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Tifo Football Podcast

In-depth tactical, historical & geopolitical breakdowns of the beautiful game. From the team behind the Tifo Football YouTube channel. Hosted by Joe Devine.

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Football Shirt Numbers Explained

Why is a European defensive midfielder a #6, an English DM a #4 and an Argentinian DM a #5? Tifo explores the history behind developing shirt numbers in world football, and the different tactical movements that underpin those differences. Click here for a 90-day free trial of The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

16 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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How Players Now Use Data to Find Clubs

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41mins

23 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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When Messi Retires

Joe Devine is joined by Seb Stafford-Bloor to discuss the footballing world post-Lionel Messi. https://www.tifofootball.com/features/what-happens-when-lionel-messi-is-gone/ Messi's Genius - https://youtu.be/Htzgoa27F_0 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39mins

24 Sep 2017

Rank #3

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La Liga Tactics

Joe Devine is joined by journalist Simon Harrison to discuss the tactics of the La Liga teams we've covered recently on the channel: Barcelona, Valencia, Real Betis & Villarreal. Simon also gives us a promo of our next Tactics Explained video, released later this week, on Las Palmas, the team currently bottom of La Liga. All videos can be accessed by clicking the below links. Barcelona - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL2JhJ4tnzk&t=1s Valencia - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gypwhv5G9io Villarreal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTgi3ng7ZHQ&t= Real Betis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd59YwYKE_o Las Palmas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6r0Nhm-asY&t= Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52mins

7 Jan 2018

Rank #4

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World Cup History (Argentina 1978 & Qatar 2022)

Joe Devine is joined by Paul Ansorge to talk about the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, the controversy surrounding the tournament, and within that context, how we might look forward and think about the Qatar tournament in 2022. To view our entire World Cup focus on TifoFootball.com - https://www.tifofootball.com/focus/history-world-cup/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28mins

25 Jun 2017

Rank #5

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Sensible Transfers: Man City, Everton, AC Milan & Bayern Munich

https://www.theathletic.co.uk/tifo for a 7-day free trial and 50% off an annual subscription to THE ATHLETIC.A centre-back for Manchester City, defensive midfielder for Everton, extra weight for Bayern, everyone for AC Milan, and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

7 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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World Cup History (2010-2014)

Joe Devine speaks with three separate guests; Paul Ansorge and Alex Stewart to discuss the tournaments in 2010 and 2014 - and uMAXit's own Danny Sayers, who is currently out in the Netherlands making a series of videos about the European Championships. To view our entire World Cup focus on TifoFootball.com - https://www.tifofootball.com/focus/history-world-cup/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 22mins

24 Jul 2017

Rank #7

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The Barcelona Legacy - with Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson speaks to Tifo's Seb Stafford-Bloor about his new book The Barcelona Legacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28mins

21 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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City Champions, Tactical Identities & Rafa Benitez

Alex and Joe discuss Manchester City in the wake of their securing of the Premier League title. They also discuss Manchester United and Newcastle's victory over Arsenal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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Liverpool: Pressing, xG Concerns, and Klopp's Future

https://www.theathletic.co.uk/tifo for a 30-day free trial and 50% off an annual subscription.https://www.beer52.com/tifo for your 10 free beers!Are Liverpool pressing less this season? Why might supporters be concerned about the disparity in xG and goals scored compared to rivals Manchester City? And what might Jurgen Klopp be doing in a few years? Alex Stewart and Joe Devine discuss the above and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 2mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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Leicester, Mourinho, VAR & Signings of the Decade

Get a 7d free trial and 50% off an annual subscription (it's just 8p a day) for The Athletic: https://www.theathletic.co.uk/tifoLeicester vs the top 6, Mourinho at Spurs, VAR: a mid-point review, and our signings of the decade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 12mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Jose Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur & The Future

Visit https://www.theathletic.co.uk/tifo for a 30-day free trial and 50% off an annual subscription.How did Spurs decide to sack Mauricio Pochettino? What is the future for the club with Jose Mourinho as coach? Will there be incoming transfers in January? All of these questions and more are answered by Jack Pitt-Brooke and Charlie Eccleshare of the Athletic, both of whom joined Joe Devine for this episode of the Tifo Football Podcast.https://www.expressvpn.com/tifo - for 3 months free with a 1-year package.https://www.footballindex.co.uk - sign up with offer code 'TIFO' for a £500 money back guarantee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr

4 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Season Review #1

Alex and Joe commune to review the Premier League season. In this, part episode, they discuss the top four teams, Man City, Man United, Liverpool & Tottenham. Next week: the rest of the league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

14 May 2018

Rank #13

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How Has Klopp Changed Liverpool This Season?

Less pressing, additional players, a new formation & a tweaked system. How has Jurgen Klopp adapted the Liverpool of last season, into the team currently at the top of the Premier League table? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

22 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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Under the Skin of the Modern Game - with Michael Calvin

Seb Stafford-Bloor is joined by Michael Calvin, sports journalist and author of State of Play: Under the Skin of the Modern Game. Michael discusses the personal stories that are the bedrock of football. From the isolation of young players to scary concussion statistics, from mental health to money - Michael gets under the skin of football and reveals why it is truly the game of our lives. You can purchase State of Play here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/State-Play-Under-Skin-Modern/dp/178089631X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49mins

24 Aug 2018

Rank #15

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What's Going On At Chelsea?

Under Sarri, Chelsea appear to be momentarily faltering in the Premier League. With a potential transfer ban on the horizon, how can the new manager get his squad working for him? And what's happening with Abramovich's alleged desire to sell the club? We examine the on and off-field on-goings at Chelsea Football Club. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 2mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #16

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Sean Dyche & Burnley

Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss Sean Dyche's tactical setup at Burnley, amidst a surprisingly successful campaign for the Clarets. Sean Dyche and the Low Block - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKHwUVYH4hU Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

19 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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Football, Tactics & History - with Jonathan Wilson

How did he write 'Inverting The Pyramid' in nine months? What does his desktop look like? Who's the most influential tactician of all time? Jonathan Wilson joins Tifo to answer all of these questions and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 18mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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Liverpool's Defence

Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss Liverpool football club; primarily their defensive players. Liverpools Defence - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL0FpZS8Goo&t=2s Is Van Dijk a Good Signing for Liverpool - https://youtu.be/FSf0prB9rAM Liverpool's Incredible Counter-Attack - https://youtu.be/5iraZhfpsPo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

11 Dec 2017

Rank #19

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What's Going On At Manchester United?

Trying to unpick the endemic problems at Manchester United is a difficult job. That's why we've enlisted the help of occasional Tifo scriptwriter and United Rant's very own Paul Ansorge. Has the Ole Solskjaer nostalgia dissipated? Why hasn't Ed Woodward hired a footballing director? And where did it all go wrong? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 20mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #20