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The Athletic's flagship football podcast, hosted by Ayo Akinwolere and featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Matt Slater will take you inside the biggest stories around the Euros, Copa America and transfers told by the best journalists in the business. Cutting through the noise to tell you what’s really happening and why it matters.

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The Athletic's flagship football podcast, hosted by Ayo Akinwolere and featuring the likes of David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Matt Slater will take you inside the biggest stories around the Euros, Copa America and transfers told by the best journalists in the business. Cutting through the noise to tell you what’s really happening and why it matters.

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English


Episodes
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What now for Southgate & England?

7/15/2024
Spain are deservedly champions of Europe. So why are England once again unable to take the final step? And will it be Gareth Southgate’s final game as manager? Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Oli Kay, David Ornstein, Pol Ballus Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producers: Guy Clarke & Jay Beale Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:37

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Is Lamine Yamal the heir to Messi's throne?

7/12/2024
Lamine Yamal turns 17 the day before Spain’s Euro 2024 final against England and he’s already produced the moment of the tournament with his wonder goal in the semi-final win over France. So how did he get so good so young? And will his club side Barcelona be able to keep hold of him in the long term? Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's Pol Ballus, who is out in Germany covering Spain at Euro 2024 as well as La Liga writer Dermot Corrigan is analyse the rise of Lamine Yamal and look ahead to what could await him on his return to Barcelona. Host: Adam Leventhal With: Pol Ballus and Dermot Corrigan Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles: Perfection, by Lamine Yamal - The Athletic The story behind the viral photos of Lionel Messi and a baby Lamine Yamal - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:14

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Are England good or just lucky?

7/11/2024
England left it late, but thanks for Ollie Watkins' last minute winner are through to the final at Euro 2024. So are they now good, or just really lucky having relied on a number of big moments throughout the tournament? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's Oli Kay who was in Dortmund for the 2-1 win over the Netherlands as well as Jack Pitt-Brooke and Tim Spiers to analyse England's route to the final and the role of manager Gareth Southgate. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Oli Kay, Jack Pitt-Brooke and Tim Spiers Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles: England, a team of comebacks, late winners and finals. These are extraordinary times - The Athletic Ollie Watkins, Cole Palmer and an England goal that was worth the wait - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:52

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How will Liverpool benefit if FSG buy Bordeaux?

7/10/2024
On Friday, Arne Slot was officially unveiled as head coach in a new era at Liverpool. Yesterday, The Athletic reported that the club’s owners FSG are interested in purchasing French club Bordeaux. So what is the plan, and how would it benefit Liverpool? Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: James Pearce, Matt Slater Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Jay Beale Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:30

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Arteta eyes Calafiori & why Man United want Zirkzee

7/9/2024
Manchester United are working to finalise a deal for Bologna forward Joshua Zirkzee. His performances in Italy have earned him a spot in the Dutch squad for the Euros. So is Zirkzee an upgrade on United’s existing forward options? Or could they be about to make a move for a more experienced Premier League striker? Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: David Ornstein and Carl Anka Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Mike Stavrou Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:41:00

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Should England drop Kane?

7/8/2024
England are through to the semi-final at Euro 2024 after seeing off Switzerland on penalties. Yet for Gareth Southgate’s side there were familiar problems in Dusseldorf with Harry Kane again struggling to make an impact. No doubt he’ll start Wednesday’s semi-final against the Netherlands but should he? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's senior football writer Oli Kay as well as Jacob Whitehead to discuss Kane's role ahead of Wednesday's meeting in Dortmund. Football tactics writer Ahmed Walid also drops in to join in the conversation around the rest of the semi-finalists leading forwards while Pol Ballus explains the importance of Alvaro Morata to Spain both on and off the pitch. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Oli Kay, Jacob Whitehead and Ahmed Walid Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles Is Harry Kane in danger of becoming England’s Cristiano Ronaldo? - The Athletic Memphis Depay vs Wout Weghorst: The striker debate which cuts to the heart of Dutch football - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:12

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Why Ten Hag survived Man United overhaul

7/5/2024
Just weeks after considering managerial replacements, Manchester United have extended Erik ten Hag’s contract until 2026. With so much structural change at the club, is this a genuine show of faith in the manager? And with preseason starting Monday, what are the problems that still need to be fixed before the Premier League returns? Host: Adam Leventhal With: Mark Critchley, Dan Sheldon Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Jay Beale Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:50

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Is the Ronaldo circus holding Portugal back?

