EPL Talk Podcast
Founded in 2006, the EPL Talk Podcast is the number one Premier League podcast on the Internet. During each episode, we bring you intelligent debate about the world’s most popular sports league, featuring deep analysis that you won’t find with other podcasts. And each episode is available to you for free.
EPL Talk Podcast host Richard Farley along with co-hosts Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna bring you two shows a week:
- Every Sunday night at 2pm PT/5pm ET/10pm GMT, the EPL Talk Podcast is broadcast live on the EPL Talk homepage. You can interact with the guests via a live chat, and post your suggested questions and topics before the show begins, which features a roundup of the weekend action in the Premier League.
- Every Thursday night, the second show of the week is released. This one discusses the mid-week matches (when played) as well as featuring a preview of the weekend’s Premier League matches.
Here are the different ways you can listen to the EPL Talk Podcast each week:
- Listen via the Flash player included in the EPL Talk Podcast posts every Sunday and Thursday night via EPL Talk,
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In the meantime, here are just a few of the more than 290 episodes EPL Talk has released:
A Game of Two Halves: Chris Knowles and Mark Hesketh are the hosts of what is currently the longest running soccer podcast still available (founded in 2005). The two Australian residents discuss why they started their podcast, what the Premiership TV coverage is like down under as well as discussing a variety of other topics including how the Americans are doing in the Premier League and what the future of podcasting will be like.
Arsenal America and Emirates Stadium: In 2006, The Gaffer of EPL Talk embarked on a tour of English football stadiums where he captured what it was like to visits the cathedrals of the sport. In this episode, he takes you through what it was like to visit the Emirates Stadium for a Champions League match as well as his adventures meeting up with Arsenal America, a U.S. Gunners supporter’s group, at a pub down the road from Highbury.
Arsenal Stadium and The Beautiful Game: In 2006, The Gaffer of EPL Talk embarked on a tour of English football stadiums where he captured what it was like to visits the cathedrals of the sport. In this episode, he discusses what it was like visiting Highbury for the first time and how surprised he was. The episode also features an interview with Chris Slegg, co-host of the former Beautiful Game Podcast. Slegg shares his analysis regarding why Spurs are having such a difficult season and describes what the experience is like at White Hart Lane.
Guillem Balague: Episode 97 features an interview with Guillem Balague, one of the top football pundits in the world today who is best known for his work on Sky Sports, The Game Podcast and in The Times. During the interview, Balagued discusses how he became a journalist, his favorite interviewee, how Spanish football journalism compares to the English variety, his thoughts on Fabio Capello for the next England manager position and much more.
Phil Ball: In episode 32 of the EPL Talk Podcast, we feature interviews with ESPN Soccernet columnist and famed author Phil Ball. Ball shares his expertise on La Liga by discussing how different the game is in Spain versus England, his opinion regarding the David Beckham transfer saga and how popular the Spanish league is around the world, especially the USA. The podcast also features an interview with BBC Sport’s Howard Nurse who discusses what his role is like running the football section for BBC Sport.
Steve Banyard: Episode 47 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an interview with Steve Banyard, one of the top football commentators in the Premiership. Banyard discusses his most memorable match he’s ever commentated, what a week is like preparing for an EPL match, his viewpoints on whether video technology should be used in matches, and his input on how commentating his changed over the years. Banyard also talks about his web site, http://www.SoccerCommentator.com
Patrick Barclay: Episode 46 features an interview with Patrick Barclay, one of the top football journalists in England and the football correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph newspaper. Barclay discusses many topics including what improvements can be made in the game, what he thinks England’s chances are of winning a World Cup in his lifetime, what it’s like to be a football journalist, his views on Jose Mourinho, and his favorite football interviews of all time. Plus the episode provides you with the latest news from the Premiership and much more.
Warren Barton: Warren Barton, the former Newcastle and Wimbledon defender, discusses his work as analyst for Fox Soccer Match Day. Barton chats about his memories of his role in the greatest Premiership match ever, the early days at Wimbledon alongside Vinnie Jones, his infamous England debut where thugs forced the match against Ireland at Lansdowne Road to be abandoned after less than 30 minutes, and more.
Graham Bell: Graham Bell from The 2 G’s soccer radio show is this week’s guest. During episode 9, Graham discusses the launch of the 2 G’s radio network scheduled for June 9th, exclusive news regarding a new home for The Treble radio show, why The 2 G’s split from the World Soccer Daily radio network, and the story of how Graham got into football and met his co-host Gary Richards.
Richard Beresh: In episode 4 of the EPL Talk Podcast, we have a unique interview with Richard Beresh, one of the main producers and maestros behind the new soccer video game “2006 FIFA World Cup” from Electronic Arts. As well as being an avid soccer fan, Beresh now lives in Canada and discusses many interesting topics such as how video games have influenced soccer on TV, how working on video games has changed the way he watches matches on television, some of the amazing new features in the newest video game title, and more. Whether you’re a video gamer or not, this is a fascinating interview.
Best of Episode: Episode 100 of the EPL Talk Podcast is a ‘Best Of’ episode featuring clips from some of the most entertaining interviews conducted between 2006 and 2008. Profiled guests include Steven Cohen from World Soccer Daily, England World Cup legend Alan Mullery, former Sky Sports presenter Rodney Marsh, football grounds expert Simon Inglis, Soccer Made In Germany legend Toby Charles and many many more. The episode is hosted and moderated by Chris Oakley from the Some People Are On The Pitch Blog at http://www.spaotp.com
Ian Bishop: Episode 58 features an interview with Ian Bishop, the former Manchester City, West Ham United and Miami Fusion midfielder. During the candid interview, Bishop reveals which British heavy metal band he’s best friends with, which midfielders today are reminiscent of his playing ability, the controversy about why he was only selected for the England B-side once, and his thoughts on his former clubs West Ham United and Manchester City and their relegation battles. Plus, Bishop lets us know what he’s doing these days, and how he learned that his Major League Soccer career was over.
Max Bretos: Episode 11 features an interview with Max Bretos from Fox Soccer Channel. During the interview, Max divulges what one of his great passions is outside of soccer (you’ll never guess what it is), how he got into soccer, his first memory of a World Cup, his dream commentary match and talks more about the new show from Fox Soccer Channel, Ticket To Germany.
Dougie Brimson: Episode 80 features an interview with Dougie Brimson, author of non-fiction and fiction books about hooliganism and the screenwriter responsible for the movie Green Street Hooligans starring Elijah Wood. During this candid interview, Brimson discusses what motivates soccer hooligans to cause trouble, whether the United States has anything to worry about in the future regarding soccer hooligans, and the most passionate soccer fans he has ever witnessed plus much more.
Peter Brown: Episode 3 of the EPL Talk Show, a live Internet radio program, features an interview with Peter Brown. We discuss the results from the Champions League matches and look ahead to the Premier League weekend as well as discussing other topics such as the size of pitches in the Prem compared to La Liga and the most common type of music that Premier League players put on to get them psyched for matches.
