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The Athletic FC 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 around the Euros, Copa America and transfers told by the best journalists in the business. Cutting through the noise to tell you what’s really happening and why it matters.

Tracks

Is Nagelsmann the best coach at the Euros?
Germany have been one of the most dominant sides so far at this summer’s Euros. They’ve already qualified for the knockout stages after impressive wins over Hungary and Scotland. So how has Julian Nagelsmann put his Bayern Munich disappointment behind him and reinvented this Germany team so quickly? And what could the future hold for him beyond his time with the national team? Host: Michael Bailey With: Seb Stafford-Bloor and Liam Tharme Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Mike Stavrou Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
34:34 6/21/24
Can Brazil's new generation win without Neymar?
The Euros may have already exploded into action - but tonight comes Copa America! As ever Brazil are amongst the tournament favourites - but will they deliver and what impact has the cloud hanging over Lucas Paqueta had on their preparations? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by Brazilian football journalists Renato Senise and The Athletic's Thom Harris who is out in Miami ahead of the start of the tournament. Football news reporter Tom Burrows also drops in to explain the latest around Paqueta following the FA charges he is facing. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Thom Harris, Renato Senise and Tom Burrows Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Copa America 2024 preview: The Athletic’s complete guide to the tournament - The Athletic ‘Paqueta should be banned for life if he’s guilty. Do I see it happening? Probably not’ - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
41:01 6/20/24
Does Martinez know what he's doing with Portugal?
Portugal’s Euro 2024 campaign got off to a winning start last night, with a late show from their substitutes. But it was far from a convincing performance by Roberto Martinez’s unbalanced and chaotic side. So, does the Spaniard know how to get the best out of this talented Portugal squad led by Cristiano Ronaldo? Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Tim Spiers and David Novo Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Mike Stavrou Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
33:31 6/19/24
Will Everton sell Branthwaite to Man United?
With the transfer window now officially open, Manchester United have wasted no time in making their intentions clear, submitting a bid for Everton's Jarrad Branthwaite. Despite the deal being rejected, Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's David Ornstein brings us the latest developments alongside Everton writer Paddy Boyland. Plus Liverpool also have their eye on a central defender who is also a target for United & Real Madrid. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: David Ornstein and Paddy Boyland Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles: Manchester United make opening £35m offer for Jarrad Branthwaite - The Athletic Why Jarrad Branthwaite makes sense for Man Utd – a two-footed duel winner - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
32:21 6/18/24
What do England's Euros rivals think of them?
England’s Euro 2024 is up and running with a win over Serbia.  With their superstar talents, is there perhaps a whiff of arrogance by those who follow Gareth Soutgate’s team? And what is the view across Europe where Kane & Bellingham have starred for Spain & Germany’s biggest clubs. Are they drawn to the allure of the box-office stars, or is it the possibility of watching England fall short again? Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Oli Kay, Jack Pitt-Brooke, James Horncastle, Dermot Corrigan, Seb Stafford-Bloor Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Jay Beale Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
41:55 6/17/24
Why Man United are sticking with Ten Hag
After weeks of uncertainty, news broke on Tuesday that Erik Ten Hag is to remain as manager of Manchester United. So why have Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS come to this decision and what will Ten Hag’s relationship with his squad and the owners look like moving forward? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Mark Critchley to analyse Man United’s decision and assess who else was considered for the Old Trafford hotseat ahead of looking ahead to what challenges lay ahead. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: David Ornstein, Adam Crafton and Mark Critchley Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles Inside Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United reprieve: Tuchel, De Zerbi and the key meetings - The Athletic Erik ten Hag to stay as Manchester United manager - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
41:55 6/12/24
What Sesko staying means for Arsenal & Barcelona transfer plans
Welcome to another edition of The Transfer DealSheet, our guide to the summer transfer market where David Ornstein will bring us latest developments across the Premier League and beyond. We take a deep dive on the market in Spain, including Barcelona's admiration for Liverpool's Luis Diaz. Plus, after securing Kylian Mbappe, what’s holding up Real Madrid’s pursuit of Alphonso Davies Host: Adam Leventhal With: David Ornstein, Dermot Corrigan, Pol Ballus Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Jay Beale Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31:08 6/11/24
The Radar: Florian Wirtz
Welcome to episode 12 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 21-year-old Florian Wirtz has taken German football by storm since his emergence at Bayer Leverkusen back in 2020. A superstar in their extraordinary unbeaten run to Bundesliga glory - will he also help inspire the hosts to European success in his own backyard? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13:22 6/9/24
The Radar: Johan Bakayoko
Welcome to episode 11 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 21-year-old forward Johan Bakayoko has made a name for himself in a bold, attacking PSV Eindhoven team which fits his skill set perfectly.  One of the most watchable young players in Europe at the moment - will the Belgian light up this tournament and put him in the shop window for a lucrative transfer to the Premier League or beyond? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14:01 6/9/24
The Radar: Kendry Páez
Welcome to episode 10 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. Kendry Páez has been making quite the mark for club and country since he burst onto the youth football scene in 2022. He became the youngest player ever to represent Ecuador - and the second youngest South American to ever play international football behind a certain Diego Maradona. With a highly-anticipated move to Chelsea on the horizon - could he be the player that sets this summer’s Copa América alight? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16:00 6/8/24
