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Traversing the world of football in search of the stories that matter, brought to you by expert journalists and guests. Check out our print magazine.

    Néstor Lorenzo and the renaissance of Colombia

    Néstor Lorenzo and the renaissance of Colombia

    As Colombia prepare for their first Copa América final since 2001, Gary Thacker, Steven Scragg and Pete Watson trace the reasons for their renaissance under coach Néstor Loreno, look ahead to the final itself and discuss the domestic implications of their tournament exploits. 

    • 56 min
    Los Leones: the unique story of Athletic Club

    Los Leones: the unique story of Athletic Club

    Author Christopher James Evans finds himself in the Centre Circle to discuss his excellent book on the history of Athletic Club. We would call it the last word on the club, but as they keep winning trophies, he has to keep adding chapters.

    • 48 min
    The South America Files: Argentina 5s

    The South America Files: Argentina 5s

    Pending a new in-depth South America Files series coming your way shortly, the team have produced this pilot project: pick the greatest five-a-side team possible from each of South America’s constituent countries. Think of it as the South America Files meets Mount Rushmore. We road test it by trying to compile Argentina’s finest five-a-side team. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Euro 2024 predictions

    Euro 2024 predictions

    The European Championship is finally upon us and a month of magical moments and shattered dreams lie ahead. Will Gareth Southgate lead England to tournament victory or will M&S be awash with returned cardigans from disenchanted fans before the group stages are over? Matthew Gibbs, Rob Fletcher and Gary Thacker may have the answers.

    • 46 min
    Euros Revision: France 3-2 Portugal, 1984

    Euros Revision: France 3-2 Portugal, 1984

    Aidan Williams takes Gary Thacker on a rollercoaster ride through what he considers to be the greatest match in European Championship history, France’s 3-2 win over Portugal in the semi-final of Euro 84. Iconic venue, iconic kit, Michel Platini at his peak and John Motson going all boy soprano. What’s not to love?

    • 37 min
    Euros Revision: David Trezeguet and the Golden Goal

    Euros Revision: David Trezeguet and the Golden Goal

    Many methods of deciding drawn cup ties have been tried done the years, from drawing lots and tossing coins to penalty shootouts and the golden goal, which was a part of the Euros in 1996 and 2000.

    In the latter tournament, France rescued themselves from seemingly certain defeat, equalising against Italy in the 93rd minute of normal time before going on to win it with David Trezeguet’s extra-time golden goal. But what would VAR say about such shenanigans these days? Rob Fletcher and Gary Thacker look for an answer. 

    • 31 min

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