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The podcast which brings you the most interesting stories from the world of football which combine history, society and politics. Often light-hearted, but not afraid to cover more contentious aspects of the beautiful game. Episodes out twice a month.

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An exciting and thought provoking conversation for you on our newest podcast. In January this year Bohemian FC in Ireland made news around the world when they appointed Seán McCabe as the world's first climate justice officer at a football club. Having worked with climate issues for close to a decade, the partnership with the fan owned club with the aim to incorporate more climate focused policies into the club's plans. In a conversation that had the failed super league in mind, we talked about what it means for a community focused club to take the lead on this issue, the banter which followed his appointment, and Seán's hopes for what football can do to tackle the coming climate crisis. A fascinating conversation which tackled everything from the decline of trade union support to what football club's can do in their communities. We really enjoyed covering this topic with Seán and hope you do too. If you would like to support the podcast in any way, feel free to buy us a coffee here (but of course no obligations!) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/theSTpod
In a lighter episode, we sat down with the guys from the Field of Screens pod to discuss the infamous FIFA propaganda film, United Passions. Recorded on the Monday of the ill fated SuperLeague attempt, we looked for some beauty in the story of a few men, who's only dream was that the whole world would play football by the same rules and regulations. Seriously.We discussed what exactly they were trying to achieve with this project, how Tim Roth got Sepp Blatter's walk down and whether commercial deals are in fact the most exciting aspect of the beautiful game. On this journey there were laughs aplenty along with a lot of pain as we tried to understand this ridiculous film. If you have enjoyed any of our shows remember to leave us an iTunes review or share the podcast on social media.
In this mini episode, Alex was joined by Ukrainian football fan and expert, Andrew, to discuss their upcoming game with England. We talked about what it means for the team to have made it this far, and whether they have any chance of causing a big upset in Rome.
After an insane round of last 16 fixtures, Alex sat down with Sebastian from Campfire Football again to make our predictions for the Quarter-Finals. We also reviewed what went wrong for France, whether England have what it takes and how Spain overcame Croatia.Get it in your ears before this weekend's games!
It's been a hell of a week so far in the Euros, and we chatted to friend of the show and great guy Sebastian from Campfire football to try and make sense of it all.We talked about Germany losing to France, Schick from the halfway line and found time for some Stephen A. Smith chat! We also looked ahead to the next round of fixtures, looking at Germany vs Portugal and Scotland vs England. Get it in your ears while it's still hot!
We have made it! The last of our Fan Previews is ready, as we look at Group F.We spoke to Tomasz about Hungary, Mathieu about France, Tiago about Portugal and Lukas on Germany.Timestamps:France 1:10 - 21:44Hungary 21:51 - 37:10Portugal 37:20 - 51:09Germany 51:12
Today and every day up until the Euros we are going to be released previews of each of the groups. We spoke to a fan of every country competing at the Euros to give you a unique and personal perspective on all of the teams. On the opening day of the tournament, we are looking at Group E, with Manu on Spain, Samuel on Sweden, Boris on Slovakia and Adam on Poland. Timestamps here:0:00 - 1:10 Intro1:10 - 15:02 Spain15:06 - 26:18 Sweden26:28 - 43:06 Slovakia43:08 - Poland
Today and every day up until the Euros we are going to be released previews of each of the groups. We spoke to a fan of every country competing at the Euros to give you a unique and personal perspective on all of the teams. This Thursday we are looking at Group D, with Zeljko on Croatia, Ross on England, Alan on Scotland and Tom on the Czech Republic.Timestamps here:0:00 - 1:10 Intro1:10 - 7:30 Croatia7:43 - 23:00 England23:17 - 39:03 Scotland39:05 - Czech Republic
