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The Athletic Football Podcast is our flagship show, running five times a week throughout the Premier League season.
Hosted by Mark Chapman and Dan Bardell, featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton, Matt Slater 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 five times a week throughout the Premier League season.
Hosted by Mark Chapman and Dan Bardell, featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton, Matt Slater 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

    Qatar: Is it ready to host a World Cup?

    Qatar: Is it ready to host a World Cup?

    Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Matt Slater & Phil Buckingham to look at ahead to preparations for the World Cup in Qatar in just 45 days time. Is the country ready for the influx of people from both an accommodation & security point of view?
    What do Qatari residents feel about the attention the World Cup has brought to their country and the scrutiny it has been under from those who have highlighted human rights and environmental abuses in the host nation.
    Also, what will the knock on effect be in the Premier League in terms of players returning to their clubs ahead of a busy Christmas schedule and just before the January transfer window.
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    • 36 min
    Liverpool's stuttering start & how Klopp can transition them into title challengers

    Liverpool's stuttering start & how Klopp can transition them into title challengers

    Mark Chapman is joined by Senior Football Writer Oli Kay and Liverpool Reporter Andy Jones to analyse Liverpool's start to the new season. Whilst the European recovery continued at Anfield on Tuesday night, seeing off Rangers 2-0, the Reds remain 11 points off the pace in the Premier League ahead of Sunday's visit to league leaders Arsenal.
    We explore the on-pitch issues that have led to Jurgen Klopp's side struggling to build momentum this season as well as explore the off-pitch transition within the recruitment team.
    Having replaced Michael Edwards as Sporting Director in the summer, Julian Ward oversaw Mohamed Salah's contract extension, the sale of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich as well as the potentially club-record arrival of Darwin Nunez, but have the Reds done enough in the transfer market to keep pace with Man City?
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    • 35 min
    Chelsea x Christopher Nkunku: Will It Work?

    Chelsea x Christopher Nkunku: Will It Work?

    Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey and German Football expert Raphael Honigstein, to explore RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku's prospective move to Chelsea in the summer... Where he would fit in, the inevitable questions about 'Bundesliga tax', whose feathers will be ruffled in Potter's existing squad, a potential attacking duo of Nkunku and Lukaku and why the new owners have elected to pay over the odds now, rather than wait til next Spring.
    Plus, an assessment of his strengths, character, form and whether the next superstar to arrive in the Premier League from the Bundesliga, will ultimately turn out to be more Haaland or Werner?
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    • 31 min
    Nkunku to Chelsea agreed, Foden contract close & why Wolves sacked Lage

    Nkunku to Chelsea agreed, Foden contract close & why Wolves sacked Lage

    Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's football correspondent David Ornstein. They discuss Man City's demolition of United with The Athletic's Sam Lee with news on a new contract on the cards for Phil Foden.
    The Athletic's Wolves writer Steve Madeley tells has all the details as to why Bruno Lage was sacked and we hear how the influence of agent Jorge Mendes at the club who could be lined up as the Wolves manager.
    David also has news on Chelsea's pursuit of RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku.
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    • 36 min
    Taking The Knee: What's Changed?

    Taking The Knee: What's Changed?

    The Athletic's Dan Barnes, Carl Anka & Roshane Thomas in conversation about Taking The Knee - the gesture was popularised ahead of games in England following the death of George Floyd in the USA.
    What purpose has taking the knee served? What if anything has changed? And why does it make some people so angry? What should happen next?
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    • 33 min
    Weekend Preview: Derbies in North London, Manchester and the East Midlands - the Premier League is back

    Weekend Preview: Derbies in North London, Manchester and the East Midlands - the Premier League is back

    Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by The Athletic's Tim Spiers and Bet 365's Steve Freeth to get stuck in to a massive weekend of Premier League football, with the North London derby, the Manchester derby and a crunch encounter in the East Midlands between Leicester and Nottingham Forest the pick of the bunch.
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    • 45 min

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