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The latest news, insight, analysis and big name guests from the Premier League and the Football League, plus Scottish, International and European football. Join us!
65 Episodes
In this episode of the Football Daily pod, Steve Crossman is back and gets a chance to catch up with all the big stories in the world of football – and this week he is joined by the familiar dulcet tones of pod favourites; Clinton Morrison, Leon Osman and Don Hutchison. They get into Real Madrid defender, Raphael Varane - who looks to be on his way to Manchester United. Steve asks the age old question, will Paul Pogba stay or leave Manchester United? Not only that, Euro Leagues regular, James Horncastle pops up to give the guys the lowdown on Spurs’ new director of football, and Leon and Don give their insights into what has already been a busy summer at Everton, as the club rebuilds ahead of the season…with Rafa Benitez at the helm. Topics: 2’00 – Raphael Verane section with the panel impressed with the deal. 8’30 - Leon Osman says with the Verane and Sancho deals, Manchester United could be real title contenders. 12’15 – The age old Paul Pogba question, will he stay, will he go? 13’17 - Clinton Morrison on keeping Pogba at Manchester United this season. 15’20 - Don Hutchison on Manchester United should be buying Declan Rice from West Ham. 15’40 – European football expert James Horncastle joins the pod. 17’30 - James Horncastle on being surprised if Pogba extended his contract. 19’50 - The lowdown on Tottenham’s new managing director of football, Fabio Paratici. 22’55 – James Horncastle on Paratici being confident that Harry Kane will stay at Spurs. 27’40 – Everton’s busy summer, starting with Rafa Benitez joining the club. 29’32 - Don Hutchison on Benitez appointment at Everton saying it will “end in tears” (but wants to be proved wrong.) 39’00 - Breakdown of Everton’s signings so far.
Ben Haines is joined by former Brighton striker, Glenn Murray, and The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards to chat about the latest transfer news and talking points ahead of the new domestic season getting underway. Manchester United fan, Angelina Kelly, joins the pod to talk about Jadon Sancho’s £73mil move to the club and Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s contract extension. They discuss the rumours that Jordan Henderson’s contract may not be extended and the guys talk about where it has all gone wrong for Phil Neville at Inter Miami. Topics: 4’07 - Jadon Sancho’s first interview with Manchester United 4’52 - Angelina Kelly from One Football on Sancho 12’30 - Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s contract extension 18’03 - Should Liverpool offer Jordan Henderson a new contract? 31’10 - Phil Neville post-match press conference after Inter Miami were beaten 5-0 32’08 - What’s gone wrong for Phil Neville? 39’56 - Team GB Tokyo 2020 update
All About Pep Guardiola

All About Pep Guardiola


Pep Guardiola as you have never heard him before. The Manchester City boss selects several of his favourite songs that reference key moments in his life, as he takes us on a journey from his humble beginnings to the very top of the football world. Speaking to Guillem Balague back in 2018 he talks at length about his upbringing, family life, Barcelona, New York, politics and his special relationship with the people of Manchester. Guardiola also opens up about the night his wife and two daughters were caught up in the Manchester Arena Attack.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk opens up on his love of Disneyland and Game of Thrones, honing his skills on Cruyff courts and how he switches off from football in an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with Guillem Balague
Darren Fletcher with a quick message as we build-up to the domestic season restarting
Chris Waddle, Micah Richards, Karen Carney and John Murray join Mark Chapman from a jubilant Wembley on the night England’s men booked their place in a major tournament final for the first time since 1966. We hear from history-making Head Coach Gareth Southgate, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker before looking ahead to Sunday night and the Italian challenge with Micah revealing he’ll be blocking Roberto Mancini’s number until after the game.
Steve Crossman, Chris Waddle, Izzy Christiansen and Don Hutchison preview this week’s Euro 2020 semi-finals. They look at how England might line-up against Denmark, and hear from Harry Kane who talks about his upturn in form after scoring three times in two matches. The Athletic’s James Horncastle joins the podcast to give us the mood in Italy ahead of their match against Spain. And the panel reveal the best, and at times strangest, goal celebrations of their career. TOPICS: 1.52 – Panel tournament predictions 4.16 – Mentality in the England camp 7.30 – Tactics for England v Denmark 9.20 – Jadon Sancho’s performance v Ukraine 11.00 – England’s starting XI 12.23 – Harry Kane interview with Emma Saunders 19.02 – Harry Kane on the prospect of winning the golden boot 21.40 – Izzy Christiansen on Harry Kane 27.00 – Don Hutchison’s memory of his goal against England 29.30 – Memorable goal celebrations 31.50 – James Horncastle on Italy 35.10 – Roberto Mancini’s influence and time for redemption 40.35 – Italy's defensive issues 43.00 – Chris Waddle on Spain’s chances v Italy
Mark Chapman is joined by former England internationals Chris Waddle, Micah Richards, Karen Carney and Matthew Upson to reflect on England's comfortable 4-0 win over Ukraine to reach the Euro 2020 semi-finals. The panel look at where the game was won, who impressed and discuss why England looked so untroubled. And commentator Ian Dennis and reporter Juliette Ferrington are on hand to get post-match reaction from Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw.
On an extraordinary day at Euro 2020, Steve Crossman rounds-up the action as Switzerland knock out world champions France on penalties after a scintillating 3-3 draw. We hear from Chris Sutton, Julien Laurens and Alistair Bruce-Ball who dissect where the game was won and lost. Commentator Conor McNamara, England winger Izzy Christiansen and European football expert Guillem Balague give their reaction after Spain prevail in an eight-goal thriller against Croatia. And on top of all that, we preview Tuesday's huge game between England and Germany at Wembley, with Chris and Julien joined by German football journalist Rafa Honigstein - and we hear from England boss Gareth Southgate.
All About Van Basten

