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Football Writers Podcast

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BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.

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BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.

iTunes Ratings

52 Ratings
Average Ratings
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3

Love it

By Jallohcx10 - Oct 31 2017
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Best English podcast so far, but too anti ManU

Allyson Rudd

By Toogood2Btrue& - May 09 2017
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Good to hear Rudd. Articulate, highly knowledgeable, and fair.

iTunes Ratings

52 Ratings
Average Ratings
38
8
0
3
3

Love it

By Jallohcx10 - Oct 31 2017
Read more
Best English podcast so far, but too anti ManU

Allyson Rudd

By Toogood2Btrue& - May 09 2017
Read more
Good to hear Rudd. Articulate, highly knowledgeable, and fair.
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Football Writers Podcast

Latest release on Jul 06, 2020

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BT Sport brings you a weekly instalment of the best insight and analysis from award-winning football journalist Mike Calvin and a supporting cast of some of Fleet Street's finest writers.

Rank #1: Is the Bundesliga the best league in which to develop young players?

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Mike Calvin. Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke look forward to the return of the Bundesliga, and examine the players to watch out for. Also : Manchester City in the Champions League, and the legacy of Euro 2016. 

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May 14 2020

50mins

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Rank #2: Is Solskjaer capable of being a long-term success at Man United?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford-Bloor debate whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a viable long-term option for Manchester United, the promising future of Declan Rice and Newcastle’s relegation fears.

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Jan 14 2019

45mins

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Rank #3: Will football's fallout include B teams in the EFL?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor explore further potential changes to the English game. They also discuss player welfare, the impending return of the Bundesliga, and consider the potential of England's starlets.

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May 11 2020

53mins

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Rank #4: Is Emery's time up at Arsenal?

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John Cross of the Daily Mirror and Tony Hodson of The Coaches' Voice join Mike Calvin to cast their eye over the weekend of football. Is it Granit Xhaka, the fans or Unai Emery, who should take the blame for what happened at Emirates Stadium on Saturday? On the opposite side of the spectrum, Chelsea are flying under Frank Lampard. Should Arsenal follow the Blues' example and appoint a legendary player at the helm?


Liverpool continue to impress, but with Mo Salah being substituted with an ankle injury, do the Reds have the squad to cover? Their title rivals Manchester City kept up the pace with Raheem Sterling continuing his fine form...form which our team believe could take him to the Ballon d'Or.

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Oct 28 2019

48mins

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Rank #5: Newcastle and Arsenal in disarray as new season beckons

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Mike Calvin, Daniel Storey and Seb Stafford-Bloor discuss the incompetent management at Newcastle United and Arsenal and reflect on all the Premier League transfer activity and latest rumours. 

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Jul 15 2019

45mins

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Rank #6: Will Real Madrid retain the Champions League?

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Mike Calvin, Miguel Delaney and Adrian Clarke preview the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid and reflect on Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Chelsea and Man United’s Europa League triumph.  

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May 30 2017

46mins

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Rank #7: Will Mourinho pick up his first trophy as United boss?

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John Cross and Jonathan Northcroft join Mike Calvin to preview the week's action, including the EFL Cup final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley. The trio also review a superb week of FA Cup fifth round action and look ahead to the latest round of 16 Champions League fixtures.  

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Feb 20 2017

33mins

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Rank #8: Liverpool go top as Chelsea crush City’s invincible dream

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Mike Calvin, Darren Lewis and Tony Evans reflect on a blockbuster Premier League weekend and look ahead to a crucial Champions League week for Liverpool and Tottenham.

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Dec 10 2018

54mins

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Rank #9: Liverpool? Man City? Barcelona? Who will win the 2019/20 Champions League?

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Tony Hodson and Miguel Delaney join Mike Calvin following the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League. Together they consider Jürgen Klopp's place among Liverpool's greatest managers, discuss Manchester City's chances of overcoming Real Madrid and whether the time is right for Mikel Arteta to make the move into management at Arsenal.

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Dec 16 2019

45mins

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Rank #10: How far have Manchester United fallen behind Liverpool?

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On this weeks Football Writers Podcast, Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Dominic Fifield assess the current state of Liverpool and Manchester United both on and off the pitch, as rivalries renew once again this weekend.

