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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2022/23 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 2022/23 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.
You can subscribe to The Times and The Sunday Times to enjoy our award-winning journalism on your smartphone or tablet. Just search The Times online.

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    World Cup 2022: Episode 20 - A Nauseating Fascination With Messi

    World Cup 2022: Episode 20 - A Nauseating Fascination With Messi

    Hugh Woozencroft is in Qatar and Tom Clarke and Alyson Rudd are in London.
    Argentina lost a 2-0 lead but eventually triumphed on penalties against the Netherlands. Does this further back up Hugh’s idea that they’re really not very good? (00:00)
    The game was quite feisty, the Netherlands comeback was a bit confusing and are we a bit sick of the Messi love-in? (23:30)
    The dream semi-final between Brazil and Argentina is still a dream after the Brazilians lost on penalties to Croatia. Do we actually give the Croatians the respect they deserve given their recent major tournament record? (27:17)
    It’s Morocco’s big day as they take on Portugal for a place in the semi finals. Alyson’s found herself a Moroccan friend to tell us what it means to people from the country (44:42)
    It’s a big day for England too. Are France too good for Gareth Southgate’s side or should they get the better of Mbappé and co? (52:26)
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    World Cup 2022: Episode 19 - The World Cup Of Falseness

    World Cup 2022: Episode 19 - The World Cup Of Falseness

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Roddy, Matt Lawton and Owen Slot in Qatar.
    From last minute u-turns to questions over the authenticity of some fans - what are our experiences of the World Cup in Qatar so far? (00:00)
    How will Qatar 2022 be seen in the future? Will football ever be the same again? (19:22)
    England are a day away from their quarter final against France - has Raheem Sterling’s situation been a distraction and how do England deal with Mbappé? (33:13)
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    • 51 min
    World Cup 2022: Episode 18 - The Business End Of Qatar 2022

    World Cup 2022: Episode 18 - The Business End Of Qatar 2022

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Jonathan Northcroft and Matt Dickinson in Qatar.
    What has Qatar 2022 been like for our journalists so far? Has the lack of alcohol and location made the event feel safer? (00:00)
    We discuss our best moments on the pitch as two teams stand out (09:52)
    Morocco take on Portugal after beating Spain. Do they have what it takes to make the World Cup semi finals? (20:05)
    Croatia are tournament specialists, so can you really write them off against Brazil? (29:20)
    Should England change anything going into the France game and what would winning mean for Gareth Southgate’s legacy? (33:03)
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    • 45 min
    World Cup 2022: Episode 17 - Step Aside Ronaldo, There’s A New Kid In Town

    World Cup 2022: Episode 17 - Step Aside Ronaldo, There’s A New Kid In Town

    Hugh Woozencroft is in Qatar - with Gregor Robertson and Alyson Rudd in London.
    Morocco have provided us with the latest World Cup shock - beating Spain on penalties to become the first Arabic-speaking country to make the quarter finals. Was it a case of Spain missing their chances or Morocco being too good for their opponents? (00:00)
    Some are saying this Morocco win is a victory for Africa. We discuss the added importance to a lot of Moroccan fans (14:21)
    Portugal thrashed Switzerland 6-1 but didn’t need Cristiano Ronaldo, dropping him in a tournament for the first time in 31 games. Does he return from this latest setback? (22:55)
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    • 33 min
    World Cup 2022: Episode 16 - It’s Just Like Watching Brazil

    World Cup 2022: Episode 16 - It’s Just Like Watching Brazil

    Hugh Woozencroft is in Qatar - with Gregor Robertson and Tom Clarke in London.
    Brazil danced their way to a 4-1 victory over South Korea. Can anyone realistically stop them? (00:00)
    Speaking of dancing - did their goal celebrations go too far? (13:12)
    Japan came up short against Croatia as 2018’s World Cup finalists progressed. Do the Croatians have any hope of getting past Brazil? (16:44)
    Hugh has been in the England camp and spoke to James Maddison about his involvement in the squad and Raheem Sterling’s return home (26:36)
    The final Round of 16 games take place today - which teams are most likely to progress and what part will Cristiano Ronaldo play? (33:45)
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    • 45 min
    World Cup 2022: Episode 15 - England Set Up A Quarter Final Against France

    World Cup 2022: Episode 15 - England Set Up A Quarter Final Against France

    Hugh Woozencroft and Tom Roddy are in Qatar - with Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Alyson Rudd in London.
    England are through to the quarter finals of the World Cup with a 3-0 win over Senegal - but as some fans were suggesting, was it a boring performance? (00:00)
    Tom Roddy was at the Al Bayt Stadium and gives us his thoughts before we look ahead to Saturday’s quarter final against France (17:28)
    The French proved too much for Poland, beating them 3-1 and showing everyone they have every intention of defending their crown. How will England handle Kylian Mbappé? (29:21)
    Hugh ends with a theory that scoring the first goal is more important than ever if you’re the underdog - but does anyone agree with him? (44:35)
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