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The Athletic Football Podcast

Podcast Series The Athletic Football 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 from the world of football, told by the best journalists in the business. Cutting through the noise to tell you what’s really happening and why it matters.

Series Episodes

Why Klopp's kids offer Liverpool a goldmine

Why Klopp's kids offer Liverpool a goldmine

Following Liverpool's 10th League Cup success manager Jurgen Klopp described it as the most special achievement of his career, given the reliance he had to put in a number of academy graduates. Youngsters Bobby Clark, James McConnell, Jayden Danns and Jarrell Quansah were all used from the bench along with full-back Conor Bradley. Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic's football correspondent David Ornstein and Liverpool reporter James Pearce to analyse the Reds' bold youth policy through academy coaching and recruitment before looking ahead to what could prove to be a decisive summer at Anfield. Produced by Guy Clarke Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Related articles: The Liverpool kids who won the cup – with some help from Virgil van Dijk - The Athletic Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool farewell tour skips, screams and grins on way to ‘most special trophy’ - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39 mins

26 February Finished

Weekend Preview: Carabao Cup Final

Weekend Preview: Carabao Cup Final

Adam Leventhal and co return to preview the weekend of top-flight football ahead, with not only Premier League points but also domestic silverware on the line.  Liverpool and Chelsea go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon for the Carabao Cup, but who would the trophy be more important for, Mauricio Pochettino at the start of his Chelsea career, or Jurgen Klopp at the end of his time at Liverpool?  Meanwhile on Saturday, Arsenal host Newcastle and Man City travel to Bournemouth, both hoping to close the gap to Liverpool at the top of the table. And the weekend will also give us our first glimpse of Oliver Glasner, new in the dugout at Crystal Palace. We explore what fans can expect from the Austrian tactically.  Host: Adam Leventhal Guests: Tim Spiers, Jon Mackenzie, Luke Bosher Producer: John Rogers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46 mins

23 February Finished

Can Palace match Glasner's ambition?

Can Palace match Glasner's ambition?

Oliver Glasner has been chosen as the man to re-energise Crystal Palace after a barren run of just two wins from 16 in all competitions. The Europa League-winning coach replaces Roy Hodgson, who stepped down as manager on Monday. So, who is Glasner… and why have Palace chosen him?  And just how big is the rebuilding job on his hands? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic’s German football writer Raphael Honigstein and Dom Fifield. Produced by Mike Stavrou Executive producer: Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33 mins

22 February Finished

What Tuchel's Bayern exit means for Alonso race

What Tuchel's Bayern exit means for Alonso race

Bayern Munich and head coach Thomas Tuchel will part ways at the end of the season. Why has the announcement come now and what does it tell us? Why isn’t Tuchel leaving immediately? And will Bayern be able to compete with Liverpool to make Xabi Alonso their new manager in the summer? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by The Athletic’s German football writer Raphael Honigstein and Nick Miller. Produced by Mike Stavrou Executive producer: Adey Moorhead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

27 mins

21 February Finished

How do PSG replace Mbappe?

How do PSG replace Mbappe?

Last week Kylian Mbappe told Paris Saint Germain of his decision to leave the club at the end of the season with Real Madrid the expected destination but as their superstar departs, what next for PSG? Ayo Akinwolere is joined by French football writer and broadcaster Tom Williams and The Athletic's Carl Anka to analyse what comes next for Mbappe as well as the direction the French champions head in next. The panel assess what options will be open to PSG in the transfer market with the likes of Victor Osimhen, Frenkie De Jong and Rafael Leao all being linked with Luis Enrique's side following Mbappe's decision. Produced by Guy Clarke Executive Producer: Adey Moorhead Related articles: Who should PSG sign to replace Kylian Mbappe? - The Athletic Kylian Mbappe is leaving, so what next for Paris Saint-Germain? - The Athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43 mins

20 February Finished

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