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Jan 13 2020

43mins

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Rank #11: Can Klopp build a dynasty and can England bring Nations League glory home?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke, and Seb Stafford-Bloor discuss the fall-out from the Champions League final and ask if Liverpool can build on a sixth European Cup triumph. The trio also debates England's chances in the Nations League finals and look ahead to a big summer for Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs.

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Jun 03 2019

40mins

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Rank #12: Could Liverpool go the whole Premier League season unbeaten?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Darren Lewis and Seb Stafford-Bloor to discuss Liverpool's firm grip on the Premier League title, Manchester United's blistering victory at rivals City, and the chances of all four English teams reaching the Champions League knockout stage.

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Dec 09 2019

52mins

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Rank #13: Blues boo Sarri as Liverpool leave it late to dent Spurs’ top-four hopes

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Mike Calvin, Alyson Rudd and John Cross dissect another blockbuster Premier League weekend and look ahead to the FA Cup semi-finals.

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Apr 01 2019

51mins

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Rank #14: Liverpool or Manchester City - who's under more pressure?

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Daniel Storey and Alyson Rudd join Mike Calvin to discuss this week's top of the table clash between Liverpool and Manchester City. Will Liverpool's relentlessness see them add another three points at Anfield to extend their title chances?


The three also talk about VAR, how long it will take to perfect and if it's really worth the wait. And, ahead of another week in Europe, how will our English teams fare? Chelsea are seemingly on a trajectory, but can Tottenham and Manchester Utd improve moods around their clubs.

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Nov 04 2019

47mins

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Rank #15: Premier League 19/20 Preview: Every team analysed

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Mike Calvin, John Cross and Miguel Delaney dissect every single Premier League team in detail ahead of the new season and give their predictions for relegation, top four and surprise package.

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Aug 05 2019

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Rank #16: English teams light up Europe ahead of title race deciders

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Mike Calvin, Daniel Storey and Seb Stafford-Bloor reflect on the incredible Champions League semi-final turnarounds by Liverpool and Spurs and preview the final day of the Premier League title race.

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May 10 2019

44mins

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Rank #17: Is time up for Eddie Howe at Bournemouth?

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This week on the Football Writers podcast, Mike Calvin is joined by Darren Lewis and Seb Stafford-Bloor who look at the issues which lie ahead for the sides at the bottom of the Premier League table as the pressure begins to mount on relegation threatened Bournemouth and their manager Eddie Howe.

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Jan 06 2020

47mins

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Rank #18: Is the Mourinho era over?

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Dom Fifield (Guardian) and Darren Lewis (Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss Mourinho’s vast issues at Manchester United, problems for Pep at City and recent resurgences for Chelsea and Liverpool.  

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Oct 24 2016

33mins

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Rank #19: Are Chelsea now title favourites?

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Miguel Delaney (Sunday Independent) and Darren Lewis (Daily Mirror) join Mike Calvin to discuss Chelsea’s fantastic form under Conte, whether Man City and Liverpool are their only title rivals and more issues for Mourinho and Man Utd – with live questions from users on the BT Sport Facebook page.  

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Nov 28 2016

35mins

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Rank #20: Were Leicester right to sack Ranieri?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Dominic Fifield and Tom Hopkinson to discuss the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Manchester United’s League Cup final win over Southampton and Liverpool’s colossal ‘top-four’ clash with Arsenal, live on BT Sport on Saturday.  

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Feb 27 2017

29mins

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Will Jose Mourinho be successful at Tottenham?

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Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke discuss Jose Mourinho's troubled start as Spurs manager. They also hail the emergence of Mason Greenwood and the potential of a new generation of English footballers.

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Jul 06 2020

53mins

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Who is going down from the Premier League?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor assess the Premier League relegation battle. They hold out little hope for Norwich and Bournemouth, but who do they tip to avoid the drop?

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Jul 02 2020

52mins

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Is this the start of a Liverpool dynasty?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor discuss how rivalries at the top of the Premier League will deepen and develop, Where will the strongest challenge to Liverpool come from? Can Manchester City win the treble, and how will the FA Cup semi finals pan out?

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Jun 29 2020

53mins

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Will Manchester United win the FA Cup this season?

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Mike Calvin, Jordan Jarrett Bryan and Seb Stafford Bloor preview this weekend's FA Cup quarter finals. They make United favourites, but warn that Arsenal can no longer be classified as a big club.

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Jun 26 2020

41mins

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Will Liverpool win the Premier League tonight?

