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The Oz and King's Football Podcast is a podcast that takes you on an incredible journey to great moments in football’s past, present and future.
We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy listening to football news and updates with your newest football friends, Özer Koçdemir and Kerry Michael King. As huge football fans ourselves, we bring you a unique cultural football exchange, with stories you’ll want to hear that bring together our united love for football.
Kerry King is from Atlanta, Georgia in the heart of southeast US. Kerry’s passion for soccer is evident in his detailed knowledge of soccer history and trends. He specializes in post-game commentating and analysis.
Özer Koçdemir is a Swedish-Turkish ex-soccer player and podcast artist/producer. He was born and raised in Örebro, Sweden and his parents are from the soccer-fanatic country of Turkey, which he visited every summer. Having traveled the world, he takes you to different cities and games, revisiting the memories and soccer trips and giving special insight into how it really is to play, live and breathe soccer.

Both are football experts and enthusiast but what is different with this podcast is all the journeys they take you through, mindful and emotional. They bring you the latest football stories in the world, they bring you unique short and long interviews, they bring you interesting football observations that you want to hear and they bring their personal connection to connect with you.
Oz and Kerry take you on a football experience like no other! It's a podcast about football and life. Are you ready to transform your life?

Join their journey from starting recording in a bedroom to their dream, that one day meet Landon Donovan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Welcome to the Oz and King's Football Podcast!

Oz and King's Football Podcast Oz and King's Football Podcast

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The Oz and King's Football Podcast is a podcast that takes you on an incredible journey to great moments in football’s past, present and future.
We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy listening to football news and updates with your newest football friends, Özer Koçdemir and Kerry Michael King. As huge football fans ourselves, we bring you a unique cultural football exchange, with stories you’ll want to hear that bring together our united love for football.
Kerry King is from Atlanta, Georgia in the heart of southeast US. Kerry’s passion for soccer is evident in his detailed knowledge of soccer history and trends. He specializes in post-game commentating and analysis.
Özer Koçdemir is a Swedish-Turkish ex-soccer player and podcast artist/producer. He was born and raised in Örebro, Sweden and his parents are from the soccer-fanatic country of Turkey, which he visited every summer. Having traveled the world, he takes you to different cities and games, revisiting the memories and soccer trips and giving special insight into how it really is to play, live and breathe soccer.

Both are football experts and enthusiast but what is different with this podcast is all the journeys they take you through, mindful and emotional. They bring you the latest football stories in the world, they bring you unique short and long interviews, they bring you interesting football observations that you want to hear and they bring their personal connection to connect with you.
Oz and Kerry take you on a football experience like no other! It's a podcast about football and life. Are you ready to transform your life?

Join their journey from starting recording in a bedroom to their dream, that one day meet Landon Donovan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Welcome to the Oz and King's Football Podcast!

    Kenyan Football Unveiled – Part 2

    Kenyan Football Unveiled – Part 2

    Football in Kenya  – Kenyan Football unveiledd Part 2
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    Previously, Oz and King’s Football Podcast brought you the first full episode of the special,  Kenyan Football Unveiled. Mini podcast documentary series to discover football in Kenya. In that episode, Kerry and Oz touched down in Nairobi and started their journey on the training field of Wazito FC. There, they learned of the mentality of a small, newly-promoted club of the Kenyan Premier League, and they also got an initial sense of the life of a Kenyan footballer from the perspective of Wazito player, Eric Cotin. Afterwards, former national team player Maurice Chikanda talked to boys and told them of what seems to be the biggest problem that football in Kenyan has is corruption.
    In Part 2, the guys went and spoke with Khamasi Richard Madegwa with one of the country’s major venues, the Kasarani National Stadium, as the backdrop. Khamasi is the director of coaching at KYSA, a youth soccer organization that provides kids with organized and quality coaching, giving them a chance to prepare for higher levels of soccer.
    “We went and spoke to Khamasi with the hope of understanding youth soccer in the country,” said Kerry. “Established soccer countries around the world have a clear youth setup that provides every youngster professional coaching and path to professional, first-team football. I think Kenya lacks that organization. There are a lot of young players that fall through the cracks and go unnoticed by KPL clubs or the federation. And those that do get picked up, sometimes have to deal with corruption and other problems.”
    Oz went on to say, “Khamasi went into great detail about the corruption of Kenyan football: the underhanded paying of coaches, the reluctance of coaches and referees to join the federation due to its instability, and more. I believe it is unfortunate that there are people in football that are willing to exploit young children’s future for more money. Khamasi made it clear to us that there are so many really talented soccer players in the country, but they don’t get the help that they need.”
    With a lack of organization on the youth level, academies like KYSA are all the more important. And with honest men like Khamasi at the helm, hopefully some of Nairobi’s finest can get the platform needed to jump to the professional ranks.

