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Best The Blizzard The Football Quarterly podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best The Blizzard The Football Quarterly podcasts we could find
Updated December 2019
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The Blizzard is a quarterly football publication put together by a cooperative of journalists and authors. These podcasts feature some of the best articles from our back catalogue, and recordings of live Q&A events we hold with our writers around the UK. Our main aim is to provide a platform for top-class writers from across the globe to enjoy the space and the freedom to write what they like about the football stories that matter to them.For more details - www.theblizzard.co.uk
 
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Adama Traoré dribbles more than almost anybody else in the world. But what is he actually good for?In Episode One Hundred and Twenty One, we take a look at “The Dribber” by Sam France, published in our latest issue, Issue 34, in September 2019.You can order Issue 34 here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/i…e-thirty-fourAnd access our entire a ...…
 
What Reading's attempts at a club song tell us about the hollowness of modern football.In Episode One Hundred and Twenty, we take a look at "Royal Dissent" by Edward Sugden, published in our latest issue, Issue 34, in September 2019.You can order Issue 34 here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/i…e-thirty-fourAnd access our entire archives her ...…
 
Brazil won the Copa América but their triumph was hijacked by Jair Bolsonaro.In Episode One Hundred and Nineteen, we take an early look at "Mediocrity and the Beast" by Ewan MacKenna, to be published in Issue 34, in September 2019.You can preorder Issue 34 here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/i…e-thirty-fourAnd access our entire archives he ...…
 
Champions League Final, Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, 25 May 2005.Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by freelance sports journalist, John Brewin, to discuss the 2005 Champions League Final between Milan and Liverpool.It was the last match that the Liverpool squad at the time would play together, many aware that they were soon to ...…
 
FA Cup semi-final, Wembley Stadium, London, 16 April 2011Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by football journalist at The Independent, Jack Pitt-Brooke, to discuss the 2011 FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Manchester United.The expectation of silverware was beginning to stir at Manchester City as fans and pundits looked ...…
 
Copa del Rey Final, Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona, 17 March 2004.In the first episode of The Greatest Games, Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by European football correspondent and author of Di Stéfano, the Alfredo Di Stéfano biography, Ian Hawkey to discuss the 2004 Copa del Rey final.In the 2003/04 season, Real Madrid ...…
 
The trailer for our brand new podcast series "The Greatest Games" where Marcus Speller and Jonathan Wilson will be joined by a guest each week to discuss a game that represents a significant moment in footballing history.Subscribe to The Blizzard now: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/subscriptionsBy The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly
 
Harry Trainer was a centre-forward for Wales and Wrexham, but his dark side ended his career.In Episode One Hundred and Eighteen, we take an early look at "The Jewel Thief" by Paul Brown, to be published in Issue 33, in June 2019.You can preorder Issue 33 here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-threeAnd access our entire a ...…
 
The entrepreneur, the village team and the experiment in humanistic capitalism.In Episode One Hundred and Seventeen, we take a look back to "Rise and Fall of Castel Rigone" by Pedar Foss, first published in Issue 14, in September 2014.You can buy our latest magazine, Issue 32, here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/i…sue-thirty-twoAnd access ...…
 
Gretna's rise was a romantic fairy-tale; their collapse provides grimly real lessons for all of Scottish football.In Episode One Hundred and Sixteen, we take a look back to "End of the Road" by Richard Winton, first published in Issue 7, in December 2012.You can buy our latest magazine, Issue 32, here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/i…sue-t ...…
 
Milan Mandarić on exile from Yugoslavia, success in California and his return to Europe.In Episode One Hundred and Fifteen, we take a look back to "Capitalist Traitor" by Lukáš Vráblik, first published in Issue 27, in December 2017.You can buy our latest magazine, Issue 32, here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-twoAnd ac ...…
 
The audio recording from the first half of our event in London on Thursday 21st March.The panel, hosted by Marcus Speller, featured Jonathan Wilson, Philippe Auclair and Miguel Delaney, and discussed favourite Euros memories, the future of the game, diversity in football media and finally being proven right about Joachim Löw.…
 
