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James Richardson and the Totally pod squad are here three times a week throughout the 2022/23 season with all the football news you need to know - and plenty that you don't.
Like a laugh? Well Duncan Alexander is on hand. Like tactics? That's Michael Cox's bag. Like European football? Rafa Honigstein and James Horncastle have you covered. We like to think we've got all your boxes ticked...

The Totally Football Show with James Richardson The Athletic UK

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James Richardson and the Totally pod squad are here three times a week throughout the 2022/23 season with all the football news you need to know - and plenty that you don't.
Like a laugh? Well Duncan Alexander is on hand. Like tactics? That's Michael Cox's bag. Like European football? Rafa Honigstein and James Horncastle have you covered. We like to think we've got all your boxes ticked...

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    Inzaghi under pressure and why are there so many goals in the Bundesliga?

    Inzaghi under pressure and why are there so many goals in the Bundesliga?

    It’s Jimbo, Raphael Honigstein, James Horncastle, Alvaro Romeo and Julien Laurens in effect ahead of matchday 3 of the Champions League.

    Simone Inzaghi’s Inter can’t stop losing. They host a Barcelona side who have just gone top of La Liga.

    It was another disappointing weekend for Sevilla and Dortmund who also go head to head this week. And then it’s Der Klassiker for Dortmund.

    We take our hats off to Lorient, Udinese and Athletic Bilbao, flying high in their respective leagues.

    Plus Higuain’s retirement, Smalling for England and the quality of bread in France.

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1: Moment of the weekend (03.00)
    • PART 2a: Trouble for Inter as Barca visit (08.00)
    • PART 2b: Ajax v Napoli and Chelsea v Milan (19.30) 
    • PART 3a: Disappointment for Dortmund with Der Klassiker looming (23.30)
    • PART 3b: Frankfurt v Spurs & Leipzig v Celtic (30.00)
    • PART 4a: Spain qualify for the Nations League finals (35.00)
    • PART 4b: The Lorient fairytale and Benfica v PSG (38.00)
    • PART 5a: Real Madrid stuttering, Athletic flying (46.00)
    • PART 5b: Goodbye Gonzalo (56.00)

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Arsenal’s school of hard knocks and Mannequin United

    Arsenal’s school of hard knocks and Mannequin United

    Jimbo welcomes Daniel Storey, Tim Spiers and Adrian Clarke back into the pod after a pulsating Premier League weekend.

    We bear witness to the highest scoring Manchester derby of all time. Is it impossible to stop City at their best? Is Erling Haaland a genius? And did ten Hag score the biggest own goal post-match?

    But it’s Arsenal who stay top after they see off Spurs at the Emirates. Hear how this young team has been punched in the face but keeps getting back up.

    Geeky PE teacher Bruno Lage is sacked as Wolves manager on Sunday. But which Portuguese Jorge Mendes client will they go for next?

    Plus the problem with Liverpool, non-celebrations and why Everton have nailed it. 

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1: Man City 6-3 Man Utd (02.30)
    • PART 2: Arsenal 3-1 Spurs (16.30)
    • PART 3a: Liverpool 3-3 Brighton (29.00) 
    • PART 3b: Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea (35.00)
    • PART 4a: West Ham 2-0 Wolves – bye bye Bruno (40.00)
    • PART 4b: Southampton 1-2 Everton (49.00)
    • PART 4c: The rest of the Premier League weekend (52.00)

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Can Tottenham go top? Can United halt Haaland & De Bruyne?

    Can Tottenham go top? Can United halt Haaland & De Bruyne?

    The Premier League is back with a bang and here to light the fuse are Jimbo, Duncan Alexander, Dom Fifield and Laurie Whitwell.

    The North London derby kicks off the weekend. Can Spurs unseat Arsenal from the top of the table, with Son and Richarlison in red-hot form? And in Manchester, will it be another unhappy outing for Erling Haaland against ten Hag, Martinez and Antony?

    Roberto De Zerbi makes his managerial bow at Brighton with the formidable task of a trip to Anfield, while Graham Potter welcomes back all his Chelsea players from around the globe ahead of a trip to Selhurst Park.

    Will there be any respite for the bottom 4 who all face each other this weekend?

    Plus Watford being Watford, why clubs are called what they’re called and why losing 9-0 is fine.

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1: International round-up (02.00)
    • PART 2: Arsenal v Spurs preview (07.00)
    • PART 3a: Liverpool v Brighton preview (17.00) 
    • PART 3b: Crystal Palace v Chelsea preview (21.00)
    • PART 3c: The bottom 4 all face each other (25.00)
    • PART 3d: Events at Bournemouth, Fulham, Southampton and Leeds (28.30)
    • PART 4a: Watford sack another manager (36.00)
    • PART 4b: Man City v Man Utd preview (39.00)

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    • 55 min
    World Cup state of play – can anyone beat France but France?

