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Emma Saunders is joined by former Chelsea keeper Rob Green, Senior Football Reporter Ian Dennis & The Athletics’ Chelsea correspondent Simon Johnson as they look back at Chelsea being dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich.BBC Sports Rob Schofield also joins the panel to reflect on Barcelona’s progression to the quarter-finals after their win over Napoli.Plus the guys discuss Maurizio Sarri’s sacking at Juventus and Rob Green shares his experience of playing under the Italian during his short tenure at The Bridge.
Steve Crossman is joined by former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin, former Manchester City midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips and correspondent John Murray to reflect on Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League.It means they’re through to the ‘Final 8’ tournament style end to the competition with a 4-2 victory on aggregate.The panel debate whether Gabriel Jesus came of age tonight with a goal and an assist and how he could be the long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero.David Silva made his final appearance at the Etihad tonight in a Manchester City shirt after 10 years with the club – so Shaun Wright-Phillips gives us an insight into his former team mate and how much influence Silva has in that dressing room.Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot comes on to the pod to look ahead to Chelsea’s Champions League Round of 16 second leg away at Bayern Munich on Saturday night.It’s an uphill battle for Frank Lampard’s side as they are trailing the Bundesliga champions 3-0 on aggregate.You’ll also hear interviews from Pep Guardiola and Frank Lampard.
Conor Coady joins the pod as we react to Wolves reaching their first European quarter-final in 48 years. We get the inside track on their next opponents Sevilla from Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, and we hear from Pep Guardiola as we preview Manchester City's clash with Real Madrid as the Champions League resumes.
French football writer and broadcaster Julien Laurens, Serie A guru James Horncastle and German football expert Raphael Honigstein join Steve Crossman on the Euro League show.Who will lift the Champions League and Europa League? The panel review the remaining teams and fixtures ahead of the restart.And former Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón joins the show to reflect on the legendary career of Iker Casillas.
Steve Crossman is joined by EFL expert Mark Clemmit, former Swindon Town and Luton Town striker Sam Parkin and former Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest striker Robert Earnshaw as the most lucrative match in football - the Championship Play Off Final - goes the way of Fulham who beat Brentford two-one at Wembley to ensure they make an instant return to the Premier League.Scott Parker, the manager who masterminded their return, makes an appearance.The panel are also joined by our reporter Simon Stone to explain the fallout from Wigan Athletic whose 12 point penalty was upheld, plus he delivers the big news on Jadon Sancho and his potential move to Manchester United.
Alistair Bruce-Ball, Chris Sutton, Rory Smith and Micah Richards bring you the Monday Night Club.They reflect on Arsenal’s FA Cup win, the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and whether they would rather play under Frank Lampard or Mikel Arteta.Christian Falk from Sport Bild in Germany, joins the pod to discuss Jadon Sancho’s potential move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United.PLUS we preview Manchester City’s Champions League game against Real Madrid.
AFC Bournemouth left-back Charlie Daniels and former captain Tommy Elphick join Steve Crossman to reflect on the club's relegation and the departure of Eddie Howe in an emotional special podcast.BBC Radio Solent's Kris Temple and Jeff Hayward from Back of the Net podcast also join the Football Daily to look back and discuss the next steps for the club.
Jeanette Kwakye is joined by former Chelsea keeper Rob Green, former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin, 5 Live Sports’ Senior Football Reporter Ian Dennis & Commentator John Murray to look back at a victorious day for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta in the FA Cup Final.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the double for The Gunners in their 2-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley – so how crucial is that Arsenal keep hold of their top striker & where did Lampard’s side fall short?Plus former Bournemouth boss Harry Redknapp joins Jeanette to discuss the news that after more than 450 games across two spells spanning more than a decade, Eddie Howe leaves The Cherries as manager.
Emma Saunders and Jermaine Jenas bring you the Friday Football Social as they preview the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea.Former Chelsea midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips joins the pod to share his FA Cup memories and gives his views on how his former side look ahead of the final.Former Arsenal defender Lauren gives his thoughts on what it was like to play for the Gunners in the FA Cup and gives his predictions for the game.PLUS we discuss the latest news regarding the Newcastle United takeover.
Kelly Cates is joined by Chris Sutton, Charlie Adam and Tom English to discuss what we might expect from the Scottish Premiership as it returns this weekend.The panel debate as to whether Celtic can make it 10 in a row and they chat to Dundee United manager Micky Melon.
