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Used to be better...

By AP213 - Oct 18 2019
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I’ve been a listener for approximately 5 years. But ever since Manny Jasmine (six) took the helm, the quality of the show, and the guests, has taken a dip. A less serious show than in prior years, with lots of banter from relatively unknown football professionals. I sincerely hope that Manny can turn things around. He certainly has the pedigree for it.

Great Show

By ben_s7 - Nov 19 2014
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This podcast gives great insight into the football world, not just the pitch.

iTunes Ratings

57 Ratings
Average Ratings
40
10
5
2
0

Used to be better...

By AP213 - Oct 18 2019
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I’ve been a listener for approximately 5 years. But ever since Manny Jasmine (six) took the helm, the quality of the show, and the guests, has taken a dip. A less serious show than in prior years, with lots of banter from relatively unknown football professionals. I sincerely hope that Manny can turn things around. He certainly has the pedigree for it.

Great Show

By ben_s7 - Nov 19 2014
Read more
This podcast gives great insight into the football world, not just the pitch.
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World Football

Latest release on Jan 23, 2020

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BBC World Football leading the conversation on the global game.

Rank #1: Africa Cup of Nations and Match Fixing in Cyprus

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The former Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph Antoine Bell hits out at the organisation of the Africa Cup of Nations. The AC Omonia coach, John Carver, talks openly about his suspicions of match-fixing in Cyprus. And after being awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Dutch government, what's next for Louis van Gaal?
Picture: A Mali supporter cheers for his team ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match between Mali and Egypt in Port-Gentil (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images).

Jan 19 2017

28mins

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Rank #2: Kluivert, Wynton Rufer and the Coach of the Philippines

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Former USA captain Thomas Dooley talks about coaching the Philippines national team. Is there a secret as to why 25% of Premier League managers used to play for Barcelona? We ask Patrick Kluivert. And the former Werder Breman and New Zealand striker Wynton Rufer tells us about his fascinating career.
(Photo: Patrick Kluivert poses with a t-shirt at a Global Legends Series event in Kuala Lumpur. Credit: Charles Pertwee/Getty Images)

Jul 13 2017

39mins

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Rank #3: In Conversation with Dante

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We chat to the Brazilian defender Dante about Nice's surprise title challenge, team-mate Mario Balotelli and former coach Pep Guardiola. Plus, Ghana's Andre Ayew looks ahead to the Africa Cup of Nations.
Picture: Dante of OGC Nice during the French Ligue 1 between Nice and Lille at Stade Allianz Rivera (Getty Images)

Jan 12 2017

26mins

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Rank #4: Megan Rapinoe and the Making of Kylian Mbappe

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The USA international Megan Rapinoe discusses her Olympic and World Cup victories, sexism and homophobia in the game and why she chose to 'take a knee' during the American national anthem.
We also find out where it all started for PSG's Kylian Mbappe. We visit AS Bondy in the Paris suburbs to find out more about the club and coaches which shaped Mbappe.
And in the second part of our interview with Ivan Rakitic, the Barcelona midfielder ttells us how he'd swap five Champions League titles for a World Cup.
(Photo: US women's national soccer team player Megan Rapinoe. Credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Sep 28 2017

26mins

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Rank #5: Viking Adventures in the Champions League

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We're with Vikingur of the Faroe Islands and FC Copenhagen for the latest round of Uefa Champions League matches. We hear from the FC Copenhagen coach Ståle Solbakken about his near death experience. And the former Denmark midfielder John Jensen tells us how binge eating beef burgers was the secret to their shock European Championship success in 1992.
Picture: FC Copenhagen fans (Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Jul 20 2017

29mins

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Rank #6: The Journeyman Coach

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Some of football's most traveled managers swap stories about their experiences. We're joined by Stephen Constantine, Tom Saintfiet, Vera Pauw and Steve Darby...four coaches who between them have coached more than 20 national teams and countless clubs on four continents.
(Photo: India's national football coach Stephen Constantine (R) addresses his players at a training camp in Bangalore (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

Jul 27 2017

32mins

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Rank #7: In Conversation with Rafael van der Vaart

