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Football podcast with stats, chat and more. Covering the Premier League and the rest of the European action.

    The biggest Ballon d'Or robberies this century

    The biggest Ballon d'Or robberies this century

    The latest episode of the Squawka Talker podcast looks at a controversial Ballon d'Or Award in 2021 and some of the biggest 'Ballon d'Or robberies since 2000'.

    Host Feargal Brennan is joined by Squawka's chief football writer Muhammad Butt and freelance football journalist and broadcaster Mo Stewart to run the rule over Lionel Messi's seventh Ballon d'Or, ahead of Robert Lewandowski, amid a social media storm over the vote.

    The guys ask what comes next for the award after the most controversial decision in recent years? Is there a need for change and more consistency over the voting criteria for it to survive?

    Alongside the 2021 award, and what it means for the future, the team also look back at some of the biggest 'Ballon d'Or steals' in recent seasons.

    Thierry Henry coming second to Pavel Nedved in 2003, treble winning Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder losing out to Messi in 2010 and plenty more close calls from the most prestigious individual honour in football.

    • 51 min
    Xavi's School for Gifted Youngsters? How Barcelona could look in 2022

    Xavi's School for Gifted Youngsters? How Barcelona could look in 2022

    The latest episode of the Squawka Talker podcast looks at Xavi's plans for Barcelona in 2022 as the La Masia production line whirrs back into action



    Host Feargal Brennan is joined by Squawka's chief football writer Muhammad Butt and Barcelona-based La Liga writer and broadcaster Rik Sharma, to discuss the role of La Masia in Xavi's new-look Barcelona side and how he intends to remodel the Catalan giants.

    The former Spanish international is blessed with the strongest crop of young talent at the club in over a decade with Ansu Fati and Pedri joined by Gavi, Nico Gonzalez, Abde Ezzalzouli and others since the start of 2021/22.

    Despite the positivity of youth, Xavi faces a conundrum over his experienced stars - and former teammates - in the coming months with big decisions to be made on Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique.

    The guys also look at Xavi transfer plans in 2022, with departures expected in January, as he aims to reignite the fire of excellence at the Camp Nou.

    • 55 min
    Can West Ham qualify for the Champions League?

    Can West Ham qualify for the Champions League?

    The latest episode of the Squawka Talker podcast looks at West Ham's chances of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League in 2022.

    Host Feargal Brennan is joined by Squawka's chief football writer Muhammad Butt and West Ham correspondent for Football London Tom Clark, to assess the Hammers chances of crashing the Champions League party this season.

    David Moyes has looked to build on the Hammers sixth place finish in 2020/21 with an impressive start to the current campaign placing West Ham at third in the table ahead of the international break.

    The team dive into the key factors behind West Ham's excellent start to the season and Moyes' thinking on tactical stability in recent months.

    Declan Rice's development, alongside the goal scoring exploits of Michail Antonio, are examined as part of West Ham's push to secure a first ever Champions League place in 2022.

    • 51 min
    The future of England's midfield

    The future of England's midfield

    The latest episode of the Squawka Talker podcast looks at how Gareth Southgate's England midfield could line up at Qatar 2022 and beyond.

    Host Feargal Brennan is joined by Squawka's Chief Football Writer Muhammad Butt and Football London journalist Kaya Kaynak to take a deep dive into Southgate's midfield options moving into the World Cup next year and future tournaments.

    Southgate opted for the safety at Euro 2020 with a double pivot of Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips but will he move with the times and opt for a single deep-lying midfielder? Is Marcelo Bielsa's lynchpin the man for the job or can Rice shoulder the weight alone?

    And what about the Lions Cubs? England are blessed with a slew of young midfield, can any of them can force their way into Southgate's thinking.

    Conor Gallagher is the poster boy for Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace and Emile Smith-Rowe is the reason for Arsenal's upturn in form. Finally, Phil Foden is scaling new heights at Manchester City in a left-wing role - but will his home be at the heart of Southgate's midfield?

    • 51 min
    How to rebuild Newcastle United

    How to rebuild Newcastle United

    The latest episode of the Squawka Talker podcast looks at how to rebuild Newcastle United in 2022.

    Host Feargal Brennan is joined by Squawka's Chief Football Writer Muhammad Butt and Newcastle United fan and BBC Sport journalist Harry De Cosemo to asses the current picture at St. James' Park following their Saudi Arabia-backed buyout.

    The team analyse what the Magpies transfer policy will be in the coming months with growing pressure on the club to spend big in January to force their way out of the Premier League relegation battle.

    Will they look to bring in Premier League stalwarts like James Tarkowski and John McGinn or will they roll the dice on 'European mercenaries' such as Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona and Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

    Or will the new regime on Tyneside invest in young British talent on the continent with Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Jude Bellingham all stamping their mark on the game?

    • 56 min
    Who should be the manager of Man Utd?

    Who should be the manager of Man Utd?

    The latest episode of the Squawka Talker podcast looks at who could be the next manager of Manchester United.

    Host Feargal Brennan is joined by Rob Blanchette from the Manchester United podcast The Masterclass and James Young from The Stretford Paddock to assess the situation surrounding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford and the candidates to replace him if the Norwegian is sacked.

    The team analyse where Ole let go of the wheel, and how his legacy at United has been impacted by the ongoing speculation on his future.

    Former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is the red hot favourite to replace Solskjaer following his summer departure from the San Siro. There is lots of analysis on how the Italian's preferred 3-5-2 system could lead to major changes at United.

    • 49 min

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