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The Blizzard is dedicated to sharing football stories you won't find anywhere else.

Hear fascinating tales from behind the matches which changed the course of footballing history with Jonathan Wilson, Marcus Speller and a special guest every week on 'Greatest Games'. Exclusively available on The Blizzard's podcast feed.

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The Blizzard is dedicated to sharing football stories you won't find anywhere else.

Hear fascinating tales from behind the matches which changed the course of footballing history with Jonathan Wilson, Marcus Speller and a special guest every week on 'Greatest Games'. Exclusively available on The Blizzard's podcast feed.

    Greatest Games: Yugoslavia 0 Argentina 0*, 1990

    Greatest Games: Yugoslavia 0 Argentina 0*, 1990

    In this week’s Greatest Games, Saša Ibrulj takes Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller back to Florence in 1990 for Yugoslavia and Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final.

     

    With social instability in the backdrop of this fixture for both nations, the potential ramifications of this fixture could have extended far beyond football. Reigning champions, Argentina, hoped to reach another semi-final whilst Yugoslavia’s talented side looked to establish themselves as genuine tournament contenders for the new decade. 

     

    About the panel:

    Jonathan Wilson (https://twitter.com/jonawils) founded The Blizzard in 2011 and is editor of the magazine. He’s contributed to a number of publications including the Guardian and Sports Illustrated as well as having authored  Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, The Outsider, Angels with Dirty Faces and most recently The Names Heard Long Ago, among others. 

     

    Marcus Speller (https://twitter.com/MarcusSpeller) is a host of the Football Ramble podcast as well as Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers. Marcus also regularly hosts our live Q&A events across the country alongside Jonathan.

     

    Saša Ibrulj (https://twitter.com/sasaibrulj) is a football writer, a columnist for TeleSport, a contributor to the Guardian, World Soccer, ESPN and many others.

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    • 51 min
    Greatest Games: Brazil 1 England 0, 1970

    Greatest Games: Brazil 1 England 0, 1970

    In this week’s Greatest Games, Paul Hayward joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller for a tactical review of one of the World Cup’s most famous matches – the 1970 Group C encounter between Brazil and England.

     

    For holders England, the 1970 summer kicked off with controversy after the skipper, Bobby Moore was arrested in Colombia before the World Cup had even begun for allegedly stealing a bracelet from a Bogata jewellers. The preparation was far from ideal, but the meeting with Brazil set the tournament alight – the two tournament favourites toe-to-toe under the blazing Mexican sun. The match that unveiled proved to be a tactical turning point in international football history.

    About the panel:

    Jonathan Wilson (https://twitter.com/jonawils) founded The Blizzard in 2011 and is editor of the magazine. He’s contributed to a number of publications including the Guardian and Sports Illustrated as well as having authored  Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, The Outsider, Angels with Dirty Faces and most recently The Names Heard Long Ago, among others. 

     

    Marcus Speller (https://twitter.com/MarcusSpeller) is a host of the Football Ramble podcast as well as Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers. Marcus also regularly hosts our live Q&A events across the country alongside Jonathan.

     

    Paul Hayward (https://twitter.com/_PaulHayward) is one of the most recognisable names in British sports journalism, having written for the Guardian, the Independent, the Mail and until recently the chief sports reporter at The Telegraph. Paul was also ghostwriter to Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Robson and is currently working on a biography of the England men's football team.

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    • 46 min
    Greatest Games: Egypt 0 Algeria 1, 2009

    Greatest Games: Egypt 0 Algeria 1, 2009

    Maher Mezahi joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller for this week’s episode of Greatest Games to look back on the chaotic World Cup qualifying play-off between north African rivals Algeria and Egypt in 2009.

     

    The match was the third of the year between the two sides played on neutral grounds in Omdurman, Sudan. The rivalry between the two nations resurfaced at the previous meeting in Cairo, just four days prior, as fans clashed before and after the match. The tension was paramount in Sudan as the stakes were high with qualification for the 2010 World Cup, the first hosted in Africa, on the line in this one-off clash.

