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These Football Times

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Traversing the world of football in search of the stories that matter, brought to you by expert journalists and guests. Check out our award-winning print magazine.

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Traversing the world of football in search of the stories that matter, brought to you by expert journalists and guests. Check out our award-winning print magazine.

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21 Ratings
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All in all - a great football/soccer podcast

By ROBLOX player MeBANANA000 - Apr 17 2020
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I particularly love the deep-down looks at the history of football - both the big tournaments, but also some more obscure stuff. I agree that some of the editing/production could use a little bit of work, but for the most part - this is a great podcast for those who love soccer - especially the history.

Good Content

By JFPIB - Feb 21 2019
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Great content but the background noise (breathing into the mic) is distracting

iTunes Ratings

21 Ratings
Average Ratings
13
3
3
1
1

All in all - a great football/soccer podcast

By ROBLOX player MeBANANA000 - Apr 17 2020
Read more
I particularly love the deep-down looks at the history of football - both the big tournaments, but also some more obscure stuff. I agree that some of the editing/production could use a little bit of work, but for the most part - this is a great podcast for those who love soccer - especially the history.

Good Content

By JFPIB - Feb 21 2019
Read more
Great content but the background noise (breathing into the mic) is distracting

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These Football Times

Latest release on Jan 13, 2021

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Rank #1: The philosophies that changed football forever

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Football is an ever-evolving sport, often shaped by the minds of a few. The dreamers. The thinkers. What we have today is the result of systems that have transcended borders and time to give us the greatest sport in the world. This is an exploration of those philosophies.

Jul 24 2018

56mins

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Rank #2: How to identify talent and the use of statistics

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Host Jim Hart, senior writer and coach Jon Townsend and commentator and analyst Juan Arango examine how players are evaluated during the development stage, what methods are used and whether statistics are the answer.

May 28 2017

59mins

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Rank #3: Deconstructing American Soccer (Part I)

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What is the reality behind the state of football in the US? With MLS deemed by many to be quickly becoming one of the best leagues in world football, and talked up by Commissioner Don Garber as having the potential to be a world leader by 2022, what are the challenges hindering progress? Jon Townsend, Jim Hart and Nate Abaurrea break down the US game in The Lob: Deconstructing American Soccer.

May 11 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #4: Political Football: the compelling world of FIFA

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With one hand, FIFA have helped make the game truly global, giving the fans a sport like no other in the process. But with the other, they've often taken away its soul, leaving behind a sport riddled with corruption and deceit. To conclude the Political Football series, FIFA comes under the microscope.

Oct 30 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #5: Spanish football in the Franco years

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Following the Spanish Civil War, Francisco Franco’s nationalist forces took control of the country and introduced a reactionary government, centred on traditional values, the church and a centrally dominated, unified state. His dictatorship lasted until his death in 1975, and in that time all of Spanish life came under the purview of his Movimiento Nacional. Football was no different. In this pod, we discuss the implications for players, clubs and the national team during these turbulent times. It's a tale of contrasts and divisions, exploring how football struggled to survive sociological upheavals, an autocratic dictatorship and how the regime wrapped itself around the glory of Real Madrid and La Roja.

Jan 28 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #6: The Lob talks to Jonathan Wilson

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Jonathan Wilson is the acclaimed author of Inverting The Pyramid, The Outsider and Angels With Dirty Faces, as well as the founder and editor of The Blizzard. Join host Jim Hart and senior writer Christopher Weir as they sit down with the affable and knowledgable Wilson to discuss all things football in this wide-ranging conversation.

Nov 20 2017

1hr

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Rank #7: Uli Hesse and the state of German football

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Uli Hesse is the best-selling German author of Tor!, Bayern Munich: Creating A Global Superclub and Alles BVB. He sat down with Jim Hart and Luca Hodges-Ramon to discuss the Bundesliga, the German national team and a bit of baseball.

Sep 18 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #8: The Football Italia Years

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To accompany our series The Football Italia Years, host Jim Hart caught up with calcio writers and experts Blair Newman, Luca Hodges-Ramon - authors of the series - and Dominic Bliss to talk about the Italian game in the 1990s, how it ruled the world, and the legacy of Channel 4's excellent coverage in the UK.

Sep 19 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #9: The story of football's lost wonderkids, with author Ryan Baldi

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Every club can boast one: the gifted youngster who defied expectations by not becoming the next George Best or the next Paul Gascoigne. Fated for greatness, only to fall by the wayside. On the latest episode of The Lob, we speak to author and journalist Ryan Baldi about his book The Next Big Thing, where he collaborated with a number of current and former players to tell the story of football's lost wonderkids.