Steve Crossman is joined by a four-time Olympic gold medallist, a legend with over 700 Arsenal appearances, a BAFTA nominee and a boxing Hall of Fame Promoter as they talk all things Arsenal ahead of the FA Cup final with Chelsea this Saturday.Sir Mo Farah, David O'Leary, Dara Ó Briain & Frank Warren all preview this weekend's game and look back at some of the ups and downs as an Arsenal fan in the FA Cup.
Steve Crossman & Pat Nevin are joined by a two-time FA Cup Finalist, a Rugby World Cup winner, a Laurence Olivier and NME award winner and a Hollywood actor as they talk all things Chelsea ahead of the FA Cup final with Arsenal this Saturday.Ed de Goey, Woody Woodgate from Madness, Lawrence Dallaglio & Omid Djalili all preview this weekend's game and look back at some of the ups and downs as a Chelsea fan in the FA Cup.
Mark Chapman is joined by Ian Wright, Chris Sutton and Rory Smith in the Monday Night Club's end of season review.The team react as Aston Villa escape relegation, condemning Watford and Bournemouth to the Championship.Who had the better season - Frank Lampard's Chelsea or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United?And Chris tells all about his lawnmower woes.
Does Villa’s survival mean they can keep Jack Grealish? Do Watford and Bournemouth face big re-builds in the Championship? And where must Manchester United and Chelsea strengthen to close the gap to Liverpool and City? All questions for Charlie Adam, Matt Jarvis and Ben Haines who join Steve Crossman to review the final day of an extraordinary Premier League season. Plus, we bid farewell to David Silva who’s played his final league game in a Manchester City shirt.
Steve Crossman is joined by Clinton Morrison, Andy Reid and Pat Nevin to look ahead to the final day of the Premier League season with plenty still to be decided. Who will be relegated to the Championship? Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth are all fighting for survival. Meanwhile, Manchester United, Leicester City and Chelsea all have hopes of finishing in the top four and securing Champions League football next season.
Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas are joined by Micah Richards and Kieron Dyer as they review the 2019/2020 Premier League season. The panel give their thoughts on Jordan Henderson winning the Football Writers' Association Men's Footballer of the Year award. Darren, Jermaine and Kieron pick and debate the individuals that make up their team of the season and they discuss the under and overachieving sides in the Premier League. PLUS the panel discuss what changes need to be made to VAR going forward.
Steve Crossman, Guillem Balague, Julien Laurens and Kristoff Terreur bring you the Euro Leagues podcast.Former French international Gaël Clichy joins the pod after his team İstanbul Başakşehir are crowned champions of the Süper Lig in Turkey.All the latest from Serie A as Juventus move slowly towards becoming champions and Guillem gives an update on La Liga.PLUS everyone picks their European team of the season
Steve Crossman is joined by EFL expert Mark Clemmit and reporters up and down the country as the Championship season comes to a conclusion with West Brom joining Leeds United in the last automatic promotion spot for the Premier League.John Murray & former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock are at Anfield as Liverpool are finally officially crowned Champions of England and discuss Jürgen Klopp's 5-3 win at home to Chelsea - Plus Conor McNamara & Robbie Savage look back Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with West Ham. The result confirmed The Hammers’ Premier League survival and also means Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side need just a point from their final game at Leicester to clinch a Champions League place.
Chris Sutton, Dion Dublin and Rory Smith join Kelly Cates to react to a dramatic evening in the fight for Premier League survival as Aston Villa moved out of the bottom three at Watford’s expense. We hear from Dean Smith and Hayden Mullins on the contrasting nights for their clubs, and discuss what twists and turns might be in store on the final night of Championship fixtures.
Mark Chapman and guests react to an important win for Wolves in their bid to qualify for Europe whilst Sheffield United will miss out following a home defeat by Everton. Plus, does David de Gea need a new challenge to rediscover his form, and we hear from Hayden Mullins as he tries to lead Watford to safety in their final two games of the season.
So we now know on 1 August it will be a Chelsea v Arsenal FA Cup final at Wembley, as Frank Lampard’s side got the better of Manchester United on Sunday and Mikel Arteta defeated his mentor, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team on Saturday – Jeanette Kwakye alongside Owen Coyle, Sam Parkin and Vaishali Bhardwaj delve deep into those games and find out what Chelsea and Arsenal did so right, and where United and City stumbled. They respond to the big news that Watford have sacked Nigel Pearson with only two games left to the season. And focus on the fact that Leicester’s Champions League ambitions have taken a knock after they were beaten in the Premier League by Tottenham. Not only that, they debate whether Bournemouth can stay up after their loss on Sunday against Southampton. And the panel pick out the big stories from the Championship, as newly crowned champions Leeds beat Derby and Huddersfield Town sack their manager, Danny Cowley after 10 months in charge.
