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Planet Football discuss the beautiful game in the noughties. Guests include Alex Brooker, Dominic Matteo and Cherno Samba as we remember some of the best moments from a wonderful decade for football.
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Rich Williams, Mark Holmes, Rob Conlon and Pete Farries get back together for the final time of 2019 as we bring the first series of The Broken Metatarsal to a close. The lads recall some of their favourite moments from the first nine podcasts, while Mark struggles with maths yet again and Pete forgets this is supposed to be a show about the 2000s. And in this shorter, 30-minute special there are not one but two rounds of Football Fact or Fiction, the first about some of the stars of the series and the second a Christmas edition in which Paul Gascoigne features prominently. We’ll be back with series two in early 2020, but please get in touch in the meantime to suggest topics you’d like us to cover when we return. And don’t forget to visit www.planetfootball.com for more 2000s nostalgia, including expanded interviews with many of the show's guests. You can find the full first series of The Broken Metatarsal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and wherever else you get your podcasts, including episodes on the Arsenal Invincibles, Cristiano Ronaldo’s breakthrough at Manchester United and the phenomena that are Championship Manager and Football Manager. FOLLOW PLANETFOOTBALL: Twitter: @planetfutebol Facebook Instagram E-mail: contact@planetfootball.com We’re sponsored by Football Index, the world’s first football stock market.  Use the code TBMIndex for a £500 money-back guarantee. New customers only. 18+.
Rich Williams, Mark Holmes and Rob Conlon are again joined by comedian  Mark Smith as we remember Spurs’ resurgence under Martin Jol and how a brilliant 2005-06 season was ruined by a dodgy portion of lasagne.  Andy Reid joins the boys on the phone to reveal the truth behind the  legend from inside the hotel and then the dressing room as team-mates  fell sick, including a player he cannot speak highly enough of: Michael  Carrick. We finish with another episode of Football Fact or Fiction in which Rich  tries to guess which of the many unlikely stories about Stoke City are, in  fact, true. Make sure you head to www.planetfootball.com for more 2000s nostalgia,  including expanded interviews with many of the show's guests. RUNNING ORDER: - An introduction to this week’s guests - An exciting development on the Twitter handle front (1m 33s) - The audio highlights of Spurs under Martin Jol and a sickening end to the season (4m 10s) - When Spurs weren’t very good (5m 55s) - 2003-04: The worst possible season to be a Spurs fan (7m 28s) - Helder Postiga, blowing a 3-0 lead in the FA Cup and a surprising Jon Macken poster (9m 42s) - “It’s the climb!” (12m 02s) - The arrival of Martin Jol and the beginning of happier times (13m  52s) - The makings of a brilliant team (15m 09s) - 2005-06: “An amazing turnaround” (17m) - A portion of lasagne and the timeline of what followed (18m 16s) - Andy Reid interview (21m): “If it was a coincidence, it was a hell of a coincidence!”      o Reid on “phenomenal” Michael Carrick (22m 30s)      o A first inkling that things were not OK (24m 50s)      o Conspiracy theories from the squad (25m 30s)      o When Michael Dawson turned translucent (26m 15s)      o Thinking back to another game which might have cost Spurs  fourth (27m 19s) - The truth is out at last: the lasagne  was to blame! (28m 46s) - Playing Michael Carrick despite the fact he couldn’t walk (29m 58s) - “One of the great stories of the 2000s” (30m 49s) - It should have been postponed (33m 25s) - Football Fact or Fiction (34m 10s) You can find all our other episodes here, including the Arsenal Invincibles, Leeds in the Champions League semis, Champ Man with Cherno Samba and Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd: https://audioboom.com/channels/5008818 FOLLOW PLANETFOOTBALL: Twitter: @planetfutebol Facebook Instagram E-mail: contact@planetfootball.com We’re sponsored byFootball Index, the world’s first football stockmarket.  Use the code TBMIndex for a £500 money-back guarantee. New customers only. 18+.
