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    Comebacks And Fresh Starts

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 61:17

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Ian Hawkey.Manchester United looked to be heading to a Champions League defeat before a remarkable comeback win - but are the cracks just being papered-over at Old Trafford? (00:00)Liverpool were also on the right side of an eventful 3-2 Champions League tie. Did Jurgen Klopp's side deserve to win at Atletico? (15:43)Daniel Meuren is the co-author of ‘Thomas Tuchel: Rulebreaker' - a new biography on the Chelsea manager. He joins us to tell us more about the rise of his countryman from Mainz to winning the Champion (32:55)Chelsea brushed Malmö aside on Wednesday, while Phil Foden starred again as Manchester City made short work of Club Brugge. Is the England youngster on course to become the best the country has produced? (39:16)Steve Bruce has finally been relieved of his duties at Newcastle. How was his departure handled and who is the sensible choice to take over at St James' Park? (45:58)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    New Owners, New Enthusiasm, Same Result

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 54:38


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy and Alyson Rudd.Newcastle's new chapter on the pitch has started, but things need some serious work to match the owners' ambition. The Times' Martin Hardy joins us, fresh from an eventful day at St James' Park (00:00)Away from the North East, what was the reaction elsewhere? Does it seem strange that Steve Bruce was in the dugout considering fans wanting him out? (10:27)Liverpool look back to their best - what's the key to their success and do they have the best player in the world in their squad? Given the nature of the defeat, how long will Claudio Ranieri last at Watford? (24:06)Have the wheels finally come off for Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Manchester United? Are the Red Devils just a group of individuals rather than a team? (37:56)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Was Southgate's Experiment Worth It?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 47:01

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Jonathan Northcroft.England ended the International break in lacklustre fashion at Wembley. Was it a mistake for Gareth Southgate to experiment with Mount and Foden playing? What did we learn from the two games? (00:00)FIFA are looking into the crowd trouble which lead to one arrest for an alleged racially aggravated public order offence. Should fans of a team with outstanding punishments for racism have been allowed to buy tickets? (17:04)Newcastle are preparing to play the first game of their new chapter as they host Spurs on Sunday. The Times' Martin Hardy joins us to discuss what we can expect to happen at St James' Park on Sunday (30:32)Claudio Ranieri takes charge of his first Watford game on Saturday as Liverpool make a trip south. Will the Italian be able to create the same magic he did at Leicester City? (40:28)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Hugh's Andorran Adventure

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 56:42


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Alyson Rudd.We're lucky to have Hugh after his comical trip to Andorra for the England game. Thankfully, he's back to tell the tale and discuss the game (00:00)France are the new Nations League champions, but their winning goal has caused some debate. Gregor gives us a player's perspective of Kylian Mbappé's goal (10:42)Thibaut Courtois has spoken out about the number of games players are expected to play and how their welfare isn't given as much thought as perhaps it should. Do we need tournaments like the Nations League and if so - does it require a third place playoff? (17:34)We continue the discussion on the Newcastle takeover and how the complex situation should be reported (29:22)Every other Premier League club has reportedly complained about the takeover - should other teams have any say over a club's ownership? There are suggestions Steve Bruce won't be in charge of Newcastle by the time they play Tottenham at the weekend - but is that the right decision for the short term? (41:55)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Is Mike Ashley Finally Out?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 62:52


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy and Tom Clarke.Newcastle United could very soon be the richest club in the world as the Saudi-backed takeover appears to be close to completion. The Times' Martyn Ziegler joins us to discuss what's changed since the deal stalled, last year (00:00)While the Saudi deal may be good for Newcastle fans who want Mike Ashley out of their club - is the deal good for English football and is it right to turn a blind eye to some of the wider issues it brings up? (09:35)There's been a lower-than-average uptake in Covid vaccinations in the Premier League and the EFL. What's the reason behind players being hesitant to get the jab and could clubs be punished for low vaccination rates? (31:55)Molly Hudson joins us to discuss an exciting week in the Women's Champions League (49:16)We end with a quiz based on Bill Edgar's article in The Times on red cards. Can you name the player with the most dismissals in EFL history? (54:31)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    If Only City Had a Centre Forward

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 56:16


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Paul Hirst.Liverpool and Manchester City played a cagey first half, followed by a wild second at Anfield. Would City have taken all three points had they bought a Premier League quality striker in the summer? (00:00)Everton took a point from Manchester United, Andros Townsend mimicked Ronaldo's celebration (but ended up with his shirt) and Demarai Gray once again looked impressive. Has Rafa finally got them playing as a team? (25:24)Since winning the FA Cup in May, Leicester City have been less than impressive - again dropping points at the weekend. What's gone wrong at the King Power and is their success to blame? (35:33)Crystal Palace have a new lease of life under Patrick Vieira. How far can they go with their new, fearless style of play? (42:23)Watford have parted company with yet another manager as Xisco departs - but is their hire and fire method actually working? (47:41)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Will Former Players Make Better Referees?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 50:35