Steve Crossman and Emma Saunders present an episode all about the FA Cup semi-finals.Arsenal are through to the FA Cup final after a 2-0 win over holders Manchester City.Chris Sutton and John Murray are at Wembley and join Emma to analyse why Arsenal were able to hold on for victory and where Manchester City went wrong.We hear from Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola on the pod.Dion Dublin, England midfielder Izzy Christiansen and Rory Smith from the New York Times join Steve to look ahead to the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Chelsea.They discuss the war of words that has broken out between the sides’ two managers – as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims that Manchester United’s rivals are trying to create “a narrative” over VAR decisions.
After their promotion to the Premier League here is another chance to listen to our special podcast looking at how Marcelo Bielsa has transformed the club. Guillem Balague spent four days behind the scenes at Elland Road speaking to his players, staff, fans and the man himself. We find out how he’s changed the training ground, why his players are so impressed and observe one of his training sessions. Plus, you’ll hear some bizarre tales about plug sockets and a fireplace. This show was originally recorded in February 2019.
Darren Fletcher is joined by former West Ham goalkeeper Rob Green to bring you the Friday Football Social.Leeds United are back in the Premier League for the first time in 16 years after Huddersfield beat West Brom 2-1. We get reaction from former Leeds player Nigel Martyn, current midfielder Mateusz Klich and former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson.West Ham United earned 3 vital points with a 3-1 victory over Watford. Former Watford striker Gifton Noel Williams joins the pod along with former West Ham midfielder Gary O’Neil as they reflect on the match.PLUS Former United forward Andy Cole joins the pod as we preview the weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals and he shares his views on Manchester United’s front three.
It’s been a big night in the Premier League at both ends of the table as the race for the top four and the battle at the bottom gets even tighter.Jeanette Kwakye is joined by former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie and former Everton midfielder Leon Osman as Villa miss the chance to earn a vital victory – drawing 1-1 with Everton.Former Chelsea and England midfielder Karen Carney and Conor McNamara are at Selhurst Park to analyse the VAR controversy in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.Derby defender Curtis Davies joins the pod from the King Power Stadium to assess Leicester’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United – which keeps them in the top four.And with Leeds United just one point away from being promoted back to the Premier League after 16 years away – Curtis tells us how his Derby side are preparing to face them on Sunday.We also hear from Dean Smith, Roy Hodgson, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Chris Wilder.
Steve Crossman, Guillem Balague and Julien Laurens have an in-depth chat with Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font. They also discuss Gareth Bale’s snooze and PSG playing in front of fans. Oh, and has Steve Crossman been tapped up for a big job at Barca?
Kelly Cates brings you reaction from a busy night in the Premier League and Championship.John Murray and Matt Upson are live from the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal beat Liverpool and ended their hopes of reaching a record number of points in the Premier League. Hear reaction from Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta.Bournemouth captain Simon Francis joins the podcast along with Alistair Bruce-Ball and Pat Nevin as his side visited Manchester City and narrowly missed out on a much-needed point in the relegation battle. You can hear from Eddie Howe and John Stones.Ian Dennis and Vicki Sparks also reflect on their matches – Tottenham’s win at Newcastle and Burnley’s draw with Wolves. The pair discusses the different European battles facing each side. Burnley’s Chris Wood reacts to his penalty in the 96th minute, Harry Kane talks about his reaching and surpassing 200 goals for Tottenham and Jose Mourinho pays tribute to Serge Aurier, who played the game despite the death of his brother just two days ago.Plus we hear from Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer, as they missed the chance to put some space between them and the relegation places with a draw at Birmingham City.
A busy night in the Championship - as Wigan Athletic thrash Hull City 8 nil - we hear reaction to that match on the pod from both teams managers. We also hear from the top of the table as Brentford manager Thomas Frank comes on the pod to chat about their hopes for promotion to the Premier League. We also hear from Gareth Ainsworth who had a late night on Monday evening as he celebrated his team Wycombe Wanderers promotion to the Championship.In the Premier League - Chelsea's Champions Leagues dreams get one step closer after they beat Norwich 1 nil at Stamford Bridge. And the panel look at the possible records Liverpool could break this season.Steve Crossman is joined by Karen Carney, Stephen Warnock and Andy Reid.
