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The Athletic's flagship football podcast, hosted by Ayo Akinwolere and featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Matt Slater will take you inside the biggest stories around the Euros, Copa America and transfers told by the best journalists in the business. Cutting through the noise to tell you what’s really happening and why it matters.

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    • 3.7 • 81 Ratings

The Athletic's flagship football podcast, hosted by Ayo Akinwolere and featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Matt Slater will take you inside the biggest stories around the Euros, Copa America and transfers told by the best journalists in the business. Cutting through the noise to tell you what’s really happening and why it matters.

    What now for Southgate & England?

    What now for Southgate & England?

    Spain are deservedly champions of Europe.
    So why are England once again unable to take the final step?
    And will it be Gareth Southgate’s final game as manager? 

    Host: Ayo Akinwolere
    With: Oli Kay, David Ornstein, Pol Ballus
    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead
    Producers: Guy Clarke & Jay Beale
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    • 48 min
    Is Lamine Yamal the heir to Messi's throne?

    Is Lamine Yamal the heir to Messi's throne?

    Lamine Yamal turns 17 the day before Spain’s Euro 2024 final against England and he’s already produced the moment of the tournament with his wonder goal in the semi-final win over France.
    So how did he get so good so young? 
    And will his club side Barcelona be able to keep hold of him in the long term?
    Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's Pol Ballus, who is out in Germany covering Spain at Euro 2024 as well as La Liga writer Dermot Corrigan is analyse the rise of Lamine Yamal and look ahead to what could await him on his return to Barcelona.
    Host: Adam Leventhal
    With: Pol Ballus and Dermot Corrigan
    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead
    Producer: Guy Clarke
    Related articles:
    Perfection, by Lamine Yamal - The Athletic
    The story behind the viral photos of Lionel Messi and a baby Lamine Yamal - The Athletic
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    • 43 min
    Are England good or just lucky?

    Are England good or just lucky?

    England left it late, but thanks for Ollie Watkins' last minute winner are through to the final at Euro 2024.
    So are they now good, or just really lucky having relied on a number of big moments throughout the tournament?
    Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's Oli Kay who was in Dortmund for the 2-1 win over the Netherlands as well as Jack Pitt-Brooke and Tim Spiers to analyse England's route to the final and the role of manager Gareth Southgate. 
    Host: Ayo Akinwolere
    With: Oli Kay, Jack Pitt-Brooke and Tim Spiers
    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead
    Producer: Guy Clarke
    Related articles:
    England, a team of comebacks, late winners and finals. These are extraordinary times - The Athletic
    Ollie Watkins, Cole Palmer and an England goal that was worth the wait - The Athletic
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    • 39 min
    How will Liverpool benefit if FSG buy Bordeaux?

    How will Liverpool benefit if FSG buy Bordeaux?

    On Friday, Arne Slot was officially unveiled as head coach in a new era at Liverpool.
    Yesterday, The Athletic reported that the club’s owners FSG are interested in purchasing French club Bordeaux. So what is the plan, and how would it benefit Liverpool?

    Host: Ayo Akinwolere
    With: James Pearce, Matt Slater
    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead
    Producer: Jay Beale
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    • 40 min
    Arteta eyes Calafiori & why Man United want Zirkzee

    Arteta eyes Calafiori & why Man United want Zirkzee

    Manchester United are working to finalise a deal for Bologna forward Joshua Zirkzee.

    His performances in Italy have earned him a spot in the Dutch squad for the Euros. 

    So is Zirkzee an upgrade on United’s existing forward options? 

    Or could they be about to make a move for a more experienced Premier League striker? 

    Host: Ayo Akinwolere
    With: David Ornstein and Carl Anka
    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead
    Producer: Mike Stavrou
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    • 41 min
    Should England drop Kane?

    Should England drop Kane?

    England are through to the semi-final at Euro 2024 after seeing off Switzerland on penalties. Yet for Gareth Southgate’s side there were familiar problems in Dusseldorf with Harry Kane again struggling to make an impact.
    No doubt he’ll start Wednesday’s semi-final against the Netherlands but should he? 
    Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's senior football writer Oli Kay as well as Jacob Whitehead to discuss Kane's role ahead of Wednesday's meeting in Dortmund.
    Football tactics writer Ahmed Walid also drops in to join in the conversation around the rest of the semi-finalists leading forwards while Pol Ballus explains the importance of Alvaro Morata to Spain both on and off the pitch.
    Host: Ayo Akinwolere
    With: Oli Kay, Jacob Whitehead and Ahmed Walid
    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead
    Producer: Guy Clarke
    Related articles
    Is Harry Kane in danger of becoming England’s Cristiano Ronaldo? - The Athletic
    Memphis Depay vs Wout Weghorst: The striker debate which cuts to the heart of Dutch football - The Athletic
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

Nathan_robbo ,

Some of the best content in some of the worst form

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that The Athletic is at the pinnacle of sports journalism. Its brand is synonymous with excellence, professionalism and love of the game. Although, I do find the vessel of these values doesn’t quite come across in a podcast format.

My two biggest issues with this show is:

1) Audio quality. With most of the guest appearing on this show being employees of The Athletic - coupled with the fact that a lot of them appear semi-regularly - I find it odd that these guys don’t have, at the very least, half decent USB microphones. The show being mostly recorded online, I think having a USB mic should be prerequisite for talking on this podcast.

On top of that, I find that the audio levels vary greatly based on who is talking. To listen to this show, you need the volume on max to hear everything clearly but also have to worry about loud outbursts blowing your ears. Using a compressor (or a better one) would mitigate this. You can hear this clearly when the show cuts to ads and the ads a significantly louder than what you’ve been listening to.

2) I think the Match Preview show - in it’s current form - can be entirely skipped by anyone listening. It sounds more like my mates and I predicting results and chatting Fantasy League instead of journalists paid to talk about this. That being said, there are some things that my mates would pick up on, in terms team news, tactics, form etc, that these guys tend to miss.

On a more positive note, Ayo I think has been an excellent host since being brought on. He works extremely well as an intermediary between sometimes multiple guests but I do just wish there was a bit more freedom in terms of making these episodes less methodical and more conversational. With some episodes being wholly Ayo question -> guest answer -> Ayo question -> other guest answer.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Amazing just like me at soccer

Outback Mick Dundee ,

Weekend Preview…

Sorry but lost a listener -last year you had great setup with Dan Bardell and team each week,with great insight and banter -perfect and a must listen podcast each week…complete opposite this year ,turned off before end of all -Tim Spiers was decent stand in but change the host - guests trying hard but very poor from main guy -treats it like a game show - Mike -Sydney Australia

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