Rich Williams, Mark Holmes and Rob Conlon are joined by comedian Mark Smith to celebrate Stoke City's glorious first season in the Premier League when they upset the big boys and made neutrals p*ss themselves laughing.   Danny Higginbotham joins on the phone to provide an insight into some of the extraordinary lengths Stoke went to in search of home advantage, how they made the colour drain from opponents' faces, and why being written off was the best thing that could have happened to the club. We finish with another episode of Football Fact or Fiction in which Rich tries to guess which of the many unlikely stories about Stoke City are, in fact, true.   Make sure you head to www.planetfootball.com (http://www.planetfootball.com/) for more 2000s nostalgia, including expanded interviews with many of the show's guests. RUNNING ORDER:   - Introduction to this week’s show and guests - The audio highlights of Ricardo Fuller, Tony Pulis and Rory Delap’s throw ins (2m 10) - Celebrating Rory Delap’s throw ins (5m 55) - The emergence of ‘towel boys’ (09m 00) - Rory Delap creating goals (11m 25) - When Stoke reduced Heurelho Gomes to tears. (13m 16) - Gareth Southgate on Delap throw-ins (16m 12) - The emergence of the Stoke vs Arsenal rivalry (18m 06) - Winding up Arsene Wenger (19m 21) - When Wenger petitioned for throw-ins to be banned (20m 18) - Danny Higginbottom Interview (21m 51) ·      Stoke’s first season back in the Premier League (22m 00) ·      Stoke’s mentality starting the season back in the Premier League (23m 15) ·      Stoke fans and the Stoke team mirror each other (25m 40) ·      How Arsenal 'didn't want to be there' against Stoke (26m 42) ·      How people writing Stoke off provided motivation to prove them wrong. (29m 18) ·      The genius of Ricardo Fuller (30m 48) - Mark on Fuller, his favourite ever player (33m 36) -  When Fuller slapped his captain (36m 36) - A naked Tony Pulis vs James Beattie (39m 15) - Stoke’s lasting legacy (41m 38) - Football Fact or Fiction (43m 22)   You can find all our other episodes here, including the Arsenal Invincibles, Leeds in the Champions League semis, Champ Man with Cherno Samba and Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd. https://audioboom.com/channels/5008818   FOLLOW PLANET FOOTBALL: Twitter: @planetfutebol (https://twitter.com/planetfutebol) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fcplanetfootball) Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/fcplanetfootball/) E-mail: contact@planetfootball.com (mailto:contact@planetfootball.com) We’re sponsored by Football Index (https://www.footballindex.co.uk/) , the world’s first football stockmarket. Use the code TBMIndex for a £500 money-back guarantee. New customers only. 18+.
Rich Williams, Mark Holmes and Pete Farries are joined by comedian and Liverpool fan Adam Rowe to celebrate Rafa Benitez’s wonderful time in charge at Anfield, from that amazing night in Istanbul to that brilliant team of Gerard, Alonso, Torres and co. that went so close in 2008-09.   Neil Mellor joins on the phone to talk about his crucial role in that famous turnaround against Olympiakos, his memories of Istanbul and his thoughts on how Benitez moved Liverpool on as a club.   We finish with another episode of Football Fact or Fiction in which Rich tries to guess which of the many unlikely stories about Benitez is, in fact, true.   Make sure you head to www.planetfootball.com (http://www.planetfootball.com/) for more 2000s nostalgia, including expanded interviews with many of the show's guests.   RUNNING ORDER: - An introduction to this week’s guests - The audio highlights of Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard, Istanbul and Liverpool under Rafa Benitez (4m 26s) - How Liverpool fans felt at the time of Benitez’s appointment (5m 45s) - Remembering Liverpool’s sudden influx of Spanish signings and how it helped Rafa (7m 30s) - Liverpool v Chelsea, one of *the* great rivalries of the 2000s (8m 47s) - The ‘ghost goal’ that started it all (11m 43s) - Memories of Istanbul (13m 55s) - Ruthless Rafa: How he improved the Champions League-winning team to challenge for the title (18m 35s) - Neil Mellor interview: Scoring against Arsenal, pestering Rafa to bring him on v Olympiakos, setting up Stevie G, watching the final from the stands, Fernando Morientes getting him onto the pitch to celebrate, nabbing an AC Milan medal, the impact Benitez made on the whole club (20m 13s) - Back to the social club to watch a better team lose the 2007 Champions League final (31m 30s) - A celebration of the outrageous brilliance of Fernando Torres (33m 58s) - Remembering Rafa’s remarkable ‘facts’ press conference (38m 15s) - A sadness at how it all ended (42m 31s) - Football Fact or Fiction (43m 52s)   You can find all our other episodes here, including the Arsenal Invincibles, Leeds in the Champions League semis, Champ Man with Cherno Samba and Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd. https://audioboom.com/channels/5008818   FOLLOW PLANET FOOTBALL: Twitter: @planetfutebol (https://twitter.com/planetfutebol) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fcplanetfootball) Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/fcplanetfootball/) E-mail: contact@planetfootball.com (mailto:contact@planetfootball.com) We’re sponsored by Football Index (https://www.footballindex.co.uk/) , the world’s first football stockmarket. Use the code TBMIndex for a £500 money-back guarantee. New customers only. 18+.
