World Football

World Football

This podcast gets right under the skin of world football with extraordinary stories, interviews, and features. Broadcast weekly on Fridays.

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Recent episodes (5)

  • Time to Overhaul the Transfer System?

    Fri, 18 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    29 days remaining

    Football agent Paulo Teixeira discusses plans to change the transfer system. The former Liverpool and England player John Barnes remembers Hillsborough, talks about Liverpool's title chances and gives his view on the lack of black coaches in the game. We're also at the final of Spain's Copa del Rey and hear from the first wheel-chair user to become a fully qualifed football coach.

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  • Child Footballers! The Search for the Next Messi

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    22 days remaining

    Are Europe's biggest clubs exploiting children as young as five or six years old, in the search for the next big thing? The former Dutch international Aron Winter discusses why his country are so often the nearly-men at the World Cup. And hear the remarkable story of how football saved a young goalkeeper's life during the genocide in Rwanda.

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  • Hooliganism in Sweden

    Fri, 4 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    15 days remaining

    We reflect on the tragic opening weekend of the Swedish season on which a father of four was killed in fan violence. We talk to the referee who called off the opening fixture and Sweden's former anti-hooligan coordinator. We're in Zurich for the final workshop for most of the World Cup's referees. The Fenerbahce forward Dirk Kuyt talks of his desperation to reach 100 international caps. And the former USA goalkeeper Tony Meola remembers life as a student in the national team and the murder of Andres Escobar.

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  • Xenophobia in the J-League

    Fri, 28 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    8 days remaining

    The coach of Shimizu S-Pulse Afshin Ghotbi and the first American to play in the J-League Daniel Calichman, discuss the recent incidents of racism in Japanese football. Ivory Coast's Salomon Kalou looks ahead to the World Cup and talks about a possible return to the Premier League. And we remember the Football Battalion, a regiment of professional players who fought, and in many cases died, during the First World War.

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  • The Struggles of a Female Referee

    Fri, 21 Mar 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    1 day remaining

    The Greek referee Thalia Mitsi claims she's been the victim of sex discrimination and is planning legal action against the Greek Football Federation. Also on the programme Philippe Senderos and Andreas Herzog look ahead to the World Cup in Brazil. And Romania's former coach Angelo Niculescu with some amazing memories from the 1970 World Cup.

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