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Julian Nagelsmann and the Growing Head Coach Transfer Market
Less than 2 weeks ago, Bayern Munich made headlines by signing RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann. But what was truly noteworthy was the reported €25 million fee.
Recently, the transfers of other Bundesliga head coaches Adi Hutter and Marco Rose have cost a reported €12.5 million in total. Today we look at the growing head coach transfer market.
David Gass (@empiregass) is a freelance broadcaster who is a regular contributor to Extra Time Radio and A Football Podcast.
The Enigmatic Career of Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema is Real Madrid's fourth highest goal scorer of all time and the fifth-highest goal scorer in the Champions League. And yet, he seems a forgotten striker amongst the world elite. Last season he led Real Madrid to a La Liga title and as it stands, Real is level on points with Atlético.
Why isn't he considered all-time great for Real or France? We investigate in our latest episode.
David Gass is a freelance broadcaster who contributes to Extra Time Radio and A Football Podcast.
The African Super League and the Future of Cross-Border Competition
Back in March, the Confederation of African Football had just elected a new president, Patrice Motsepe.
Given Motsepe was Gianni Infantino’s candidate, it was inevitable that the President of FIFA would be there to celebrate his candidate’s win.
Sure enough, a photo appeared on Twitter of Infantino with the CEO of Tanzanian club Simba SC, Barbara Gonzalez.
But it was the words of the tweet that caused the stir:
It was great catching up with FIFA President, Gianni Infantino on the sidelines of the CAF Elections 2021. The rollout of the African Super League with 20 permanent member clubs is underway.
In this episode, we ask: is an African Super League realistic? And how would it impact African football?
Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith) is an African football expert who appears on Joy 99.7 FM and whose work can be found on the BBC, Al Jazeera, the Guardian, CNN, the Blizzard, the New York Times and elsewhere.
Matt Slater (@mjshrimper) is a football news reporter at The Athletic.
The music for this episode was provided under the Creative Commons license by Blue Dot Sessions.
Bask VX - Limoncello
Undying - Banana Cream
Steely - Moon Juice
Relay 7 - Marble Run
Stucco Blue - Orange Cat
Nine Count - Reflections
Teshi Line - Kokura Station
Peacetime - TinyTiny Trio
Crystal Palace and the Fork in the Road
After a 4-1 loss to Chelsea, Crystal Palace is tied for 12th in the league and comfortably above the relegation zone. It’s a familiar position for Palace, not quite good enough for Europe and too good to be a yo-yo club.
However, with manager Roy Hodgson’s contract finishing in the summer along with a number of key players, Palace have big questions to answer.
Today we ask; what should Crystal Palace do this summer?
Matt Woosnam covers Crystal Palace for The Athletic.
Lille and the End of PSG's Dominance?
On Saturday Lille beat PSG 1-0 to take a 3 point lead atop the Ligue 1 table. If they pull it off, it would their first Ligue 1 title since 2011. But their journey has been far from straightforward. Since 2013 they've had 9 different managers and 3 different owners. Before the club was sold in Dec. of 2020 it was at risk of insolvency.
Today we ask: is this the end of PSG's dominance?
David Gass is a freelance broadcaster who is a regular contributor to Extra Time Radio and A Football Podcast.
The Brewing Battle Between Agents and FIFA
In Nov. of 2017 FIFA President Gianni Infantino declared his intention to reform the practices of football agents.
Now there is a proposed regulation to do just that. However, high-profile agents are speaking out against it. It appears agents and FIFA are on a collision course destined to end up in court.
Today we ask, why are football agents at war with FIFA?
Daniel Geey is a leading sports lawyer for Sheridan and author of Done Deal.
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I discovered this podcast in lockdown, I’m so glad i did. The topics and guests are great. I highly recommend.
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Brilliantly produced and well-hosted. Something different from most football shows. Covering topics that you’ve heard about it better than others or giving you the info on something you’d never heard of. One of my favourites and a very much recommended listen.