Today and every day up until the Euros we are going to be released previews of each of the groups. We spoke to a fan of every country competing at the Euros to give you a unique and personal perspective on all of the teams. Today we are looking at Group C, with Vincent on the Netherlands, Alexander on North Macedonia, Dubi and Anton on Austria and Andrew on Ukraine. Timestamps:1:10 - 15:26 Netherlands 15:34 - 26:06 North Macedonia26:08 - 36:16 Dubi Austria36:19 - 54:00 Ukraine54:05 - 64:56 Anton Austria
Today and every day up until the Euros we are going to be released previews of each of the groups. We spoke to a fan of every country competing at the Euros to give you a unique and personal perspective on all of the teams. Today we are looking at Group B, with Jannik on Denmark, Yuri on Russia, Gilles and Camille on Belgium and Laura on Finland. Timestamps:Denmark - 1.10 - 15:50Finland - 15:50 - 25:02Russia - 25:02 - 41:02Belgium Camille- 41:02 - 47:38Belgium Gilles - 47:38
Today and every day up until the Euros we are going to be released previews of each of the groups. We spoke to a fan of every country competing at the Euros to give you a unique and personal perspective on all of the teams. Today we are looking at Group A, with Ahmet on Turkey, Anthony on Wales, Mario on Italy and Basil on Switzerland. Timestamps:Switzerland - 1.10 - 12.33Turkey - 12:40 - 28:07Wales - 28:08 - 39:28Italy - 39:36 - 55:30
This week on the podcast, we are excited to be joined by Kyra Carusa, HB Køge and Ireland striker. Kyra is at the centre of an exciting project in Danish women's football, with the club rapidly developing the women's game, by opening up equal resources to the Men's team. With the team flying high at the top of the league at the time of recording, and Kyra currently the league's top scorer, they are seeking to become the first team outside of the big two of Brøndby and Fortuna Hjørring since 2001 to win the title. All this in their first season in the top flight, after being promoted to the first division last year. We spoke about what this project means to Kyra in practice, as well as adjusting to life in the small Danish town. We also found time to speak a little about what it means to Kyra to represent Ireland. An exciting and engaging conversation on a rapidly developing aspect of the game.
This week on the show; Lars Johnsen of Josimar Magazine in Norway joined us to discuss the potential of a boycott of the World Cup in Qatar. Josimar has done some incredible reporting on workers conditions in the country, and Lars was able to give us the Norwegian perspective on the movement. We also spoke about the difficulties football fan's face when dealing with these moral issues, and whether the boycott will spread to other countries. If you have been enjoying the shows feel free to donate, it helps us to produce better shows and keep growing. Of course, no obligation and we are happy just to have you listening along. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/theSTpod#Qatar2022 #BoycottQatar2022 #WorldCup
Part of the Sport Social NetworkThis week on the show we are delighted to be joined by the renowned Brazilian based journalist Tim Vickery. Tim has covered Brazilian football for close to 30 years, so was the perfect person to ask about the recent Netflix documentary, covering Pelé's life. We discussed what made him a footballing icon, whether he should have done more to distance himself from the military dictatorship, and if it is right to have expected him to do so. Finally we covered the relationship between football and Bolsonaro in Brazil. follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on our coming releases and tell a friend about the show. If you have any feedback on the show also we would also love to hear from you.
We are delighted to join the Sport Social Podcast Network. An excellent opportunity for us to continue doing what we love and reach a wider audience. Check out their website https://podcast.sport-social.co.uk/podcasts/?category=football to see what other shows they have to offer. This week we are delighted to be joined by the brilliant Marcela Mora y Araujo, an Argentinian journalist who has written for the Guardian and a range of other publications. Currently working on a documentary on Argentina at the 1986, and having written Diego Maradona's obituary for the Guardian, she was the perfect person to give us an insight into his complicated legacy and how it has been dealt with in his native country. We also spoke about the chapter she wrote for the book "From the Jaws of Victory: A history of Football's Nearly Men" about Messi's failure to win a major trophy for the national team. We also spoke about VAR and a range of other topics. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on our coming releases and tell a friend about the show. If you have any feedback on the show also we would also love to hear from you.