    • 35 min
    Kenyan Football Unveiled – Part 1

    Kenyan Football Unveiled – Part 1

    Kenyan Football Unveiled – Part 1
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    In an Oz and King’s Football Show special, the guys document their journey to Kenya, where they dove into a nation’s culture, history, and football. They talked with many people associated with the sport in the country, including fans, players, and coaches, in order to gain an understanding of the football landscape in their mini-documentary series Kenyan Football Unveiled.
    For a country with a large population, a good economy, and a great enthusiasm for the sport, Kenya has struggled on the international stage throughout its history. In Kenyan Football Unveiled, Oz and Kerry bring you the good and bad of Kenyan football and the prospects of its future.
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    In part one, the guys spend their first full day in Nairobi watching the training session of newly-promoted Wazito FC, as well as that of a community-based program. They gain their first insight on the Kenyan Premier League, the national team, and why so many players have struggled to make an impact as a professional. “Early on, we found out that football in Kenya isn’t quite the same as it is in places like Europe,” said Oz. “In Europe, teenagers and young adults focus solely on their game and work constantly towards becoming a professional. In Kenya, however, aspiring footballers have more they need to worry about. The wages are much lower and even first division players have to work second jobs or go to school on the side: whatever they can do in order to have a stable life.
    “Because making it as a professional is so tough, a lot of players lack the drive and passion to make it far,” Oz continued. “They want to have success handed to them, or they’ll otherwise turn their attention elsewhere.” This first day was the first step of a new adventure for Oz and Kerry. Kerry touches on how big it was for them. “It was surreal,” he said. “I could barely believe I was standing in the middle of a training session of a professional team, talking with them about their goals and aspirations. I could barely believe I was in Africa, but there I was, riding in a tiny bus, called a matatu, driving down the Nairobi streets. It was quite the learning experience for us. At times, it was jaw-dropping.
    ”There is a lot in Kenyan football that needs to be dug into and a lot of problems that need fixing. But the uniqueness of this football-loving nation needs to be explored. And Oz and King do just that on Kenyan Football Unveiled.

    Last week’s episode was with Sweden’s biggest rapper Ken Ring. Episode available here.
    Don’t miss the episode with Moh from  Arsenal Fan TV. Episode available here.
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    Preseason Episode 5: Count your blessings – Interview with Anders Andersson

    Episode 7: Statement – Interview with AC Milan legend Gunnar Nordahl’s son Thomas

    • 46 min
    Episode 3: Ken Ring Interview

    Episode 3: Ken Ring Interview

    Ken Ring Interview
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    Ken Ring is a Swedish rapper with Kenyan roots that is well invested in the country of his ancestors. “He is passionate about football and understands the makeup of football in the country. He knows about the struggles and sacrifices that must be made.”
    These difficulties are referenced in Ken Ring music, and he spoke with Oz about the pros and cons of Kenyan soccer and how it is affected by Kenyan society.
    Kenya is a country with a booming and diverse community. The people live a vibrant and exciting lifestyle. Football is immensely popular in Kenya, as can be seen by the swathes of jerseys visible while simply walking down the street. The sport is ingrained in their culture and tradition, and local tribes, as well as Kenyan history in general, is represented by clubs like AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia.
    “The sport is very much community-based,” Kerry said. “Players and clubs represent the area where they are from, the tribe they are from, and their life while growing up. Kenyan soccer is very similar to the rest of Africa in this regard.”
    But while the sport in the country is steeped in tradition, it is growing and changing with the rest of the world: becoming modernized and being led by a younger, forward-thinking generation. Nowadays, fans from around the world are finding ways to incorporate urban music with soccer. We did witness it and Ken Ring is a part of it.
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    Oz, Ken Ring and Diyar (Oz twin brother)
    Ken Ring Masa Music – Legend https://youtu.be/IO3oFM0sDI4
    Last week’s episode: Interview with Moh from Arsenal Fan TV – Listen to the episode
    Episode 11: The Allsvenskan with Jiloan Hamad