Tom Cannon: Episode 84 features an interview with Tom Cannon, a professor at the University of Buckingham Business School who is one of the leading experts on the topic of money and the Premier League. During this eye-opening interview, Cannon shares his thoughts about foreign ownership, the impending doom that could fall on English clubs, whether Premier League clubs are undervalued or overvalued and much more including answering your questions.
Alexander Caufield: Alexander Caufield, a Merseyside native and lifetime Liverpool supporter joins us on the show to preview the Premier League Season. Alex writes for Seattle based website Prost Amerika.
Jon Champion: Legendary British Football Presenter Jon Champion joins host Kartik Krishnaiyer on the EPL Talk Podcast. Champion currently works for Setanta Sports, ITV and TWI International. Hear Champion’s thoughts on this Saturday’s FA Cup Final, his coverage of the Premier League and his five previous World Cups. Champion also discusses Spain’s chances to win the World Cup in South Africa, the loss of two Premiership clubs from the Northeast and his fond memories of working for BBC Radio and hosting Match of the Day.
Toby Charles: After searching for two years to locate him, EPL Talk has found Toby Charles and has interviewed the football commentating legend about the impact he’s had on viewers in North America, his memories of German soccer, his thoughts about Martin Tyler, who his famous cousins were, his favorite Bundesliga team and much much more.
Steven Cohen: In the inaugural episode, EPL Talk interviews Steven Cohen, the co-host of Fox Football Friday and World Soccer Daily. Steven discusses how he met co-host Nick Geber, his thoughts on who has done the most to harm the game of soccer in America, and more. Plus, Steven confides what famous rock-n-roll star was in his exercise class, and what celebrity lives across the street from him.
Keith Costigan: Episode 96 features an interview with Fox Soccer Channel presenter Keith Costigan. The Irishman discusses his playing career at Luton Town, in Ireland and in the United States, the craziest thing he has ever done in the name of his favorite club Liverpool FC, his favorite role at Fox Soccer Channel and his fond memories from being the bartender on Fox Football Friday.
Paddy Crerand: Episode 88 features an interview with Manchester United legend Paddy Crerand who played alongside Denis Law, George Best, Bobby Charlton and many others. During the interview, Crerand discusses his new book, reveals what the most surprising fact is about him, talks about George Best, and discusses Man United’s chances this season plus much more.
Paul Crowder: Episode 16 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an interview with Paul Crowder, co-director of “Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos” documentary. Crowder discusses the parallels between the Cosmos of the 1970s and the Chelsea of today, his favorite football memories, some of the most remarkable Cosmos stories, what it’s like watching the Premiership and World Cup on TV in the United States, and much more.
Chuck Culpepper: Episode 83 features an exclusive interview with Chuck Culpepper, author of a new book entitled “Up Pompey.” The two-times nominated Pulitzer Prize journalist shares his fascination with the Premier League and concepts such as relegation, passionate fans, the experience of traveling to away matches and much more.
Simon Davis: EPL Talk interviews Simon Davis, an expert analyst from MP Red, a fantastic podcast from LFCNY – a Liverpool supporters club from New York. Davis discusses several topics including the greatest Liverpool team ever, his memories from Heysel and Hillsborough, the current rotation system at the Reds and much more.
JP Dellacamera: JP Dellacamera is the featured guest in episode 67 of the EPL Talk Podcast. The legendary U.S. soccer commentator shares his insight into his most memorable career moments including the Shot Heard Round the World as well as the 1999 Champions League final with Manchester United coming from behind to snatch a late victory against Bayern Munich. Dellacamera also discusses what he’s been doing recently, his style of commentating, how soccer in the U.S. has made progress, and how he got started in sports broadcasting.
Jay DeMerit: Episode 55 features an interview with Watford’s American defender, Jay DeMerit. A rising star, DeMerit discusses what the mood is like in the Watford squad right now, whether he feels his chances of making the U.S. national team have been hampered by playing in England, what career he almost got into if it wasn’t for football, the most impressive ground he’s played at in the Premiership, and much more. Also in this episode, we hear from London EPL Talk Correspondent Kevin Jones who discusses what football can learn from rugby both on and off the pitch, and much more.
Paul Dempsey: In episode 51, we feature an interview with Paul Dempsey, the lead presenter from Setanta Sports plus an interview with Konami about the Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 video game. In the interview with Dempsey, the Irishman discusses the comparisons between boxing and soccer, how big the Premiership is in Ireland, what it was like working at Sky Sports from 1989 to 2006, insight into how Setanta will be covering Premiership matches different than Sky, and some of the interesting events that happened behind-the-scenes at the PFA Awards, which Dempsey has hosted for nearly the past decade.
John Devlin: Episode 73 features an interview with John Devlin, author of a two volume book entitled True Colours that delves into the fascinating topic of football kits. His books required exhaustive research to compile all of the modern kits for your favorite Premier League teams. During the interview, Devlin answers questions such as his favorite and least favorite designs of soccer jerseys, his opinion of Arsenal’s new white away shirt, which kit manufacturer he’s most impressed with in terms of quality, why there were so many awful shirt designs in the early 90s, how much power kit manufacturers have over players and clubs, and what is it about football shirts that fascinates us so much.
Episode 79: Episode 79 features the return of The Gaffer and the EPL Talk Podcast. In this episode, we discuss whether Premier League clubs will be able to crack the top four, our analysis of this past weekend’s matches including the Rob Styles fiasco between Chelsea and Liverpool, and the welcome resurgence of Manchester City courtesy of the Eriksson revolution.
Simon Evans: Simon Evans, sports correspondent for Reuters International joins us to discuss Serie A’s place in the current European football landscape, Burnley FC’s promotion and other issues related to the Premier League. Following Simon, we speak with our newest correspondent Laurence McKenna who spends some time previewing the Championship and looking at the English transfer market.
Tony Evans: Episode 89 features an interview with Tony Evans, deputy football editor of The Times newspaper and a familiar voice to those who listened to The Game Podcast last year. Evan discusses many topics including his personal memories of the Hillsborough tragedy, as well as why Danny Kelly left The Game Podcast over the summer, his thoughts on the “Ahead Of The Game” newsletter and blog from The Times and much more including his opinions about Liverpool FC.
Ewood Park and Anfield: Episode 36 of the EPL Talk Podcast captures the atmosphere and excitement from Ewood Park’s clash between Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur. In a very controversial match, you can hear what the fans thought of the match incidents. Plus, you can hear an interview with two die-hard Blackburn fans. And we tell you about The Gaffer’s visit to Anfield.
