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The Blizzard is dedicated to sharing football stories you won't find anywhere else.

Hear fascinating tales from behind the matches which changed the course of footballing history with Jonathan Wilson, Marcus Speller and a special guest every week on 'Greatest Games'. Exclusively available on The Blizzard's podcast feed.

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The Blizzard is dedicated to sharing football stories you won't find anywhere else.

Hear fascinating tales from behind the matches which changed the course of footballing history with Jonathan Wilson, Marcus Speller and a special guest every week on 'Greatest Games'. Exclusively available on The Blizzard's podcast feed.

    Greatest Games: West Ham United 1 Dinamo Tbilisi 4, 1981

    Greatest Games: West Ham United 1 Dinamo Tbilisi 4, 1981

    This week on Greatest Games, Brian Homewood joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller to discuss the 1981 Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-final first-leg between West Ham United and Dinamo Tbilisi.

    So to the Boleyn Ground for this one, where the ardent West Ham crowd – then used to cruising second division and on the verge of promotion – warmly welcomed the Soviet Cup winners from Georgia. The reception was shortly followed by disbelief as the Georgians picked apart the FA Cup holders on a blustery March night in East London.

    About the panel:

    Jonathan Wilson (https://twitter.com/jonawils) founded The Blizzard in 2011 and is editor of the magazine. He’s contributed to a number of publications including the Guardian and Sports Illustrated as well as having authored  Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, The Outsider, Angels with Dirty Faces and most recently The Names Heard Long Ago, among others. 

    Marcus Speller (https://twitter.com/MarcusSpeller) is a host of the Football Ramble podcast as well as Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers. Marcus also regularly hosts our live Q&A events across the country alongside Jonathan.

    Brian Homewood (https://twitter.com/brianhomewood) is a freelance journalist based in Portugal, contributor of Reuters, World Soccer, ESPN and When Saturday Comes among others.

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    • 42 min
    Greatest Games: Chile 2 Italy 0, 1962

    Greatest Games: Chile 2 Italy 0, 1962

    On Greatest Games this week, Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by Cecilia Lagos to remember the 1962 World Cup group stage tie between hosts, Chile, and two-time World champions, Italy – the ‘Battle of Santiago’.

    David Coleman’s introduction to the BBC’s broadcast of this game is the stuff of legends – “The game you are about to see is the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football in the history of the game…” it began. 

    Ceci, Jonathan and Marcus remember the remarkable events which unfolded just months after an earthquake devastated the host nation and were stirred by the comments of two European journalists.

    About the panel:

    Jonathan Wilson (https://twitter.com/jonawils) founded The Blizzard in 2011 and is editor of the magazine. He’s contributed to a number of publications including the Guardian and Sports Illustrated as well as having authored  Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, The Outsider, Angels with Dirty Faces and most recently The Names Heard Long Ago, among others. 

    Marcus Speller (https://twitter.com/MarcusSpeller) is a host of the Football Ramble podcast as well as Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers. Marcus also regularly hosts our live Q&A events across the country alongside Jonathan.

    Cecilia Lagos (https://twitter.com/CeciliaLagos) is a Chilean freelance European football correspondent based in the Netherlands, football writer and content producer for The Tactical Room as well as her own YouTube channel, Sportiva. 

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    • 48 min
    Greatest Games: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 3, 2016

    Greatest Games: Liverpool 4 Borussia Dortmund 3, 2016

    Laurence McKenna joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller to remember Liverpool's last-gasp Europa League quarter-final win against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield.

    • 45 min
    Greatest Games: Zambia 0* Ivory Coast 0, 2012

    Greatest Games: Zambia 0* Ivory Coast 0, 2012

    This week on Greatest Games, Paul Myers joins Jonathan and Marcus to discuss the 2012 Cup of Nations final and one of the most emotional stories in football history.