The Radar: Xavi Simons
Welcome to episode 9 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 21-year-old child prodigy Xavi Simons is at a crossroads in his career after making the high profile switch from Barcelona to PSG.  Standout loan spells at PSV and RB Leipzig over the last two seasons have got everyone asking what Xavi’s next move will be - but first, will he showcase his star quality out in Germany? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12:54 6/8/24
The Radar: Yáser Asprilla
Welcome to episode 8 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 20-year-old all-action Watford midfielder Yáser Asprilla has made it his business to score absolute screamers for the Hornets since arriving at Vicarage Road in 2022. Following in the footsteps of the Colombian great James Rodríguez isn’t going to be easy - but could he be about to explode onto the international stage? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14:12 6/7/24
The Radar: Benjamin Šeško
Welcome to episode 7 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Šeško has long been touted as one of the next great strikers - linked with some of the world’s biggest clubs and hype around him reaching fever pitch ahead of a potential move this summer… Slovenia may not be anyone’s favourites to cause a shock at Euro 2024 - but could their centre forward make his mark and show why he’s considered one of the purest number 9’s in the world? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14:32 6/7/24
The Radar: Marcelo Flores
Welcome to episode 6 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 20-year-old midfielder Marcelo Flores began his footballing education at Ipswich Town and Arsenal - but has a point to prove after failing to make a real breakthrough in his time at The Emirates.  Now back in Mexico and coming off the back of a successful domestic campaign with Tigres - can his youthful exuberance see him live up to the billing as his country's most exciting prospect? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14:35 6/6/24
The Radar: João Neves
Welcome to episode 5 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 19-year-old Benfica midfielder João Neves has followed in the footsteps of Bernardo Silva, Darwin Núñez, João Félix and Rúben Dias to come through the Portuguese Champions’ academy.  Quick, agile and technically gifted with formidable tackling ability, stamina and composure - will this summer’s Euros be the stage upon which he really announces himself to the world? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15:26 6/6/24
The Radar: Folarin Balogun
Welcome to episode 4 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América.  22-year-old USA international Folarin Balogun’s every move has been watched with intrigue since his permanent move from Arsenal to Monaco.  After a somewhat difficult start to life on the Côte d'Azur - will he make the number 9 jersey his own this summer prove his worth to the US men’s national team on home soil? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16:08 6/5/24
The Radar: Warren Zaïre-Emery
Welcome to episode 3 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. Paris Saint Germain’s Warren Zaïre-Emery has had a meteoric rise since rewriting the record books when he became the club’s youngest player and goalscorer when he was just 16 years old. Now 18 and already regarded as one of the most technically gifted midfielders in the world - could he be the next face of French football for years to come? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15:51 6/5/24
Olise, Sesko, Gallagher: Summer transfers to watch
The summer transfer window officially opens on June 14 as clubs look to strengthen their squads ahead of the 2024/25 season. So what kind of business is your club likely to do this summer? Which big players could be on the move? How restricted will Premier League clubs be by PSR? And what impact could this - and the summer tournaments - have on the market? Host: Adam Leventhal With: David Ornstein Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Mike Stavrou Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
37:45 6/4/24
The Radar: Endrick
Welcome to episode 2 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. 17-year-old Endrick burst onto the international scene with goals against England and Spain and will join Real Madrid after playing a potentially pivotal role for Brazil out in the USA.  He’s already been compared to legendary strikers Ronaldo, Pelé and Romário - but does he really have what it takes to follow in their illustrious footsteps? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14:51 6/3/24
The Radar: Lamine Yamal
Welcome to episode 1 of The Radar, where The Athletic's unrivalled range of global football experts will profile some of the game's most exciting up and coming talents who look set to star at this summer’s European Championships and Copa América. Prodigal 16-year-old Lamine Yamal has already broken a number of records for Barcelona and Spain in his short career so far.  Will the precocious attacker cement his status as one of the most talented young footballers in the world out in Germany? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14:36 6/3/24
Why Bayern chose Kompany
After a three month search, Bayern Munich have finally secured a new head coach having appointed former Burnley manager Vincent Kompany. So why have Bayern chosen Kompany? How influential were his links to Pep Guardiola in their decision and how will the Belgian adapt to life in Bavaria after Burnley? Adam Leventhal is joined by The Athletic's Seb Stafford-Bloor and Andy Jones to analyse how the move came about and whether the Belgian will be a success in Munich. Host: Adam Leventhal With: Seb Stafford-Bloor and Andy Jones Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles: Bayern Munich, Vincent Kompany and the summer’s strangest managerial appointment - The Athletic Why do Bayern Munich want Vincent Kompany? - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
39:43 5/30/24
Inside Pochettino’s Chelsea exit
On Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino left his position as Chelsea head coach by mutual consent after less than 11 months in the job. After a poor start he led his side to a sixth place finish in the Premier League, but the upturn in form wasn’t enough. So, why did the Pochettino project fail, and who will Chelsea turn to next? Host: Adam Leventhal With: Simon Johnson, Jack Pitt-Brooke Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producers: Mike Stavrou & Jay Beale Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
32:03 5/22/24
Can Man City's dominance be separated from their 115 charges?
