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Traversing the world of football in search of the stories that matter, brought to you by expert journalists and guests. Check out our award-winning print magazine.

    Elite coach and player development from the UK to Mexico, with Jess Ibrom

    Elite coach and player development from the UK to Mexico, with Jess Ibrom

    Jess Ibrom is a professional coach holding a UEFA and USSF A License with more than  20 years of experience as a high-performance coach, elite youth developer, and coach developer. More than 20 players coached by Jess have gone onto to play elite professional and international football. From the UK and US to Mexico and New Zealand, his roles have been as varied as challenging. He sat down with host Jon Townsend to discuss all things development.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The story of Euro 2012 and 2016: Spain's zenith, Portugal's fortune and bloated tournaments

    The story of Euro 2012 and 2016: Spain's zenith, Portugal's fortune and bloated tournaments

    Bringing the story right up to date, the sixth and final part of our European Championship series centres on 2012 and 2016, from Spain's version of Mexico 70 at Euro 2012 to the pragmatic, perhaps fortunate, route that Portugal took to glory at Euro 2016. 

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Euro 2004 and 2008: the shock of Greece and the splendour of Spain

    Euro 2004 and 2008: the shock of Greece and the splendour of Spain

    Fresh from the success of co-hosted Euro 2000, the 16-nation tournament had finally found its own personality, but the ethos of the winners of 2004 and 2008 couldn't be more different. From the pragmatism and shock of Greece in 2004 to the expansion and awe of Spain in 2008, this is part five of the European Championship series. 

    • 1 hr 34 min
    The story of the 1978 World Cup: violence, protests, controversy and a stunning home glory

    The story of the 1978 World Cup: violence, protests, controversy and a stunning home glory

    In what might be the best Political Football podcast yet, it's difficult to imagine that any World Cup tournament before or since has been as politically-charged as Argentina 1978. Amid the carnage of a violent military junta, with talks of potential boycotts and campaigns across the world eventually failing to persuade FIFA to change venues, the 1978 World Cup was played out in the most febrile of atmospheres. Add in speculation about fixed results, historical antagonisms, heroic protests, and a home victory reinforcing the military authority, and this World Cup had everything.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Rui Marques talks about his journey from Fantasy Football success to the pro game

    Rui Marques talks about his journey from Fantasy Football success to the pro game

    Once an economist with a passion for football, after Rui Marques won two high-profile Fantasy Football competitions, it opened a door into professional scouting with the likes of Sporting Kansas and Legia Warsaw. He discusses his unique journey in the game.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    The politically-charged story of the 1974 World Cup

    The politically-charged story of the 1974 World Cup

    The 1974 World Cup in West Germany was one of the most politically charged tournaments of all. In this episode, Steven Scragg talks through how politics decided the hosts and which stadiums would be used, the iconic confrontation between East and West Germany, competing countries under the heel of dictatorships, the internal politics of squads, and old enmities hanging on from 30 years earlier.

    • 1 hr 14 min

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