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The Athletic's flagship football podcast, hosted by Ayo Akinwolere and featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Matt Slater will take you inside the biggest stories around the Euros, Copa America and transfers told by the best journalists in the business. Cutting through the noise to tell you what’s really happening and why it matters.

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The Athletic's flagship football podcast, hosted by Ayo Akinwolere and featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Matt Slater will take you inside the biggest stories around the Euros, Copa America and transfers told by the best journalists in the business. Cutting through the noise to tell you what’s really happening and why it matters.

    Is Lamine Yamal the heir to Messi's throne?

    Is Lamine Yamal the heir to Messi's throne?

    Lamine Yamal turns 17 the day before Spain’s Euro 2024 final against England and he’s already produced the moment of the tournament with his wonder goal in the semi-final win over France.
    So how did he get so good so young? 
    And will his club side Barcelona be able to keep hold of him in the long term?
    Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's Pol Ballus, who is out in Germany covering Spain at Euro 2024 as well as La Liga writer Dermot Corrigan is analyse the rise of Lamine Yamal and look ahead to what could await him on his return to Barcelona.
    Host: Adam Leventhal
    With: Pol Ballus and Dermot Corrigan
    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead
    Producer: Guy Clarke
    Related articles:
    Perfection, by Lamine Yamal - The Athletic
    The story behind the viral photos of Lionel Messi and a baby Lamine Yamal - The Athletic
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    • 43 min
    Are England good or just lucky?

    Are England good or just lucky?

    England left it late, but thanks for Ollie Watkins' last minute winner are through to the final at Euro 2024.
    So are they now good, or just really lucky having relied on a number of big moments throughout the tournament?
    Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's Oli Kay who was in Dortmund for the 2-1 win over the Netherlands as well as Jack Pitt-Brooke and Tim Spiers to analyse England's route to the final and the role of manager Gareth Southgate. 
    Host: Ayo Akinwolere
    With: Oli Kay, Jack Pitt-Brooke and Tim Spiers
    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead
    Producer: Guy Clarke
    Related articles:
    England, a team of comebacks, late winners and finals. These are extraordinary times - The Athletic
    Ollie Watkins, Cole Palmer and an England goal that was worth the wait - The Athletic
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    • 39 min
    How will Liverpool benefit if FSG buy Bordeaux?

    How will Liverpool benefit if FSG buy Bordeaux?

    On Friday, Arne Slot was officially unveiled as head coach in a new era at Liverpool.
    Yesterday, The Athletic reported that the club’s owners FSG are interested in purchasing French club Bordeaux. So what is the plan, and how would it benefit Liverpool?

    Host: Ayo Akinwolere
    With: James Pearce, Matt Slater
    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead
    Producer: Jay Beale
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    • 40 min
    Arteta eyes Calafiori & why Man United want Zirkzee

    Arteta eyes Calafiori & why Man United want Zirkzee

    Manchester United are working to finalise a deal for Bologna forward Joshua Zirkzee.

    His performances in Italy have earned him a spot in the Dutch squad for the Euros. 

    So is Zirkzee an upgrade on United’s existing forward options? 

    Or could they be about to make a move for a more experienced Premier League striker? 

    Host: Ayo Akinwolere
    With: David Ornstein and Carl Anka
    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead
    Producer: Mike Stavrou
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    • 41 min
    Should England drop Kane?

    Should England drop Kane?

    England are through to the semi-final at Euro 2024 after seeing off Switzerland on penalties. Yet for Gareth Southgate’s side there were familiar problems in Dusseldorf with Harry Kane again struggling to make an impact.
    No doubt he’ll start Wednesday’s semi-final against the Netherlands but should he? 
    Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's senior football writer Oli Kay as well as Jacob Whitehead to discuss Kane's role ahead of Wednesday's meeting in Dortmund.
    Football tactics writer Ahmed Walid also drops in to join in the conversation around the rest of the semi-finalists leading forwards while Pol Ballus explains the importance of Alvaro Morata to Spain both on and off the pitch.
    Host: Ayo Akinwolere
    With: Oli Kay, Jacob Whitehead and Ahmed Walid
    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead
    Producer: Guy Clarke
    Related articles
    Is Harry Kane in danger of becoming England’s Cristiano Ronaldo? - The Athletic
    Memphis Depay vs Wout Weghorst: The striker debate which cuts to the heart of Dutch football - The Athletic
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    • 42 min
    Why Ten Hag survived Man United overhaul

    Why Ten Hag survived Man United overhaul

    Just weeks after considering managerial replacements, Manchester United have extended Erik ten Hag’s contract until 2026.
    With so much structural change at the club, is this a genuine show of faith in the manager?
    And with preseason starting Monday, what are the problems that still need to be fixed before the Premier League returns?

    Host: Adam Leventhal
    With: Mark Critchley, Dan Sheldon
    Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead
    Producer: Jay Beale
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    • 38 min

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