Manchester City have created English football history by winning a fourth consecutive top flight title. But do Pep Guardiola’s side get the recognition their achievements deserve? Does future dominance depend on how long the manager stays and is the whole debate overshadowed by the 115 charges they face for alleged breaches of Premier League financial regulations? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by Man City writer Sam Lee, senior football writer Oli Kay and Manchester football writer Mark Critchley to discuss. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Sam Lee, Oli Kay and Mark Critchley Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles: Inside Manchester City’s history-making fourth Premier League title in a row - The Athletic Manchester City’s wonderful team and the 115 charges – can the two be separated? - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
43:26 5/20/24
Premier League last day and race for Europe
It’s matchday 38 in the Premier League and the title race is down to the final day with Man City taking on West Ham and Arsenal up against Everton. The race for Europe involves the following matches: Sheffield United vs Spurs, Chelsea vs Bournemouth, Brentford vs Newcastle and Brighton vs Manchester United. Host: Adam Leventhal With: Tim Spiers and Jon Mackenzie Producer: Mike Stavrou Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
43:19 5/17/24
What made Postecoglou so angry?
Ange Postecoglou was clearly furious after Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City. But what made him so upset after what was one of Spurs’ better performances in recent months? And was he right to be so angry? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic’s Tottenham writers Charlie Eccleshare & Jack Pitt-Brooke who are also on our Spurs pod View From The Lane.. Producer Guy Clarke Executive Producer Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
36:18 5/16/24
Can Glasner's resurgent Palace keep Olise and Eze?
On Monday, The Athletic reported news of Bayern Munich’s attempt to prize Oliver Glasner from Crystal Palace for a hefty sum. That’s credit to the remarkable job Glasner has done since succeeding Roy Hodgson just three months ago. The Austrian coach has taken Palace to safety in style - but the big question is: can the club keep hold of their star players and their manager this summer? Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Matt Woosnam and Dominic Fifield Producer: Mike Stavrou Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
40:54 5/15/24
Would Man United & Newcastle really want the Conference League?
Newcastle United face Manchester United on Wednesday with both clubs competing for a place in Europe next season.  But is the increased strain on squads that comes with qualifying for UEFA’s lesser competitions actually worth it?  Or would a season out of Europe allow both sides to regroup and build again?  Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Carl Anka and George Caulkin Producer: Mike Stavrou Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
47:41 5/14/24
Will Arsenal's process win a title?
After recording just a second win in 17 Premier League visits to Old Trafford Arsenal have taken the title race to the final day. So can Arsenal now complete the job and win the league for the first time in 20 years, despite Man City still having the title in their hands? If they fall short, does anything need to change next season and how long without delivering a league title can Arsenal trust the process? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's football correspondent David Ornstein and Arsenal writer Jordan Campbell to analyse how Mikel Arteta has managed to build his side to this point as well as look ahead to what their next steps could look like. Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: David Ornstein and Jordan Campbell Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Producer: Guy Clarke Related articles Arsenal marry progress and history with another 1-0 win at Old Trafford - The Athletic Mikel Arteta hails Arsenal for opening ‘box of dreams’ on possible Premier League title - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
37:02 5/13/24
Can Arsenal break Old Trafford curse?
It’s matchday 37 in the Premier League and the main focus is on Manchester United vs Arsenal, another huge match in the title race. Elsewhere, Fulham host City and Nottingham Forest go up against Chelsea. Host: Adam Leventhal With: Tim Spiers and Jon Mackenzie Producer: Mike Stavrou Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
35:12 5/10/24
Will Chelsea keep Pochettino next season?
Last night in L.A. Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly said he drew positives from his side’s recent form in the Premier League. So has the Chelsea project turned a corner under Mauricio Pochettino? And has he done enough to still be in charge next season? Host: Ayo Akinwolere With: Simon Johnson & Liam Twomey Producers: Guy Clarke & Jay Beale Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
41:42 5/9/24

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