsenal agreeing terms with Manchester City to sign Gabriel Jesus. They are joined by Correspondent James McNicholas to explain what the deal means and our Investigations Writer Joey D'Urso on his piece that looks at the impact & fallout of Arsenal's Visit Rwanda sponsorship. Dom Fifield talks about the news that Petr Cech has left his role as Chelsea technical advisor and reports that owner Todd Boehly met with super agent Jorge Mendes with Cristiano Ronaldo’s future on the agenda - amongst other things of course. Then Matt Slater will be with us to tell us what he learned from his trip to Switzerland to watch the two men who used to run football stand trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
How The Winter World Cup Will Affect The Summer Transfer Window
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The Athletic's senior writer Dom Fifield and England correspondent Jack Pitt-Brooke, join host Ian Irving to discuss the impact of a winter World Cup on this summer's transfer window... Why Premier League stars like Gabriel Jesus, Marcus Rashford, Conor Gallagher and countless others might be inclined to 'side-step' or even stay put before November's curtain-raiser in Qatar? The 'unique opportunity' for heads of recruitment to get creative in the loans market and what free-agent Gareth Bale might do next. Plus, the panel also discuss Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia's exit and the news that co-owner Todd Boehly will fill the role himself on an interim basis! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
Raheem Sterling: Why Chelsea want him & why City may let him go
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Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's Football Correspondent David Ornstein, Manchester City writer Sam Lee & Chelsea writer Simon Johnson to discuss Chelsea's interest in signing Manchester City & England forward Raheem Sterling. We learn how Chelsea's confidence in capturing Sterling has grown, why City are open to letting Sterling leave this summer & consider whether this could see a new trend in the Premier League's top clubs selling players to domestic rivals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2022
Booing Gareth Southgate, Spurs' "Aggressive" Transfer Window & A Surprise Everton Takeover?
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Host Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's England and Spurs reporter Jack Pitt-Brooke to reflect on a historically bad evening for Gareth Southgate's England against Hungary - Is his relationship with the supporters now broken? David Ornstein is on hand for a mid-week transfer window round-up with Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City, Man United's offer to free-agent Christian Eriksen and Spurs' surprisingly ambitious approach to the market, all on the agenda - Could Conte's Tottenham actually be the biggest threat to both Liverpool and City next season? Plus, Everton writer Greg O'Keeffe details how a consortium led by former United and Chelsea Chief Executive, Peter Kenyon, have proposed a shock takeover. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
Liverpool agree deal for Nunez, Haaland confirmed & what next for Pochettino?
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Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein & Adam Crafton to detail Liverpool's move for Darwin Nunez plus other transfer lines involving Manchester United, Tottenham on the day Manchester City announce Erling Haaland signing. Also what next for Mauricio Pochettino as he agrees to leave his managerial role at PSG. And our Italian football writer James Horncastle joins the pod to discuss his brilliant piece on the redemption of AC Milan.. With maybe a lesson or two in there for some top English clubs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
The Moment: Troy Townsend on the death of his son Kurtis and learning to deal with grief
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Troy Townsend, head of development at Kick It Out, sits down with Kelly Cates and Geoff Thomas to discuss the death of his son Kurtis in a car accident in 2001 and how he and his family coped with the tragedy. Troy is father to six children, including Kurtis and current Everton midfielder Andros, and in this conversation he speaks honestly and emotionally about his relationships with them, and how over twenty years later he is still learning to deal with grief. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
The Moment: Paul Stewart on the sexual abuse he suffered as a youth player
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In 2016 former Tottenham, Liverpool and England midfielder Paul Stewart made the decision to open up about the sexual abuse he suffered from a youth-team coach when he was a young footballer. For more than 40 years, Paul had done whatever he could to suppress or even erase the thoughts and images that haunted him. In this episode, Paul discusses how it has impacted his life and how he's trying to prevent it happening again. Before you begin this podcast we want to let you know that this episode contains detailed discussion of child sexual abuse and trauma. If you’re a victim of sexual abuse of or have been affected by it and would like to talk to someone confidentially you can call 0808 800 5000, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
The Moment: Gary Lineker on his son's battle with leukaemia
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The Athletic Football Podcast will return on Monday 13th June, but in the meantime we wanted to give you a taste of our new series 'The Moment with Kelly Cates and Geoff Thomas' Kelly and Geoff are joined by Gary Lineker who opens up about his son George's battle with leukaemia as a very young baby, as he reflects upon those days spent with George in hospital in 1992 and the lasting impact they made. Check out the rest of the series, including interviews with Troy Townsend, Luke Chadwick and more, by searching for ‘The Moment’ in your usual podcast provider Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
Chaos in Paris, Mane set to leave Liverpool & Rangnick walks
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Dan Bardell is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Oliver Kay to reflect on the chaotic scenes which delayed the start of the Champions League final. We hear first hand accounts from fans who travelled to Paris and were caught up in distressing situations. Meanwhile the panel discuss the news that Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is expected to leave Liverpool this summer & Manchester United have announced Ralf Rangnick will not be staying at Old Trafford as a consultant despite his previous agreement with the club. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 30, 2022
Champions League Final Preview: Mo Salah's Real Madrid Revenge
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid... Do Madrid dare lose this following Mbappe's public rejection? And if Liverpool were to fail, does a season which at one point looked truly historic, become forgettable? Is Mo Salah is really out for some 2018 revenge, why Liverpool's left flank will decide this match and we'll hear from Michael Owen - who sat down with The Athletic's Liverpool correspondent James Pearce earlier this week - to talk about the number 9s: Sadio Mane & Karim Benzema. Later, our trio cast their minds ahead to the start of the next Premier League season and make some early (bold) predictions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2022
Brand Mbappe takes the throne
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater host a roundtable on the reasons and ramifications of La Liga filing a complaint to UEFA, the French administrative courts and the European Union over Kylian Mbappe's decision to renew his contract at Paris Saint-Germain despite Real’s attempts to sign him. Their guests are Christian Nourry Managing Partner at RETEXO a sports analytics firm that uses data to match owners to prospective football clubs & works with clubs to market their players more effectively to clubs seeking players with similar characteristics plus David Diaz, a partner at Baker McKenzie Madrid who has extensive experience in sports law in football. He regularly advises Spanish and foreign clubs on the legal aspects of their operations. He also has extensive experience in advising foreign investors with a potential interest in the game. The panel also touch on the takeover of Chelsea - is it a deal that makes financial sense?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2022
Kylian Mbappe's New Deal: How PSG Shocked Real Madrid & What Happens Now?
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by Adam Crafton and Dermot Corrigan of The Athletic, as well as, French football writer Tom Williams, to analyse the wider impact of Kylian Mbappe's decision to stay at PSG... The panel detail the eye-watering finer points of Mbappe's new contract, explore Madrid President Florentino Perez' "obsession" with the Frenchman and the state of La Liga, having missed also missed out on Erling Haaland to another 'new money' club in Manchester City. Plus, is it a good idea for Mbappe to have power over big club decisions, who Real Madrid could turn their attention to next and if their Champions League final against Liverpool this weekend just became crucial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2022
Why Mbappe stayed at PSG & City's shrewd early Haaland move
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Sam Lee to discuss City's title triumph and imagine what the mood would have been like had they lost out on the title to Liverpool. Coming up later in the pod we’ll hear how PSG kept hold of Kylian Mbappe, why City moving for Erling Haaland early means they didn't face competition from Real Madrid who will no doubt look to react in the transfer market. And Phil Hay will join us - in a much better mood than last week - after Leeds United managed to avoid relegation from the Premier League after a terrible season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Premier League Final Day - Reaction
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Adam Leventhal hosts a special live show, recorded shortly after the final whistle on Sunday, and is joined by various club writers to reflect on the big stories from the final day of the Premier League season... James Pearce, Caoimhe O'Neill and Sam Lee discuss the conclusion of a dramatic title race. Amy Lawrence reflects on Arsenal's 'progress', while Andy Jones explains Burnley's financial fears following their relegation. Plus, Carl Anka on why the 'PL Young Player of the Year' award isn't fit for purpose and data analytics writer Mark Carey on some of the statistical over and under achievers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Weekend Preview: Gerrard's Title Redemption, Leeds' Last Chance & Tottenham's Sure Thing
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to discuss if Gerrard's Merseyside connections are a genuine source of hope for Liverpool's slim Premier League title chances... Plus, why City feel like the footballing world is against them, how Leeds may live to regret those chants about Thomas Frank and why Spurs with Champions League football AND Antonio Conte at the helm, will mean business next year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2022
How Craig Thompson helped to create the Champions League
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May 19, 2022
Rangers Europa Dream: Gerrard, Van Bronckhorst & A Letter From 'Big Tav's' Mum
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Rangers reporter Jordan Campbell to preview an historic night in Rangers Football Club history, as they prepare to face Eintracht Frankfurt in Wednesday night's Europa League Final... Their journey to a first European final in 14 years, the transition from Steven Gerrard's league Champions to a 'bolder' European outfit under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, zero-to-hero John Lundstram and an inspiring letter from captain James Tavernier's mother. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2022
How Villa signed Coutinho & can Leeds keep best players?
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First up the focus is on Leeds United’s who are now outside of the Premier League relegation zone but rivals Burnley & Everton both have games in hand before they all play their last game this weekend - will they be able to keep hold of star players even if they avoid relegation? Then a little later in the pod Greg Evans will tell us how Aston Villa held firm to sign Philippe Coutinho   And we’ll talk Adam Leventhal will be with us to talk about Watford’s new boss Rob Edwards who will have plenty of work to do after relegation to the Championship Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Weekend Preview: Conte's Flexing, De Bruyne's Left Foot & A Proper FA Cup Final
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet356's Steve Freeth to reflect on a dramatic night in North London as the race for the Top 4 between Arsenal and Spurs goes on... Did Conte show Arteta who's boss or was another hotly anticipated Premier League contest, spoilt by the officials? Plus, a rare FA Cup final meeting between two of the top three sides in the league awaits, more on Ryan Sessegnon's development under Antonio Conte, why Joey Barton may soon be back in the Premier League and what is Declan Rice actually worth? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2022
Red Knight Jim O'Neill on Glazers & value of Man Utd
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater speak to Lord Jim O’Neill, about his role leading the Red Knights campaign in 2010 - an attempt to prise Manchester United from the Glazer family's control a decade ago. Jim also shares details of his time as non-executive director of Manchester United before it returned to private ownership in 2005. Plus we hear his thoughts on the sale of Chelsea and what that could mean in terms of the value of other clubs including Manchester United. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
Erling Haaland to Manchester City Announced
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's City correspondent Sam Lee, plus German football reporter Kit Holden and data analytics writer Mark Carey - to explore every aspect of Erling Haaland to Manchester City... From his link-up play to his injury record, his public desire to play for Real Madrid and assurances over Guardiola's future. Plus, the "myth" about Pep and big egos in the dressing room, how City won the race for his signature, if Bellingham could follow Haaland out of Dortmund this summer & what other business Man City could still do in this summer's transfer window. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Haaland deal done & Pogba says no to City move
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein & Adam Crafton to detail two huge stories about the futures of two of world football's biggest names Erling Haaland & Paul Pogba. Coming up a little later in the pod we’ll discuss Antonio Conte’s future at Spurs ahead of a huge North London derby against Arsenal this week. And we’ll speak to our Italian football writer James Horncastle about the two Milan teams battling for the Serie A tile race and get his assessment of Tammy Abraham's first year at Roma Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2022
Weekend Preview: Man City's Heartbreak, Misunderstood Mata & What if Diaz had signed for Spurs?
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview another exciting Premier League weekend... The panel assess the wreckage from Man City's late-late Champions League exit, explore how Luis Diaz would have fit in at Spurs and why all Bielsa's good work at Leeds is under threat if they're relegated this season. Plus, Arsenal's various goal threats, which strikers Newcastle could look to bring in this summer and George admits Don Carlo Ancelotti has proven him wrong again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2022
Scrapping two-legged Champions League semi-finals – would it work?
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater discuss reports that UEFA are thinking about scrapping the two-legged Champions League semi-finals that we are all enjoying at the moment. Is it too cynical to think any discussions about doing this would come down to money?! Joining us is Ricardo Fort, who for over 25 years experience in the sports industry leading the Global Sponsorship teams of Visa and The Coca-Cola Company, Ricardo launched Sport by Fort Consulting to help sponsors, leagues, investors and athletes successfully invest in sports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
Everton, Burnley, Leeds & The Last Relegation Place
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by Leeds writer Phil Hay, Burnley correspondent Andy Jones and Everton reporter Patrick Boyland to find out how each of these three clubs found themselves fighting for their Premier League lives... Plus, will Mike Jackson get a shot at succeeding Sean Dyche permanently given his impact, what are the financial consequences of relegation for clubs the size of both Everton and Leeds and which players are key to their chances of staying up this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2022
Why Klopp extended contract, Pickford's evolution, Madrid focused on Mbappe
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Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein to take us inside two big stories he broke in the last week; Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp's signing a contract extension & Matt Judge leaving his role as Manchester United’s director of football negotiations. Patrick Boyland joins us on Everton, following that manic win against Chelsea that’s breathed new life and belief into their battle to stay in the Premier League. Meanwhile their former boss Carlo Ancelotti has just become the first manager to win the title in all of Europe’s top 5 leagues, we’ll get the latest from Madrid ahead of their huge Champions League semi-final against Manchester City. The Athletic's Spanish writer Dermot Corrigan will bring the detail from Madrid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Weekend Preview: Potential slip ups for Liverpool or Man City? Will Chelsea deliver knockout blow to Lampard? Will Spurs bounce back in race for top 4?
