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Audio Football Club

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

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Trains, planes and referees

With sheer weight of football threatening to overwhelm us over the festive period you would be forgiven for feeling mildly confused. Fortunately the Total Football podcast is back to help you navigate the 600 or so games which seem to have taken place since Christmas. The Telegraph's Chief Football Writer Sam Wallace joins Thom Gibbs to give his views on who has come out on top since Boxing Day, as well as the latest on Jose Mourinho's contract situation at Manchester United and some transfer window chat, because it is January after all. Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett joins to discuss the effect of fixture pile-up can have on the people officiating the games. Finally Chris Bascombe looks ahead to Friday night's Merseyside derby in the FA Cup, and a possible debut for Virgil van Dijk.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

35mins

4 Jan 2018

Rank #1

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

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.ukLinks: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 tiehttps://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 tiehttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/02/11/hugo-lloris-calls-tottenham-fans-pack-wembley-borussia-dortmund/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

47mins

11 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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1min

11 May 2020

Rank #3

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VAR has come in a year too early

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.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

40mins

18 Feb 2018

Rank #4

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Spurs won penalty with a very good dive, but it's still cheating

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.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

45mins

4 Feb 2018

Rank #5

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Jamie Carragher on Liverpool's Champions League final defeat

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.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

39mins

27 May 2018

Rank #6

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Jamie Carragher's advice to England

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.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

31mins

8 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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Top Phwoar: Arsenal defeat Manchester United, Spurs in ‘crisis’ and the mighty Jack Grealish

On the podcast this week, we assess Unai Emery’s tactics in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat of Manchester United and De Gea’s supposedly disappointing season.Plus a potential 'mini-crisis' at Spurs, a flattering win for Liverpool and the Jack Grealish incident are all covered.Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.uk Links:Birmingham City supporter admits assaulting Aston Villa player during derby clashhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/11/birmingham-city-supporter-admits-assaulting-aston-villa-player I think it's all over for people on the pitch - clubs must face heavier sanctions when 'fans' attack playershttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/03/10/think-people-pitch-clubs-must-face-heavier-sanctions-fans Arsenal's home form and improved 'big six' results under Unai Emery could prove pivotal in race for top fourhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/03/10/arsenals-home-form-improved-big-six-results-unai-emery-could Tottenham's next signing should be a technical director to future-proof their incredible progresshttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/03/11/tottenhams-next-signing-should-technical-director-future-proofSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

49mins

11 Mar 2019

Rank #8

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

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 needhttps://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 easyhttps://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 supportershttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/04/15/relegation-premier-league-no-longer-disappointment-supportersSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

48mins

15 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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Treble without a pause for Manchester City

The 2018/19 FA Cup final is the latest glittering addition to Manchester City's groaning trophy shelf and host Thom Gibbs is on hand to unpick a historic treble. Joining him are Matt Law, Mina Rzouki and Alistair Tweedale. The AFC team-mates get into the method and reasons for Pep Guardiola's latest triumph, the legacy and future of Vincent Kompany and whether Watford made a fundamental error on their team-sheet. There's a look ahead to the Championship, League One and League Two play-off finals, the Champions and Europa League finals which follow those and a discussion on the England squad for the Nations League. Plus - why Gareth Bale isn't the most popular man in Madrid, why Bayern Munich could return to former glories next season and what next for Juventus? Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.uk Listen to our Expenses podcast: playpodca.st/expensesSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

49mins

20 May 2019

Rank #10

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Get the bunting out. Big Sam is staying.

