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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2022/23 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday.
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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2022/23 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday.
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    World Cup 2022: Episode 17 - Step Aside Ronaldo, There’s A New Kid In Town

    World Cup 2022: Episode 17 - Step Aside Ronaldo, There’s A New Kid In Town

    Hugh Woozencroft is in Qatar - with Gregor Robertson and Alyson Rudd in London.
    Morocco have provided us with the latest World Cup shock - beating Spain on penalties to become the first Arabic-speaking country to make the quarter finals. Was it a case of Spain missing their chances or Morocco being too good for their opponents? (00:00)
    Some are saying this Morocco win is a victory for Africa. We discuss the added importance to a lot of Moroccan fans (14:21)
    Portugal thrashed Switzerland 6-1 but didn’t need Cristiano Ronaldo, dropping him in a tournament for the first time in 31 games. Does he return from this latest setback? (22:55)
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    • 33 min
    World Cup 2022: Episode 16 - It’s Just Like Watching Brazil

    World Cup 2022: Episode 16 - It’s Just Like Watching Brazil

    Hugh Woozencroft is in Qatar - with Gregor Robertson and Tom Clarke in London.
    Brazil danced their way to a 4-1 victory over South Korea. Can anyone realistically stop them? (00:00)
    Speaking of dancing - did their goal celebrations go too far? (13:12)
    Japan came up short against Croatia as 2018’s World Cup finalists progressed. Do the Croatians have any hope of getting past Brazil? (16:44)
    Hugh has been in the England camp and spoke to James Maddison about his involvement in the squad and Raheem Sterling’s return home (26:36)
    The final Round of 16 games take place today - which teams are most likely to progress and what part will Cristiano Ronaldo play? (33:45)
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    • 45 min
    World Cup 2022: Episode 15 - England Set Up A Quarter Final Against France

    World Cup 2022: Episode 15 - England Set Up A Quarter Final Against France

    Hugh Woozencroft and Tom Roddy are in Qatar - with Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Alyson Rudd in London.
    England are through to the quarter finals of the World Cup with a 3-0 win over Senegal - but as some fans were suggesting, was it a boring performance? (00:00)
    Tom Roddy was at the Al Bayt Stadium and gives us his thoughts before we look ahead to Saturday’s quarter final against France (17:28)
    The French proved too much for Poland, beating them 3-1 and showing everyone they have every intention of defending their crown. How will England handle Kylian Mbappé? (29:21)
    Hugh ends with a theory that scoring the first goal is more important than ever if you’re the underdog - but does anyone agree with him? (44:35)
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    • 50 min
    World Cup 2022: Episode 14 - Messi Scores In His 1000th Game, But Argentina Look Beatable

    World Cup 2022: Episode 14 - Messi Scores In His 1000th Game, But Argentina Look Beatable

    Hugh Woozencroft is in Qatar - with Gregor Robertson and Tom Allnutt in London.
    Messi impressed as Argentina avoided a late shock to beat Australia - but are the rest of the team offering enough? (00:00)
    The Netherlands ended the USA’s tournament - but is the future bright for the Americans? (11:31)
    Argentina will play The Netherlands next - are the South Americans good enough or do they rely on Messi too much? (19:42)
    England play their Last 16 game against Senegal today - but who should Gareth Southgate name in his starting XI? (30:10)
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    • 36 min
    World Cup 2022: Episode 13 - Elation For South Korea, Despair For Uruguay

    World Cup 2022: Episode 13 - Elation For South Korea, Despair For Uruguay

    Hugh Woozencroft is in Qatar, whilst Alyson Rudd and Gregor Robertson are both in London to look back at an eventful final day of World Cup Group action, with late drama as South Korea secured a place in the last 16 at Uruguay's expense. There was also a famous win for Cameroon against Brazil and Serbia and Switzerland played out a fiery game as the Swiss also head through to the last 16.
    Hugh discusses being at South Korea vs Portugal and witnessing the incredible scenes as South Korea qualified for the last 16 (01:58)
    Alyson discusses Andre Ayew's penalty miss for Ghana and how it completely changed the game (09:30)
    Despite Cameroon beating Brazil, Alyson isn't impressed with Aboubakar's actions in taking off his shirt to celebrate the winner and receiving a second yellow card in the process. (31:22)Gregor was really impressed with the quality shown in Switzerland vs Serbia and believes the Swiss deserved to win (34:37)The panel discusses which team's could spring a surprise in the Round of 16 with Alyson predicting the USA and Australia to be victorious (41:58)
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    • 46 min
    World Cup 2022: Episode 12 - Germany Crash Out & Belgium's Limp Exit!

    World Cup 2022: Episode 12 - Germany Crash Out & Belgium's Limp Exit!

    Hugh Woozencroft is in Qatar, while Tom Clarke and Gregor Robertson are both in London to look back at an eventful day of World Cup action, with both Germany and Belgium being knocked out of the competition in the group stages.The panel debate whether some of the teams are now only starting to find their feet after their third matches. Are they finally adjusting to conditions in Qatar given their lack of preparation ahead of the tournament? (00:30)
    Did the ball cross the line in the build-up to Japan's second goal against Spain? Gregor and Tom have their say (09:30)
    Where did it all go wrong for Germany after their elimination from the tournament, and just how catastrophic is their early exit? Can they rebuild ahead of the next European Championships? (11:43)Belgium's Golden Generation are knocked out of the group stages just 4 years after finishing third in Russia - what now for the national side with several of the key figures set to be absent from the next World Cup? (24:30)How much credit do Morocco need after qualifying for the Round of 16 as Group winners? How significant is this for African football? (35:17)

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    • 41 min

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