Mark Chapman is joined by Premier League winning striker Chris Sutton and senior football reporter Ian Dennis as Manchester United missed the chance to climb into the Premier League’s top four after a 2-2 draw with Southampton.The team discuss whether Man United can still qualify for the Champions League next season as that result leaves them fifth in the table.This could have huge implications for United as we now know the Champions League places will only go down to fourth, after Manchester City’s two-year ban from European football was overturned by the Court of Arbitration.BBC Sport’s Simon Stone joins the pod to explain why their appeal was successful and where this leaves Financial Fair Play and UEFA.And Wycombe Wanderers have been promoted to the Championship for the first time in the history after beating Oxford United in the League One play-off final.
So Norwich have been relegated, but the battle continues for the remaining clubs still fighting for survival in the Premier League. There was a spectacular win for Bournemouth and also victories for Aston Villa, Watford and West Ham – so Emma Saunders, along with Leon Osman, Stephen Kelly and Ben Haines all discuss a totally bonkers weekend of football on the pitch. Not only that, they focus on the North London derby and just how vital the win was for Spurs and for Jose Mourinho too. The panel also discuss the fact that Liverpool’s English top flight record of 24 consecutive home wins was ended by Burnley – and how Leeds are on the verge of getting promoted out of the Championship after their win against Swansea City. Also Stephen reflects on his memories of Jack Charlton and how he inspired him to play for the Republic of Ireland.
Steve Crossman brings you a special podcast reflecting on the life and career of Jack Charlton, who has died at the age 85. Match of the Day's Gary Lineker pays tribute to the England defender who helped win the World Cup in 1966. He also guided the Republic of Ireland to a World Cup quarter-final, Mark Lawrenson and David O'Leary tells us about the impact he had on Irish football. We also hear what Jack was like as a player, Johnny Giles his former Leeds United team-mate reflects on their 10 years together at Elland Road.
From a 2 - 2 draw against West Brom back in December 2015, to producing one of the greatest Champions League comebacks of all time against Barcelona in May 2019. Kelly Cates is joined by our football correspondent John Murray, former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock and John Gibbons from The Anfield Wrap to reflect on the 10 defining games that turned Klopp's Liverpool from also-rans to Premier League champions.
After 30 years of waiting for a 19th title, Liverpool are Premier League champions following Manchester City's defeat at Chelsea.Steve Crossman is joined by football correspondent John Murray and former England and Chelsea winger Karen Carney who saw that dramatic win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge that confirmed the title for Liverpool.We hear reaction from former Liverpool and England defender Stephen Warnock as well as Ronny Rosenthal who was part of Liverpool’s last title winning team 30 years ago.Plus Gabby Logan from Match of the Day speaks to Liverpool's Andy Robertson and James Milner, who were mid celebration after hearing they're officially Premier League champions!
Kelly Cates, Ian Wright, Chris Sutton and Rory Smith are back on the Monday Night Club.The team talk about #BlackLivesMatter appearing on team shirts when the Premier League returns and the impact that it could have on tackling racism in football.Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp talks about the Blades' incredible season as he draws close to a century of goals for his boyhood club.Who will go down? And who will qualify for Europe? The panel discuss the possibilities as the PL's return draws near.
Steve Crossman, Guillem Balague and Julien Laurens are back with the Euro Leagues show.Frenkie de Jong discusses his rise from a small Dutch village to FC Barcelona and former teammates Aitor Karanka and Bixente Lizarazu are re-united.Former Middlesbrough manager Karanka discusses the return of La Liga and Bayern legend Lizarazu recalls France's success at Euro 2000.
Kelly Cates is joined by Chris Sutton, Micah Richards and Rory Smith on the Monday Night Club.Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock criticises Rafa Benitez' man management skills and reflects on the 2005 Champions League final.And the team react to the cancellation of the Women's Super League.
Steve Crossman, Guillem Balague and Kristof Terreur are back with the Euro Leagues.Roberto Martínez explains why his Belgium players are coaches of the future and Red Bull Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch remembers THAT half-time team-talk at Anfield.And Brighton defender Bernardo discusses his love of radio, Project Restart and his upbringing in Brazil.
