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The Athletic's flagship football podcast, hosted by Ayo Akinwolere and featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Matt Slater will take you inside the biggest stories around the Euros, Copa America and transfers told by the best journalists in the business. Cutting through the noise to tell you what’s really happening and why it matters.

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After weeks of uncertainty, news broke on Tuesday that Erik Ten Hag is to remain as manager of Manchester United. So why have Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS come to this decision and what will Ten Hag’s relationship with his squad and the owners look like moving forward? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Mark Critchley to analyse Man United’s decision and assess who else was considered for the Old Trafford hotseat ahead of looking ahead to what challenges lay ahead. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Mark Critchley Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles Inside Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United reprieve: Tuchel, De Zerbi and the key meetings - The Athletic Erik ten Hag to stay as Manchester United manager - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to another edition of The Transfer DealSheet, our guide to the summer transfer market where David Ornstein will bring us latest developments across the Premier League and beyond. We take a deep dive on the market in Spain, including Barcelona's admiration for Liverpool's Luis Diaz. Plus, after securing Kylian Mbappe, what’s holding up Real Madrid’s pursuit of Alphonso Davies Host: Adam Leventhal With: David Ornstein, Dermot Corrigan, Pol Ballus Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Jay Beale Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Radar: Florian Wirtz

The Radar: Florian Wirtz

2024-06-0911:521

Welcome to episode 12 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 21-year-old Florian Wirtz has taken German football by storm since his emergence at Bayer Leverkusen back in 2020. A superstar in their extraordinary unbeaten run to Bundesliga glory - will he also help inspire the hosts to European success in his own backyard? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to episode 11 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 21-year-old forward Johan Bakayoko has made a name for himself in a bold, attacking PSV Eindhoven team which fits his skill set perfectly.  One of the most watchable young players in Europe at the moment - will the Belgian light up this tournament and put him in the shop window for a lucrative transfer to the Premier League or beyond? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Radar: Kendry Páez

The Radar: Kendry Páez

2024-06-0814:291

Welcome to episode 10 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. Kendry Páez has been making quite the mark for club and country since he burst onto the youth football scene in 2022. He became the youngest player ever to represent Ecuador - and the second youngest South American to ever play international football behind a certain Diego Maradona. With a highly-anticipated move to Chelsea on the horizon - could he be the player that sets this summer’s Copa América alight? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Radar: Xavi Simons

The Radar: Xavi Simons

2024-06-0811:112

Welcome to episode 9 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 21-year-old child prodigy Xavi Simons is at a crossroads in his career after making the high profile switch from Barcelona to PSG.  Standout loan spells at PSV and RB Leipzig over the last two seasons have got everyone asking what Xavi’s next move will be - but first, will he showcase his star quality out in Germany? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to episode 8 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 20-year-old all-action Watford midfielder Yáser Asprilla has made it his business to score absolute screamers for the Hornets since arriving at Vicarage Road in 2022. Following in the footsteps of the Colombian great James Rodríguez isn’t going to be easy - but could he be about to explode onto the international stage? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to episode 7 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Šeško has long been touted as one of the next great strikers - linked with some of the world’s biggest clubs and hype around him reaching fever pitch ahead of a potential move this summer… Slovenia may not be anyone’s favourites to cause a shock at Euro 2024 - but could their centre forward make his mark and show why he’s considered one of the purest number 9’s in the world? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to episode 6 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 20-year-old midfielder Marcelo Flores began his footballing education at Ipswich Town and Arsenal - but has a point to prove after failing to make a real breakthrough in his time at The Emirates.  Now back in Mexico and coming off the back of a successful domestic campaign with Tigres - can his youthful exuberance see him live up to the billing as his country's most exciting prospect? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Radar: João Neves

The Radar: João Neves

2024-06-0614:481

Welcome to episode 5 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 19-year-old Benfica midfielder João Neves has followed in the footsteps of Bernardo Silva, Darwin Núñez, João Félix and Rúben Dias to come through the Portuguese Champions’ academy.  Quick, agile and technically gifted with formidable tackling ability, stamina and composure - will this summer’s Euros be the stage upon which he really announces himself to the world? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to episode 4 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América.  22-year-old USA international Folarin Balogun’s every move has been watched with intrigue since his permanent move from Arsenal to Monaco.  After a somewhat difficult start to life on the Côte d'Azur - will he make the number 9 jersey his own this summer prove his worth to the US men’s national team on home soil? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to episode 3 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. Paris Saint Germain’s Warren Zaïre-Emery has had a meteoric rise since rewriting the record books when he became the club’s youngest player and goalscorer when he was just 16 years old. Now 18 and already regarded as one of the most technically gifted midfielders in the world - could he be the next face of French football for years to come? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The summer transfer window officially opens on June 14 as clubs look to strengthen their squads ahead of the 2024/25 season. So what kind of business is your club likely to do this summer? Which big players could be on the move? How restricted will Premier League clubs be by PSR? And what impact could this - and the summer tournaments - have on the market? Host: Adam Leventhal With: David Ornstein Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Mike Stavrou Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Radar: Endrick

The Radar: Endrick

2024-06-0313:391

Welcome to episode 2 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 17-year-old Endrick burst onto the international scene with goals against England and Spain and will join Real Madrid after playing a potentially pivotal role for Brazil out in the USA.  He’s already been compared to legendary strikers Ronaldo, Pelé and Romário - but does he really have what it takes to follow in their illustrious footsteps? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Radar: Lamine Yamal