    Preseason Episode 5: Count your blessings – Interview with Anders Andersson

    Episode 7: Statement – Interview with AC Milan legend Gunnar Nordahl’s son Thomas

    Episode 8: Interview with ex-US and Sweden National team Coach Pia Sundhage

    Episode 16: Women’s Football – Guest Victoria Sandell Svensson

    • 55 min
    Episode 2: Arsenal Fan TV

    Episode 2: Arsenal Fan TV

    Arsenal Fan TV
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    Welcome to the 2nd episode of Season 3 of the Oz and King’s Football Podcast
    Here, on the Oz and King Football Podcast, the fans of football teams are always held in high regard. Common questions are how one can be considered a real fan, and what sort of impact do fans have on a team. Nowadays, with social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, it is easier than ever for a fan’s voice to be heard. Just look at Arsenal Fan TV.
    “The fans are just as important to a club as anything else,” Oz said. “Many fans live and die by their club. They know the ins and outs of the club and how it functions.”
    Supporters have had movements and events to make their voices heard for years, but now, with the social media age in full swing, fan channels and groups have popped up all over the place. Arsenal Fan TV is one of the biggest out there with nearly 700,000 subscribers and is often mentioned by well-known pundits and sports outlets. They have made it their mission to provide fans an opportunity to voice their opinions after matches.
    “It’s a channel by fans, for fans. It’s very similar to this podcast. Guys, like Moh, DT, Troops and us know so much about what it means to be a true supporter.”
    “This is another aspect of change that we talked about last week,” said Kerry. “This phenomenon, that is, the rise of fan channels, Facebook groups, Twitter groups, etc., adds a whole new element of fandom. It adds to the relationship between fans, the club, and the players.”
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    Arsenal Fan TV

    Robbie and Moh – Arsenal Fan TV https://www.youtube.com/user/arsenalfanstv/featured   http://arsenalfantv.com/
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    Last week’s episode was the first episode of season 3. Listen to the episode
    Music: Queen – We Are The Champions (Instrumental) TheMusic123456 Youtube
    Episode 1: Unreal stories made real

    Episode 17: Recap of World Cup and Arsenal vs Man United

    Preseason Episode 5: Count your blessings – Interview with Anders Andersson

    Preseason 2 episode 3: A homosexual in the football world

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 1: Football world is changing

    Episode 1: Football world is changing

    Football world is always changing
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    Welcome to the 1st episode of Season 3 of the Oz and King’s Football Podcast
    Change is a-coming. In many respects, change has already arrived. Season 3 of the Oz and King’s Football Podcast is officially here, and while there will be plenty of similarities to past seasons, there will be some differences as well, mirroring the football world. Many would argue that we aren’t experiencing the same type of football of last year: arguably less competitive competition and players being sold for ungodly amounts of money are a couple of examples that point to the fact we are in a new soccer landscape.
    “Not too long ago, Zinedine Zidane went from Juventus to Real Madrid for seventy-seven and a half million euros: a world record,” Oz noted. “Now, we regularly see people go for seventy million and we’ve had multiple transfers of one-hundred million or more.”
    Many fans and pundits believe the money being put into the game is ridiculously high, but they reflect the changing of the times.
    Oz went on to say, “Around the time of Zidane’s transfer, you had Newcastle and Leeds competing for Premier League and Champions League glory, now they are constantly fighting relegation or promotion, and they don’t have the financial backing to compete.”
    “It’s a case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer,” Kerry added. “The most likely way for an outsider to challenge the traditional hierarchy is for an owner to come in with billions of dollars and bring the club to a new level, like Manchester City.
    “For me, there are pros and cons to the current state of football. A pro, for example, would be Man City consistently competing with the top Premier League clubs makes the league more competitive and interesting. They add spice to the Champions League as well, similar to PSG.
    “But, I believe that some competitions have lost their excitement. The likes of PSG and Juventus have dominated their leagues for the last several years, and while they continue to flourish, their opponents find money hard to come by and struggle.”
    But change isn’t something to be afraid of. The enthusiasm of the game is as strong as ever, and Oz and King are certainly changing for the better, with an international trip to Africa and many more fun things to come.
    Music:  [No Copyright Music] Alive – Ikson  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYef8hEHn64
    Zidane presented by Real Madrid
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    Episode 16: Women’s Football – Guest Victoria Sandell Svensson