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview what promises to be another hugely exciting weekend of Premier League football... Big games for Liverpool away at Newcastle and Man City away at Leeds, with both matches coming in the middle of high-pressure Champions League semi-finals will this be the weekend one of them slips up in the title race? The race for the top 4 continues to intrigue with Arsenal the latest team in possession of the 4th spot, they visit an injury-hit West Ham on Sunday while misfiring Spurs look to get back on track against a potentially distracted Leicester side who may have next week's second leg at Roma on their minds Plus, there's a massive game at Goodison Park as Everton take on Chelsea, will Frank Lampard's former side push him even closer to relegation? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
The price of relegation & promotion: The Business of Sport
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Mark Chapman & Matt Slater focus on the financial impact of promotion and relegation on men’s professional clubs in the English football pyramid. Guest include Julian Tagg president of Exeter City who this week secured promotion to League One - two leagues below the Premier League - after a decade in League Two & Mark Ives who is The National League’s general manager, the fifth tier of English football where former Premier League side Oldham Athletic will be playing next season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022
Chelsea at a crossroads
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The Athletic's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey joins Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes to discuss a club who find themselves at a crossroads. Liam looks at the impact of Antonio Rudiger's imminent departure from Chelsea. How will his departure, and that of fellow defender Andreas Christensen, impact the club as they go into the summer transfer window under new ownership. They discuss the importance of the club's academy and its young stars ahead of the new era. And what will Thomas Tuchel do with Romelu Lukaku this summer? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
Arsenal exploring Gabriel Jesus move & Merseyside derby reaction
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein & Sam Lee to detail the story that Arsenal are exploring the possibility of signing striker Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City in the summer transfer window. Simon Hughes will be with us to discuss the Merseyside derby and the gulf between Liverpool and Everton on and off the pitch. And despite winning a tenth title in a row at the weekend, Kit Holden will tell us why it hasn’t been a great season for Bayern Munich and why there future of star players like Robert Lewandowski is uncertain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Weekend Preview: Rebuilding Man United, Thiago's Dirty Work & Lukaku's Options
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview what promises to be another hugely exciting weekend of Premier League football... Can Man United bounce back away at Arsenal, buoyed by the announcement that Erik ten Hag will become the new manager this summer? Will title-chasing Liverpool drive city rivals Everton into the bottom three and could Brentford's Christian Eriksen cost Conte's Spurs more ground in the race for Top 4? Plus, how good Thiago is at not getting booked, why Chelsea are so bad at home and why Leeds were right to hire Jesse Marsch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
Ten Hag's 'Meme United', Klopp's 'Super-Computer' & Nketiah Gunning For Top 4
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Host Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by a host of The Athletic's finest to discuss the fall-out from two fascinating midweek Premier League games; as Arsenal stunned Chelsea to preserve their Top 4 hopes and Manchester United hit rock bottom at Anfield... First, Art de Roche joins the panel to talk about the true value of a squad player like Rob Holding, Eddie Nketiah's Arsenal future and why the Gunner's inability to dominate games makes it impossible to predict where they'll finish the season. Then, both Caoimhe O'Neill and Laurie Whitwell help to reflect on Erik ten Hag's appointment at Manchester United, how the gulf between the two historic rivals has grown and why some neutrals are even starting to feel sorry for Rangnick's side! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022
Champions League reforms explained & Chelsea takeover latest
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater speak to Dariusz [Darius] Mioduski Owner and President of Polish team Legia Warsaw and Vice-Chairman of the European Club Association about a range of topics including; how reforms to the Champions League were negotiated and how they work, making European football more competitive & what financial fair play really means for clubs across Europe. Matt also brings an update on the shape of the final three bids to purchase Chelsea from Roman Abramovich. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
Arsenal's gamble, Dyche's Burnley sacking, feel-good Newcastle
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Andy Jones to detail the day that Sean Dyche was sacked as manager of Burnley and what could happen next. Later in the pod we’ll discuss Arsenal’s chances of making the top four with James McNicholas and George Caulkin will be with us to talk about Newcastle United feeling at home again at St. James' Park. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
Weekend Preview: FA Cup Semi-Finals, 'Mwepu The Wildcard' & Supporting Newcastle United
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview Man City v Liverpool: Round 2... Have the odds swung in Liverpool's favour after their respective Champions League exploits? Similarly, are Spurs now in total control of the race for Top 4 or can Brighton and someone like Enock Mwepu do the double in North London? Plus, whether Vieira has a plan for crestfallen Chelsea after their cruel Champions League exit and The Athletic's George Caulkin explains what it's been like to support Newcastle, six months on from the takeover. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
Antonio Conte's Spurs: Controlled Chaos, Super-Fit Kane & The Top 4
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Tottenham writer, Charlie Eccleshare, to assess Antonio Conte's short reign at Spurs and the complete overhaul in both the results and general atmosphere at the North London club... The trio explore how differently the business the club conducted in January was perceived at the time, how Conte's 'Mourinho-like' outbursts almost derailed the project before it had even begun, Kane's rejuvenation, why making the Top 4 this season is more important to Tottenham than their rivals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
Erik ten Hag agrees deal to become Manchester United manager
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Carl Anka to react to the news David broke on Tuesday evening that Erik ten Hag has agreed a deal in principle to become the next permanent Manchester United manager. There's discussion of the scale of the task facing ten Hag, his suitability for the role, how much say in incomings and outgoings he will likely have, and how he will fit into the existing footballing hierarchy at Old Trafford. We also a look at where this leaves Mauricio Pochettino, who for a long time was thought to be the manager many inside and outside the club wanted to take over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
Liverpool defiant, Man City satisfied, and Spurs are un-Spursy
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The Athletic's Adam Leventhal is joined by Adam Crafton and Oli Kay to reflect on a massive weekend in the Premier League that saw Liverpool and Man City both walk away in good spirits after their pulsating 2-2 draw at the Etihad, The Athletic's Man City writer Sam Lee and our Liverpool writer James Pearce give us the take from both sides of the title race. We're also joined by The Athletic's Tottenham correspondent Charlie Eccleshare to look at the quest for Champions League football as Spurs have moved into pole position in the space of a week following their win at Aston Villa and Arsenal's slump at home to Brighton, and that's before we even mention Manchester United's defeat at Everton - which we do! Finally we turn our attention to the relegation battle and speak to The Athletic's Burnley writer Andy Jones who gives us the mood from Turf Moor after the Clarets' week of highs and lows as they followed up that massive win over Everton with a dismal defeat to Norwich at Carrow Road. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Weekend Preview: Man City v Liverpool, Are Everton Down & Erik ten Hag To United?
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview the BIG ONE: Manchester City vs Liverpool... Does Sunday's winner go on to lift the Premier League trophy in May, will Salah rediscover his goalscoring touch at the Etihad and who plays on the left in our combined XI? Plus, the trio assess Everton's demise, with relegation for the first time in 68 years looking increasingly likely, whether Erik ten Hag is the answer at Old Trafford, as well as, why it is fair to expect a busy summer at Villa Park and why it's 'advantage Spurs' in the race for Top 4. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
Does the Champions League really need to be more like the Super Bowl?
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The Athletic's Matt Slater has a double helping of football business for you - looking at the ongoing debate around the future of the Champions League in the wake of Nasser Al-Khelaifi's suggestion that it needs to be more like the Super Bowl, and we also delve into the Championship to examine the ever-growing disparity between the haves and the have-nots as parachute payments continue to wreak havoc with competitive balance. Our guests today are sponsorship and marketing expert Tim Crow & football finance expert Dr Dan Plumley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Inside Vieira's Crystal Palace & Is Gucci's Grealish Gen-Z's Beckham?
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Crystal Palace correspondent to assess how Patrick Vieira has totally transformed the South Londoners, hours after arguably the best performance of the season - beating Arsenal 3-0 on Monday night... Then, Lauren Cochrane, Senior Fashion Writer for The Guardian, the undeniably fashionable Carl Anka & former City defender Nedum Onuoha join in, to explore football's curious relationship with fashion. From Beckham's sarong & Rapinoe's suits to Jack Grealish's seven-figure Gucci endorsement deal - Is there more to it than the dressing room developing a dress-sense? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
Eriksen's Brentford fairytale, the future of the Champions League, and Qatar on the offensive over World Cup
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton and our Brentford correspondent Jay Harris to reflect on the remarkable victory for Thomas Frank's side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, including a look at whether they can hope to keep hold of Christian Eriksen and how if things were slightly different Thomas Tuchel could have been in the Brentford dugout. Adam has been talking to PSG president and chairman of the European Clubs Association Nasser Al-Khelaifi about his views on how the Champions League can grow and be modernised in comparison with mega events like the Super Bowl. We're also joined by The Athletic's Matt Slater who has returned from Doha after last week's World Cup draw and found that Qatar was in much punchier mood than usual when it came to questions of their human rights record and suitability to host the tournament Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
Weekend Preview: Booing Maguire, Guimaraes The Catalyst & Palace's Three Lions
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview Liverpool's early opportunity to go top of the Premier League table... Plus, Maguire's move from Leicester to Manchester United revisited, Vieira's induction into the PL Hall of Fame, whether Marcus Rashford would benefit from a move to Arsenal and if David Moyes should be crowned manager of the season? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
Qatar 2022 World Cup & difficult questions : The Business of Sport
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Mark Chapman is joined from Doha by The Athletic's Matt Slater ahead of the draw for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The theme of today’s podcast will be the criticism over the decision to stage the World Cup in Qatar because of concerns over the country's human rights record. Guests include Jonas Baer-Hoffmann is General Secretary of FIFPRO the global football players union & Wenzel Michalski a director at Human Rights Watch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
United transfer plans, Champions League changes & what now for Italy?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Laurie Whitwell to discuss Manchester United’s recruitment plans for the summer. Our Italian football writer James Horncastle will join us from Portugal, where he was meant to be covering Italy in the World Cup play off final.. And Liam Twomey will join us to discuss the contenders shortlisted to become the new owners of Chelsea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
The Qatar World Cup Draw: England's Hopes, Bale's Heroics & North American Progress
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's England reporter Jack Pitt-Brooke and Investigations writer, Matt Slater, to preview the World Cup draw and assess England's chances at the winter tournament... Qatar's ability to accommodate travelling supporters, Bale's international form, Foden's best position, Italy's misery and more... Plus, the guys check in with The Athletic's newsroom across the Atlantic to see how Canada and USA are preparing for the last tournament before hosting the World Cup in 2026 and Carl Anka enlightens us on a historic grudge match playing itself out over two legs in Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
Chelsea Pitch Owners are speaking to bidders for club: The Business of Sport
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The Athletic's Matt Slater speaks to Chris Isitt chair of Chelsea Pitch Owners - the company that holds the freehold of Stamford Bridge stadium - as the sales process for Premier League Chelsea Football Club continues. Isitt tell Matt, CPO have been in communication with groups who have made heavily fancied bids. Matt is also joined by Professor Simon Chadwick an expert on sport and geopolitics, to look at the impact of investment from Saudi Arabia in a range of sports including football, boxing, WWE, golf and Formula One rolls into Jeddah this weekend.. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
Southgate's 'Legacy' & The Next Generation Of Elite English Managers
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Jay Harris - fresh from his recent visit to St. George's Park - to discuss how the FA are trying to put an end to the fact that an English manager has never won the Premier League title or The Champions League! You'll hear from some of the latest cohort of ex-senior England professionals embarking on a revolutionary coaching programme with the FA, how Italy and Germany have set the standard as well as how Gareth Southgate fits into the bigger picture. Plus, the trio debate recent comments from the likes of Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard as part of a wider conversation about what modern day players actually need from modern coaches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
The serious offers to buy Chelsea, Barca rebuilding & Palace evolution
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Matt Slater to detail the bids that have been submitted to buy Chelsea and which should be taken seriously. We’ll also talk Crystal Palace and the work being done behind the scenes that is bearing fruit on the pitch with Matt Woosnam. And our Spanish writer Dermot Corrigan was at the Bernabeu last night he’ll join us to share his thoughts on Real Madrid’s heavy defeat to Barcelona. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
Weekend Preview: Bamford's Back, The Arsenal x Liverpool Gap & Chelsea's Lack Of Tact
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth as FA Cup football returns - But is it something Everton could do without and why can't Chelsea read the room? Plus, how big really is the gap between Liverpool and Arsenal, Gelhardt's 'Rooney Moment', Kulusevski's impact and more... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
Roman Abramovich, sanctions & how they work: The Business of Sport
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Following the announcement that Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the British Government and now the European Union, Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by guests to discuss the likely effect on Chelsea football club and the wide-ranging impact such measures will have on sport in England. Our first guest is Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. Browder has been leading a campaign to expose allegations of corruption and human rights abuses that will lead to visa sanctions and asset freezes on those involved. Browder also explains exactly why oligarchs like Roman Abraomovich are being sanctioned and how it may harm President Putin. Later in the pod we’ll be joined by MP Clive Efford who was part of a committee that yesterday questioned leading figures about the role of Russian money in football and if the Government is concerned about investments in UK sport from other nations with poor human rights records. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
What's going on at PSG?
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French football writer Tom Williams joins Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes on today's episode of The Athletic Football Podcast. They explore the reasons behind another European failure, and the booing of Messi and Neymar that followed this weekend. They also take a look at the underperforming stars, the struggles of manager Mauricio Pochettino in creating a harmonious dressing room, as well as the fan anger aimed at club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.  They then debate what's next for the club, and how they move closer to winning the Champions League. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
Salah contract stand-off, Everton's solution to muddled recruitment & what next for Chelsea?
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Simon Johnson & Matt Slater look at what the future might hold for Chelsea after owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned whilst trying to sell the club. We’ll also discuss Mo Salah's contract stand-off and an unwanted distraction at Liverpool with The Athletic's James Pearce. And as Everton’s struggles continue, Paddy Boyland - who covers the club for us - will detail the immediate and long term challenges at the club and for new director of football Kevin Thelwell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
Weekend Preview: Chelsea's Future, Saka's Mentality & Pochettino's Reputation
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Host Dan Bardell and bet365's Steve Freeth are joined by The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke to preview Antonio Conte's first match against Manchester United, in the same week Pochettino's PSG crashed out of the Champions League... But where will they (and Tuchel for that matter) be next season? Also, how impressive has Bukayo Saka been, especially after the way his summer ended with England, how to properly assess the job Patrick Vieira has done at Crystal Palace, can Liverpool afford to rest Mo Salah, plus, Newcastle writer Chris Waugh on Newcastle's confidence-boost. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2022
Brentford CEO on impact of Christian Eriksen & becoming a Premier League club: The Business of Sport
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by Jon Varney, CEO and lifelong fan of Premier League side Brentford, who were promoted to English football’s top flight this season after 74 years away. Jon shares details about the off pitch challenges of moving to a new stadium during the COVID pandemic, the new challenges to compete at the very top level and also the impact of the high profile signing of Christian Eriksen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
Man United's '99 Treble-Winners: Liverpool & City's Treble-Chances + Life After Klopp & Guardiola
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes invite you to listen in on The Athletic's Simon Hughes, Jack Pitt-Brooke and Andy Mitten, in conversation about Manchester United's 1999 treble win - and the chances of either Liverpool or Man City being able to replicate it this season... The trio debate how 'lucky' Fergie's United were that year, the way the tables have turned since the 90s, as well as, the landscape of the game, squad-building, rivalry & player conditioning. Plus, what lessons the pre-eminent duo of the Premier League today might have learned from United's decline, particularly when the time comes to replace club-defining managers like Klopp and Guardiola. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
Haaland decision close & Ronaldo's trip to Portugal that caused surprise
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 Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton, David Ornstein & Laurie Whitwell to look at what United can do - if anything - to close the gap between themselves and Manchester City.. And speaking of City, it looks like they are one of two possible destinations for Erling Haaland and a decision will be made in the coming weeks according to David Ornstein And Oli Kay will be with us to discuss his piece on Roman Abramovich, the most high-profile but most private owner in English football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
Weekend Preview: Clash Of Styles in Manchester Derby & Jesse Marsch's Rescue Mission
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview Ralf Rangnick's first Manchester Derby as speculation over their next new manager intensified again this week... Plus, how will Jesse Marsch attempt to follow Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds, does the post-AFCON version of Pepe have a real future at Arsenal and was the PGMOL's apology to Everton enough? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
Duncan Niederauer Venezia F.C. President: The Business of Sport
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by Duncan Niederauer a chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange and is currently President and majority shareholder  of Italian Serie A side Venezia. Duncan discusses a range of topics including the relationship he has with other US owners of Italian clubs, his close relationship with the players, the lessons he's learned and what it's like to be on an open top parade aboard a boat in Venice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2022
Mario Balotelli interview: Man City regrets, Messi comparisons and more
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Italian striker Mario Balotelli sits down with his former Manchester City teammate Nedum Onuoha for The Athletic. Hear Mario on his regrets about leaving City, telling teammates he is as good as Messi & Ronaldo, representing Italy and his key role in the most iconic moment in Premier League history.  Mario also shares his thoughts on the wild stories about him in the press over the years, how he has grown as a person, how he perceives himself today and his ambitions for the rest of his career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
Bielsa leaves Leeds United & what next for Chelsea
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Liam Twomey as Chelsea are beaten in the League Cup final. We explain why owner Roman Abramovich is is looking to hand over the ‘care’ of the club and what - if anything - it really means. And our Leeds United writer Phil Hay joins us to reflect on the departure of Marcelo Bielsa from Elland Road with Jesse Marsch likely to replace him as head coach. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
Weekend Preview: A Surprise Title Race, Conte's 'Spursy' Spurs & The EFL Cup Final
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview the EFL Cup Final - Do Klopp's Liverpool need to boost their trophy haul and does Tuchel go with Lukaku or Havertz upfront? Plus, when does Antonio Conte need to start taking responsibility for Spurs' failures and could Southampton soon challenge for European places? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2022
Luton Town CEO on rise up the Football League: The Business of Sport
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The Athletic's Matt Slater speaks to Gary Sweet, CEO of Luton Town about his club's rise back up the football pyramid ahead of welcoming the European champions to their famous old stadium and their plans for a new home. Then we also speak to Ukrainian football expert Andrew Todas about the potential impact War with Russia may have on football in Ukraine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
The Jadon Sancho Effect & Joe Cole's Year in Lille
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by Dom Fifield, senior writer for The Athletic, to discuss his fascinating interview with Joe Cole, and a year on loan in Lille... They reflect on, why it was so unusual for an English international to make such a move, as well as, an iconic Lille side which already boasted Eden Hazard and Dimitri Payet in its attack. Later, the trio debate how the Jadon Sancho effect has dramatically altered the landscape both here in England and on the continent - Are young English footballers simply more willing to play abroad or are they in far greater demand? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
Would Kane improve City? De Gea Madrid return & Wolves' evolution
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The Athletic's Adam Leventhal & Adam Crafton take you inside the biggest Premier League stories and look ahead to this week's action in the Champions League. Our Manchester City writer Sam Lee shares his thoughts on a potential title race after he witnessed a Harry Kane masterclass & details how City have been doing just fine without a striker even after dropping points at the weekend. Are Wolves mounting a charge for a Champions League spot? The Athletic's Tim Spiers details how the club he covers are ‘evolving at pace’ And we’ll look ahead to this week’s action in the Champions League with a focus on Atletico Madrid who face Manchester United with The Athletic’s Spanish writer Dermot Corrigan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2022
Weekend Preview: Bowen For England, Conte Revisionism & A Trippier-Shaped Hole
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth, just as Newcastle are preparing to keep the run going, without Kieran Trippier... Would Jarrod Bowen offer Gareth Southgate something England sorely lack, are we all guilty of under-appreciating Pep's Manchester City and what job did Conte think he was taking? Plus, does Daniel James have anything to prove to his old club Manchester United, is Kane still one of the best centre-forwards in world football and are Wolves the real dark horses for fourth spot? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2022
British Olympic chief Anson will fight biennial World Cups: Business of Sport
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by Andy Anson, CEO of the British Olympic Association to discuss what the future holds for the Winter & Summer Games. Andy tells us why FIFA’s plan to stage the men’s World Cup every two years will threaten the Olympics and be “terrible” for football. Also on the pod, Andrew Zimbalist, an author and economist whose research has led him to raise questions about the value to cities of hosting the Olympics — and influenced some cities to back away from bidding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
Missiles, Pitch Invasions, Drugs & Arrests: Why Is Football Fan Violence On The Rise Again?