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From growing up on a trailer park to playing in the World Cup final, the former Ajax and Real Madrid player Rafael van der Vaart looks back on his career and life. Also on the show, the flamboyant Mexican goalkeeper Jorge Campos.
(Picture: Rafael van der Vaart courtesy of Getty images)

Aug 16 2018

26mins

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Rank #8: In Conversation with George Weah

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The former AC Milan player and FIFA World Player of the Year, George Weah, looks back on his career. He also talks about his political aspirations after launching his campaign to become the next President of Liberia.
Picture: Former international football star George Weah looks at his political supporters from his party's headquarters in Monrovia. (ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

Aug 31 2017

26mins

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Rank #9: Gianni Infantino's FIFA dream

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Can Gianni Infantino become the next Fifa president? We assess his credentials. Plus, the former Arsenal and Galatasaray defender Emmanuel Eboue, Chinese Super League recruit Jack Sealy and we visit Western France to find out more about Ligue 1 side Angers, a team pushing for Champions League qualification.
(Photo: Fifa presidential candidate Gianni Infantino controls a football after his press conference at Wembley Stadium. Credit: Getty images)

Feb 04 2016

26mins

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Rank #10: The Resurrection of Parma

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In 2015, the two-time UEFA Cup winners Parma were declared bankrupt and demoted to the amateur leagues. The famous club effectively ceased to exist. Rebuilt and reborn as Parma Calcio 1913, the team won three back-to-back promotions and is back in Serie A. We hear from Parma's former captain and hero, Alessandro Lucarelli, who stuck with the club through the bad times. And the Parma director Pietro Pizzarotti, who helped rebuild the club from scratch in 2015. Presenter Mani Djazmi travels to Italy to tell the incredible story of the fall-and-rise of Parma Calcio 1913.
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Aug 30 2018

26mins

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Rank #11: In Conversation with Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic

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Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic tells us why it's difficult playing alongside Lionel Messi and how he regrets Neymar leaving the team. He also says Barcelona are motivated to do well this season for those affected by the recent terrorist attack in the city.
Also on the show, Borussia Monchengladbach's Ibrahima Traore tells us how he went from playing street football in Paris to the Bundesliga in just twelve months. He also recalls his meeting with the Pope.
Ghana's Anthony Baffoe reflects on what's going wrong with Black Stars, with next year's World Cup now seemingly out-of-reach. And the Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh discusses his seven days in Pyongyang and waking up to the news that a missile flew over the team hotel.
(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Sep 21 2017

26mins

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Rank #12: Our team of the decade (Part one)

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In the first of two special programmes Mani Djazmi looks back on some of his favourite interviews of the last ten years, as we compile a World Football ‘Team of the Decade’. In part one, we hear again from Mexico’s flamboyant goalkeeper Jorge Campos, Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto and Johan Cruyff.

Dec 26 2019

31mins

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Rank #13: The Road to Russia: The Story of World Cup Dreams and Heartbreak

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Relive the highs and lows on the road to Russia 2018. Over two years ago, teams from 210 nations began the qualification campaign for next year's World Cup. There was joy for Panama and Iceland. Syria went close despite the civil war. And there was heartbreak for Italy, the USA and Ivory Coast. From the earliest matches in the Himalayas, to Peru claiming the final spot, this is story of World Cup qualification.
(Photo: ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/Getty Images)

Dec 28 2017

26mins

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Rank #14: Derbies, Rivalries and a Trip to Soweto

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World Cup winner Heather O'Reilly, former Premier League striker Peter Odemwingie and Pat Nevin once of Chelsea, Everton and Scotland swap stories about football's biggest rivalries. And presenter Mani Djazmi takes a trip to the Soweto Derby, where he meets the South African George Best.

Nov 01 2018

30mins

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Rank #15: Saudis in Spain, Mauricio Pellegrino and Östersunds FK

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Will Saudi Arabia's deal with La Liga backfire if their players don't get game time ahead of Russia 2018? Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino talks about the pressure footballers face. We discuss the state of football in Egypt and visit the Swedish club Östersunds FK.
(Photo by Kaz Photography/Getty Images)

Feb 15 2018

26mins

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Rank #16: Raúl Jiménez, Heather's last match and the memories of a referee

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Heather O'Reilly looks ahead to the NWSL final, Mexican striker Raúl Jiménez talks about life at Wolves, and former referee Abraham Klein remembers the 1970 World Cup.

