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Listen to the award winning Second Captains free to air podcasts, presented by Eoin McDevitt, Ciáran Murphy and Ken Early. Subscribe to daily shows at secondcaptains.com/join Join The Second Captains World Service and get access to our daily shows and much more. Become a Second Captains member at secondcaptains.com. - iTunes Podcast of the Year- iTunes Essentials Top 10 Podcasts of All-Time- The Guardian's 50 Podcasts You Need To Hear- Ireland's Most-Downloaded Podcast

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Ep 1303: The End For Julen Lopetegui And The Leicester City Helicopter Disaster - 29/10/2018

It's almost certainly Julen Lopetegui's last day as coach of Real Madrid, after his side were hammered 5-1 at Camp Nou.We talk through the aftermath of the match and conclude that the European champions have problems that a change of coach is not going to solve.Jacob Steinberg was at Leicester this weekend to cover their match against West Ham. He joins us to talk about the helicopter disaster that claimed the lives of five people including the Leicester chairman, Vichai Srivadhannaprabha.

1hr 6mins

29 Oct 2018

Rank #1

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Ep 1190: Ireland Learn And Win, Galway Into Super 8s, Connacht Spanner, Eddie's Future - 18/06/2018

Ep 1190: Ireland Learn And Win, Galway Into Super 8s, Connacht Spanner, Eddie's Future - 18/06/2018 by Second Captains


18 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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Ep 1286: McGregor Taps Out, Khabib Chaos, Leinster/Munster Classic, Connacht Party - 08/10/2018

So it turns out if you insult Khabib Nurmagomedov's family, religion, and country... he's not going to like it very much. Conor McGregor's pre-fight posturing might have just seemed like good PR, and even a good laugh, but Khabib was deadly serious when it came to seeking retribution in the ring, and against Mcgregor's team, in the immediate aftermath of the UFC lightweight world title fight. Petesy Carroll and Joe Callaghan are on hand to talk us through a fight in which McGregor was comprehensively outclassed, and to discuss who was best served by the crazy, chaotic scenes afterwards - was it Conor, the fans, the sport of MMA or Dana White and the UFC?Leinster and Munster served up a brilliant game on Saturday evening, a game where strangely enough pretty much everyone had something positive to take from it. Gerry Thornley and Denis Hickie look at Munster's new attacking formation, King James Lowe, and the Joey Carbery Ross Byrne battle. Plus there's Galway's new rugby party HQ, making your own reality, and Karl Rove.

1hr 7mins

8 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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Ep 1449: United - A Wounded Animal, Or Already Dead? - 22/04/2019

After the hysterical overreaction to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's initial success, we're surfing a wave of hysterical counter-reaction to Manchester United's dismal recent form.After six defeats in their last eight, United face City on Wednesday, at risk of recording their worst run of form since 1981. We discuss another weekend in this unprecedented title race, in which Liverpool after 35 matches have already broken their club record for Premier League points in the season, and yet are still rated just a 40-60 shot to win the title.Alan Smith joins us to talk about Man United's humiliation at Everton and whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tough talk in the aftermath was convincing.

1hr 6mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Steven Gerrard has agreed to become the new manager of Rangers. Ken, who earlier today was exposed by his own sloppy journalism to the unforgiving nature of the Glasgow football rivalry, expresses his sympathies.Arsene Wenger left the Emirates for the last time as manager towing a six-litre keg of wine gifted to him by an appreciative press corps; meanwhile Chelsea are mounting a late charge for the Champions League after beating Klopp's Kop flops at Stamford Bridge. Have Liverpool lost their rhythm at the worst possible time, or are they just running on empty?Dermot Corrigan was in Barcelona to see the ten-man Spanish champions defend their unbeaten domestic record in a low-key end-of-season clasico. Are Real Madrid likely to change things up for the final against Liverpool? Plus there's the return of Nesbittwatch...


7 May 2018

Rank #5

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Ep 1607: Xhaka Meltdown, Trent Masterclass, F2 Freestylers - 28/10/19

Arsenal v Crystal Palace didn't look a likely game of the weekend beforehand, but at the bloodthirsty cauldron the Emirates has become, anyone can end up being fed to the lions.We also discuss Liverpool's victory over Spurs and what the future might hold for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Kane.Then we're joined in studio by the F2 Freestylers, Jez Lynch and Billy Wingrove, who talk to us about how young players learn skills these days, and how the culture of football is changing - almost too fast to keep up.