Football Pub: On Episode 126 host Kartik Krishnaiyer is joined in a look at the Football Pub show by Brian Hough. Hough also gives his take on all 20 EPL teams coming into the new season. Then we catch up with Misha Sher to discuss the ESPN rights deal in the US, and all things transfer market from Liverpool to Man City to of course, Real Madrid.
Football Supporters’ Federation: Episode 59 features an interview with Steven Powell, the head of development at the Football Supporters’ Federation from England, the organization that is campaigning to introduce safe standing into Premiership stadiums, and to reduce away ticket prices. Powell also discusses several other timely topics such as the empty seats at Premier League grounds, whether he’s concerned about one of Arsenal’s major shareholders selling his stock, his reaction to Spurs raising their ticket prices. Plus, he answers questions from you, the audience.
Fox Soccer Channel, GolTV and Setanta Sports: Rodrigo Lombello the CEO of GOL TV, Shane O’Rourke the President of Setanta North America and Dermot McQuarrie the VP of Programing and Production for FSC join us to discuss football coverage plans for the new season.
Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports: Episode 78 features interviews with Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports regarding the upcoming 07/08 Premier League season and specifically what EPL coverage we can expect to see and hear on TV, broadband and cellular phones in North America. The first interview is with Fox Soccer Channel’s Dermot McQuarrie where we discuss Fox Soccer Match Day, Super Sunday + and much more. The second interview is with Ed Derse from Fox Soccer Channel where we dive into what EPL matches and highlights we’ll be able to experience online via broadband. And the final interview is with Setanta’s Shane O’Rourke regarding the launch of their programming in Canada and what it means for our soccer friends north of the border. (August 6, 2007)
Fulham v Reading: Episode 41 of the EPL Talk Podcast features the sounds and atmosphere from the Fulham v Reading match from November 25, 2006. In addition to hearing the sounds of the fans singing, The Gaffer interviews a Fulham fan who has been going to Craven Cottage since 1973. Plus The Gaffer plays audio from hooligans in London and recounts his experiences seeing them and discusses what happened next. EPL Talk also previews tomorrow’s Man United against Chelsea match, where EPL Talk will be reporting from. (November 25, 2006)
Caroline Gall: Episode 93 features an interview with Caroline Gall, author of a new book about Leeds United hooligans entitled “Service Crew.” During the interview, Gall talks about the bedlam that Leeds fans caused around England especially in the 70s and 80s and also discusses her previous book about the Birmingham City hooligans known as the Zulus. (November 16, 2007)
Paul Gardner and Martin Rogers: Episode 101 features interviews with two prolific soccer writers. The first interview is with Paul Gardner, the most veteran soccer writer in the US, who is best known for his writings in Soccer America. The second interview is with Martin Rogers, the former Daily Mirror journalist who now writes for Yahoo Sports in the US.
Nick Geber: Episode 13 features an interview with Nick Geber, the co-host of Fox Football Friday and World Soccer Daily. During the interview, Nick talks about Allen Hopkins, what type of impact the US getting knocked out the World Cup will have on soccer in America, his views regarding Dave O’Brien and other World Cup commentators, his most memorable moments on World Soccer Daily, how he met Steven Cohen and much more.
Tom Glick: Episode 123 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an interview with Tom Glick, the president of Derby County FC. Host Kartik Krishnaiyer has a free flowing discussion with Glick, including conversation about why Glick choose to purchase Derby County, what the Rams marketing stratgey is, what derby day versus Nottingham Forrest is like, as well as other general English football conversation. We also get a sense of Glick’s background in American sports, and discuss the victory by the Derby County Wolves in US Soccer’s recently completed Development Academy Finals.
Goodison Park and Johan Smith: Episode 35 features the sounds and atmosphere of The Gaffer’s visit to Everton’s Goodison Park in Liverpool. Whether you’re a Toffees fan or not, you’ll want to listen to this fascinating audio documentary. Plus, EPL Talk features an interview with Bolton’s American wunderkid, Johann Smith. Learn why he chose Bolton over MLS, and many other interesting revelations.
Marcus Hahnemann and Russ Schouweiler: Episode 44 of the EPL Talk Podcast features interviews with Reading goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and Minnesota Sports Radio Producer Russ Schouweiler. Hahnemann discusses many topics include Alan Pardew’s departure from West Ham United, how Eddie Johnson settled in at Reading, Hahnemann’s high points and low points of the season thus far, his favorite ground in the Premiership and more. Schouweiler, meanwhile, talks about his passion for Manchester United, what their Carrington Training Centre is like, which players Ferguson should buy in the transfer window and how it feels being a soccer supporter in Minnesota.
David Hall: In episode 104, author David Hall is interviewed about his new book, “Manchester’s Finest: How the Munich Air Disaster Broke the Heart of a Great City.” Hall describes how much of an impact the tragic disaster had on Manchester. Plus the author discusses some of the great footballers who perished in the crash. The episode is hosted by Chris Oakley from the Some People Are On The Pitch blog (www.spaotp.com)
Brian Halliday: Episode 43 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an interview with Brian Halliday, one of the co-hosts of the Inside Soccer radio show. Halliday, who grew up in Belfast, speaks eloquently about his start in Northern Ireland as a football player, then coach and also as a football scout. Halliday also discusses some of the interesting guests he’s had on his Inside Soccer show. Plus, The Gaffer offers listeners a chance to win a matchday programme from Man United against Chelsea, and much more.
Duncan Hamilton: Episode 70 features an interview with Duncan Hamilton, author of the new book entitled “Provided You Don’t Kiss Me: 20 Years With Brian Clough.” During the interview, Hamilton discusses what Clough was really like, his memories of his first meeting with Cloughie, what Clough’s secret to his success was, which person stood in his way to prevent him from becoming England manager and much more.
Happy New Year: A brief episode to wish you happy new year, talk about some of the holiday matches and to let everyone know why the EPL Talk Podcast has been so quiet the past few weeks. (January 1, 2008)
Peter Hargitay: In episode 71, Peter Hargitay (special adviser to FIFA President Sepp Blatter) responds to the allegations made against him and FIFA from the recent interview with Andrew Jennings. Plus, Hargitay answers questions on many FIFA-related topics such as Jack Warner, FIFA’s new headquarters, why FIFA’s offices were raided by Swiss fraud police in 2005 and whether he agreed with Sepp Blatter’s comment that women should wear tighter shorts. Besides the interview, we also discuss the latest headlines from the English Premier League including Alexi Lalas’s criticism. (June 19, 2007)
Harry Harris: On Episode 112 of the EPL Talk Podcast, Johnathan Starling interviews Harry Harris. Harry Harris is author of the book ‘Down Memory Lane’. In this episode, Harris answers questions with regards to how this book is different from other Tottenham books. We then shift to his career in the red tops and how he got into journalism. The conversation then shifts to how journalism has changed since he began. What percentage of the tabloid press does he believe to be made up? He answers that and more on this episode of the EPL Talk Podcast.
