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The Break: The Eurosport snooker podcast

Live sport might be taking a back seat but to help you get your sporting fix in a time of lockdown, Eurosport are proud to launch The Break, a new snooker vodcast hosted by Andy Goldstein and featuring the likes of Ronnie O'Sullivan, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds - as well some of the top players in the game. While snooker takes a break, join The Break as we host debates around the all-time greats of the game and speak to a few of them too. All recorded remotely in the age of social distancing. And don't forget to rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice.         See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Live sport might be taking a back seat but to help you get your sporting fix in a time of lockdown, Eurosport are proud to launch The Break, a new snooker vodcast hosted by Andy Goldstein and featuring the likes of Ronnie O'Sullivan, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds - as well some of the top players in the game. While snooker takes a break, join The Break as we host debates around the all-time greats of the game and speak to a few of them too. All recorded remotely in the age of social distancing. And don't forget to rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice.         See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

World champion Mark Selby joins us to talk glory, legacy and 'hurtful' Bingham criticism

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It's the last episode of series three of The Break and we were delighted to be joined by the newly crowned champion of the world, Mark Selby!

It's been a remarkable 17 days at The Crucible and Selby joins Andy Goldstein for an in-depth chat about his fourth world title, some of the most significant moments along the way, and how many more titles he might be targeting by the end of his career...

Selby also revealed he was hurt by Stuart Bingham's comments accusing him of "gamesmanship" after their semi-final and addressed the re-spot controversy from the final, saying he was unaware at the time that the cue ball was not in the correct position during the 20th frame as he escaped a snooker.

Finally, Selby shows off the trophy to Andy and reveals that a replica from his first world title wasn't quite as impressive...

Thanks for joining us for season three of The Break, which was produced and edited by Ola Fisayo. If you enjoyed our coverage of the World Championship, please rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice.

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May 05 2021

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‘Kyren Wilson is going to be the new champion of the world’ – Jimmy White and Joe Johnson on Crucible memories and this year’s showdown

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Six-time Crucible runner-up Jimmy White is backing Kyren Wilson to win the World Championship after being impressed by his mentality in Sheffield. 

Wilson, the only player left in the tournament who has not won the title, leads Shaun Murphy 10-6 after the second session in their best-of-33 encounter. Mark Selby is 9-7 ahead of Stuart Bingham in the other semi-final. 

With pre-tournament favourites Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and Ronnie O’Sullivan already out in Sheffield, White believes it is the perfect opportunity for Wilson to strike.

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Apr 30 2021

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'I’ll get my bum out if I win title!' – Kyren Wilson on Crucible charge and wanting Ronnie revenge

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Kyren Wilson drops in on The Break podcast to discuss his World Championship mission.

The 2020 runner-up meets Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals at the Crucible and promises host Andy Goldstein that he will follow Mark Williams’ lead should he win at the Crucible… 

The 29-year-old also says he dreams of getting revenge on Ronnie O'Sullivan after losing last year's final to the Rocket.

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Apr 27 2021

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‘No one enjoys playing in a bow tie’ - Mark Allen on snooker's need to modernise

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Mark Allen claims no snooker player wants to play in a waistcoat and bow tie as he urged the sport to catch up if it wanted a slice of the youth audience. 

Professional snooker typically has a strict dress code – smart trousers and shoes, plus a long-sleeved shirt, waistcoat and bow tie – although it has been relaxed for some events, with the latter two items ditched for the Home Nations series. 

World number one Judd Trump has previously suggested the sport is "stuck in a rut" and said one solution would be to allow players greater freedom in the clothing department. 

The Break is presented by Andy Goldstein and produced by Ola Fisayo.

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Apr 22 2021

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Robertson on lockdown hair, back-to-back 147s and why ‘hungry’ Ronnie won’t succumb to Crucible pressure

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On the third episode of the new series of The Break, Andy Goldstein speaks to Neil Robertson ahead of the World Championship.

The Australian is one of the favourites at the Crucible after some mesmeric displays this season, including titles at the UK Championship and Tour Championship.

His lockdown haircut (or lack of one) has caught serious attention, while he also revealed how he made back-to-back 147s in training recently - and had the chance to make it three on the spin...

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Apr 16 2021

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'He's like a Michel Roux cake' - Ronnie on his rivals, and World title defence

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On the second episode of the new series of The Break, Andy Goldstein speaks to Ronnie O'Sullivan as he prepares to defend his crown at the World Championship.

Ronnie discusses his season so far and his frame of mind heading to the Crucible. We hear his views on his main contenders, Neil Robertson and Judd Trump, and Ronnie also talks Covid, the return of fans and Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry.

