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    The politics of the 1938 World Cup, played with global war on the horizon

    The politics of the 1938 World Cup, played with global war on the horizon

    For many football fans, the little-known 1938 World Cup is one often shaded in darkness. The last tournament before the Second World War was brimful of political interference, influence and infiltration. In this episode, we review the tournament and, given the ongoing situation in the world at the time, consider how politics' chess game inevitably cast its shadow over the finals.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    The glory and the failure of a brilliant Netherlands in 1974

    The glory and the failure of a brilliant Netherlands in 1974

    The Netherlands in 1974 is the story of Rinus Michels' beautiful but ultimately heartbreaking World Cup campaign. With Johan Cruyff inspiring a side dripping with talent, boasting a style of play that bewitched the world, the Netherlands would come so close yet agonisingly so far from etching their name into history as perhaps the greatest world champions of all.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Euro 88 and Euro 92: from Dutch peaks and Soviet genius to Denmark's improbable glory

    Euro 88 and Euro 92: from Dutch peaks and Soviet genius to Denmark's improbable glory

    The last eight-team tournaments, and the polar opposites of one another, after the stylistic excellence of the Netherlands and the Soviet Union at Euro 88 came the largely sterile football of Euro 92, a tournament and era topped off by Denmark's improbable rise to glory and the fall of the Iron Curtain. 

    • 1 hr 35 min
    How the 1930 World Cup changed the face of football and politics

    How the 1930 World Cup changed the face of football and politics

    Do you think that politic and finance influencing the World Cup is a new thing? In the first episode of Political Football: World Cup, we talk to Paul Mc Parlan about how the whole show got underway in 1930. Who promoted the idea and why did we need a global tournament? What came of the inaugural event in Uruguay and how was the game forever changed?

    • 1 hr 22 min
    A chat with Abraham Klein, the man who refereed some of the biggest games in history

    A chat with Abraham Klein, the man who refereed some of the biggest games in history

    Abraham Klein is a man who had the best view of some of football's greatest fixtures. Refereeing at three World Cups, and withdrawing from the 1974 finals based on security grounds, Klein was in the middle for Brazil-England in 1970, Italy-Argentina in 1978 and perhaps the greatest World Cup game in history, Brazil-Italy in 1982. The Israeli shares his memories and opinions from Gentile to Banks, VAR to military dictatorships, and everything in between.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Euro 1980 and 1984: a new format and a new era of continental brilliance

    Euro 1980 and 1984: a new format and a new era of continental brilliance

    While Euro 1980 has long since faded to black, it was the first of the new tournament formats as West Germany, fired on by Klaus Allofs, triumphed over Belgium. Then, in 1984, the greatest individual showing at the finals, courtesy of Michel Platini's scarcely believable nine goals, would send a superb France team to their maiden international honour. 

    • 1 hr 19 min

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