Image: Raúl Jiménez celebrates scoring for Wolverhampton Wanderers against Southampton at Molineux (Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters)

Oct 24 2019

26mins

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Rank #17: How not to run a football club and other stories

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Parma's Marco Ferrari, Pat Nevin and Heather O'Reilly discuss the business of football. Espérance player, Junior Lokosa, looks back at this year's farcical African Champions League final. And Peter Odemwingie remembers his time playing for FC Lokomotiv Maoscow.

(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Aug 29 2019

26mins

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Rank #18: Brazil Still Hurting

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World Cup winner Rai explains why Brazil could struggle at Russia 2018. The former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele remembers how he persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson to sign David de Gea. And New Zealand's Rory Fallon on why he's turned his back on football to go into the ice cream business.
(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Nov 30 2017

27mins

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Rank #19: The Dangerous World of Croatian Football

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We investigate allegations of corruption inside Croatian and Greek football as HNK Rijeka and Olympiacos face each other for a place in the Champions League group stage.

Aug 24 2017

26mins

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Rank #20: US Soccer Politics, Adnan Januzaj and Steaua Bucharest

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US Soccer Presidential candidate Steve Gans outlines his vision for the future of the game. We hear from Real Sociedad's Adnan Januzaj and Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. And we visit Steaua Bucharest, currently playing in Romania's fourth division.

Dec 14 2017

28mins

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Kerr's trophy target and rebuilding Berahino

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We hear from Australia striker Sam Kerr as she starts her quest for trophies in the Women's Super League with Chelsea, Mani Djazmi, Pat Nevin and Heather O'Reilly discuss whether you can be the world's best player without winning silverware.

Burundi captain Saido Berahino opens up about 'never getting over' his move to Tottenham falling through and rebuilding his career in Belgium with Zulte Waregem.

Manchester United midfielder Jackie Groenen joins us to look ahead to their FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester City and to talk about the explosion of passion for women's football in her native Netherlands.

And we discuss the potential legal action against Fifa by some of the world's top football agent in response to the world governing bodies' plans to limit the commission agents can receive from transfers.
Photo: Sam Kerr celebrates scoring for Australia at the 2019 World Cup. Credit: Naomi Baker - FIFA via Getty Images

Jan 23 2020

42mins

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Cruyff's Ecuador and AFCON adjustments

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The new Ecuador manager Jordi Cruyff joins Mani Djazmi, Pat Nevin and Heather O'Reilly to discuss the challenge that he faces in trying to qualify the country for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and Barcelona's decision to replace Ernesto Valverde with Quique Setien.

Former Nigeria striker Peter Odemwingie takes a break from the golf course to talk about the Africa Cup of Nations reverting back to January for next year's competition in Cameroon.

And the team discuss the news that the Scottish FA are set to ban children under 12 from heading the ball in training, due to fears over the links between football and dementia.

Image: Jordi Cruyff speaks during his presentation at the headquarters of the Ecuadorean Football Federation in Quito.
Credit: Getty Images.

Jan 16 2020

26mins

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Olivier Dacourt, Tony Adams and the heroes of Réunion

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Olivier Dacourt pays tribute to his former AS Roma team mate, Daniele De Rossi, who has announced his retirement. We hear from one of the players of Saint-Pierrois, the team from Réunion who caused shock in the Coupe de France. And the former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams looks back on his career.

(Picture: Olivier Dacourt, Mark Viduka and Rio Ferdinand celebrate after a goal for Leeds United against Real Madrid.Credit: Alex Livesey/ALLSPORT)

Jan 09 2020

26mins

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In conversation with Tony Adams (bonus podcast)

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In this bonus podcast, the former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams looks back on his career.

Jan 09 2020

27mins

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Our team of the decade (Part two)

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In the second of two special programmes, Mani Djazmi looks back on more of his favourite interviews from the last ten years, as we compile a World Football ‘team of the decade’. We hear again from Megan Rapinoe, Pep Guardiola and the ‘Pele of Peru’, Teofilo Cubillas.

