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Sport but not as you know it. Our latest Amazing Sport Story: Copper Bullets. A nation’s dreams were shattered when Zambia’s football team was killed in a plane crash. But, against all odds, a new squad was assembled.

Forget the champions. Amazing Sport Stories is about courage, underdogs, drama and myths and legends. These are global stories you’ll wish you’d known about and now probably won’t forget. There are other podcasts about gold medals and millionaire superstars. Expect the unexpected. Tales from around the world, all told in mini-seasons and one-off episodes. #AmazingSportStories

Previous Amazing Sport Stories include:
Chasing Mountains - Five of the world’s top female climbers are thrown into a race. But who will make history by becoming the first woman to summit the fourteen highest peaks in the world? They come from South Korea, Spain, Italy and Austria to pit themselves against some of the harshest environments on Earth, more than 8000 metres high in the Karakoram and Himalayan mountains.
The Black 14 – sport, racism and protests are about to change the lives of 14 American footballers. It’s 1969 in the United States. They’ve arrived on scholarships at the University of Wyoming to play for the “Cowboys”. It was a predominantly white college. The team is treated like a second religion. Then, the players make a decision to take a stand against racism in a game against another university. BA Parker takes us back to America’s turbulent 1960s to explore the injustice suffered by the “Black 14”.
The Curse of County Mayo - Is one of Ireland’s Gaelic football teams cursed? Sports reporter Dave McKenna investigates this curious case to find out if a 70 year old hex is behind Mayo’s recent failures.
Frozen Out - Twelve year old Justine just wants to play ice hockey… with the boys. When she’s told she can’t, she writes a letter which will change everything. Double Olympic gold medallist and former Canadian team captain Cassie Campbell-Pascall tells the story of Justine Blainey.

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Sport but not as you know it. Our latest Amazing Sport Story: Copper Bullets. A nation’s dreams were shattered when Zambia’s football team was killed in a plane crash. But, against all odds, a new squad was assembled.

Forget the champions. Amazing Sport Stories is about courage, underdogs, drama and myths and legends. These are global stories you’ll wish you’d known about and now probably won’t forget. There are other podcasts about gold medals and millionaire superstars. Expect the unexpected. Tales from around the world, all told in mini-seasons and one-off episodes. #AmazingSportStories

Previous Amazing Sport Stories include:
Chasing Mountains - Five of the world’s top female climbers are thrown into a race. But who will make history by becoming the first woman to summit the fourteen highest peaks in the world? They come from South Korea, Spain, Italy and Austria to pit themselves against some of the harshest environments on Earth, more than 8000 metres high in the Karakoram and Himalayan mountains.
The Black 14 – sport, racism and protests are about to change the lives of 14 American footballers. It’s 1969 in the United States. They’ve arrived on scholarships at the University of Wyoming to play for the “Cowboys”. It was a predominantly white college. The team is treated like a second religion. Then, the players make a decision to take a stand against racism in a game against another university. BA Parker takes us back to America’s turbulent 1960s to explore the injustice suffered by the “Black 14”.
The Curse of County Mayo - Is one of Ireland’s Gaelic football teams cursed? Sports reporter Dave McKenna investigates this curious case to find out if a 70 year old hex is behind Mayo’s recent failures.
Frozen Out - Twelve year old Justine just wants to play ice hockey… with the boys. When she’s told she can’t, she writes a letter which will change everything. Double Olympic gold medallist and former Canadian team captain Cassie Campbell-Pascall tells the story of Justine Blainey.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Copper Bullets: Ep 1

    Copper Bullets: Ep 1

    The stars of Zambia's national football team are killed in a deadly plane crash in 1993, and a dream is shattered. Former international player Robert Earnshaw goes back to his roots in Zambia to interview football writer Ponga Liwewe and the families of the legendary players, including relatives of Godfrey Chitalu, and David Efford Chabala. The team had been nicknamed the KK11 in honour of President Kenneth Kaunda, a proud football fan, after their famous victory against Italy at the Olympics. They had set their sights on being the first Zambian team to compete at the World Cup and they had just begun playing qualifier matches for the tournament when disaster struck.
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    Trailer: Copper Bullets

    Trailer: Copper Bullets

    A nation’s dreams were shattered when Zambia's football team was killed in a plane crash. Against all odds, a new squad was assembled. This is the story of the “Copper Bullets” and what happened next – a story no one could possibly have imagined. Former international footballer Robert Earnshaw sets out to tell this amazing sport story – coming soon.

    • 2 min
    The woman in black

    The woman in black

    In 1971, women in Brazil were banned from taking part in organised football. Lea Campos had spent most of her life being steered away from the game, but the fascination had never left her, and she began to wonder if she could get involved by becoming a referee. However, future Fifa president Joao Havelange was determined to maintain the status quo.
    With this seemingly insurmountable obstacle in her path, Lea decided to appeal to one of the few men more powerful than Havelange: General Emilio Garrastazu Medici, Brazil's brutal military dictator. But would he be willing to listen?
    Audio scenes have been re-created. Let us know what you think #AmazingSportStories

    • 11 min
    Introducing….Powerplay: The House of Don King

    Introducing….Powerplay: The House of Don King

    Don King killed two men. The first case was ruled justifiable homicide. Then in 1967 he was found guilty of stomping to death an employee, Sam Garrett, on the street. Garret owed him $600. Released just five years later and subsequently pardoned, King entered the world of boxing, promoting some of the biggest fights in sports history, including The Rumble in the Jungle, and managing the most famous names in the game, including Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and boxing writer Steve Bunce tell the story of the controversial life of Don King.
    For the full series, search for Powerplay, wherever you get your BBC podcasts.

    • 1 min
    Fixing the Crazy Gang

    Fixing the Crazy Gang

    Caroline Brouwer was one of very few women working in English men's football in the 1980s - and she found her home in one of its most infamous dressing rooms.
    The Wimbledon team of the late 1980s featured some of the game's most intimidating players: Vinnie Jones, Dennis Wise, John Fashanu. The press labelled them the 'Crazy Gang', notorious for their riotous behaviour and direct, physical tactics. Their fans loved them; the football establishment turned up their noses. But as they rose through the leagues, they became impossible to ignore.
    As one of Wimbledon's physiotherapists, Caroline helped the players deal with the rigours of a punishing training regime, but also lent a sympathetic ear away from the dressing room. Then in 1988, she was on the touchline as the team faced their greatest challenge: an FA Cup final against Liverpool, the newly crowned champions of England. What happened next would make history.
    Audio scenes have been re-created. Let us know what you think #AmazingSportStories

    • 16 min
    Poker's new deal

    Poker's new deal

    Antonio Esfandiari's heart was beating like a drum. $18 million was stacked up about 12 feet away from where he was sitting. Only one other poker player stood between him and the biggest prize in the game's history.
    Everyone held their breath as the dealer revealed the final card.
    For Esfandiari, it represented the culmination of a career which began in very different circumstances; for poker itself, the change was immeasurable. This is the story of how a card game went from smoky back rooms to the global sporting mainstream.
    Audio scenes have been re-created. Let us know what you think #AmazingSportStories

    • 14 min

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