Mark Chapman, Ian Wright, Chris Sutton and Rory Smith are back on the Monday Night Club.Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie discusses his club's ninth Premiership title in a row and Dion Dublin remembers the magic of Eric Cantona at Manchester United.
The Bundesliga is back and so are Steve Crossman and the Euro Leagues team.Fortuna Düsseldorf sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel takes us behind the scenes at his club and Archie Rhind-Tutt joins us from Köln-Mainz.Meanwhile, former Watford and Atlético Madrid boss Quique Sánchez Flores discusses winning the Europa League, his godfather Alfredo Di Stéfano and the Pozzo family.
Steve Crossman is joined by Guillem Balague and Kristof Terreur on this week's Euro Leagues show.The team bring us the latest on the return of the Bundesliga and leagues across Europe.Plus Chris Waddle reminisces about his Marseille career and the time he aimed for France and ended up on an island in the Indian Ocean...And Nayim remembers THAT goal against Arsenal in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final.
Jermain Defoe talks about a lack of respect for his England career and Glenn Hoddle relives the Champions League final on the Friday Football Social with Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas.John Murray gives an update on the Bundesliga and potential return for the Premier League.Plus we hear about Fletch's BBQ and JJ's slip and slide...
José Enrique compares Jon Flanagan to Roberto Carlos and we hear from FC Schalke and Wales winger Rabbi Matondo in this week's Euro Leagues podcast.Guillem Balague and Julien Laurens join Steve Crossman to discuss Ligue 1 being cancelled and how football may restart in Spain, Italy and Germany.
What links Robbie Savage's hairdryer to Keith Gillespie?Can Mark Chapman and Chris Sutton reverse their poor form to overcome Savage and Vicki Sparks in Alistair Bruce-Ball's "You're Better Than That" quiz?And how could we see a return for football?
Steve Crossman is joined by Guillem Balague and Kristof Terreur for this week's Euro Leagues podcast.Former German international Steffen Freund reflects on their Euro 1996 victory, a sore subject for Steve.With the news that the Dutch football season will be voided, we're also joined by SC Cambuur manager Henk de Jong whose team were at the top of the Eerste Divisie and could now miss out on promotion to the Eredivisie and Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan.
Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas catch up with one of the Premier League's longest-serving players James Milner.They chat all about his life in football as well as those infamous social media videos.
Kelly Cates is joined by Ian Dennis and Clinton Morrison to discuss their favourite sporting films and whether the Premier League can survive the coronavirus crisis.We hear from National League chairman Brian Barwick and football finance expert Nick Harris to discuss how teams will cope.
What would make Sean Dyche rather get a "big spoon" and "ram it" in his eye socket?And how does Lucy Bronze think women's football has changed over the last few years?Mark Chapman is joined by Dion Dublin, Karen Carney and Clinton Morrison to discuss life without football, Phil Neville's own language, their favourite grounds and what riled them up on the football pitch.Sean Dyche also uses the word 'peng'.
Mark Chapman is joined by Michael Brown, George Elek and Kieran Maguire to look at how EFL clubs will be affected by coronavirus.On this special episode, we hear from EFL chairman Rick Parry, Portsmouth striker John Marquis, Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace and Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth.
Mark Chapman is joined by Ian Dennis, Darren Fletcher, Chris Waddle to discuss the effect of the coronavirus on football and Statman Dave models the outcome of the season.
Steve Crossman chats to Atlético Madrid and England right back Kieran Trippier.They discuss his move from the Premier League to La Liga and how he has adapted to the Spanish climate.Also they talk about his relationship with his manager Diego Simeone and how he still talks to Sean Dyche on a weekly basis.
Liverpool's 21-year-old right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold opens up in an exclusive interview with Guillem Balague.The Liverpudlian talks about playing head tennis on holiday, reveals the thinking behind THAT corner against Barcelona, discusses staying moves ahead on the chess board and on the pitch - and explains why he would loving nothing more than wearing the captain's armband at Anfield.
Former Bolton Manager Owen Coyle joins the Football Daily on the day Bolton Wanderers future was secured, 24 hours after Bury were expelled from the Football League. The Guardian's football finance expert David Conn and Tranmere owner Mark Palios - formerly an insolvency practitioner as well as Bury and Bolton player - join Mark Chapman, and Michael Brown describes how he had to tell his son, who played for Bury's academy, that he no longer had a club.