Jul 03 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #10: My Side: how Arsène Wenger's fearless Arsenal became the iconic Invincibles

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Chris Weir talks to us about Arsenal's historic Invincibles campaign, which saw them match Preston North End's record of going an entire league season unbeaten. From a ridiculed statement of intent by Arsène Wenger to a nerve-wracking final day victory at Highbury, this is the story of the most historic Premier League campaign.

Oct 06 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #11: Stateside Soccer: a history of the beautiful game in the United States

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Football in America has been eclectic and polarising from the very start. From the pre-Wall Street Crash boom to Major League Soccer, via the incorrigible NASL, it has a marvellous story to tell, which so much of the world is unaware of. The Lob speaks to Tom Scholes who tells that story in his book Stateside Soccer.

Dec 08 2019

1hr 29mins

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Rank #12: Political Football: How football overcame brutal military juntas in Argentina and Chile

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At a time when brutal military regimes were stifling society and the economy, football underwent vast changes in Argentina and Chile. From the decline of La Nuestra in Argentina to their World Cup glory of 1978 against the backdrop of torture just metres away, to the rise of Chilean football and how a select few stood up to the junta in acts of eternal defiance, this is the story of a murky relationship between fútbol and politics in these South American giants.

Sep 11 2018

56mins

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Rank #13: The Coaches' Forum talks to Saul Isaksson-Hurst

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Jon Townsend talks technical development for players of all ages with coach Saul Isaksson-Hurst, a one-on-one coaching specialist whose clubs include Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as the founder of My Personal Football Coach.

Dec 17 2017

58mins

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Rank #14: How Guardiola's Barcelona produced a season of exquisite refinement in 2010/11

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Tom Scholes talks to us about how Pep Guardiola's Barcelona plan was crystallised into a single season which saw them finish above José Mourinho's Real Madrid in the league, as well as defeating them over two classic semi-final fixtures to set up a date at Wembley against Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. It was a season of domination from a team that continued to refine the modern game.

Sep 16 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #15: The uncertain future of Catalan football

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It's tough to predict what the future of Catalan football holds. In a region dominated by talk of political independence, host Euan McTear and special guests Alexandra Jonson, Samuel Marsden, David Cartilidge and Igansi Torné look at the state of FC Barcelona and La Masia, the rise of smaller regional teams, and wider issues from a spectacular football landscape.

Nov 11 2016

45mins

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Rank #16: Deconstructing American Soccer (Part II)

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Deconstructing American Soccer (part II) is a discussion of the economics of the American version of the game. Joining us is award-winning economist from the University of Michigan and author of Soccernomics and Money and Soccer, Stefan Szymanski. This in depth interview, hosted by Jim Hart and Jon Townsend, takes a look at why Major League Soccer is structured so differently than most other leagues from around the world. Stefan walks us through the issues facing MLS methods and the challenges it faces in an ever competitive landscape.

May 16 2016

54mins

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Rank #17: The art and science of player development and coaching

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How do the professionals go about their business in the areas of analysis, scouting, coaching and player development? We find out by speaking to Jed Davies (consultant to an international head coach), Kevin Nicholson (Cardiff City under-21 manager), Johnny McKinstry (Rwanda national team manager) and Joey Lombardi (regional talent manager for the Canadian Soccer Association).

May 23 2016

58mins

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Rank #18: The controversy and corruption of CONMEBOL

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CONMEBOL is one of FIFA's six continental confederations and, as they cover the South American region, it's also one of the most important, having World Cup winners Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, amongst other countries, plus the Copa Libertadores, within its remit. However, a never-ending mist of controversy, corruption and maladministration swirls around its activities. South American football expert Frederick Clayton guides us through the oft-tangled web of the organisation's activities and discusses its past, present and possible future.

Nov 21 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #19: Euro 2020 or the UEFA Nations League? A debate about international football on the continent

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With the Euro 2020 qualifiers about to begin - six months later than traditionally the case due to the advent of the polarising Nation League - what's better for the continental game's fans, players and clubs? Should we advocate change or stick to the traditional, successful tournament-style qualifiers and finals?

Mar 17 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #20: How populist politics is changing the world of football

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Across the world, populist politics - the idea that society is separated into two groups at odds with one another: the "pure people" and the "corrupt elite" - is often centred on placing the blame on what is perceived to be outside influence, and it's becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Unsurprisingly, this is having an effect on football and how the game is both perceived and being used. What are the implications for football and can it lead to a return to the darker days of the game?

Dec 11 2019

1hr 8mins

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