All About Van Basten


Steve Crossman is joined by triple Ballon d'Or winner Marco van Basten for a Euro Leagues special. He won six league titles, two European Cups and the Euros but Marco van Basten wishes he had retired earlier. He discusses meeting his idol Johan Cruyff as a teenager and scoring his most famous goal in the Euro 88 final. But he missed two seasons trying to fight back from his ankle injury and now cannot even kick a ball.
Steve Crossman, Guillem Balague, Rafa Honigstein and Kristof Terreur are joined by Bayer Leverkusen’s Uefa committee member Fernando Carro to discuss a turbulent week. From the seismic shock caused across Europe by the news of the proposed European Super League to the possible fall-out and consequences of its collapse - the team unpick a week like any other. TOPICS 3.20 – What has happened this week 5.18 - Impact of Florentino Perez’s latest interview 09.30 - Interview with Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro, who is also on Uefa’s Club Competitions Committee. He talks about how ‘disgusting’ certain aspects of behaviour was from ESL clubs 16 - Carro very strong on need to discuss problems in football in the open 17.30 – Carro good on how Germans are good at finding compromises – and how important this is right now 23.35 – The team discusses what happens next 27 – Rafa Honigstein on how Perez has been exposed as “the emperor with no clothes” 34 – Why fans around Europe have reacted differently to the ESL plans 37.57 – The team discusses whether this week will be remembered in 10 years
All About Jen Beattie

All About Jen Beattie


BBC Sport's Eilidh Barbour has been speaking to the Scotland and Arsenal defender Jen Beattie. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in October and is still receiving treatment, but has since played for her club and country. If you, or someone you know, have been affected by issues raised in this podcast, support and information is available at
In this special episode of the Football Daily podcast Mark Chapman is joined by correspondent John Murray and South American football expert Tim Vickery to pay tribute to football legend Diego Maradona, who has died at the age of 60. Maradona - arguably the greatest player football has ever seen - had a spectacular career: he captained Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup, and scoring both the infamous 'Hand of God' goal and the much-lauded solo second against England in their quarter-final. He spent much of his club career at Napoli, winning two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup with the Italian side. He had previously played for Barcelona, Boca Juniors and Argentinos Juniors. We hear from Gary Lineker, Pep Guardiola, Ossie Ardiles, and Paul Elliott - all paying tribute to the Argentine superstar.
Former Arsenal and Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner talks candidly to Steve Crossman about Arsenal, addiction, smoking with Pirlo, and finally embracing the 'Lord Bendtner' nickname.
Steve Crossman and Stephen Warnock look ahead to Sunday's Premier League matches. We hear from Fulham boss Scott Parker on the club's tough reintroduction to the Premier League and Stephen explains why he feels Tony Khan's social media comments after the Villa game were unhelpful. Tottenham's Eric Dier expresses his frustration with the use of VAR ahead of his side's trip to Manchester United, while Stephen reveals who has been a key figure in Aston Villa's good start as they prepare to face Liverpool. Ahead of their game at Arsenal, Steve speaks to Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and new signing Rhian Brewster, who talks about his decision to go to Bramall Lane, training with Steve McManaman and why his dad loves John Barnes.
Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire


Harry Maguire speaks exclusively to the BBC's Dan Roan.
Steve Crossman and guests select their Greatest Champions League XIs
Steve Crossman, Mark Clemmit and Derby County’s Curtis Davies explore how lockdown has affected the lives and careers of players in football’s lower divisions.
Mark Chapman is joined by Ian Wright, Chris Sutton and Rory Smith in the Monday Night Club's end of season review. The team react as Aston Villa escape relegation, condemning Watford and Bournemouth to the Championship. Who had the better season - Frank Lampard's Chelsea or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United? And Chris tells all about his lawnmower woes.
From a 2 - 2 draw against West Brom back in December 2015, to producing one of the greatest Champions League comebacks of all time against Barcelona in May 2019. Kelly Cates is joined by our football correspondent John Murray, former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock and John Gibbons from The Anfield Wrap to reflect on the 10 defining games that turned Klopp's Liverpool from also-rans to Premier League champions.
Comments (119)

Trevor Chinembiri

2:00 – Raphael Varane section with the panel impressed with the deal. 8:30 – Leon Osman says with the Varane and Sancho deals, Manchester United could be real title contenders. 12:15 – The age old Paul Pogba question, will he stay, will he go? 13:17 – Clinton Morrison on keeping Pogba at Manchester United this season. 15:20 – Don Hutchison on Manchester United should be buying Declan Rice from West Ham. 15:40 – European football expert James Horncastle joins the pod. 17:30 – James Horncastle on being surprised if Pogba extended his contract. 19:50 – The lowdown on Tottenham’s new managing director of football, Fabio Paratici. 22:55 – James Horncastle on Paratici being confident that Harry Kane will stay at Spurs. 27:40 – Everton’s busy summer, starting with Rafa Benitez joining the club. 29:32 – Don Hutchison on Benitez appointment at Everton saying it will “end in tears” (but wants to be proved wrong.) 39:00 – Breakdown of Everton’s signings so far.

Jul 28th

Stuart Higham

Rags sign a player and they are going to win the treble #melts

Jul 26th

JP Breslin

Slow news day at the bbc putting this back on.

Jul 21st

vince murdolo

disgusting and racist episode laughing at a professional footballer who had ruptured his Achilles tendon and they carried on about Italians wearing tight shorts and budgie smugglers I turned off and couldn't listen to it any more. shame, shame, shame.

Jul 3rd

Gilbert W Glenn Jr.

This is a Podcast

Jun 26th
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Dylan Bather


Jun 16th
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Facety Paul

what the???

Jun 14th

e-n M

Since the switch to Daily Euros, I cannot download/listen to the pod anymore. rather frustrating

Jun 13th

Facety Paul

are you joking? did someone die? think I'll listen to a different wrap up show then.

Jun 13th

J Coker

problem is they never get off their knees when the game starts

Jun 7th

John Anderson

Great interview with Jetro, seems like a genuine guy.

Jun 4th


Can’t get over how Emma keeps mis pronouncing/butchering Wijnaldum 😑

May 24th

Melina Angelica Moscovitch

Guillem and Mina, what a treat! Though in all fairness despite her sycophantic behaviour towards Guillem, Mina was more on the ball than usual. Thank God for Kristof! Perhaps Steve shouldn't let Guillem try to take over his job as moderator or at least get the producers to edit it out. You're the BBC, I am sure you can come up with better Spanish and Italian football experts . Your competition does

May 16th

Steve Coss

is this now the Micah Richards show?

May 11th

Kiat Huang

First time listener here. Decent episode. A tad repetitive in places and some over-wokeness about being concerned about safety and being safe, when it was Man Utd fans on their own letting of steam on an empty football pitch. Their pitch. Good points about the right to protest. Would have liked to hear some exploration about how the news of the ESL protests and match postponement was viewed Stateside. it did make the news there and will effect the owners opinions.

May 7th

Melina Angelica Moscovitch

Could someone please get a pin to pop Guillem's ego? Out if the four, he is the unsophisticated one. I wish Steve, James and Kristof would stop being so polite and take him down a peg. Better yet, drop him altogether from the show.

Feb 26th

Razzy Boy

Uh, Man City have two world class #1 sides on a single team and are weathering the attrition better for that reason, doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that🙄🎯 #FFP

Feb 23rd

Melina Angelica Moscovitch

Welcome back, James!

Feb 12th
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John Fowley

Enjoy this podcast.

Feb 7th

Melina Angelica Moscovitch

Kudos on an amazing show! Very entertaining and informative! Steve, Julien, Rafa and Kristof are the perfect combo!

Feb 5th
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