Jan 01 2020

28mins

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Our team of the decade (Part one)

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In the first of two special programmes Mani Djazmi looks back on some of his favourite interviews of the last ten years, as we compile a World Football ‘Team of the Decade’. In part one, we hear again from Mexico’s flamboyant goalkeeper Jorge Campos, Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto and Johan Cruyff.

Dec 26 2019

31mins

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The Miracle of Atalanta and the Fifa Club World Cup

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Atalanta's Hans Hateboer talks about their unlikely Champions League adventure. The Esperance midfielder Kwame Bonsu reflects on the Fifa Club World Cup. And Heather O'Reilly, Pat Nevin and Mani Djazmi discuss the latest controversy involving Arsenal's Mesut Özil.

(Photo: Atalanta players line up at the start of the Uefa Champions League game against FC Shakhtar Donetsk. Credit: Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/Ukrinform/Barcroft Media/Getty Images)

Dec 19 2019

28mins

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Suriname, Real Betis and Ajax memories

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Suriname national coach and former Ajax player, Dean Gorré, joins Mani Djazmi and Pat Nevin. We'll ask why Suriname, with a population of half a million people, has produced so many talented footballers over the years. Plus, Dean Gorré shares his memories of Johan Cruyff. Also on the programme, we find out about how Real Betis are trying to save the planet.

(Photo: Coach Dean Gorré entering the field during a Suriname training session at the Essed Stadium in Paramaribo. Credit: VI Images/Getty Images)

Dec 12 2019

37mins

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Alex McLeish and Zamalek's coaching carousel

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Former Rangers and Scotland coach Alex McLeish looks back on his career. And we find out more about Zamalek's controversial President, Mortada Mansour, who has sacked 25 coaches in 5 years since taking over the Cairo club.

Picture: Egypt's Zamalek players celebrate after they won the CAF Confederation Cup final against Morocco's RSB Berkane (Photo by Islam Safwat/NurPhoto via Getty Images).

Dec 05 2019

30mins

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Flamengo celebrates!

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Flamengo legend Dejan Petković discusses a crazy 24 hours for his former club. And the Brazilian football journalist Ricardo Setyon also joins Mani Djazmi, Pat Nevin and Heather O'Reilly to give his view, after Flamengo win both the Copa Libertadores and the Brazilian league title.

Picture: Brazil's Flamengo fans surround the bus carrying the Flamengo football team during the celebration parade after their Copa Libertadores victory against Argentina's River Plate. (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)

Nov 28 2019

34mins

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Gus Poyet, Finland's history-makers and Jose's return

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Gus Poyet discusses Jose Mourinho's appointment as coach of Tottenham Hotspur. And Mani Djazmi reports from Helsinki as Finland's national team qualifies for Euro 2020.

(Photo: New Tottenham Hotspur coach Jose Mourinho, during a training session at Tottenham's Training Centre. Credit: Getty Images)

Nov 21 2019

32mins

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Finland and the promised land

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Mani Djazmi travels to Helsinki as Finland attempt to qualify for Euro 2020. We hear from the former international Hannu Tihinen and current players, Leo and Sauli Väisänen. Also on the show, Pat Nevin talks to Chile-based footballer Richard Barroilhet about the political protests and violence which have resulted in the cancellation of matches.

(Photo: Teemu Pukki of Finland celebrates after scoring in the Uefa Euro 2020 qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina - Credit: TF-Images/Getty Images)

Nov 14 2019

31mins

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Equal pay, broken bones and whisky bets

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Mani Djazmi and former Scotland and Chelsea winger Pat Nevin discuss this week's biggest football stories.

Clare Walsh, Football Federation Australia's head of game development, talks about the countries' new pay deal that will see players of the women's national team get the same salary as their male counterparts.

We mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by remembering an extraordinary bet between an East German player and a West German cabinet minister.

Following Andre Gomes' horrific injury David Busst, who was forced to retire after his double broken leg, joins us to talk about how to deal with the aftermath.

And podcast listeners can hear from Granada's Nigeria striker, Ramon Azeez, who says he wants their opponents to fear the club that are just two points behind the leaders in their first season back in the top division.