But first, Andy Neal Foulds and Philip Studd discuss what makes the Crucible such a special venue, and the World Championship such a magic event, before looking at some of the runner and riders.

The Break is produced and edited by Ola Fisayo.


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Apr 09 2021

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'I'm fighting to stay on the Tour' - Jimmy previews Hendry showdown

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The Break is back for the 2021 World Snooker Championship! Andy Goldstein is your host as we cover the biggest event in snooker and we'll have three preview episodes for you before the tournament properly arrives.

Join Andy, Neal Foulds and Jimmy White for episode one of series three as they look ahead to the Crucible and run the rule over some of the favourites, including Ronnie O'Sullivan, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson.

And of course, the team look forward to the hugely-anticipated qualifier between our own Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry, which has all of sport talking. That match is live and exclusive on eurosport.co.uk and the Eurosport app on Monday at 7:30pm.

We hear from Hendry about his immense rivalry with White and the four Crucible finals he beat him in. Meanwhile, Jimmy tells us he is "fighting to stay on the tour" and for him, it's now just another game. For Neal, though, it's "one of the great match-ups in the history of snooker."

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Apr 02 2021

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The Joy of Six: Ronnie O'Sullivan exclusive

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The Break is delighted to bring you The Joy of Six: an exclusive hour-long special, hosted by Colin Murray, reliving each of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s six World Championship titles dating back to his maiden win in 2001.

Widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, O’Sullivan delivers an insightful account as he recalls each world title – key milestones of what has been the most decorated career in snooker history, spanning over 28 years.

O’Sullivan also discusses topics which have made him one of the most interesting characters in snooker such as the challenges of success at such a young age and his struggles with depression.

If you enjoyed this very special episode of The Break, be sure to like and subscribe on your podcast platform of choice.

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Oct 17 2020

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How Ronnie became world champion and what changes now

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Ronnie O’Sullivan’s sixth world title is expertly analysed by Eurosport’s Neal Foulds and Dave Hendon, who join Rachel Casey to look back on the Betfred World Snooker Championship. We hear from both The Rocket and beaten finalist Kyren Wilson. Barry Hearn reflects on the battle to get fans back into The Crucible, plus we discuss the best and worst of the championship.

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Aug 16 2020

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Still Too Close to Call

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Ronnie O'Sullivan may have a three frame lead over Kyren Wilson going into the last day of the World Snooker Championship final, but as ex player Neal Foulds and commentator Philip Studd discuss with Rachel Casey, this is a very unpredictable year and an extraordinary Championship; anything could happen.

The trio have a comprehensive review of the first two sessions of the final and look ahead to the next two.

Plus Rachel has a lively conversation with Eurosport Presenter Colin Murray on his three week experience at the Crucible being in the company of Jimmy White and all the top competitors.

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Aug 15 2020

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"The Greatest Ever Day in Crucible History"

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Eurosport pundit and ex player Neal Foulds joins Rachel Casey and commentator Philip Studd to look back on the most extraordinary day at the 2020 Betfred World Snooker Championship, where Ronnie O'Sullivan and Kyren Wilson will battle it out in the final after two semi-finals which both went to a nail-biting final frame decider. There's reaction from both players, as well as losing players Anthony McGill and Mark Selby, who wasn't happy with Ronnie "smashing em all over the gaff". Neal has plenty to say about that.

Plus, ahead of spectators returning for the final, we've an exclusive interview with Jason Ferguson of the WPBSA.

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Aug 15 2020

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Shaun Murphy on winning as a "clueless numpty" and the challenge of a Crucible semi-final

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2005 world champion Shaun Murphy joins Rachel Casey to chat about the unique challenge of a semi-final at The Crucible, what he regrets saying most as a young pro and his triumph as a qualifier fifteen years ago. “I was a twenty-two year old, clueless numpty who just went for lots of shots and they went in for that fortnight.” Plus, the ’86 winner Joe Johnson and commentator Dave Hendon discuss the last four at this year's Betfred World Snooker Championship and the game's greatest cueists, rest players and exponents of high quality safety play.

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Aug 13 2020

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Mark Selby joins The Break, as the Crucible Curse strikes again

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Rachel Casey speaks to Mark Selby, who is back in form and through to the last four at the Betfred World Snooker Championship for the first time since he won his third world title in 2017. Eurosport’s Dominic Dale and Phil Yates discuss Selby and his fellow semi-finalist Kyren Wilson, who scored victories over Neil Robertson and defending champion Judd Trump respectively. We get reaction to Ronnie O’Sullivan’s comments about the standard of snooker’s younger players and chat about the magic of the one table set-up at The Crucible. Subscribe for more episodes of The Break during the World Championship, and rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice!