Rich Williams, Mark Holmes, Pete Farries and comedian Danny McLoughlin huddle together to remember the resurgence of Manchester United and the man who helped kickstart it – Cristiano Ronaldo.   Former United youngster Eddie Johnson joins us on the phone and gives us the lowdown on CR7’s arrival, including those first few training sessions and the then-wonderkid's fashion faux pas.   We finish with another episode of Football Fact or Fiction in which Rich tries to guess which of the many unlikely stories about Ronaldo is, in fact, true.   Make sure you head to www.planetfootball.com (https://www.planetfootball.com/) for more 2000s nostalgia, including expanded interviews with many of the show's guests. RUNNING ORDER:   - An introduction to this week’s show and guests - The audio highlights of Ronaldo, Tevez and Rooney, a dream frontline (3m 46s) - Remembering Man Utd in the early 2000s and the fallow years (7m 20s) - The summer of 2003: Djemba-Djemba, Bellion, Kleberson…and Ronaldo (10m 04s) - Ronaldo’s debut (12m 50s) - Aaron Lennon>Cristiano Ronaldo (16m 18s) - Fergie’s approach to moulding a superstar (18m 25s) - The turning point (19m 50s) - Fergie’s rebuild: Playing Football Manager (21m 50s) - The Wink (22m 50s) - Eddie Johnson interview: Ronaldo's first day, what the players thought of him, his relationship with Fergie (26m 20s) - Remembering 2007/08 (32m 10s) - Park Ji-sung, an unsung hero (35m 35s) - Memories of the Champions League Final v Chelsea (37m 39s) - Football Fact or Fiction (40m 57s)    You can find our other episodes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-broken-metatarsal/id1483489385   FOLLOW PLANET FOOTBALL:   Twitter: @planetfutebol (https://twitter.com/planetfutebol) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fcplanetfootball) Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/fcplanetfootball/) E-mail: contact@planetfootball.com (mailto:contact@planetfootball.com) We’re sponsored by Football Index (https://www.footballindex.co.uk/) , the world’s first football stockmarket.   Use the code TBMIndex for a £500 money-back guarantee. New customers only. 18+.
Rich Williams, Mark Holmes, Pete Farries and semi-regular guest Alex Brooker gather to remember Sven-Göran Eriksson and Thaksin Shinawatra's ridiculous season together at Manchester City, including talk of world domination, three signings from Thailand, the chairman refusing to take the manager's calls, and an 8-1 defeat to Middlesbrough. Former City captain Michael Ball joins on the phone to provide an insight into some of the bizarre goings-on that season, including team meetings being interrupted by the chairman's wife and the chairman himself giving the players a team talk. We finish with another episode of Football Fact or Fiction in which Rich tries to guess which of the many unlikely stories about Sven is, in fact, true. Make sure you head to www.planetfootball.com (https://www.planetfootball.com/) for more 2000s nostalgia, including expanded interviews with many of the show's guests.  RUNNING ORDER:   - An introduction to this week’s show. - Some brief Sven moments (2m 33s) - Sven arrives (4m 05s) - What Thaksin wants (4m 55s) - Pete is out of touch (6m 00s) - The Thai players who joined (6m 40s) - The bigger name buys (7m 49s) - Mark and Sven (8m 53s) - The end (9m 43s) - Sven and England (10m 05s) - Interview with Michael Ball. The defender talks his time with Sven, how Sven was and that final, Boro game (12m 21s) - City Fans & Sven  (31m 43s) - 8-1 (32m 37s) - Football Fact or Fiction (37m 20s) You can find our other episodes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-broken-metatarsal/id1483489385   FOLLOW PLANET FOOTBALL: Twitter: @planetfutebol (https://twitter.com/planetfutebol) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fcplanetfootball) Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/fcplanetfootball/) E-mail: contact@planetfootball.com (mailto:contact@planetfootball.com) We’re sponsored by Football Index (https://www.footballindex.co.uk/) , the world’s first football stockmarket.   Use the code TBMIndex for a £500 money-back guarantee. New customers only. 18+.