The Radar: Lamine Yamal

2024-06-0312:561

Welcome to episode 1 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. Prodigal 16-year-old Lamine Yamal has already broken a number of records for Barcelona and Spain in his short career so far.  Will the precocious attacker cement his status as one of the most talented young footballers in the world out in Germany? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why Bayern chose Kompany

Why Bayern chose Kompany

2024-05-3037:281

After a three month search, Bayern Munich have finally secured a new head coach having appointed former Burnley manager Vincent Kompany. So why have Bayern chosen Kompany? How influential were his links to Pep Guardiola in their decision and how will the Belgian adapt to life in Bavaria after Burnley? Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's Seb Stafford-Bloor and Andy Jones to analyse how the move came about and whether the Belgian will be a success in Munich. Host: Adam Leventhal With: Seb Stafford-Bloor and Andy Jones Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles: Bayern Munich, Vincent Kompany and the summer’s strangest managerial appointment - The Athletic Why do Bayern Munich want Vincent Kompany? - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino left his position as Chelsea head coach by mutual consent after less than 11 months in the job. After a poor start he led his side to a sixth place finish in the Premier League, but the upturn in form wasn’t enough. So, why did the Pochettino project fail, and who will Chelsea turn to next? Host: Adam Leventhal With: Simon Johnson, Jack Pitt-Brooke Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producers: Mike Stavrou & Jay Beale Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Manchester City have created English football history by winning a fourth consecutive top flight title. But do Pep Guardiola’s side get the recognition their achievements deserve? Does future dominance depend on how long the manager stays and is the whole debate overshadowed by the 115 charges they face for alleged breaches of Premier League financial regulations? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by Man City writer Sam Lee, senior football writer Oli Kay and Manchester football writer Mark Critchley to discuss. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Sam Lee, Oli Kay and Mark Critchley Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles: Inside Manchester City’s history-making fourth Premier League title in a row - The Athletic Manchester City’s wonderful team and the 115 charges – can the two be separated? - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s matchday 38 in the Premier League and the title race is down to the final day with Man City taking on West Ham and Arsenal up against Everton. The race for Europe involves the following matches: Sheffield United vs Spurs, Chelsea vs Bournemouth, Brentford vs Newcastle and Brighton vs Manchester United. Host: Adam Leventhal With: Tim Spiers and Jon Mackenzie Producer: Mike Stavrou Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ange Postecoglou was clearly furious after Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City. But what made him so upset after what was one of Spurs’ better performances in recent months? And was he right to be so angry? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic’s Tottenham writers Charlie Eccleshare & Jack Pitt-Brooke who are also on our Spurs pod View From The Lane.. Producer Guy Clarke Executive Producer Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Phill

fans wanted Jose??! nope

Jun 13th
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S/V HAPPY MONDAYS

zzzzzz

May 21st
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S/V HAPPY MONDAYS

More anti City tripe .....surprising

Apr 21st
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S/V HAPPY MONDAYS

is this a rags channel? I've subscribed for football and got a Salford luv inn.

Mar 5th
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Jack Dormer

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Feb 16th
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Jack Dormer

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Feb 16th
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Ian Morris

Thanks guys for filling 99.9% of the time alloted to your 'analysis' of the Wolves v Spurs game to all things Spurs. Wolves goals may have come at the end of the game but it was a game they dominated. This bias towards 'bigger teams' is embarrassing and always forgets that there are two professional teams competing.

Nov 12th
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john okoroigwe

Very funny....the mere fact of asking the question gives you the answer. Can you take a comedian seriously?

Oct 27th
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S/V HAPPY MONDAYS

an own goal in a s*** match and Arsenal are the new treble winner's God these pods are so predictable

Oct 10th
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S/V HAPPY MONDAYS

Aways been bobbins scores a couple of goals and he's the new messiah, so gave him a new contract when they could have got rid.

Oct 5th
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Madridista_MouCarloDelBosque

Gghhhc, v0 bcb Queen Victoria Station

Sep 3rd
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Benedict Ivor Royston Webb

Not even close.

Jun 12th
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Mark Bentley

The absolute irony of this podcast debating the morals and ethics of football teams and then playing their sponsor Bet365 and trying to tempt the listener with betting 'offers'! As if one team having better chances of signing a player more than others, is anyway as bad as wrecking people's lives with gambling addiction!

May 23rd
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Phil

excellent show

Dec 9th
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Sepehr

Thanks a lot for talking about Iranian women, and Iran's protests. #MahsaAmini

Dec 4th
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Linganus Roberd

The world cup in this year will be the biggest event https://worldofmario.com

Nov 21st
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Linganus Roberd

The world cup in this year will be great ever https://worldofmario.com

Nov 21st
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Talib

An apt title considering your stupid predictions about city going unbeaten in your last podcast lol.

Oct 17th
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Raymond O Regan

keeps failing to download

Sep 7th
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Kiat Huang

I feel that because of England Football's virtual signalling (BLM kneeling, Pride ribbons) it is no coincidence that the England football team has been mentally brittle, unintelligent and uncreative on the pitch, relying on mediocrely talented players shining, target than the whole group performing as a proper team. The virtue signalling divides the team, or even worse, brainwashes them into thinking it is best and their half-hearted, lip-service patriotism so that ultimately they have lost the ability to win repeatedly, to have that killer instinct and a do-whatever-it-takes-to-win mentality to actually win a major tournament. BLM and the LBGTQ+ are divisive, political movements. BLM is obviously, overtly r*cist and has an anti-establishment, anti-police, anti-family, pro-Marxist, pro-anarchic, financially-corrupt promotion by the leadership. LGB (unified by sexual preferences) is under toxic pressure from TQ+ (unified by gender issues). LGBTQ+ is a term, which has now been rejected b

Jun 21st
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