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The Athletic Football Podcast is our flagship show, with Mark Chapman and Dan Bardell hosting Monday to Friday throughout the season.

Featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton, Matt Slater and many others, it is the ultimate place to get the inside track on the biggest stories and news, insight and analysis from your club.

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Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's James Pearce & Raphael Honigstein to discuss the problems facing Liverpool in biggest crisis of Jurgen Klopp’s time as manager. What’s gone wrong & what can be done to turn things around? And if things don't improve how might it effect their chances of recruiting elite players such as Jude Bellingham? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan Bardell is joined by George Elek, bet365's Steve Freeth and The Athletic's Rich Amofa as the Premier League returns following the closure of the transfer window. As well as looking ahead to an Antonio-Conte-less-Tottenham hosting Man City, the panel cast their eyes over an equally tasty Friday night fixture between the two West London clubs of big spending Chelsea and Fulham.  Arsenal are the Saturday lunchtime entertainment but they face an intriguing proposition in Sean Dyche's Everton at Goodison Park. Whilst the Kevin Nolan derby will be captivating on Tyneside between Newcastle and West Ham. Produced by Abi Paterson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mark Chapman is joined by David Ornstein & Adam Crafton to discuss Arsenals signing of Jorginho from Chelsea. Meanwhile Manchester United were also forced to react and make another loan signing - in Marcel Sabitzer -  following injury to Cristian Eriksen  Are these shrewd moves to help both clubs win trophies this season? Will this lead to bigger from both clubs signings in the summer? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
David Ornstein and Liam Twomey join Mark Chapman to analyse Chelsea's British Transfer Record deal to sign World Cup winning Enzo Fernandez. The panel discuss how Chelsea managed to pull off the deal to sign the Argentine, the level of finance involved as well as taking a deeper look at the Blues' approach in the transfer market. Also, having spent over £600m since Todd Boehly's takeover what pressure is there on Graham Potter to deliver immediate results? Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A PFA Team of the Year regular and an ever-present figure in back-to-back title-winning seasons for Manchester City - So how has Joao Cancelo ended up on loan at Bayern Munich, just hours before the January transfer window closes? Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Sam Lee and Pol Ballus to explain... A burning desire to start every game and a history of flare-ups with coaching staff, our panel reveal a sense of inevitability about Cancelo's Man City exit. Plus, why Pep Guardiola's ruthless streak is significant, the difficulties of trying to manage a 'super-squad', how likely a return to the Etihad is this summer and why Bayern Munich were so quick to pounce. Produced by Adonis Pratsides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein to detail what could happen in the final hours of the January transfer window. They discuss Arsenal's move for Moises Caicedo, Chelsea's bid to sign Enzo Fernandez, and Spurs failed bid for Pedro Porro plus plenty more. The Athletic's Andy Naylor reveals the names Brighton are lining up even if and when Caicedo leaves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan Bardell is joined by George Elek as well as The Athletic's Tim Spiers and Rich Amofa as the FA Cup Fourth Round sees the first clash of the Premier League's top two this season. As well as looking ahead to Man City v Arsenal the panel also pick out Accrington Stanley v Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur's visit to Preston North End. Liverpool's return to Brighton two weeks on from losing 3-0 down on the south coast is also analysed ahead of picking out which ties to keep an eye on in the Fourth Round with a number of EFL sides hoping to spring a suprise. Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mark Chapman & The Athletic's Matt Slater & Dan Sheldon look at how the huge spending in this January transfer window by Premier League clubs compared to the rest of European Football.  Is Financial Fair Play - world football’s attempt at financial self-regulation - creating an unfair playing field that sees Leeds United spend more on one player than all clubs in La Liga & Serie A combined.  How are FFP rules affecting the recruitment policy at clubs across Europe & what are the loopholes being jumped through to gain a competitive advantage during the current transfer window Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's been three league games since Mohamed Salah had a shot on target, never mind a goal, and questions are popping up around the Egyptian's form. But what is it down to? Is it the loss of team mate Sadio Mane? Is his new contract weighing heavy on him? Or is he a symptom of a wider issue at Liverpool? Alongside Mark Chapman to answer those questions and dive into the data around Liverpool's star striker are James Pearce and Duncan Alexander Produced by Abi Paterson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What more could Frank Lampard have done at Everton? Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Everton writer Patrick Boyland and Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey to see if after failing at two Premier League clubs, a worrying pattern is emerging for Lampard the manager... The panel explore various similarities and differences between how things unravelled for Frank at both Everton and Chelsea, as well as, whether Everton need a 'firefighter' or a 'project' manager next and why it probably shouldn't be ex-Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa. Produced by Adonis Pratsides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's James Horncastle & Tim Spiers to discuss why Juventus, the biggest team in Italy, were deducted points and share what we know about the crisis surrounding the club, the wider impact across Italian football and what happens next. Also discussed the resignation of the Juventus board in November and the challenges both on and off the pitch for the new board. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Adam Leventhal is joined by George Elek, bet365's Steve Freeth and The Athletic's Tim Spiers ahead of what could be a telling week in the Premier League title race as Arsenal welcome Manchester United, while Man City take on Wolves. At the other end of the table pressure mounts as David Moyes takes on his former employers Everton at the London Stadium. Meanwhile in mid-table Liverpool and Chelsea do battle in Jurgen Klopp's 1,000th game in management at Anfield. Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When Arsenal bought Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard for £30m in 2021 the expectation among supporters wasn’t particularly high - and some didn’t understand why the club wanted to buy him.  After all this was a player who as a teenager was dubbed the “heir to Messi’s throne”. But fast forward 18 months and he’s not only Arsenal’s playmaker, but possibly the best midfielder in the league. It’s been quite a rise for Martin Odegaard. Mark Chapman is joined by Amy Lawrence and Michael Cox to discuss the Arsenal captain in detail Produced by Abi Paterson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic’s Adam Crafton & Mario Cortegana to discuss a new chapter in one of football’s biggest transfer sagas...Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid. Are PSG doing the right things to keep him? How might his relationship with teammate Neymar influence his views? How might Real Madrid even afford him? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Board members receiving alleged death threats, home-grown players being chased from Goodison Park, an owner who publicly blames supporters for the churn of managers and a team who are without a Premier League win since October - Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Greg O'Keeffe and Senior writer Oli Kay to find out if Everton are broken beyond repair this season? The panel reflect on owner Farhad Moshiri's track-record, assess sanctioned oligarch Alisher Usmanov's current influence and discuss what, if anything, can be done in January to stave off a first top-flight relegation since 1951. Plus, how effective Everton's protests have been, the validity of safety concerns relating to certain Club Directors and why manager Frank Lampard continues to retain most people's support. Produced by Adonis Pratsides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein & Adam Crafton to discuss the crazy chain of events that saw Mykhailo Mudryk end up at Chelsea when it looked like he was destined for Arsenal. David details the work done behind the scenes to sign the forward at both clubs and Adam gives the perspective of the selling club having been embedded with Shakhtar Donetsk in the making of his podcast series Away From Home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan Bardell is joined by George Elek and The Athletic's Tim Spiers and Rich Amofa ahead of a pivotal weekend in the Premier League as both Arsenal and Man City head to their local rivals. Manchester United will be out to settle the score after losing 6-3 to City at the Etihad in October while Harry Kane sits just one goal shy of Jimmy Greaves' club-record at Spurs. Plus there's reaction to Joao Felix seeing red at Fulham, Nathan Jones taking Southampton to Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion welcoming Liverpool to the Amex without Virgil van Dijk. Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic’s Jack Lang & Gustavo Ribeiro from The Brazilian Report to discuss how and why the national team football jersey has turned from a symbol of unity in Brazil to one that divides the nation down political lines. We reflect on a monumental start to 2023 in Brazil, as the nation prepared to welcome a new President, say goodbye to one of its most famous sons following the death of Pele and witnessed thousands of supporters of former right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro wearing Brazil shirts as they storm Congress, the Supreme Court and surround the presidential palace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea writers Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey to analyse the chaos at Chelsea as Graham Potter struggles to convince the fans four months on from replacing Thomas Tuchel. 10 points off the top four pace, and after defeat to Man City in the FA Cup Third Round the panel consider the change in process at Stamford Bridge following the summer takeover of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. Plus, David Ornstein explains the deal set to take Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix to Chelsea on loan for the remainder of the season, before the rest of Chelsea's transfer needs are evaulated. Produced by Guy Clarke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Mark Chapman is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton and Manchester United correspondent Laurie Whitwell to get a read on the optimism surrounding Erik ten Hag's start at Old Trafford... Laurie explains how Ten Hag's influence and change behind-the-scenes in how the club look to recruit new players could usher in a far more successful age of transfer business than in recent seasons. Plus, how the manager's big decisions and authority have even led to talk of a genuine title race, ahead of Saturday's Manchester Derby. Produced by Adonis Pratsides Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (19)

