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Mark Chapman and The Athletic's David Ornstein break open the week's biggest stories and take you deep into the inner workings of the football machine

The Ornstein & Chapman Podcast The Athletic

    • Soccer
    • 4.6 • 307 Ratings

Mark Chapman and The Athletic's David Ornstein break open the week's biggest stories and take you deep into the inner workings of the football machine

    Meeting Maradona in Mexico

    Meeting Maradona in Mexico

    In April 2019 The Athletic's Andy Mitten was tasked by Four Four Two magazine to fly unannounced to the heart of Sinaloa, Mexico, home to the most powerful drug cartel on the planet, and track down the coach of Mexican second division side Dorados, none other than Diego Maradona.
    This is the story of meeting Maradona in Mexico, as Andy recounts the extraordinary tale to The Athletic's Adam Hurrey.
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    • 19 min
    Zlatan v FIFA & Portsmouth CEO on fans return

    Zlatan v FIFA & Portsmouth CEO on fans return

    Mark Chapman and The Athletic's Matt Slater discuss footballers' image rights after as top players including Gareth Bale & Zlatan Ibrahimović are planning to object to use of their likenesses on the hugely popular and lucrative EA Sports game, FIFA 21.
    We are a joined by Tom Horton a barrister who runs the twitter account TheFootballLaw and has written an excellent thread on the issue of footballers and their image rights in reaction to this story.
    And as English football prepares to welcome fans back into stadiums, we are joined by Mark Catlin, CEO of Portsmouth in League One, who tells us how his club are preparing and how they will choose which fans attend matches.
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    • 38 min
    Arsenal exclusive, Giroud future & Pep contract

    Arsenal exclusive, Giroud future & Pep contract

    Host Mark Chapman is joined by David Ornstein to bring exclusive insight and stories from David and The Athletic's team of writers.
    Coming up today we’ll have the best lines from David’s column that includes Arsenal news - as they open talks to tie down a young striker and tensions boil over in training. Plus we also have an update on Olivier Giroud’s future at Chelsea. 
    And we are joined by The Athletic’s Adam Crafton who has been speaking exclusively to Shaun Wright-Phillips about some of the secrets of Jose Mourinho’s success. 
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    • 39 min
    Business of Sport: Wrexham's Hollywood Takeover

    Business of Sport: Wrexham's Hollywood Takeover

    Mark Chapman and The Athletic's Matt Slater are joined by Wrexham FC director Spencer Harris as he takes us inside the takeover deal that saw Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney purchase the club this week.
    We'll hear about their plans to take Wrexham to a global audience, the positive impact they've already made on the local community and there's tales of late night zoom calls with Reynolds and The Rock.
    In addition to that we're joined by Harrogate Town chairman Irving Weaver for his perspective on the continued wranglings over the proposed EFL bailout by the Premier League and he has some interesting things to say about Project Big Picture.

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    • 41 min
    Liverpool unlikely to sign defender in January & Rooney in the frame for Derby job

    Liverpool unlikely to sign defender in January & Rooney in the frame for Derby job

    Mark Chapman and David Ornstein are joined by The Athletic's Simon Hughes with an update on Liverpool's January transfer plans as it appears they are unlikely to move for a defender despite their mounting injury concerns at the back.
    Elsewhere Ryan Conway takes us inside the unravelling of Philip Cocu's Derby after the Dutchman left the club on Saturday, including insight into the chances of Wayne Rooney ending up in the hotseat.
    There is also news of a potential contract dispute for Adama Traore at Wolves, Man Utd targeting Portugese defender David Carmo, plus we hear from former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini.
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    • 37 min
    BONUS POD: Should there be a European Super League?

    BONUS POD: Should there be a European Super League?

    The Athletic's Adam Leventhal, Raphael Honigstein, Matt Slater and Adam Crafton convene for a discussion around the question that just refuses to go away - will there and should there be a European Super League?
    This was originally broadcast live on twitter, for more live broadcasts from The Athletic follow @TheAthleticUK on twitter
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
307 Ratings

307 Ratings

MarkTh21 ,

Brilliant

Always loved this pod. But especially loved the ones with Matt Slater breaking down all the complex stuff into bite size version AND NOW there’s one every week with him! Keep up the good work everyone! Cheers

viqas12 ,

Great...if you’re a gambling addict!

There’s some good football talk, but I can’t stand this podcast as there is a gambling ad basically every other sentence on this pod. Like please tone the ads down a bit, or at least get sponsored by some other companies instead of gambling.

joelrsomething ,

Great football podcast

During lockdown I stopped listening to all football podcasts apart from this one. Quite honestly, I found that all the other ones had became boring and not worth listening to. This one was greatly informative about what was going on and kept being interesting back then. And they've kept being informative and interesting now that football is back.

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