7/4/2024
Try as he might, Cristiano Ronaldo is still waiting for his first goal at Euro 2024, despite having 20 shots at goal during the tournament so far. Maybe, time is finally catching up with the 39 year old. If that’s the case - is the power and influence Ronaldo has on this Portugal side still worth it? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by Oli Kay, who was in the Frankfurt Arena for Portugal's last 16 tie with Slovenia on Monday night, as well as Tim Spiers to analyse what Ronaldo brings both on and off the pitch ahead of Friday's quarter-final against France. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Oli Kay and Tim Spiers Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles: Cristiano Ronaldo cannot rage against the dying of the light forever - The Athletic The cult of Cristiano Ronaldo - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:19

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Why have Spurs spent £40m on Archie Gray?

7/3/2024
Tottenham have won the race for teenage sensation Archie Gray, seeing off competition from the likes of Brentford and Borussia Dortmund. Leeds United said they were heartbroken after seeing him go - so why did they let their academy star leave? And what does the signing of Gray tell us about Spurs’ summer transfer policy? Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Nancy Froston and Jay Harris Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Mike Stavrou Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:35

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Can Newcastle spend now PSR issues are fixed?

7/2/2024
Less than a month into this summer’s transfer window, one crucial deadline has already passed as club’s scrambled to comply with PSR. Amongst those were Newcastle United, so how did they find a way to balance the books? And what is the situation at St James’ Park for the rest of the summer transfer window? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's football correspondent David Ornstein and Newcastle United writer Chris Waugh to analyse a frantic weekend of dealing. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: David Ornstein and Chris Waugh Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Inside Newcastle’s frantic attempts to sell players and comply with PSR - The Athletic Manchester United agree deal with Newcastle to appoint Dan Ashworth as new sporting director - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:20

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Does it matter how England play if they win?

7/1/2024
England have squeezed through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2024 thanks in part to a moment of genius from who else but Jude Bellingham. It was an underwhelming performance, but post match the England midfielder silenced critics. So, does it matter how England play as long as they win? Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Jack Pitt-Brooke, Jacob Whitehead Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Jay Beale Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:02

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Why have France been so boring?

6/28/2024
After three lacklustre displays - France failed to top their group at a major tournament for the first time in 12 years. Their two goals so far at Euro 2024 have consisted of an own goal and a penalty, so what is going wrong for Didier Deschamps’ side? And how much good will is left in the bank from their 2018 World Cup triumph? Host: Adam Leventhal With: Tom Williams, Pierre-Etienne Minonzio Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Mike Stavrou Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:34

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Has Rangnick made Austria genuine contenders?

6/27/2024
At Euro 2024, there is one team everyone seems to have a soft spot for, and they have probably been the most impressive. Ralf Rangnick's Austria finished top of their group and are into the knock out stages. The German manager seems to have put his difficult spell at Manchester United behind him, so how has he transformed this Austrian team and how far can they go? Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Seb Stafford-Bloor, Mark Carey, Mark Critchley Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Jay Beale Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:50

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Have England gone stale under Southgate?