Conor O'Keefe has not had a stereotypically normal football career so far. After coming through the ranks at Macclesfield Town, he left the professional game to go to college at Loughborough University. This started a chain of events that led him to playing for a year in Spain, in Gibraltar after his studies and where he finds himself now, in the 3rd tier of Swedish football with Piteå IF.We asked him about what led him on this journey, some of the challenges of pursuing a dream career at this level and why he thinks more British footballers don't take the plunge of playing further abroad. We also spoke about what inspired him to start his highly popular YouTube channel "Keeping Goals" and how he balances his professional commitments with being a social media presence. A fascinating discussion bringing together dreams, travel and experiencing new cultures. follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on our coming releases and tell a friend about the show. If you have any feedback on the show also we would also love to hear from you.
In January 2000, at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, the USA played out a friendly with Iran intended to bring about peace and break the enmity between the countries. We spoke to Mani Djazmi, a British-Iranian journalist with the BBC. He told the story of this incredibly interesting game, and the hurdles those that organised the game had to overcome. From missing plane tickets, death threats to the Iranian delegation refusing to be fingerprinted, the match is a remarkable story and we are delighted to share it with you. https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/55216193Mani also told us about how he managed to become the first male to cover Women's football in Iran, with two brilliant reasons for why he should be allowed in. He also spoke about covering world football for the BBC and whether sport can ever successfully be a vehicle for peace. Also thanks to everyone who listened to our interview with Uri Levy, we were blown away by the reception and hope to bring more fascinating stories to you. If you have enjoyed the podcast please leave a rating or review,  follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on our coming releases and tell a friend about the show. If you have any feedback on the show also we would also love to hear from you.
A very special episode as we spoke to the brilliant Israeli journalist Uri Levy about a fascinating story. Uri is the founder of the Middle Eastern football website babagol.net. He was the perfect person to talk to about a remarkable story of the takeover of Beitar Jerusalem by a UAE Sheikh, who's fan group La  Familia are regularly viewed as having some of the world's most racist fans. (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/07/world/middleeast/israel-soccer-uae-beitar-jerusalem.html)  The club has never had an Arab player and the vicious reaction of the fans to the purchase in 2013 of 2 Muslim Chechens was documented in the documentary forever pure. Uri told us how this incredible takeover story has gone down, how everything does not appear to be as it seems, as well as gave his insights on the view on the controversial Qatar World Cup from the region. It was a fascinating discussion bringing together culture, racism and society.If you have enjoyed the podcast please leave a rating or review,  follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on our coming releases and tell a friend about the show. If you have any feedback on the show also we would also love to hear from you.
On this special end of year show, we spoke to Brendan of allsportsbooks.reviews about one of the absolute classics of the sportsbook Genre, "The Miracle of Castel di Sangro" by Joe McGinniss. Along the way, we discussed what makes a good sportsbook story, some of the best books of 2020 and the attraction of Italian football in the 1990s.The Miracle of Castel di Sangro is the account by American writer Joe McGinniss, a new disciple to Calcio, of the first season that the tiny Abruzzo club spent in Serie B. Told in vivid detail, it brings to life this underdog story and the tumultuous season that McGinniss spent with the team. We were delighted that Brendan was able to join us to discuss this fascinating story, and believe that you'll enjoy listening too. *Spoiler alert* It's impossible to discuss this book without bringing up the ending, so we encourage all listeners that want to avoid spoilers to finish the book before listening. If you have enjoyed the podcast please leave a rating or review,  follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on our coming releases and tell a friend about the show. If you have any feedback on the show also we would also love to hear from you.
We gathered our regular guests (in a socially distanced manner) to battle it out for the inaugural Podcast Christmas/New Year's Quiz trophy. This prestigious honour would go to the person able to answer questions ranging from how Canizares injured himself before the 2002 WC, why Norwich's game against Brighton in 1940 was bizarre, the height difference between Peter Shilton and Diego Maradona to the half time score between Brazil and Germany from the 2018 WC. The questions were tough, and the competition was fierce. Thanks also to questionablequizzes.com for providing the questions to Round 2 of our four-round competition.  Thanks also to all those who have listened to the show this year, and we look forward to spending more time with you in 2021!
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