Kelly Cates is joined by Steve Crossman and BBC Radio Manchester’s Mike Minay to react to the news that Bury Football Club has been expelled from the Football League.A takeover deal to buy Bury FC collapsed earlier on Tuesday and the club couldn’t prove to the EFL that it had the funds to continue or find a new buyer before the deadline of 5pm.The news broke at 11pm that the club had been expelled from the Football League and we were there to get the reaction from emotional fans who were still at Gigg Lane in the hope their club could be saved.We also discuss the news that Bolton Wanderers has been given an extension of 14 days, but as Mike explains, they could be the second club to be expelled from the Football League, sooner rather than later.
On a day full of ups and downs Steve Crossman heads to Bury to work out how much the town loves their club. Plus Nicky Adams tells us why he feels 'cheated' by chairman Steve Dale
Manchester City and Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva takes Steve Crossman on a journey from his early life in Lisbon to Premier League stardom.The 25-year-old discusses his first experience of the Manchester rain, singing in the shower, the incredible demands of playing for Pep Guardiola and the club’s quest to win the Champions League.
Emma Saunders goes behind the scenes at Crystal Palace – and catches up with former player Clinton Morrison to chat about Wilfried Zaha's future at the club and the team's summer so far. They hear from captain Luka Milivojevic and winger Andros Townsend.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Henrik Mkhitaryan, Hector Bellerin and Nicholas Pepe join Nick Bright and David Ornstein to talk the new season, saving the world and who should be kicked out of the players' WhatsApp group.
Steve Crossman and former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan spend the day with Newcastle United to look ahead to the new season. Hear from Steve Bruce on how he couldn’t turn down the chance to manage his boyhood club, Martin Dubravka talks getting to grips with the Geordie accent and Jamaal Lascelles (sort of) gives his prediction for the season. Plus Matt Ritchie discusses competition with the club’s new signings, and Sean Longstaff reflects on the injury that he thought might end his career.You can hear how Newcastle get on in their first match of the season against Arsenal on 5 Live Premier League Sunday – kick off is at 2pm.
Steve Crossman and former Sheffield United midfielder Michael Brown go behind the scenes as the Blades prepare for their first season back in the top flight since 2007. Hear from manager Chris Wilder and returning defender Phil Jagielka, who says he has unfinished business following the club's relegation 12 years ago. Record signing Oli McBurnie explains why he gets compared to Tormund Giantsbane from Game of Thrones. We also hear from Chris "BashamBauer" Basham and Billy Sharp on how much playing in the top flight means to the club and the city.
Nick Bright and Ben Haines go to Tottenham’s training ground for pre-season chats with Harry Winks and “uncle” Son Heung-Min. They talk K-pop, have issues with wasps and spend far too much time trying out handshakes, something that is surprisingly visual for a podcast.
Jurgen Klopp and Andy Robertson speak to Juliette Ferrington and reveal what Liverpool have been learning from a surfer, and how Klopp learnt English by watching Friends. This episode also features John Gibbons from the Anfield Wrap and stories about Andy Robertson trying to get jobs in supermarkets.
In the third of our Premier League specials, Steve Crossman goes behind the scenes at West Ham United.We find out what really happened to Declan Rice in the hilarious viral video that did the rounds in the off-season, and why he asked Manuel Pellegrini to go out on loan to the Championship at the start of last season.Also, we explain to Lukasz Fabianski why he is so sought-after in Fantasy Football, Carlton Cole's thoughts on new record signing Sebastian Haller and why nobody enjoys sleep more than defender Issa Diop.
Steve Crossman goes behind the scenes at Leicester City in the second of our series of Premier League specials.Hear from manager Brendan Rodgers on trying to break into the top 6, what superhero character Leicester player of the season Ricardo Pereira would come to training as, Christian Fuchs' big esports plan and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel speaks from the heart about late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
In the first of our Premier League specials, Steve Crossman goes behind the scenes at Aston Villa ahead of the new season.Learn how Jack Grealish's Mum was more worried than he was when he was attacked by a Birmingham fan, why Tyrone Mings knew he'd 'made it' when he upgraded his Citroën Saxo to a Vauxhall Corsa, why manager Dean Smith 'had to' sign over 10 players this summer and how we've all been pronouncing Conor Hourihane's name incorrectly.If that isn't enough we also catch up with club captain James Chester and new signings Jota and Matt Targett.Joining Steve throughout the pod is Villa legend Dion Dublin.