(Photo: Sam Kerr celebrates scoring for Australia. Credit: Getty Images)

Nov 07 2019

39mins

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Mia Hamm, Heather O'Reilly and the return of Mr Odemwingie

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World Cup winner Mia Hamm joins the team to pay tribute to Heather O'Reilly, who has finished her playing career by winning the NWSL title. And Peter Odemwingie and Pat Nevin discuss the problem of feuding team mates.

(Photo: Mia Hamm of Team USA is embraced by teammates as they celebrate victory over China in the Final match of the Fifa Women's World Cup at the Rose Bowl in 1999, Credit:Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Oct 31 2019

33mins

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Raúl Jiménez, Heather's last match and the memories of a referee

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Heather O'Reilly looks ahead to the NWSL final, Mexican striker Raúl Jiménez talks about life at Wolves, and former referee Abraham Klein remembers the 1970 World Cup.

Image: Raúl Jiménez celebrates scoring for Wolverhampton Wanderers against Southampton at Molineux (Credit: Carl Recine/Reuters)

Oct 24 2019

26mins

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Quique Sanchez Flores, Clive Allen and stories from North Korea

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Former India coach Stephen Constantine tells more stories from his globetrotting career. Watford coach Quique Sanchez Flores talks the challenge of restoring confidence at the club. And the former Tottenham striker Clive Allen looks back on his career.

Photo: In this picture provided by Korea Football Association, Hwang Hee-chan of South Korea competes for the ball with Kim Chol-Bom of North Korea during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier in Pyongyang. (Credit: Korea Football Association via Getty Images)

Oct 17 2019

27mins

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The coach of Afghanistan and Tore Andre Flo

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Afghanistan coach Anoush Dastgir talks about the challenges he faces. And the former Chelsea and Norway striker Tore Andre Flo looks back on his career and also tells us about the role he's had developing the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.

Picture: Afghan goalkeeper Ovays Azizi with Qatari fans in the background in the World Cup Qualifiers at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar. (Simon Holmes/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Oct 10 2019

28mins

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Bayern's heavy hitters and Schalke's dreamers

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Former Swiss international Ramon Vega reflects on Tottenham's humiliating 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich. He also remembers the racism in Italian football during the 1990s. Also on the show, the Schalke defender Benjamin Stambouli talks about his club's promising start to the season. Presenter Mani Djazmi is joined by Pat Nevin and Heather O'Reilly.

Photo: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham holds his hands over his mouth during the UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Muenchen (Credit: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Oct 03 2019

26mins

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Kevin-Prince Boateng and knife throwing Colombians

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Fiorentina's Kevin-Prince Boateng talks about his globe trotting career and tells us why Gennaro Gattuso threatened to kill him. The Colombian footballer Sebastián Velásquez talks about the knife throwing fans of Medellin. And the former Canada international Karina LeBlanc reflects on Megan Rapinoe's call for footballers to use their platform for good.

(Photo: Fiorentina's Kevin-Prince Boateng applauding their fans. Credit: Fiorentina club)

Sep 26 2019

26mins

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Goalscorers, superstitions and R.I.P Restless Rudi

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Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen talks about his tough journey from the slums of Lagos to Lille. We pay tribute to the globetrotting coach Rudi Gutendorf. who has died at the age of 93. Plus, in the second part of our interview with World Cup winner Per Mertesacker, he talks about his new job at the Arsenal academy.

(Photo: Victor Osimhen of Lille celebrates his goal during a French League 1 match. Credit: Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Sep 19 2019

26mins

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iTunes Ratings

57 Ratings
Average Ratings
40
10
5
2
0

Used to be better...

By AP213 - Oct 18 2019
Read more
I’ve been a listener for approximately 5 years. But ever since Manny Jasmine (six) took the helm, the quality of the show, and the guests, has taken a dip. A less serious show than in prior years, with lots of banter from relatively unknown football professionals. I sincerely hope that Manny can turn things around. He certainly has the pedigree for it.

Great Show

By ben_s7 - Nov 19 2014
Read more
This podcast gives great insight into the football world, not just the pitch.