Hillsborough Justice Campaign: Episode 91 features an interview with John McCormick from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, who – along with his colleagues – are fighting for justice for the 96 people who tragically died in April 1989 in one of the darkest days of English football. McCormick dissects what happened that day, talks about the lies that have been told, how the BBC and The Sun have been exposed as profiting from the tragedy, and the latest news about whether the people who were made mistakes that day will ever be brought to trial. (November 10, 2007)
Allen Hopkins: Episode 6 features an interview with Allen Hopkins, the Associate Producer for GOAL: The Movie, and former commentator for Fox Soccer Channel. He’s also part of this summer’s World Cup coverage team on ESPN and ABC in the US. During the interview, discover what his opinion is regarding the controversial selection of Dave O’Brien as one of the main World Cup announcers. Plus, learn more about GOAL: The Movie, and what it was like for Hopkins to work behind-the-scenes at Fox Soccer Channel. (May 9, 2006)
Ian Hough: Episode 90 features an interview with Ian Hough, author of the book Perry Boys. Listen to an insiders look at how fashion and violence on the terraces flourished during the early 80s, how the Perry Boys replaced the bootboys, the differences and similarities between Manchester and Liverpool, and what’s missing from today’s game that attracts so many people to the 70s and 80s of English football.
Andy Houlihan: Episode 81 features an interview with Andy Houlihan of Fox Soccer Channel and formerly at Sky Sports, BBC, Talk Sport and other sport media networks. The co-host of Super Sunday + and Fox Soccer Match Day discusses his interview with George Best, rekindles memories of what the rituals were like going to a football match in the late 70s and early 80s, and shares his insight into whether the British media are biased or not. In addition to the interview, The Gaffer analyzes the past weekend of football and shares his thoughts on the Champions League draw.
Ray Hudson: In episode three, EPL Talk interviews soccer legend Ray Hudson. Ray played for Newcastle United and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the 1970s. During the last decade, he’s been the manager of DC United and the Miami Fusion, while more recently he’s been a color commentator for GolTV and co-host of GolTV’s “American Soccer” TV program. Always fascinating to listen to, Ray discusses the differences between playing in England in the 1970s versus today’s Premiership, plus his preference between watching the EPL and La Liga, and much more.
Mike Ingham: In episode 72, the feature guest is Mike Ingham, the famous BBC football commentator who has commentated on England around the world, and some of the biggest matches in the game of soccer. During this rare interview, Ingham discusses his memories of working with legends Peter Jones and Bryon Butler and shares his memories of the first football match he commentated on. Ingham also discusses candidly his thoughts on the plight of the England national team, how England would have been different under Brian Clough, Ingham’s favorite football grounds to commentate from, his stint as a Radio 1 disc jockey and much more.
Simon Inglis: In episode 26, famed author Simon Inglis tells us the story of Charles Buchan and the publishing of the influential magazine entitled Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly, which was popular between the 1950s and 1970s and is the subject of his upcoming book due in October 2006. Inglis also discusses the comparisons between football in that time period compared to today. As one of the world’s most renowned experts on football grounds, Inglis discusses the current state of football stadia and gives his verdict on Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. Inglis then recommends what old-fashioned Premiership stadiums are a must-see in England. As a massive Aston Villa fan, Inglis shares his first memories of Villa Park, his thoughts on Villa’s famous old Trinity Road Stand and what he thinks of Randy Lerner and Martin O’Neill. Author Simon Inglis also discusses what impact Archibald Leitch had on the game of football in Britain and how he dominated the twentieth century. Lastly, Inglis reveals the topic of an upcoming book (“Uppies and Downies”), and how the history books will soon be rewritten about the origins of football.
Andrew Jennings: Episode 69 features an interview with investigative reporter Andrew Jennings, who has blown the cover off the FIFA corruption scandals and tells us about all of the dirty deeds that FIFA is committing in the name of football. During the interview, Jennings discusses how Blatter is able to remain in power, the police raid on FIFA headquarters by Swiss police, what racist marks CONCACAF President Jack Warner made to him, whether corruption was part of FIFA before Blatter and much more. If you’re a fan of soccer/football, no matter what league or team, this is a must-listen interview.
Vinnie Jones: In this exclusive interview with the movie actor and former footballer, Vinnie Jones discusses his memories of Wimbledon’s famous FA Cup Final victory from 1988 as well his advice for Joey Barton, why he started Hollywood All Stars Football Club and much more.
Peter Kenyon and Chelsea FC: Episode 40 of the EPL Talk Podcast features audio excerpts from Chelsea’s Chief Executive Peter Kenyon speaking about this weekend’s match against Man United, what his thoughts are regarding Chelsea’s achievements thus far and what his opinion is regarding the recent controvery regarding Leeds. The Gaffer also exclusively reveals what plans Chelsea has for North America in terms of web sites and podcasts, and interviews two of the key executives responsible for the launch of the new Chelsea web site. Lastly, you can hear more about EPL Talk’s visit to Stamford Bridge, Craven Cottage and Boleyn Ground.
John Kerr. On Episode 111 of the EPL Talk Podcast, Johnathan Starling interviews John Kerr, the first American to play in the old English first division. We discuss what it was like to be a kid around the New York Cosmos during the days of Pele, what made him decide to play college soccer at Duke. We then discuss how he ended up at Portsmouth and what the transition was like to play in Europe. What were the highs and lows of his journeyman career? How was it to deal with the Millwall supporters? How did he end up in coaching?
Simon Kuper: Episode 60 features an interview with Simon Kuper, famed author of “Football Against The Enemy” and writer for The Financial Times. The episode also celebrates the one year anniversary of the EPL Talk Podcast. During the episode, Kuper tackles many topics including the rise in popularity of the sport in the United States, the significance of the growing appeal of the Premier League around the world, his favorite football memories, the most surprising fact about the beautiful game, and much more
Peter Lawlor: Episode 74 features an interview with Peter Lawlor, the composer and producer responsible for the new English Premier League theme song entitled “My Saturday Self.” Lawlor discusses his inspiration for the track, the parallels between rock’n roll and soccer, and what his opinion is regarding the previous EPL theme. Plus, The Gaffer chats with EPL Talk Correspondent Kevin Jones from London to discuss how English the English Premier League is and much more.
Phil Lines: Episode 76 features an interview with Phil Lines, the Head of International Broadcasting & Media Operations at the Premier League. During the conversation, Lines discusses how fans in the U.S. may soon be able to hear Five Live commentaries, the latest developments regarding the redesigned Premier League web site, what the chances are of the U.S. having a Premier League trophy competition during an upcoming summer, and how the Premier League is evolving in the U.S. This plus much more including The Gaffer’s thoughts on Blackburn signing Roque Santa Cruz from Bayern Munich.
