I am joined by Bess Dawson and Alan McDougall, who are two of a group of contributors on a new book that explores the role of football in German society.
England v Hungary in November 1953 was billed as the 'Match of the Century' - why is this match so significant in both England and Hungary? Matt Clough has written a book about the match and joins me to discuss.
I am joined by Alex Pratchett, one half of No Score Draws, famous for their fantastic characatures of footballer, coaches, and others. What makes a great 'drawable' footballer and what has the feedback been?
Graeme Brown joins me to discuss the 150th anniversary of the world's first official international Association football match - Scotland v England, 30 November 1872, at the West of Scotland Cricket Club. What was the role of Queen's Park in setting the template for how we watch football today?
I welcome back Dr Pete Watson to discuss his new book on the role that football has played in Colombian society.
Martin da Cruz joins me to discuss his new book on how football got started in Uruguay. How did such a tiny country like Uruguay come to dominate world football in the 1920s?
I am joined by Rhys Richards, whose debut book explores the stories behind the controversial 1978 World Cup in Argentina.
I welcome back Kirsten Schlewitz to discuss her upcoming book on the history of SSC Napoli. The book is titled 'More than Maradona', but yes, we spend quite a bit of time on him...but we also look at the entire history of the club, including groundhopping tips on how to catch a game in Naples.
My new book 'The Defiant: A History of Football Against Fascism' is out on 10 Oct. In this launch episode, I am interviewed by journalist James Hendicott about the book. We discuss the legacy of Mussolini, football against the dictatorships of Franco and Salazar, resistance fighters in World War II, modern progressive movements and much more...
My guest is Kit Holden whose new book covers the complex history and recent rise of 1. FC Union Berlin. This fascinating club from Berlin's southeastern suburbs has something of a cult following and is now enjoying regular European football. How? Find out here...
My guest is Chris Foley, author of a new book on the impact British and Irish coaches have made on Asian football. From Cambodia to Pohnpei, there are some incredible stories...
I am joined by James Kelly, author of a new book charting the history of Belgian football. We look over some of the country's 'golden generations' that nearly managed to take home silverware, while also exploring the domestic scene.
I welcome Aidan Williams back onto the show to discuss his new book on the greatest sides never to have won the World Cup. We've covered Brazil '82 and the Dutch sides of the '70s before, so we major on Hungary '54, Italy '90 and some lesser-discussed sides.
This extended version of the football travel podcast is a collaboration with the Borussia Dortmund London Fan Club Podcast and we’re discussing the critical topic of sustainability in football.
From clubs to fans to football authorities, what can we all do to make the sport more environmentally friendly? The debate features:
- Benjamin McFadyean, host of the Borussia Dortmund London Fan Club Podcast and a football academic at the University of East Anglia
- Moritz Eckhert from Guterfussball.club
- Katie Cross from Pledgeball
I welcome Daniel Williamson back onto the podcast to discuss his second book on the Intercontinental Cup, which pitted the club champions of Europe and South America against each other from the 1960s until the early 2000s. This tournament was never far from controversy...
My guest is Michael Cox, author of The Mixer and Zonal Marking, and journalist with The Athletic. We're discussing the recent history of football tactics and also modern football journalism.
My guest is Dominic Bliss, whose biography of the legendary Hungarian coach Ernö Egri Erbstein led not only to the refounding of an historic Budapest football club, but also a new tournament in his name.
The second edition will be held in South-West London over the weekend of 23-24 July and features Corinthian-Casuals, Budapesti Atletikai Klub, the world's oldest club Sheffield FC, and Fall River Marksmen of the USA.
It's going to be fascinating...
My guest is Steven Scragg - for a record fourth appearance - discussing his new book on the Mexico '86 World Cup
Author Andrew Downie tells us all about Brazilian football, from its origins to the present day. We particularly discuss Mexico 1970 and Socrates, which have been the topics of Downies' books.
My guest is James from the Menorca Football blog. He fills us in on football in Menorca and we look at the other Balearic Island clubs, like Real Mallorca and Ibiza.
I'm joined by Jon Spurling, author of 'Get It On', a new book about football in the 1970s. We look at a pivotal and controversial decade in English football.
My guest is Gaizka Atxa, one of the founders of the Mr Pentland Club, a London-based fan club of Athletic Club de Bilbao. We discuss the long history of one of the most unique clubs in the world.