The story of Zanzibar’s long and successful struggle for international recognition.In Episode One Hundred and Thirteen we take a look back to "Offshore Development" by Simone Pierotti, first published in Issue 25, in June 2017.You can buy our latest mag, Issue 32, here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-two…
 
The story of how Richarlison escaped the drug gangs of Nova Venécia to make a career in the Premier League. In episode One Hundred and Twelve we take a look forward to "Another Place" by Simon Hart, due to be published in March 2019.You can preorder Issue 32 here: https://theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-twoBuy tickets for The Blizza ...…
 
The 2011 French race furore ignored the diversity of France's footballing culture.In episode One Hundred and Eleven we take a look back to "What Makes a Nation?" by Philippe Auclair, first published in Issue 2 in September 2011.Read the full article here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/article/what-makes-nationFor access to the entire Blizzard c ...…
 
Everton have had two Alex Youngs: one’s the subject of a Ken Loach film, the other killed his brother.In episode One Hundred and Ten we take a look back to "Namesakes" by James Corbett, first published in Issue 17 in June 2015.Read the full article here: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/article/namesakesIssue 17, like all issues of the Blizzard, i ...…
 
The entire audio recording from our event in Dublin on Monday 3rd December. The panel, hosted by Andrew Mangan, featured Jonathan Wilson, Philippe Auclair and Miguel Delaney, and discussed the Premier League "title race", the worst tackles ever seen and Jose Mourinho's future.By The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly
 
"I wasn’t at the stadium in Lyon. I was watching the game on a not-so-big TV screen in a pub near Soho Square in central London, and Japan still went out of the tournament as the bottom of the group losing all three games. But there, I witnessed Japan making a mark, albeit a small one, in the world of football. After going 2-0 down, we scored a ...…
 
The first half of our live event in Manchester on Thursday 30th August. Yes, we know the sound quality isn't the greatest throughout, and we apologise, but would like to bring you at least some of the evening's discussion for those who couldn't make it along. The panel, hosted by Rory Smith, featured Jonathans Wilson and Northcroft and Miguel D ...…
 
"The fact that he was asked to change the title only adds to the effect. He had picked up the phrase from the broadcast media. So how could it be inappropriate for broadcast media? What kind of place was this? In such circumstances, what could be a better alternate title than “Alternate Title”? Micky Dolenz had come, walked down our streets, an ...…
 
"Saelua's role in giving some dignity back to one of the worst teams in the world made waves across the globe. "Korean TV came to my house to do an interview. It was kind of weird," Saelua said. "I would have people from New York call in and say they wanted to come to my house and do a photo shoot and interviews and stuff. All the attention was ...…
 
"Only two things dominated the lives of any schoolboy growing up in Johannesburg in the late 1970s – sport and girls. Girls were a proposition too various and complicated to contemplate, so we sublimated frantically and played more sport than we were already playing. Scratch soccer games at break-time. Cricket, rugby, touch-rugby. We swam, cons ...…
 
Issue Twenty Eight is out now, and jam-packed full of interesting and enlightening articles - we've got David Winner, Anthony Clavane and Jonathan Wilson tackling Brexit; interviews with Andi Herzog and Carlos Alberto Parreira; a photo essay from the Polish non-leagues; eight of the worst seasons in living memory; John Brewin on the Nevilles, t ...…
 
"Atlético Madrid 0 SpVgg Fürth 2; Lucchese 1 Manchester City 0; Triestina 3 Ajax 0; Benfica 0 Rot Weiss Essen 1. Not, as might be supposed, the scorelines from some long-forgotten round of the Uefa or Intertoto Cup, but a rather different measure of footballing success."In episode One Hundred and Two we revisit "The Clubs Behind the Countries" ...…
 
"It all goes to show that less can sometimes be more. This might jar with US thinking about sport, but keeping international competitions so open that the best teams rarely meet — or possibly don't at all — has been football's secret master-stroke. It turns the latter stages into must-view events. The Champions League brand plays heavily on the ...…
 