Peter Lupson: Episode 52 features an interview with Peter Lupson, author of the new book entitled “Thank God For Football.” Lupson discusses the surprising history of 12 English soccer clubs that trace their history back to the church. Plus he paints a picture of what life was like during Victorian times when clubs were formed such as Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Fulham. We also discuss the stories of the week and speak to London EPL Talk correspondent Kevin Jones.
Seamus Malin: Episode 14 features an interview with Seamus Malin, the most legendary soccer broadcaster in US history. Born in Ireland, Malin shares his memories of the 1966 World Cup Final, discusses his passion for his favorite Premiership side, talks about ABC/ESPN’s coverage of the 2006 World Cup, his days commentating with the New York Cosmos, and much more.
Manchester United v Chelsea: Episode 42 of the EPL Talk Podcast features audio and interviews from the Manchester United against Chelsea match from Old Trafford. The Gaffer captured the excitement and atmosphere of being at Old Trafford. Plus he interviewed a Manchester United fan who has been attending Old Trafford since the 1950′s. The interviewee sells matchday programmes and gives listeners background about collecting programmes. This podcast concludes the tour of England by EPL Talk, which included a total of four Premiership matches and one Champions League match in eight days.
Gabriele Marcotti: Episode 50 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an interview with Gabriele Marcotti, a prolific soccer journalist and one of the regular guests on The Game Podcast from The Times. During the interview, Marcotti discusses how he got into journalism, his memories of growing up watching the game in America, the most interesting fact about him (you’ll be surprised), what changes he recommends to the World Cup and Premiership, what it was like writing a book with Gianluca Vialli and much more.
Rodney Marsh: Episode 68 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an interview with Rodney Marsh, the former Tampa Bay Rowdies, Queens Park Rangers, Manchester City and Fulham star who has recently been working as a football pundit for Sky Sports and Talk Sport radio. Now living in Tampa, Marsh shares his memories of the NASL and answers your questions including whether he has any regrets in his football career, what he thinks about the Beckham rule compared to the overindulgences of the NASL, whether he and his Tampa teammates sent hookers to Pele and Chinaglia on the eve of the NASL Soccerbowl, whether the standard of play in the NASL was that bad back then and much more including the most interesting fact about him that may surprise many of you. Plus we speak with EPL Talk Correspondent Kevin Jones to hear about a memorable match in America from 1989 involving Arsenal against Independiente of Argentina.
Kevin McCarra: Episode 49 features an interview with Kevin McCarra, the chief football correspondent for The Guardian newspaper and one of the expert analysts on The Guardian’s Football Weekly Podcast. During the exclusive interview, McCarra discusses his thoughts on Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premiership and Champions League titles, his thoughts on British tabloids and how much of their stories are fact versus fiction, why The Guardian’s blog and podcasts are so unique, how the quality of Premiership managers compares to other leagues, and much more.
Steve McClaren, Gerard Houllier and Jozef Venglos: Episode 99 features exclusive interviews with Steve McClaren, Gerard Houllier and Jozef Venglos from the 2008 NSCAA event hosted in Baltimore. The brief interviews discuss whether McClaren is interested in managing in America, if the reports are true that Houllier will be the next Republic of Ireland manager and what Jozef Venglos thinks about the large number of foreign managers in the Premier League.
Aaron McHardy: Episode 107 features an interview with EA Sports’ Aaron McHardy about FIFA 09, the hit video game. Host Johnathan Starling interviews McHardy about his career playing for Jamaica, what’s new in FIFA 09 as well as answering questions from you, the readers.
Bobby McMahon: Episode 8 features an interview with Bobby McMahon, soccer analyst for the Fox Sports World Report and one of the most well-respected experts on the game in North America. McMahon discusses topics such as how the game has changed now compared to the 1960s, who his greatest team is, his memories of growing up in Scotland watching football from the age of 4, and much much more.
Dermot McQuarrie: Episode 22 features an interview with Fox Soccer Channel executive Dermot McQuarrie. During the call, McQuarrie discusses the changes at FSC for the 2006/2007 Premiership season, the new Fox Football Fone-In show, whether watching football on HDTV and broadband are in FSC’s future, the most popular timeslot on the channel, and much more. Also discussed is the wrap-up of the Premiership action from the weekend.
Phil McThomas: Phil from Soccer Shout is featured in episode 10 of the EPL Talk Podcast. During the interview, Phil reveals how Soccer Shout started, how it’s different than other soccer podcasts, his memories of watching Middlesbrough play at both Ayresome Park and Riverside, plus much more. Also listen for your chance to win an EPL Talk T-shirt.
Christian Miles: In episode 33, we feature an interview with Fox Soccer Channel commentator Christian Miles. We also dissect the past weekend’s shock results in the Premiership and we offer you a glimpse of the upcoming Premiership tour by EPL Talk. During the Miles interview, we learn how Christian prepares for commentating a match, his ideas on what Major League Soccer can do to improve its game, news about an upcoming Arsenal podcast that he’ll be co-hosting, his football experiences living in Italy, and what Fox Sports World was like when it launched in 1997. Plus Miles discusses the most memorable matches he’s worked on at FSC, and reveals some interesting details about what leagues Fox would like to add in the near future.
Alan Mullery: Episode 31 of the EPL Talk Podcast is a special edition featuring two interviews. The first is with England, Tottenham and Fulham legend Alan Mullery who just released his autobiography. The second interview is with Ronaldo from the 101greatgoals blog who has been warned to remove links from his blog to Premiership highlights on YouTube. During the interviews, Mullery discusses what it was like playing for England in the 1970 World Cup, what he said to Gordon Banks after that fantastic save against Pele, what the major difference was between playing for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, plus what the most surprising thing is about him that most people don’t know. In the interview with Ronaldo, the blogger describes how a company the Premier League hired warned him to remove links from his web site, how the Premier League can change their policy to promote the league worldwide, what the reaction has been from fans, and what the future is for Premiership highlights on sites such as YouTube.
MyFootballClub: Episode 92 features 10 minutes of Premier League news and an interview with Tim Glynne-Jones from MyFootballClub who announced this week the purchase of a non-league club, Ebbsfleet United. In the episode, the news includes Walt Disney World in talks with Derby County, Steve Bruce going to Wigan Athletic, the Premier League expanding overseas into China and Michel Platini putting his foot in his mouth again.
MyFootballClub.co.uk: Episode 65 features an interview with Tim Glynne-Jones from MyFootballClub.co.uk. The former BBC Match of the Day Magazine editor explains how football fans can sign up to buy a Football League team and vote on which players should play and in what formation. The new web site may revolutionize the way football clubs are owned in the future. Glynne-Jones answers all of your questions about how it’ll work. Plus we get an opportunity to speak with EPL Talk Correspondent Kevin Jones about the fate of Leeds United.
