The Athletic Football Podcast podcast

The Athletic Football Podcast

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 from the world of football, told by the best journalists in the business. Cutting through the noise to tell you what’s really happening and why it matters.

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 from the world of football, told by the best journalists in the business. Cutting through the noise to tell you what’s really happening and why it matters.

 

#778

Why Klopp's kids offer Liverpool a goldmine

Following Liverpool's 10th League Cup success manager Jurgen Klopp described it as the most special achievement of his career, given the reliance he had to put in a number of academy graduates. Youngsters Bobby Clark, James McConnell, Jayden Danns and Jarrell Quansah were all used from the bench along with full-back Conor Bradley. Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's football correspondent David Ornstein and Liverpool reporter James Pearce to analyse the Reds' bold youth policy through academy coaching and recruitment before looking ahead to what could prove to be a decisive summer at Anfield. Produced by Guy Clarke Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Related articles: [The Liverpool kids who won the cup – with some help from Virgil van Dijk] (https://theathletic.com/5299175/2024/02/26/liverpool-carabao-van-dijk-danns-clark-mcconnell-klopp/) - The Athletic [Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool farewell tour skips, screams and grins on way to ‘most special trophy’] (https://theathletic.com/5298777/2024/02/25/jurgen-klopp-farewell-tour/) - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#777

Weekend Preview: Carabao Cup Final

Adam Leventhal and co return to preview the weekend of top-flight football ahead, with not only Premier League points but also domestic silverware on the line.  Liverpool and Chelsea go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon for the Carabao Cup, but who would the trophy be more important for, Mauricio Pochettino at the start of his Chelsea career, or Jurgen Klopp at the end of his time at Liverpool?  Meanwhile on Saturday, Arsenal host Newcastle and Man City travel to Bournemouth, both hoping to close the gap to Liverpool at the top of the table. And the weekend will also give us our first glimpse of Oliver Glasner, new in the dugout at Crystal Palace. We explore what fans can expect from the Austrian tactically.  Host: Adam Leventhal Guests: Tim Spiers, Jon Mackenzie, Luke Bosher Producer: John Rogers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

46 MINS

46:04

23 Feb 2024


#776

Can Palace match Glasner's ambition?

Oliver Glasner has been chosen as the man to re-energise Crystal Palace after a barren run of just two wins from 16 in all competitions. The Europa League-winning coach replaces Roy Hodgson, who stepped down as manager on Monday. So, who is Glasner… and why have Palace chosen him?  And just how big is the rebuilding job on his hands? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic’s German football writer Raphael Honigstein and Dom Fifield. Produced by Mike Stavrou Executive producer: Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Feb 2024

33 MINS

33:08

22 Feb 2024


#775

What Tuchel's Bayern exit means for Alonso race

Bayern Munich and head coach Thomas Tuchel will part ways at the end of the season. Why has the announcement come now and what does it tell us? Why isn’t Tuchel leaving immediately? And will Bayern be able to compete with Liverpool to make Xabi Alonso their new manager in the summer? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic’s German football writer Raphael Honigstein and Nick Miller. Produced by Mike Stavrou Executive producer: Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Feb 2024

27 MINS

27:57

21 Feb 2024


#774

How do PSG replace Mbappe?

Last week Kylian Mbappe told Paris Saint Germain of his decision to leave the club at the end of the season with Real Madrid the expected destination but as their superstar departs, what next for PSG? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by French football writer and broadcaster Tom Williams and The Athletic's Carl Anka to analyse what comes next for Mbappe as well as the direction the French champions head in next. The panel assess what options will be open to PSG in the transfer market with the likes of Victor Osimhen, Frenkie De Jong and Rafael Leao all being linked with Luis Enrique's side following Mbappe's decision. Produced by Guy Clarke Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Related articles: [Who should PSG sign to replace Kylian Mbappe?] (https://theathletic.com/5280576/2024/02/17/psg-kylian-mbappe-transfer-replacement/) - The Athletic [Kylian Mbappe is leaving, so what next for Paris Saint-Germain?] (https://theathletic.com/5282671/2024/02/20/mbappe-psg-enrique-osimhen-campos/) - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Feb 2024

43 MINS

43:21

20 Feb 2024


#773

Why Man United want Dan Ashworth

Man United want Dan Ashworth to be their new sporting director. He has been placed on gardening leave after informing Newcastle of his desire to leave the club. But Newcastle want a huge fee of 20 MILLION pounds to release Ashworth from his contract. So how will this tussle between the two clubs play out as both teams chase Champions League football next season. And why is Ashworth so sought after?  Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Manchester United writer Laurie Whitwell and Newcastle correspondent Chris Waugh. Produced by Mike Stavrou Executive producer: Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Feb 2024

41 MINS

41:04

19 Feb 2024


#772

Weekend Preview: Can returning Palmer derail City's title charge?

