23 episodes

This is no regular academy; it is a place where all parties engage in dialogue about football, to know more about football, to enjoy football.

We talk about the how's, the what's and the why’s with fans and professionals who want to dig deep into football knowledge, express their views and come to understand that in football, as in life, all things happen for a reason…

In our first season, we talk with a manager, Gus Poyet to explore the ins and outs of being a football manager, what’s important, what they see and how this affects the teams.

(Podcast music by Fabian Fazio)

The Twelfth Man Academy The Twelfth Man Academy

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This is no regular academy; it is a place where all parties engage in dialogue about football, to know more about football, to enjoy football.

We talk about the how's, the what's and the why’s with fans and professionals who want to dig deep into football knowledge, express their views and come to understand that in football, as in life, all things happen for a reason…

In our first season, we talk with a manager, Gus Poyet to explore the ins and outs of being a football manager, what’s important, what they see and how this affects the teams.

(Podcast music by Fabian Fazio)

    Season 2: Episode 7 - Derbies

    Season 2: Episode 7 - Derbies

    In this episode, we delve into the psychology of football derbies from three perspectives: a player, a coach, and a fan. How do all three deal with the emotional intensity, pressure and expectations, motivation and mindset, and the emotions of playing against your biggest rival?



    Whether you're on the pitch, in the dugout, or the stands, derbies are more than just games; they are cultural events that ignite passion, shape identities, and create lasting memories. We examine how players stay focused under pressure, how coaches develop strategies amidst chaos, and how fans' intense loyalty elevates the game's atmosphere.



    These elements contribute to making derbies profoundly impactful experiences for everyone involved.

    • 29 min
    Season 2: Episode 6 - Managers' mental health and unspoken pressures

    Season 2: Episode 6 - Managers' mental health and unspoken pressures

    In this eye-opening episode, Gus Poyet guides us into the pressures and challenges faced by football managers, a side of the sport rarely seen by fans. We discuss the emotional contrast between fan experiences and the intense stress and expectations placed on managers. They share insights into the physical and mental toll of managing a team, the necessity of support from organizations like the League Manager Association, and the crucial need for rest and a work-life balance.



    In this episode, you will also gain a unique perspective on how external factors, including media scrutiny from “so-called” pundits and the complex dynamics between managers and club owners, affect the world of football management. Through personal stories and candid discussions, this episode illuminates the often invisible struggles of football managers, offering fans a deeper understanding of the beautiful game's behind-the-scenes realities.

    • 43 min
    Season 2: Episode 5 - What type of fan are you?

    Season 2: Episode 5 - What type of fan are you?

    In this episode, Gus, Steven, and Mariano focus on fans - their interests and passions. They explore the different types of football fans today, their preferences, and idiosyncrasies. Do they follow one club for life, or are they more interested in stats and tactics? Or do they follow their favorite footballer? Are they always loyal and supportive, or negative in their views of the club?

    They also talk about fans in different countries and the unavoidable problem of when passion turns to violence. We invite you to contact us and send your views and opinions to our social media channels. How do you feel about the game? Do you have any questions or themes you want us to discuss?

    • 37 min
    Season 2: Episode 4, Insights on Psychology and Coaching in Youth Football Development

    Season 2: Episode 4, Insights on Psychology and Coaching in Youth Football Development

    In our new episode, Kristopher O'Hare, our first guest in the podcast, alongside Gus Poyet, Steven and Mariano, explores the intricate blend of sports psychology and coaching for youth football development. This in-depth discussion illuminates how a coach's adeptness in fusing psychological acumen with training methodologies can significantly enhance both individual player progression and overall team synergy from U16 u18 to first-team football



    The episode unpacks pivotal topics like the importance of cultivating players' mental resolve, balancing technical skill enhancement with fostering individual flair, and the nuanced role of mentorship in youth football. Our dialogue aims to offer listeners—be they passionate fans or discerning coaches—a deeper comprehension of the essential role that psychological insight plays in shaping young athletes, contributing to team triumphs, and influencing the beautiful game as we experience it.

    • 58 min
    16. Referees

    16. Referees

    In this insightful episode, we will be exploring the complex dynamics that exist between football managers and referees. We will delve deep into the multifaceted challenges that referees face, the intricate perspectives of various stakeholders on the rules of football, the transition of refereeing into a professional realm, the influence of the relatively new and ever-evolving technology of VAR (the Video Assistant Referee), and the nuanced relationship that managers maintain with referees.

    • 45 min
    15. Players' Responsibilities

    15. Players' Responsibilities

    In this episode of Players' Responsibilities, we explore the vital obligations that football players undertake. From their unwavering dedication to training, where they push their boundaries to give their maximum, to their crucial role in defending their team's colours on the pitch, we dive deep into the world of players' responsibilities. We also discuss the significance of individual accountability and how players can make a game-changing impact in every match. Join us as we uncover the intricate details of what it means to be a football player, examining their commitment to training, defensive prowess, and their ability to leave a lasting mark on the game. This episode sheds light on players' indispensable role in shaping their team's success.

    • 36 min

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