It’s a football sandwich in this edition, Steve Crossman with the latest transfer news and Caroline Barker from the Women’s World Cup. Steve is joined by BBC Sports News correspondent David Ornstein to look at a possible second summer signing for Manchester United as they agree a price for Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The pair then discusses any other possible comings and goings in the Premier League. Who should we be watching out for?Then we are live in France with Caroline Barker, Chelsea coach Emma Hayes and former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis to preview the Women’s World Cup quarter finals. Can England overcome Norway? Hear from England boss Phil Neville, who has labelled Norway as the ‘surprise’ package of the tournament. Plus commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball pops up with special interview with Pierluigi Collina as we talk VAR.
Emma Saunders is joined by former England forward Rachel Yankey, former England goalkeeper Rachel Finnis-Brown and BBC World Cup commentator Vicki Sparks to bring you a guide on the teams and players to look out for in the Women's World Cup 2019.As England and Scotland prepare to face each other in their opening Group D game on Sunday 9th June, the panel discuss how far both home nations can go into the tournament.They also give in-depth analysis on the France, USA, Netherlands and Germany squads, who are all contenders to win the World Cup.
Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 to win the Europa League and in the process stop Arsenal qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Lee Dixon, Andy Townsend, Pat Nevin and Alan Pardew pore over what this means for the future of this Chelsea squad with Eden Hazard admitting after that he's off. But what does the future hold for manager Maurizio Sarri? And with three consecutive seasons of failing to qualify for the Champions League, is this the new normal for Arsenal fans?
Emma Saunders presents a special show as we meet The Lionesses ahead of the Women's World Cup, which gets underway next month.Former England players Rachel Brown-Finnis and Rachel Yankey and commentator Vicki Sparks join the panel - as we get to know the likes of Steph Houghton, Nikita Parris and Jill Scott as they prepare to jet off for France ahead of the tournament which starts on 7 June.And we get the gossip on what happened when the team went camping with the SAS and who sang Take That songs around the camp fire.
Mark Chapman is joined by NY Times chief soccer correspondent Rory Smith, journalist and broadcaster Musa Okwonga, England youtube channel host Craig Mitch and Clive Ellington who discovered Sterling as an eight-year-old.They consider if the England and Manchester City forward is one of the most influential sports stars of this generation.
From Valencia to Istanbul and Inter to Tyneside - Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez tells Guillem Balague about the key matches from his managerial career
Thanks to Chinese whispers we know who Sir Alex Ferguson is tipping for Premier League title. Would Liverpool getting 97 points and still coming second to Manchester City be a "disaster" for the club? And which team of the two will contain the winner of the Golden Boot? Jonathan Overend, Michael Brown, Jon Walters and David Thompson look at the bottom of the league as well - and ask if Cardiff's strong sense of identity will be what saves them this season.
Chris Smalling talks about growing up in a one-parent family and how even though they couldn’t afford his bus fare to go to football training sessions, he still managed to make it from non-league Maidstone to Manchester United.He tells Guillem Balague about the importance of tackling racism in football and the crucial role Raheem Sterling has had. Smalling talks about that elbow on Lionel Messi in Manchester United’s Champions League Quarter Final first leg and whether they can turnaround a 1-0 deficit against Barcelona. And he reveals who has the worst taste in music in United’s changing room. It’s Chris Smalling as you’ve never heard him before.
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata discusses the freedom his football career has given him, his struggles with his guitar and his heroes in an in-depth exclusive interview.
A special podcast examining the Marcelo Bielsa revolution at Leeds United. Guillem Balague spent four days behind the scenes at Elland Road speaking to his players, staff, fans and the man himself. We find out how he’s transformed the training ground, why his players are so impressed and observe one of his training sessions. Plus, you’ll hear some bizarre tales about plug sockets and a fireplace.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk opens up on his love of Disneyland and Game of Thrones, honing his skills on Cruyff courts and how he switches off from football in an exclusive and wide-ranging interview.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic tells Steve Crossman about Paul Pogba, Man Utd, fatherhood, dodgy showers and life on Planet Zlatan in a wide-ranging interview.
Pep Guardiola as you have never heard him before. The Manchester City boss selects several of his favourite songs that reference key moments in his life, as he takes us on a journey from his humble beginnings to the very top of the football world.Speaking to Guillem Balague he talks at length about his upbringing, family life, Barcelona, New York, politics and his special relationship with the people of Manchester. Guardiola also opens up about the night his wife and two daughters were caught up in the Manchester Arena Attack.