Michael Bailey and co breakdown matchweek 25 of the Premier League. The headline clash is Saturday's late game between Manchester City and Chelsea. The last meeting was a 4-4 classic, but can Chelsea take anything away this time? Elsewhere Luton host in-form Manchester United, who are going for their 5th win in a row, while Arsenal and Liverpool travel to Burnley and Brentford respectively hoping to keep pace at the top.  Host: Michael Bailey Guests: Tim Spiers, Nick Miller, JJ Bull Producer: John Rogers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Feb 2024

46 MINS

46:06

16 Feb 2024


#771

Why China and Hong Kong turned on Messi

Lionel Messi’s move to Inter Miami appeared to be a marketing dream for all concerned, that was before their pre-season tour of Asia. After playing just seven minutes in Saudi Arabia and missing a ‘last dance’ with Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi failed to feature in Hong Kong with the fallout still rumbling on. So why has Messi’s no-show caused geo-political tensions to rise and is the GOAT in danger of becoming a show pony in the final stages of his illustrious career? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton and Paul Tenorio to analyse the episode as well as dissect the wider impact on the growth of MLS. Produced by Guy Clarke Additional Production by Mike Stavrou Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Further reading: [‘A thuggish flamingo’: Why China turned on Lionel Messi] (https://theathletic.com/5274851/2024/02/15/a-thuggish-flamingo-why-china-turned-on-lionel-messi/) - The Athletic [Hong Kong uproar, Messi injured and just one win: Inside Inter Miami’s Asian tour] (https://theathletic.com/5271553/2024/02/13/inter-miami-messi-tour-hong-kong-saudi-arabia/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=twhq&source=twitterhq) - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Feb 2024

49 MINS

49:51

15 Feb 2024


#770

Can West Ham do better than Moyes?

West Ham’s 6-0 defeat to Arsenal last weekend was the club’s worst home defeat in over 60 years… and the fans voted with their feet. Wins over Man United and Arsenal in December had seen supporters unite behind David Moyes. But a poor run of results have swiftly soured the mood at the London Stadium. So.. will Moyes bid farewell to the Hammers when his contract expires this summer, or can he turn things around? And what do West Ham’s owners - and more importantly the fans - really want for the club?  Produced by Mike Stavrou Additional production: Jay Beale Executive producer: Adey Moorhead Further reading: https://theathletic.com/5267036/2024/02/12/west-ham-david-moyes/?source=audio_podcast_podcastID_144_ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Feb 2024

33 MINS

33:34

14 Feb 2024


#769

Could Bayern tempt Alonso this summer?

Bayern Munich are out of both domestic Cup competitions and were humbled by Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen side at the weekend. As pressure mounts ahead of their Champions League game at Lazio this week… Why are things not going as smoothly as usual for Bayern? And is it REALLY possible Kane could go another season without finally winning a title? Is Thomas Tuchel in trouble? And could Bayern potentially tempt Alonso this summer? Ayo Akinwolere is with the Athletic’s German football writer Raphael Honigstein and England and Tottenham reporter Jack Pitt-Brooke. Produced by Mike Stavrou Additional production: Jay Beale Executive producer: Adey Moorhead Further reading:  https://theathletic.com/5263314/2024/02/11/bayern-munich-thomas-tuchel-bayer-leverkusen/?source=audio_podcast_podcastID_144_ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Feb 2024

39 MINS

39:20

13 Feb 2024


#768

Is this another false dawn at Man United?