John Nicholson: Episode 30 features an interview with John Nicholson, Football365 columnist and author of a new book entitled FootyRocks. When it comes to hearing a fresh perspective on football, Nicholson is the man as he shares his thoughts on several topics including the demise of the working class football fan in England, his travels to America, the story of Ian Rush and a pair of panties, the current state of the England national team and much more.
Shane O’Rourke: Episode 19 features an interview with Shane O’Rourke, the president of North American operations for Setanta Sports. This special edition focuses on Setanta’s announcement that they’ll be showing more than 90 live Premiership matches during the 2006/2007 season. The discussion includes what options are available to EPL fans, whether the channel will be showing Euro 2008 qualifiers, who owns the rights to show the Premiership via broadband in North America, what the status is of Setanta in Canada, and everything else you need to know to get the most of the Premiership this upcoming season.
Paul Oakenfold: Episode 18 features an interview with Paul Oakenfold, the world’s most famous DJ who has opened for Madonna and U2, played the Great Wall of China and invented trance music. But what most people don’t realize is that he’s also a huge football fan. Listen to the interview to discover what teams he supports, what famous stadium he named his recording studio after, what he thinks of the TV coverage of the English Premiership in North America, and his opinions on Manchester United, and much more. Paul’s latest album, entitled “A Lively Mind,” is now available on Maverick Records.
Chris Oakley: Chris Oakley from Some People on the Pitch joins us to discuss the relegation race in England, the title race in Germany, Steve McLaren’s success in Holland, Harry Redknapp’s turnaround of Spurs and much much more!
John Mikel Obi: Chelsea and Nigeria Midfielder Mikel John Obi (or John Obi Mikel) joins us on this episode of the EPL Talk Podcast. Hear Mikel’s thoughts on playing for Carlo Ancelotti. Also listen to the thoughts of the midfielder on facing Jose Mourinho again in the World Football Challenge and his hopes for Chelsea this season.
Brant Parsons: Episode 114 features an interview with Brant Parsons, author of the Other Football blog at the Orlando Sentinel.com. Listen to how Parsons developed his love for Arsenal, his thoughts on recent Gunners sides, including this season and his outlook for the future. Plus, we discuss the American media and their underlying hostility to football and why so many writers and reporters in the United States don’t want to cover the sport.
Harry Pearson: Episode 86 features an interview with Harry Pearson, author of a new soccer book entitled Dribble and writer for The Guardian and When Saturday Comes. Pearson discusses his new book as well as what it’s like to follow non-league football in England and what makes football fans from the northeast of England (Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Sunderland) unique. Also interviewed on this episode is Chris Oakley from the Some People Are On The Pitch blog. Oakley shares with listeners what the average experience is like watching Premier League football on TV in England and how it differs to countries
Ian Plenderleith: Episode 64 features an interview with Ian Plenderleith, football author and writer who has lived in the States for approximately 10 years and has a unique perspective about how the American brand of the game compares to soccer in the UK. You may be surprised by some of the things he has to say. During the interview, Plenderleith shares his observations about a recent trip to England and how the experience compared to MLS, what his thoughts are regarding why American investors are buying clubs in England rather than building new ones in America, whether the abundance of Premiership soccer on TV in America has hurt MLS or not, and much more.
Graham Poll: Episode 82 features an interview with Graham Poll, the former England and Premier League referee. Poll discusses his new book entitled “Seeing Red,” and delves into several other fascinating topics such as his thoughts on proposed rule changes to the game, his memories from the historic match between Southampton and Manchester United where Sir Alex Ferguson made the team change their away shirts to a different color at half time, and his opinion about Rob Styles and his recent mistakes in the Liverpool against Chelsea match, plus much more.
Martin Prothero: Episode 85 features an interview with Martin Prothero, senior vice president of football for Umbro, the world famous kit manufacturer. During the interview, Prothero answers all of your questions on the topics of how early Umbro works on a kit design, how the company differentiates against Adidas and Nike, his thoughts on the metatarsal injuries and why they seem to be so prevalent, why Umbro is the manufacturer for so many Premier League clubs this season compared to last season and much more.
Keir Radnedge: Episode 115 features an interview with Keir Radnedge, former editor of World Soccer Magazine, and the author or contributor of almost 50 books on the beautiful game. Now the Soccer and Olympic news editor of www.sportsfeatures.com, Radnedge reflects on his life of covering global football in this EPL Talk interview.
Derek Rae: Episode 53 features an interview with ESPN commentator Derek Rae. In addition to discussing the Champions League, we learn more about how Rae got into football, whether he’ll be commentating for ESPN at Euro 2008, his memories of commentating an England against Scotland match from Wembley Stadium, and what it was like behind the mic during the unbelieveable 2005 Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan.
Gary Richards: In episode 24, we feature an interview with Gary Richards, the co-host of The 2 G’s radio show. Richards discusses his career in football, famous celebrities he’s played with including Rod Stewart and Anthony LaPaglia, how he met co-host Graham Bell, what his reaction is to the criticism from World Soccer Daily, what his plans are for new shows on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, how The 2 G’s radio show differs from its competitors, what his most memorable 2 G’s show is, his fondest memories of Highbury, his first impressions of the Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, and more.
Howard Rogers: Episode 75 features an interview with Howard Rogers, the co-host of the World Soccer Daily radio show. The background about Rogers, who took the place of Nick Geber, isn’t known that well, so we delve into how he became a Man United fan, where he grew up, when he moved to the States and more including a chance meeting with Sir Matt Busby and what line of business Rogers’s father was in.
Jeff Rusnak: Episode 29 features an interview with soccer writer Jeff Rusnak. If you’re not familiar with Jeff, you’ll remember his name after this interview as he shares his wisdom about the Premiership, the state of American soccer and how the game is perceived in the US. Rusnak goes into detail about the differences between La Liga and the Premiership, whether he believes soccer TV networks like Fox Soccer Channel and GolTV will thrive, and why Tevez and Mascherano are having difficulties at West Ham United, plus much more.
Phil Schoen: Episode 7 features an interview with Phil Schoen, GolTV commentator and host of the American Soccer TV show. Schoen gives his analysis on the upcoming Arsenal v Barcelona Champions League Final, and shares his fond memories of Highbury. Plus he discusses the American talent playing in England, and discusses how he became a soccer commentator.
Joseph Scotti: Episode 20 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an exclusive interview with Joseph Scotti, executive vice-president at ITVN. Scotti discusses how soccer fans in the United States can watch the Setanta Sports network over a broadband connection, and enjoy high-quality video of many of the 2006/2007 Premiership matches. Scotti answers your technical questions, hints at possible programming additions in the future, and discusses the Internet Protocol TV technology that makes ITVN possible.
Setanta and Dish Network: In episode 77, EPL Talk features an exclusive interview with Setanta executive Shane O’Rourke where the announcement is made regarding their agreement with Dish Network to carry Setanta Sports. O’Rourke answers all of the questions regarding the huge announcement and also delves into many other topics relating to Setanta and the 07/08 Premier League season including Setanta Broadband, ITVN and how much new programming we can expect to see on the network in addition to the soccer coverage.