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's News & Investigations writer Matt Slater, to discuss his special report into a rise in football fan violence: Missiles, Cocaine and Political Agendas... The trio reflect on their own experiences of going to games since the return of fans - post-lockdown - the frightening statistics recently published by the UK Football Policing Unit, as well as, the role of match-day stewards and a younger generation of match-going supporters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
Bielsa's battles at Leeds & is Conte's straight talking the right approach?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Phil Hay to talk Leeds United, whose struggles continued at the weekend, and to assess the challenge ahead next season with or without manager Marcelo Bilesa. Plus, The Athletic's Italian football writer James Horncastle will be with us to assess the work of Antonio Conte at Spurs so far and James will also help up look ahead to the Champions League that return this week as Conte’s former side Inter Milan face Liverpool.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
Weekend Preview: Saint-Maximin's Feet, Hasenhuttl's Early Retirement Plans & Another Pogba Cycle?
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Host Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365s Steve Freeth, to look ahead to the weekend's Premier League action... After the emotion in the away dugout following Southampton's midweek win at Spurs - does anyone think Hasenhuttl could really walk away from the game yet? What has Dean Smith done to Norwich, and how many of KdB's teammates are more deserving of this year's POTY award? Plus, are Gerrard's Villa the new 'agents of chaos', how do you stop and in-form Allan Saint-Maximin and is Brendan Rodgers under serious pressure at Leicester? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2022
Former NFL Exec Doug Whaley on Brian Flores & the Rooney Rule: Business of Sport
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by Doug Whaley a former NFL executive to discuss the lawsuit former Dolphins coach Brian Flores has filed against the NFL and to share his thoughts on a range of subjects including the Rooney Rule, coach selection and how the sport should embrace diversity. Plus, we cross to LA where The Athletic’s US Sports business reporter Dan Kaplan is covering the Super Bowl to share what he's heard on the ground ahead of Sunday's finale.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2022
Aubameyang's Legacy, Arteta's Iron Fist & A Top 4 Race
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Arsenal correspondents, James McNicholas and Art de Roché, to reflect on Aubameyang's legacy, how his relationship with manager Mikel Arteta changed, as well as, how an 'iron-fist' approach to management works in the modern-day Premier League. Plus, the panel discuss Arsenal's quiet January transfer window and assess their chances of sneaking into the Top 4 this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
Brendan Rodgers needs squad reboot, AFCON reflections & rehabilitation in football
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Rob Tanner to discuss Leicester, after a performance described by manager Brendan Rodgers as ‘embarrassing’ - Rob tells us why the squad is in need of an overhaul. We’ll cross to Cameroon and speak to Maher Mezahi for reflections on Senegal finally becoming Africa Cup of Nations Champions and a look back on the impact the tournament has had across the game. And Daniel Taylor joins us to tell us about his special report on the difficult issue of rehabilitation in football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2022
Weekend Preview: Liverpool's Next Generation, Chris Wilder Love & Bournemouth's Deadline Day Trolley-Dash
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth, to preview the FA Cup 4th round action, starting with a nostalgic fixture on Friday night as Middlesbrough host Manchester United... Plus, has Liverpool's super-smart recruitment set them up to compete for years to come, did Spurs panic buy in January, will Roy Hodgson keep Watford in the Premier League and is it promotion or bust for Scott Parker's Bournemouth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2022
China Focus: The Business of Sport
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Mark Chapman and Matt Slater discuss sport’s impact on culture, politics and society and sport in China since the 2008 Games and how international leagues such as the NBA, the WTA and the English Premier League operate in a challenging region that offers an enormous market for business.  Our guests today are Mark Dreyer a China Sports Insider, and author of "Sporting Superpower: An Insider's View on China's Quest to Be the Best" and William Nee, who is the research and advocacy coordinator at Chinese Human Rights Defenders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
Frank Lampard, Dele Alli & Everton's New Era
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Everton correspondents Greg O'Keeffe and Patrick Boyland, to reflect on a whirlwind month or so at Goodison, as Frank Lampard was finally unveiled as Rafa Benitez' successor AND both Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli signed on Deadline Day to kickstart this new era... Our panel reveal how Lampard came out on top among a seemingly endless list of candidates - which included the likes of Wayne Rooney - who will make up his back-room staff, how he can help reignite Dele Alli's career and if Alli and DvB can even operate in the same team! Plus, senior writer Dom Fifield sets the record straight on Lampard's tenure as Chelsea head coach and explores what 'Lampard-ball' could look like at Everton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2022
Transfer Reaction: Aubameyang to Barca, Dele to Everton, Newcastle's wild window
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & David Ornstein to discuss the biggest transfer deals of the window taking you inside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's move to Barcelona, Dele Alli 's move to Everton and why other players such as Jesse Lingard didn't get the moves they hoped for. The Athletic's Chris Waugh also drops by to discuss an intense window for Newcastle United who didn't get everything they wanted but did they get what they need to stay in the Premier League? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Garry Cook former Manchester City CEO: Business of Sport
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by Garry Cook, who over the course of a 30 year career is sport has held executive positions at Nike - where he led the Jordan brand - the UFC and he was also the CEO of Premier League side Manchester City helping to secure the £210 million takeover by current owner Sheikh Mansour.  As well as sharing some of his own experiences in the business of sport, Garry also gives his thoughts on the current landscape of Premier League football including the takeover of Newcastle United. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
Raheem Sterling's Man City Future & Relationship with Pep... It's Complicated
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Man City writer Sam Lee, to discuss Raheem Sterling's 'complicated' relationship with Man City and manager Pep Guardiola as the prospect of leaving the reigning Champions at the end of his current deal looms large for the England superstar... What is it like to play 'Pep Roulette' as a City squad member and more on Guardiola's January transfer plans, Plus, Dan and Flo find time to react to Roy Hodgson's impending return to the Premier League with Watford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Aubameyang latest, Man Utd manager hunt, what next for Watford?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein & Adam Crafton to look at deals that could be done in the final week of the season. They also discuss managerial recruitment as Manchester United step up the hunt for a permanent head coach. Later in the pod we’ll discuss Watford’s struggles with Adam Leventhal and our Investigations Writer Joey D'Urso will detail the story of a bookmaker receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of bets on a player receiving a yellow card in a Premier League game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2022
Weekend Preview: Ward-Prowse Better Than Becks, 'Tired' Tuchel & Big Dunc's Deja Vu
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to look ahead to another big weekend of Premier League action... Is James Ward-Prowse the best Free-Kick taker in PL history? Is Conor Gallagher better off at Selhurst Park than returning to Stamford Bridge, did Steven Gerrard's return to Goodison Park just get a whole lot harder and much more... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2022
Isha Johansen FIFA Council Member on her rise to the top: Business of Sport
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater speak to Isha Johansen, who is a member of The FIFA Council, the main decision making body of world football about a range of topics including the challenges she's encountered on her journey to the corridors of power, biennial World Cups, plus diversity and sustainability in the game. Previously Isha was President of the Sierra Leone Football Association , one of only a few women in the world to have headed a national football association. Isla is also owner and CEO of Sierra Leone National Premier League club FC Johansen, the club she started to provide guidance and opportunities to children whose lives had been disrupted by civil war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
The Bored Ape Yacht Club & Bored Footballers: NFT's & The Premier League
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by Joey D'Urso, Investigations writer for The Athletic, to explore the Premier League's increasingly close relationship with Cryptocurrency, NFT's and the Metaverse... What is a 'non-fungible token', why is John Terry promoting something called the 'Ape Kid's Club', what do a cartoon monkey and the Mona Lisa have in common and why supporters should care how millionaire players choose to invest their money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2022
Everton sack Benitez, Martinez, Rooney linked & Eriksen in Brentford talks
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton, David Ornstein & Greg O'Keeffe to discuss Everton's sacking of manager Rafa Benitez and how they plan to replace him. Our Brentford writer Jay Harris joins the pod to detail his exclusive story that Brentford have offered Christian Eriksen a six-month contract with the option of a further year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2022
Weekend Preview: Time To Cash In On Bissouma, Missing Mahrez & The Biggest NLD In Years
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview a North London Derby with so much at stake for both Arsenal and Tottenham... Plus, how Vieira will look to balance all the attacking talent in Crystal Palace's midfield, which Premier League side could use Bissouma this month, how Chelsea can keep the title race alive and Jarrod Bowen's electric form. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2022
Stewart Robertson, Rangers Managing Director: Business of Sport
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Mark Chapman & Matt Slater are joined by Stewart Robertson, managing director of Scottish Premiership champions Glasgow Rangers football club. Rangers won their 55th title last year after financial collapse in 2012 saw them have to climb their way up from the fourth division. Stewart shares his experiences at the club across a wide range of issues including the development of home-grown talent, being a big club in a small TV market and the club's plans to once again compete in the UEFA Champions League. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2022
Ian Wright, The Comoros & Why AFCON Matters
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Carl Anka and Jay Harris to discuss why AFCON matters, as the 33rd edition of the tournament kicked off in Cameroon... The panel discuss this rite of passage for a diaspora of young football fans, how European attitudes towards the festival of football continue to evolve, de-bunk some of the typical misconceptions about African football and tell the sensational story of Comoros, aka, 'The Island of the Moon'. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
Arsenal, Villa transfer targets plus Ndombele future
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & David Ornstein to discuss some of the latest transfer news. Aston Villa are confident of signing Everton left-back Lucas Digne after picking up Philippe Coutinho on loan, Arsenal could be after a striker and Newcastle are targeting further signings ahead of their crunch relegation showdown with Watford. The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke will join us to tell us what has gone wrong at Spurs for record signing Tanguy Ndombele who wants to leave the club in January.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
(FA Cup) Weekend Preview: Lanzini's Level, Phil Jones' Tears & Could This Be Palace's Year?
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are once again in the company of bet365's Steve Freeth to preview the best of the weekend's FA Cup Third Round action... Will Ben Garner's Swindon stand toe-to-toe with Pep's Man City, could Arsenal be light in midfield against Nottingham Forest and is the Hull City takeover done yet? Plus, why Crystal Palace could be dark horses for the trophy this season, Manuel Lanzini's inspired West Ham form and what Ralf Rangnick could learn from his 29-year-old centre half, Phil Jones. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2022
AFCON & Southampton Takeover: Business of Sport
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With the Africa Cup of Nations kicking off this weekend Mark Chapman & Matt Slater are joined by Hicham El Amrani, former Secretary General of the African Football Federation. And later in the pod we’ll be joined by The Athletic’s Dan Sheldon who has been speaking to Martin Semmens CEO of Premier League side Southampton following their takeover by a London-based investment firm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2022
Attwell, VAR & The Great Referee Conspiracy
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Which referee's name strikes fear into your heart as a fan. Does Stuart Attwell really hate Arsenal and why do Premier League referees all look alike?... Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Stuart James and Dan Barnes to reflect on the 'Great Referee Conspiracy' gripping the hearts of supporters across the country... The guys discuss the concerning lack of diversity, accountability and whether 'consistency' is even possible in football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
Lukaku future, Newcastle transfer targets, United's identity crisis
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Mark Chapman discusses the future of Romelu Lukaku - after he was dropped from the Chelsea squad - with The Athletic’s Simon Johnson & James Horncastle & Adam Crafton. Adam Crafton was at Old Trafford last night for The Athletic and has plenty of thoughts on United's struggles following their loss to Wolves.  And with the transfer window now open, The Athletic's Newcastle United writer Chris Waugh joins the pod ahead of a very busy month on his beat.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2022
Introducing...In The Boardroom
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The Athletic Football Podcast is taking break this week so we wanted to point you in the direction of the newest addition to the Athletic podcast network. In The Boardroom is hosted by Jacqui Oatley and she speaks to people from up and down the football pyramid about the day-to-day to running a football club. As a taster, this is Jacqui's conversation with Leon Mann, co-founder of The Football Blacklist, where they discuss Leon's on-going mission to make football more inclusive - from coaching to club administration to the media. If you like what you hear, you can listen to the other interviews from the series by searching for In The Boardroom and subscribing for free on Apple, Spotify and everywhere else you get your pods, including of course the Athletic app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2021
(Xmas) Weekend Preview: Rigid Leeds, Ashworth's Dilemma & A Good Time To Play Chelsea?
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Ho-Ho-Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview the best of the Boxing Day action as Dan questions whether this is a good time for his beloved Villa to face Chelsea and the trio debate where both Newcastle and Manchester United most need to strengthen in January... Plus, Phil Hay chimes in on how badly Leeds need some players back from injury this Christmas, if Liverpool can sustain a title challenge without their African stars and whether the Newcastle project is a more interesting proposition than Brighton's? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2021
Covid-19, Free-Transfers & The January Transfer Window
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Mbappe, Pogba, Rudiger and countless other star players are out of contract next summer; The Athletic's senior writer Stuart James joins Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes to explain... How the pandemic has helped to create a truly 'unique' summer, the role of football agents in this trend and how clubs are trying to wrestle back some control. Plus, who the big winners and losers might be in January? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2021
Premier League to play on despite COVID concerns
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton to discuss the fallout from the Premier League's decision on Monday not to postpone a round of fixtures over Christmas despite the rise in COVID cases continuing to put matches in jeopardy. We're also joined by The Athletic's senior writer Dominic Fifield and our Leeds correspondent Phil Hay to look at Chelsea and Leeds - two of the clubs who have been badly affected by the recent chaos in different ways, and with it being announced that 16% of Premier League footballers are unvaccinated we attempt to work out the reasons why and whether football can do anything about this issue. All that plus a look ahead to the January transfer window and our panel pick their footballing highlights of 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2021
Weekend Preview: De Bruyne's Reminder, Martinelli's Horse Power & Will Kane Ever Score Again?
