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Football's biggest stories of the week.
416 Episodes
Pays de Cassel player Ayrance Leganase looks back on his team's 7-nil loss to PSG in the Coupe de France. Having once been told he might need to have his left foot amputated, he got to share the pitch with Neymar and Mbappe. We also hear from Darvel's hero Jordan Kirkpatrick following their shock win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup. Picture on website: Neymar Jr has a laugh with opponent Nicolas Bruneel during the round of 16 French Cup match between Pays de Cassel and Paris Saint-Germain. (Glenn Gervot/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Former Cameroon player Patrick Suffo and agent Paulo Teixeira discuss the issue of age fraud in football. Plus, Pat Nevin gives his views on the latest decisions made by football's law makers IFAB. Presented by Mani Djazmi. Picture on website: a supporter of Cameroon holds the national flag. (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)
We pay tribute to the former Italy, Sampdoria, Juventus and Chelsea player Gianluca Vialli who sadly died last week. Plus, we meet Palestinian refugee Heba Saadia who's been selected as one of the Assistant Referees at this year's Women's World Cup. She grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus but since the Syrian civil war started, has moved around the world with her family. No Palestinian has ever reached this level in football before. Picture on website: Gianluca Vialli greets supporters after Italy won Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
In the second part of our interview with Roy Hodgson, he reflects on troubled times at Liverpool and England. He also talks about retirement, the role of luck in football. and the joy of ending his career by going full circle and returning to Crystal Palace. This has been re-uploaded after the original programme was replaced by a tribute to Pele.
Brazilian journalist Ricardo Setyon reflects on Pele's funeral. The former USA international Heather O'Reilly gives her view on a shocking story involving the coach of the USA men's team. And we speak to the former Kenyan international Martin Imbalambala who went blind overnight. Picture on website: Pelé jerseys on display at Vila Belmiro Stadium. (Leandro Bernardes/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
A tribute to Pele

A tribute to Pele


Friends and former team-mates pay their respects to Pele. The former Brazil and Santos player Rildo tells us how Pele halted the Nigerian civil war, and the former New York Cosmos defender Werner Roth shares a story involving Pele, a baby shark and a bathtub. We also hear from Brazilian journalist Ricardo Setyon. Picture on website: Pele in action during World Cup 1970 in a game against Czechoslovakia. (Photo by Monte Fresco/Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
The former Inter Milan, Liverpool and England coach Roy Hodgson remembers his early career. In the first of two special programmes he recalls playing in South Africa during the Apartheid era, revolutionising the game in Sweden, finding success with the Swiss national team, and getting a dream move to Italy's Serie A. Picture on website: Roy Hodgson applauds the fans after a match between Crystal Palace and Watford. (Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Argentine journalist Francisco Canepa, and delirious Argentina fans, reflect on an incredible World Cup final. We also hear from Ambet Yuson, General-Secretary of Building and Woodworkers International, who since 2016 has been working with FIFA and Qatar's Supreme Committee. He makes a heartfelt plea to football fans and players not to forget the migrant workers. Plus, fans from various countries reflect on their experiences in Qatar.
Will Lionel Messi finally lift the World Cup trophy? We look ahead to France v Argentina and hear from Messi's former team-mate Pablo Zabaleta. Mani Djazmi and Pat Nevin are joined by L'Equipe journalist Loïc Tanzi and Argentinean broadcaster Francisco Cánepa ahead of the final. And, as a bonus for podcast listeners, World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas explains what it was like to get his hands on the most famous trophy in football. Picture on website: Pyrotechnics explode around a giant FIFA World Cup trophy prior to the semi final match between France and Morocco. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Mani Djazmi is joined by Argentine journalist Marcela Mora y Araujo and Moroccan Amine El Amri to preview the World Cup semi-finals: Argentina v Croatia and Morocco v France. We hear from Moroccan fans in Doha after they knocked out Portugal and discuss whether the post-colonial relationship will give the players extra incentive against the French. We head inside the Croatia camp to get the lowdown on the brilliant midfield trio of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic. And we hear from former Croatia player and coach Igor Stimac, who says Croatia’s spirit and character was forged during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
We look ahead to the quarter finals of Qatar 2022 focusing on Argentina and Morocco. We also go behind the scenes at the Netherlands training camp and get an insight into Dutch winger Cody Gakpo from his former coach Luc Nilis. (Photo: Morocco supporters celebrate in the streets in Doha. Credit: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)
Morocco fans celebrate after their team made history by beating Spain. And we visit a specially created fan fest for migrant workers in a cricket ground on the edge of Doha.
We hear from Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and former Swiss player Johan Djourou, plus some happy French fans after their team booked a place in the quarter-finals.
Ghana fans find comfort in defeat as Uruguay, and their arch-nemesis Luis Suarez, also go home. Meanwhile Australian fans look ahead to the Argentina match, and we hear from former Socceroo Luke Wilkshire who was in the Australia team that reached the last 16 of the 2006 World Cup.
Argentina's Pablo Zabaleta reflects on his team's performances so far and looks ahead to their round of 16 match against Australia. We also explore the troubles between Serbia and Switzerland ahead of their crucial group match. Picture on website: Argentina fans react during the FIFA World Cup match against Poland (David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Iranian fans and USA journalist Sam Stejskal look ahead to the crucial and politically charged group match between their teams. And we hear from the delighted fans of Ghana and Brazil following victories on Monday.
Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba tells us his blueprint for African football. We head to the Ghana team hotel to hear from technical advisor Chris Hughton. Morocco and Costa Rica fans party in Doha, while Germany live to fight another day. And meet the Argentina fans who cycled from Cape Town to Doha in the hope of seeing Lionel Messi lift the World Cup.
Jurgen Klinsmann talks to Mani Djazmi ahead of Germany's must-win World Cup game against Spain. The former striker and World Cup winner says a second successive group stage exit would be a "disaster" and "almost unforgivable".
We hear from Iranian fans as they beat Wales to keep their hopes of World Cup progress alive. Ahmed Hashim, editor of Qatar Football Live, reflects on the host nation’s early exit from the World Cup. Find out why Qatar has become a second home to thousands of Tunisians, plus an interview with former Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
Mani Djazmi and Pat Nevin are joined by former Cameroon international Sébastien Bassong. There are reflections on Japan's shock win over Germany. And ahead of their match against England, we hear from USA midfielder Yunus Musah. (Picture on website: Supporters of Cameroon during their World Cup match against Switzerland (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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