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The Blizzard is dedicated to sharing football stories you won't find anywhere else.Hear fascinating tales from behind the matches which changed the course of footballing history with Jonathan Wilson, Marcus Speller and a special guest every week on 'Greatest Games'. Exclusively available on The Blizzard's podcast feed.

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Live in Edinburgh - 2017 (Part Two)

Despite being on a podcast hiatus while we work on some exciting things behind the scenes we still found time to do a live recording of our Q&A event in Edinburgh last week. This is the second half of that discussion.Hosted by football writer Daniel Gray, the panel of Jonathan Wilson, Jonathan Northcroft and Jonathan Liew took questions from the audience, and discussed footballing matters of import.

50mins

30 May 2017

Rank #1

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The Greatest Games – Milan 3 Liverpool 3

Champions League Final, Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, 25 May 2005. Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by freelance sports journalist, John Brewin, to discuss the 2005 Champions League Final between Milan and Liverpool. It was the last match that the Liverpool squad at the time would play together, many aware that they were soon to be replaced. Standing in their way of a Champions League winners medal were Milan who could boast a squad full of superstars. Despite the disparity between the sides, it turned out to be one of the greatest finals of all time. Subscribe now: www.theblizzard.co.uk/subscriptions Recorded at: outsetstudio.com Produced by: Jack Elderton & Ryan Arnold

46mins

28 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Alternate Title

"The fact that he was asked to change the title only adds to the effect. He had picked up the phrase from the broadcast media. So how could it be inappropriate for broadcast media? What kind of place was this? In such circumstances, what could be a better alternate title than “Alternate Title”? Micky Dolenz had come, walked down our streets, and with no song-writing finesse to filter through the experience, had successfully transformed his confusion about English contradictions into art.Our craft is less visceral, less intuitive and without the same emotional impact. But we can go deeper. We have the opportunity to identify the contradictions in a footballing culture and then analyse the tensions between them.By way of example, let us take Brazil, my home for the past two decades. A number of articles in the history of this publication have done their bit to explode the myth of Brazilian football as a kind of Carnaval in boots, a romanticised state of nature in which self-expression is all and the scoreline is nothing."In episode One Hundred and Five we take a look back at "Alternate Title" by Tim Vickery, first published in Issue Twelve in March 2014. Read the full article here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/article/alternate-titleIssue Twelve, like all issues of the Blizzard, is available for £12 plus postage on www.theblizzard.co.uk. Since we’ve relaunched the website, all our articles, including this one, are available to read for free. Non-subscribers get 3 free articles a month, while subscribers have unlimited advert-free browsing, as well as access to digital downloads of all our issues in eBook formats.Those who want to buy one-off eBooks can still do so – from the Kindle and Google Play stores.

11mins

13 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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At Home

"I wasn’t at the stadium in Lyon. I was watching the game on a not-so-big TV screen in a pub near Soho Square in central London, and Japan still went out of the tournament as the bottom of the group losing all three games. But there, I witnessed Japan making a mark, albeit a small one, in the world of football. After going 2-0 down, we scored a goal, the greatest joy in the game of football – our first World Cup goal."To non-Japanese eyes, it might have looked a mere consolation late in the second half. It was quite a simple goal, too: a cross from the left was headed back across and the ball was met in the six-yard box. Yet, to us, it was a goal screaming, “We’re here in the World Cup!” I also happened to make my presence known in the pub as soon as the ball was in the back of the net by shouting, “Yeah!” and punching the air with delight… alone."In episode One Hundred and Eight we take a look back at "At Home" by Shinobu Yamanaka, first published in Issue Twenty Nine in June 2018.Read the full article here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/article/at-homeIssue Twenty Nine, like all issues of the Blizzard, is available for £12 plus postage on www.theblizzard.co.uk. Since we’ve relaunched the website, all our articles, including this one, are available to read for free. Non-subscribers get 3 free articles a month, while subscribers have unlimited advert-free browsing, as well as access to digital downloads of all our issues in eBook formats.Those who want to buy one-off eBooks can still do so – from the Kindle and Google Play stores.

