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Football Travel by Outside Write

Travel the world of football with us. We discuss the best football travel experiences and destinations, plus football history and culture with writers and bloggers. Supported by football travel, history and culture blog, OutsideWrite.co.uk
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Feb 17, 2020

Our guest is Thessaloniki local, Thomas Farines, who gives us the lowdown on groundhopping around Greece. We discuss the big Athens clubs, their regional rivals and even a few from the islands.

Feb 10, 2020

We talk to Greg Lansdowne, author of 'Stuck on You: The Rise and Fall...and Rise of Panini'. 

We talk about the history of the company, its highs and lows, why collectables appeal and the power of nostalgia in football.

Feb 3, 2020

We're joined by Vintage Football City Tours, a group of enthusiasts who run tours around Lisbon's historic grounds. We discuss Benfica and Sporting, but major on the smaller clubs. Just what is going on at Belenenses? Who are Casa Pia and Operario? 

Find out in this podcast!

Jan 27, 2020

Nick Green is a teacher based in Kobe, Japan. He's completed the Japanese equivalent of the '92 club' in England - bagging all Japan's 72 league grounds.

He describes his travels with us and imparts his incredible groundhopping stories.

Jan 20, 2020

Our guest is Richard Mills, whose book 'The Politics of Football in Yugoslavia' charts the often explosive history of football in the Balkans.

How did this small corner of the world produce so much talent?

Did the Maksimir Riot really kick off the Civil War or is it just symbolic to football people? 

...and more...

 

Jan 13, 2020

Our guest is archivist Petra Tabarelli, who researches and blogs about the history and evolution of football rules. Join us as we discuss everything from how the origin FA laws of the game were established right up to everyone's favourite subject...VAR.

Jan 6, 2020

We talk to Mark Wilson, who re-established the Wanderers Football Club, the first ever FA Cup winners.

Dec 30, 2019

We catch up with football writer Onur Bilgic to discuss football in the former Eastern Bloc, those countries under Soviet influence from 1945-91.

Why were Eastern European teams more successful in the European Cup-Winners' Cup than the European Cup (now Champions League)? Why did former Eastern Bloc national teams excel after the Iron Curtain came down?

Apologies for the sound quality, stick with it - the content is fascinating.

Dec 23, 2019

We're joined by Anthony Barbagallo who writes about Sicilian Football.

We discuss Palermo's comeback, Catania Calcio, what's going right at Trapani, plus a whole host of excellent groundhopping experiences in Sicily.

Dec 16, 2019

Our guest is Michael Barrett, whose graphic novel explores the story of Preston North End's unbeaten run to the league and cup double in 1888-89 season. Only Arsenal in 2003-4 went unbeaten in a league season since then.

Dec 9, 2019

Our guest is Vienna-based Richard Turkowitsch, who takes us through the clubs of Austria. We discuss the Vienna derby, the rise of Red Bull Salzburg and a whole lot more besides.

Dec 2, 2019

We catch up with Dan Barker, whose online magazine 'A Whole New Ballgame' looks back at the pivotal decade when everything changed - the 1990s.

We reflect on how TV and culture, plus a changing geopolitical world shook football and morphed it into what it is today.

We look at the good and the bad things that means for the game today.

Nov 25, 2019

Our guest is Alan McDougall, author of The People's Game, a fascinating read on football in the former East Germany - GDR - which existed from 1949 until the reunification of Germany in 1990.

Nov 18, 2019

We get the lowdown on groundhopping in Hungary with Budapest-based journalist, Gergely Marosi. We look at the famous clubs from the capital - MTK, Ferencváros, Honved, Vasas and Újpest - plus look at some of the regional clubs who have been upsetting the balance of power in recent years.

Nov 11, 2019

Our guest is Matt Walker, author of Europe United, a chronicle of his travels to matches in each of the 55 UEFA member countries. We hear his weirdest experiences, best stadiums and most extreme situations.

This is groundhopping cranked up to 11...

Nov 4, 2019

We talk to Paul Musco, who runs groundhopping tours for football fans visiting Berlin. 

It's one of our favourite cities, so have a listen as we enthuse about Hertha BSC, 1 FC Union, BFC Dynamo and a host of smaller clubs.

 

Oct 28, 2019

Matthew Caldwell runs the brilliant Instagram feed, 1_Shilling, which celebrates the wonder of football matchday programme design.

He joins us to discuss the history of the matchday programme, some of the most iconic designs, and the uncertain future of the programme.

Oct 21, 2019

We talk to Ashley Hyne, biographer of Jimmy Hogan, one of the prominent pioneering coaches. Was Hogan really the inventor of 'total football' and the inspiration behind the 'Mighty Magyars'?

 

 

Oct 14, 2019

Our guest is writer John Nicholson, whose new book Can We Have Our Football Back? looks at how we could improve the modern game. Is free-to-air TV just one way to give the game 'back' to the people?

Oct 7, 2019

Our guest is Chris Clements, the man behind EspañaEstadios.com - Stadiums of Spain.

We look at some of the classic big grounds - Bernabéu, Camp Nou, Mestalla, and the Seville grounds, plus some of the new grounds - the New San Mames and Wanda Metropolitano. We also discuss our favourite smaller grounds and ask why Spanish grounds aren't as stylish as, say, Italian grounds.

Sep 30, 2019

Our guest is Lee Colvin, who's written a book chronicling his travels around the world in pursuit of the football's biggest rivalries. We discuss Boca-River, Madrid-Barça, Ajax-Feyenoord, Red Star-Partizan, Rangers-Celtic, and many more.

Sep 23, 2019

We chat to Martin Westby, author of 'England's Oldest Football Clubs' into the roots of the game and its pioneer clubs. Is Sheffield the cradle of the global game? What role did Nottingham and the Lancashire clubs play in the game's development and learn how the Football Association very nearly folded a few years after its foundation.

Sep 16, 2019

Nicholas Blincoe is author of 'More Noble Than War', a book about football in Israel and Palestine. He joins us to discuss his fascinating stories from his travels in the region and the history of football.

Sep 9, 2019

Our guest is Ryan Hubbard, author of 'From Partition to Solidarity', a book about the first 100 years of Polish football.

 

Sep 2, 2019

We talk to Steven Scragg, author of 'A Tournament Lost in Time', which looks at the European Cup-Winners' Cup.

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