1hr 19mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Ep 1333: Klopp Charge, Arsenal Rising, Pogba Virus, Fergie's Boneyard, Euro 2020 Fun - 03/12/18

City's imperious form puts all the challengers under unbearable pressure. Do Liverpool have the nerves of steel to respond? If they don't have nerves of steel, will luck do? And does there come a point at which repeated doses of luck crystallises into something more durable? Christian Eriksen didn't have his best ever game in the North London derby. Another Dublin date with destiny weighing on his mind or is he simply a little bit scared of mad dogs?Meanwhile as often happens after a disappointing result, the Manchester United bus has hit a few player-shaped speed bumps.Jacob Steinberg was at Southampton to see Mark Hughes' last match in charge of the Saints, as Michael Obafemi contributed with an assist to their 2-2 draw against United.Plus there's Fergie's boneyard, Southgate on Brexit, Victor Hugo, irrelevant Dier, Mick McCarthy filling the space and the "era of the gamesman".

1hr 11mins

3 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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Ep 1366: Red Hot Rice, Zero Chill Lamps - 14/01/19

It's been a great weekend for Irish Premier League goalscorers and Brian Clough anecdotes, as Declan Rice, Shane Long and Jeff Hendrick ran riot while Martin O'Neill returned to management with Nottingham Forest.Meanwhile, Frank Lampard is convinced that Marcelo Bielsa has flouted English moral norms, but luckily for the Argentine he appears not to have broken any actual rules. It was not such a good weekend for Rio Ferdinand: when any controversy pits you and Richard Keys against the world, it's time to start worrying.We're joined by Jacob Steinberg and John Brewin to discuss Declan Rice's development, Mesut Özil's exile, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's credentials to be named the next permanent Man United manager.

1hr 11mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Ep 1408: Ken Returns, Eoin McCatalan, Mo’s Right Foot, Klopp’s Patience Not A Virtue - 04/03/19

Ken is back from Australia and Eoin is back from Premier Sports to talk about the weekend's football.Jurgen Klopp's tetchy responses after Liverpool's draw at Everton suggest that some of those questions about whether they took enough risk in the game were a bit too close to the bone. Meanwhile City shrugged off more Football Leaks revelations to cruise past Bournemouth and retake the lead. How does this weekend affect the balance of the title race psychodrama? And why would neutrals rather see Liverpool choke than City?Also today, Dermot Corrigan joins us from the Real Madrid training ground to discuss how the European champions are taking a week off being dominated by Barcelona at their own stadium.

1hr 18mins

4 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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Ep 1483: Liverpool Win The Champions League - 03/06/2019

Ep 1483: Liverpool Win The Champions League - 03/06/2019 by Second Captains

1hr 19mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Ep 1292: Munster Mettle, Electric Leinster, Ken Vs Joe Brolly On UFC, God Is Watching - 15/10/2018

European Rugby is back, and it was an excellent week for the Irish provinces, as Leinster and Ulster both won against English opposition, and Munster came out of Exeter with a doughty draw.Gerry Thornley and former Munster back-rower James Coughlan join us to talk about Leinster's thrilling style, Ulster's young fullback, Tadhg Beirne's best game so far for Munster, and Freddie Burns' horror-show. Joe Brolly has called for the UFC to be banned, and Ken can't believe that he's talking about the Ultimate Fighting Championship and not the Ulster Football Championship. Plus there's Gabriel Batistuta, Rui Costa, li'l US Murph's photographic memory, and Django Unchained.


15 Oct 2018

Rank #11

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EP 1309: Poppys and Papists - 05/11/2018

As the Centenary edition of Poppy Mania hits full throttle, James McClean and Neil Lennon have both complained that they have become the victims of anti-Irish racism in the UK. Meanwhile Nemanja Matic has unexpectedly entered the drama as a striking new character who could have a big future.In this bumper football show, David Sneyd joins us in studio to talk about the FAI Cup Final, the difference between happiness and joy, and whether the future of Irish football is Irish-based.And we speak to Rory Smith about the latest Football Leaks reports from Der Spiegel and its associated publications. Please join us at secondcaptains.com to listen to our daily shows and support independent, member-led, commercial-free broadcasting.

1hr 35mins

5 Nov 2018

Rank #12

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Ep 1612: 3pm Frenzy, Pep Points Finger, Bizarro-VAR, Deconstructing Harry

Saturday saw probably the most heartbreaking come-from-behind win of Pep Guardiola's career, as City returned to their dressing room only to hear that Liverpool had scored a late winner of their own - but were the City manager's supposed comments about Mané's diving misreported? Mané didn't really dive, of course, as VAR should have decided - and no, we can't avoid talking about VAR forever - it's clear now almost everyone has now turned against it, we discuss what's going wrong and why.We also talk a little bit about Richard Keogh and Harry Arter.Then we welcome David Sneyd to studio to talk about Shamrock Rovers' win in the FAI Cup final, his interview with Jack Byrne and the season that was in the League of Ireland.