8mins

11 Sep 2018

Rank #4

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The Silenced Crowd

“There was no fooling the 18,000 spectators at Old Trafford. “Play up, you rotters!” they screamed. The fix was on. They knew it, as Manchester United went through the motions against Liverpool on 2 April 1915, winning 2-0 in a listless performance.”In Episode Forty we revisit ‘The Silenced Crowd’ by Richard Fitzpatrick from Issue Ten, which looks at the greatest scandal in British football in the first half of the twentieth century, as a group of players from two of the country’s greatest sides colluded to fix a match. If you have any feedback comments or suggestions email podcast@theblizzard.co.uk or find us on Twitter @blzzrd.Issue Ten, like all issues of The Blizzard, is available on a pay-what-you-like basis from www.theblizzard.co.uk. Digital downloads cost as little as 1p each (RRP £3), while print versions are available from £6 + postage (RRP £12). You can also find us on the Kindle and Google Play stores.

21mins

1 Jun 2016

Rank #5

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The Greatest Games – Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0

FA Cup semi-final, Wembley Stadium, London, 16 April 2011 Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by football journalist at The Independent, Jack Pitt-Brooke, to discuss the 2011 FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Manchester United. The expectation of silverware was beginning to stir at Manchester City as fans and pundits looked for justification for the millions being spent by the relatively new ownership regime led by Sheikh Mansour. The game not only set City on their way to their first FA Cup final since 1981 but also represented a significant moment in the development of the modern Manchester City and the landscape of football in Manchester today. Subscribe now: www.theblizzard.co.uk/subscriptions Recorded at: outsetstudio.com Produced by: Jack Elderton & Ryan Arnold

34mins

21 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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Live In Dublin

The entire audio recording from our event in Dublin on Monday 3rd December. The panel, hosted by Andrew Mangan, featured Jonathan Wilson, Philippe Auclair and Miguel Delaney, and discussed the Premier League "title race", the worst tackles ever seen and Jose Mourinho's future.

1hr 31mins

14 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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The Best Summer Of My Life

"Perhaps the death of optimism is just what happens when you reach middle age, that you recognise how cruel and capricious the world can be, how the brightest dreams are sullied and perverted, and so cynicism becomes the natural mode. But in the summer of 1996, it felt like everything was moving in the right direction. Perhaps every generation goes through this, but looking back, two decades on, it’s hard to escape the thought that we blew it."Episode 41 of the Blizzard Podcast features 'The Best Summer of My Life', Jonathan Wilson's editorial from Issue Twenty One which is available to subscribers now and goes on general sale from the 10th June.Something of a Euros special, the issue features articles on Pavel Vrba, Leonid Slutsky, André-Pierre Gignac, the Albania-Serbia drone controversy, as well as looking back to games at Euro 84, Euro 76 and a photo essay on the great Hungarian sides of the 50s. If you have any feedback comments or suggestions email podcast@theblizzard.co.uk or find us on Twitter @blzzrd.Issue Twenty One, like all issues of The Blizzard, is available on a pay-what-you-like basis from www.theblizzard.co.uk. Digital downloads cost as little as 1p each (RRP £3), while print versions are available from £6 + postage (RRP £12). You can also find us on the Kindle and Google Play stores.

16mins

9 Jun 2016

Rank #8

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The Greatest Games – Real Madrid 2 Real Zaragoza 3

Copa del Rey Final, Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona, 17 March 2004. In the first episode of The Greatest Games, Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by European football correspondent and author of Di Stéfano, the Alfredo Di Stéfano biography, Ian Hawkey to discuss the 2004 Copa del Rey final. In the 2003/04 season, Real Madrid were hurtling towards their first ever treble. With a four-point buffer at the top of La Liga and a Champions League semi-final against Monaco coming up, they went into the Copa del Rey final against Real Zaragoza full of expectation. What happened next sent the club on a downward spiral that signalled the end of the Galácticos... Subscribe now: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/subscriptions Recorded at: https://outsetstudio.com Produced by: Jack Elderton & Ryan Arnold