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Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Jordan Jarret Bryan look forward to tonight's potentially decisive game between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Two believe Liverpool's long wait will be over in a matter of hours....

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Jun 25 2020

18mins

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Chelsea - is the Empire about to strike back?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor forecast a bright future for Chelsea, once the formalities of Liverpool's title win are completed. They wonder whether Wolves are too good for their own good, and analyse the struggle to avoid relegation.

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Jun 22 2020

57mins

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With the Premier League title effectively conceded, what next for Manchester City?

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Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke prepare for Liverpool's coronation, and ask whether Manchester City can win the Champions League. They condemn technological injustice and consider the good and bad aspects of player power.

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Jun 18 2020

54mins

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Football's back. What have you missed most?

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With the Premier League returning this week, Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke discuss the unique challenges of a mini season. They describe how football has been missed, and how it has gained a new leader, in Marcus Rashford. 

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Jun 15 2020

54mins

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What more can football do to tackle racism?

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Mike Calvin is joined by Jordan Jarrett Bryan, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor for an honest and challenging debate on all aspects of racism in the modern game. 

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Jun 11 2020

54mins

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Will Manchester City's appeal against a Champions League ban shape football's future?

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Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke discuss a controversy that could be as significant as the Bosman ruling. They also examine Chelsea's recruitment strategy, chaos in League One, and Liverpool's relegation from the WSL. 

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Jun 08 2020

48mins

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Which clubs are in deepest relegation trouble?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor assess Premier League relegation candidates, and the importance of protecting football's competitive credibility. They also dwell on a week in which players were confirmed as powerful role models.  

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Jun 04 2020

53mins

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Who has most to gain, and most to lose, when the Premier League resumes?

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Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke expect Manchester United and Wolves to make a concerted push for the top four. They also celebrate footballers' freedom of expression, and name their latest batch of players to watch when football restarts.

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Jun 01 2020

54mins

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Should fan-run clubs be part of football's survival plan?

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As the Premier League ramps up to restart on June 20, Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke look at the role fans can play in the future of the game. They also start to name their players to watch when, finally, the season resumes.

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May 28 2020

51mins

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Who is your football hero?

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A special edition of the Football Writers' podcast, in which listeners choose their football heroes. Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke, and Seb Stafford Bloor go through the an A-Z of heroes from Alan Devonshire to Zico.

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May 25 2020

50mins

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Is football management more insecure than ever?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor look at the financial and emotional challenges facing football managers, They also put Rangers' great Euro nights into the context of their current problems, and examine the future of the women's game. 

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May 21 2020

49mins

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Has the Bundesliga set a high bar for the Premier League?

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Mike Calvin, Seb Stafford Bloor and Daniel Storey discuss football's new reality. Norwich captain Grant Hanley and Leicester's Hamza Choudhury give the players' perspective. Also: Football's Room 101 and the passing of the scouts' scout.

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May 18 2020

55mins

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Is the Bundesliga the best league in which to develop young players?

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Mike Calvin. Seb Stafford Bloor and Adrian Clarke look forward to the return of the Bundesliga, and examine the players to watch out for. Also : Manchester City in the Champions League, and the legacy of Euro 2016. 

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May 14 2020

50mins

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Will football's fallout include B teams in the EFL?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor explore further potential changes to the English game. They also discuss player welfare, the impending return of the Bundesliga, and consider the potential of England's starlets.

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May 11 2020

53mins

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Despite the uncertainties, do England remain potential World Cup winners?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor discuss the future of the England team, manager Gareth Southgate, and the international game. They also assess Tottenham's great European nights, and whether Ronaldhino meant THAT goal against Davie Seaman at the 2002 World Cup.

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May 07 2020

51mins

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Is the football pyramid under threat?

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Mike Calvin, Adrian Clarke and Seb Stafford Bloor consider football's nuclear options. They also discuss the myth of hero managers like Fabio Capello, and reveal the matches they cannot brings themselves to watch again.

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May 04 2020

49mins

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iTunes Ratings

52 Ratings
Average Ratings
38
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3
3

Love it

By Jallohcx10 - Oct 31 2017
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Best English podcast so far, but too anti ManU

Allyson Rudd

By Toogood2Btrue& - May 09 2017
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Good to hear Rudd. Articulate, highly knowledgeable, and fair.