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These Football Times


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    The South America Files: Avellaneda

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 85:23

    The South America Files are open. Join us as we draw a sharp focus on a number of cities around the continent, and discuss the clubs within them. Guided by Dr Pete Watson, our resident South American football expert, as well as looking at their formation, history, culture, glories and gaffes, we'll examine local rivalries and consider how the location, politics and unique nature of each city has influenced football. In this episode, we visit Avellaneda in Argentina.

    The Original Football Manager

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 71:59

    In this special edition of the podcast, the team talk to Kevin Toms, creator of the original Football Manager game - which was so popular in the 1980s - about what inspired it, how it was created and how it gained popularity. We talk strategy, realism and the sheer addictive nature of a game that launched a genre. We also discuss Kevin's upcoming book, The Origin of Football Manager, and the Android/IOS version of the game, Football Star Manager.

    The South America Files: Asunción

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 81:00

    The South America Files are open again. Join us as we draw a sharp focus on a number of cities around the continent and discuss the clubs within them. Guided by Dr Pete Watson, our resident South American football expert, as well as looking at their formation, history, culture, glories and troubles, we'll examine rivalries and consider how the location, politics and unique nature of each city has influenced football in that area, country and across the continent. In this episode, we visit Asunción in Paraguay.

    The Beautifully Designed Game: Talking Portraits

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 98:48

    The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with three of the most influential artists practising in the sporting creative field, talking all things portraiture with Phil Galloway, Dave Flanagan and Karl Thyer. From their unique approach to portraiture, to developing an art direction and all things football, Phil, Dave and Karl give us an insight into the discipline of portraiture from the view of the world's finest creative talent.

    The Final Word: The 2005 Champions League final

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 79:55

    Destined for defeat at half-time, three goals down to the might of AC Milan, Liverpool conjured up an epic second-half recovery to win the 2005 Champions League final on penalties. Reds fan and senior writer Jon Townsend joins us to recount the events of the Miracle of Istanbul, one of European football's greatest nights. 

    The Beautifully Designed Game with Rob Parker

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 46:46

    The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with copywriter, author and the creative mind behind the two beautiful books World At Your Feet and Europe At Your Feet, Rob Parker. From the process of the author working with illustrator Lawerta, to his love of the beautiful game and his favourite layouts across the books, Rob gives an insight to life as a writer. Olus learn all about Rob the footballer.

    A Whole New Ball Game: Gary Thacker talks his second football fiction release

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 83:28

    In this podcast we re-enter the Centre Circle with another of These Football Times' authors, discussing Gary Thacker's new book, A Whole New Ball Game, the sequel to The Games People Play, one of the very best fictional football releases in recent times.

    The Final Word: 2015 Scottish Cup final

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 74:24

    On 30 May 2015, Inverness Caledonian Thistle won the Scottish Cup for the only time, one of the great cup runs in the competition's history. The game swung this way and that with a red card, a late equaliser and even a later winner settling the issue, In this episode, Inverness fan Lewis Henderson recalls the drama of the occasion and talks us through the game.

    Tottenham's troubles and newfound hope under Antonio Conte

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 52:11

    As Tottenham move confidently into the Antonio Conte era, the podcast team talk to broadcaster and Spurs fan Abbi Summers about how the club have ended up in this position and where it all might go from here.

    Origin Stories: the pioneers who took football to the world

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 76:54

    The podcast team chat to Chris Lee about his book Origin Stories, in which he charts the growth of the game in each major football country. We discuss the great stories in this fascinating book, exploring tales both familiar and less known from across the globe. 

    Vamos Flamengo! An exploration into Brazil's biggest club

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 92:50

    Brazil's biggest football club, times are good at Flamengo as they make good on the promise of a star-studded squad. But they've been here before, of course, most notably in 1981 when greats like Zico and Júnior led them to world domination. From the highs to the lows - featuring Leônidas, Petković, Adriano, Romário, Ronaldinho and so much more - this is the story of Flamengo. 

    Arsène Wenger: Invincible

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 36:43

    The podcast team are joined for an exclusive chat with Gabriel Clarke, who talks about his wonderful new documentary charting Arsène Wenger's managerial career at Arsenal, discussing the concept and production of the film, along with anecdotes and an insight into what it was like to work with Wenger and a number of players from the Invincibles.

    The Final Word: 1970 World Cup final

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 78:52

    Perhaps the greatest World Cup final display of all time, the great Brazilian team of Pelé and his fellow magicians dazzled in the scorching Mexican sun. In this episode, we wax lyrical about the first World Cup final in colour with senior writer Aidan Williams and wallow in Canarinho memories.

    How can you become part of the These Football Times team?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 67:42

    We're often asked what writers and artists need to do if they want to become part of the team. There's no easy answer to the question, unfortunately. It's a matter of submitting work and having it being accepted and approved. In this episode of The Lob, we talk to Alex Roberts, one of TFT's newest and youngest team members, about his journey from being an aspiring writer to having his work up on our website and preparing to feature in a future magazine.

    Forza Italia! BT Sport's Adam Summerton talks Serie A, Golazzo and commentating on the league

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 72:02

    Forza Italia. Join us as we talk to commentator Adam Summerton about his long-term love of Serie A and his role as the voice of BT Sport's Sunday night coverage as part of James Richardson's excellent show, Golazzo.

    The Final Word: The 1970 FA Cup final replay

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 81:25

    Often described as one of the competition's most brutal and bruising encounters, the 1970 FA Cup final replay between Chelsea and Leeds has gone down in the annals of football history as part of an ongoing feud between the two clubs. A young Paul Mc Parlan travelled from his Liverpool home to Manchester to watch the game and joins us to discuss the legendary encounter.

    The Final Word: The 1974 FA Cup final

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 66:31

    The 1974 FA Cup final saw Liverpool lift the trophy as they comprehensively outplayed Newcastle. Along with lifelong Reds fan and all-round LFC doyen, Jeff Goulding, we discuss how Liverpool managed to give Bill Shankly a fitting send-off in his last game in charge of the Reds.

    The Beautifully Designed Game with Karl Thyer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 72:43

    For the third fixture of the second season, The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with the super-talented sports illustrator, creative head behind Goalstar and all-round great guy, Karl Thyer. From his unique journey to being an established professional illustrator to working with the club he loves, Karl gives an insight into his love of training kits, expanding your portfolio with developing art directions, why John Barnes means so much ... and Karl the footballer.

    The Final Word: The 1998 World Cup final

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 78:36

    In this episode of The Final Word, our series exploring the most memorable cup finals of all, we revisit the 1998 World Cup. We're joined by Tom Scholes to try and unravel the mystery over Ronaldo's appearance, the majesty of Zidane, and how France managed to lift the trophy for the first time in front of an expectant nation.

    The Saudi takeover of Newcastle United and what it means for the club and league

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 79:58

    With the completion of the sale of Newcastle United, the podcast team discuss a number of issues raised by the takeover: the endless lust for money, the state of the Premier League and the impact on fans caught up in it all, and wrestling with morality and love for a club.

    The undisputed champions of Europe: how the gods of football became European royalty

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 90:37

    We are joined in the Centre Circle by our very own Steven Scragg, as he talks to us about the final part of his incredible European club competition book trilogy. The Undisputed Champions of Europe examines the glory days and the various periods of dominance of the greatest club competition in the world - when the European Cup truly gave us the best club in Europe.

    The Final Word: The 2006 World Cup final

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 49:15

    The Final Word is These Football Times' new podcast series. In each episode, we invite a guest along to talk about their favourite final - from domestic football to the biggest international competitions. To kick off, writer Matthew Gibbs takes us back to the 2006 World Cup final to talk about Zidane, head-butts, Panenkas and more.

    How Bayern Munich became European royalty and a domestic powerhouse

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 77:23

    To celebrate the launch of the Bayern Munich magazine, the podcast team got together to discuss all things Bayern, from their remarkable rise in the 1970s - powered by all those immortal club heroes - to domestic dominance in the 1980s, Trapattoni, Hitzfeld and co in the 1990s and a modern rebirth under Heynckes and Guardiola.  

    The Beautifully Designed Game with Luke McCarthy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 50:57

    For the fourth fixture of season two, The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with Glasgow-based designer and Creative Director of design agency Pim-Pam, Luke McCarthy. From table tennis to football, from working with local sports organisations to The Scottish FA and UEFA, Luke gives a real insight into connecting with sport through design, working with host Marcus on the HOME book series. Plus, learn how Marcus the goalkeeper loves to play with Luke the centre-back, and a lesson on Clydebank FC.

    The forgotten champions: the Howard Kendall masterclass that delivered Everton's last title in 1987

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 95:38

    In the 1984/85 season, Everton had become champions of England for the first time in 15 years. The following season they had to watch their title slip away across Stanley Park to Liverpool, despite having the country's leading goalscorer wearing blue. By 1986/87, with Gary Lineker off to Barcelona, the chances of the title returning to Goodison Park looked remote. The Forgotten Champions, by TFT's Paul Mc Parlan, tells the story of how a Howard Kendall-inspired Everton battled against the loss of key men, a crippling injury crisis, and the perils of plastic pitches to emerge as champions once more.

    The Untouchables: the story of Liverpool's first great football team

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 72:49

    Once more we are joined by one of These Football Times' favourite authors, Jeff Goulding, to discuss his wonderful new book about a Liverpool side almost lost to the mists of time. From the frontline of World War One to back-to-back league titles, this is the fascinating story of the club's first great team.

    The Football History Boys: the humble ball can educate and inspire children

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 76:20

    In the second podcast with The Football History Boys, Ben Jones and Gareth Thomas, we discuss football in education, not only from the benefits of a physical team activity, but also the use of the ball as a means to educate and engage children in a number of subjects and themes throughout formal education.

    The Football History Boys: how football can shape the culture of society

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 73:51

    In the first of two podcasts with The Football History Boys, Ben Jones and Gareth Thomas, we discuss how football not only reflects society but can also influence its culture, and what it can teach us about the world away from a formal education setting.

    The Mount Rushmore Selection: Birmingham City

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 72:22

    In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer writer Matthew Gibbs a chance to nominate his favourite four legends of St. Andrews to be immortalised on Birmingham City's own Mount Rushmore. Join us to reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to wear the blue shirt, the legends and the cult heroes.

    The Beautifully Designed Game with Craig Black

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 73:51

    For the second fixture of the season, The Beautifully Designed Game host Marcus Marritt sits down with Scottish artist and independent designer, Craig Black. From his days as a professional footballer to life as an artist from his studio in Greenock, Craig gives an insight into his creative journey, making the most of social media, working with the club he loves, his connection to typography, and how his Fusion Series – Footballs grew from messy experiments to a dream TV advert.

    The Mount Rushmore Selection: Leeds United

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 65:15

    In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer senior writer James Sweeney a chance to nominate his four favourite Leeds United heroes to be immortalised on the club's own Mount Rushmore. Join us as we reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to dawn the all-white shirt across the decades and break down who makes James' cut.

    What lies ahead in the Premier League this season?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 84:26

    With the new season underway, the podcast team cast their eyes briefly back to Euro 2020 and then forwards to the new season. They discuss the big-spender and the Premier League contenders, plus talk on Rafa Benitez, Brentford, Lionel Messi, booing more.

    The Mount Rushmore Selection: Wrexham

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 59:59

    In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer senior writer James Kelly a chance to nominate his four favourite Wrexham heroes to be immortalised on the club's own Mount Rushmore. Join us as we reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to dawn the red and white shirt across the decades, and discuss a bit about the bright future.

    Whose Game is it Anyway? Football, Life, Love & Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 76:42

    Renowned author and journalist Michael Calvin joins us again to discuss his latest book, which takes a look at the very soul of football, at a time when the world was crying out for the beautiful game to bring us some joy. Written against the backdrop of Calvin's life in the game, this is a heart-wrenching and heart-warming chat in equal measure.

    The Mount Rushmore Selection: Tottenham Hotspur

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 68:34

    In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer writer Tom Scholes a chance to nominate his four favourite Tottenham heroes to be immortalised on Spurs' own Mount Rushmore. Join us as we reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to wear the white shirt across the decades.

    The Beautifully Designed Game with Stanley Chow

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 73:45

    To kick off our second season, The Beautifully Designed Game host Marcus Marritt sits down with legendary Manchester-based artist and illustrator, Stanley Chow. From his days as a fashion illustrator, to designing and producing his own line, capturing portraits,  his love of the red side of Manchester (and why they look so good in black), Stan gives an insight to life as a genuinely world-class talent and leading light in the illustration world. Oh, and an in-depth talk on fish 'n' chips! 

    The Mount Rushmore Selection: Celtic

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 53:35

    In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer Paul Murphy a chance to nominate his four favourite Celtic heroes to be immortalised on the Bhoys' own Mount Rushmore. Join us to reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to wear the green and white hoops, how tricky Paul's selection was, and why he plumped for his four.

    The dreamers and the achievers: Internazionale through the decades

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 78:01

    Alongside our magazine release on Internazionale, the podcast team have got together to discuss the club through the decades, from their favourite memories and players to the good times and bad. 

    The Mount Rushmore Selection: Everton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 55:32

    In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer senior writer Paul Mc Parlan a chance to nominate his four ultimate Everton heroes to sit on his own Mount Rushmore. Join us to reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to wear the blue from a fan who's been on the Goodison terraces since the 1960s.

    'Gooaal': the joy of goal celebrations

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 82:26

    Goal celebrations can be as iconic and the ball crossing the line. From the traditional firm handshake to the latest choreographed routine and everything in between, Tony Rickson joins us to discuss his wonderful book which celebrates the celebration. 

    The Mount Rushmore Selection: Newcastle United

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 59:42

    In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer senior writer Aidan Williams a chance to nominate his favourite four legends of St. James' Park to be immortalised on Newcastle United's own Mount Rushmore. Join us to reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to wear the black and white shirt, the legends and the fans' heroes.

    When the Seagulls Follow the Trawler

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 90:39

    Join disciples of the 1970s and 80s, Stu, Steven, and Gary, as they grill Tom Whitworth about his dedication to all things 1990s and his wonderful book, When the Seagulls Follow the Trawler.

    The Turning Season: remembering East Germany's final DDR-Oberliga season

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 89:32

    Michael Wagg joins the podcast to talk about his book, a journey back to the final season in the lost nation of East Germany. Revisiting the 14 clubs that made up the final ever Oberliga season, this is a wonderful discussion about a place and time already disappearing into the footballing mists of history.

    Peru: the ultimate sleeping giant of South American football

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 54:26

    South America is one of the hotbeds of football, and in this series we explore the different nations of the continent. In each episode of The South America Files, we'll be looking at how the game has developed; the clubs, the players, the joys and despairs. Guided by our South American football expert Dr Pete Watson, in this episode we focus on Peru, whose international team has the coolest of shirts, but whose clubs have never triumphed in the Copa Libertadores.

    Roberto Baggio: every footballer we've ever loved at once

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 78:42

    The ponytail. The shimmies. The dribbles. The free-kicks. The genius. The divinity. Roberto Baggio was every footballer we've ever loved at once. The team discuss his life and career in this intimate podcast, released alongside the Baggio new magazine.

    The story of Argentine football: Maradona, Messi and some of the game's greatest clubs.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 81:24

    South America is one of the hotbeds of football, and in this series we explore the different nations of the continent. In each episode of The South America Files, we'll be looking at how the game has developed in the different nations of the continent; the clubs, the players, the joys and despairs. Guided by our South American football expert Dr Pete Watson, we conclude our odyssey with a visit to Argentina, whose relationship with Europe as much as with the remainder of the continent defined its identity and footballing development.

    Who Ate All The Squid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 91:06

    A struggling Korean football team within the post-2002 World Cup void; a newly-installed Scottish manager; and a football-hungry Canadian watching on from the sparsely populated stands. Join us as we talk to the author of the wonderful book Who Ate All The Squid, Devon Rowcliffe.

    Euro 2020: the complete preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 88:42

    The podcast team cast their eyes back to the Champions League final, and forwards to the tournament summer at Euro 2020. They discuss the British domestic squabbles and prospects, plus the main contenders and a classic group of death.

    Scotland at Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup, and 20 years of frustration that followed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 86:09

    In the final episode of our series celebrating the Scotland national team, the podcast team discuss the final two tournament appearances of the 1990s: Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup. Both were tales of frustration, but were nothing compared to the lows in the years that followed. We also discuss the two decades of deep lows, as the frustrating tournament exits became frustrating qualifying failures. We also look ahead to Euro 2020 and Scotland's hopes at their first tournament in 23 years.

    A history of Paraguayan football, the sleeping giant of South America

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 67:04

    South America is one of the hotbeds of football, and in this series we explore the different nations of the continent. In each episode of The South America Files, we'll be looking at how the game has developed; the clubs, the players, the joys and despairs. In this episode, we visit Paraguay and discover how and why this landlocked country with just seven million inhabitants has lifted two Copa América titles and produced the most famous goalscoring goalkeeper.

    Scotland at the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1992

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 89:21

    In part four of our celebration of the Scotland national team, the podcast crew discuss the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1992 under the stewardship of Andy Roxburgh. The frustrations of 1990 led to a good showing in Scotland's first European Championship appearance, at a time when the nation lacked the stars of years past but still possessed the quality to maintain a presence on the world stage in their fifth successive World Cup appearance.

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