36mins

14 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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Namesakes

Everton have had two Alex Youngs: one’s the subject of a Ken Loach film, the other killed his brother.In episode One Hundred and Ten we take a look back to "Namesakes" by James Corbett, first published in Issue 17 in June 2015.Read the full article here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/article/namesakesIssue 17, like all issues of the Blizzard, is available for £12 plus postage on www.theblizzard.co.uk. Since we’ve relaunched the website, all our articles, including this one, are available to read for free. Non-subscribers get 3 free articles a month, while subscribers have unlimited advert-free browsing, as well as access to digital downloads of all our issues in eBook formats.

34mins

3 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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What Makes A Nation?

The 2011 French race furore ignored the diversity of France's footballing culture.In episode One Hundred and Eleven we take a look back to "What Makes a Nation?" by Philippe Auclair, first published in Issue 2 in September 2011.Read the full article here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/article/what-makes-nationFor access to the entire Blizzard collection, subscribe here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/subscriptions

17mins

15 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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Another Place

The story of how Richarlison escaped the drug gangs of Nova Venécia to make a career in the Premier League. In episode One Hundred and Twelve we take a look forward to "Another Place" by Simon Hart, due to be published in March 2019.You can preorder Issue 32 here: https://theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-twoBuy tickets for The Blizzard Live in London here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-the-blizzard-football-quarterly-live-in-london-tickets-56925576933?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete

14mins

28 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Capitalist Traitor

Milan Mandarić on exile from Yugoslavia, success in California and his return to Europe.In Episode One Hundred and Fifteen, we take a look back to "Capitalist Traitor" by Lukáš Vráblik, first published in Issue 27, in December 2017.You can buy our latest magazine, Issue 32, here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-twoAnd access our entire archives here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/articles

14mins

15 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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End Of The Road

Gretna's rise was a romantic fairy-tale; their collapse provides grimly real lessons for all of Scottish football.In Episode One Hundred and Sixteen, we take a look back to "End of the Road" by Richard Winton, first published in Issue 7, in December 2012.You can buy our latest magazine, Issue 32, here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/i…sue-thirty-twoAnd access our entire archives here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/articles

15mins

26 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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The Jewel Thief

Harry Trainer was a centre-forward for Wales and Wrexham, but his dark side ended his career.In Episode One Hundred and Eighteen, we take an early look at "The Jewel Thief" by Paul Brown, to be published in Issue 33, in June 2019.You can preorder Issue 33 here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-threeAnd access our entire archives here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/articles

13mins

24 May 2019

Rank #15

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The Greatest Games – Trailer

The trailer for our brand new podcast series "The Greatest Games" where Marcus Speller and Jonathan Wilson will be joined by a guest each week to discuss a game that represents a significant moment in footballing history.Subscribe to The Blizzard now: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/subscriptions

4mins

11 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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Blue Period

"Only two things dominated the lives of any schoolboy growing up in Johannesburg in the late 1970s – sport and girls. Girls were a proposition too various and complicated to contemplate, so we sublimated frantically and played more sport than we were already playing. Scratch soccer games at break-time. Cricket, rugby, touch-rugby. We swam, considered water polo. We even tried athletics."If we discovered that we were ill-suited to rugby and self-loathing to any great degree, we heard the distant call of hockey. Although close by, the hockey fields were, strictly speaking, outside of the school grounds, which should have told us something. Over the merry clash of sticks we slowly realised that it was a sport reserved for the intellectual and the gloriously eccentric. I played it happily for five years."In episode One Hundred and Three we look at "Blue Period" by Luke Alfred from the recently released Issue Twenty Eight (published in March 2018). Read the full article here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/article/blue-periodIssue Twenty Eight, like all issues of the Blizzard, is available for £12 plus postage on www.theblizzard.co.uk. Since we’ve relaunched the website, all our articles, including this one, are available to read for free. Non-subscribers get 3 free articles a month, while subscribers have unlimited advert-free browsing, as well as access to digital downloads of all our issues in eBook formats.Those who want to buy one-off eBooks can still do so – from the Kindle and Google Play stores.

