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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2020/21 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 2020/21 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 Curious Case of Olivier Giroud

    The Curious Case of Olivier Giroud

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tom Roddy. The day after limited numbers of fans returned to select games in the EFL, Hugh and Tom share their experience of Wycombe vs Stoke. Oliver Giroud scored the perfect hattrick, then won and scored a penalty for Chelsea against Sevilla - but is he more than a good substitute? Aside from that, should a World Cup winner be happy playing a bit-part rule at Chelsea? The new rules applying to football clubs after Brexit are out - what impact will it have on the clubs? And a year on from Unai Emery’s sacking - are Arsenal in a better place heading into this weekend’s North London derby?
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    • 59 min
    Rolling In The Deep

    Rolling In The Deep

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and James Restall. Edinson Cavani came off the bench to turn Manchester United’s day around, but now faces potential FA action over and ill-judged social media post - do clubs have a duty of care to educate their players on cultural differences? As Raul Jimenez suffers a fractured skull in Wolves’ win at Arsenal - why is football lagging behind other sports when it comes to head injury protocol? Sheffield United are breaking all of the wrong records in a disastrous start to the season - should they stick with Chris Wilder? Was Jurgen Klopp bringing the game into disrepute with his outburst following Liverpool’s game at Brighton, or was he just using his profile to highlight the frustration with fixture scheduling? 


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Memories of Maradona

    Memories of Maradona

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Jonathan Northcroft and Matt Dickinson to pay tribute to Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday at the age of 60. An infamous World Cup winner in 1986, who inspired Napoli to become a double title-winners against all the odds before publicly struggling with his demons off the pitch - we celebrate The Golden Kid.


    We also get the mood in South America with The Times’ Latin America Correspondent, Stephen Gibbs and in Naples, with the Times’ Italy Correspondent, Tom Kington.


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    "I might put a fiver on Spurs for the title now.."

    "I might put a fiver on Spurs for the title now.."

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Matt Dickinson. Spurs are top of the Premier League table - are things coming together for Jose? Manchester City are way off the pace in the title race already - what’s going wrong for Pep? Did Arsenal make an expensive mistake with Nicolas Pepe? Liverpool look impressive despite the injuries and what constitutes a handball these days!?


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Time for Coach Rooney at Pride Park?

    Time for Coach Rooney at Pride Park?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Jonathan Northcroft. The Scottish celebrations continue despite missing out on Nations League promotion and what did we learn from England’s dead rubber against Iceland? John Terry and Wayne Rooney are strong contenders for the Derby County job - but could they do the job at Pride Park? Today marks a decade since Venky’s took charge of Blackburn - have they learned from their initial mistakes ten years on? The team end by discussing the most loved club owners in the top four leagues.


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    • 55 min
    Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

    Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Alyson Rudd. England’s defeat to Belgium seems a lot more of a positive thing than the scoreline suggests - but why? Does Gareth Southgate know his best line up with only a handful of games left until Euro 2020? The team share their memories and pay tribute to the late Ray Clemence, who passed away on Sunday aged 72. The Times’ Scottish Football Correspondent, Michael Grant joins the conversation to discuss Scotland’s EURO2020 qualification and the panel pick their favourite penalty save in honour of David Marshall!
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    • 59 min

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