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Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki and the UK's finest team of sports reporters unpack the week in football, every Monday. Join the club.

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Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki and the UK's finest team of sports reporters unpack the week in football, every Monday. Join the club.

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So informative and fun!

By lilwhy315 - Mar 17 2018
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Love listening to this all the way from America!

Content is king!

By jonnie flowers - Aug 08 2017
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A fantastic addition to your footy pod digest. Keep up the good work!

iTunes Ratings

46 Ratings
Average Ratings
34
6
4
0
2

So informative and fun!

By lilwhy315 - Mar 17 2018
Read more
Love listening to this all the way from America!

Content is king!

By jonnie flowers - Aug 08 2017
Read more
A fantastic addition to your footy pod digest. Keep up the good work!
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Audio Football Club

Latest release on Jan 20, 2020

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Rank #1: VAR has come in a year too early

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The magic supply was running dangerously low in the FA Cup fifth round, until Steve Davies buried an unlikely equaliser for Rochdale against Spurs at Spotland. 
 
Charlie Eccleshare joins host Thom Gibbs to examine all the weekend's Cup football, and dip a reluctant toe into the increasingly tedious waters of VAR.
 
Former Reading and Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell, now with Brighton, talks to Total Football about mid-season tours and whether West Bromwich Albion's ill-fated trip to Barcelona is typical of the genre.
 
Plus Telegraph Sport's Chief Football Writer Sam Wallace talks about the Barry Bennell case, and what it means for football as a whole.

Feb 18 2018

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Rank #2: Hugging the line between madness and brilliance

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Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki, Matt Law, and JJ Bull are back to discuss week three of the Premier League. 
 
This week we discuss the panel discuss how Wolves were able to keep the Champions at bay, what is going on with Mesut Ozil, and whether Roman Abramovich is about to board the oligarch merry go round. 
We ask how Watford have been able to start the season with a 100% record, if Cardiff fans are happy with their 10% start, and a clever moment from a cottage in London.
Plus a returning mention for our old friend the ICC.
 
Show notes:
Audio from Wolves TV and Martin Carey @MComms

Aug 27 2018

44mins

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Rank #3: Spurs won penalty with a very good dive, but it's still cheating

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There were goals, questionable penalties and oodles of drama at Anfield, where Spurs struck late to rescue a point. But did they earn it fairly?
 
Luke Edwards joins host Thom Gibbs to unpick Liverpool's latest entry for game of the season, as well as the rest of the weekend's games.
 
Football news correspondent Matt Law joins to discuss Antonio Conte's current mood, and what it all means for Chelsea ahead of their game against Watford on Monday night.
 
And there's a visit from Guillem Balague who gives us his verdict on Real Madrid, who have slipped alarmingly far behind Barcelona in La Liga.

Feb 04 2018

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Rank #4: Pep talk: dissecting the Manchester derby, an unbeaten Chelsea and passionate post match interviews

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Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs today it's Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Matt Law.Today we painstakingly dissect the Manchester derby, praise Spurs and Chelsea and debate whether or not it’s time for Slavisa Jokanovic to take the next boat out of Craven Cottage.
Our now customary whistlestop tour around Europe takes in a thrilling Der Klassiker, an emotional match between AC Milan and Juventus and (another) limp showing from Thierry Henry’s Monaco.
Plus we preview the upcoming Wayne Rooney testimonial and more excitingly the Nations League and England’s showdown with Croatia.Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.uk

Nov 12 2018

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Rank #5: Yanks for the memories

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It’s the final podcast of the World Cup and what a ride it’s been. The USA might have won it fairly easily in the end but it’s been a fantastic tournament and the podcast panel are here to round it off.
 
On the episode today, a review of the final in which the USA convincingly beat The Netherlands, the fallout from the ‘nonsense’ third placed play-off and the AFC World Cup awards.
 
Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.uk

Jul 08 2019

45mins

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Rank #6: Jamie Carragher on Liverpool's Champions League final defeat

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Liverpool's dream of lifting the European Cup for a sixth time died on Saturday night in Kiev and Jamie Carragher was there to witness it all.
 
The Telegraph Sport columnist joins host Thom Gibbs to discuss the game, how Loris Karius might be feeling and where his old team need to strengthen in the summer. 
 
European football expert and broadcaster Mina Rzouki is on hand to analyse the final too, and whether or not we are still under-rating Real Madrid despite their third consecutive victory in the final.
 
Meanwhile, back in England, Arsenal have a new head coach. Julian Bennetts speaks to the podcast about his early impressions of Unai Emery.