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson and Ian Hawkey.Chelsea left Turin disappointed after a 1-0 loss at the hands of Juventus. Did they miss Mason Mount and why couldn't Romelu Lukaku get into the game? (00:00)Should Villarreal have had the game wrapped-up way before Cristiano Ronaldo scored Manchester United's winner? Hugh thinks so and Gregor isn't far behind him (5:30)PSG beat Manchester City 2-0, but with over twice as many shots and other stats in their favour - were City just unlucky on the night? What positives can Pep Guardiola take from the game? (15:00)Liverpool did by far the best of any British sides in Europe this week with a 5-1 win away at Porto. Bobby Firmino scored twice, but is he set for an upcoming battle for his starting position? (22:27)Real Madrid lost to Moldovan minnows Sheriff Tiraspol on Tuesday evening - was this a one-off or are there bigger issues at the Bernabéu? (29:34)Barcelona have bigger problems on their hands after a 3-0 loss at Benfica. Will the club ever be a European great again? (34:24)It's been suggested this week that there'll be an upcoming initiative encouraging former players to become referees. We grill our own ex-player on whether he thinks he's be a better referee having played the game professionally (43:30)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Huge Results & Hot-Legging

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 59:35


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tom Roddy.Arsenal and Spurs are going in opposite directions after Mikel Arteta's side came out of the North London derby 3-1 winners. Have Arsenal turned the corner now and is Nuno really the right man for Spurs? (00:00)Manchester City got the result they wanted at Stamford Bridge as they ended the weekend level on points with Chelsea. Did Thomas Tuchel get it wrong or were Pep Guardiola's side just too good? (14:39)Aston Villa became the latest team to get a result at Old Trafford. Do teams fear going to 'the Theatre of Dreams' anymore and should Ronaldo have taken that penalty? (25:29)Brentford didn't give up and earned a 3-3 draw with Liverpool in what was possibly the best game of the season so far. Is their mentality the key to their success and where can they finish this season? (32:25)Fans haven't been allowed to drink alcohol in sight of a professional football pitch since 1985, but that could soon change. It's worked well in the lower leagues and in other sports - but can it work again in the Premier League and EFL? (41:01)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Don't Bash The League Cup!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 59:06

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson and Jonathan Northcroft.Nuno returned to Molineux and left with a Carabao Cup victory over his former side. Pep Guardiola can't make his mind up if he likes the competition or not and Manchester United crash out (00:00)Reading are set to be deducted points due to breaching EFL financial rules. In the same week Derby County were hit with a 12 point penalty - is the desperation to get into the top flight going too far? (18:26)Arsenal and Spurs have been off the pace in recent matches and with the first North London derby of the season on Sunday - is this the most irrelevant Premier League match-up ever between the two sides? (30:32)Spennymoor Town will play a game on Sunday with heading only allowed in the box in the first half and no heading whatsoever allowed after the break. Head for Change are the charity behind the research - but would the lack of heading ruin the beautiful game? (50:03)Hendon FC beat Hammersmith FC 36-0 in a league match, so we end on memorable maulings and everyone fails to believe Gregor has only played in a side that lost 5-0 (54:46)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Goodbye Greavsie

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 61:20


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tom Roddy.We begin by celebrating the life and career of Jimmy Greaves, who sadly passed away on Sunday aged 81. From 1966 World Cup heartbreak and a struggle with alcohol addiction - Greaves' achievements on the pitch and reinvention as a television star made him a favourite with generations of fans (00:00)Two of Greavsie's former teams played each other on the same day of his passing as Spurs hosted Chelsea. After a touching tribute to a man who means so much to both clubs - it wasn't much of a contest as Chelsea blew Tottenham away. Were Chelsea as good as the scoreline suggests and what's wrong at Spurs after another 3-0 loss? (10:32)Jonathan Northcroft joins us following his conversations with Derby County manager, Wayne Rooney for The Times. As the club stares down a points deduction or potential worse - where's it all gone wrong at Pride Park? (27:04)The final five minutes of West Ham vs Manchester United was a rollercoaster with Jesse Lingard scoring against the side he took into Europe last season, Ronaldo not being given multiple penalties and Mark Noble's questionable first kick off the game losing his side at least a point - we break down what happened at the London Stadium (44:44)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    SPECIAL: Newcastle United - Is There Any Hope At St James' Park?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 13:28


    The Times' North East Reporter Martin Hardy joins Hugh Woozencroft and Gregor Robertson to look into the current situation at Newcastle United. At the time of publishing, they sit second bottom of the Premier League table with just one point from four matches. Fans have been unhappy for many years under Mike Ashley - but will the club ever be sold without some reinvestment first?(This conversation was taken from 'Henderson Saves The Day At Anfield', which was originally released on 16/09/21)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Henderson Saves The Day At Anfield

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 55:33

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Paul Joyce.Liverpool nearly started their European campaign off poorly, but Jordan Henderson saved the day at Anfield. How important is he to Jurgen Klopp's side? (00:00)Manchester City looked impressive going forward but also let in three goals last night. Have they shifted tactics or was it just a sloppy night for their defenders against RB Leipzig? (11:23)Manchester United were embarrassed somewhat on Cristiano Ronaldo's European return, losing 2-1 to Young Boys. Was the artificial pitch party to blame and did Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer get his tactics all wrong? (20:30)Romalu Lukaku scored again at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea got started with a win - how can he look so settled into their side so quickly? (30:15)There were some other incredible matches in this week's Champions League. Jude Bellingham looked the real deal, Lionel Messi had a quiet European debut for PSG and a former West Ham striker had quite the night (36:57)The Times' North East Reporter Martin Hardy joins us following his article in The Times about the current situation at Newcastle (42:18)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    He Was Always Going To Score, Wasn't He?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 59:11


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson and Alyson Rudd.Cristiano scored twice on his return to Old Trafford. Has he silenced the doubters and does he have special powers at the club? (00:00)Were the club right to welcome Ryan Giggs back for the game - especially given the allegations against Ronaldo? (09:35)Sunday Times Reporter David Walsh joined us to describe the atmosphere at Old Trafford after watching Ronaldo's return (15:30)It was a mixed weekend for Liverpool. Mo Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal, but the injury to Harvey Elliott overshadowed everything. Gregor gives his opinion on the tackle and red card as a former professional (26:38)Arsenal finally got their much-needed win, but does this mean they're on an upward trajectory from here on? (47:54)After a weekend of debuts - we pick our favourite and not-so-favourite debuts of the past (55:38)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Is Biennial The Way Forward?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 53:20


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Alyson Rudd.England ended the international break with seven points from nine, something Gareth Southgate sees as a success - but did the performances match up? The England manager didn't make any substitutes - was that the right decision? (00:00)Is a World Cup every two years a good idea? UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has reiterated his opposition - but could it be a good thing for the game? (24:22)With fans set to miss watching Cristiano Ronaldo's return to the Premier League due to the 3pm blackout rule - should it still be in force or have we just been treated to watching every match during the pandemic? (32:57)Ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United - we take a look at some other successful and unsuccessful returns by former players (43:27)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Is Bellingham The Future of English Football?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 59:09


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Matt Lawton and Henry Winter.England have recorded back-to-back wins in World Cup qualifiers. The last game saw Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold return - but what does the future hold for both? (00:00)The Times' Chief Football Writer, Henry Winter joins us with his thoughts on the England qualifier and whether Gareth Southgate has been grilled enough after the Euro 2020 final loss (16:18)We get the latest from the Wales camp with Gary Jacob, after Gareth Bale proved a few people wrong with a hat trick against Belarus. Scotland also did well, beating Moldova 1-0 (42:30)We unpack the madness after the game between Brazil and Argentina was abandoned after four players allegedly tricked their way into the country by saying they hadn't been the UK in the past fortnight. This lead to Government officials storming the pitch early in the game (50:18)The new WSL season got underway over the weekend and with increased media coverage this season, The Times' Molly Hudson joins us to discuss how this could be a pivotal year for the women's game in the UK (53:00)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Hey, Big Spenders!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 60:41

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy and Jonathan Northcroft.Premier League clubs spent £1.1bn in the summer transfer window. Is this responsible given the current state or the world, or is this the norm? (00:00)We saw a late flurry of deals on deadline day - but who did the best business? Does Ronaldo make Manchester United challengers? (12:14)England play their first match since *that final we don't speak about* tonight. Will they suffer a Euros hangover or can they move on to bigger things? What does our panel make of the attacking options in Gareth Southgate's squad? (40:55)Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the top goalscorer in men's international football - does this mean he'll focus on his club career now? (58:10)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Do We Still Trust The Process?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 71:58


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd, Tom Clarke and Henry Winter.Ronaldo is back! Was CR7 actually ever close to signing for Manchester City? His arrival means some of the younger attackers could miss out - are United taking a backwards step with this signing? (00:00)A fierce debate erupts on the topic of the use of VAR over the weekend after Paul Pogba wasn't sent off for what looked like a dangerous challenge on Ruben Neves (20:38)The Times' Chief Football Writer, Henry Winter joins us to give his take on the latest round of Premier League fixtures (28:50)Spurs top the Premier League, Arsenal are bottom. After another loss - is the trust for the process at the Emirates being lost? (42:40)Chelsea managed a draw against Liverpool, despite having 10 men for half of the game. Were these dropped points for Jurgen Klopp's side? Are they poorly using the one player that could unlock most other sides? (53:50)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Get Ronaldo. Win Titles. Simple.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 47:15

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy and Tom Clarke.Harry Kane is staying at Spurs. Will his reputation be tarnished? Will the Tottenham fans forget about this? Will he leave next summer? So many questions! (00:00)Reports today suggest Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered to Manchester City for around £25m. Would he fit into Pep's side and could he light up Manchester once again? (18:30)We've seen some big scoreline in the Carabao Cup second round - should Premier League teams be involved or could it become the EFL Cup instead? (23:45)West Ham have shown that last season wasn't a fluke and their early performances this season have been just as impressive. Does David Moyes need a deeper squad and what can they achieve this season? (32:15)Liverpool take on Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend - are the visitors to Anfield the favourites? (38:04)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Lukaku's 'Perfect' Second Debut

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 59:56


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Henry Winter.Chelsea beat Arsenal in one of the most predicted results of the season so far. Did Romalu Lukaku have the perfect second debut and how does Mikel Arteta win back the fans after a disastrous start to the season? (00:00)Manchester United dropped their first points at the weekend against Southampton. What's Ole Gunnar Solskjær's biggest problem area in the squad and despite many outgoings - can Ralf Hasenhuttl do a good job at the Saints this season? (17:21)The Times' Chief Football Writer Henry Winter joins us to give his take on the weekend's games - including the view from the fans at Arsenal (26:35)Jurgen Klopp has encouraged us to watch wrestling - but is he actually angry or have the mind-games already begun? (38:43)We round up the rest of the weekend's games as Danny Ings wows for Villa, Crystal Palace fail to score again and City pummel Norwich (44:40)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Kane, Kits and Hoarding Talent

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 52:45

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Jonathan Northcroft.Harry Kane remains a Tottenham player - he's even posted a photo from the Spurs training ground. Will the Manchester City move happen and do they need to sell before they can complete the deal? (00:00)Romalu Lukaku is edging closer to his second Chelsea debut. He is the key to Thomas Tuchel's side challenging this season? (18:00)Arsenal have added Martin Ødegaard and Aaron Ramsdale, but are they the answer to Mikel Arteta's woes? (24:32)Are clubs struggling to sell their fringe players? Is there anything that can be done to stop talent being wasted on the bench or loaned out abroad? (35:19)You've probably seen the new Puma range of kits - they need discussing! (47:42)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Premier League Returns (As Do Fans!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 65:29


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Henry Winter.Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    The Game Big Premier League Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 55:13

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Jonathan Northcroft, Tom Roddy and Paul Hirst.The new Premier League season is almost upon us - but which teams will do well and which teams face another rocky road ahead? (00:00)We've got several new managers in the league this season. Some are well known but some we know very little about. Which teams have made the smartest appointments? Will Rafa Benitez win over the Everton fans? (22:01)Chelsea have already won one trophy after their UEFA Super Cup victory last night. Tom Roddy joins us from Belfast to reflect on a game which saw Kepa exorcise from demons from penalty shootouts gone by (37:48)Paul Hirst gives us his thoughts on how both red and blue sides of Manchester will be feeling going in to the new season and whether the addition of Harry Kane would make City dead certs for the title (43:48)We predict the big stories of the coming season, with some less-than-impressive headlines we expect to see before May (50:48)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    £100m Transfers And An Abrupt Farewell

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 60:26


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy and Alyson Rudd.We're back and there's a lot we need to catch up on before the Premier League season starts..Harry Kane is having ‘showdown talks' with Nuno Espirito Santo as he continues his bid to leave the club. Will Kane get his way and has he acted professionally? (00:00)Jack Grealish is the most expensive British player after his £100m move to Manchester City. Do the club actually need him and can he step up to an even higher level? (25:05)Lionel Messi finds himself in an unexpected and emotional situation as he move on from Barcelona. The Times' Ian Hawkey joins us with more on Barcelona's financial worries (34:02)Do we fully buy into Messi's press conference tears, just a year on from him trying to leave the club? Where would we really like to see him playing, instead of PSG? (45:55)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    The Football League Is Back!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 31:42

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson and Tom Clarke.The EFL returns this weekend, and with fans! Despite this positive, how will the pandemic continue to affect clubs negatively and are players putting financial security above professional aspirations? (00:00)It wouldn't be a preview show without our predictions, so we pick which teams should be challenging in all three leagues this season (18:20)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    EURO 2020 | Ep 26 | The Post-Tournament Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 90:14


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tom Clarke.Football didn't come home and a penalty shootout once again thwarted England. We begin our round up with the positives from the tournament for Gareth Southgate's young team (00:00)Was Gareth Southgate out-managed by Roberto Mancini? Which areas of the field were key for Italy to grab control after going behind early on? (20:43)While the players did everyone proud, the fans showed themselves in the worst possibly light. The FA have UEFA have released statements on abuse players have since received, fans misbehaved across London and some even stormed Wembley Stadium - how much has this tarnished England's efforts on the field? (48:50)We round off the tournament with our favourite goals, players, teams and moments (01:13:10)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 25 | The Extended Final Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2021 71:03


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Jonathan Northcroft and Matt Lawton.Nerves are at an all time high ahead of the final - even the Scots among us are getting for the final. We discuss the mood in the England camp and how the country is bracing itself for the events of Sunday night (00:00)David Walsh joins us to discuss Gareth Southgate, the person. He's the only man to have written a book about the England manager, with his input and blessing (30:18)The Times' European football reporter Ian Hawkey has the latest from the Italian side of the fence. Do they see England as a threat or are they confident of making it 34 in a row? (46:08)It's time for our final predictions - is football coming home? (56:45)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 24 | One Game From Glory For Gareth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 43:46


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tom Clarke.England are through to their first ever European Championships Final with an extra time win over Denmark. Does the dubious penalty decision and poor spot kick from Harry Kane take any of the shine off the achievement? (00:00)Gareth Southgate brought Jack Grealish on in the second half - then controversially substituted him off during extra time. Was this disrespectful to the player, or great management of the game? (24:48)England will take on Italy who are unbeaten in 33 straight games - what will England take from this match, back to Wembley on Sunday and are these the two best teams of the tournament? (34:00)Tonight's result:England 2-1 Denmark (AET)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 23 | Can England Join Italy In The Final?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 54:24


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Matt Lawton and Henry Winter.Italy are into the final after one of the best matches of the tournament against a revitalised Spain. Is Spain's problem the lack of someone to put the ball in the net? Can Italy be beaten or are they destined for glory? (00:00)Denmark stand in England's way if they want to join the Italians in the final on Sunday at Wembley. Is this arguably a bigger moment than the same stage at Euro 96? (21:50)What's different about this England team? Is the change in culture down to Gareth Southgate alone? We make out final predictions ahead of tonight's semi-final (39:10)Tonight's result:Italy 1-1 Spain (Italy win 4-2 on penalties)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 22 | Enrique vs Mancini In The First Semi-Final

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 41:02

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy, Paul Hirst and Paul Joyce.The first semi-final is here as a free-flowing Italy take on a slow-off-the-mark Spain at Wembley. We look at how the teams have made it this far and how the managers match up (00:00)Spanish manager Luis Enrique spoke before the game and The Times' Paul Hirst joins us with the latest - including the important role the team's psychologist will play throughout the day (13:00)We break down the key areas and players in each area of the pitch ahead of the first semi-final. Will Spain's attack be able to break down the ageing Italian defence? (17:44)Ahead of England's semi-final against Denmark tomorrow night - The Times' Paul Joyce joins us with the latest from Gareth Southgate's squad (34:22)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    EURO 2020 | Ep 21 | England Set Up A Danish Semi-Final

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2021 43:31

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and James Gheerbrant.England have made the Euro 2020 semi-finals with a simple win over Ukraine. Did Gareth Southgate get his tactics spot on again? Which players shone and were any of the opposition worthy of praise? (00:00)Gareth Southgate's side will take on Denmark in the semi-finals after their impressive tournament continued with a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in a baking hot Baku. The Times' European Football writer Ian Hawkey joins us to weigh-up whether they are a threat to England (26:32)All attention turns to that semi-final next Wednesday - the stage in major competitions England struggle with. Can they go one better this time around? Gregor offers his.. diplomatic.. opinion on whether football is indeed, coming home (32:35)Today's results:Czech Republic 1-2 DenmarkUkraine 0-4 EnglandGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    EURO 2020 | Ep 20 | Quarter Finals With Jose Mourinho (Part 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2021 47:19


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Matt Dickinson, Matt Lawton, Jonathan Northcroft in Rome and our special guest, Jose Mourinho.Italy are through to the semi-finals, where they'll take on Spain. They managed to overcome the top-rated team in the world in Belgium, but with Leonardo Spinazzola seemingly suffering a serious injury - at what cost? (00:00)Spain scraped through on penalties against a spirited Switzerland who'll count themselves unlucky. Can they go any further and was Remo Freuler right to be sent off for the Swiss?(12:07)Jose Mourinho joins us once again to give his thoughts on England's chances tonight against Ukraine. Does he expect Harry Kane to find his form now he's got a Euros goal? (24:05)The rest of the team take a deeper look into tonights fixtures and Matt Lawton argues his case for papers leaking team news ahead of matches (29:52)Today's results:Switzerland 1-1 Spain (Spain win 3-1 on penalties) Belgium 1-2 ItalyGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 19 | Quarter Finals With Jose Mourinho (Part 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 40:06

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy and our special guest, Jose Mourinho.We reflect on the knockout stages so far. Can the quarter finals top the goals and shocks of the Round of 16? How will teams deal with missing players and could they be the difference between going through and going home? (00:00)Jose Mourinho is our special guest throughout the tournament and he joins us to give his thoughts on the knockout stages so far and how he thinks the first two quarter finals will go down (24:10)We predict which teams could cause the shock of the knockout stages - could Ukraine down Gareth Southgate's men? (35:06)Tonight's matches:Switzerland vs SpainBelgium vs ItalyGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    EURO 2020 | Ep 18 | Southgate Gets Revenge on Germany

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 33:29


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tom Clarke.England have broken the curse of playing Germany in tournaments with a 2-0 win at Wembley. Did Gareth Southgate get his tactics spot on and which players stood out? (00:00)Did Harry Kane find his form again or is there still a long way to go before he's back to his best - and if so, why? (13:26)While England celebrate, Germany lick their wounds. What went wrong for them in what was Joachim Löw's final match in charge? (22:24)Today's results:England 2-0 GermanySweden 1-2 UkraineGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 17 | Will We Get Euro '96 Closure?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 49:14


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Matt Dickinson, Henry Winter and Matt Lawton.France were sensationally knocked out of the tournament last night - but what went wrong for Didier Deschamps' side and can Switzerland go much further? (00:00)Spain let in one of the most embarrassing own-goals in history but went on to progress after an impressive turnaround. Are they building momentum at exactly the right time? (14:18)England take on Germany tonight and Henry Winter joins us with the latest from the pre-game press conference. Who could be a surprise penalty-taker, should it go the distance? (21:30)With all of the history between the two sides on everyone's mind - will what happened in 1996 weigh on the players' minds or are they too young to worry? (34:50)Today's results:Croatia 3-5 SpainFrance 3-3 Switzerland (4-5 on penalties)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 16 | Netherlands And Portugal Say Goodbye

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 40:48

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy and Constantin Eckner.Belgium march on at the expense of Portugal. Did Roberto Martinez's side deserve to progress and why didn't Ronaldo get much luck in the game? (00:00)The Netherlands crashed out at the hands of the Czech Republic in what some are calling the shock of the tournament. What went wrong and should Frank de Boer look for a new job? (16:08)The Times' German football reporter Constantin Eckner joins us to give us the German perspective on the Round of 16 match against England on Tuesday (27:30)Croatia take on Spain and France are up against Switzerland tonight - we preview both matches (35:40)Today's results:Netherlands 0-2 Czech RepublicBelgium 1-0 PortugalGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    EURO 2020 | Ep 15 | The Vikings Slay The Dragons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2021 39:23


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd, Ian Hawkey and Tom Clarke.Wales are out after a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Denmark. What went wrong after so much promise and why didn't Rob Page react to what was happening time and time again on the pitch? (00:00)Gareth Bale's big secret was promised after the tournament - so what has he got up his sleeve that he's kept us waiting to hear? (16:32)Denmark didn't just keep their momentum going, but looked impressive in victory - could Alyson's pre-tournament prediction of a Danish triumph actually happen? (17:46)Italy are through, but did the second half against Austria show some worrying signs for their chances of tournament victory? (23:08)Who will progress from Sunday's ties in the Round of 16? Will Cristiano Ronaldo continue his impressive (penalty) scoring record or will Romelu Lukaku have the last laugh? (32:14)Today's results:Wales 0-4 DenmarkItaly 2-1 AustriaGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 14 | The Calm Before The Last 16 Storm

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 41:25


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tom Clarke.We take a look at the tournament so far as it heads into the knockout stages. Did the ‘Group of Death' live up to the hype? Which teams have impressed and which have left us feeling deflated? (00:00)The panel select their ‘Best XI of the tournament so far'. Will Alyson pick Olivier Giroud despite him barely playing so far? Wales play the first of the last 16 matches against Denmark in Amsterdam. Will they be able to overcome ‘everyone's second team' and will the lack of fans affect them at all? (24:03)We end with predictions for the next round. Gregor was thrilled.. (35:45)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 13 | The Rivalry Continues In The Last 16

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 42:12

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Jonathan Northcroft, James Gheerbrant and Paul Hirst.The refereeing in the tournament is under the spotlight after a night of big decisions. Has VAR been implemented more efficiently at Euro 2020 than in the Premier League? (00:00)The ‘Group of Death' threw up an exciting end to the group stage - with Germany sneaking through with a late goal to set up at tie against England at Wembley (12:58)Spain have finally shown they mean business in the tournament with a 5-0 win over Slovakia. Paul Hirst joins us live from Seville to weigh up their chances in the tournament (28:08)There was another thriller in Group E as Sweden scored a late winner against Poland. Could they go far into the tournament and are Poland one of the biggest disappointments of Euro 2020 (32:55)Today's results:Sweden 3-2 PolandSlovakia 0-5 SpainPortugal 2-2 FranceGermany 2-2 HungaryGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    EURO 2020 | Ep 12 | The Boogie Comes To An End

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 34:43


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd, James Restall and Jonathan Northcroft.England are through as group winners - but did their performance against the Czech Republic do much to reassure they can challenge for the tournament? Do Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka start the next game? (00:00)Scotland are out after a 3-1 loss to Croatia at Hampden Park. What can Steve Clarke's side take away from their first tournament in 23 years and what do they need to improve on to qualify for the World Cup? (18:36)It's the final day of the group stages. We look ahead to the conclusion of Groups E and F. Is Portugal vs France likely to be the standout game or will we be surprised? (29:34)Today's results:Croatia 3-1 ScotlandEngland 1-0 Czech RepublicGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 11 | Will England Top The Group?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 35:56


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Matt Lawton, Henry Winter and Michael Grant.Denmark booked their place in the knock-out stages with an impressive 4-1 win over Russia. They'll take on Wales on Saturday in Amsterdam - but can they topple Rob Page's side? (00:00)Billy Gilmour has tested positive for Covid-19, ruling him out of their match tonight against Croatia and also forcing Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell into isolation. What really happened at Wembley to cause this precautionary exclusion from the squad? (13:38)Scotland need to beat Croatia to keep their hopes alive - but without Billy Gilmour, can Steve Clarke rouse the troops to put in the performance they need? (18:30)England take on the Czech Republic tonight, looking to win the group with victory. Who will Gareth Southgate bring into the side if Mason Mount can't play and what other chances should he consider? (23:57)Today's results:Ukraine 0-1 AustriaNorth Macedonia 0-3 NetherlandsRussia 1-4 DenmarkFinland 0-2 BelgiumGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 10 | Wales Get The Job Done

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 35:40


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Matt Dickinson.Wales are through to the knockout stages of the Euros after a 1-0 loss to Italy in Rome. Did Rob Page's players show they can go deep into this competition and should Ethan Ampadu have seen red? (00:00)Switzerland got the result they needed against Turkey - but why didn't Turkey show up to this tournament? Has there ever been a more disappointing ‘dark horse' before? (13:10)The Times reporter Paul Hirst joins us live from Seville to discuss just what's wrong with Spain at this tournament. It seems the grass could be against them.. (16:56)Groups B and C play their final games on Monday. Are Denmark most people's second team after what happened in their opener and can they do enough to qualify? (21:02)Today's results:Italy 1-0 WalesSwitzerland 3-1 TurkeyGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 9 | Don't Write Germany Off

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 34:55


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Alyson Rudd, James Gheerbrant and Ian Hawkey.Germany have turned up - but did Portugal make it way too easy for them? Is Kai Havertz finally showing why he's a £71m player? (00:00)France didn't show why a lot of people have them as favourites for the tournament as they stumbled to a draw against Hungary. Do they need to give Olivier Giroud a chance up front? What do Spain need to do to turn their fortunes around after a disappointing performance against Poland? (11:28)Wales face Italy in Rome later - but will Rob Page rest players or, given they'll get a game at Wembley if they win the group - could they go for it? (26:38)Today's results:Hungary 1-1 FrancePortugal 2-4 GermanySpain 1-1 PolandGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 8 | Scotland Hold England At Wembley

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2021 35:06

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke and Tom Roddy.Scotland will go away from Wembley the happier side after holding England to a goalless draw. Who were the standout players for Steve Clarke's side and did they make the changes Gregor longed for? (00:00)England registered one shot on target and Harry Kane was taken off in the second half. What problems does Gareth Southgate face after this lacklustre performance? (15:54)Is Harry Kane's club future weighing on his mind? What do England need to do in their next game to get back on track? (24:47)Today's results:Sweden 1-0 SlovakiaCroatia 1-1 Czech RepublicEngland 0-0 ScotlandGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    EURO 2020 | Ep 7 | Can Belgium Go All The Way?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 34:40


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Jonathan Northcroft, Alyson Rudd and Henry Winter.Belgium have secured their place in the knockout stage after an emotional match against Denmark. The entire stadium stopped and applauded on 10 minutes in support of Christian Eriksen. Are the Belgians in with a chance of winning the tournament after that performance? (00:00)England take on Scotland in a match that's been anticipated for months - but can Scotland actually cause Gareth Southgate's side some problems? (17:08)Today's results:Ukraine 2-1 North MacedoniaDenmark 1-2 BelgiumNetherlands 2-0 AustriaGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 6 | Turkey Stuffed By Wales