"Beck would go to great lengths in search of the smallest advantage. Visiting sides were made to feel as unwelcome as possible, with the heating turned off in the cramped away dressing room and flat, soggy practice balls given out. It was psychological warfare. The impact of these unsporting practices and intimidation tactics is impossible to q ...…
 
"That 1997-98 Uefa Cup campaign was the last we saw of the 'pure' Ronaldo. Nike's 'R9' brand soon sprang into action, forgetting it had a human at its core. The striker changed his Inter shirt number from 10 to 9 and became the greatest commodity in world sport, selling everything from tyres to sunglasses. Rushed back from one serious injury af ...…
 
For this week’s episode we present the most recent offering from By Association, an award-winning narrative podcast about football, based in Australia.They took inspiration from Davidde Corran’s article ‘Tour of Duty’, originally published in Issue Three of The Blizzard in December 2011.For a brand new audio documentary each month, subscribe to ...…
 
Decade by decade league tables chart the changing tides of footballing successIn Episode Ninety Seven of the Blizzard Podcast we revisit "The Sweep of History" by Richard Jolly, first published in Issue Twenty Three in December 2016. Read the full article here: www.theblizzard.co.uk/article/sweep-history Issue Twenty Three, like all issues of t ...…
 
Why is US Soccer so reluctant to promote one of the oldest tournaments in the world?"Such has been the paucity of tournament coverage that for the past two decades, it’s no exaggeration to say that covering both the past and present of the Open Cup has been close to the sole preserve of one man in his free time. "In Episode Ninety Six of the Bl ...…
 
"To suggest that Leeds United have kept their descent into torpor rather quiet would most likely be met with cries of derision."Of course all the key features of a very public fall are there. For an abridged version of the last decade, try: goldfish, admin, El-Hadji Diouf. The rest of the seemingly limitless archive of public domain material fo ...…
 
"The first full international match between France and England was played on 15 May 1923 at the Stade Pershing in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris. It was an interesting game, attended by an impressive 30,000 spectators, despite driving rain and hail. France had beaten an England Amateurs team at this same venue in 1921, but a similar result was ...…
 
"In the summer of 2002, Angelo Di Livio was competing at the World Cup in the shiny new stadiums of Japan and Korea. A couple of months later, he was playing in the Italian fourth division at grounds that held barely 4,000 people. This was not a dramatic fall from grace, however — this was his choice."Just a year after winning the Coppa Italia, ...…
 
"There have been 836 finals matches in the history of the World Cup, played from Belo Horizonte to Busan. Only 19 of those games have been at the Azteca, yet that tiny sample has provided the amphitheatre for ‘the Game of the Century’, the greatest team goal in World Cup history, one of the biggest controversies in the history of the tournament ...…
 
"So at a World Cup, what we get is a series of teams intent on defending playing against opponents who, even if they are minded to attack, lack the slickness of a top club side. The result is stodgy football. The 1998 World Cup didn’t feel that special at the time — it was no better than 1994 and no match for 1982 or 1986 — but it stands now as ...…
 
"Colchester United, Northampton Town, Stoke City, Swansea City: outsiders have to take a detour to visit the town. If you're looking for the stadium and come across something interesting, you've got lost."It seems as if no club in England these days can build a stadium without the muscle of a major supermarket chain who use the emotional clout ...…
 
“I am going to be a brilliant player,” Bebé said. He wasn’t. To our surprise, given his mediocre showing for the reserves, he made his United debut six days later in a Carling Cup win at Scunthorpe (Ferguson, scouting Champions League opponents Valencia, didn’t see Bebé play then either). It was the first of seven senior appearances. Two even b ...…
 
"Watson, described by the Scottish Football Association Annual of 1880-81 as “one of the very best backs we have”, represented two of the 19th century’s most prestigious clubs in Queen’s Park and Corinthians, forging a successful career on both sides of the border as he won multiple domestic trophies and attracted widespread admiration for his ...…
 
