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The Game is the premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers previewing and reviewing all the action throughout the 2023/24 season. Twice a week, Gregor Robertson and Tom Clarke speak to the leading football writers from The Times and The Sunday Times, offering unparalleled analysis of the latest results and commentary on emerging issues. 
On Mondays, Alyson Rudd, Tom Roddy and Tony Cascarino review the weekend's action and on Thursdays Martin Samuel tackles the biggest issues of the week alongside the likes of Jonathan Northcroft and Ian Hawkey.
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The Game is the premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers previewing and reviewing all the action throughout the 2023/24 season. Twice a week, Gregor Robertson and Tom Clarke speak to the leading football writers from The Times and The Sunday Times, offering unparalleled analysis of the latest results and commentary on emerging issues. 
On Mondays, Alyson Rudd, Tom Roddy and Tony Cascarino review the weekend's action and on Thursdays Martin Samuel tackles the biggest issues of the week alongside the likes of Jonathan Northcroft and Ian Hawkey.
Subscribe to The Times to enjoy our award-winning sports journalism on your smartphone or tablet. Just search The Times online.

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    Is it ever ok not to support your team?

    Is it ever ok not to support your team?

    When is a fan not a fan? Tom Clarke, Tony Cascarino, Martin Samuel and Gregor Robertson discuss the bizarre atmosphere at the Tottenham stadium on Monday night as some Spurs fans struggled to cheer on their team against Man City.
    After Spurs didn’t do Arsenal a favour, could West Ham in the final game? In a word the universal opinion is… no.
    Premier League clubs meet next week to discuss the future of VAR…Martin has a simple solution; we need better humans. The discussion gets heated, proving the point that it is a very subjective business.
    Finally, Tony belatedly offers his alternative team of the season.

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    • 1 hr
    The best alternative team of the season ever!

    The best alternative team of the season ever!

    Arsenal have taken the title race to the final week of the season. But as Man City find their form on the run in, will it matter…?
    Aside from the title race Manchester United kept the score respectable at Old Trafford, but it was yet another lamentable performance from a club in the doldrums. What now for Casemiero et al?
    Tom Allnutt is confident that most Spurs fans will not want them to beat City, so handing Arsenal the title…Alyson Rudd isn’t so sure.
    Gregor Robertson witnessed the discontent at the City ground as Forest stay up but almost because of three worse teams then because of their own efforts.
    After the break it is ‘Tom Clarke's fun time’ as he makes everyone pick an alternate team of the season with a player from eleven different teams…which one player will make it from City and Arsenal and where will the other nine come from…?

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    • 48 min
    Ancelotti masterless; Ten Hag car crash.

    Ancelotti masterless; Ten Hag car crash.

    Madrid do it again. Do they have better players, a better coach? Is it the ground, their history or all of it rolled together? Martin Samuel, Jonathan Northcroft and Gregor Robertson join Tom Clarke to look at just how special Real Madrid are.
    Mbappe ends his time with PSG with a whimper, where now for the French star?
    Domestically Crystal Palace are reborn under Oliver Glazner. Which of their team have a chance of the euros, Olise, Eze, Wharton..? On the receiving end of the Palace trio were a sorry Manchester United. With a cup final on the horizon, is there any hope for Ten Hag and his tenure at Old Trafford?
    Lastly, a reflection on David Moyes parting of the ways with West Ham

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    What's the future for Ange-ball and are Chelsea good?

    What's the future for Ange-ball and are Chelsea good?

    Tony Cascarino and Alyson Rudd took a road trip to see Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’s penultimate home game in charge. Whatever happened in the car stays in the car. Tom Clarke and Gregor Robertson quiz them on Spurs’ alarming dip in form, and the performance of Harvey Elliot. Tony finally got to ask Klopp a question…
    In the title race Haaland and Rice are purring, Gregor is very impressed with the all round contribution of Declan Rice on and off the pitch. Tony thinks Haaland leaps like a salmon!
    Elsewhere Chelsea are starting to look like a real team…will it last? And West Ham have agreed personal terms with Julen Lopetegui…
    Is relegation now all done and dusted…? And what does it take to survive in the Premier League for promoted teams? 

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Can Sancho and Dier make Euro squad?

    Can Sancho and Dier make Euro squad?

     English players star in Europe, but not the ones you might think. Martin Samuel, Gregor Robertson and Tony Cascarino join Tom Clarke to discuss the fluctuating careers of Eric Dier and Jaden Sancho. Will either make the England squad? And why couldn’t Man Utd get the best out of a gifted player?
    Hindsight is twenty twenty but Kai Havertz now looks like a bargain at sixty million…Martin thinks he saw it coming. 
    Ipswich are on the verge of back to back promotions, where does the achievement of Kieran McKenna rank? With plenty of big clubs looking for new managers will he be near the top of their lists?
    A big manager leaving is Jurgen Klopp, what do the panel feel about his final season?
    And from a manager whose team amassed 97 points and were runners up, who were some of the greatest teams to finish second…?

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Title down to two and will Salah leave?

    Title down to two and will Salah leave?

    And then there were two… It’s no longer a three-horse race, much to Alyson Rudd’s regret. Alyson joins Tom Allnutt, Gregor Robertson and Tom Clarke to pick over the bones of good wins for City and Arsenal, and touchline altercations for Liverpool and Mo Salah. Could this be the end of the ‘Egyptian King’ at Anfield?
    The race for fourth continues to ebb and flow, Villa threw away a two goal lead, but still gained on Spurs. Chelsea and their midfield in particular, confound the panel…again.
    Andoni Iraola has taken Bournemouth to their highest ever points total, does he deserve manager of the season?
    To finish, its two from three at the bottom. Forest showed form in defeat against City, do Luton have one last push in them? And Burnley, too little to late, or in with a shout…?  

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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

St Christoph ,

Football enthusiast

Much improved now that Hugh Woozencroft is no longer the presenter. In addition, would also be improved if Alyson Rudd left. She’s incredibly pretentious whilst being the least informed.

LawlerBoy ,

Yawn

Most recent show spent first 10 mins discussing the song American Pie.
Seriously…?
This is supposed to be about football.

Kane’s biggest fan ,

The Best

I listen to lots of football podcasts and look forward to Mondays and Thursdays because I find this the best.
I am a left wing voter and Guardian reader but am almost tempted to switch to the Times if this is the quality of football journalism to be found there!

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