May 27 2018

39mins

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Rank #7: Lemons in a cup: Third round upsets, the Premier League title race and a farewell to Fabregas

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It was a weekend of upsets in the FA Cup with Newport County, Barnet, Oldham and Gillingham all beating superior opposition.
We review the best (and worst) of the third round as well as debating Fabregas’ status as a Premier League legend and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s promising start as Manchester United boss.
Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.uk

Jan 07 2019

47mins

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Rank #8: Liverpool have won it, let's all go home

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On the podcast today, Liverpool win comfortably against Manchester City who now find themselves in a lowly fourth position.


Elsewhere Chelsea and Leicester City continue to look brilliant, whereas it’s quite the opposite story at Arsenal and Spurs - it’s actually quite an exciting season, isn’t it?


Plus a disappointing weekend for the England women's side, Der Klassiker and Antonio Conte being very Antonio Conte.


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Nov 11 2019

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Rank #9: Jamie Carragher's advice to England

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Football has edged even closer to home following a 2-0 victory over Sweden on Saturday. Former England player Jamie Carragher joins Thom Gibbs to discuss who impressed, who has more work to do, and how on earth you mark Harry Maguire in set pieces.
We speak with Chief Sports Writer Paul Hayward, who’s been covering the tournament out in Russia, to get his thoughts on whether England can rewrite Italia '90, what Gareth Southgate has been like to speak with, and ask when is appropriate to open the top of a bus for a parade through London.
Plus Jim White joins to discuss the all European semi final lineup, find out what Croatia can do to defeat England, and the battle we're all looking forward to seeing: Marouane Fellaini versus N'Golo Kante.

Jul 08 2018

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Rank #10: What’s the tea?

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England suffer heartbreak in a World Cup semi-final - sounds familiar, feels familiar. Was the tournament a success for Phil Neville and the national team? Today’s podcast panel assess.
 
In the final. the USA look destined to defeat The Netherlands who won 1-0 against Sweden in undoubtedly the dullest match of the tournament.
 
Plus after all that there’s still time to discuss the strangest football commentary we’ve ever heard.
 
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Jul 05 2019

43mins

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Rank #11: Get the bunting out. Big Sam is staying.

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Little to treasure from Arsenal's final trip to Manchester under Arsene Wenger's management, other than the mysterious trinket kindly given to him before the game from his former mortal enemy.
 
Jim White joins host Thom Gibbs to discuss that and the rest of the Premier League weekend, which produced a landmark goal tally for City, an increasingly exciting relegation battle and, let's face it, two goalless draws. 
 
Telegraph Sport's Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt gives us the latest on the sale of Wembley, and we also mark Celtic's seventh consecutive title by speaking to Roddy Forsyth.

Apr 29 2018

41mins

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Rank #12: I'm Sarri, I haven't a clue: Man City maul Chelsea, a consistent Cardiff City and Champions League excitement

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On the podcast this week, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City thrash Chelsea at the Etihad and what this means for the future of Sarri-ball, we dissect Cardiff City's season so far and there's praise once more for the enduring competence of Spurs, Ole's Manchester United and a resurgent Liverpool.
Plus we preview the upcoming Champions League round of 16, take a quick trip around Europe with Mina Rzouki and re-open JJ's dossier.
Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.uk
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With Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea must consider doing the unthinkable: not sacking their manager
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/02/11/maurizio-sarri-chelsea-must-consider-unthinkable-not-sacking/
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 'I have got goosebumps just thinking about the PSG tie
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/02/10/ole-gunnar-solskjaer-have-got-goosebumps-just-thinking-psg-tie/
After defeatist display from his team Chelsea history suggests Maurizio Sarri is barely hanging onto his job
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/02/10/defeatist-display-team-chelsea-history-suggests-maurizio-sarri/
Hugo Lloris calls on Tottenham fans to pack Wembley for Borussia Dortmund tie
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/02/11/hugo-lloris-calls-tottenham-fans-pack-wembley-borussia-dortmund/

Feb 11 2019

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Rank #13: Smooth Klopperator

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The Champions League final may have disappointed but what a tournament it was, the AFC panellists discuss whether Liverpool deserved it (spoiler alert: they did).
 
Plus a look back at the Europa League final, a look ahead to the Nations League and updates from the continent on Conte to Inter, Joao Felix to somewhere and remembering Jose Antonio Reyes.
 