Manchester United's 2-1 win at Villa Park on Sunday made it four consecutive wins for the first time this season, but what is the significance of that? Have Erik Ten Hag's side got a realistic shot at recovering their hopes of securing Champions League qualification, or is this latest run just the latest false dawn at Old Trafford ahead of a summer reset? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's Adam Crafton and Man United writer Laurie Whitwell to discuss what's been behind the recent revival and how long it may be able to go on for. Produced by Guy Clarke Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Related articles: [McTominay’s seven goals have earned Man United 12 points. What does it say about Ten Hag’s side?] (https://theathletic.com/5267925/2024/02/12/scott-mctominay-man-united-villa-goal/) - The Athletic [Manchester United finally have ‘foundation’ to develop young players – Erik ten Hag] (https://theathletic.com/5262721/2024/02/10/erik-ten-hag-man-utd-young-talent/) - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Feb 2024

40 MINS

40:00

12 Feb 2024


#767

Weekend Preview: Can Villa hold off Man United?

Adam Leventhal returns to preview a bumper weekend of football ahead, including the Premier League as well as title matchups in Germany and Spain, and two international cup finals. The Premier League matchweek is headlined by fourth-place Villa welcoming eighth-place Manchester United to Villa Park. Both are chasing Champions League football, and Villa could open up an 11-point gap over the visitors. Elsewhere Manchester City welcome Everton hoping to extended their winning run to 10 games in all competitions, and Spurs head to Brighton in another eye-catching fixture. Saturday also sees the top two in Spain and Germany face off, with Jon MacKenzie filling us in on all the ramifications of Real Madrid vs Girona and Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich. And finally, both the Asian Cup and AFCON tournaments come to an end this weekend - we preview both finals. Further reading: https://theathletic.com/5243354/2024/02/07/fake-man-united-news-social-media/?source=audio_podcast_podcastID_144_ Host: Adam Leventhal Guests: Tim Spiers, Jon Mackenzie, Joey D’Urso Producer: John Rogers *** • This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. If you’re thinking of starting therapy, give BetterHelp a try. Our listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp.com/athleticfootball Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Feb 2024

46 MINS

46:27

09 Feb 2024


#766

Has this been the best AFCON ever?

After four weeks of showcasing what the continent has to offer, the Africa Cup of Nations is down to a final two. Hosts Ivory Coast play Nigeria in Sunday’s showpiece final in what has been the most thrilling AFCON in decades. But what’s made it so good? Has the on-pitch drama been matched by the eyeballs watching the tournament?  And what does AFCON need to do off the pitch to match the success on it? Host Ayo Akinwolere is joined by former Ivory Coast defender, and 2012 AFCON runner-up, Sol Bamba as well as The Athletic's Jay Harris to discuss and debate what has made AFCON 2023 such a success. Produced by Guy Clarke Additional Production by Mike Stavrou Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Related articles: [The story of Amad Diallo – and the man accused of trafficking him to Europe] (https://theathletic.com/5240403/2024/02/08/amad-diallo-manchester-united-trafficking/) - The Athletic [AFCON finally has African managers. But the rest of the world has not caught up] (https://theathletic.com/5231820/2024/02/02/afcon-managers-african-black/) - The Athletic *** • This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. If you’re thinking of starting therapy, give BetterHelp a try. Our listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp.com/athleticfootball Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Feb 2024

48 MINS

48:35

08 Feb 2024


#765

Why Man City might not win the title

Man City look unstoppable…  Victory over Brentford on Monday was their ninth consecutive win across all competitions… Win all their games and Pep Guardiola’s side will be Champions  But is their fourth Premier League title in a row already set in stone? Or are there enough flaws in this City team for the likes of Arsenal & Liverpool to believe?   Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic’s data expert & Man City fan Thom Harris, Manchester United writer Carl Anka… and representing Tottenham - it’s Charlie Eccleshare. Produced by Mike Stavrou Additional production: Jay Beale Executive producer: Adey Moorhead Further reading: https://theathletic.com/5254392/2024/02/07/manchester-city-premier-league-title-liverpool-arsenal/?source=audio_podcast_podcastID_144_ *** • This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. If you’re thinking of starting therapy, give BetterHelp a try. Our listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp.com/athleticfootball Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

07 Feb 2024

39 MINS

39:39

07 Feb 2024


#764

Do Chelsea still believe in Project Pochettino?