    World Cup state of play – can anyone beat France but France?

    Jimbo, Raphael Hongstein, Julien Laurens and Alvaro Romeo assess the big hitters in Europe with the Nations League qualifiers over and the World Cup on the horizon.

    England and Germany fight out a 3-3 thriller in a game that exposes both team’s flaws. Are we only just seeing Southgate’s shortcomings when the rest of the continent has been aware for a while?

    France beat Austria and lose to Denmark, yet with the talent Didier Deschamps has at his disposal, could they become the first nation in 60 years to retain the World Cup?

    Or will it be Argentina or Brazil who are looking strong by comparison to the likes of Spain, who have a settled midfield and goalkeeper but not much else.

    And Michiel Jongsma joins us to discuss the only major European nation that are looking strong right now – Louis Van Gaal’s Netherlands.


    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1a: Getting excited for World Cup (02.00)
    • PART 1b: Moment of the weekend (05.00)
    • PART 1c: England 3-3 Germany (09.30) 
    • PART 2: France – boom or bust in Qatar? (25.00)
    • PART 3: Spanish struggles (34.30)
    • PART 4a: Michiel Jongsma on the resurgent Netherlands (43.00)
    • PART 4b: What about Brazil and Argentina? (50.30)

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Beyond understanding Southgate, and the challenges posed by Iran and Qatar

    Beyond understanding Southgate, and the challenges posed by Iran and Qatar

    Jimbo is back for another international break pod in the company of Joey D’Urso, Nick Miller and Tom Williams.

    England are timid and disappointing in defeat to Italy that sees them relegated from the top tier of the Nations League. And to make matters worse, their first World Cup opponents Iran might just be resurgent. Bassil Mikdadi tells us why we shouldn’t underestimate Carlos Queiroz’s side.

    Wales are relegated too while France just about survive. But is another full-scale meltdown amongst Les Bleus on the horizon?

    Plus having been to Qatar and back, Joey gives us the lowdown on the infrastructure of the first World Cup to be hosted in a Muslim country but one that comes with a lot of baggage. 

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1: Italy 1-0 England (03.00)
    • PART 2a: Bassil Mikdadi on Iran’s World Cup prospects (18.00)
    • PART 2b: The Qatar conundrum (25.00) 
    • PART 3: Wales relegated, France on the verge of meltdown (38.00)

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    • 54 min
    Relegation beckons for England and Wales, plus a huge weekend in the WSL

    Relegation beckons for England and Wales, plus a huge weekend in the WSL

    It’s international week so Jimbo assembles the pod squad of Carl Anka, Colin Millar and Tom Williams to focus on the fixtures.

    It’s Italy v England in the Nations League as James Horncastle paints a picture of the Azzurri camp right now. We’ve got our eyes on the England midfield, and the not that tall Toney.

    The drop to the second tier is a possibility for Wales as well, where the big question is whether it’s Ward or Wayne. And whether Michael Sheen will be in the dressing room.

    Charlotte Harpur breaks down a WSL weekend that brings us the North London and Merseyside derbies.

    Plus Woodgate and the worst debut ever, Brazil v Ghana, and why John McGinn is the new Jon Obi Mikel.

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1a: Lots to look forward to (02.00)
    • PART 1b: Italy v England preview with James Horncastle (10.00)
    • PART 1c: Brazil v Ghana preview (28.00) 
    • PART 2a: Woodgate and the worst debut ever (33.00)
    • PART 2b: Wales battle relegation, Spain and Scotland strive for promotion (37.30) 
    • PART 3: A huge WSL weekend with Charlotte Harpur (49.00) 

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
812 Ratings

812 Ratings

NYCAnfieldRed ,

Where Jimbo goes rightminded ppl follow

Simply the best UK based football pod, by far. (Only Second Captains, Irish, on football is as good...or possibly better, heresy I know.) The Jimbo/Honigstein bromance is beautiful, real and dare I say, sweet. No wonder Glendenning is so bitter. On a side note. Laurens is a buffoon and shouldn’t be on, and certainly shouldn’t be allowed talk about France or PSG. Not a real journalist. Gallic apologist.
PS
Never, ever again allow Rafa Honigstein to go backpacking across Europe or whatever it was he did on his Guardiola sabbatical. Not the same without him.

NorCalStickyIcky ,

Cmon’

Look I know I’m gonna come off sounding like a jerk here but it has to be said. Nobody can understand Alvaro Romeo. He seems like a nice guy and everything but there has to be a bare minimum somewhere. You might as well just skip his parts. It’s not inclusive it’s embarrassing. There’s gotta be a correspondent in Spain with a better grasp of the language. And yea his English is better than my Spanish and he may write English very well and I’m sure he’s a brilliant and sweet guy. But he can’t speak English well enough to be doing a podcast. It’s borderline ridiculous and almost uncomfortable and sad.

loop837265166 ,

This is a great podcast

I enjoy it.

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