We didn’t find any postcards from Big Sam in the mail and concluded we were not invited to join the England squad during the international break. Instead we sat down and recapped the last few weeks of matches and overall goingons in the Premier League: Contenders for titles and relegation places assemble!
Topics include, but are not limited to:
0:01:30 Are Sunderland doomed already?
0:09:00 Can Stoke, West Ham avoid the relegation battle?
0:12:30 Too early to count anybody out of the relegation battle?
0:15:45 Have City been found out? Or is everybody overreacting?
0:19:45 Can Arsenal, Tottenham sustain their form? Wenger to ride off into the sunset?
0:22:00 Could this be Liverpool’s year?
0:25:45 Will the CL be Leicester’s competition this season?
0:29:00 How are our pre-season predictions faring so far?
0:34:00 Where are Man United headed? Would Rooney make the club’s All-Time XI?
0:40:00 Are Burnley able to grind out more results?
0:45:00 Should England just shut up shop at this point? Who should take over anyway?
0:55:30 How is Oliver Burke doing in Leipzig?
1:01:30 Has the time come for Hamburg to go down? Who are the alternatives?
After adopting Burnley as our team of the season, we just had to go back and look at one of their most important matches.
In 1962 Burnley met Tottenham at Wembley. It was their third appearance in the FA Cup final, their record even. But Tottenham were not just any team: Bill Nicholson’s side had achieved the first double of the century. Blanchflower, Greaves & Co. would prove a fine opponent. However, Burnley were also only two years removed from winning the league. And McIlroy, Adamson, Connelly and Pointer some of the finest players in the country.
We give a very quick rundown of Burnley’s club history, the landscape of English football in the early 60s and of course the match itself.
Here are the minutes:
0:00:00 Intro; Why did we adopt Burnley?
0:03:30 Burnley FC history in a nutshell (FA Cup win 1914, League title 1921, FA Cup final 1947)
0:11:45 Building the 1960 side, a second League title & prior meetings with Tottenham
0:19:15 Jimmy Greaves’ transfer; finalists path to Wembley
0:25:00 Preliminaries, line-ups, kits, referees; TV broadcast
0:31:30 Kick-off, first blood to Spurs, stagefright for Burnley?
0:40:00 Corner kick technique, Burnley too impatient, Spurs dangerous on the counter and quick on the trigger
0:52:00 Spurs general set-up, tactics, Burnley’s trouble dealing with Greaves, Jones & Co.
0:59:00 Burnley’s best phase before and after half-time, score the equaliser…
1:07:00 …just to concede again from kick-off
1:12:00 Jimmy McIlroy’s contribution, end-to-end action in the closing phase
1:16:15 Penalty to Tottenham, or was it a foul on Blacklaw? Blanchflower converts
1:23:00 Trophy presentation, MOTM (Cliff Jones), perception of the match
1:28:30 Burnley going forward
1:34:30 How Jimmy McIlroy signed for Burnley
The match itself ganered a very favorable rating and is recommended for anybody with a passing interest on English football from the 1950s-60s. And if that’s not you, what are you doing with your life? Well at least check out the Pathé highlights:
And here are the full 90+ minutes for your enjoyment:
After covering the history of Real Madrid in-depth in Part 1 as well as looking at the 97/98 season and the lead-up to the final, it’s time to actually talk about the match: Juventusareback for a third CL final in a row, having won their first and lost their second. Real Madrid have been waiting 32 years for La Séptima.
Here’s the audio (the arrow in the top right corner gets you an mp3 to download):
Here are the minutes, if you want to jump around:
0:01:30 What are Elo ratings? And how do they apply in (historical) football?
0:06:30 The eve of the match
0:11:00 Refs, kits, line-ups
0:18:00 Kickoff, frantic start, general approach
0:25:30 Zidane’s influence, penalty to Madrid?
0:30:00 Madrid closer to the opening goal (Raul, Morientes)
0:36:00 Davids vs Seedorf Pt 1, Madrid in command after the break
0:42:15 Juve’s tactical changes & resurgence (Inzaghi twice), but Madrid
0:46:00 Juve dial up the pace, finally throw in Conte
0:51:30 Again no plan B for Juve?