"On 14 April 1937, the BBC studios at Alexandra Palace played host to the first television demonstration of snooker, an exhibition of play by Horace Lindrum and Willie Smith. The programme lasted 10 minutes, whereupon it made way for Daffodils (“a display of various types of daffodils from the Daffodil Show” — Radio Times). Another couple of mo ...…
 
"At some point we probably need to grow up and agree what we will and will not allow in our football grounds. Right now, anything goes, except for racist, anti-Semitic and — but seemingly only if Rangers or Celtic are playing — sectarian abuse. And, at some point, we need to ask ourselves why we ban certain speech in football grounds. Is it to ...…
 
"It was at that point that the original referee arrived. According to the Derby Daily Telegraph, Kirkham claimed to have been “misdirected by a ticket collector at Halifax”, resulting in the missed connection. He’d set off from his home in good time, but arrived at Newcastle Road three hours late.As the teams loitered around the clubhouse at wh ...…
 
“Leyton Orient Football Club is not my life, but it has been the only constant in it. I realise that every major event, every stage, every shifting moment, is connected in some way to this daft, infuriating football team.“It defined my childhood, inspired my education, gave me my sense of humour, united my family. It has brought some joy, but m ...…
 
An update on why things have been quiet on the podcast front for the last couple of weeks (aside from a live event and a collaboration with By Association). We've relaunched the website, now with everything we've ever published available online, for free. Listen in for more details, including Jonathan Wilson's editor's note from Issue Twenty Fi ...…
 
“There was no fooling the 18,000 spectators at Old Trafford. “Play up, you rotters!” they screamed. The fix was on. They knew it, as Manchester United went through the motions against Liverpool on 2 April 1915, winning 2-0 in a listless performance.”In Episode Eighty Two we revisit ‘The Silenced Crowd’ by Richard Fitzpatrick from Issue Ten, whi ...…
 
Despite being on a podcast hiatus while we work on some exciting things behind the scenes we still found time to do a live recording of our Q&A event in Edinburgh last week. This is the second half of that discussion.Hosted by football writer Daniel Gray, the panel of Jonathan Wilson, Jonathan Northcroft and Jonathan Liew took questions from th ...…
 
Despite being on a podcast hiatus while we work on some exciting things behind the scenes we still found time to do a live recording of our Q&A event in Edinburgh last week. This is the first half of that discussion.Hosted by football writer Daniel Gray, the panel of Jonathan Wilson, Jonathan Northcroft and Jonathan Liew took questions from the ...…
 
Now glance at the name “Europa League”. What information does it convey? It’s a league for… the abstract concept of Europe? For women who ride off on divine white bulls? Uefa can’t call the competition what it is, since “The Second-Tier Distribution of Teams as Apportioned by Mathematical Coefficients Cup” lacks a certain Heineken Factor."Episo ...…
 
The second half of our Q&A event at Dublin’s Sugar Club held on Monday 24th April. The panel of Jonathan Wilson, Philippe Auclair and Iain Macintosh, hosted by Eoin McDevitt, take in a range of topics, from Liverpool’s underperformance against bottom half teams to big Sam’s tactics, whether you’d like to be too warm or too cold, and a good amou ...…
 
The first half of our Q&A event at Dublin’s Sugar Club held on Monday 24th April. The panel of Jonathan Wilson, Philippe Auclair and Iain Macintosh, hosted by Eoin McDevitt, take in a range of topics including the weekend’s Clasico between Real Madrid and Barca, along with a hefty amount of Messi/Ronaldo chat. There’s talk on dynastic teams, wh ...…
 
"Why Leeds? Well, apart from a rumoured offer from Kuwait, they were the only club that came in for him. Even then, Stein wasn’t the first choice to replace Jimmy Armfield at Elland Road. He wasn’t even second choice. Cussins initially offered the job to Lawrie McMenemy and his suggestion of John Giles was over-ruled by the Leeds board."Episode ...…
 
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