1hr 13mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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Ep 1749: Out Of Frying Pan And Into Saudi Arabia, Scared Footballers, Keane For Ken - 20/04/20

The miserable Mike Ashley era at Newcastle looks to be drawing to a close. Cue mass rejoicing. But is it possible things could be about to get... even worse?  How are Newcastle fans feeling about the prospect of their club being taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium? We talk to Alex Hurst, host of the True Faith podcast and chair of the NUFC Supporters Trust.  Is a Saudi takeover the equivalent of winning the football lottery, or is one of the game's least lucky fanbases about to get acquainted with a new form of exploitation?


20 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Ep 1658: FAI AGM, LFC Victory Tour, Wolves Christmas Classic - 30/12/19

Ken reports from the FAI's reconvened AGM which took place at the Citywest Hotel yesterday. Is there anything to be said for setting up another committee? We talk about Liverpool's 19-game victory lap, the emergence of the shoulder as the key part of the footballing anatomy, and the rest of the Christmas football, including that Friday night classic between Wolves and Manchester City.Jonathan Wilson joins us to talk about Chelsea's win at Arsenal, what the January transfer window might hold for these clubs, and whether there is a way to fix VAR.

1hr 16mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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Ep 1443: Delaney Agonistes, Hendo Unchained, KDB's Nirvana - 15/04/19

With John Delaney's departure from the FAI expected - but at time of recording not yet confirmed - we discuss the latest developments at Abbottstown and how Irish football ended up in this mess.It was another sensational weekend in what already looks like the highest standard of title race ever in the Premier League - with Salah returning to his best, Hendo forcing chunk after chunk of humble pie down Ken's throat, and Kevin de Bruyne compensating for the relative lack of drama in City's win over Palace with a superior Players Tribune interview.We are joined by Rory Smith to talk about Liverpool's win, how they have evolved since last season, and why this rivalry - at least between the managers - has been so damn respectful.

1hr 19mins

15 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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Ep 1541: Frank Tanks At Old Trafford, VAR Annoys World - 12/08/2019

Manchester United destroyed Chelsea at Old Trafford, with Daniel James' emotional celebrations reminding the crowd why they love football in the first place. It meant Frank Lampard started with the worst result of any Chelsea manager in the Premier League era, and there have been quite a few Chelsea managers. Is the selection of young players just a political ploy, as Jose Mourinho seems to think? Or does Lampard really believe Mount and Abraham can be the backbone of his new look Chelsea?We also discuss the essential pointlessness of VAR as we saw it in the first round of matches. Jack Pitt-Brooke joins us to talk about how Spurs turned it around against Villa, and what the future holds for Christian Eriksen.


12 Aug 2019

Rank #17

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BONUS EPISODE 1281: The Player’s Chair With Brian Lenihan

NOTE: This was initially a World Service members-only show broadcasted first on 2nd of October 2018. We have decided to re-publish the podcast today, the 4th of October, with the support of our members. For independent, member-led journalism like this in the future, please join the Second Captains World Service. Enjoy the show and thanks to all our members as always. On the World Service today we have one of the most impactful interviews we've ever done. It's the story of former professional footballer Brian Lenihan who played with Cork City before getting a move to Hull City and winning a call-up to the Republic of Ireland senior squad in 2014. In April of this year, aged just 23, Brian was forced to retire from football for his own wellbeing. And in the latest episode of The Player’s Chair, he opens up to Richie about the mental health issues that lay behind that decision to step away from the sport. Brian reveals the difficulties he had in coming to terms with his injury, the suicidal thoughts he experienced, and the multiple sessions of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) he received as part of his treatment. It’s a difficult, sometimes dark but compelling interview for The Player's Chair. Brian hopes his openness will help others who may be going through similar difficulties.


4 Oct 2018

Rank #18

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It’s time to return to Achill Island and a "Smurf-blue sky" for episode 2 of Isolating with David O'Doherty. In today’s podcast, David is almost mugged by a gang of hares, but escapes back to the house where he intends to grow peaches and avocados.Join us now so you don't miss an episode: https://www.secondcaptains.com/join/


19 Mar 2020

Rank #19