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Aug 11 2020

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McGill-Clarke beef stirs up controversy, and can Trump break Crucible Curse?

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Rachel Casey is joined by former champion Joe Johnson and Eurosport commentator Philip Studd to chat about the big results and key stories from the World Snooker Championship.

She also gets reflections from Crucible debutants Elliot Slessor and Jordan Brown and hears their takes on the beef between Jamie Clarke and Anthony McGill.

The trio discuss whether Judd Trump is playing well enough to break the Crucible Curse and we wallow in 1986 as Joe takes us back to when he ruled the world, with tales of an abscess, a princess, He-Man and the secret to not being intimidated by Steve Davis....

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Aug 09 2020

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147s at the Crucible, and why anything could happen this year...

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After our first in eight years, Crucible 147s are on the menu in this episode, as we also feast on three incredible wins in round two of the World Snooker Championship, for Kurt Maflin, Mark Williams and Mark Selby. The Break also chats with Whirlwind Jimmy White to see how he’s coping among the blood, sweat and tears of 17 days at the Crucible.

Joining host Rachel Casey is Dominic Dale, the former Grand Prix and Shanghai Masters champion, and esteemed commentator Phil Yates, who also discuss why we waited so long for a maximum break in this tournament, and whether there will be an asterisk next to the name of this year’s winner.

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Aug 07 2020

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The biggest shock in Crucible history? And we talk to the man 'rewiring' Mark Selby

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Following defeats for Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy, The Break chats snooker psychology as it analyses the latest action from the World Snooker Championship.  

Host Rachel Casey is joined by former world number three Neal Foulds, commentator Dave Hendon and performance coach Chris Henry. He is helping ‘rewire’ Mark Selby, a player who Hendon thinks “didn’t look like he was enjoying a single minute” of his first round win. 

Henry also works with Shaun Murphy and says he sensed that the 2005 champion “was not right emotionally” for his defeat. 

There’s also discussion about whether Mark Allen’s chat settled the nerves of Crucible debutant Jamie Clarke, before a Clarke victory that Neal Foulds describes as “one of the biggest shocks at the Crucible.” 

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Aug 05 2020

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Remarkable Ronnie smashes record, Kurt Maflin on his obscene gesture

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After Ronnie O’Sullivan’s record-breaking first-round victory at the World Snooker Championship, we hear from The Rocket, Mark Williams and John Higgins, who are all safely into the last 16 at The Crucible yet again. 

Rachel Casey discusses the emergence of the Class of ‘92 with Phil Yates and Dominic Dale, who both saw it happen 28 years ago.

Dale also talks about a humiliating defeat at the hands of O’Sullivan (though we also let him mention a rare win over Ronnie earlier this season). 

Meanwhile, dark horse Kurt Maflin tells Rachel he has underachieved so far in his career and talks about his obscene gesture going viral. 

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Aug 04 2020

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Fan ban a 'crushing blow', and we speak to Kyren Wilson about his bye

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Rachel Casey is joined by Eurosport commentator Dave Hendon and former world No. 3 Neal Foulds to review the action and some big news stories from the World Snooker Championship at The Crucible. 

After the withdrawal of his opponent Anthony Hamilton, Kyren Wilson tells Rachel, “You'd have to drag me off the floor to stop me playing at The Crucible.” 

We also hear from Judd Trump after his tricky first-round win, Stuart Bingham and Barry Hearn. 

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Aug 01 2020

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Ronnie promises 'magical moments', but is Trump the Crucible favourite?

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The Break is back for the World Snooker Championship, with five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and the legend Jimmy White on the first episode of the series.

Host Rachel Casey is joined by Neal Foulds to sift through Wednesday's Crucible draw and to try to pick a winner. And we hear from Ronnie on his chances, and how lockdown might have played into his hands...

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Jul 30 2020

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The Debate: Snooker's greatest rivalries

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Jimmy White and Neal Foulds join Andy Goldstein for the final episode of season one of The Break, as we debate the greatest rivalries in snooker history.

We kick off with the intense battles between two very contrasting characters in Steve Davis and Alex Higgins, and go on to discuss famous feuds involving Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry and latterly Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Selby and John Higgins.

Jimmy also talks in depth about his tussles with Davis, and how "you knew if you were playing Steve Davis, you were going to be in a war." 

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May 12 2020

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