Rich Williams, Mark Holmes, Rob Conlon and Pete Farries gather to discuss arguably the greatest computer game of all time, Championship/Football Manager.   One of the game's greatest talents, Cherno Samba, also joins on the phone to reveal what the game meant to him, what it meant for his career, and what it was like being the man everyone wanted to sign. We finish with another episode of Football Fact or Fiction in which Rich tries to guess which of the three unlikely stories about the game is, in fact, true. Make sure you head to www.planetfootball.com (https://www.planetfootball.com/) for more 2000s nostalgia, including expanded interviews with many of the show's guests.  RUNNING ORDER:   - An introduction to this week’s show. - Rich downloads Championship Manager of yesteryear (3m 14s) - What the game means to Pete (4m) - How it has helped people (5m 15s) - The teams of choice (6m 23s) - Champ Man 01/02 (8m 16s) - The dream team (10m 50s) - Interview with Hall of Famer Cherno Samba - he talks about what the game did for him, his fascinating career, and his favourite CM/FM stories (21m 43s) - The guys chat Cherno (37m 45s) - How the game has made a real-life impact (38m 45s) - Rob ruining careers (40m 30s) - Pete doing the opposite (41m 30s) - PlanetFootball.com (https://www.planetfootball.com/) as part of the game (42m 20s) - Football Fact or Fiction (43m 05s) You can find our first two episodes about Arsenal's Invincibles season, The Arrival of The Special One, and Leeds' UCL run ft. Alex Brooker + Micky P Kerr here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-broken-metatarsal/id1483489385   FOLLOW PLANET FOOTBALL: Twitter: @planetfutebol (https://twitter.com/planetfutebol) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fcplanetfootball) Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/fcplanetfootball/) E-mail: contact@planetfootball.com (mailto:contact@planetfootball.com) We’re sponsored by Football Index (https://www.footballindex.co.uk/) , the world’s first football stockmarket.   Use the code TBMIndex for a £500 money-back guarantee. New customers only. 18+.
Rich Williams, Mark Holmes and Pete Farries are joined by presenter and comedian Alex Brooker to talk about The Special One's arrival at Chelsea in 2004 and his first, title-winning season.    Steven Watt also joins on the phone to reveal what Mourinho was like as a boss, and how the gaffer told him he would start his first game. We finish with another episode of Football Fact or Fiction in which Rich tries to guess which of the three unlikely stories about Mourinho is in fact true. Make sure you head to www.planetfootball.com (https://www.planetfootball.com/) for more 2000s nostalgia, including expanded interviews with many of the show's guests.  RUNNING ORDER:   - An introduction to this week’s show and guest, Alex Brooker. - Alex reveals his first ever kit wasn't an Arsenal one (1m 23s) - The lads choose their favourite ever retro kits (3m 10s) - The audio highlights of Mourinho's first season at Chelsea (5m 15s) - Mark reveals his dirty secret: he's always liked Chelsea (5m 51s) - Remembering Chelsea's brilliance that first season (6m 40s) - The perception of Mourinho when he arrived (7m 10s) - How Mourinho ushered in new football era (9m 30s) - An ice-cream van interruption and Mourinho the shithouse, plus Alex on when he knew Chelsea were better than Arsenal (10m 21s) - When everyone wanted Mourinho as England manager (12m 40s) - Interview with Steven Watt (14m 26s) – Steven talks us through Mourinho's arrival, how he managed that side, and how The Special One treated some of the younger players. - The famous Laundry Basket story (27m 5s) - Football Fact or Fiction (31m 27s) You can find our first two episodes about Arsenal's Invincibles season and Leeds' UCL run ft. Alex Brooker + Micky P Kerr here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-broken-metatarsal/id1483489385   FOLLOW PLANET FOOTBALL: Twitter: @planetfutebol (https://twitter.com/planetfutebol) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fcplanetfootball) Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/fcplanetfootball/) E-mail: contact@planetfootball.com (mailto:contact@planetfootball.com) We’re sponsored by Football Index (https://www.footballindex.co.uk/) , the world’s first football stockmarket.   Use the code TBMIndex for a £500 money-back guarantee. New customers only. 18+.