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.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

41mins

29 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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Festive winners and losers

On the podcast today, we are assessing who has had the best and worst of the always frantic festive fixtures.It’s all change at West Ham as Manuel Pellegrini is replaced by David Moyes as they attempt to capture some of the new manager bounce being enjoyed at both Watford and Everton.Plus Liverpool remain very good, Manchester United appear to be getting good (slowly) and it’s impossible to tell if Chelsea are any good.Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.ukGet 30 days' free access to The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/audioSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

44mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Spurs push City Limits: Title race goes to the wire, Manchester United and Arsenal disappoint and Juventus claim Serie A

On the podcast this week, Manchester City and Liverpool both get important wins to keep the title race very much alive.Manchester United and Arsenal lose to Everton and Crystal Palace respectively, leaving the top four spots wide open.Plus Juventus win Serie A, PAOK win the Greek Super League and we recount times we’ve almost been happy to see our teams lose.Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.ukSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

41mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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Phil-good factor fading? Women's World Cup preview

The Women’s World Cup awaits and Thom Gibbs is back in the audio recording facility to look ahead to the tournament. Joining him are host of the Offside Rule podcast, Kait Borsay, comedian Ella Woods, Women's Football Reporter Katie Whyatt, plus Audio Football Club mainstay JJ Bull. Up for discussion on the show: England's concerning form, the players and teams to watch in France and our predictions for who will be lifting the trophy in Lyon.  Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.ukSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

39mins

5 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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

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.Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.ukSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

49mins

29 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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No Salah: A nervy Liverpool, a North London derby and a farewell to Claudio Ranieri

On the podcast this week, Liverpool fail to beat Everton in the Merseyside derby helping Manchester City move closer to the title.Arsenal miss a chance to beat Spurs, but are starting to look quite flexible Emery.Plus, we bid farewell to Ranieri, say hello to Rodgers, take a whistle stop tour around Europe and spend a long time talking about footballing statues.Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.ukLinks:Liverpool are not bottling the title - they are an outstanding side narrowly trailing an even better onehttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/03/04/liverpool-not-bottling-title-outstanding-side-narrowly-trailingStealing points from title-chasing Liverpool a consolation prize for Everton's mediocre season https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/03/03/stealing-points-title-chasing-liverpool-consolation-prize-evertonsOle Gunnar Solskjaer hoping Man Utd can roll back years with European comeback against Paris St-Germainhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/03/03/ole-gunnar-solskjaer-hoping-man-utd-can-roll-back-years-europeanSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

43mins

4 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Thnks fr th Emerys

Since we last met in the audio recording facility Arsenal have parted ways with Unai Emery and replaced him with interim manager Freddie Ljungberg who successfully masterminded a 2-2 draw against Norwich City. We take a thorough look at goings on at Arsenal and the best managerial options available to them.Elsewhere there’s the ever-increasing gap at the top of the Premier League, a farewell to Sanchez Flores and the Euro 2020 draw.All of that plus the best action from around Europe and the 000s legends you’d most like to see in management positions in the Premier League.Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.ukGet 30 days’ free access to The Telegraph: www.telegraph.co.uk/afcSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

41mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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Liverpool's game was ruined by VAR

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.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

39mins

28 Jan 2018

Rank #18

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Et Tu, Marcus?

On the podcast today, big losses for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. The former proving Arsenal are still lacking behind the league’s best sides and the latter thanks to a tactically astute Steve Bruce for Newcastle.Speaking of managerial masterclasses, Crystal Palace beat Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time since 1989, featuring an impressive debut for Gary Cahill. More importantly though, who will take the next penalty for United?Plus Serie A kicks off with a lot more goals than expected and we mull over the greatest individual performances in football.Subscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.ukSign up to free twice-daily WhatsApp audio briefings - http://bit.ly/2XJU05fSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

47mins

27 Aug 2019

Rank #19

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The enemy of your Emery is your friend

On the podcast today, Liverpool win after a shaky start against Spurs and extend their unbeaten run once again.Elsewhere, Leicester dish out an almost cruel thrashing of Southampton, Manchester United win despite missing two penalties and we check up on the London Premier League clubsElsewhere, great Granada, awesome Atalanta and tales of missed matchesSubscribe to Audio Football Club to make sure you never miss an episode and email us at afcpodcast@telegraph.co.ukListen to Moral Money: https://playpodca.st/moral-moneySee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

49mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #20