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The Athletic Football Podcast is our flagship show, running daily during the World Cup as we bring you all the biggest stories from on the ground in Qatar.
Featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton, Matt Slater and many others and hosted by Adam Leventhal, we'll provide exclusive news and the best analysis anywhere of the most controversial World Cup in history.

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The Athletic Football Podcast is our flagship show, running daily during the World Cup as we bring you all the biggest stories from on the ground in Qatar.
Featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton, Matt Slater and many others and hosted by Adam Leventhal, we'll provide exclusive news and the best analysis anywhere of the most controversial World Cup in history.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The cult of Lionel Messi

    The cult of Lionel Messi

    The Athletic's Abi Paterson is in Doha, Qatar at the World Cup and has a few burning questions regarding a player who many consider as the greatest footballer of all time: Lionel Messi.
    The forward has captained his Argentina side to the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, which is widely thought to be his last ever World Cup tournament at 35 years of age.
    With questions ranging from; is Lionel Messi the greatest? To is he better than fellow Argentine Diego Maradona, or his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo? And has his ambassadorial role with Saudi Arabia effected him?
    Abi is joined by a host of guests including James Horncastle, Adam Crafton, Felipe Cardenas, Sam Lee, Michael Cox, and a number of other journalists and fans in Qatar.
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    • 31 min
    Kane, Giroud, Richarlison: what makes a World Cup no.9?

    Kane, Giroud, Richarlison: what makes a World Cup no.9?

    Adam Leventhal is joined by James Horncastle, Raphael Honigstein & Jack Pitt-Brooke to debate and analyse the values and importance of a no.9 in international football.
    With the likes of Olivier Giroud, Richarlison and Harry Kane all playing prominent roles in their nations' hopes of winning the World Cup, yet playing the centre forward role in a differing way: what exactly are the hallmarks of a successful no.9?
    The role of a false nine, target man and wide forward converted into a striker are all evaluated as well as the evolution of the centre forward through football history along with the role academies have played in the 'decline' of no.9 production.
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    • 40 min
    Bellingham brilliance sets up France showdown

    Bellingham brilliance sets up France showdown

    As Jude Bellingham played the starring role in England's 3-0 last 16 win over Senegal join Adam Leventhal from the Al Bayt Stadium for all the reaction.
    Michael Cox gives his tactical breakdown on how the 19-year-old dominated on the biggest stage, David Ornstein catches up with Declan Rice and discusses his midfield partner.
    Plus there's reaction from England writers Jack Pitt-Brooke on Harry Kane scoring his first goal of the tournament and Oli Kay on England's next opponents France - and Charlotte Harpur reflects with Abi Paterson on a day spent with the Senegal fans and their drums!
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    • 30 min
    Messi's 1000th, Southgate's selection headache & hope for USA in 2026

    Messi's 1000th, Southgate's selection headache & hope for USA in 2026

    Host Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's England writers Oli Kay and Jack Pitt-Brooke to discuss England manager Gareth Southgate's starting XI to face Senegal...
    US soccer correspondent Sam Stejskal reflects on the many positives that USMNT can take from this World Cup and James Horncastle purrs over yet another milestone and masterclass from Leo Messi.
    Plus, an insight into the mindset of England's opponents from Senegalese journalist Mahmoud Gueye.
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    • 40 min
    South Korea stun Portugal, Suarez’s tears & USA vs Netherlands preview

    South Korea stun Portugal, Suarez’s tears & USA vs Netherlands preview

    Host Adam Leventhal is joined by Athletic writers Jay Harris and Paul Tenorio to discuss the drama on the final day of the group stages and also look ahead to the USA’s huge knockout clash against Netherlands. 

    South Korea scored a late, late goal to beat Portugal and seal their place in the Round of 16 ahead of Uruguay, leaving Luis Suarez in tears.

    In the other group, Switzerland edged a five-goal thriller against Serbia to progress, while Brazil topped Group G, despite their 1-0 loss to Cameroon.

    We also hear from Michael Cox, who gives his thoughts on South Korea’s win, and Cameroonian journalist Francis Ajumane discusses Cameroon becoming the first African team to beat Brazil in a World Cup match.
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    • 39 min
    Germany & Belgium head home, Japan top Group E & Suarez v Ghana

    Germany & Belgium head home, Japan top Group E & Suarez v Ghana

    Adam Leventhal is joined by Oli Kay and Michael Cox following another dramatic night in Qatar with two European heavyweights in Germany and Belgium exiting the World Cup.
    There's reaction from Japan's dramatic win over Spain which eliminated Germany and also sent Japan through as Group E winners. Raphael Honigstein gives immediate reaction to Germany heading home, while Jack Pitt-Brooke revels in Japan's joy.
    With Belgium also out coach Roberto Martinez confirmed the end of his time in charge with the panel assessing where and what next for the Spaniard before Carl Anka looks ahead to Uruguay v Ghana on Day 13 with a look back to their quarter-final meeting in 2010.
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    • 41 min

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