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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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    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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    • 51 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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    • 1 hr
    Marred Madrid derby, Monza, Mane and more red cards in France

    Marred Madrid derby, Monza, Mane and more red cards in France

    Jimbo and the Euro crew of James Horncastle, Julien Laurens, Alvaro Romeo and Raphael Honigstein reassemble after a dramatic weekend on the continent.

    Bayern Munich lose at Augsburg and are on their worst run for 20 years. Sadly for Sadio Mane.

    The Madrid Derby is won by Real but marred by racist chants and gestures towards Vinicius from Atletico fans. We dive into a story that also involves dancing and El Chiringuito.

    A seismic day in Serie A with Milan, Inter, Roma and Juventus all losing on the same day. But it’s the Old Lady’s defeat at bottom club Monza that really has Allegri under the microscope.

    And in France, there’s 9 second red cards and Favre out of favour at Nice. Could Mauricio Pochettino be set for an immediate return to Ligue 1?

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1: Moment of the weekend (04.00)
    • PART 2a: Bayern on worst Bundesliga run in 20 years (07.40)
    • PART 2b: Madrid derby marred by racism towards Vinicius (16.00) 
    • PART 3: Milan, Inter, Juve and Roma all lose on the same day (29.00)
    • PART 4: Pochettino to Nice? (42.00) 

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    • 58 min
    Managerial change at Brighton – more to follow at Leicester, Forest and Brentford?

    Managerial change at Brighton – more to follow at Leicester, Forest and Brentford?

    Jimbo welcomes Jay Harris, Matt Davies-Adams and Sasha Goryunov to look back on a reduced but rousing Premier League weekend.

    Brighton appoint Roberto De Zerbi as their new manager. Hear from James Horncastle about why the Italian is one of the most exciting young managers in Europe.

    Arsenal slay some demons at the Brentford Community Stadium to stay top of the table. With the Bees surprisingly downbeat, is it because Thomas Frank could be on his way to Leicester?

    The Foxes look like making a change after a 6th defeat in a row for Brendan Rodgers. The Athletic’s Rob Tanner tells us what’s gone wrong at the King Power.

    Will Steve Cooper be exiting Nottingham Forest as well and is it the old guard that are letting him down?

    Plus armchair Aleksandar, a new Bournemouth and Ronnie Rosenthal.

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1a: Brentford 0-3 Arsenal (04.00)
    • PART 1b: Spurs 6-2 Leicester with Rob Tanner (11.00)
    • PART 2a: Brighton appoint Roberto De Zerbi, with James Horncastle (23.30) 
    • PART 2b: Forest 2-3 Fulham (29.30)
    • PART 3a: The WSL and Ronnie Rosenthal (36.30) 
    • PART 3b: The rest of the Premier League weekend (40.00)

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    • 55 min
    Patience for Potter, hero Haaland and Conte’s conundrum

    Patience for Potter, hero Haaland and Conte’s conundrum

    After a hectic Champions League midweek and ahead of a more leisurely Premier League weekend, Jimbo welcomes Charlie Eccleshare, Dom Fifield and Duncan Alexander into the pod.

    Erling Haaland does it again with one of the goals of the season to down Dortmund. But should Man City fans be concerned about their first 80 minutes?

    Graham Potter’s first game as Chelsea manager results in a very Brighton performance and a disappointing draw with Salzburg. Is it a pointless appointment if Potter isn’t given time?

    Liverpool get back to winning ways with the return of Thiago. He’s irreplaceable but possibly unreliable in terms of his fitness. Spurs meanwhile are beaten at Sporting. Have sides worked out Conte’s Spurs this season?

    Plus the Premier League weekend, Boehly’s big ideas, minidiscs, and Desert Island Discs.

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1: Glenn Hoddle - commentary pioneer (01.30)
    • PART 2a: Man City 2-1 Dortmund (04.45)
    • PART 2b: Chelsea 1-1 Salzburg (12.00) 
    • PART 3a: Boehly’s big ideas (20.30)
    • PART 3b: Liverpool 2-1 Ajax and the rest of the Champions League (25.00)
    • PART 4a: Spurs slip up at Sporting (32.30)
    • PART 4b: The rest of the Premier League weekend (42.30)

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    • 56 min
    Juventus get ugly, as Lewandowski heads back to Bayern

    Juventus get ugly, as Lewandowski heads back to Bayern

    Champions League matchday 2 ahoy, with Jimbo joined by James Horncastle, Raphael Honigstein, Julien Laurens and Alvaro Romeo.

    There’s reunions aplenty with Haaland facing Dortmund and most intriguingly, Lewandowski returning to Bayern Munich. Is he already more loved at Barcelona than he was in Bavaria? And will Julian Nagelsmann be feeling the presence of free agent Thomas Tuchel?

    Plenty to ponder for Liverpool and for Juventus after their remarkable VAR room brawl and draw with Salernitana. Hear why they’re so poor and why Max Allegri won’t be getting sacked.

    Plus Lacazette, Shakhtar stats and can Union Berlin do a Leicester?

    RUNNING ORDER: 

    • PART 1: Moment of the weekend (01.30)
    • PART 2a: Liverpool v Ajax (07.30)
    • PART 2b: Bayern v Barcelona (14.00) 
    • PART 3: Juve’s Salernitana drama (27.30)
    • PART 4a: Group E – Chelsea v Salzburg (37.30)
    • PART 4b: Group F - Real Madrid v Leipzig (39.30)
    • PART 5: The latest from Ligue 1 (46.30)

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    • 52 min

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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