Savara

This world cup had many failures, like the total banning of freedom of speech. What happened during the games of the IR regime team was a shame, the Qatari guards banned people to carry any item supporting the protests in Iran for obtaining freedom. Arresting people brutally and shutting down any voice against the regime. Well, seem this world cup is just coverage of the inhuman deeds of Qatar. No one even asks about those innocent workers who lost their lives to build a one-time used stadium. Rather not to watch or support such a shameful world cup. Have anyone heard about North Korea hosting the future world cup? ;))

Dec 9th
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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 by the majority of the LGB thought leaders, and hijacked by the TQ+ thought leaders.

Jun 21st
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ID18578005

Please please please adjust the volume of the intro/outro trumpet music. It’s nowhere near in line with the speakers volume. Comes out of nowhere overly loud every time. Sort it out please.

May 21st
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mark hunter

as soon as the podcast finished it started pissing down rain in junee Australia. I doesn't rain much here. it's a sign let derby county be washed down the drain. I don't care fore them.

Jan 28th
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Sharad Patel

Rubbish analysis

Jun 29th
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John Anderson

First time listening to your podcast, real enjoyed a reasonable discussion regarding England's game. The knee being booed is really disappointing, it's a gesture that feels like it's accomplishing nothing but to boo black players taking a peaceful protest is awful. England is about inclusiveness and shouldn't be divided by some idiots booing a peaceful protest gesture, we should be propping up our players not ridiculing them.

Jun 3rd
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Rok Košir

where is the Victor Font part exactly?

Dec 23rd
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Talib

People's lives are MORE IMPORTANT than $$, dead people won't notice how much money they've lost. The FA should act now, but they won't because $£°

Mar 10th
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