    Episode 7: Statement – Interview with AC Milan legend Gunnar Nordahl’s son Thomas

    Preseason 2 episode 3: A homosexual in the football world

    • 44 min
    Preseason 2 episode 3: A homosexual in the football world

    Preseason 2 episode 3: A homosexual in the football world

    A homosexual in the football world
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    Welcome to the 3rd pre-season episode of Oz and King’s Football Podcast
    Over the past few years, the world of soccer has made groundbreaking steps on the civil rights front. For example, we’ve seen an openly gay athlete in MLS, and the Bundesliga has employed its first female referee. There are also a number of prominent homosexual athletes in the women’s game, such as Megan Rapinoe and Abby Wambach.
    “I think it’s important for the world of sports to be more accepting of all walks of life,” said Kerry. “With soccer, in particular, being a global game that is played by all sorts of people, big organizations need to learn how to bring everyone in. I think they’re slowly starting to do that.”
    Joanna Lohman plays for the Washington Spirit of the NWSL, and in addition to being one of the league’s top players, she has been very outspoken and active in empowering female and homosexual athletes around the world.
    “Joanna is an awesome person that has fascinating stories to tell. She has put a lot of work into what she is passionate about and I believe it is important for boys and girls to be as courageous as her when it comes to being yourself. The world of sports will improve because of it.”

    On the men’s side of things, however, the thought of accepting oneself can possibly be more daunting at times. But, it is no less important for strides to be made on the MLS front or the Premier League, or Serie A. Jason Brooks and Adam McCabe are both heavily invested in the soccer community in Atlanta and have also experienced the game in Europe and South America. They’ve seen how the sport is treated at Atlanta United matches and how it’s treated in places like Argentina. They give their perspective on how inclusive the game has become for homosexual male players..
    “Football is not an exclusive sport,” said Oz. “Anyone can play and anyone should be able to play no matter if they are gay or black or female. I do think the sport has come a long way over the years, but talking with Jason, Adam, and Joanna, I know we still have a long way to go before the football world is a comfortable place for everyone.”
    Episode 7: Statement – Interview with AC Milan legend Gunnar Nordahl’s son Thomas

    Episode 8: Interview with ex-US and Sweden National team Coach Pia Sundhage

    Episode 14: Interview-Story behind Mario Balotelli “Why Always Me?” shirt

    Tweets by OzandKing

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

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Bigtime Dreams ,

What a Great Show!

They taught me so much about the wide range of topics about soccer. They go in-depth on players, teams, behind the scences stories, etc. I can tell these guys are really passionate about soccer worldwide!

Ozzie.k ,

Superb soccer show.

Finally a personal and quality soccer podcast. These guys are really genuine when they talk about soccer and life. Good concept. Keep up the good work!

May1223 ,

Finally an awesome Soccer Podcast

You guys are awesome, personal and funny. I've been waiting for a Soccer podcast that brings historical moments alive from a soccer fan perspective. Oz being from Sweden/Turkey living in Atlanta and Kerry born in NY but lived most of his life in Atlanta, this makes it a very interesting combination and duo, honestly. The latest soccer updates and news, interesting discussions, music and the soccer knowledge is really good. I feel like I know you guys! I'm a subscriber and looking forward to get many more episodes! Just give it a try 😊😊😊

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