Rich Williams, Mark Holmes and Rob Conlon are joined by comedian and Leeds fan Micky P Kerr to talk about United’s memorable run to the Champions League semi-final in 2000-01.   Dominic Matteo also joins on the phone to discuss his role in that incredible achievement, from making his debut on the left wing against AC Milan to scoring the goal at the San Siro which fans still sing about today.   We finish with another episode of Football Fact or Fiction in which Rich tries to guess which of the three unlikely stories about Leeds that season is in fact true. Make sure you head to www.planetfootball.com (https://www.planetfootball.com/) for more 2000s nostalgia and more from Dominic Matteo about wanting to stay after relegation but finding himself pushed out of the door to bring in some much-needed cash.  RUNNING ORDER:   - An introduction to this week’s show and guests, including Britain’s Got Talent *finalist* Micky P Kerr - Micky reveals his connection to those famous 2000s words, ‘broken metatarsal’ (3m 48s) - Treat your ears to the audio highlights of Leeds’ amazing run that season (5m 50s) - Token non-Leeds fan Mark on why it didn’t feel surprising to a neutral that they were doing well in the Champions League (6m 53s) - Rob on a throwback era and Alan Smith’s goal against Anderlecht – “one of the best goals scored by an English team in the Champions League” (9m 20s) - Micky on how the Champions League used to be and when he realised Leeds ‘had a chance’ (11m 00s) - Rich recalls giving up a night with his potential new love to watch Leeds instead. He still remembers her name 18 years on (11m 45s) - Micky on the brilliance of Alan Smith (12m 50s) - Remembering the forgotten names from that famous win over AC Milan (13m 37s) - Interview with Dominic Matteo (14m 38s) – Dom talks us through making his debut as a left midfielder against Milan, how the move from Liverpool came about, how Lee Bowyer immediately stood out, scoring in the San Siro, singing his own song, Mark Viduka still talking about the lasagna in Milan, and why he never wanted to leave Elland Road. - When Leeds stopped being the underdog in the Champions League (33m 25s) - Remembering one of the best defences in Europe (36m 17s) - Football Fact or Fiction (38m 48s) You can find our first episode about Arsenal's Invincibles ft. Alex Brooker here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-broken-metatarsal/id1483489385   FOLLOW PLANET FOOTBALL: Twitter:  @planetfutebol (https://twitter.com/planetfutebol) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fcplanetfootball) Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/fcplanetfootball/) E-mail: contact@planetfootball.com (mailto:contact@planetfootball.com) We’re sponsored by Football Index (https://www.footballindex.co.uk/) , the world’s first football stockmarket.   Use the code TBMIndex for a £500 money-back guarantee. New customers only. 18+.
Rich Williams, Mark Holmes and Pete Farries are joined by presenter and Arsenal fan Alex Brooker to discuss the Gunners’ amazing achievement in 2003-04 when they went an entire Premier League season unbeaten. Back-up goalkeeper from that season Graham Stack also joins the boys on the phone to reveal what it was like being a part of that incredible squad and how nervous he got acting as back-up to Mad Jens Lehmann. We finish our first ever episode of The Broken Metatarsal with a game of Football Fact or Fiction in which Rich tries to guess which of the three unlikely stories about Arsenal that season is in fact true. Make sure you head to www.planetfootball.com (https://www.planetfootball.com/) for more 2000s nostalgia and more from Graham Stack about how knocking out a supporter on loan at Beveren kickstarted his Arsenal career. RUNNING ORDER: - An introduction to The Broken Metatarsal - Treat your ears to the audio highlights of that incredible season (5m  44s) - Alex on the greatest year of his life (7m 51s) - The best balanced squad you could imagine (10m 05s) - Winning the league at White Hart Lane – Alex recalls having    Champions 04 printed on the back of his Arsenal shirt *before* they    won it (11m 35s) - Disappointment at not winning the Champions League (14m 00s) - Graham Stack interview (17m 26s) – Arsenal’s back-up goalkeeper in 2003-04     discusses breaking through alongside Cesc Fabregas, what it was like in the dressing room, Arsene Wenger’s one-liners, having his Werther’s Originals confiscated, and how stressful it was acting as Jens Lehmann’s back-up. - Pete explains how you can make money on the Football Index (37m 31s) - Kicking off at Old Trafford (39m 47s) - When Mike Riley ended the run back at Man Utd (44m 32s) - Gilberto the giant anteater (46m 00s) - Football Fact or Fiction (47m 15s) FOLLOW PLANET FOOTBALL: Twitter:  @planetfutebol (https://twitter.com/planetfutebol) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fcplanetfootball) Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/fcplanetfootball/) E-mail: contact@planetfootball.com We’re sponsored by Football Index (https://www.footballindex.co.uk/) , the world’s first football stockmarket. Use the code TBMIndex for a £500 money-back guarantee. New customers only. 18+.
Planet Football discuss the beautiful game in the noughties. Guests include Alex Brooker, Dominic Matteo and Cherno Samba. Weekly show starts Thurs 24th October 2019. Subscribe now.
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Sargey Bargey

Brilliant episode with Alex Brooker. Took me back to the glory days (I'm an Everton supporter so not actually so much glory but you know what I mean). if any one knows what the music is behind the Arsenal montage at the beginning I'd love to know!

Oct 25th
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