Podcast: Who was Don Patricio?

Please share: 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 […]

Pioneers: How football took hold in Portugal

Please share: On the night of Sunday 10 July 2016 in Paris, Portugal slammed the door shut on France’s talented attack for 120 minutes despite losing its talismanic leader Cristiano Ronaldo early on. It wasn’t a vintage final – major tournament finals rarely are in the modern era – but in those dying seconds of […]

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

Please share: 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 […]

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

Please share:   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 […]

The World’s Oldest Fixture: The Rules Derby

Please share: Two teams gather in the lee of a leafy valley. The men in red and black are Sheffield FC of the Northern Premier League (Division One South) the eighth tier of English football, while the blues are Hallam FC of the ninth tier Northern Counties East League. But this is no ordinary pre-season […]

Spain’s first football club: Recreativo de Huelva

Please share:In the spring of 2016, Spain’s oldest club faced extinction. As debts spiralled, fans packed the 21,670-capacity Estadio Nuevo Colombino in both support of the team, and protest against the running of the club. “Recre” – the “Dean” of Spanish football – is now languishing in the third tier. While the club clings to […]

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Genoa CFC and the English Roots of Calcio

Please share:The sea has long shaped the port of Genoa’s destiny. From here, local navigator Christopher Columbus set out to seek sponsorship from the Spanish crown to find a new sea route to India. It’s also where Giuseppe Garibaldi set sail on his famous Expedition of the Thousand, a key moment in the Risorgimento. In […]

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Football Travel Podcast: Scottish Football History and France

Please share:    The History of Scottish Football (00:42): Sports historian Andy Mitchell introduces us to the evolution of football in Scotland. Did a football culture exist in Scotland long before the foundation of Sheffield FC in 1857, recognised as the world’s first football club?   Introducing French Football (09:42): Agence France Presse’s Tom Williams introduces us to […]

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Football Travel Podcast: The World’s First Football Club and Finland

Please share: This month we turn explore the roots of football in England and check out the scene in Finland:   Sheffield FC, the world’s first football club: We speak to Richard Tims, chairman of the world’s first football club, Sheffield FC, about how the club was formed and its future plans.   Football in […]

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The Pioneers: Koninklijke HFC, the Netherlands’ first football club

Please share:In the first of our Pioneers series looking at the earliest football clubs in the major world leagues, I caught up with Koninklijke Haarlemsche Football Club (HFC), the oldest team in the Netherlands.[All images courtesy of Koninklijke HFC]   The Netherlands is one of the “bridesmaids” of world football: three times losing finalists at […]

Football Travel Podcast: Football and Social Media, Roots of Football and SD Eibar

Please share:   In this podcast we cover:   Football and Social Media, with Chris Nee (01:08): We get a social media expert’s view on how social media has impacted the sport, and how football clubs are using social media channels to build deeper relationships with fans. Are they doing a good job? What’s next for […]