Setanta Sports: EPL Talk interviews Shane O’Rourke from Setanta Sports to discuss the latest developments from the 24/7 soccer network in North America, Australia, Bermuda and the Caribbean. O’Rourke discusses several topics including when Setanta may be available on cable, how Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta will decide who gets to show which FA Cup matches on U.S. TV in the 2008/2009 season, and whether Setanta has any regrets regarding the ITVN deal it signed almost two years ago.
Setanta Sports: Setanta Sports Shane O’Rourke joins host Kartik Krishnaiyer to discuss the status of the network in North America on the day Setanta UK went into administration and stopped broadcasting.
Setanta Sports at SportelAmerica: Episode 113 features an exclusive interview with Shane O’Rourke from Setanta Sports. The Gaffer and O’Rourke discuss the progress regarding the Premier League TV rights in the US for 2010-2013, as well as the latest news about Champions League TV rights. Plus the Setanta executive answers listener questions about HD, Setanta by Broadband, when Setanta will be available nationwide on Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and much more.
Misha Sher: Episode 119 features an interview with Soccerex Director of Business Development Misha Sher. Hear about Sher’s football background as a youth player in the Ukraine (part of the USSR in those days), his college and professional career in the United States at Ohio Wesleyan and in the A League (now USL-1). After moving to the United Kingdom, Sher began working with Soccerex. Soccerex is discussed extensively in the eposide as is Derby County FC which Sher serves as a presenter with on DCFC World TV.
Adrian Sherling: Episode 25 features an interview with author Adrian Sherling who is the creator of the hysterical blog and book about the Manchester Buccaneers. Sherling talks about why he started the Manchester Buccaneers blog and what his inspiration was for the Roswell P. Shambling character, some of the funniest responses to the blog, whether Malcolm Glazer can do anything to stop being despised, what Brits think of Americans who are purchasing Premiership clubs, what it was like ghostwriting for pundits like Andy Gray and Rodney Marsh at SkySports, what he thinks of SkySports coverage compared with BBC, his thoughts on the recent transfer signings by Arsenal, and whether the number of Americans playing in the Premiership will help diffuse the perception that the U.S. is inferior in soccer.
Ben Shields: In episode 28, we feature an interview with author Ben Shields who recently co-wrote the book entitled “The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports In A Crowded Marketplace.” Shields discusses several interesting topics such as the best example of a Premiership club and their branding efforts, what Major League Soccer could do to attract Premier League fans to matches, what the future may be for soccer in terms of technology (the answer is controversial), why Americans are dumping the traditional sports and flocking to the Premiership, and the rise of fantasy league football leagues.
Andy Sloan: Episode 56 features an interview with Andy Sloan, author of the book “23 Sweet FA’s,” which describes his incredible journey from England to Japan armed with a foosball table and dreams of seeing the 2002 World Cup Final. Discover what happened in Iran, the surprising revelations at Mount Everest and which famous soccer stars he met along the adventure.
Graham Smith: Graham Smith, longtime goalkeeper in English Football and current manager in the United States. Smith recently recommended Anton Peterlin to David Moyes, and now the midfielder has been transferred to the Toffees. Here Smith’s thoughts on Burnley’s promotion to the EPL, and his memories of playing in England. He also discusses his views on the current state of the Premier League. Following the interview we hear from Misha Sher of Soccerex on his thoughts about Real Madrid’s spending spree.
Martyn Smith: Episode 87 features an interview with Martyn Smith, author of a new book entitled The Premiership In Focus, which celebrates the 15 years of the Premier League. Smith, an executive producer at BBC Sport, shares his memories of working on BBC’s Football Focus and Match of the Day shows as well as how challenging it was to write the book. Smith also discusses the popularity of the game in Africa, and how the Premiership has changed since its first season compared with now.
Tommy Smyth: Episode 63 features an interview with ESPN co-commentator Tommy Smyth. During the interview, Smyth gives us his preview of the Champions League matches, discusses how he came up with his catchphrase (“the bulge in the auld onion bag”), the most memorable match he’s ever called, whether English club teams will dominate European football in the years to come, and much more including his memories of following soccer in America since the 1960s. Plus we feature an interview with Kevin Jones about the impact of the Premier League in the Far East, and much more.
Special Holiday Episode: Episode 45 is a special holiday episode of the EPL Talk Podcast featuring interviews with John Nicholson (Football 365), Graham Bell (The 2 G’s), Phil McThomas (Soccer Shout) and Ronaldo (101greatgoals.com). All four guests discuss their favorite football memories from previous Christmas Days and Boxing Days. Plus the guests review their football highlights of 2006, and share their football wishes for 2007. Topics such as the European Super League and what improvements the Premier League can make are discussed, as well as some pretty humorous memories of favorite football presents received during former Christmas’s.
SPORTELAmerica 2007: Episode 57 takes you to the SPORTELAmerica tradeshow in Miami Beach to hear interviews with Setanta Sports, GolTV and Fox Soccer Channel. Find out the latest news about how many 2007/2008 Premiership matches will be shown on Setanta Broadband. Discover what changes are in store for GolTV, and learn more about FoxSoccer.com from the man who’s responsible for making it a success. Plus we speak with two companies who are providing cutting-edge video analysis technology for commentators and analysts, and we give you an excerpt from the Soccer Shout podcast.
Jeremy St. Louis: Episode 15 features an interview with Jeremy St. Louis, an anchor on the Fox Sports World Report show that airs on Fox Soccer Channel. During the episode, Jeremy discusses how the Fox Sports World Report show began, what the reaction has been in Canada to Owen Hargreaves playing for England, Jeremy’s passion for soccer video games, how he became a Manchester United supporter, his feelings about the Ruud Van Nistelrooy saga, and much more.
John Terry and Carlo Ancelotti: Episode 124 of the EPL Talk Podcast features interviews with Chelsea’s John Terry and Carlo Ancelotti after Chelsea’s 2-0 victory against Club America in the final of the World Football Challenge in Arlington, Texas. Both Terry and Ancelotti discuss their reflections on the tournament itself. Thanks to Brian Zygo for interviewing both Terry and Ancelotti.
Kevin Toms: Episode 17 features an interview with Kevin Toms, the creator of the revolutionary “Football Manager” computer game, and now the creator of a brand-new online game called “FootyMax.” Toms reveals the team he supports, discusses how different “FootyMax” is to his previous games, talks about his favorite football memories, whether it’s possible to figure out the formula to beat his football simulation games, and much more.
The Treble: In episode five of the EPL Talk Podcast, we hear from the three lovely women responsible for The Treble soccer radio show: Diana, Nikki and Jenny. The girls discuss how the show started, their dreams of expanding the show, how they came up with their name for the radio show and so much more.