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Jun 03 2019

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Rank #14: A new era

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Back for season two, under new management, a new name, and a change in formation, it's Telegraph Audio Football Club, or AFC Telegraph for short.
Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki, Matt Law and JJ Bull are here to guide you through the opening weekend of the Premier League season, as well as highlight some of the features you may have missed.
On this week's episode we ask whether Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri fit in at their respective clubs Arsenal and Chelsea, and how long it will take a new philosophy to work in London.
We analyse N'Golo Kante's positional change and why he is the most important player for the Blues.
Plus, we ask what the optimum number of transfers is for clubs trying to make a go of it in the top flight. And, crucially we end with the star of the footballing weekend: a silly goose.

Aug 13 2018

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Rank #15: Jose hello to your new Spurs manager

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On the podcast today, we hear direct from Spurs’ training ground car park as Matt Law tells us whats happened at Tottenham over a dramatic week in which Mauricio Pochettino left and Jose Mourinho was appointed and won his first game in charge.


Elsewhere, Sheffield United impress against Manchester United and we take a look at a series of managers under pressure - Namely, Unai Emery, Manuel Pellegrini and Marco Silva.


Plus look at the rest of the action in the Premier League including a barnstormer between Manchester City and Chelsea.


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Nov 25 2019

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Rank #16: Wemb-Ole: Manchester United beat Spurs, Arsenal don't know what to do with Özil and Arnautovic wants out(ovic)

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Manchester United continue their winning streak under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
Sam Dean updates us on the intriguing Mesut Özil situation at Arsenal and we review their 1-0 loss to West Ham United at the weekend.
Plus we hear how Ramsey will be received at Juventus and assess the fortunes of clubs at the bottom, namely Fulham , Southampton and Newcastle
Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.uk

Jan 14 2019

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Rank #17: Liverpool's game was ruined by VAR

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If you are a fan of Coventry City, Wigan Athletic or Newport County it was a memorable weekend in the FA Cup fourth round. If you're a fan of Liverpool, West Ham United or Cardiff it was one to forget.
 
Telegraph Sport's Sam Dean joins Thom Gibbs to dissect the latest round and the VAR-dominated match at Anfield. 
 
Deputy Football Correspondent Jeremy Wilson discusses the latest transfer news, with the clock ticking down to deadline day.
 
And in the week that Leeds United unveiled a deeply questionable new logo we hear from QPR's head of media and communications on how to do a rebrand without upsetting the vast majority of your fans.

Jan 28 2018

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Rank #18: Attempting to explain Spurs and Liverpool miracles

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An outrageous couple of days in European football brings host Thom Gibbs back into the audio recording facility to analyse how the first all-English Champions League final since 2008 came to be.
 
Joining him are Chief Football Writer Sam Wallace alongside Charlie Eccleshare and Tom Morgan.
 
There is a thorough discussion about the last two nights in the Champions League, what it means for the teams involved and European football as a whole, then a look ahead to Thursday night's Europa League. 
Plus, thoughts on the conclusion to the Premier League season and the forthcoming Football League playoffs.Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.uk

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May 09 2019

39mins

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Rank #19: Born slippy: Liverpool pass yet another test, Man City cruise past Palace and shirt swapping drama

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On the podcast this week, Liverpool got a significant win over Chelsea to keep the title race extremely close for another week at least.
Manchester City cruised past Crystal Palace and we look at the race for the remaining two Champions League spots. 
Plus a Champions League review and a look at what’s been happening on the continent.
Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.uk
 
Links:
 
Why Jordan Henderson's new midfield role could provide the refresh Liverpool need
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/04/15/jordan-hendersons-new-midfield-role-could-provide-refresh-liverpool
 
Manchester City's biggest problem this season? They have had it too easy
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/04/12/manchester-citys-biggest-problem-season-have-had-easy
 
Exclusive Fabinho interview: 'Forget the past. We must show Liverpool deserve to win this league'
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/04/13/fabinho-forget-past-must-show-liverpool-deserve-win-league
 
Relegation from the Premier League is no longer the disappointment it once was for supporters
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/04/15/relegation-premier-league-no-longer-disappointment-supporters

Apr 15 2019

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Rank #20: La Ligafication: A low quality race for the top four, Eden Hazard’s importance and Championship automatic promotion decided

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On the podcast this week, nobody seems to want to claim the remaining two Champions League places as Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United AND Chelsea all fail to win.
It’s more predictable at the very top however with both Liverpool and Manchester City securing victory to keep the title race ticking over for another week.
Plus, Norwich and Sheffield United are promoted to the Premier League but the biggest talking point in the Championship occurred in the Leeds vs Aston Villa game.
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Apr 29 2019

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