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 30:18

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Ian Hawkey and Gary Jacob.Wales have given themselves every chance of qualifying for the knockout stages with an impressive 2-0 win over Turkey. Why were Turkey so lacklustre - especially with their president in the stadium? (00:00)Gary Jacob was with Hugh in Baku and added his thoughts on a Wales performance that saw Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey at their very best (04:54)Italy have won both of their opening games 3-0 and with the latest win over Switzerland, look like they could trouble most sides as the tournament go on (21:42)Denmark play their next game tomorrow but how will the events of their opener affect the squad mentally and do they have any chance in recovering from that trauma to turn things around? (26:25)Today's results:Finland 0-1 RussiaTurkey 0-2 WalesItaly 3-0 SwitzerlandGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    EURO 2020 | Ep 5 | Record-Breaker, Ronaldo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 35:17


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Tom Roddy.Two of the favourites entered the tournament, but after an own-goal was all that separated France and Germany - which side looks most likely to go all the way? (00:00)Cristiano Ronaldo broke the record for goals at European Championships on the same day he became the first player to make an appearance at five Euros. Could CR7 inspire Portugal to a repeat of 2016? (17:04)We've made it til the last day of the first round of group games and VAR get it's first mention - with the group divided on how the technology has been used so far (23:29)Wales play a must-win game against Turkey, later. Hugh brings us the latest from a very positive Welsh camp in Baku (28:40)Today's results:Hungary 0-3 PortugalFrance 1-0 GermanyGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 4 | Schick Ruins The Boogie

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 30:36


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Alyson Rudd and Michael Grant.Scotland didn't get the start they were hoping for after 23 years of waiting - but what positives can be taken from their 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic? Where does this leave Steve Clarke's side heading into the England game? (00:00)Are Slovakia this tournament's surprise package after their win over Poland? What are Spain missing after they failed to break down Sweden (18:43)The ‘Group of Death' gets underway later with Portugal, France and Germany all in with a shout. Is this where the eventual winner comes from and how do they cope with the pressure? (25:57)Today's results:Scotland 0-2 Czech RepublicPoland 1-2 SlovakiaSpain 0-0 SwedenGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 3 | Sterling Proves His Value

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2021 33:46


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Matt Lawton and Henry Winter.England win their opening game of the European Championships for the first time ever as Southgate surprises with his choice at left back. Has Raheem Sterling made himself undroppable? (00:00)Scotland play their first tournament game in 23 years later - can they be the team to surprise many with a run into the knockout stages? (24:30)Today's results:England 1-0 CroatiaAustria 3-1 North MacedoniaNetherlands 3-2 UkraineGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    EURO 2020 | Ep 2 | Get Well Soon, Christian

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2021 35:48

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Jonathan Northcroft, Molly Hudson and Ian Hawkey.Football took a backseat as everything was put into perspective by Christian Eriksen's horrific collapse on the pitch. Thankfully, he's stable in hospital - but should the game have been restarted later in the day? (00:00)Did Wales show they have what it takes to replicate their impressive run in 2016 - or are they up against it after a lacklustre start against Switzerland? (11:20)England start their Euros campaign against Croatia on Sunday. The evening before kick off, they've released a statement and video encouraging fans to get behind the team - but will pre-match booing again be the talking point come full time? (23:00)Today's results:Wales 1-1 SwitzerlandDenmark 0-1 FinlandBelgium 3-0 RussiaGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    EURO 2020 | Ep 1 | When In Rome

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2021 32:30


    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke, Matt Dickinson and Alyson Rudd.Euro 2020 is finally here and so is the first of our special daily episodes of The Game!We react to the first game of the tournament as Italy show they mean business, Andrea Bocelli takes us back to Italia '90 and a miniature remote-controlled car gets way more attention than perhaps it should have (00:00)Alyson, Matt and Tom make their pre-tournament predictions and we find out who Tom met in a petrol station while 'scouting' on behalf of England (25:25)Today's result:Turkey 0 - 3 ItalyGet more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Jose Mourinho Joins Us For Euro 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 55:09

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy and Jonathan Northcroft.Harry Maguire remains a huge doubt for England's opening match of the Euros against Croatia on Sunday, so how will Gareth Southgate line up? Is there any chance we'll see four wing-backs on the pitch at the same time as rumours suggest? (00:00)Scotland are playing their first tournament for 23 years but do they have what it takes to be the surprise package of Euro 2020? (21:11)Hugh is in Baku where Wales play their opening two matches of the tournament. After their impressive performances at Euro 2016 - will Rob Page's side surprise people again? (29:08)Jose Mourinho joins The Times to share his unique insight throughout the finals, both on the podcast and in his exclusive column. ‘The Special One' picks his players to watch at Euro 2020 (39:43)With the first kickoff of the tournament just over a day away, we make our final predictions and there's a clear favourite.. (44:16)Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Start your free trial: thetimes.co.uk/thegame See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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