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview (what's left of) the weekend's Premier League action, as Covid outbreaks continue to disrupt the festive fixture calendar... Has 'Auba-gate' actually galvanised the Arsenal squad and can they take their impressive home form to Elland Road on Saturday? How much Kane would be worth if he tried to engineer another move away from Spurs in January and more on KdB's frighteningly good return to action. Plus, why Gareth Southgate MUST find a way to get Trent Alexander-Arnold into his England team for the World Cup next year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2021
Business of Sport: Edwin van der Sar on leading an iconic football club
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by Edwin van der Sar to discuss his journey from being a hugely successful player to leading one of European football's most famous football clubs as CEO of AFC Ajax. We also hear how Edwin's work at Ajax is being noticed from other clubs including his former side Manchester United. In a wide ranging discussion, Edwin also details the every day challenges he faces in his role from recruitment, managing finances and creating an authentic connection with fans through the club's unique culture and Bob Marley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
A Footballer's Guide To Christmas Parties
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by Wolves writer Tim Spiers to shine a spotlight on his article: ‘A footballer’s guide to Christmas parties: The fines, fisticuffs, foreign trips and fancy dress,’ for which Tim enlisted the help of former Wolves winger Matt Jarvis... Standby for some outrageous tales from what Matt proudly describes as the 'biggest night on the footballing calendar', how the tradition has withstood scrooge-esque managers, a pandemic and the ever-increasing professional standards we've come to expect. Plus, Dan and Flo react to the news that Arsenal have stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the captaincy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2021
Aubameyang & Arteta: The Dispute, The Captaincy, The Future
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein & Adam Crafton to discuss the off field dispute that led to Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being dropped by Mikel Arteta. David & Adam will share what they know following COVID outbreaks at Aston Villa & Manchester United and explain what could happen next. And we’ll speak to The Athletic’s Crystal Palace writer Matt Woosnam after an important win for Patrick Vieira’s side against Everton at Selhurst Park with Connor Gallagher stealing the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
Weekend Preview: Schmeichel Struggling, Wan-Bissaka's Flaws & Brentford's Conveyor Belt
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Hosts Dan Bardell, George Elek and bet365's Steve Freeth reconvene to discuss their first impressions of the Ralf Rangnick era at Old Trafford, as Aaron Wan-Bissaka fails his first audition infront of his new manager... They also explore Kasper Schmeichel's big dip in form, how Brentford keep finding new ways to replace their star strikers, Man City's ominous recent PL form and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2021
Business of Sport: EFL Chair Rick Parry On Regulating The Football Pyramid
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by Rick Parry, Chairman of the English Football League to discuss regulation and sustainability at all levels of English football in the wake of the recommendations made in the Fan-Led Review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2021
'They're Lesbians, Stacey'
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by Women's football writer Jessy Parker Humphreys, to reflect on the many ways in which the sport's openly gay power-couples are creating a safe and 'joyous' environment for the LGBTQ+ community... They discuss how love-stories like Sam Kerr and Kristie Mewis, the in-jokes, social media sub-culture and sincere efforts to celebrate the joy of 'queerness' in sport, has left the men's game in the dust. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
Inside Rangnick's first week at United & Brands leaves Everton
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Adam Crafton assess the impact Ralf Rangnick is already having as Manchester United interim manager with our German writer Raphael Honigstein The Athletic’s Andy Jones will share his concerns for Burnley who are joint bottom of the Premier League following defeat at Newcastle on Saturday. And, more disarray at Everton means another uplifting Everton chat, this time with Greg O’Keefe as news came through yesterday that director of football Marcel Brands has left the club. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
Weekend Preview: Immature Arsenal, Carrick's Legacy & Everton's Toxicity Level
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to reflect on Arsenal's bad habits after scoring a goal, Michael Carrick's Manchester United legacy and Aubameyang's ability to disappear in big away games... Plus, the trio debate Chelsea's best attacking combination, why Everton are lucky to have Rafa Benitez in charge and if Raheem Sterling is back in Pep's good books? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
Business of Sport: Tracey Crouch MP on Fan-Led Review criticism
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Mark Chapman & Matt Slater are joined by Tracey Crouch MP who responds to criticism from some leaders at Premier League clubs of The Independent Fan Led Review of Football Governance that was chaired by Crouch. Also on the pod, Danny Macklin, CEO of Leyton Orient, who play in League Two in the English football league, to get his thoughts on the review that he hopes can provide lower league clubs the financial support they need. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
Shearer Remembers Gary Speed & Howe Newcastle Can Avoid Relegation
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by Senior Writer for The Athletic, George Caulkin, to discuss Newcastle's perilous Premier League position, the Saudi's first January transfer window and early impressions of new manager Eddie Howe... Plus, a special tribute to Gary Speed - 10 years on from his death - as Alan Shearer asks likes of Sam Allardyce, Duncan Ferguson, Chris Coleman, Gordon Strachan and others, what made his mate 'Speedo' so unique. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2021
Rangnick confirmed, Ferran Torres future & Benitez the politician
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As Ralph Rangnick is confirmed as Manchester United interim manager, David Ornstein who broke the story on The Athletic, joins Mark Chapman to bring the very latest details, whilst Adam Crafton will share some of the details from his piece on United’s five-year pursuit of Mauricio Pochettino.  The Athletic's Patrick Boyland joins us to look at what is going wrong at Everton after another defeat at the weekend ahead of the Merseyside Derby on Wednesday. Whilst our Manchester City writer Sam Lee will be with us to share his story on the future of Ferran Torres and why he is thinking about a move in the January window. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
Weekend Preview: Ralf Rangnick Surprise, Thiago's Grass-Cutter & Newcastle Entertaining Again
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to reflect on The Athletic's exclusive story, that Ralf Rangnick has agreed a deal to manage Manchester United until the end of the season! Our very own German football expert Raphael Honigstein gives us the low-down on the 'Godfather of Gegenpressing' and the guys discuss what his appointment has done for United's chances at Stamford Bridge on Sunday... Plus, whether Arsenal will be able to bounce back from their annual Anfield humiliation against Eddie Howe's ultra-attacking Newcastle, why there are no more excuses for both Brentford and Everton, why Dan's sceptical of all the recent praise for Graham Potter and why Leeds' teenager Joe Gelhardt is like a young Wayne Rooney. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2021
Business Of Sport: Crystal Palace Co-owner John Textor Interview
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by John Textor, who earlier this year invested almost £90million in English Premier League side Crystal Palace and in doing so became a fourth partner and director at the club. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2021
Spurs & The Y-Word
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Tottenham correspondent Charlie Eccleshare and News Editor Amitai Winehouse, to discuss Spurs' complicated relationship with an antisemitic slur - The Y word... The panel delve into this nuanced debate, reflect on the origins of its association with the North London club, how it continues to divide the fanbase and even the wider Jewish community. Plus, how the heart-warming story of a lesser-known, Leeds-mad Jewish community in Yorkshire factors into this enduring debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2021
Inside Solskjaer’s dismissal at Man United
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Atheltic’s David Ornstein, Lauire Whitwell & Adam Crafton to discuss the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager of Manchester United.  We’ll go inside the turbulent final weeks of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign with detail of how it went wrong and who Manchester United are planning to bring in next. Later in the pod Mark & Adam are joined by to The Athletic’s Tim Spiers who has been speaking to Wolves striker Raul Jimenez about his excellent return to form and the documentary that charts his return from a life-threatening injury. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Weekend Preview: Kane Vs Rooney, Arteta's Anfield Mid-Term & Is Brendan Rodgers Distracted?
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview some much-needed Premier League football following the last international break of 2021... Antonio Conte welcomes Marcelo Bielsa to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a fascinating tactical match-up and Arsenal travel to Liverpool to find out how much progress they've really made since the start of the season... Plus, has Brendan Rodgers achieved all he can at Leicester and is Rafa Benitez 'pragmatism' starting to stifle Everton's creative talents? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2021
Business of Sport: Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman resigns
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The Athletic's Matt Slater and guests react to the news that Gary Hoffman has announced he is resigning as chairman of The Premier League after just 18 months in the job. He is joined by Simon Johnson, currently chair of The Rugby Football League, he spent 5 years as Chief Operating Officer at the English Football Association and was Director of Legal & Business Affairs at the Premier League. Also, on the panel is Alex Horne, former CEO of The English FA for 5 years, he oversaw financing, completion and opening of both Wembley National Stadium and the National Football Centre. And in the final part of the podcast, Keith Wyness, former CEO of Premier League sides Aston Villa & Everton reveals what it’s like inside meetings between executives and chairs like Gary Hoffman at The Premier League and CEOs at Premier League clubs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
Gerrard's 'Big Audition', Klopp's Sabbatical & Edwards' Departure
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by Rangers correspondent for The Athletic, Jordan Campbell, to explore the warning signs that Gerrard had become unsettled at Ibrox... The carefully assembled back-room staff Villa are set to inherit, including revered assistant coach Michael Beale, and why the likes of Emi Buendia could be set to flourish under new management. Later, Liverpool writer James Pearce joins in to discuss Klopp's contract, the impact of Sporting Director Michael Edwards' decision to step down at the end of the season and where Gerrard now fits into the bigger picture at Anfield. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2021
Lampard's managerial future, Howe's Newcastle plans & Smith new Norwich boss
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton to look at the different challenges faced by three newly appointed managers in the Premier League.  We’ll hear about the unlikely bond between Steven Gerrard & Christian Purslow that played a part in Gerrard landing the Aston Vila job. They also look at how Newcastle United could be about to be given a new identity by new boss Eddie Howe and how they might approach the transfer window - The Athletic's George Caulkin will join us for that.  And Michael Bailey will be with us to tell us why Norwich City have decided to go for Dean Smith as their new manager and why Frank Lampard pulled out.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2021
Weekend Preview: Gerrard & Lampard Returning, Sancho the RWB & Another Dele Alli Renaissance?
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to discuss Steven Gerrard's appointment as Aston Villa boss - Is it really a bad thing if he views Villa as a stepping stone to Liverpool? Plus, why Norwich choosing Frank Lampard to replace Daniel Farke would be a surprise... The trio also attempt to pick Gareth Southgate's England squad for the World Cup in Qatar next year and look ahead to an important week for both Scotland and Wales' qualification hopes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2021
Business of Sport: The Power Of Sports Documentaries
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Mark Chapman & Matt Slater discuss the rise of sport documentaries that pull back the curtain on the lives of professional athletes and attract new fans into watching live sport. Guests include Christian Horner, Team Principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula One who features in the hugely successful Netflix series Drive to Survive. Then we’ll hear from Leo Pearlman from Fulwell 73 who has produced multiple hours of television and feature films including Sunderland Till I Die & I am Bolt. And we’ll get a commercial overview with sports media rights expert Murray Barnett of 26 West Sport who has also worked for the likes of Formula 1, The NBA, World Rugby and ESPN. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2021
Erik ten Hag, Marc Overmars, Edwin van der Sar & The Ajax Pheonix Project
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's European football writer Raphael Honigstein, to discuss one of the "forgotten super-coaches" - Ajax manager Erik ten Hag... Rafa, reveals the secrets to their re-emergence as a major European force, just two years on from *that* sensational Champions League run and their heart-breaking semi-final exit to Spurs. Plus, the trio compare the trajectory of both Tottenham and Ajax since that game, analyse why the stars of their 'Class of 2019' side (Ziyech, van de Beek, de Jong et al.) have struggled since leaving, as well as, how the trio of ten Hag, Sporting Director Marc Overmars and Chief Exec Edwin van der Sar, has become the envy of the footballing world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2021
Aston Villa & Norwich City's new manager shortlists
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton, David Ornstein & Gregg Evans to discuss the sacking of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith and who might replace him. Norwich City are also now looking for a new manager, Michael Bailey covers the club for The Athletic and tells us what he knows from inside Carrow Road & who might take over from Daniel Farke. The Athletic's Roshane Thomas brings some positivity by talking West Ham and David Moyes, who last week coached his one thousandth and saw his side beat Liverpool to move to third in the Premier League. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
Weekend Preview: Moyes Smiling Again, Ramsdale's England Stock & Ronaldo's Sore Back
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview another fascinating weekend of Premier League action... Can Ronaldo outscore Man City and is Liverpool's trip to West Ham actually the game of the weekend? Plus, why Saints are quietly impressing George and Dan's ready to give Arsenal (and Ramsdale in particular) some overdue credit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2021
Business of Sport: how football can take action against climate change
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by Dale Vince, owner of Forest Green Rovers Football Club who is at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Dale's side are recognised by FIFA as being the greenest football club in the world - we’ll discuss how sport can take action against climate change.. And we are joined by Rob Sullivan, CEO of The Football Foundation to tell us about the £205million worth of Government funding the charity received last week to invest in grassroots football in England and how their work is linked to the 2030 UK and Ireland World Cup bid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
Xavi, Conte, Emery: 'Club DNA' & Modern Management
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Andy Mitten to discuss Xavi's 'inevitable' return to manage Barcelona... Senior Writer Dom Fifield sheds some light on what Spurs fans can expect from new boss Antonio Conte and with David Ornstein reporting that Unai Emery could soon become Newcastle's first post-takeover head coach, they discuss the true value of 'club DNA' in modern management as big clubs continue to turn to inexperienced former players to get them out of trouble! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
Conte set for Spurs, Bielsa secure at Leeds & how Potter works at Brighton
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke & James Horncastle to get the inside track on the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo as Tottenham boss and the imminent arrival of Antonio Conte. We’ll also talk Brighton and their manager Graham Potter whose reputation continues to grow after an impressive draw at Anfield at the weekend with The Athletic’s Andy Naylor. And Phil Hay explains why Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is rarely linked with other jobs and gives his thoughts on an important win at Norwich. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
Weekend Preview: Maddison's Swagger, Bielsa Burnout & Villa Post-Grealish
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth, to discuss Leicester's return to form, as Maddison 'gets his swagger back' and with summer signing Patson Daka's star on the rise... Are Leeds "too good to go down", how much does David Moyes deserve a trophy and why it's too soon to expect Villa to move on from Jack Grealish. Plus, who's worse right now - Spurs or Man United? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2021
Business of Sport: The English coach transforming Canadian football
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Matt Slater as they speak with Canada Men's Football coach John Herdman. Herdman is bidding to qualify for men’s World Cup in Qatar next year for the first time since 1986, having previously seen success with Canada's women's team at the Olympics, winning two bronze medals. Listen to his story and the way that he's been able to transform a nation's prospects, whilst not always receiving the best support out there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
Super League 2.0: 'Evolution not Revolution'
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke, to discuss his article on the "inevitable" re-launch of a Super League... The trio reflect on its failure to launch earlier this year, discuss why it was more successful than many believe and what a 'Super-league 2.0' might actually look like... Think boxing meets the biennial World Cup! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2021
Pressure builds at United & what next for Farke at Norwich?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton, Oli Kay & United writer Laurie Whitwell to analyse what is going wrong inside Old Trafford and what could happen next regarding the future of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Liverpool inflicted an embarassing defeat on Sunday. Norwich City correspondent Michael Bailey drops in to discuss the future of manager Daniel Farke after the terrible run of results continues in the Premier League.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
Weekend Preview: Resting Ronaldo, Mane Under The Radar + Set Piece-Savvy West Ham
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth, to preview Liverpool's trip to Old Trafford - could defeat really spell the end for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Plus, how 'set-piece kings' West Ham have become favourites for their London derby against Spurs, whether Phil Foden could end up with both the Player AND Young Player of the Year awards at the end of the season and how Aaron Ramsdale has softened the blow of Emi Martinez' Arsenal exit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
Business of Sport: Inside the 'incredible' Premier League meeting
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Dan Sheldon to take you inside the extraordinary meeting that saw Premier League clubs vote to block potential Newcastle United sponsorship deals. Sports Lawyer Daniel Geey will also be with us to discuss the various legal ramifications, the wider context as to how it got to this point and what could come next. Matt Slater is away this week but we’ll also discuss his piece on the battle to show the Premier League in the US, The Athletic’s Felipe Cardenas - who co-wrote the piece - joins us from Atlanta. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
Kyrie Irving, Jurgen Klopp & The Premier League's Vaccination Fight
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton and Tas Melas (of NBA podcast 'No Dunks' fame) to dive into sport's global vaccination effort... Why the Premier League are still lagging behind major US sports leagues in terms of vaccine uptake, the 'conspiracy culture' in English football, how Qatar's vaccine mandate could rock the boat ahead of the World Cup next year and how Wolves managed to vaccinated their entire squad. Plus, more on the curious case of NBA superstar Kyrie Irving: Un-vaxxed and so un-able to play! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
Rashford camp upset over Solskjaer comments & Premier League clubs seething about Newcastle takeover
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein, Adam Crafton & Simon Johnson to discuss issues involving Manchester United, Newcastle United & Chelsea. After a shambolic defeat at the start of a difficult run of games, we’ll discuss what the future holds for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.. We’ll also talk about Newcastle United, who got off to a disappointing start under new ownership, The Athletic has learned there is considerable pressure from Premier League clubs around the takeover and other issues.. And our Chelsea writer Simon Johnson will join us to talk Edourd Mendy, Romelu Lukaku and Olivier Giroud who David has been speaking to for The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
Weekend Preview: Ranieri's Rough Start, Lukaku Teething & Vieira's Shadow
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Hosts George Elek and Ian Irving (standing in for Dan this week) are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview the return of Premier League football... The trio discuss Claudio Ranieri's tough start to life at Vicarage Road and whether Ismaila Sarr was guilty of 'coasting' last year? Plus, how the Arsenal faithful will feel if club legend Patrick Vieira, and his thrilling Crystal Palace side, can take the points on offer at the Emirates on Monday night? Are Chelsea still working out how best to use Lukaku, what do Newcastle have to get right before they can start spending their new-found fortune and more... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
Business of Sport: Les Ferdinand offers fans chance to invest in club's future
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The Athletic's Matt Slater visits Championship club Queens Park Rangers to speak to club legend Les Ferdinand who is now director of football at the club & Ruben Gnanalingam, QPR vice-chairman to discuss the club's plans to offer their fans the chance to invest in the club's future both on & off the pitch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
Never-mind Newcastle Or Ronaldo, There's Something Going On In Non-League...
