20 episodes

Broadway to Brazil tells the fascinating story of Corinthian-Casuals, an English non-league club with an extraordinary tale. We explore the rich history and exciting present of this unique team, speaking to players, supporters, management, and volunteers, and delving deep into the stories that mark the Casuals out as a club apart.

Hosts Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss examine the origins and legacy of the old Corinthian FC – once one of the world’s most famous teams and the only club to have provided the entire XI for the England national side – before following this lineage all the way through to the modern day Corinthian-Casuals.

Today the club play in inauspicious surroundings in Tolworth, south-west London, and compete in the seventh tier of the English football pyramid. But in Broadway to Brazil you’ll find out how the same club dished out Manchester United’s record defeat, inspired Real Madrid to wear white and shared the pitch with icons such as Brazilian legend Socrates. Plus we’ll discover why they are adored by millions in Sao Paulo and beyond thanks to their role in the founding of Corinthians Paulista.

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Broadway to Brazil tells the fascinating story of Corinthian-Casuals, an English non-league club with an extraordinary tale. We explore the rich history and exciting present of this unique team, speaking to players, supporters, management, and volunteers, and delving deep into the stories that mark the Casuals out as a club apart.

Hosts Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss examine the origins and legacy of the old Corinthian FC – once one of the world’s most famous teams and the only club to have provided the entire XI for the England national side – before following this lineage all the way through to the modern day Corinthian-Casuals.

Today the club play in inauspicious surroundings in Tolworth, south-west London, and compete in the seventh tier of the English football pyramid. But in Broadway to Brazil you’ll find out how the same club dished out Manchester United’s record defeat, inspired Real Madrid to wear white and shared the pitch with icons such as Brazilian legend Socrates. Plus we’ll discover why they are adored by millions in Sao Paulo and beyond thanks to their role in the founding of Corinthians Paulista.

    Egri Erbstein Bonus Episodes: Tournament Review

    Egri Erbstein Bonus Episodes: Tournament Review

    The Egri Erbstein Tournament celebrated amateur and semi professional football, as well as the legacy of one of football's pioneering coaches, on the weekend of 23 and 24 July at the Corinthian-Casuals' home in Tolworth. 

    Along with the Casuals, visitors Sheffield FC, Hilltop FC, and Budapesti AK provided rich entertainment for the bumper attendances that came down to King George's. 

    Broadway to Brazil was there to capture the action and reaction. As well as reviewing what happened on the pitch, this episode also hears from some old and new friends: former Corinthian and media legend, Martin Tyler; newly appointed first team manager, Tony Reid; and a member of the touring party from Budapest, Peter Beko. 

    And we even end on a surprisingly musical note... 

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    Hosted by Jarek Zaba

    Editing, Mixing, Production - Jarek Zaba
    Series co-producer - Dominic Bliss
    Title music - John Forrest

    • 25 min
    Egri Erbstein Bonus Episodes: Abdullah Mohammed, Hilltop FC

    Egri Erbstein Bonus Episodes: Abdullah Mohammed, Hilltop FC

    On the weekend of July 23rd and 24th, Corinthian-Casuals will be hosting the second edition of the Egri Erbstein Tournament. Celebrating one of football’s great pioneering coaches, the tournament also brings together like minded amateur and semi-professional clubs from around the world. 




    In the third of our bonus episodes, we speak to Abdullah Mohammed, first team manager at Hilltop FC. Based in north London, Hilltop has its roots in the British-Somali community and has had a rapid rise since being founded in 2005. 

    This year they're preparing to play Step 5 football for the first time, having gained promotion to the Combined Counties Premier Division. They also happen to be the semi final opponents of Corinthian-Casuals at the Egri Erbstein Tournament. 

    Abdullah speaks about his excitement about the game, the history of Hilltop and its role in the local community, and some foreign adventuring of their own.

    Hosted by Jarek Zaba

    Editing, Mixing, Production - Jarek Zaba
    Series co-producer - Dominic Bliss
    Title music - John Forrest

    • 24 min
    Egri Erbstein Bonus Episodes: Richard Tims, Sheffield FC

    Egri Erbstein Bonus Episodes: Richard Tims, Sheffield FC

    On the weekend of July 23rd and 24th, Corinthian-Casuals will be hosting the second edition of the Egri Erbstein Tournament. Celebrating one of football’s great pioneering coaches, the tournament also brings together like minded amateur and semi-professional clubs from around the world. 




