Podcast: Groundhopping in the Czech Republic

We talk to Ondrej Zlámal, a Prague-based football correspondent, about groundhopping in the Czech Republic. For a country that you can traverse in just three hours’ drive in any direction, it’s a really groundhopper-friendly place. We discuss the Prague teams – Slavia, Sparta, Dukla and Bohemians – and the other big names, such as Viktoria […]

Podcast: Doing the 92…from a German Perspective

The “92 Club” is an exclusive club made up of groundhoppers who have visited all 92 league club grounds in England and Wales. We catch up with Florian Sauer from Munich who has written a book on his unique perspective as a German who has completed the set – and written a book about it. […]

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Podcast: Groundhopping in the Canary Islands

In this podcast, we chat to Unión Deportiva Las Palmas fan Matt Rayns and Club Deportivo Tenerife fan Thomas Farines about groundhopping in the Canary Islands. We major on the two main clubs, currently in Spain’s second division, La Segunda, and discuss how to island hop cheaply and practically to visit the other club in […]

White Angels Zagreb ultras

Podcast: Behind the scenes with Zagreb ultràs

  Dr. Andy Hodges spent years in or around the Zagreb fan scene, in particular looking at two distinct groups, the Bad Blue Boys of Dinamo Zagreb and the White Angels of NK Zagreb. What he found makes fascinating listening and he summarises his findings in his book, “Fan Activism, Protest and Politics: Ultras in […]

Juventus's Allianz Stadium

Podcast: Juventus

We discuss the past, present and future of Italy’s most-popular football club, Juventus, with Turin-based Adam Digby, author of Juventus: A History in Black and White. We cover: The club’s long history The Heysel tragedy and the quest for elusive European glory Calciopoli The Stadio Delle Alpi and the move to the Allianz Stadium The proposed […]

Podcast: Football and the Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Civil War, which ran from 1936-39, was a precursor to World War II. The conflict cost between 500,000 to one million lives and led to four decades of fascist dictatorship in Spain under General Francisco Franco. The domestic league was impacted, with implications for Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona in […]

Podcast: Groundhopping in the Valencia Region

Our guest this episode is Paco Polit, Valencia-based journalist and a presenter on the brilliant La Liga Lowdown podcast. Together with Paco, we discover the many football grounds of the Valencian Community region in Eastern Spain. These include the two La Liga clubs from the capital, Valencia CF and Levante, along with Villarreal, Hercules de […]

Podcast: David Squires on Cartooning Football

We talk to cartoonist David Squires, whose illustrations appear in The Guardian (UK) and L’Equipe (France), as well as in Australian and German media, about his career parodying the great and (often not so) good of modern football. David’s new book, Goalless Draws, is available online and in good bookstores on 1 November 2018. Order […]

Podcast: Politics in Contemporary Football

We’re joined by political scientist Cas Mudde from the University of Georgia as we discuss politics in contemporary football, the rise of right-wing activity in tandem with the return of populism, and – on the flipside – the growth of anti-fascist (‘antifa’) movement. Cas has also been to more than 400 grounds around the world, so […]

Podcast: Groundhopping in Southern Italy

Having covered Groundhopping in Northern Italy already, we now cover the southern half of the country with Rome-based Claus Bermann, who runs the football travel website VisitFootball.dk. We discuss: Roma v Lazio Napoli Foggia Salernitana Bari …and more! If you love your calcio Italiano then check out our recommended best books, blogs and podcasts on […]

Football Travel Podcast: Major League Soccer with Stephen Brandt

  The current Major League Soccer set-up in the US may feature Zlatan and Rooney, but it’s not the first attempt to establish a football league in the country. In this episode, we check in with Stephen Brandt of the US-based Yellow Card Podcast for his guide to football in North America. We talk Beckham, […]

Red Star Belgrade

Podcast: The Belgrade Derby

We catch up with Belgrade-based football writer and podcaster Kirsten Schlewitz from the Unusual Efforts website and podcast about the city’s ‘The Eternal Derby’, Red Star (FK Crvena Zvezda) versus Partizan. Have you been to this fixture? What did you think? You can find our entire back catalogue of podcast here on iTunes or elsewhere on […]

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Podcast: Groundhopping and Politics in Croatian Football

In this podcast, we talk to Scotland-based Croat Dejan Hajdukovic about the domestic scene in Croatia. We discuss: Groundhopping in the Croatian league How football literally kicked off the Balkan War The current state of politics in Croatian football For more football travel podcasts, check out our podcast archive, subscribe here on iTunes. and if you […]

best italian football books

Best Italian football books, blogs and podcasts

During the World Cup, we posted a literary guide to football in the 32 participating countries at Russia 2018. One conspicuous absence from the tournament, which has a significant literary canon, was Italy. Still buzzing from the launch of Italian football nostalgia bar, Golazio, in this post, we round up some of the best Italian […]

Valeryi Lobanovskyi Stadium, Kiev

Podcast: Groundhopping in Ukraine

  We’re back after a break for the World Cup and are discussing Russia’s neighbour, Ukraine, with nomadic travel blogger, Bradley Stafford, who spends a great deal of time in Kiev and has travelled the country extensively watching football. We discuss the best club experiences, how to get around, what to see and a bit […]