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Hosts Flo Lloyd-Hughes and Athletic Editor Dan Barnes (filling in for our usual Dan this week) are joined by reporter Michael Walker, to discuss his article on increasing attendances at non-league football... As Newcastle supporters continue to chant 'we've got our club back', the trio discuss real fan-ownership, a nostalgic match-day experience, out-dated stigmas about supporters and quality of football - all of which, might explain why more and more fans are turning to their local clubs. Plus, as The Athletic continues to celebrate Black History Month, Dan digests some of the latest articles from the collection. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
The key decisions for Newcastle owners & English football's moral maze
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Flo Lloyd-Hughes is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton, Chris Waugh & Oli Kay to discuss the takeover of Newcastle United ending Mike Ashley's 14-year ownership of the club. We’ll discuss the big decisions that need to be made by the new owners; the future of Steve Bruce, January spending, how to address the negative publicity and English football’s obsession with money no matter the source. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
Weekend Preview: Will Kane find his scoring boots for England? Salah for golden boot? Brentford for top 6?
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The Athletic's George Elek is joined by Bet 365's Steve Freeth to look ahead to England's world cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary, games which are surely the perfect opportunity for Harry Kane to build up some form and score some much-needed goals. There's also a look at how last weekend's Premier League action leaves the season poised as we head into the international break. Is Mo Salah heading for another golden boot and could he win Player of the Year for the second time? Might Brentford's excellent start have some of the top 6 hopefuls looking over their shoulder? All this plus we're joined by From The Rookery End's David Cameron Walker for a look at what Claudio Ranieri's arrival at Watford could mean for the Hornets as they prepare to embark on a daunting run of fixtures against most of the top clubs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
Newcastle takeover confirmed, West Ham bid still on table & Football Index update
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The Athletic's Matt Slater & George Caulkin react to the takeover of Newcastle United by The Saudi Arabia-financed consortium. Then Mark Chapman & Matt Slater speak to Nasib Piriyev, the man who is the head of a consortium trying to buy Premier League club West Ham. And The Athletic’s Joey D'Urso joins us for an exclusive update on a story he has been leading on - The collapse of Football Index. We hear from two people who have lost hundreds of thousands of pounds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
Paul Riley & The NWSL: 'A Pattern Of Control & Silence'
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's NWSL & Women's Soccer Correspondent, Meg Linehan, to discuss the impact of and fall-out from her sensational story that has brought the league to a standstill... Meg reflects on the harrowing details from her piece, it's place in the wider context of protecting women in all walks of society and how the swell of support from across the globe can shape the future of women's soccer. Also, as The Athletic marks Black History Month, you'll hear an extended clip from an exclusive interview between Adam Leventhal and Troy Deeney - on the continuing fight for equality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
Salah waits for Liverpool contract talks & Ranieri to Watford
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Leventhal, Adam Crafton & Italian football writer James Horncastle to detail all you need to know about the owners of Premier League side Watford who have sacked Xisco Munoz to make way for Claudio Ranieri as their new manager. And our Liverpool writer Simon Hughes joins us to discuss the future of Mohamed Salah as discussions over a contract extension have so far failed to reach an agreement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
Weekend Preview: Neglecting Curtis Jones, Sancho v Townsend & Wasting Vardy's Goals
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth, to preview Manchester City's trip to Anfield... Will Liverpool seize an early opportunity to prove their title credentials and is Curtis Jones the most underrated English starlet in the Premier League? Plus, how a buoyant Arsenal will fare against xG-defiant Brighton, how Leicester have flat-lined despite Vardy's goals, and a closer look at how two wingers - Jadon Sancho and Andros Townsend - have settled in to life at Manchester United and Everton respectively. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
Business of Sport: Was the Super League illegal?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Matt Slater to explain why UEFA are locked in a legal battle with Barcelona Real Madrid & Juventus as the Super League fallout continues. Dr Katarina Pijetlovic an expert on breakaway leagues. Sports law specialist helps us dig a little deeper & outlines why things played out the way they did and what could happen next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2021
Does Bruno Have Anything To Apologise For?
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Senior Writer Simon Hughes, to discuss his latest article on Bruno Fernandes' missed penalty apology and a growing trend of footballers feeling as though they have to say 'sorry' for in-game mistakes... Do footballer's social media accounts need to be managed, who is drafting the posts - and for what kind of supporter? Plus, the impact of online abuse and players no longer just 'sticking to football' on the story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2021
Arteta's bonds, Premier League propsal, Villa invest in youth
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein, Jack Pitt-Brooke & Adam Crafton to discuss the stories behind Arsenal's demolition of Spurs and how Arteta, unlike Nuno, has built strong relationships at boardroom level to secure his future. David shares a line from his column about a proposal from the Premier League for meaningful, competitive matches abroad. And The Athletic's Gregg Evans, will tell us why he thinks Aston Villa are going places after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday and how they are investing heavily in youth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
Weekend Preview: NLD Nerves for Arteta & Nuno, Pep v English Football + Hassenhuttl's Style
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview a North London Derby, which neither manager can afford to lose... Plus, whether Pep's Manchester City can enact some Champions League final revenge on Tuchel's Chelsea, how Southampton have coped with some big summer departures and what Michael Olise will bring to Crystal Palace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
Business of Sport: What happens when a club enters administration?
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Mark Chapman & Matt Slater are joined by football administrator Paul Appleton & business economist Mark Gregory to explain what happens when clubs like Derby County enter administration, how clubs try to survive & how English football can break the cycle of its professional clubs getting into severe financial difficulties in the first place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
Ivan Toney & Brentford's B-Team 'Big Gamble'
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Brentford correspondent Jay Harris, to explain why Brentford's impressive start to the season is no surprise to those who've been paying attention over the last five years... Jay discusses the unprecedented decision to replace their Academy with a B-team, innovative recruitment strategy and a model which has become the envy of EFL clubs now trying to replicate the formula for their success. Plus, what is Ivan Toney's ceiling and does a comparison between him and Didier Drogba stand up to scrutiny? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
Declan Rice Future, Guardiola Debate, Chelsea v Spurs Boardroom Battle
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Roshane to discuss the future of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and explain why United forward Jesse Lingard may play a key role for Manchester United this season. Our Tottenham writer Charlie Eccleshare, saw Chelsea breeze past Spurs on Sunday & he’ll be with us to tell us about the rivalry at boardroom level that has developed between the two clubs. And The Athletic’s Manchester City writer Sam Lee will share his take on the Pep Guardiola comments about his club’s fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
Weekend Preview: Bruce Wars, Doucoure Flourishing & Sorry Spurs
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview another big weekend of Premier League football... Who needs the points more on Friday night as Newcastle face Leeds - and how can Bielsa get record signing Rodrigo, to start firing? Can Manchester United bounce back from their Champions League humbling away at an Antonio-less West Ham? Plus, Brentford's work-rate, Spurs' dismay and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
Business of Sport Interview: Maheta Molango PFA chief
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by Maheta Molango, the new chief executive of the union that represents professional footballers in England - the PFA. In a wide raging discussion - on topics such as racism, dementia, & the two-year World Cup plan - Maheta shares his vision for leading an organisation, that has faced a series of challenges both on and off the pitch and within the PFA itself under the tenure of the previous CEO Gordon Taylor. After visiting dressing rooms of Premier League clubs and beyond, Maheta tells us what the players in his union view as the most issues he should address. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
Marcelo Bielsa & Leeds Reborn
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Leeds correspondent Phil Hay, to discuss his unmissable new book: 'And It Was Beautiful' - on Marcelo Bielsa's impact at Leeds United... Phil dives into the 'cult of Bielsa' sweeping West Yorkshire, the origins of 'murder-ball', how Kalvin Phillips was transformed from the 'runt of the litter' and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
Pogba exclusive, Wolves evolving & time for change in Bundesliga?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein who reveals Paul Pogba leaning towards signing new Manchester United contract. Our Wolves writer Tim Spiers joins us to assess the start of manager Bruno Lage and also to tell us about his interview with the club’s owner Jeff Shi.. Also as The Champions League returns, The Athletic’s Oli Kay tell us why he believes despite its imbalanced excesses, the tournament is fantastic and has lots to get excited about this season.. And The Athletic’s German football writer Raphael Honigstein joins us to talk about an exciting start to the Bundesliga that, like the Premier League, is dominated by familiar names and questions if that will ever change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
Weekend Preview: Patrick Vieira's Palace, Salah's Century & Villa Firepower
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth as the Premier League returns... The trio assess Crystal Palace's summer overhaul ahead of Saturday's London Derby with Tottenham and ask if Dan James and Marcelo Bielsa are a match made in heaven? Plus, Newcastle's chances of spoiling Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford and Villa's slow start to the new campaign. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
Business of Sport: Barry Hearn on 40 years in the industry & what's next
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by Barry Hearn, a man who is a legend in the business of sport, to share what he has learnt in a 40 year career promoting a range of sports including football, boxing, snooker & darts. In a wide-ranging discussion, Hearn compares the running of football clubs to other industries. He also spoke about the pros and cons of gambling sponsorship and how boxing much embrace the evolving new audience that has been attracted to the sport by the likes of social media star Jake Paul & KSI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
Ronaldo's Homecoming & The 3pm Blackout
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Manchester United correspondent, Laurie Whitwell, to discuss 'Article 48' and the 3 o'clock blackout in English football that will prevent many Premier League fans from seeing Cristiano Ronaldo's second debut on Saturday...  An outdated idea or a vital one, given the effects of the pandemic on football's landscape? Plus, how illegal streaming and a growing disparity between the biggest clubs, and the rest, may have accelerated the need for compromise?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
James Rodriguez future, Joyless Newcastle & Farke To-Do List
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's George Caulkin to talk Newcastle United after the club released a lengthy statement attempting to defend their approach to the summer transfer window. George also shares his experience of being at Wembley to watch England amongst the fans. The Athletic's Everton writer Greg O’Keeffe has the latest on the future of James Rodriguez under Rafa Benitez. And The Athletic’s Norwich City writer Michael Bailey will tell us how Daniel Farke has been getting on with his lengthy international break to do list… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
Weekend Preview: Hungary Beaten, Sterling's Leadership & Kalvin's Rise
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to assess an important victory on the road for England. The trio wax lyrical about Raheem Sterling's strength and leadership, as well as, an amazing year for Leeds' Kalvin Phillips and more... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
Business of Sport: Agent Erkut Sögüt on the £1bn transfer window
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Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater follow the money spent during one of most interesting transfer windows in years. To help them make sense of the numbers - over £1 billion in the Premier League - they are joined by Tim Bridge, a director in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group. We are then joined by someone whose job it is to make the deals happen - football agent Erkut Sögüt, whose clients include Mesut Ozil. Erkut explains what it has been like to work in this window and why the importance details in player contracts have come into stark focus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid: The Transfer That Didn't Happen
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Spanish football correspondent, Dermot Corrigan, to assess the fall-out from Real Madrid's failed pursuit of PSG forward Kylian Mbappe... Dermot explains the origins of Real President Florentino Perez' 'obsession' with Mbappe, as well as how PSG could afford to reject £180M! Plus, the impact of La Liga's salary cap, the chaos in Barcelona and how well Atletico's Saul Niguez will fit in at Chelsea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2021
Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United: How the deal was done
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and our Manchester United writer Laurie Whitwell to take you inside the remarkable 24 hours that saw Cristiano Ronaldo go from the verge of joining Manchester City to completing a sensation return to Manchester United. We hear how the like of Sir Alex Ferguson and Rio Ferdinand played a role in turning the tide, we have insight into how Jorge Mendes put the deal together, plus discussion of where this leaves Manchester City after a summer of missing out on top targets in the no.9 department. All this plus updates on Kylian Mbappe's potential move to Real Madrid in the last two days of the window, Chelsea's pursuit of Jules Kounde which now looks unlikely, and we have news of an off-field depature at Anfield as Liverpool's sporting director Michael Edwards looks set to leave the club at the end of his contract. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
Weekend Preview: Lukaku vs Van Dijk, Adama's Shooting & 'Static' Cristiano
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview another big weekend of Premier League action... Will Arsenal's renewed self-confidence make a jot of difference against Manchester City? And could Cristiano Ronaldo really be about to sign for the 'noisy neighbours'? Plus, why both Leeds and Wolves' bad luck could all be about to change and who'll come out on top in the heavyweight match-up: Virgil van Dijk v Romelu Lukaku! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
Business of Sport: Hibs owner on trying to topple Old Firm + Hostile takeover at Rochdale
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Mark Chapman and The Athletic's Matt Slater take a trip north of the border as they are joined by Hibs owner Ron Gordon, who has a fascinating story. Arriving in Edinburgh via a life that started in Peru, passed through Laos with the CIA, before becoming a successful media entrepreneur in the US, he joins us with insight into why he bought the club, the challenges of trying to compete with Celtic and Rangers and his thoughts on the growth potential for Scottish football as a whole. We're also joined by the Rochdale chairman Simon Gauge after a tumultuous few months that has seen the club trying to fend off a hostile takeover by two businessmen, but with the takeover having fallen apart we get an update into exactly what went on and have a wider discussion about the threats many EFL clubs face from potential new owners and the challenges the EFL has in trying to adequately assess the suitability of anyone wanting to buy a football club. And staying with the subject of ownership wrangles, Swindon Town have also been the subjected of a protracted row over who owns the club so we speak to newly appointed CEO Rob Angus for the latest and get some insight into what it's like to go from working in banking to all of a sudden being charged with running a League Two football club. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
An Exclusive Interview with Jack Wilshere: "I Never Should Have Left Arsenal"
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by David Ornstein and Arsenal correspondent Amy Lawrence to dissect a brutally honest interview given to The Athletic by former Arsenal, West Ham and England midfielder Jack Wilshere. You'll hear from Wilshere on the difficulties he's had in trying to find a new club, mental health concerns, regrets, as well as, thoughts on Mikel Arteta, Saka, Smith-Rowe and more... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2021
Why isn't the Arteta project working at Arsenal?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Art De Roche to assess the situation Arsenal find themselves in after they were well beaten by Chelsea on Sunday leaving them pointless and goalless two games into the new season. With Mikel Arteta approaching two years in the job we look at the reasons why his team feels further away than ever from being where they need to be, the issues the club have had with recruitment and the structure above Arteta that may also be responsible for the problems. We're also joined by The Athletic's Chelsea writer Liam Twomey to reflect on an impressive outing from Romelu Lukaku on his return to the club and look ahead to a greater challenge in Liverpool at Anfield next weekend. All this plus news of Eddie Nketiah potentially leaving Arsenal this week, Kurt Zouma's impending move to West Ham, and an update on the latest with the Harry Kane situation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
Weekend Preview: Odegaard & Lukaku Return, Guilty Pleasure Brighton & Benrahma Rising
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview the second weekend of Premier League action... Will the permanent signing of Martin Odegaard lift the mood at the Emirates or will Romelu Lukaku strike on his own return to Chelsea? As Man United travel to Southampton which of last weekend's sharp-shooters will come out on top - Greenwood or Armstrong? Are Brighton everyone's favourite 'second team', does David Moyes have something over Brendan Rodgers and more... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
Business of Sport: Why U.S. Investors Love European Soccer
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On this week's Business of Sport, Mark Chapman & Matt Slater are joined by Michael Kalt, who was part of the investment group that transformed the Tampa Bay Rays from one of baseball’s worst teams to one of the best and now leads consortiums investing in football across Europe. As well as comparing financial strategies in US & European sport, Kalt discusses how U.S. investors have been seeking out bargains in football, drawn by the game’s ever-increasing global reach and lower valuations. Then , Matt Slater is in conversation with Ipswich Town’s American co-owner Brett Johnson & CEO Mark Ashton to hear about their plans for the club following the US backed takeover. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2021
How Tuchel Got Chelsea Ready For This Season
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes speak to Liam Twomey about the evolution of Thomas Tuchel into the right man for Chelsea at exactly the right time in his own career... How 'Tommy Tactics' has learned from past mistakes in Paris and Dortmund, organising up to 42 players at one time or another during preseason, Lukaku's return and their assault on Man City's Premier League crown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2021
Kane latest & new contract for Henderson
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein, Adam Crafton & Jack Pitt- Brooke to bring you the very latest on the continuing saga of Harry Kane's future and the reasons why this transfer window is proving so problematic for all but the biggest Premier League clubs. We also hear details of a new contract for Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, discuss Paul Pogba's options and why Héctor Bellerín still can't leave Arsenal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
Weekend Preview: Toney's Penalties, Van Dijk's Return & Grealish for POTY?
