Our guest is Dr. Andy Hodges, who spent years researching two very distinct ultrà groups in the Croatian capital, Zagreb. The Bad Blue Boys of Dinamo Zagreb and the White Angels of NK Zagreb. We also discuss the Torcida fan group of Hajduk Split for context.
Andy summarised his findings in his book, "Fan Activism, Protest and Politics: Ultras in Post-Socialist Croatia"
We discuss the past, present and future of Italy's most popular club, Juventus, with Turin-based Adam Digby, author of Juventus: A History in Black and White.
We discuss the impact of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) on La Liga and some of the major established clubs in Spain with Bilbao-based blogger, Dan Parry from The Linesman blog.
The war helped found the current Atlético Madrid club and nearly drove FC Barcelona out of business.
We discover the clubs of Spain's east coast with Valencia-based journalist, Paco Polit. We look at the La Liga powerhouses of Valencia, Villarreal and Levante, plus other interesting clubs from La Comunidad Valenciana. Enjoy!
We catch up with cartoonist David Squires, whose sketches feature in the Guardian (UK), L'Equipe (France), and also in German and Australian media. Why does football lend itself so easily to parody and who are his favourite subjects? Oh, and we discuss his love of Swindon Town...
We're joined by Cas Mudde from the University of Georgia to discuss political activity in football, particularly looking at the rise of both right-wing factions and, on the flipside, the antifa movement.
We also discuss groundhopping as Cas has been to more than 400 grounds on every continent (except Antarctica).
We discuss the clubs from Rome southwards on the Italian peninsula with Rome-based football writer, Claus Bermann.
We get the lowdown on the US Major League Soccer scene with Stephen Brandt from the Yellow Card Podcast.
We discuss Beckham's influence, NASL, groundhopping, the franchise model and more...
We chat to Belgrade-based Kirsten Schlewitz from the Unusual Efforts blog/podcast about Red Star v Partizan, the Belgrade Derby.
We speak to Dejan Hajdukovic about football in his native Croatia and its close relationship with politics.
For fans of Italian football from the 1990s, a new bar has opened in South London that is heaven for nostalgics. It's called Golazio after the opening credits of Gazzetta Football Italia on Channel 4 in the UK, and guests at the opening night included former England and Milan striker Mark Hateley, and former England and Torino defender, Tony Dorigo.
We're back after a World Cup break and are exploring football in the co-host nation of Euro 2012, Ukraine!
We go along to a very different kind of football tournament as we visit the CONIFA World Football Cup in London and speak to one of its media partners, Away Day Neutrals, to learn more about the tournament.
We check in with Belgian groundhopper, Stéphane Lievens, to get his advice on where and how to watch football in Belgium.
We talk to Simon Hart, author of 'World in Motion', a new book looking at the inside story of Italia '90. What made this World Cup so iconic? Have a listen and find out...
We talk to Montevideo-based football writer, Marcus Haydon, about watching football in one of the oldest footballing countries - Uruguay.
Safe standing - also known as 'rail seating' - has been proven to be a safe way to enable football fans to stand at matches and is at use in Celtic, Dortmund and elsewhere.
The UK government has not allowed trials in England and Wales, but a groundswell is growing to demand change. We discuss the topic with football writer Matthew Crist.
We look at the history of one of the biggest rivalries in international football - England v Germany - with football historian Dr. Christoph Wagner.
We discuss one of the most populated areas in Europe for football clubs - Germany's industrial heartland, the Rhineland, with groundhopper Matt Rayn.
We talk Dortmund, Gladbach, Bayer Leverkusen, Köln and a whole bunch of others.
In this episode, we discuss the clubs on Northern Spain with the Oviedo-based football journalist, Alexandra Jonson. She’s writing a book on Real Oviedo, and also tells us about the best match day experiences in a much-overlooked part of Spain.
Join us as we travel around Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, checking in on famous clubs like Athletic Bilbao, Deportivo La Coruña, Real Sociedad and some of the smaller clubs.
We talk to Rich Hall, founder of Italian football-focussed site Gentleman Ultra, to get his tips on the clubs to visit in Northern Italy. We visit the usual suspects – Turin clubs Juventus and Torino; AC and Inter in Milan; Hellas and Chievo in Verona – plus some of the less-visited clubs that offer a great experience, like Atalanta, Como and Novara.
The League of Ireland has made a real effort to promote itself in recent years, and it seems to be working with crowds on the up. There’s also a wealth of talent waiting to be discovered, and you can watch a great game without breaking the bank.
We speak to Alan McLean from the Patrick O'Connell Memorial Fund to learn about the incredible playing and managerial career of Patrick O'Connell, whose legacy as the man who saved FC Barcelona - and other incredible achievements - was almost forgotten.