     

    About the panel:

    Jonathan Wilson (https://twitter.com/jonawils) founded The Blizzard in 2011 and is editor of the magazine. He’s contributed to a number of publications including the Guardian and Sports Illustrated as well as having authored  Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, The Outsider, Angels with Dirty Faces and most recently The Names Heard Long Ago, among others. 

     

    Marcus Speller (https://twitter.com/MarcusSpeller) is a host of the Football Ramble podcast as well as Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers. Marcus also regularly hosts our live Q&A events across the country alongside Jonathan.

     

    Maher Mezahi (https://twitter.com/MezahiMaher) is an Algerian journalist covering sport in north Africa with contributions to the BBC, the Guardian, the Telegraph, Al Jazeera and many more.

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    • 46 min
    Greatest Games: Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3, 2018

    Greatest Games: Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3, 2018

    Melissa Reddy is on this week’s Greatest Games, joining Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller to discuss a seven-goal thriller between Liverpool and Manchester City in January 2018.

     

    Oozing invincibility, Manchester City were flying at the top of the Premier League having won 20 of 22 fixtures so far. But they were yet to visit Anfield, where Jurgen Klopp was looking for an invigorating response after the record sale of Philippe Coutinho. Both sides flew out of the traps and produced one of the most thrilling Premier League encounters in recent memory.

    About the panel:

    Jonathan Wilson (https://twitter.com/jonawils) founded The Blizzard in 2011 and is editor of the magazine. He’s contributed to a number of publications including the Guardian and Sports Illustrated as well as having authored  Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, The Outsider, Angels with Dirty Faces and most recently The Names Heard Long Ago, among others. 

     

    Marcus Speller (https://twitter.com/MarcusSpeller) is a host of the Football Ramble podcast as well as Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers. Marcus also regularly hosts our live Q&A events across the country alongside Jonathan.

     

    Melissa Reddy (https://twitter.com/MelissaReddy_) is a senior football correspondent at the Independent, author of the newly-released book Believe Us: How Jurgen Klopp Transformed Liverpool into Title Winners, and host of the new podcast Between The Lines.

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    • 50 min
    Greatest Games: Italy 2 Chile 2, 1998

    Greatest Games: Italy 2 Chile 2, 1998

    This week, Harry Pearson joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller to discuss the third fixture of the 1998 World Cup – Italy 2 Chile 2.

     

    Having reached the final four years ago, Cesare Maldini’s Who’s Who of Italian football in the 90s were hoping to get off to a flyer against Chile. However, with one of the tournament’s most exciting strike partnerships headlining Chile’s starting XI, this World Cup 98 fixture wasn’t to go as entirely expected.

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    • 47 min
    Greatest Games: Sporting Gijón 0 Real Oviedo 0, 1997

    Greatest Games: Sporting Gijón 0 Real Oviedo 0, 1997

    Sid Lowe joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller to discuss a game, a team and a Spanish principality close to his heart – this week’s Greatest Game is the Asturian derby of January 1997 – Sporting Gijón 0 Real Oviedo 0.

    • 45 min

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The Blizzard is unquestionably some of the finest — if not THE finest — writing about football available today. The care and craft that goes into each issue is extraordinary, and now to have these articles available in podcast format is truly a wonderful gift. Both the selection of readings and the readings themselves have been outstanding. Speaking personally, I turn to podcasts for the same reason I suspect so many of us do — not enough time to read and more opportunities to listen. Being able to (re)discover some of these pieces from the magazine has been a genuine joy.

That said, I have to give the podcast only two stars instead of the five I’d rather. the production quality of the podcast in the last year has plummeted. Audio quality is abysmal, the gain far too low and the voices in the new recordings too soft, the readings too impatient. The addition of the tiresome, repetitious “theme” is unnecessary and annoying.

I have held off on this review in the hopes that the audio issues would be resolved. They have not. It is a shame that such a terrific and rare piece of football journalism in podcast form suffers from such easily resolved technical issues.

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