214 episodes

The Athletic's Adam Hurrey explores the glorious and unique language of football: the words, the phrases, the mannerisms and, above all, the clichés.
Featuring 'Mesut Haaland Dicks' interviews with the likes of Jamie Carragher, Nedum Onuoha, Tom Rosenthal and many more too.

Football Cliches - A show about the language of football The Athletic Football

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    • 5.0 • 54 Ratings

The Athletic's Adam Hurrey explores the glorious and unique language of football: the words, the phrases, the mannerisms and, above all, the clichés.
Featuring 'Mesut Haaland Dicks' interviews with the likes of Jamie Carragher, Nedum Onuoha, Tom Rosenthal and many more too.

    Three Lions (AI-powered Alan Smith Qatar 2022 Remix)

    Three Lions (AI-powered Alan Smith Qatar 2022 Remix)

    The Athletic's Adam Hurrey is joined by David Walker and James Maw on the latest World Cup Adjudication Panel. On the agenda: EastEnders scriptwriters getting in on the World Cup act, Qatar 2022's baffling obsession with 90s one-hit wonders, 19-year-old Jude Bellingham's age, whether the third-place playoff counts as a "knockout" game, and the least cool Brazilian footballer name ever seen.
    Meanwhile, the panel decide what entitles a tournament year to earn an “and all that” and enjoy Adam's remix of Three Lions.
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    • 39 min
    Big magicians, AI-powered football commentary and the Pure Qatar 2022 World Cup XI

    Big magicians, AI-powered football commentary and the Pure Qatar 2022 World Cup XI

    The Athletic's Adam Hurrey is joined by Charlie Eccleshare and David Walker on the latest World Cup Adjudication Panel. On the agenda: Other possible group-stage tiebreakers, the mythical status of tiddlywinks, a curious mid-tournament friendly result, kit colour combinations, a brief history of World Cup lanyard sizes and the ominous first words of a new artificial-intelligence football commentator.
    Meanwhile, the panel select the first names on their Pure Qatar 2022 World Cup XI teamsheet and wonder why you never hear about "big magicians".
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    • 58 min
    Scoring for fun, the big nil-all debate and John Herdman's Premier League destiny

    Scoring for fun, the big nil-all debate and John Herdman's Premier League destiny

    The Athletic's Adam Hurrey is joined by Charlie Eccleshare on the latest World Cup Adjudication Panel. On the agenda: Peter Drury announces himself to the Moroccan market, Martin Tyler's solo World Cup commentary marathon and whether the phrase "nil-all" should ever be allowed into the mainstream.
    Meanwhile, the panel establish the threshold of "scoring for fun" and speculate on charismatic Canada coach John Herdman's likely next move.
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    • 44 min
    The World Cup shop window and the worst person possible to watch England vs USA with

    The World Cup shop window and the worst person possible to watch England vs USA with

    The Athletic's Adam Hurrey is joined by David Walker and Nick Miller on the latest World Cup Adjudication Panel. On the agenda: the least enviable venue to watch England vs USA, the most timeless World Cup fixture possible, a technical dismantling of Bebeto’s iconic USA '94 goal celebration and a sensational commentary moment involving a pigeon.
    Meanwhile, the panel decide which is the most "in the shop window" team of the tournament and declare a winner between the BBC and ITV's opening title sequences.
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    • 51 min
    The Three Lions' share of possession, lucky chickens & referee shirt names

    The Three Lions' share of possession, lucky chickens & referee shirt names

    The Athletic's Adam Hurrey is joined by David Walker and Charlie Eccleshare on the first Adjudication Panel of the World Cup. On the agenda: England's eventful opener against Iran, the latest tedious tournament-predicting animal, a brave new world for on-screen possession statistics and David Beckham's crisps advert with Peyton Manning.
    Meanwhile, the panel break down the latest, Christmas-themed version of Three Lions and revisit the multi-layered comedy of Richard Keys' 2014 World Cup YouTube diaries. 
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    • 45 min
    The Pure World Cup XI

    The Pure World Cup XI

    The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, Charlie Eccleshare and Michael Cox prepare for the small matter of Qatar 2022 by selecting a team of players who are most disproportionately known for their World Cup exploits, from Mexican goalkeepers, and centre-backs, to diminutive Paraguayans, an Italian full-back on the wing, breakout stars turned run of the mill Premier League midfielders, an Englishman who clocked up the pre-tournament air miles, to genuine World Cup icons.
    They are also joined by Chris Evans, author of "How to win the World Cup - secrets and insights from international footballs top managers", to ensure that we pick the definitive manager to marshal our rag tag bunch to glory
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

danielbartolini ,

Best quiz format out there.

Every podcast likes to do quiz shows. This show continues to raise the level of competition. Hysterical. Brilliant.

Jjjhoyt ,

Great Vibe

Casual soccer fan here, its as much about language and egos as it is about the sport. Has made me pay way far more attention to the language around me in daily life. I hang onto every word but also will relisten to old episodes to help fall asleep, because the general vibe is so good and not dealing with things like the end of the world or politics etc.

frolichemann ,

Unique content

This is a refreshing podcast with topics that are tangential and/or parallel to broader stories in the world of football, and it’s quite funny too. Highly recommend it

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