12 June 2014

TFT EP 007: World Cup 2014 preview

It's been a while, hasn't it? Well, due to technical problems and some sudden (but good) news for one of the team, our bumper World Cup preview is lost to the ages. No matter, though, because the real quality of the show was in our array of guests and we kept all of their excellent contributions thrice-saved. Hurrah!

So, here is our World Cup preview. Gary comperes as a string of experts give us their takes on the World Cup. And it starts today!

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8 May 2014

TFT EP 006: B-teams, Premier League 2014/15 and Our Game

Two weeks on from our last outing - shut up - we're back to mull over the big issues of the day. With Ryan unavailable due to being an international quality sportsman, Gary and Chris retain control and head, predictably, into non-league.

A few years ago the previous incarnation of the show welcomed legendary London non-league players Francis Duku and Joe Vines, who told us all about Our Game, a support network and suite of beneficial products for semi-professional and amateur players. In this week's show, Francis reconvenes with Gary to tell us about his progress.

Gary's also been chatting with Graham Sibley and Terry Duffelen from The Sound of Football, who welcome the end of the current Premier League system by looking ahead to the next.

But before all that, we talk B-teams. Greg Dyke and his FA Commission - fanless, mind you - want to play into the hands of the big clubs under the guise of national team improvement. Now, where have we heard that before?

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4 April 2014

TFT EP 005: defibrillators, beer and football nostalgia

The latest episode of our occasional foray into the world of football podcasting brings Gary and Chris together with Terry Duffelen from The Sound of Football to discuss matters many and varied.

Heading up the agenda of this show is football's approach to cardiac problems and on-pitch emergencies involving players. Fabrice Muamba recently said English football could do more, and we examine whether he's right.

There's also a chat about beer at football, from the very top of the game to the bowels of non-league, and The Football Attic's Chris Oakley checks in to talk football nostalgia.

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24 February 2014

TFT EP 004: Major League Soccer preview and Alexi Lalas on David Beckham's MLS Miami

We're down a man again, and this time it's Ryan. So, in his absence, Gary and Chris focus on the looming 2014 season in Major League Soccer. See, we told you it'd be just like the old days. The main event is an interview with former United States international Alexi Lalas about the recent announcement that David Beckham has exercised his option to secure a team on the cheap, and has chosen to do so in a market that's already been tried out in MLS: Miami, Florida.

We also discuss the pros and cons of Toronto FC's expensive shot at glory, which includes the signings of Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley as well as a loan deal for goalkeeper Julio Cesar. There are a couple of other topics covered too, not least a rushed DC United assessment agains the will of the show's host. Chris 1, Gary 0.

Finally, we briefly pay tribute to the late Tom Finney; some people are worth mentioning regardless of the show's main topic.

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7 February 2014

TFT EP 003: World Cup, Liverpool and a coaching conundrum

This week we're down a man, but the show must go on. In the latest twofootedtackle, we take a wide-ranging look at FIFA's handling of the World Cup, and the problems faced by Brazil, Qatar and - with the Sochi Olympics now underway - 2018 World Cup hosts Russia.

We're joined by Laurence McKenna to discuss Liverpool's 2013/14 season and beyond, with the inevitable focus being on Luis Suarez and Brendan Rodgers, two men who've knuckled down and avoided the most extreme part of the spotlight this year, to the benefit of the club.

And to round off the show this week, Chris and Ryan mull over the virtues of two different coaching types: young and exuberant, and older and wiser. Which is best, and is there a compromise?

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