0:55:00 Handbags all around, Davids vs Seedorf Pt 2
1:00:00 Awards & recommendation
1:04:45 Aftermath, Heynckes out, Italian media reaction
1:07:30 Court case against Juve’s medical team & doping in football
1:22:00 Signing off
Awards! Our Man Of The Match went to Fernando Hierro, Best Hair to Antonio Conte. Clarence Seedorf and Edgar Davids earned commemorative plaques for their Outstanding Contribution in Man-to-Man Combat on the field. Case in point:
In the aftermath we covered the Juve doping scandal in detail. (YouTube to follow!) Years after their mid-90s dominance Roma’s former coach Zdeněk Zeman made thinly-veiled accusations that Juve’s success might have been aided by pharmaceuticals of the banned variety. This prompted an investigation, a court case, fines and jail sentences. To find out more, jump to around the 1h07m mark in the episode.
In a cool hour we talk through the biggest topics of the past month in English & European football, including panic buys on deadline day, positive and negative surprise starts in the Premier League, a quick look at the upcoming group stage in the Champions League and the somewhat underwhelming farewell to one of the greats the past decade has seen.
Soundcloud has the episode for you, stream and/or download:
Here are the minutes:
0:01:20 Panic buys on deadline day? Are Arsenal getting left behind?
0:06:00 Have the top 3 been tested? Pep’s early influence?
0:11:30 British players abroad? How good is Joe Hart really?
0:16:00 A place for Schweinsteiger? Sissoko a statement buy?
0:21:00 Will It Last? Everton, Hull, Middlesbrough
0:26:15 Too Early to Worry? Arsenal, West Ham, Stoke
0:33:20 How would Everton rank in the Bundesliga? Leverkusen & Gladbach in the CL?
0:40:00 Schweinsteiger farewell, Donnarumma debut
0:45:45 Prediction game standings & punishment; Fantasy update
0:52:30 Movies: Snowpiercer, The Lobster, Star Trek Beyond
Turns out, when you talk about the biggest club in the world of football, you could spend hours on their history. We tried to keep it to a manageable duration but decided to split the episode into two parts again. So with this part you’ll get the Champions League season 1997/98 (format, qualifying, groups, knock-out stage etc), Juve’s and Real’s domestic season and the lead up to the final. And the largest part of the episode is devoted to the Merengues.
In talking about the history of Real Madrid we track the club’s achievements and evolution through the decades by following a lineage of legends: Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Francisco Gento, Santillana. We touch on the biggest stories and the important players and teams. It’s an “Incomplete History” as we look through the lense of 1998.
Here’s the show on Soundcloud, the little arrow in the top right let’s you download:
And here are the minutes:
0:00:00 Intro & plugs
0:02:20 Culture re-cap, Affleck vs Damon vs DiCaprio
0:11:50 Champions League format 1997/98, Qualifying rounds
0:18:50 Juve’s season (champions of Italy, out in QF of Coppa)
0:24:20 Juve vs Kiev in the CL Quarters & vs Monaco in the Semis
0:29:40 Real the biggest club in the world?
0:32:30 Foundations of the Madrid Foot Ball Club, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste joins
0:39:10 Construction of the Nuevo Estadio Chamartín
0:45:30 The transfer of Alfredo Di Stefano to Real Madrid
0:56:00 Real’s romp through Europe during the late 50s, Francisco Gento and the Ye-Ye
1:02:00 Santillana, Quintra Del Buitre, drought in the early 90s
1:07:45 Spanish league structure 95/96, Fabio Capello’s season at Real
1:11:15 Jupp Heynckes’ coaching career & arrival in Madrid
1:15:30 Real vs Leverkusen in the CL Quarters & vs Dortmund in the Semis
Let us know what you think about the episode, down below in the comments, over on Facebook or via Twitter.
Nevermind Under-19 Euros, International Champions Cups or Olympics, the Premier League is about to kick off again! We break down the wide open title race in the best league in the world as well as the relegation battle, breakout players of the season and other prop bets; all capped off by some fantasy goodness.
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Here are the minutes to the episode:
0:00:00 Intro, hype for the upcoming season, title picture