    Extraordinarily reaching the final meant that Zambia would compete to win their first-ever Cup of Nations in Libreville, Gabon – the city where 30 passengers and crew, including the Zambia national team and support staff, lost their lives in a tragic plane crash on the way to a World Cup qualifier in Dakar.

    About the panel:

    Jonathan Wilson (https://twitter.com/jonawils) founded The Blizzard in 2011 and is editor of the magazine. He’s contributed to a number of publications including the Guardian and Sports Illustrated as well as having authored  Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, The Outsider, Angels with Dirty Faces and most recently The Names Heard Long Ago, among others. 

    Marcus Speller (https://twitter.com/MarcusSpeller) is a host of the Football Ramble podcast as well as Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers. Marcus also regularly hosts our live Q&A events across the country alongside Jonathan.

    Paul Myers is the sports editor at Radio France International’s English service.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Greatest Games: Ghana 3 Equatorial Guinea 0, 2015

    Greatest Games: Ghana 3 Equatorial Guinea 0, 2015

    On this edition of Greatest Games, Gary Al-Smith is on the pod to remember a dramatic Afcon semi-final which took place six years ago on Friday alongside Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller. 

    Tournament hosts, Equatorial Guinea, meet a Ghana side managed by Avram Grant and looking in great stead to win the Cup of Nations. The hosts’ fans weren’t short of optimism and unduly encouraged to be so confident that 2015 was their year, leading to an outpouring of emotion when their hopes of glory diminished in Malabo.

    About the panel:

    Jonathan Wilson (https://twitter.com/jonawils) founded The Blizzard in 2011 and is editor of the magazine. He’s contributed to a number of publications including the Guardian and Sports Illustrated as well as having authored  Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, The Outsider, Angels with Dirty Faces and most recently The Names Heard Long Ago, among others. 

    Marcus Speller (https://twitter.com/MarcusSpeller) is a host of the Football Ramble podcast as well as Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers. Marcus also regularly hosts our live Q&A events across the country alongside Jonathan.

    Gary Al-Smith (https://twitter.com/garyalsmith) is a sports journalist reporting locally and internationally from Ghana, contributing to the BBC, CNN and The New York Times as well as being a Unicef ambassador.

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    • 50 min
    Greatest Games: Manchester United 1 Manchester City 6, 2011

    Greatest Games: Manchester United 1 Manchester City 6, 2011

    This week on Greatest Games, Richard Jolly joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller to discuss one of the Premier League’s most extraordinary results ever – Manchester City’s 6-1 win away at Old Trafford in 2011.

    'A statement' undermines quite what happened on this day. The trio looks back on how the Manchester clubs reached this point, the starring members of Roberto Mancini’s 2011-12 Premier League-winning side and much more. 

    About the panel:

    Jonathan Wilson (https://twitter.com/jonawils) founded The Blizzard in 2011 and is editor of the magazine. He’s contributed to a number of publications including the Guardian and Sports Illustrated as well as having authored  Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, The Outsider, Angels with Dirty Faces and most recently The Names Heard Long Ago, among others. 

    Marcus Speller (https://twitter.com/MarcusSpeller) is a host of the Football Ramble podcast as well as Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers. Marcus also regularly hosts our live Q&A events across the country alongside Jonathan.

    Richard Jolly (https://twitter.com/RichJolly) is a football journalist for the National, the Guardian, the Observer, the Straits Times, the Independent, FourFourTwo, Sporting Life and contributor to The Blizzard.

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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

Matty=) ,

A great listen sprinkled with a drizzle of Sunderland

Well hosted by the superb Marcus and the knowledge of mr Wilson on all things European football 1st class. Add in the subject matter expert on the game bringing energy and a touch of geekiness is brilliant. Could do with a Forest Game at some point hint hint

Barberrism ,

Came for greatest games....

and will be staying. Been waiting for a couple of months for Greatest Games to start again and I’m not disappointed. Great pod fantastic guests

MarcGDavis240575 ,

Great stories!

Insightful and well told

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