    After a successful tournament in Budapest in 2019, it’s now the turn of Corinthians to host. And in these Broadway to Brazil specials, we’re speaking to some of the clubs involved. 




    In this episode, Jarek chats with Richard Tims, a man with the honour of being chairman of the world’s first football club: Sheffield FC. 




    Richard talks about the rich history of the club, who are the only team other than Real Madrid to be bestowed with the FIFA Order of Merit. He also spoke about Sheffield’s current position in the Northern Premier League Division One, travels to far flung places such as India and Brazil, and what he’s most looking forward to at the Egri Erbstein Tournament.

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    Presented by Jarek Zaba 

    Editing, Mixing, Production - Jarek Zaba
    Series co-producer - Dominic Bliss
    Title music - John Forrest

    • 22 min
    Egri Erbstein Bonus Episodes: Bertalan Molnar, BAK

    Egri Erbstein Bonus Episodes: Bertalan Molnar, BAK

    On the weekend of July 23rd and 24th, Corinthian-Casuals will be hosting the second edition of the Egri Erbstein Tournament. 


    As well as celebrating the achievements of one of football’s great pioneering coaches, the tournament also brings together like minded amateur and semi-professional clubs from around the world. 


    Broadway to Brazil listeners may remember the Casuals travelling to Budapest in 2019, where the club lifted the trophy - a newly minted Corinthian Cup - in front of a loud and passionate travelling army of supporters. 


    Now it’s the turn of the Corinthians to host. And in these special Broadway to Brazil bonus episodes, we’ll be speaking to representatives from each of the competing clubs in the build up to the tournament.


    First up is Bertalan Molnar, President of Budapesti Atletikai Klub - or BAK for short. BAK were Egri Erbstein’s first club, and the semi final opponents of Casuals back in 2019, eventually losing 3-0 in a hard fought encounter. Now they make the return journey, and will be facing the world’s oldest club, Sheffield FC, in their semi final. 


    Here’s what Bertalan had to say about the tournament, and what his team will be bringing to the table later this month. 

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    Presented by Jarek Zaba 

    Editing, Mixing, Production - Jarek Zaba
    Series co-producer - Dominic Bliss
    Title music - John Forrest

    • 16 min
    What Does It Mean To Be A Corinthian?

    What Does It Mean To Be A Corinthian?

    Football is a sentimental culture. Where do you draw the line between heritage and progress? And when you represent a club that has chosen to set itself apart, with its own respected ethos, how do you move with the times and maintain your unique identity?




    These are the questions that have faced custodians of the Corinthian-Casuals legacy from the 1880s through to the 2020s. 




    So how have things changed over the course of those 14 decades? In our final episode, we set out to answer the overarching question behind this entire series: What does it mean to be a Corinthian?

    To help explore this topic, Dominic and Jarek are joined by committee member John Forrest, and we hear from a wide range of club voices, past and present, including players, management, fans, and a range of the club's custodians over its distinguished history. 





    Written, produced and presented by Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss. 



    Editing: Jarek Zaba;
    Audio engineering: Brent Davies;
    Title music: John Forrest;
    Artwork: Matt Alabaster;
    Website: Chris Kelly.

    • 52 min
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    The footballing paths trodden by the Corinthian-Casuals side are long and varied. From as far afield as Australia and Belgium, and featuring clubs right at the very top of the English game, the players have often seen it all before they walk through the gates at King George’s Field.



    But they all have one thing in common – they’ve all fallen in love with this famous old club hidden away off a slip road on the A3.



    These are the stories of the men who make up the team today, told through four voices in the present day first team dressing room: Robert Paratore, Ben Cheklit, Danny Bracken and Kieron Cadogan. Dominic and Jarek are also joined by club volunteer Stuart Tree, who knows the first team well through his involvement as club photographer and programme editor. 



    Written, produced and presented by Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss. 



    Editing: Jarek Zaba;
    Audio engineering: Brent Davies;
    Title music: John Forrest;
    Artwork: Matt Alabaster;
    Website: Chris Kelly.

    • 51 min

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Casual

Football history with a difference, this tells the fascinating tale of Corinthian Casuals, interlaced with notes about the current squad attempting to compete with pros and fans of Corinthians of Brazil who venture over to London to see them.

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