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The Athletic Football Podcast is our flagship show, running four times a week throughout the Premier League season.
Hosted by Mark Chapman and Dan Bardell, featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton, Flo Lloyd-Hughes, Matt Slater and many others, they'll take you inside the biggest stories and bring you exclusive news from behind the scenes at your club.

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The Athletic Football Podcast is our flagship show, running four times a week throughout the Premier League season.
Hosted by Mark Chapman and Dan Bardell, featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton, Flo Lloyd-Hughes, Matt Slater and many others, they'll take you inside the biggest stories and bring you exclusive news from behind the scenes at your club.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Champions League Final Preview: Mo Salah's Real Madrid Revenge

    Champions League Final Preview: Mo Salah's Real Madrid Revenge

    Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to preview the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid... Do Madrid dare lose this following Mbappe's public rejection? And if Liverpool were to fail, does a season which at one point looked truly historic, become forgettable?
    Is Mo Salah is really out for some 2018 revenge, why Liverpool's left flank will decide this match and we'll hear from Michael Owen - who sat down with The Athletic's Liverpool correspondent James Pearce earlier this week - to talk about the number 9s: Sadio Mane & Karim Benzema.
    Later, our trio cast their minds ahead to the start of the next Premier League season and make some early (bold) predictions!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Brand Mbappe takes the throne

    Brand Mbappe takes the throne

    Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater host a roundtable on the reasons and ramifications of La Liga filing a complaint to UEFA, the French administrative courts and the European Union over Kylian Mbappe's decision to renew his contract at Paris Saint-Germain despite Real’s attempts to sign him.
    Their guests are Christian Nourry Managing Partner at RETEXO a sports analytics firm that uses data to match owners to prospective football clubs & works with clubs to market their players more effectively to clubs seeking players with similar characteristics plus David Diaz, a partner at Baker McKenzie Madrid who has extensive experience in sports law in football. He regularly advises Spanish and foreign clubs on the legal aspects of their operations. He also has extensive experience in advising foreign investors with a potential interest in the game.
    The panel also touch on the takeover of Chelsea - is it a deal that makes financial sense? 

    • 35 min
    Kylian Mbappe's New Deal: How PSG Shocked Real Madrid & What Happens Now?

    Kylian Mbappe's New Deal: How PSG Shocked Real Madrid & What Happens Now?

    Hosts Dan Bardell and Flo Lloyd-Hughes are joined by Adam Crafton and Dermot Corrigan of The Athletic, as well as, French football writer Tom Williams, to analyse the wider impact of Kylian Mbappe's decision to stay at PSG...
    The panel detail the eye-watering finer points of Mbappe's new contract, explore Madrid President Florentino Perez' "obsession" with the Frenchman and the state of La Liga, having missed also missed out on Erling Haaland to another 'new money' club in Manchester City.
    Plus, is it a good idea for Mbappe to have power over big club decisions, who Real Madrid could turn their attention to next and if their Champions League final against Liverpool this weekend just became crucial.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Why Mbappe stayed at PSG & City's shrewd early Haaland move

    Why Mbappe stayed at PSG & City's shrewd early Haaland move

    Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton & Sam Lee to discuss City's title triumph and imagine what the mood would have been like had they lost out on the title to Liverpool.
    Coming up later in the pod we’ll hear how PSG kept hold of Kylian Mbappe, why City moving for Erling Haaland early means they didn't face competition from Real Madrid who will no doubt look to react in the transfer market.
    And Phil Hay will join us - in a much better mood than last week - after Leeds United managed to avoid relegation from the Premier League after a terrible season.

    • 39 min
    Premier League Final Day - Reaction

    Premier League Final Day - Reaction

    Adam Leventhal hosts a special live show, recorded shortly after the final whistle on Sunday, and is joined by various club writers to reflect on the big stories from the final day of the Premier League season...
    James Pearce, Caoimhe O'Neill and Sam Lee discuss the conclusion of a dramatic title race. Amy Lawrence reflects on Arsenal's 'progress', while Andy Jones explains Burnley's financial fears following their relegation. Plus, Carl Anka on why the 'PL Young Player of the Year' award isn't fit for purpose and data analytics writer Mark Carey on some of the statistical over and under achievers.

    • 56 min
    Weekend Preview: Gerrard's Title Redemption, Leeds' Last Chance & Tottenham's Sure Thing

    Weekend Preview: Gerrard's Title Redemption, Leeds' Last Chance & Tottenham's Sure Thing

    Hosts Dan Bardell and George Elek are joined by bet365's Steve Freeth to discuss if Gerrard's Merseyside connections are a genuine source of hope for Liverpool's slim Premier League title chances... Plus, why City feel like the footballing world is against them, how Leeds may live to regret those chants about Thomas Frank and why Spurs with Champions League football AND Antonio Conte at the helm, will mean business next year.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

Football from Nigeria ,

Love this pod

Really enjoy the pod really informative

gmaxot ,

Shilling for gambling companies

Perfectly good journalism ruined by selling out to betting companies. Running their ads is bad enough but having one of their employees on as a “guest” to shill for gambling throughout the show? Get a grip.

jrosey24 ,

Is this BT talk radio?

Bought into the athletic UK because of David Ornstein, but I’ve been highly disappointed since. The reason Americans like david so much is not only because he uses a double sourcing policy like American journalists (assuring higher accuracy in reports…. See the sun for poor examples), but also because he approaches topics with a nuanced view. Mark chapman and this pod are the exact opposite….. it’s like football for dummies. Like most other British football talk shows….. Like cavemen speaking “this team won…. They good” “other team lose….. they bad” Not everything is black and white gentleman.

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