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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2020/21 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday


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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2020/21 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday


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    EURO 2020 | Ep 26 | The Post-Tournament Review

    EURO 2020 | Ep 26 | The Post-Tournament Review

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tom Clarke.


    Football didn’t come home and a penalty shootout once again thwarted England. We begin our round up with the positives from the tournament for Gareth Southgate’s young team (00:00)


    Was Gareth Southgate out-managed by Roberto Mancini? Which areas of the field were key for Italy to grab control after going behind early on? (20:43)


    While the players did everyone proud, the fans showed themselves in the worst possibly light. The FA have UEFA have released statements on abuse players have since received, fans misbehaved across London and some even stormed Wembley Stadium - how much has this tarnished England’s efforts on the field? (48:50)


    We round off the tournament with our favourite goals, players, teams and moments (01:13:10)


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    • 1 hr 30 min
    EURO 2020 | Ep 25 | The Extended Final Preview

    EURO 2020 | Ep 25 | The Extended Final Preview

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Jonathan Northcroft and Matt Lawton.


    Nerves are at an all time high ahead of the final - even the Scots among us are getting for the final. We discuss the mood in the England camp and how the country is bracing itself for the events of Sunday night (00:00)


    David Walsh joins us to discuss Gareth Southgate, the person. He’s the only man to have written a book about the England manager, with his input and blessing (30:18)


    The Times’ European football reporter Ian Hawkey has the latest from the Italian side of the fence. Do they see England as a threat or are they confident of making it 34 in a row? (46:08)


    It’s time for our final predictions - is football coming home? (56:45)


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    EURO 2020 | Ep 24 | One Game From Glory For Gareth

    EURO 2020 | Ep 24 | One Game From Glory For Gareth

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tom Clarke.


    England are through to their first ever European Championships Final with an extra time win over Denmark. Does the dubious penalty decision and poor spot kick from Harry Kane take any of the shine off the achievement? (00:00)


    Gareth Southgate brought Jack Grealish on in the second half - then controversially substituted him off during extra time. Was this disrespectful to the player, or great management of the game? (24:48)


    England will take on Italy who are unbeaten in 33 straight games - what will England take from this match, back to Wembley on Sunday and are these the two best teams of the tournament? (34:00)


    Tonight’s result:
    England 2-1 Denmark (AET)


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    • 43 min
    EURO 2020 | Ep 23 | Can England Join Italy In The Final?

    EURO 2020 | Ep 23 | Can England Join Italy In The Final?

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Matt Lawton and Henry Winter.


    Italy are into the final after one of the best matches of the tournament against a revitalised Spain. Is Spain’s problem the lack of someone to put the ball in the net? Can Italy be beaten or are they destined for glory? (00:00)


    Denmark stand in England’s way if they want to join the Italians in the final on Sunday at Wembley. Is this arguably a bigger moment than the same stage at Euro 96? (21:50)


    What’s different about this England team? Is the change in culture down to Gareth Southgate alone? We make out final predictions ahead of tonight’s semi-final (39:10)


    Tonight’s result:
    Italy 1-1 Spain (Italy win 4-2 on penalties)


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    • 54 min
    EURO 2020 | Ep 22 | Enrique vs Mancini In The First Semi-Final

    EURO 2020 | Ep 22 | Enrique vs Mancini In The First Semi-Final

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy, Paul Hirst and Paul Joyce.


    The first semi-final is here as a free-flowing Italy take on a slow-off-the-mark Spain at Wembley. We look at how the teams have made it this far and how the managers match up (00:00)


    Spanish manager Luis Enrique spoke before the game and The Times’ Paul Hirst joins us with the latest - including the important role the team’s psychologist will play throughout the day (13:00)


    We break down the key areas and players in each area of the pitch ahead of the first semi-final. Will Spain’s attack be able to break down the ageing Italian defence? (17:44)


    Ahead of England’s semi-final against Denmark tomorrow night - The Times’ Paul Joyce joins us with the latest from Gareth Southgate’s squad (34:22)


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    • 41 min
    EURO 2020 | Ep 21 | England Set Up A Danish Semi-Final

    EURO 2020 | Ep 21 | England Set Up A Danish Semi-Final

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and James Gheerbrant.


    England have made the Euro 2020 semi-finals with a simple win over Ukraine. Did Gareth Southgate get his tactics spot on again? Which players shone and were any of the opposition worthy of praise? (00:00)


    Gareth Southgate’s side will take on Denmark in the semi-finals after their impressive tournament continued with a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in a baking hot Baku. The Times’ European Football writer Ian Hawkey joins us to weigh-up whether they are a threat to England (26:32)


    All attention turns to that semi-final next Wednesday - the stage in major competitions England struggle with. Can they go one better this time around? Gregor offers his.. diplomatic.. opinion on whether football is indeed, coming home (32:35)


    Today’s results:
    Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark
    Ukraine 0-4 England


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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
221 Ratings

221 Ratings

UKNYC1 ,

Best football podcast out there with one big BUT ..

Comfortably the best of breed; intelligent, insightful talk with the right blend of humour and tactics. Can’t give it 5 stars though because of it’s constant anti-Tottenham bias - so blatant that it feels orchestrated.

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Let them boo

People come to watch sports not political statements.

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