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    Ep 1681: Jurgen's Shame, Quinny's Game - 27/01/20

    Ep 1681: Jurgen's Shame, Quinny's Game - 27/01/20

    Jurgen Klopp has thrown down the gauntlet to English football. Best of luck with your little competition, hope it goes well but I'm afraid I'm away that week. Nobody has ever disrespected the FA Cup like this before. Will he be allowed to get away with it?

    We discuss where it all went wrong for the FA Cup, and what is happening with the mooted Saudi takeover at Newcastle.

    Richard Sadlier joins us in studio to discuss Niall Quinn's new role at the FAI. What does Quinn's record suggest his priorities will be? And how happy should people be about the appointment?

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 1676: Saracens - Relegated And A Squad On The Brink; Pondering GAA Club Game Status - 20/01/20

    Ep 1676: Saracens - Relegated And A Squad On The Brink; Pondering GAA Club Game Status - 20/01/20

    It was the last round of the European Cup pool stage, and as Munster waited in vain for a miracle that never really looked like happening, Leinster and Ulster are the last two Irish provinces standing. Leinster's reward for finishing as the top seed is a home quarter-final against the reigning champions, but what shape Saracens will be in by that stage is anyone's guess.

    Shane Horgan is back on the pod with Paul Rees of the Guardian to discuss why we still don't know what exactly Saracens did, what impact relegation will have on their English internationals, and what it means even for this year's European Cup.

    Malachy Clerkin joins us in studio to talk about wins for Corofin and the Shamrocks of Ballyhale on All-Ireland club final day yesterday, and also why the GAA would do well not to over-sell the broader appeal of the provincial or All-Ireland club championships.

    Plus there's the salt tears of Stephen Jones, Conor McGregor's winning return to the octagon, and a very bad week for the fíor-gaels.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 1675: Liverpool Power On, United's Unhappy Family - 20/01/20

    Ep 1675: Liverpool Power On, United's Unhappy Family - 20/01/20

    Liverpool continue to sweep all before them and yesterday's victory at Anfield made it 21 wins in 22 matches. About such near-perfection, what is there left to say?

    So naturally much of this podcast is about Manchester United. The heated viral argument between Keane and Carragher illustrated the tension at the heart of a struggling institution. Does Ole deserve more time? Has he been as selfless a custodian of the club's long-term interests as he makes himself out to be?

    There's also talk about Chelsea's antisemitism initiative and Steve Cook's approach to game theory, before Mark Critchley and Jonathan Wilson join us to give their reaction to the game at Anfield and their analysis of where the two sides are at.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    BONUS SHOW - The Second Tan War With Ken And Brian Hanley

    BONUS SHOW - The Second Tan War With Ken And Brian Hanley

    Last Friday on the Second Captains World Service Ken spoke to historian Brian Hanley about what Fine Gael were thinking with the planned RIC event and what the controversy tells us about Irish memory and the development of Irish nationalism - the show got a phenomenal response from listeners, and many asked us to make it free to all (as we did with the Jackson/Olding rape trial discussion - https://www.secondcaptains.com/2018/03/29/episode-1124-the-belfast-rape-trial-sexual-consent-and-a-toxic-dressingroom-culture/).

    If you enjoy it, all that we ask when you finish up listening is to take 10 seconds to consider whether you might like to become a part of the World Service. It costs a fiver a month + VAT and you get daily podcasts plus full access to the archive, and can cancel whenever you want.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep 1670: Munster Beaten By Magical Teddys, Ulster Expect, 12’s O’Clock, Mic’d Up - 13/01/20

    Ep 1670: Munster Beaten By Magical Teddys, Ulster Expect, 12’s O’Clock, Mic’d Up - 13/01/20

    It always looked pretty tough, and now Munster's European Cup hopes are hanging by the thinnest of threads after they battled bravely for 70 minutes before coming up short in Paris against Racing 92.

    Gordon D'Arcy and James Coughlan tell us what Munster's next step should be if qualification proves beyond them, if the talent gap is now too wide to bridge, what Ulster’s expectations should be and who should play 12 for Ireland.

    Plus - we permutate up a storm, Eoin marvels at Teddy Iribaren and Teddy thomas as his new mic’d slot gains traction, and Ken berates Murph for his terrible, really bad, no-good, borrowed-from-rugby, VAR idea.

    • 49 min
    Ep 1669: Jose's Special Plan, Sergio's Success - 13/01/20

    Ep 1669: Jose's Special Plan, Sergio's Success - 13/01/20

    Jose Mourinho came up with a plan to defy Liverpool and it resulted in his team being passed off the pitch and failing to score in another defeat - his 5th in 13 matches at Spurs.

    Nevertheless most Spurs fans seem happy with what has been redefined as progress. We try to break down this apparent paradox.

    We also talk about Sergio Aguero's record-breaking feats and the sadness in Declan Rice's eyes.

    We talk to Carlos Martin Rio of Panenka magazine about what's happening with Barcelona's overtures to Xavi, and why they seem to be convinced Xavi is their man, despite showing little apparent promise in his managerial career so far.

    • 1 hr 6 min

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