45 episodes

Nessun Dorma will take you back to the time when football had smaller shorts, diving headers, pitches covered with sand and Elton Welsby on the TV. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the stories and some analysis as well. Featuring journalist and proper old football lovers Rob Smyth (The Guardian) plus plenty of other 80s & 90s tragics. If you're like us then this is pod for you.

Nessun Dorma 80s & 90s Football Podcast Lee Calvert

    • Soccer
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

Nessun Dorma will take you back to the time when football had smaller shorts, diving headers, pitches covered with sand and Elton Welsby on the TV. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the stories and some analysis as well. Featuring journalist and proper old football lovers Rob Smyth (The Guardian) plus plenty of other 80s & 90s tragics. If you're like us then this is pod for you.

    S4 Ep5: Arsenal’s Double 1997-98 (part ii)

    S4 Ep5: Arsenal’s Double 1997-98 (part ii)

    Gary, Rob and Mike are back to discuss the transformation of Arsenal during Arsène Wenger’s first full season.


    We take an in-depth look at two Premier League classics, as Arsenal chin Manchester United home and away. The latter of those at Old Trafford was part of one of the most Homeric runs in English football history, as Arsenal went unbeaten from Boxing Day 1997 until 3 May 1998 to rip the league title away from Alex Ferguson’s seemingly unassailable team.


    We look at how a futuristic and frighteningly quick attack was grafted onto George Graham’s legendary back five, creating a hybrid that swept all before it and completed the second Double in Arsenal’s history.
     
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    S4 Ep4: Arsenal’s Double 1997-98 (part i)

    S4 Ep4: Arsenal’s Double 1997-98 (part i)

    Arsène? Who could ever forget him. Yet in September 1996 Arsène Charles Ernest Wenger was a relative unknown in the UK when he left Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan to take charge of Arsenal. 


    Gary, Rob and Mike discuss his early impact at the club, from broccoli to booze restrictions and how boring, boring Arsenal would eventually become breathtaking. We then take in the early part of their 1997-98 season, where Denis Bergkamp was on fire and Ian Wright broke the club scoring record. 


    Don’t be too put off though, Spurs fans: the episode kicks off with us taking more care of Steve Archibald by inducting him into our Underrated Hall of Fame.
     
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    S4 Ep 3: France 98 pt 3 – the denouement

    S4 Ep 3: France 98 pt 3 – the denouement

    We’ve arrived at the last eight in France, and Gary, Rob and Mike have much to discuss.


    Settle in for a chat about two of the greatest World Cup matches of the modern era, one of the most celebrated goals in the history of the tournament, the bombshell story that broke just before the final and a Petit goal that’s anything but.


    We also reflect on the tournament as a whole, picking our favourite moments and matches, and run the rule over the FIFA All-Star squad. Then – and only then – are we done with the 1998 World Cup.
     
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    • 2 hrs 15 min
    S4 Ep2: France 98 pt 2 – the Round of 16

    S4 Ep2: France 98 pt 2 – the Round of 16

    That isn’t a misprint – we really have spun the thick end of two hours out of one round of World Cup football. 


    Gary, Rob and Mike return for a review of the last 16 in France. We look at a devastating performance by Ronaldo, the World Cup’s first ever golden goal and there’s an extended segment on an epic tussle between England and Argentina that goes on almost as long as the game itself. 


    Around that we also take a look back at the career of Michel Platini and note the recent passing of Liverpool and England goalkeeping legend Ray Clemence.
     
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    • 2 hrs 29 min
    S4 Ep1: France 98, Pt 1 - The Groups

    S4 Ep1: France 98, Pt 1 - The Groups

    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, then you're Nessun Dorma's target demographic. We're back, and to open season four we're focusing on the last World Cup of the twentieth century.


    Part 1 of our review of France 98 takes in the group stages - Brazil as a Nike product line, the Blanco hop, Des Lynam wondering why you're not at work, Ivan Zamorano's energetic singing, Sunday Oliseh's half-volley humdinger and much more besides.


    As a bonus feature we also take a look back at the career of The Cannonball Kid, Charlie Nicholas
     
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Bonus Ep: Middlesbrough 1996-97

    Bonus Ep: Middlesbrough 1996-97

    Middlesbrough’s 1996-97 season was the mother of all rollercoasters. They reached two cup finals, lost them both and were relegated – yet they were talk of the football world. Rob talks to Tom Flight, author of Yer Joking Aren’t Ya?, about Boro’s madcap season: the AWOL superstars, the hat-trick of 3-3 draws, the three-point deduction that ultimately sent them down - and the sheer joy of watching Juninho. 
     
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

JellyHat68 ,

I would luv eh

Funny, informative and nostalgic. Can’t beat that.

SMQ84 ,

👌

Good podcast

ajpred68 ,

Best football podcast I've heard

This is a superb series and Lee and his contributors offer an insightful, intelligent, and amusing analysis of talking points from 80's and 90's football. While the modern era is bloated with hundreds of analysts poring over every minute detail of modern day football it's hard to find such an entertaining (and accurate) take on this period. A fantastic chance to reminisce for older fans and a great education for younger ones. Highly recommended!!!

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