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The Sound of Football

Your favourite football podcast. One of the longest running independent soccer podcasts. Described by the Telegraph as quirky, funny and well-informed.

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Sound of Football Podcast 476 - Sacked in the morning

Never before have five managers who started the Premier League season been fired before the November international break. Aston Villa's Dean Smith and Norwich City's Daniel Farke are the latest to face the axe. Is this high number of managerial casualties a statistical blip or is this a sign of increasing instability at the top of the game? This week we take a broad look at the role of the manager in the modern era. How does Solksjaer keep surviving while everyone around him falls? How do Bayern continue to dominate domestically and in Europe while hiring so many different head coaches - six since Pep Guardiola left in 2016.pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_476.mp3

9 Nov 2021

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Sound of Football Podcast 475 - Spurs-esque

Spurs are on their fourth manager since Harry Kane signed his famous six year contract with the club. What's gone so very wrong for Tottenham in that time? Is all of this Daniel Levy's fault? Premier League winner Antonio Conte is taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo, who survived just seven Premier League games after winning August's Manager of the Month. A manager with a proven track record, can the man who won last season's Serie A title, turn the club's fortunes around?There's also a time to announce the publication of Terry's new book, Borussia Dortmund: A history in black and yellow which is available for pre-order now from Ockley Books or Amazon.pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_475.mp3 For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog.What's in the Weekend Boxset?United may have got the better of Spurs last weekend but they face a much tougher proposition against City at Old Trafford on Saturday. It's also the FA Cup first round, and there's a Milan derby too. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

2 Nov 2021

Rank #2

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Sound of Football Podcast 474 - Red-faced and bedeviled

While Manchester United's heavy defeat at the weekend at home to Liverpool was entirely predictable, it was shocking nonetheless. Eight years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, is the club losing its way by searching for the return of its glorious past? What story is the club trying to tell? To help us discover the answer, United fan, writer and host of the Behind the Spine podcast, Mark Heywood, joins us to look at the decisions and mistakes that have lead the club to this chapter in their history. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog.pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_474.mp3 What's in the Weekend Boxset?There's nowhere to hide for Ole as he takes his bruised United side to London to play Tottenham on Saturday. On Sunday, the Women's FA Cup reaches the semi-final stage. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

26 Oct 2021

Rank #3

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Sound of Football Podcast 473 - Steve Bruce: Hall of Famer

The new era for Newcastle United started on Sunday with a 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham. The game marked Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce's 1000th game in management, a milestone that saw him inducted into the League Managers Association Hall of Fame, but with the new owners unable to bring any new players in until January to help turn things around, how many more games will he have in charge? For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog.What's in the Weekend Boxset?Sunday sees somes of the biggest games in club football across Europe, including Manchester United v Liverpool. On Saturday there's a home international World Cup qualifier as the Lionesses face Northern Ireland at Wembley. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_473.mp3

19 Oct 2021

Rank #4

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Sound of Football Podcast 472 - All wi' smiling faces

After a whirlwind week on Tyneside, hated Newcastle United owner, Mike Ashley, is finally out the door. This is undoubtedly cause for celebration, but should the fans be celebrating their new Saudi owners? How do we as fans draw a line in ever-shifting sands? Newcastle fan Helen Hardy from the Women's Soccer Show joins us to talk about the highs and lows she's experienced during this eventful week. Beyond the moral arguments, what does the takeover mean for football? Newcastle only have one transfer window to avoid relegation from the Premier League before they can begin their plan to dominate both at home and in Europe. pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_472.mp3 For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog.What's in the Weekend Boxset?The new dynasty at St James' Park starts this weekend with the visit of Spurs. Plus, there's also not one but two West London derbies. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

12 Oct 2021

Rank #5

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Sound of Football Podcast 471 - Nations League Finals 2021

This week's international break sees the finals of the 2021 Nations League. France, Spain, Belgium and hosts Italy battle it out to see who can become the second winners of the competition - but could they also be the last winners? With proposals for the World Cup to become a biennial event looking inevitable, could the pressures of a congested fixture calendar consign the Nations League to the history books? We also look at the recent tribunal decision that could allow the proposed takeover of Newcastle United to finally go ahead after looking dead in the water, and we make time to welcome Claudio Ranieri back to the Premier League, as the new manager of Watford - for the time being. For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog.pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_471.mp3

5 Oct 2021

Rank #6

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Sound of Football Podcast 470 - A whole new ball game

A charity match at Spennymoor Town this weekend, organised by charity Head For Change, tested two new rules designed to protect the long term health of players. The first half restricted heading the ball to penalty areas only, while the second half prohibited heading completely.As the danger of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football becomes clearer, could either of these options be the future of the game? How many other laws would need to be altered to keep the game as the spectacle it is now? Would a ban on heading alter the game so much that it would effectively become a different sport?pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_470.mp3 For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog.What's in the Weekend Boxset?The big games keep coming for Manchester City as they go to Anfield, while a rejuvenated Arsenal side take on Brighton, who missed out on going top of the Premier League in Monday night's draw at Palace. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

28 Sep 2021

Rank #7

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Sound of Football Podcast 469 - It's still a funny old game

Jimmy Greaves was the greatest goal-scorer England has produced but for many people he's most readily remembered as the comedy sidekick to Ian St John on ITV's Saturday lunchtime football show Saint & Greavsie. In celebration of his life and careers, this week we look at the lasting legacy of a show that was a cornerstone of 1980s football conversation. Also this week we discuss the plans to carry out pilot events at Premier League grounds that will introduce safe-standing to the top flight in England. How could the appointment of the new minister for Culture and Sport, Nadine Dorries, affect the plans?pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_469.mp3 For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog.What's in the Weekend Boxset?The weekend sees huge matches for Greavsie's former clubs - Spurs have a North London derby while a confident Chelsea host Pep's champions. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

21 Sep 2021

Rank #8

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Sound of Football Podcast 468 - Stop the game!

The World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina in Sao Paulo descended into chaos when Brazilian health officials stopped the game after discovering that four UK based players had been included in the Argentine squad. With football authorities showing no appetite to reduce cross-border competition, are these events likely to become more commonplace?If that wasn't enough, the return of club football sees a second Manchester United debut for Cristiano Ronaldo. A game many people would like to see but as the game is on at 3pm on Saturday it falls in the UK TV blackout, which has reignited the debate over the 60 year old TV ban. Would removing it really damage lower league football? pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_468.mp3 For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog.What's in the Weekend Boxset?We may not be able to watch Ronaldo's second United debut but we can watch Palace v Spurs, Leeds v Liverpool and the big match from the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig v Bayern. Get our FREE weekly newsletter in your email by signing up to the Weekend Boxset today.

7 Sep 2021

Rank #9

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Sound of Football Podcast 467 - The thing about Arsenal

It's Arsenal's worst start for 67 years. With no goals from their first three games and performances getting worse rather than better, fans face another season of disappointment. But given where the club has been for the last decade, should fans expect any different? Also, the international break is upon us with battle lines being drawn between FIFA and clubs over players going to red list countries for World Cup qualifiers.For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog.pods.sofpodcast.com/sofpodcast_467.mp3

31 Aug 2021

Rank #10