Original football stories and interviews from around the globe.
Ange Postecoglou: The influences and legacy of the Tottenham Hotspur boss
Tottenham Hotspur boss Ange Postecoglou has made an impressive start since joining the London club in the summer, bringing optimism back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with his style of play and a spell at the top of the Premier League table.
The former Celtic manager has been successful elsewhere in the football world, particularly in his native Australia and Japan. How did these experiences influence Postecoglou and what legacy has he had on the countries where he’s coached before?
Sportsworld’s Delyth Lloyd is joined by Mani Djazmi as they hear from Postecoglou’s former assistant Peter Cklamovski, who is now the head coach at FC Tokyo, and former Australia captain Mark Milligan, who played under Postecoglou for Australia and Melbourne Victory.
Photo: Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on December 3, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Credit: Offside via Getty Images)
Vilda’s vindication? Spain win the World Cup
Spain beat England 1-0 to win their first FIFA World Cup. Mani Djazmi, Maz Farookhi and Katie Smith are joined by former England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley to discuss the final and Spain manager Jorge Vilda’s role and future.
Image: Ivana Andres of Spain lifts the FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy following victory in the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Final match between Spain and England at Stadium Australia on August 20, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
All roads (and rivers!) lead to the final
Katie Smith, Mani Djazmi and Maz Farookhi take a ferry trip down the Parramatta River from Sydney's Circular Quay to the Olympic Park, where tomorrow either Spain or England will be crowned world champions for the very first time at Stadium Australia.
We hear from Women's Champions League-winning coach Lluis Cortes, Women's European Championship winner Jill Scott, Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes and two-time Women’s World Cup-winning manager Jill Ellis, as well as England captain Millie Bright and Spanish football journalist Sara Gutierrez, as we build up to Sunday's tournament finale.
Image: The World Cup trophy prior to the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 Group A match between New Zealand and Norway at Eden Park on July 20, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
Afghanistan's women team still waiting
In 2021, Afghanistan's women's national players fled Kabul to Australia, following the return to power of the Taliban. No women's team representing Afghanistan has kicked a ball in international football since.
We catch up with goalkeeper Fati, who's now living and studying in Melbourne, to find out what life's like in Australia, what she wants from FIFA, and how the Women's World Cup has impacted her.
Image: Footballer Fatima Yousufi speaks during the Angel City Equity Summit at Sydney Opera House on August 04, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hanna Lassen/Getty Images)
Tillies Done! Lionesses roar into World Cup final
Join Mani Djazmi and Katie Smith at Stadium Australia in Sydney as they reflect on England reaching the Women's World Cup final for the very first time after beating the co-hosts 3-1.
We hear from England's match-winner Lauren Hemp, and BBC Sport's Emma Sanders drops by to discuss how Sarina Wiegman has taken the European champions to the brink of becoming world champions.
Meanwhile, it's the end of the road for the Matildas. Former Australia international Elissia Carnavas joins us to reflect on their run to the semi-finals and discuss the legacy this tournament could have for the development of women's football in Australia.
Image: Players of England celebrate following victory during the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 semi-final match between Australia and England at Stadium Australia on August 16, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Naomi Baker - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
El capitan Carmona smashes Spain into the final
Maz Farookhi is in Auckland as Spain reach their first final in only their third World Cup finals appearance thanks to second-half strikes from teenage sensation Salma Paralluelo and captain Olga Carmona.
Joining Maz are Spanish radio reporter Sara Gutierrez and Swedish journalist Amanda Zaza to chat about the pulsating semi-final.
We also hear from The New Zealand Herald’s Michael Burgess about what the tournament has done to football in New Zealand and how the last five weeks will be remembered.
As it’s the final match in New Zealand, we’ll also be hearing about the significance of the Maori performing art, Poi, and why it’s been an ever-present at grounds across New Zealand during the competition.
Finally, Katie Smith is in Sydney ahead of the second semi-final between co-hosts Australia and the European Champions England.
Photo: Jennifer Hermoso of Spain celebrates with her teammates after winning the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Semi-Final match between Spain and Sweden at Eden Park on August 15, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)