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The Athletic Football Podcast is our flagship show, running four times a week throughout the Premier League season.
Hosted by Mark Chapman and Dan Bardell, featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton, and many others, they'll take you inside the biggest stories and bring you exclusive news from behind the scenes at your club.

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The Athletic Football Podcast is our flagship show, running four times a week throughout the Premier League season.
Hosted by Mark Chapman and Dan Bardell, featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton, and many others, they'll take you inside the biggest stories and bring you exclusive news from behind the scenes at your club.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Weekend Preview: Resting Ronaldo, Mane Under The Radar + Set Piece-Savvy West Ham

    Weekend Preview: Resting Ronaldo, Mane Under The Radar + Set Piece-Savvy West Ham

    Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth, to preview Liverpool's trip to Old Trafford - could defeat really spell the end for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Plus, how 'set-piece kings' West Ham have become favourites for their London derby against Spurs, whether Phil Foden could end up with both the Player AND Young Player of the Year awards at the end of the season and how Aaron Ramsdale has softened the blow of Emi Martinez' Arsenal exit.
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    • 49 min
    Business of Sport: Inside the 'incredible' Premier League meeting

    Business of Sport: Inside the 'incredible' Premier League meeting

    Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Dan Sheldon to take you inside the extraordinary meeting that saw Premier League clubs vote to block potential Newcastle United sponsorship deals. Sports Lawyer Daniel Geey will also be with us to discuss the various legal ramifications, the wider context as to how it got to this point and what could come next.
    Matt Slater is away this week but we’ll also discuss his piece on the battle to show the Premier League in the US, The Athletic’s Felipe Cardenas - who co-wrote the piece - joins us from Atlanta.
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    • 39 min
    Kyrie Irving, Jurgen Klopp & The Premier League's Vaccination Fight

    Kyrie Irving, Jurgen Klopp & The Premier League's Vaccination Fight

    Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton and Tas Melas (of NBA podcast 'No Dunks' fame) to dive into sport's global vaccination effort... Why the Premier League are still lagging behind major US sports leagues in terms of vaccine uptake, the 'conspiracy culture' in English football, how Qatar's vaccine mandate could rock the boat ahead of the World Cup next year and how Wolves managed to vaccinated their entire squad. Plus, more on the curious case of NBA superstar Kyrie Irving: Un-vaxxed and so un-able to play!
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    • 51 min
    Rashford camp upset over Solskjaer comments & Premier League clubs seething about Newcastle takeover

    Rashford camp upset over Solskjaer comments & Premier League clubs seething about Newcastle takeover

    Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein, Adam Crafton & Simon Johnson to discuss issues involving Manchester United, Newcastle United & Chelsea.
    After a shambolic defeat at the start of a difficult run of games, we’ll discuss what the future holds for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United..
    We’ll also talk about Newcastle United, who got off to a disappointing start under new ownership, The Athletic has learned there is considerable pressure from Premier League clubs around the takeover and other issues..
    And our Chelsea writer Simon Johnson will join us to talk Edourd Mendy, Romelu Lukaku and Olivier Giroud who David has been speaking to for The Athletic.
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    • 53 min
    Weekend Preview: Ranieri's Rough Start, Lukaku Teething & Vieira's Shadow

    Weekend Preview: Ranieri's Rough Start, Lukaku Teething & Vieira's Shadow

    Hosts George Elek and Ian Irving (standing in for Dan this week) are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview the return of Premier League football...
    The trio discuss Claudio Ranieri's tough start to life at Vicarage Road and whether Ismaila Sarr was guilty of 'coasting' last year? Plus, how the Arsenal faithful will feel if club legend Patrick Vieira, and his thrilling Crystal Palace side, can take the points on offer at the Emirates on Monday night?
    Are Chelsea still working out how best to use Lukaku, what do Newcastle have to get right before they can start spending their new-found fortune and more...
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    • 59 min
    Business of Sport: Les Ferdinand offers fans chance to invest in club's future

    Business of Sport: Les Ferdinand offers fans chance to invest in club's future

    The Athletic's Matt Slater visits Championship club Queens Park Rangers to speak to club legend Les Ferdinand who is now director of football at the club & Ruben Gnanalingam, QPR vice-chairman to discuss the club's plans to offer their fans the chance to invest in the club's future both on & off the pitch.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

MossE27 ,

Chappers...what a hero

One of the best pods out there if you’re a bit of a footie nerd. The pod gives a fantastic insight into the inner workings of footie, the additional banter from Chappers is what makes it even better! Thanks guys 👍🏼👍🏼

alberta gooner ,

Listen to the Ornacle!

A great listen for people who want solid information from one of the best-sourced reporters in European football. Chappers is a great host and there’s some excellent pundits from The Athletic’s stable who make regular appearances. The Business of Sport podcast is also on this feed and also worth a listen. Thoroughly enjoyed the recent episode on the City Football Group that featured Matt Slater and a couple of fantastic guests.

arsenal dumping on the loo ,

Came for the Ornstein memes, stayed for the content

Great insight into the mechanisms of the transfer market and the roles agents hold. Ornstein as always is a consummate professional (and the source of many memes on Twitter).

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