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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23 January 2014

TFT EP 002: Bundesliga, sin bins, Hyundai A-League and a report from Lille OSC

Two weeks on and we're back - it was never in doubt. In this week's twofootedtackle we have another truly global affair, but we begin with a discussion about the various sin bin and orange card proposals from the likes of Michel Platini, Jerome Champagne and Sepp Blatter. Does the suspension system need an upgrade, and is triple punishment for professional fouls justified? You know, that kind of stuff.

Then it's another whirlwind tour of the world. Gary, Ryan and Chris welcome back the Bundesliga by talking about Bayern Munich as well as Gary's Borussia Dortmund, Ryan's Borussia Moenchengladbach (but not Chris' Hannover 96) and Bayer Leverkusen; there's a little look at the bottom end of the table too.

This week's show also contains a guest report from Andrew Gibney of French Football Weekly, who sent in his thoughts from the stadium as Lille eased past Croix in the Coupe de France, and an interview with Football Central co-founder Ahmed Yussuf, who gives us an update from the Hyundai A-League.

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8 January 2014

TFT EP 001: FA Cup, Belgium, #IBWM100 and football in New Zealand

Hello. This is our first show, except it's not. Welcome to twofootedtackle, a football podcast that used to be around and is now back. This week, we discuss the IBWM 100, the FA Cup third round and the state of the world's oldest cup competition in the eyes of its public.

There's also an interview with Belgian football expert Chris Mayer, who talks about the national team's World Cup prospects and some burgeoning youth players, and a report from Chris Oakley on domestic football in New Zealand.

Oh, and excuse our FA Cup fixture dates being incorrect. It's been a long week.

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