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Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth for the first weekend preview of the new Premier League season...  Can newcomers Brentford upset the odds against Arsenal on opening night, who will outscore who as Leeds face Manchester United, will Harry Kane start for Spurs against Man City and just how good is Liverpool's Harvey Elliott? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
How the Messi transfer fits into FFP & the future of investment in football
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Oliver Kay to look at how Lionel Messi's transfer to PSG plays against the backdrop of financial fair play, nearly ten years after it was first introduced by UEFA. With Man City and PSG spending as much as they ever have, can we really say that FFP has worked? Has it merely supressed the middle and allowed the elite to break free? Is this latest spending spree just a quirk of the post-covid landscape? We are also joined by Luis Garcia Alvarez - football investor and equity portfolio manager for MAPFRE - for a look at the deal La Liga have done with investment fund CVC Capital - selling a 10% stake for 2.7 billion - and whether it is a good deal for the Spanish clubs. Is it the way forward for European sports leagues to grow revenues sustainably? Or is it dangerous to put your destiny in the hands of profit-minded investors? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2021
The Secrets Of Solskjaer's Reign At Manchester United
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Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes speak to The Athletic's Laurie Whitwell about Manchester United and the big question marks over their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Laurie reveals some of the big surprises in writing the piece and he reflects on what the new season may hold for Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho and others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2021
How PSG closed in on signing Messi + Lukaku returns to Chelsea
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton, Dermot Corrigan and James Horncastle to take you inside Lionel Messi's extraordinary departure from Barcelona as he prepares to sign for PSG. Where does this move leave Barcelona on and off the pitch? Why has he chosen to join PSG? Is it about more than just the money? Can Pochettino handle the challenge of managing this squad of superstars? What does this say about the Qatari project after ten years in Paris? All this and more as we take you inside one of the most sensational transfers in football history The Athletic's Simon Johnson also joins us to look at Chelsea's £100m deal to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan - is this the final piece of the puzzle for Tuchel? And does it mean Premier League title or bust in the eyes of Abramovich? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
Business of Sport: The £25 Billion Value of Olympic Glory
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Host Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater bring an Olympic theme to the Business of Sport and ask what is the value of chasing gold medals - £25 billion according to UK Sport - from a commercial social & political perspective. Guests include UK Sport CEO Sally Munday, Sport England's director of sport Phil Smith and British Cycling director Danielle Every to talk funding, the link between medals & participation, how sports make investment decisions, the value of the sports sector, bidding for major events & working under the huge shadow football casts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2021
Kane determined to move & Grealish transfer latest
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton, Sam Lee & Dom Fifield to bring you the latest on moves being made by Manchester City to sign both Harry Kane & Jack Grealish this summer. Plus how PSG could be about to test Manchester United's resolve to keep Paul Pogba & the latest on Chelsea's pursuit of their former striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
What English football’s day of shame means for 2030 World Cup bid
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Dan Bardell is joined by The Athletic's Matt Slater & Oli Kay discuss the horrendous scenes at Wembley stadium ahead of the EURO 2020 final that saw fans clash with stewards and police as they attempted to break through gates for Sunday's historic sporting occasion. As Uefa open disciplinary proceedings into security breaches & Chair of DCMS select committee, Julian Knight MP, writes to FA demanding answers could this scupper England's chances of hosting the World Cup in 2030? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2021
EURO 2020 Final: England beaten on penalties..again
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Dan Bardell is joined by Flo Lloyd-Hughes and The Athletic’s Carl Anka & Jack Pitt-Brooke to react to a heartbreaking evening for England as they beaten by Italy in the final of EURO 2020 at Wembley. There is plenty of positives to discuss both on and off the pitch, but equally the panel reflects on the behaviour of some England fans and ask if Gareth Southgate got the big decisions wrong after getting so much right through the tournament. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
Preview - EURO 2020 Final - England v Italy
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Host Dan Bardell is joined by David Preece plus from The Athletic, Oli Kay & Jack Pitt-Brooke to preview England v Italy in the final of EURO 2020. They are also joined by The Athletic's Italian writer James Horncastle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
ENGLAND REACH EURO 2020 FINAL
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Dan Bardell reflects on England reaching the final of a major tournament for the first time since 1966. Alongside Dan - Flo Lloyd Hughes and The Athletic’s Carl Anka who were both at Wembley last night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2021
EURO 2020: England v Denmark Preview
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Dan Bardell is joined by Flo Lloyd Hughes & The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke to preview England's semi final against Denmark. Dan is also joined by for Denmark international Martin Laursen who explains the way the Danes will approach the game at Wembley and how his national side have gone some way in bringing the nation together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
Mailbag: Should England make changes for semi-final?
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Host Dan Bardell is joined by Lynsey Hooper, David Ornstein & Carl Anka to answer questions from listeners looking ahead to England's semi-final at EURO 2020. Should Gareth Southgate make changes? Is reaching a semi-final a success and a progression or is winning the trophy the only acceptable outcome for England from here? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2021
REACTION: Ukraine Dispatched
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Dan Bardell hosts a celebratory look back at a magnificent night in Rome with Flo Lloyd-Hughes, Oli Kay, and The Athletic's England Correspondent Jack Pitt-Brooke. England scored early against Ukraine before dominating first half possession and territory, following that with a flurry of goals just after the break. Just two Wembley wins stand between Southgate's men and victory in Euro 2020; we look at some of the key players in the drama that unfolded on Saturday night and savour the wealth of options going into the final week of the tournament. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2021
EURO 2020: England v Ukraine Preview
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by Flo Lloyd Hughes plus The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke & Adam Crafton to preview England's EURO 2020 quarter-final.. The Athletic's Jordan Campbell pops by to give his assessment the England's opponents - Ukraine - who he saw defeat Sweden in the last round. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2021
EURO 2020 Mailbag: How England did it & what next?
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Dan Bardell is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein & Jack Pitt-Brooke to share their insight and answer listener questions on how England beat Germany, why victory was vindication for Gareth Southgate as a coach and what we can expect next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2021
REACTION: England Knock Germany Out!!!
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Dan Bardell is joined by The Athletic's Carl Anka and pro-goalkeeper turned pundit David Preece to relive the nerves, the excitement, and the jubilation of England's 2-0 win against Germany in the last 16 round of Euro 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2021
Preview - England v Germany - EURO 2020
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Mark Chapman is joined by Flo Lloyd Hughes, Dan Bardell & The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke & Raphael Honigstein to preview England's last sixteen tie against Germany at EURO 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2021
Inside The England Camp
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A big, big week ahead as England face Germany in the last 16 of EURO 2020 at Wembley on Tuesday and on today’s pod, host Dan Bardell is joined by The Athletic's Oli Kay, Jack Pitt-Brooke & Dan Sheldon to take you inside the training base Gareth’s Southgate's team are using to prepare for their last 16 tie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2021
England & Penalties
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Mark Chapman is joined by David Preece coach and former professional goalkeeper turned journalist, The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke and also Ben Lyttleton, author of “Twelve Yards”, the definitive study of the “art and psychology of the perfect penalty kick, to explore the analytics, psychology, triumphs and tragedies of England and penalty shootouts at major tournaments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2021
REACTION: England Beat Czechs, Top Group D
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Dan Bardell reunites the Sunday night England Show podcast team of Flo Lloyd-Hughes and Carl Anka to review another 1-0 win for England. Gareth Southgate's side finished top of Group D with seven points and three clean sheets. Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire got valuable match minutes, and surprise starter Bukayo Saka gave an excellent performance. Yet, there were still moans. It wasn't the most eventful second half, and Harry Kane looked a little sluggish again. So, have we got what it takes to beat France, Germany, or Portugal? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2021
England v Czech Republic Preview
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Mark Chapman is joined by David Preece, Lynsey Hooper & The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke to look ahead to England's final group game of EURO 2020 against the Czech Republic. The Athletic’s data analyst Mark Carey breaks down exactly how and why Harry Kane is struggling with England with some of the numbers he dug up in his piece on The Athletic with Alan Shearer. We also get the lowdown on England's opponents from Karel Häring a Czech journalist & editor of Football Club Magazine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
REACTION: disappointing Wembley draw
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Host Dan Bardell is joined by David Preece & The Athletic's Jack Pitt Brooke to discuss a disappointing draw for England against Scotland at EURO 2020 and give their views on what Gareth Southgate should do next with the team for the final group game against the Czech Republic What went wrong? Why was there no impact from Harry Kane & is it time start Jack Grealish? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2021
England v Scotland Preview
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Mark Chapman is joined by Lynsey Hooper & The Athletic's David Ornstein & Jack Pitt-Brooke to look ahead to England v Scotland at Euro 2020. The panel discuss the possibility of Harry Maguire returning from injury and Jack outlines his article on The Athletic about the relationship between Raheem Sterling & Gareth Southgate. The Athletic's Football Analytics writer Tom Worville drops in to look at the numbers to look out for from both sides & Dan Bardell & The Athletic's Gregg Evans share what they know about the fitness of Jack Grealish. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2021
How Scotland can bounce back against England
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Host Dan Bardell is joined by The Athletic's Dominic Fifiled, Jordan Campbell & Kieran Devlin to look at the tactical & personnel changes Scotland could make when they face England at Wembley on Friday at EURO 2020. The panel also discuss what the game means to both nations on and off the field from a cultural and political point of view. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
Dean Henderson Ruled Out and Your Questions Answered
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Dan Bardell hosts the latest edition of The Athletic's England Show with our panel of Jack Pitt-Brooke, Flo Lloyd-Hughes, and David Preece answering questions from subscribers. We'll give you our educated opinions on whether Harry Kane was off-colour in the Croatia game, whether Gareth Southgate will rotate his line-up for any of the remaining group games, and when Dan will get to see Jack Grealish feature. On top of all that, we had the breaking news that Dean Henderson has been ruled out of the tournament. Jack kept the team up to speed on how that might impact the squad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
England Euro '96 Special featuring Gazza & Alan Shearer
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by Dan Bardell plus the Athletic's George Caulkin & Oli Kay to look back on England v Scotland at Euro 96 with exclusive interviews with key players including Alan Shearer, Paul Ince & Paul Gascoigne. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
REACTION: England beat Croatia
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Host Dan Bardell is joined by Lynsey Hooper, plus The Athletic’s Ed Malyon & Carl Anka bringing you reaction to England getting off to a great start at EURO 2020 by beating Croatia 1-0 at Wembley. As debate before kick-off surrounded team selection, the panel discuss how Gareth Southgate got things right with the selections of Kieran Trippier, Kalvin Phillips & match-winner Raheem Sterling. Carl also shares the experience of being at Wembley and we hear from The Athletic's England correspondent Jack Pitt-Brooke straight from the post match press conference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
EUR0 2020: England v Croatia Preview
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by Flo Lloyd Hughes, Dan Bardell & The Athletic’s England correspondent Jack Pitt-Brooke to look ahead to England’s first game of the EURO 2020 against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday. The panel discuss how far the two sides have evolved since their semi-final meeting at the 2018 World Cup and Jack shares details from his long read on The Athletic profiling England captain Harry Kane - can he deliver a 'Michael Jordan moment' and lead his team to glory? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
What is success for England at Euro 2020?
