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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

    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
    Messi & Argentina march on, Poland limp through, and prepare for pre-match penalties in 2026

    Messi & Argentina march on, Poland limp through, and prepare for pre-match penalties in 2026

    The Athletic's Adam Leventhal, James Horncastle and Adam Crafton react to Argentina's 2-0 win over Poland on Wednesday night that saw both teams make it through to the last 16, but it wasn't without its drama as Messi had a penalty saved by Wojciech Szczęsny and Poland came perilously close to exiting the tournament on yellow cards.
    If this World Cup isn't enough for you, we cast ahead to 2026 as Adam Crafton brings us news that FIFA are considering the possibility of having penalty shoot-outs pre-match in the group stages as a way of guarding against possible collusion in the expanded 48-team tournament
    We also hear from the Athletic's Jay Harris who witnessed Australia's triumph over a disappointing Denmark
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    • 33 min
    Rashford’s resurgence, Pulisic puts USA through & politics dominates Iran discourse

    Rashford’s resurgence, Pulisic puts USA through & politics dominates Iran discourse

    That’s a wrap for Groups A and B. England sailed past Wales with a resounding 3-0 win, courtesy of a remarkable Marcus Rashford brace and goal from Phil Foden. Gareth Southgate’s side will face Group A runners-up Senegal in the last-16.

    USA qualify in second place in Group B after their 1-0 win over Iran, and they will go up against Group A winners, the Netherlands. That match was largely overshadowed by the political tension surrounding Iran.

    Joining Adam Leventhal to bring us the stories of anti-Iranian government protests and how female Iran fans fear they are being spied on whilst attending games are Athletic writers Adam Crafton and Charlotte Harpur, while Jack Pitt-Brooke and Alex Abnos dissect the football.
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    • 36 min
    The goals show, Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged & England v Wales preview

    The goals show, Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged & England v Wales preview

    Ahead of the finale of Group B, Adam Leventhal is joined by David Ornstein and Matt Slater on Day 10 of the Qatar World Cup.
    Matt reflects on attending all four games on the final day of four separate kick-off times before Michael Cox and Dermot Corrigan reflect on Andre Onana being suspended from the Cameroon squad by coach Rigobert Song.
    James Horncastle reacts to Brazil's 1-0 win over Switzerland while Laura Williamson and Felipe Cardenas watched Portugal's 2-0 win over Uruguay with Bruno Fernandes scoring twice - despite Cristiano Ronaldo's best attempts to claim one.
    Meanwhile, ahead of England v Wales David Ornstein has the latest on the England team news before Sam Stejskal reflects on a heated press conference prior to USA v Iran.
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    • 39 min
    Shock, surprises & Germany still alive in World Cup

    Shock, surprises & Germany still alive in World Cup

    Adam Leventhal is joined by Jack Pitt-Brooke and Oli Kay following a day of shocks in Qatar with Costa Rica and Morocco two of the noteworthy winners, while German's draw with Spain keeps their hopes of qualification alive.
    Abi Paterson reports from Al Bayt Stadium along with Michael Cox, Raphael Honigstein and David Ornstein, who spoke with Ilkay Gundogan post-match, on Germany's draw with Spain.
    Plus there's the latest from the England camp as Marcus Rashford speaks ahead of the Three Lions taking on Wales on Tuesday night.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

Pgooner04 ,

Questionable Sponsors

Love the show, and I'm unsure if you all even control this, but the optics of bashing Qatar (rightfully) just to have the show sponsored by Emirates and featuring commercials from Aramco is interesting...to say the least

Football from Nigeria ,

Love this pod

Really enjoy the pod really informative

jrosey24 ,

For the athletic, this pod is really really poor….

The level of analysis is so lazy and so poor it’s really not what you expect from the Athletic. The best quality of the athletic is that you have experts talking about teams they know…. These guys are absolutely clueless. They rely on headlines and cliches to get them through the pod cause they simply don’t enough about the game or the premier league. It’s truly shocking how bad these guys are. If I want to know about a specific team, I’ll look up the guys who cover them for the athletic. Not listen to these guys guessing and coming to absurd assumptions based on headlines they’ve read from the sun and daily mail lol do better

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