Podcast: Groundhopping in Northern Italy

We talk to Rich Hall, founder of Italian football-focussed site Gentleman Ultra, to get his tips on the clubs to visit in Northern Italy. We visit the usual suspects – Turin clubs Juventus and Torino; AC and Inter in Milan; Hellas and Chievo in Verona – plus some of the less-visited clubs that offer a […]

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Football Travel Podcast: League of Ireland with Ste McGovern

    The League of Ireland has made a real effort to promote itself in recent years, and it seems to be working with crowds on the up. There’s also a wealth of talent waiting to be discovered, and you can watch a great game without breaking the bank. We asked Dublin-based football writer Ste […]

Podcast: Who was Don Patricio?

In this podcast, we hear about the fascinating life of Patrick O’Connell, who had an impressive playing career around the time of the First World War and an even more distinguished managerial career in Spain. He managed Real Betis to its first and, so far, only La Liga title in 1935 and then went on […]

Best football podcasts to follow 2018

We’re on the hunt for great listening in 2018, especially independently-run football podcasts, that are generalist and not club-specific. We recently asked our Twitter followers for their recommendations, and they helped us come up with the below list of great football blogs: We’d love your recommendations – particularly for English-language Bundesliga and South American football […]

Football Travel Podcast: Groundhopping in Madrid

The Spanish capital is a must for any international groundhopper. In this podcast, we talk to Roddy Cons from the Madrid-based vlog The Team on Tour about how to visit Real Madrid’s Estadio Bernabeu, Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano and Rayo Vallecano, as well as a cluster of smaller clubs from the city. You can subscribe […]

Football Travel Podcast: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East

  In this episode, we talk to James Montague, author of When Friday Comes: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East, about his travels in the region. He’s seen the politics of the Israeli domestic scene and how Palestine uses football to raise awareness on the international stage. He’s seen the damaging affect the […]

Football Travel Podcast: The History of Football Fandom

In this podcast, we talk exclusively to Paul Brown, the author of Savage Enthusiasm, which chronicles the story of the football fan from the very dawn of association football as a spectator sport. It’s a fascinating interview and it’s interesting to hear how fandom has evolved, reflected social changes, and how similar – and different […]

Football Travel Podcast: The Roots of AC Milan and Australian Groundhopping

This week we discover the Nottingham roots of one of the world’s greatest clubs, AC Milan, plus we take a look at how ‘soccer’ is competing for attention against the more established football codes in Australia. The Roots of AC Milan (00:51): We talk to author Robert Nieri and LeftLion, the team behind The Lord […]

Football Travel Podcast: The Jewish Community in English Football plus the Merseyside Derby

The Jewish Community in English Football (01:03): We talk to Anthony Clavane, author of Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? to discuss the role of Jews in English football, particularly their association with Tottenham Hotspur. The History of the Merseyside Derby (11:55): Football writer Peter Thornton, film maker and board member of the Lancashire Football […]

Football Travel Podcast: Spain’s First Football Club and Groundhopping in Italy

  Spain’s first football club (00:47): We catch up with Charlotte Mackay, great-granddaughter of William Alexander Mackay, founder of Spain’s first football club, Real Club Recreativo de Huelva. Charlotte acts as UK ambassador for ‘Recre’ so we discuss how the club was started and grew. For more on this subject, check out our in-depth article […]

Football Travel Podcast: AFC Bournemouth and Northern Ireland

Coming up in Episode 14… AFC Bournemouth’s future plans (00:46): We sit down with Rob Mitchell, Commercial Director at AFC Bournemouth. The Cherries have established themselves as a comfortable mid-table Premier League team, where does the team go from here? The Story of Northern Irish Football (04.33): Benjamin Roberts is the author of Gunshots and […]

Football Travel Podcast: The State of Calcio and Netherlands Groundhopping

Coming up in Episode 13: The State of Calcio (00:51): You remember Channel 4’s Gazzetta Football Italia from the nineties, right? James Richardson sat down with journalists Paolo Baldini and James Horncastle to reflect on the show highlights and the current state of calcio at the Union Chapel, London. We went along and caught up […]

Football Travel Podcast: Russia and Leeds United

We travel from Siberia to Yorkshire in this edition of the Football Travel Podcast: Russia (00.36): With the Russia 2018 World Cup on the horizon, we catch up with Siberia-based football writer, Andrew Flint, and discuss the domestic scene, groundhopping for foreigners, and the elephant in the room – hooliganism. Leeds United (22.41): We catch […]

Football Travel Podcast: China and No to Modern Football

We visit two opposite ends of the modern football landscape in this podcast. First up, we get the lowdown the Chinese Super League (CSL), which is turning heads with its big money approaches for Europe-based stars. Secondly, we hear about the No to Modern Football movement, a Europe-wide fan resistance against common issues such as […]

Football Travel Podcast: Poland and Seville

We venture into Eastern Europe and southern Spain in this episode.   Introduction to Polish Football (00:43): We talk to Chris Lash, editor of the Right Bank Warsaw blog to get an introduction to Poland’s Ekstraklasa league and the national scene. Check out Chris’ top tips for football travellers.   Sevilla, Betis and Andalucia (12.50): […]