Jamie Trecker: In episode 27 of the EPL Talk Podcast, we speak with writer Jamie Trecker who discusses his childhood watching football in Scotland, divulges background on his career as a professional writer, the state of U.S. soccer, his thoughts on the next US manager, differences between interviewing U.S. and European soccer players, and his thoughts on the Premiership season thus far. Trecker also discusses what the experience was like blogging from the World Cup, how the 2006 World Cup compared to previous tournaments, a preview of what’ll be in his next book about his experiences at the World Cup in Germany, whether the Champions League is more entertaining than the World Cup, and how American sports journalists and their knowledge and respect of soccer has progressed over the past 20 years. Interestingly, Trecker paints a picture of what a typical week is like for a soccer journalist such as himself, and he reveals how many matches he watches a week and his extensive database he has to help him stay on top of the game.
Oliver Tse: In episode 61, The Gaffer interviews Oliver Tse from SoccerTV.com where he makes a major announcement regarding his site, and reveals some fascinating facts about the history of his site and the state of soccer on U.S. television. For example, Tse reveals the average TV ratings for a Premiership match on TV in America, which soccer league gets higher ratings than the NHL, his thoughts on whether ESPN would contemplate airing Premier League matches in the future, when Fox Soccer Channel and GolTV may move to HDTV, the chances of new soccer networks becoming available, and much more.
Martin Tyler: Johnathan Starling interviews the legendary football commentator and discusses how the ambitious footballer became a commentator, as well as some of his highs and lows as a commentator over the past 30 years.
UEFA Champions League: We preview the 2009 UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United. Martin Rogers of Yahoo! Sports, Chris Oakley of Some People on the Pitch, Phil Schoen who calls LaLiga matches for GOL TV and South Florida Sun Sentinel Soccer writer Jeff Rusnak joins us.
Hear each of our guests feelings about the matchup in Roma as well as their feelings about the seasons both sides have had and some general thoughts about European Football.
Tim Vickery: Episode 105 features an interview with Tim Vickery, one of the most astute writers on the topic of South American football and a co-host of the BBC World Football Phone-In Show as well as writer for World Soccer Magazine and Sports Illustrated. Vickery has lived in Brazil since 1994. His knowledge of South American football is so immense that he’s often nicknamed Legendinho on BBC’s World Football. In the interview with Vickery, the writer discusses why he’s never written a book, his memories of his first football match ever at White Hart Lane, the first match he watched on TV, memories of collecting sticker albums, the moment when he knew he wanted to become a football journalist, his first impressions of football in brazil when he arrived, the most intense atmospheres he has experienced at matches, and much more.
David Wangerin and Dave Rutter: Episode 34 of the EPL Talk Podcast features separate interviews with football author and historian David Wangerin, and Championship Manager studio manager Dave Rutter. The Gaffer also discusses his upcoming dream tour of England and explains how you can experience the atmosphere of the Premiership online during EPL Talk’s nine-day tour. During the interview with David Wangerin (left), author of “Soccer In A Football World,” several fascinating topics are discussed including how early soccer was played in America (the answer may surprise you). Wangerin also delves into the New York Cosmos, the 1950 U.S. World Cup Team and much more. Dave Rutter (right), meanwhile, discusses the recent release of Championship Manager ’07, how addictive it is and what new features are available for football simulation players. He tells us how he thinks it compares to Football Manager and what the plans are for Championship Manager ’08.
Nick Webster: In episode two, EPL Talk interviews Fox Soccer Channel’s Nick Webster. Best known as the Brit co-host on Super Saturday Plus, Nick discusses several interesting topics, including: what his opinion is about GolTV and their recent acquisition of the Arsenal TV and Liverpool TV rights, which celebrities are avid fans of FSC, what the chances are of Fox picking up La Liga next season, and insight into Fox’s new Passport to Germany show. Plus, hear Nick describe what he did before Fox Soccer Channel, what new programming FSC may have on the horizon, and what his feelings are regarding controversial Fox personality Max Bretos.
Sean Wheelock: Episode 12 features an interview with Sean Wheelock, World Cup commentator for XM Radio and a soccer analyst for BBC Radio Five Live. We spoke with Sean via phone from Germany and heard his insights regarding the upcoming US match against Ghana, his opinion about England’s performances thus far, how fans outside America view an American soccer commentator, his work on BBC Five Live’s “Up All Night” show, and much more.
Ronnie Whelan: Episode 23 features an interview with Ronnie Whelan, the Liverpool and Republic of Ireland legend who played in two World Cups and won more than 15 medals including the 1984 European Cup. During the interview, Whelan discusses the famous Liverpool “Boot Room,” what he thought of Bob Paisley and Jack Charlton, what MLS team he almost managed, and his two most memorable experiences during his illustrious career.
Jim White: Episode 103 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an exclusive interview with Jim White from The Daily Telegraph. Plus, The Gaffer includes his thoughts on the Chelsea and Manchester United match and why he’s outraged. In the interview with Jim White, the writer discusses how he practically grew up on Old Trafford. Plus he shares his views on the state of grassroots football in England, how the experience of covering football has changed due to the impact of the Internet, how the current Man United side compares to the great sides of the past and much more.
White Hart Lane and Emirates Stadium: Episode 39 of the EPL Talk Podcast features The Gaffer recounting his experiences of visiting Arsenal’s Emirates stadium tour and museum, as well as his journey to North London to visit Tottenham Hotspurs’s White Hart Lane. Find out how The Gaffer rated both grounds. Plus listen to an interview with Kevin Jones, a Leeds United supporter who discusses what it was like following the team around England and how football has changed so much from then til now.
John Williams: Episode 62 features an interview with John Williams, author and director of the Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research. During the interview, Williams shares his thoughts on the recent crowd trouble involving English fans in Europe, whether he thinks safe standing could work in England, his memories of travelling with England fans in Spain during the 1982 World Cup, his thoughts about the new ownership of Liverpool FC, plus much more.
Henry Winter: Episode 48 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an interview with Henry Winter, the football correspondent for The Daily Telegraph newspaper. Winter discusses what his most memorable football experiences are, the most incredible stadium experiences in the world, how he became a football writer, his thoughts on Jose Mourinho’s situation at Chelsea, and much more including an interesting fact about him that listeners will be surprised to hear.
Jeff Winter: Episode 54 features an interview with Jeff Winter, the former Premiership referee. Jeff shares his opinions about controversial topics such as the recent Man United and Lille match, as well as offering his insight regarding video technology and its place in the game of soccer. Jeff also answers questions from you, the listeners, and talks about his some of his most memorable memories as one of the top referees.
Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009: On this episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, Johnathan Starling interviews Dan Gallardo, product manager of Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009. We discuss the new features on this year’s game, the new means of downloading the game and some of our craziest moments while playing the game. At the end of the podcast, listen as a couple of new features to epltalk.com are announced.