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by Lynsey Hooper, The Athletic’s  David Ornstein, and our England correspondent Jack Pitt-Brooke. to debate what success will look like for England at Euro 2020. Hear how Gareth Southgate could is now under pressure to deliver for England and how Ben White could well be the solution to issues in central defence for England. We also hear from The Athletic's George Caulkin who shares his thoughts on how he hopes the tournament will deliver for the fans in across the country after a challenging year for all of us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2021
The England Draft Show
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As the current England team prepare for Euro 2020, Adam Hurrey and a panel of The Athletic's writers and editors get together to draft their greatest England teams from the past 12 tournaments, all the way back to Euro '96. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
Romania Reaction: Another Underwhelming Win
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Dan Bardell welcomes Florence Lloyd-Hughes and David Preece to the show for reaction to England's last warm-up fixture before the belated 2020 European Championships. It was another 1-0 win and it had plenty more in common with the Austria game as Gareth Southgate selected a side featuring mostly fringe squad players, some who won't make the final 26, but at least one who will. James Ward-Prowse will hope to take the spot vacated by Trent Alexander Arnold but Ben White could be a dark horse with Harry Maguire's fitness still a doubt. Jack Grealish has started the last two friendlies, providing dynamism and a cutting edge, and he is fancied by some to make the starting XI against Croatia. Sam Johnstone almost certainly won't feature, but he will be a reassuringly solid third choice between the sticks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
Business of Sport: Eddie Hearn on boxing
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A bonus edition of the Business of Sport, The Athletic's Matt Slater with a boxing focus. as promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing has agreed a five-year deal with streaming service DAZN to replace Sky Sports as their exclusive broadcast partner in the UK and Ireland. So coming up you’ll hear The Athletic’s Matt Slater in conversation with Eddie Hearn and also DAZN’s Co-CEO, James Rushton discussing the deal and some of the wider issues facing the business side of the sport of boxing.. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2021
Reaction: Trent Alexander-Arnold injury scare
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Host Dan Bardell is joined by Flo Lloyd-Hughes & The Athletic’s Carl Anka following a mixed evening for England in their EURO 2020 warm-up game where the big headline was Trent Alexander Arnold hobbling off with an injury that could see him miss the tournament. We hear from The Athletic's England correspondent Jack Pitt Brooke down by The Riverside to get his thoughts on Trent and other matters on the pitch having spoken to England manager Gareth Southgate. Meanwhile did Jack Grealish & Jude Bellingham make strong cases to start at the Euros & are we edging closer to a back three to start at Wembley against Croatia? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2021
England's Euro 2020 Squad Selected
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The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke & Carl Anka are joined by host Dan Bardell to discuss England's final squad selected by Gareth Southgate for EURO 2020.  Why was Trent Alexander-Arnold chosen in the end following speculation that he wouldn't make the cut? How will England cope with players such as Maguire and Henderson who are not fully fit?  We also hear from The Athletic's David Ornstein who broke the story of Jesse Lingard's omission from the squad and the panel will also share their thoughts on the other six players who were cut from the provisional 33.  We'll also learn how England will shape up for their warm-up game against Austria without a host of first team talent.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2021
Tracey Crouch MP on regulation & fan-led review
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Host Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by Tracey Crouch MP, who is leading the UK government's fan-led review of English football. Tracey outlines how the panel will work and its key objectives such as structures and regulation around ownership of football clubs from the elite level to the grassroots. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2021
England Squad: Which players to cut?
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Host Dan Bardell is joined by The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke, Carl Anka & Oliver Kay to decide which players should make Gareth Southgate's final England squad for Euro 2020 from the provisional selection of 33. Will Trent Alexander-Arnold make the cut? Which players are unfortunate to miss out altogether? Also if Harry Maguire is not fit should England change tactics and play with a back three? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2021
Arsenal keen on Buendia & Nuno's Wolves exit
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Tim Spiers to detail Nuno's exit as Wolves manager, how he was nearly sacked in January & why to those behind the scenes his departure wasn't much of a surprise. David also bring some transfer news from his column as Premier League clubs keep tabs on Norwich City's Emiliano Buendia and shares his thoughts on the future of Joe Willock, on loan at Newcastle from Arsenal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2021
Ex-UEFA CEO: Super League clubs could be banned
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Host Mark Chapman and The Athletic's football news reporter Matt Slater are joined by Lars-Christer Olsson, former UEFA CEO who shares his thoughts on the shifting landscape of European football and what he thinks could happen to the clubs still holding on to the Super League plans.  And we’ll also look at European basketball, another sport with a closed-shop proposal led by elite clubs - Tomas Van Den Spiegel, President of the Union of European Basketball Leagues joins the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2021
How Vardy persuaded Tielemans to sign up & Botman interview
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Rob Tanner to bring the inside story of how Leicester City continues to be the envy of some the Premier League's so-called Big Six. With exclusive detail on the work done behind the scenes to win the FA Cup including how Jamie Vardy used his dogs to persuade Youri Tielemans to stay at Leicester! David also has an exclusive interview with Lille rising star Sven Botman who plans on ending PSG dominance in France. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2021
Parma owner on his passion for the club & the city
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Host Mark Chapman and The Athletic's football news reporter Matt Slater are joined by Kyle Krause, US owner of Italian top flight side Parma Calcio 1913. A hugely successful billionaire businessman, Kyle explains what drew him to Italy as well as the importance he places on going to games and communicating with the fans in the city of Parma. Kyle also shares his thoughts on the proposed European Super League, the negative stereotypes of US owners of football clubs and the business opportunities he sees in Italian football compared with other leagues on the continent. Matt also gets the very latest on Kyle's vineyards! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2021
Inside West Brom’s relegation & the genius of Emma Hayes
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David Ornstein is joined by The Athletic's Dom Fifield, Steve Madeley & Katie Wyatt . Coming up, Steve shares some of the exclusive detail from his deep dive on West Brom’s path to relegation and what the future might hold for Sam Allardyce. Katie will bring us the inside story of Emma Hayes as her Chelsea side sealed back-to-back Women’s Super League titles over the weekend. And we’ll continue our look at how the England squad is shaping up ahead of the Euros this summer, focusing on Gareth Southgate’s options in defence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2021
What next for Premier League TV rights?
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Host Mark Chapman and The Athletic's football news reporter Matt Slater examine the state of the TV rights market in English football as news emerged that the English Premier League has held talks to roll over its existing £5bn broadcast deal instead of holding an auction as usual. They are joined by Shaun Harvey, former CEO of the English Football League & Paolo Pescatore - a Tech, Media & Telco Analyst. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2021
Glazers & FSG: what next after latest backlash?
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Oli Kay to discuss the backlash and protest from fans of the Premier League biggest clubs against their owners that has brought the game in England to a tipping point. What could happen next and are proposed reforms too little too late? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2021
Ex-Real Madrid President on how the club works & Super League
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Host Mark Chapman and The Athletic's football news reporter Matt Slater are joined by former Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon to get his perspective on the how the Super League proposal was handled by his successor Florentino Perez and to get his unique insight on how to lead an iconic football super power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2021
Smith Rowe contract update & what next for Spurs?
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Jack Pitt-Brooke to discuss a difficult week both on and off the field for Tottenham which was capped off in the League Cup final - so what’s the plan now for Daniel Levy and Spurs? David also reveals that Arsenal are still paying Mesut Ozil a huge sum of money has details on new contract for a young star. And The Athletic's Sam Lee joins the pod to give his thoughts on Manchester City’s Phil Foden - is he ready to start for England? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2021
Ex-United CEO on collapse of Super League & Glazers
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 Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's football news reporter Matt Slater to digest one of the most dramatic week’s in football history as plans for a breakaway Super League collapse and why the clubs involved might get what they want from UEFA anyway. They are joined by Peter Kenyon former Chief Executive of both Manchester United & Chelsea - two clubs that were part of the Super League plot - who shares his thoughts on the Glazers, Roman Abramovich and updates on the takeover of Newcastle United. Also on the pod, Keith Wyness, former chief executive at Everton & Aston Villa to shares his thoughts on what comes next and how the Premier League clubs not involved in the breakaway might react. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2021
Mourinho Sacked - The Reaction
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The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke and James Maw react to the news that Spurs have sacked Jose Mourinho. They discuss why it's happened now, the impact it will have on the squad, and whether the appointment was doomed from the very start. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2021
European Super League explained & Palace consider Vieira
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Adam Crafton Dominic Fifield to discuss the staggering news that football’s biggest clubs are prepared to break away from UEFA competitions and establish a new European Super League.. They also look at Crystal Palace ahead of what could be a summer of change - The Athletic has learnt that Patrick Vieira is being considered as a replacement for Roy Hodgson.  And we’ll continue our look at how the England squad is shaping up ahead of Euro 2020 - is there enough of a goal threat beyond Harry Kane? Recorded before the sacking of Jose Mourinho - special pod on that story on this feed soon!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2021
Trevor Lawrence vs Erling Haaland: Understanding The 2021 NFL Draft
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by NFL writer & host of 'The Athletic Football Show', Robert Mays, as well as, The Athletic's Ed Malyon (both live from Chicago) ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft...  The trio preview this years event, discuss the changing landscape of TV & broadcast deals, mammoth player contracts and the money in college football - carefully translated for even an uninitiated Premier League fan!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2021
United don’t want another Sancho saga & Bellingham ready for England
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Adam Crafton & our Manchester United writer Laurie Whitwell. On this week's pod, how United are working behind the scenes to avoid a summer transfer saga in their pursuit of a striker. Laurie will share some of the details from his piece on Jose Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford including his public falling out with Paul Pogba - and we’ll look at Mourinho’s position at Spurs. And we’ll continue our look at how the England squad is shaping up ahead of Euro 2020 - could Jude Bellingham force his way into Gareth Southgate’s starting eleven? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
Explained: How a football club is valued
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's football news reporter Matt Slater are joined by Dr Tom Markham to explain how a football club is valued and how deals are negotiated between buyer and seller with our guest Dr Tom Markham - who is on the board of the group that has just bought EFL side Wigan Athletic. Analysing a raft of recent deals including the breaking news during recording of this week's pod that the pod that saw the completion of sales of both Ipswich and Derby County. Tom also reveals the club he thinks would be the toughest to buy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2021
Valencia president Anil Murthy on Diakhaby racism incident
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The Athletic's Adam Crafton speaks to Valencia president Anil Murthy to get his view on the incident which took place during the game between Valencia and Cadiz on Sunday when Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby accused Cadiz's Juan Cala of racially abusing him, which lead to the Valencia players leaving the pitch for 20 minutes. The following days have seen Cala issue a strong denial that he used the language he was accused of using, and in turn Valencia have continued to come out strongly in support of Diakhaby. In this interview Anil Murthy explains his thoughts on how the incident was dealt with at the time, how he thinks La Liga and Spanish football should deal with any future incidents of this nature, and he expresses his disappointment with the lack of progress being made on racism in football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2021
Latest on the race to sign Erling Haaland and Tuchel's reaction to Chelsea horror show
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The Athletic's David Ornstein is joined by our German football writer Raphael Honigstein, our Chelsea correspondent Simon Johnson and our analytics writer Tom Worville to look at the latest on the increasingly public saga that is the future of Dortmund's Erling Haaland. We get the inside track on his, and agent Mino Raiola's, current state of mind from Rapha, Worville runs the numbers to try and work out which of Europe's big clubs would suit him best, and Simon has insight on why there might be some at Chelsea who haven't given up on luring Haaland to Stamford Bridge this summer. There's also a look at the fallout from Chelsea's 5-2 defeat against West Brom at the weekend, with reports of an understandably heated dressing room that turned into training ground scuffles on Sunday. Plus we're joined by our Aston Villa correspondent Gregg Evans for our weekly look at the England picture ahead of the Euros, this week focusing on Jack Grealish's race to regain fitness ahead of the tournament. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
Why decision on big Champions League reforms was postponed
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's football news reporter Matt Slater to bring you the latest developments in the battle between UEFA and Europe’s top clubs over UEFA Champions League reform as proposals are thrown into doubt over a commercial rights disagreement. Ronan Evain, Executive Director of Football Supporters Europe joins the podcast to bring a fans point of view on the reforms and his fears for football as a spectacle . And we hear Matt’s interview with Damian Willoughby, Chief Executive Officer of City Football Group India about their plans to grow their brand in the region following success on the field with Mumbai City - winners of the Indian Super League. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2021
Exclusive: Liverpool finalising deal for Konate & double agent interview
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein and Adam Crafton to discuss David's exclusive on Liverpool finalising a deal to sign RB Leipzig’s centre half Ibrahima Konata. Then, The Athletic's James Horncastle will tell us all about his big interview with both Mino Raiola & Jonathan Barnett - agents to some of the biggest names in world football. And we’ll continue our look at how The England squad is shaping up ahead of the Euros by looking at Chelsea’s Mason Mount with The Athletic’s Liam Twomey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
Inside WSL’s game-changing TV deal
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Host Mark Chapman and The Athletic's Matt Slater discuss the landmark multi-million pound deal between the English Football Association and UK broadcasters to screen matches in the Women’s Super League. Special guests for the roundtable discussion are Kelly Simmons, Director of The Women’s Professional Game at the English Football Association & Bex Smith, Strategic Consultant at Copa 90  & CEO of Crux Sports a company that supports players through their careers. She is a former New Zealand international, who has captained her country at two World Cups and two Olympics. She later worked for Fifa, managing the Women's World Cups and hosts of The Players podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2021
Liverpool baffled by Alexander-Arnold axe & Kane move unlikely
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Adam Crafton & Jack Pitt-Brooke to discuss José Mourinho’s efforts to lift the gloom around Spurs and the continued misery at Newcastle United. Also as England players gather for international duty for the last time before Euro 2020 - what is the significance of Trent Alexander Arnold’s omission from the squad? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
Explaining BeNeLiga & High Stakes for Horse Racing
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Host Mark Chapman and The Athletic's football news reporter Matt Slater look into reports that clubs in Belgium have voted in favour of merging with the Dutch Eredivisie. We speak to Alex Muzio chairman of Belgian sleeping giant Royale Union Saint-Gilloise who last week sealed a return to the top flight. And this week sees the return of The Cheltenham Festival, the highlight of the British jump racing calendar, behind closed and under pressure to deliver for an industry hit by lost revenues due and negative publicity - former Jockey Club CEO Simon Bazalgette joins us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2021
Why Aubameyang was dropped & inside Wilder's Sheffield United exit
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s Adam Crafton & our Sheffield United writer Richard Sutcliffe to tell us how Chris Wilder's dream job turned sour and shares his thoughts on what the future holds for the club & Wilder. Also on the pod, Arsenal writer James McNicholas drops in to explain the reasons why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped by Mikel Arteta yesterday. Right now you can subscribe to The Athletic for a special price of £3.99 a month for 6 months. That’s 40% off the full price of a subscription You’ll enjoy great analysis and in-depth features from the very best football writers around, as well as ad free versions of all our podcasts. So go to theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman to take advantage of this special 40% discount. That's www.theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
Man United's financial results & The Football Index crash
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Host Mark Chapman and The Athletic's football news reporter Matt Slater speak to Joey D’Urso Investigations Writer covering football for The Athletic about the collapse of The Football Index the so called “football stock market” that has seen users portfolios crash to almost nothing.. And it’s football accounts season - Kieran Maguire from the Price of Football podcast joins us to run the numbers and pick out the talking points from the books of clubs including Manchester United. You can subscribe to The Athletic for a special price of £3.99 a month for 6 months. That’s 40% off the full price of a subscription You’ll enjoy great analysis and in-depth features from the very best football writers around, as well as ad free versions of all our podcasts. So go to theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman to take advantage of this special 40% discount. That's theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2021
Why Mbappe is not for City & how Gerrard won the title
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Adam Crafton & Jordan Campbell. David outlines the reasons that Manchester City will not be making a move for PSG striker Kylian Mbappe but Erling Haaland remains an option. Jordan shares the inside story of how how Steven Gerrard delivered the Premiership title for Rangers and what how he might look to cement his legacy at the club and beyond. Plus, in his weekly column for The Athletic Alan Shearer thinks the next round of international matches should be called off - is he right? Right now you can subscribe to The Athletic for a special price of £3.99 a month for 6 months. That’s 40% off the full price of a subscription You’ll enjoy great analysis and in-depth features from the very best football writers around, as well as ad free versions of all our podcasts. So go to www.theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman to take advantage of this special 40% discount. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2021
Football Club Ownership: Data, Decisions & Competitive Edge
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Host Mark Chapman and The Athletic's football news reporter Matt Slater speak to Simon Hallett, owner of English League One side Plymouth Argyle football club and Chief Investment Officer at Harding Loevner, an investment boutique that manages more than $70 billion for individuals and institutions about how he finds the balances between running a football club like a business and a labour of love - as a life-long Plymouth fan.  We hear about the business processes implemented in leading a football club at the intersection of economics, finance and psychology and data. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2021
Jorge Mendes & Wolves’ Portuguese revolution
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Adam Crafton & Tim Spiers. Hear the inside story of super agent Jorge Mendes' influence at Wolves, how he operates and how he took full advantage of uncertainty during the most recent transfer windows - much to the admiration of many within football. Plus, we look at the paradox of Brighton and Graham Potter and hear why his admired by decision makers at the FA. And after another weekend of tough weekend for match officials is it time they were given more chance to share the mechanics of the decision making as it happens at post-match to viewers at home? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2021
Exclusive: European Leagues wants compromise over Champions League reform
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Host Mark Chapman and The Athletic's football news reporter Matt Slater speak to Jacco Swart & Alberto Colombo, executives from European Super Leagues, the organisation that is working with the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga to lobby against the more radical proposals for European club competition reform. We hear about the conversations that are taking place to broker the ongoing power struggle between UEFA, European football's richest clubs and their domestic leagues. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2021
United Pause on Sancho & Grealish Sparks FPL Concerns
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Adam Crafton & Patrick Boyland. Coming up today David shares his latest information on Manchester United's purist of Jadon Sancho. Patrick gives the inside story of how Carlo Ancelotti masterminded Everton's historic win at Anfield and reveals Marcel Brands plans as Director of Football at the club. Plus, hear how Fantasy Premier League is becoming a growing issue for clubs after Aston Villa players removed Jack Grealish from their teams - accidentally leaking team news before facing Leicester in the process. Don’t forget until February 25th, new subscribers can get half price annual subscription to The Athletic ; that’s less than £1/week for an entire year. Just go to www.theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2021
Walters' PFA Manifesto & The Rise In Match-Fixing
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Host Mark Chapman and The Athletic is Football news reporter Matt Slater speak to Jonathan Walters, the former Premier League player who has applied to become the new CEO of the professional footballers union in England. They also speak to Andreas Krannich, from Sportradar, a company that works with sporting federations and leagues to fight the rise in match-fixing across a range of sports. The Champions League returns this week and there’s no better time to sign up for all our unrivalled coverage at The Athletic.  Until February 25th, we’re offering new subscribers a half price annual subscription; that’s less than £1/week for an entire year. Just go to www.theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman to sign up Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2021
No Mourinho Break Clause & How Justin Fashanu Lived
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Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Adam Crafton & Simon Hughes.  Coming up today David’s will share exclusive detail on Jose Mourinho’s contract at Spurs. We also discuss Simon's recent column that asked fans to try and relate to what Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been going through as a person following the loss of his mother. We also reflect on Adam's incredible piece on Justin Fashanu, that details serious allegations about the former Norwich striker’s treatment in football, by the church & the media.  The Champions League returns this week and there’s no better time to sign up for all our unrivalled coverage at The Athletic.  Until February 25th, we’re offering new subscribers a half price annual subscription; that’s less than £1/week for an entire year. Just go to www,theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2021
Reaction: EFL salary cap scrapped
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Host Mark Chapman and The Athletic is Football news reporter Matt Slater lead on the story that salary caps in League One and League Two have been scrapped following and appeal by the players' union. We speak to Nick De Marco the QC who successfully argued the case for the PFA and we also get reaction from Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt. And as free-to-air Test cricket returns to UK screens, we’ll discuss how successful the coverage will be in reaching a wider audience with TV Analyst Julian Aquilina.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2021
Lukaku & Ings on Man City's radar
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein, Adam Crafton & Sam Lee to focus on Manchester City and detail the shortlist of strikers they have drawn up for the summer. And they'll also discuss the increased levels of online abuse towards players and officials following Premier League referee Mike Dean informing police that his family has received death threats on social media platforms Throughout February you can subscribe to The Athletic for a special price. Enjoy great analysis and in-depth features from the very best football writers around, as well as ad-free versions of all our podcasts for less than £1 a week. Just go to www.theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2021
Paraag Marathe Interview: Leeds United & the 49ers
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Mark Chapman & Matt Slater are joined by Paraag Marathe Vice Chairman of Premiers League side Leeds United & Executive Vice President of Football Operations at San Francisco 49ers. In a wide ranging interview, Paarag details plans for Elland Road, discussions with other American owners of Premier League clubs and how Leeds & the 49ers could work together in areas such as player contracts, recruitment, analytics and commercial dealings.  We also hear Paraag's exciting vision for cricket in the States in his role as chairman of USA Cricket.  Don’t forget right now you can subscribe to The Athletic for just £3.99 a month Enjoy great analysis and in-depth features from the very best football writers around, as well as ad-free versions of all of our podcasts. Just head to www.theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman to sign up Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2021
Winners from a quiet window & what next for Dele Alli?
