The Corinthians and The Casuals were absolutely key to the spreading of football and the ethos of fair play. We talk to Llew Walker from the modern day Corinthian-Casuals FC in England's 7th tier to learn of their relevance and legacy.
This is a bumper 42-minute episode!
The story of Hungarian coach Ernö Egri Erbstein had been a footnote in the annals of football history until Dominic Bliss investigated his remarkable life and legacy and authored his biography.
Erbstein pioneered tactics in pre-war Italy, leading a number of small clubs to punch significantly above their weight. After surviving the Holocaust, Erbstein returned to Italy to create 'Il Grande Torino', the team that won five successive scudetti in the 1940s before tragedy struck in the Superga air disaster of 1949.
We caught up with Bliss to learn more.
We talk to Bucharest-based Charlie Craven to get his tips for groundhopping around Romania. Starting in the capital with the famous Steaua and Dinamo clubs, we also discuss the recent rise of regional clubs and also the parlous state of the game in Romania.
We talk to Justin Walley, who's chronicled his time managing the Matabeleland team to the CONIFA World Football Cup in 2018. His fascinating book "One Football, No Nets" contains some incredible stories of coaching under the watchful eye of the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe. We also discuss groundhopping in Latvia, where Justin has also coached and even established clubs.