18mins

23 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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The Silenced Crowd (in Collaboration With By Association)

“There was no fooling the 18,000 spectators at Old Trafford. “Play up, you rotters!” they screamed. The fix was on. They knew it, as Manchester United went through the motions against Liverpool on 2 April 1915, winning 2-0 in a listless performance.”In Episode Eighty Two we revisit ‘The Silenced Crowd’ by Richard Fitzpatrick from Issue Ten, which looks at the greatest scandal in British football in the first half of the twentieth century, as a group of players from two of the country’s greatest sides colluded to fix a match.This episode was produced by James Parkinson as part of a collaboration with By Association, an award-winning narrative podcast about football, based in Australia. For a new audio documentary each month subscribe to By Association wherever you get your audio output, and learn more at the show's website - byassociation.audio If you have any feedback comments or suggestions email podcast@theblizzard.co.uk or find us on Twitter @blzzrd.Issue Ten, like all issues of The Blizzard, is available on a pay-what-you-like basis from www.theblizzard.co.uk. Digital downloads cost as little as 1p each (RRP £3), while print versions are available from £6 + postage (RRP £12). You can also find us on the Kindle and Google Play stores.

20mins

2 Jun 2017

Rank #18

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The Kennedy Conundrum

“Well, I can say hand on heart that I went for the ball — it’s just that I caught him with my elbow. And what made it worse is that his actual tooth stuck in my elbow. I wouldn’t mind but it was a big one, like a fuckin’ horse’s tooth. I suppose that if that happened in the Premier League now, they’d have a fuckin’ field day over it — the fuckin’ cameras would be right on top of it.”In Episode Forty Four we look back at 'The Kennedy Conundrum' by Paul Doyle from Issue Three, telling the undocumented side of an unheralded international tournament win for the Republic of Ireland, and the reasons behind Mick Kennedy's sparingly short international career. If you have any feedback comments or suggestions email podcast@theblizzard.co.uk or find us on Twitter @blzzrd.Issue Three, like all issues of The Blizzard, is available on a pay-what-you-like basis from www.theblizzard.co.uk. Digital downloads cost as little as 1p each (RRP £3), while print versions are available from £6 + postage (RRP £12). You can also find us on the Kindle and Google Play stores.

14mins

29 Jun 2016

Rank #19

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Breaking The Mould

"Saelua's role in giving some dignity back to one of the worst teams in the world made waves across the globe. "Korean TV came to my house to do an interview. It was kind of weird," Saelua said. "I would have people from New York call in and say they wanted to come to my house and do a photo shoot and interviews and stuff. All the attention was very overwhelming.""There was less of a ripple in the trans community. Plenty don't care about the "macho" elements of sport, according to Juliet Jacques, a writer who frequently tackles trans and football topics. "Those who do like football realised that the anomaly of a 'transgender' woman playing for a men's team owed much to American Samoa's lowly international position, the small resources and pool of talent available to them etc," Jacques said, "and that Saelua's debut was a good thing to see but unlikely to change the deeply ingrained sexism, split between male and female and lack of space for anyone between male and female in western professional football."In episode One Hundred and Four we revisit "Breaking the Mould" by Zac Lee Rigg, first published in Issue Seven back in December 2012. Read the full article here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/article/breaking-mouldIssue Seven, like all issues of the Blizzard, is available for £12 plus postage on www.theblizzard.co.uk. Since we’ve relaunched the website, all our articles, including this one, are available to read for free. Non-subscribers get 3 free articles a month, while subscribers have unlimited advert-free browsing, as well as access to digital downloads of all our issues in eBook formats.Those who want to buy one-off eBooks can still do so – from the Kindle and Google Play stores.

9mins

6 Apr 2018

Rank #20