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein, Adam Crafton & Dominic Fifield to look back on the January 2021 transfer window: Why was it so quiet? Who stands to benefit from it being so quiet? And we’ll look ahead to what we can expect this summer and beyond.. They'll also pick the bones out of the main stories of transfer deadline day including the mechanics behind the players Arsenal got out of the door, why Daniel Levy may have blocked Dele Alli's path out of Spurs and the challenges faced in moving elite players in the current climate. Throughout February you can subscribe to The Athletic for a special price. Enjoy great analysis and in-depth features from the very best football writers around, as well as ad-free versions of all our podcasts for less than £1 a week. Just go to www.theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2021
Barcelona top the Deloitte Money League but still face financial peril
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Mark Chapman and The Athletic's Matt Slater assess the current state of football's financial landscape as the effects of the pandemic start to take a greater hold on the game. We speak to Deloitte's Tim Bridge after the firm published their annual money league this week with Barcelona sitting at the top on revenues of £627 million, but in the very same week we've seen headlines in Spain suggesting Barca are on the bring of bankruptcy. So how can a club that makes so much money be in so much debt? How badly have clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs felt the pinch as we approach a year without fans in stadiums? We're also joined by Roger Bell and John Purcell from football finance analysts Vysble to look at the bigger picture for football's uncertain financial future. What do the creeping levels of American investment in English football mean for the future of our game? Does it all just lead us back to the eternally looming prospect of a European super league? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2021
Chelsea sack Lampard - The Inside Story
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein and Liam Twomey to bring us the inside story of Chelsea's decision to sack Frank Lampard. We'll detail the events that lead to the final decision being made, the problems Lampard had with some sections of a crowded dressing room, the role his relationships with the Chelsea hierarchy played, how his struggles to get Werner and Havertz playing well were viewed and how there were reservations as far back as August from not just the club but Lampard himself too. We're also joined by our German football writer Raphael Honigstein with insight on what Lampard's replacement Thomas Tuchel will bring to Chelsea. What is he like as a coach and a personality? Is there more to it than just the fact he's a German coach? How long has he been on the club's radar? There's also some transfer talk as we head into the last week of the window with detail on Martin Odegaard's imminent arrival at Arsenal and news of behind-the-scenes talks between Donny Van de Beek and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Dutchman's start to life at Old Trafford continues to be overshadowed by the timely resurgence of Paul Pogba. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2021
Should football scrap transfer fees?
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Mark Chapman and The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by two of football’s leading economic and legal minds - Daniel Geey and Stefan Szymanski - to help us ponder the question ‘should football scrap transfer fees?’ The current transfer window is moving quite slow, clubs are facing tougher financial challenges, so what if we just got rid of transfer fees and allowed players to move freely between employers like most people do in 'normal' jobs? Is the current system technically illegal, what would be the alternative system if we chose to replace transfer fees, and can we learn anything from looking at the closed model of trades and free agency in North American sports?  All this and more considered as we try to get to the bottom of an issue that is fundamental to the game as we know it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2021
Ornstein on Ozil departure and Chelsea in for Erling Haaland
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Laurie Whitwell with insight and opinion on the biggest stories in football David takes us inside the deal that has finally seen Mesut Ozil's time at Arsenal come to an end, as he heads to Turkey to sign for Fenerbahce. We also bring you news of Chelsea's plans to step up their interest in Dortmund's Erling Haaland this summer, with the club hoping to steal a march on the likes of Man City, Man Utd and Real Madrid who were laying in wait for the Norwegian's release clause to become active in 2022. Plus we look at the fascinating Premier League title race following the 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Manchester United on Sunday - do United consider themselves genuine title contenders for the first time in years? Have Man City got their act together at just the right time? And what's up with Liverpool at the moment? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
Is the Burnley takeover a good deal? + Hashtag United's Spencer Owen on another non-league season cancelled
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Matt Slater to look at our exclusive story on the recent Burnley takeover. Their new owners have only put in £15 million up front and the rest is leveraged debt. What does this mean and should Burnley fans be concerned? Swansea City investor Jordan Gardener joins us to give us his considered view on the Burnley deal and context on the wider picture relating to increasing amounts of American capital investment in football. We also speak to Spencer Owen of Hashtag United (22:40) about the increasingly difficult situation in non-league football as it appears a second consecutive season is going to be cancelled and expunged from the record books. Spencer also gives us a fascinating insight into what it's like to have created a fully-fledged football club from scratch off the back of being a YouTube sensation and the club's ambitious vision for the future. Subscribe to The Athletic Right now you can enjoy the Athletic for just £3.99 per month as part of our January sale. Enjoy great analysis and in-depth features from the very best football writers around, as well as ad-free versions of all of our podcasts.  Just go to theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman to sign up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2021
Covid fixture chaos, Rob Holding signs new deal, Cavani case rumbles on
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein and Adam Crafton with news of the latest covid-induced fixture headache as Spurs v Fulham is rearranged at the last minute to replace the game Spurs were due to have against Aston Villa, and we consider the overall picture for the Premier League moving forward as cases continue to rise across the country. There's also news of Arsenal's Rob Holding signing a new contract just months after he was heading for the exit door at the Emirates, we have detail on Tottenham's interest in Stuttgart's Nicolas Gonzalez, plus there's fallout from the Edinson Cavani disciplinary case as the Uruguayan players association continue to defend Cavani's reputation. We also hear from The Athletic's West Brom correspondent Steve Madeley with the inside track on Matheus Pereira's situation at the Hawthorns as tension grows over his desire to sign a new and improved contract. Subscribe to The Athletic Right now you can enjoy the Athletic for just £3.99 per month as part of our January sale. Enjoy great analysis and in-depth features from the very best football writers around, as well as ad-free versions of all of our podcasts.  Just go to theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman to sign up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2021
Marine CEO James Leary on being in the eye of the FA Cup storm
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Mark Chapman and The Athletic's Matt Slater bring you an FA Cup special as they're joined by the CEO of Marine AFC, James Leary, ahead of their huge 3rd round tie against Tottenham on Sunday. It's a game that will see their players furloughed if they don't stay in the competition, it's a game that has changed the future of this 8th-tier club forever, and we speak to James to find out exactly what it is like to be running a non-league club part-time in the midst of a global pandemic and deal with the challenge of facing a Premier League team. Newport County are a club who know a thing or two about causing an FA Cup shock in recent seasons and ahead of their game against Brighton we are joined by chairman Gavin Foxall, a man who has a lot to say about the difficulties of the last year, his hope for the future and the importance of clubs to their communities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2021
Lampard on the brink & January transfer window outlook
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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein & Adam Crafton to discuss the uncertainty surrounding Frank Lampard's future at Chelsea after their poor run of form continued with a heavy defeat to Manchester City on Sunday The Athletic's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey has all the detail on Lampard's status, the mood in the dressing room and the news that the club have begun looking at replacements. We also get the latest from David on how the January transfer window is shaping up with news of Arsenal's interest in Julian Brandt, plus insight on Dele Alli's situation at Spurs and the links with PSG, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2021
Victor Font on why he should be the next Barcelona president
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In this week's Business of Sport podcast The Athletic's Matt Slater speaks to one of the men hoping to be the next president of FC Barcelona, Victor Font. Victor sells us his vision for the club and explains why he should be the man to lead Barca back to the summit of European and world football. He also gives us his views on the importance of keeping Messi, whether he wants to bring Xavi back to the club and his thoughts on a European super league. We're also joined by The Athletic's Dermot Corrigan to unpick Victor's interview and give us the lowdown on the wider picture around the race for the Barcelona presidency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2020
Salah's Liverpool future in focus after Barca flirtation and Arsenal gearing up for busy January window
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The Athletic's David Ornstein joins Mark Chapman with an update on Arsenal's January transfer plans and has more detail on the mood within the club after another chastening Premier League defeat. We're also joined by our Liverpool writer Simon Hughes with information on Mohammed Salah's future at Anfield after the normally tight-lipped Egyptian gave an interview to the Spanish press last week, is this a public fluttering of eyes at Barcelona and Real Madrid or an attempt to nudge Liverpool into giving him a new contract? And there's been another head coach sacked at Watford so we speak to Adam Leventhal for the inside story on Vladimir Ivic's departure and the arrival of Xisco Munoz. Get one, Gift one with The Athletic Searching for a last-minute Christmas present? Subscribe to The Athletic and you'll get another subscription completely free that you can give to anyone as a gift. Head to theathletic.com/ornsteinandchapman to take advantage of this special offer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2020
Sandgaard interview, Bosman 25 years on & French TV deal collapse
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In this week's Business of Sport podcast: Mark Chapman ad The Athletic's Matt Slater discuss examine the state of sports TV rights following the termination of French football’s £3bn TV deal with rights expert and media content Pierre Maes. Matt also speaks to Charlton Athletic owner Thomas Sandgaard on his aim to get the club back to the Premier League. Plus Jonas Baer-Hoffman, General Secretary of the global players' union FIFPRO joins us to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bosman rule that changed the way football transfers were done forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2020
Pogba's future, Arteta at Arsenal, Upamecano update
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Coming up today, host Mark Chapman & David Ornstein discuss issues surrounding Mikel Arteta's first year at Arsenal after a terrible start to the Premier League season. The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell will join us to detail the inside on Paul Pogba’s time at Manchester United and what might happen next.. And our German writer Rafa Honigstein will be with us to discuss the future of Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano & his exclusive interview with Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2020
Building an Empire - The City Football Group
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Mark Chapman is alongside Matt Slater, football news reporter at The Athletic and today we are going to discuss the City Football Group. The Athletic have this week published an in-depth piece looking at the entire City Football Group, that is the group that controls Manchester City, New York City FC, Melbourne City FC among others, it’s so in-depth actually that it’s in two parts! We’ll explore some of the themes in that piece on today’s pod with Professor Simon Chadwick, the Barnsley co-chairman Paul Conway... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2020
Rainbow Laces - A discussion about the challenges for the LGBT community in football
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You’ll have noticed a lot of rainbows at football grounds in the past week or so. They are there as part of the Rainbow Laces movement, which aims to celebrate LGBT+ people working in the game, LGBT+ fans and create a discussion around what more needs to be done to make the game a more welcoming place for all. The Athletic's Adam Crafton, Alex Kay-Jelski and Nancy Frostick are all members of the LGBT+ community and in this special podcast they answer your questions on the challenges facing LGBT+ people in football and how we can make sure that the Rainbow Laces campaign makes a genuine difference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2020
Bamford interview & Szoboszlai contract exclusive
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This week host Mark Chapman and The Athletic’s David Ornstein are joined by Leeds United’s in-form striker Patrick Bamford joins us for a chat straight from the training pitch. David will share details from his weekly column including an exclusive on one of European football’s rising stars, Dominik Szoboszlai. And The Athletic's Dominic Fifield will be with us to discuss what the future holds for Patrick Vieira following his dismissal as manager of French club Nice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2020
Paul Barber interview & England’s 2018 World Cup bid
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Mark Chapman and The Athletic's Matt Slate speak to Paul Barber CEO of Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion. Plus, The Athletic's Oli Kay joins us we’ll also look back on England’s failed attempt to host the 2018 World Cup and a chain of events that led to the collapse of Sepp Blatter’s FIFA empire.. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2020
Ljungberg interview & how Klopp finds players
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Mark Chapman brings you exclusive insight and stories from David Ornstein and other writers at The Athletic. This week, hear part of David's interview wi