After a heavy defeat at the weekend, home fans at Stamford Bridge made their feelings clear.. Less than a year on from the sacking of Graham Potter, Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea sit in the bottom half of the Premier League table So…. after spending so heavily on players over the past 19 months, what exactly is owner Todd Boehly’s plan for Chelsea? And where does this leave the Pochettino Project? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic’s Chelsea writer Liam Twomey, who joins us fresh from attending Mauricio Pochettino’s press conference, and in the studio is Commissioning Editor for the Athletic - Dom Fifield.  Produced by Mike Stavrou Additional production: Jay Beale Executive producer: Adey Moorhead Further reading: https://theathletic.com/5252016/2024/02/06/chelsea-pochettino-eghbali-boehly-thiago/?source=audio_podcast_podcastID_144_ https://theathletic.com/5250288/2024/02/05/chelsea-pochettino-silva-boehly-clearlake-wolves/?source=audio_podcast_podcastID_144_ *** • This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. If you’re thinking of starting therapy, give BetterHelp a try. Our listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp.com/athleticfootball Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Feb 2024

37 MINS

37:00

06 Feb 2024


#763

Can Arsenal win the Premier League?

Having moved to within just two points of the top of the Premier League, are Arsenal serious contenders to win this season's Premier League? The Gunners saw of Liverpool 3-1 on Sunday in a must-win game for their title hopes as Mikel Arteta's side hope to go one better than last season. Join Ayo Akinwolere, James McNicholas and Oli Kay as they analyse Arsenal's win over table-toppers Liverpool before assessing the credibility of their title chances with champions Manchester City also waiting to take advantage with Pep Guardiola's side having games in hand on those above them. Produced by Guy Clarke Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Further reading: [Arsenal bring back chaos football – and their title challenge feels stronger for it] (https://theathletic.com/5250562/2024/02/05/arsenal-arteta-rice-martinelli-jorginho-liverpool/) - The Athletic [Jorginho interview: Arsenal ‘energy’, no-hop penalties, love for Havertz, knowing strengths] (https://theathletic.com/5111300/2023/12/05/jorginho-arsenal-arteta-interview-premier-league/) - The Athletic *** • This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. If you’re thinking of starting therapy, give BetterHelp a try. Our listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp.com/athleticfootball Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Feb 2024

37 MINS

37:03

05 Feb 2024


#762

Weekend Preview: Will Liverpool end Arsenal’s title challenge?

Michael Bailey sits in for Adam Leventhal for another preview of the weekend ahead!  Headlining the fixture list is Arsenal vs Liverpool - is it now or never for Arsenal to get back in the title race?  Elsewhere a downturn in form has seen Everton drift into the relegation zone, but will Champions League-chasing Spurs pile on the misery at Goodison?  And Manchester United's chaotic season continued midweek with a 4-3 win away to Wolves. Can they back it up this Sunday as they welcome West Ham? Host: Michael Bailey Guests: Tim Spiers, Jon Mackenzie, Nnamdi Onyeagwara Producer: John Rogers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Feb 2024

48 MINS

48:34

02 Feb 2024


#761

Has FFP killed the transfer window?

It's been a low-key transfer window as the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules showed their teeth. Saudi spending paused, the “Chelsea loophole” closed and clubs instead left scouring the market for loans or cut-price deals. The summer, however, things could ramp up again though clubs will start to work with two deadlines in mind! Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's Oli Kay and Joey D'Urso to discuss the impact of financial restrictions on the state of the transfer market and whether or not the paralysis could continue into the summer market. James Horncastle, Dermot Corrigan and Seb Stafford-Bloor also drop by to paint the picture across Europe explaining the financial landscape in Italy, Spain and Germany respectively. Produced by Guy Clarke Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Further reading: [What Europe’s leading clubs will need to do in the summer of two transfer deadlines - The Athletic] (https://theathletic.com/5241772/2024/02/01/two-transfer-deadlines/?source=audio_podcast_podcastID_144_) [What is PSR and why do Premier League rules only allow clubs to lose £105m? - The Athletic] (https://theathletic.com/5205988/2024/01/17/psr-premier-league-105m/?source=audio_podcast_podcastID_144_) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Feb 2024

38 MINS

38:30

01 Feb 2024