6/26/2024
So, England are through to the last 16 of Euro 2024 as group winners but once again were underwhelming in their 0-0 draw with Slovenia. Could turning to Cole Palmer and Kobbie Mainoo be the solutions to the puzzle Gareth Southgate needs to solve if England are to progress much further? And what did Southgate's comments post-match reveal about how he's handling the challenge of managing at this tournament? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's Oli Kay and Matt Slater, who were both in Cologne as well as football tactics writer Liam Tharme to analyse whether or not England can still succeed with Southgate. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Oli Kay, Matt Slater and Liam Tharme Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles: Gareth Southgate understands England fan reaction after objects thrown at him following Slovenia draw - The Athletic Euro 2024 and the lopsided draw affecting which teams are considered likely finalists - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:36

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Have Premier League clubs found a PSR loophole?

6/25/2024
Welcome to the latest edition of The Transfer DealSheet, our guide to the summer transfer window. David Ornstein brings us the latest developments across the Premier League and beyond. And after a flurry of homegrown transfer deals emerged over the weekend ahead of that June 30th financial deadline. Have Premier League clubs found a PSR loophole? Host: Adam Leventhal With: David Ornstein, Liam Twomey & Peter Rutzler Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Mike Stavrou Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:00

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Is Spain's tiki-taka era over?

6/24/2024
Having grown synonymous with their tiki-taka style of play, Spain have so far shown another side at Euro 2024, in beating both Croatia and Italy. So why have Spain moved away from their patient, possession-based approach and will this summer's transfer window see clubs take advantage of the release clause in the contract of one of their most promising stars Nico Williams? Michael Bailey is joined by The Athletic's Pol Ballus, who's in Germany covering Spain during the Euros as well as our La Liga writer Dermot Corrigan. Host: Michael Bailey With: Pol Ballus and Dermot Corrigan Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles: Spain’s tiki-taka era might be over – but its legacy continues to divide - The Athletic Spain’s Nico Williams serves notice – his €55m release clause looks a transfer bargain - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:46

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Is Nagelsmann the best coach at the Euros?

6/21/2024
Germany have been one of the most dominant sides so far at this summer’s Euros. They’ve already qualified for the knockout stages after impressive wins over Hungary and Scotland. So how has Julian Nagelsmann put his Bayern Munich disappointment behind him and reinvented this Germany team so quickly? And what could the future hold for him beyond his time with the national team? Host: Michael Bailey With: Seb Stafford-Bloor and Liam Tharme Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Mike Stavrou Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:34

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Can Brazil's new generation win without Neymar?

6/20/2024
The Euros may have already exploded into action - but tonight comes Copa America! As ever Brazil are amongst the tournament favourites - but will they deliver and what impact has the cloud hanging over Lucas Paqueta had on their preparations? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by Brazilian football journalists Renato Senise and The Athletic's Thom Harris who is out in Miami ahead of the start of the tournament. Football news reporter Tom Burrows also drops in to explain the latest around Paqueta following the FA charges he is facing. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Thom Harris, Renato Senise and Tom Burrows Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Copa America 2024 preview: The Athletic’s complete guide to the tournament - The Athletic ‘Paqueta should be banned for life if he’s guilty. Do I see it happening? Probably not’ - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:41:01

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Does Martinez know what he's doing with Portugal?

6/19/2024
Portugal’s Euro 2024 campaign got off to a winning start last night, with a late show from their substitutes. But it was far from a convincing performance by Roberto Martinez’s unbalanced and chaotic side. So, does the Spaniard know how to get the best out of this talented Portugal squad led by Cristiano Ronaldo? Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Tim Spiers and David Novo Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Mike Stavrou Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:31

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Will Everton sell Branthwaite to Man United?

6/18/2024
With the transfer window now officially open, Manchester United have wasted no time in making their intentions clear, submitting a bid for Everton's Jarrad Branthwaite. Despite the deal being rejected, Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein brings us the latest developments alongside Everton writer Paddy Boyland. Plus Liverpool also have their eye on a central defender who is also a target for United & Real Madrid. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: David Ornstein and Paddy Boyland Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles: Manchester United make opening £35m offer for Jarrad Branthwaite - The Athletic Why Jarrad Branthwaite makes sense for Man Utd – a two-footed duel winner - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:32:21