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World Cup 2010 Day 5: World Cup Buzz Podcast

Cote d’Ivoire and Portugal made up the marquee match-up on Tuesday, but it was the efforts of New Zealand (against Slovakia) and North Korea (against Brazil) that wrote the stories. In this edition of the World Cup Buzz podcast, I’m joined by special guest The Gaffer to wrap-up Tuesday’s action […]

Barney Ronay Interview, The World Cup: EPL Talk Vodcast

Laurence McKenna, co-host of the EPL Talk and World Cup Buzz Podcasts, recently had a golden opportunity to sit down with one of the most remarkable English football writers and authors, Barney Ronay of The Guardian and When Saturday Comes. In this second part of the interview series, Ronay shares […]

World Cup 2010 Day 4: World Cup Buzz Podcast

Two surprise results highlight the fourth day of action of South Africa 2010. Joining me to talk about them is co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer as we break down the Netherlands’ opening win over Denmark, Japan’s first World Cup win away from home (beating Cameroon), and Paraguay drawing with reigning champions Italy.

World Cup 2010 Day 3: World Cup Buzz Podcast

Germany trounced Australia in their World Open opener. Ghana because the first Africa team to win, while Slovenia moved to the top of Group C. On this edition of the World Cup Buzz podcast, myself, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishanaiyer review Sunday’s action and look for want to Mondays matches […]

World Cup Day 2, United States-England: World Cup Buzz Podcast

It finally came. It finally went. The United States versus England, and as if there was any way we would forget the result, Robert Green made sure to make Saturday’s match an inadvertent classic. On this show, Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself discuss the results of that match, Argentina’s […]

South Africa-Mexico, France-Uruguay: World Cup Buzz Podcast

Four years of waiting is over, and Richard (me) is a little choken up. He, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer stop to reflect on World Cup 2010’s significance amidst discussion of South Africa’s tie with Mexico, France’s draw with Uruguay, and Saturday’s matches: Greece-Korea, Argentina-Nigeria, and England-United States.

World Cup Predictions, Knockout Stage: World Cup Buzz Podcast

You have invested the last month with us, though the expert interviews to the two weeks of group breakdowns, and now – the day before the 2010 World Cup starts – Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself make out final predictions: the Round of 16 to the July 11 final. […]

World Cup Group C Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

We left the most anticipated to the end, with today’s episode of the World Cup Buzz Podcast breaking down Group C. In that group England is the seed, and they are joined by Algeria, Slovenia, and a United States team that will look to conjure the same magic used on […]

World Cup Group D Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

The deepest group in the tournament was made all the more interesting when injuries to Michael Ballack and Michael Essien took the two biggest names out of Group D. On this episode of the World Cup Buzz podcast, myself, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer consider what the absences of Ballack […]

World Cup Group B Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

Argentina’s turbulent qualifying ride is over, and now they look to be one of the stronger teams at the World Cup. To look at the Albiceleste and their group – which includes Greece, Nigeria, and South Korea – I was joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Kishnaiyer to break down […]

World Cup Group G Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

Brazil is one of the anointed co-favorites but are in the tritely dubbed Group of Death with Cote d’Ivoire, North Korea and rival Portugal. On this edition of the World Cpu Buzz podcast, Laurence McKeena, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself look at the Selecao and the rest of World Cup’s Group […]

EPL Talk Vodcast: Barney Ronay

Barney Ronay, author and football writer for The Guardian, sits down with Laurence McKenna of EPL Talk for a one-on-one interview from the Guardian studos in London. Ronay discusses several topics including his favorite football manager, his favorite football writer, how he became a writer and much more.

World Cup Group F Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

Despite winning their UEFA qualifying group, the defending world champions’ Italy have failed to impress since winning the 2006 World Cup. Many will point to history in warning against reading too much into the Italian’s results, while others will point to the squad’s age as a reason to think a […]

World Cup Group A Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

South Africa as the seeded nation in Group A has created the most evenly-matched group in the tournament, with the Bafana Bafana’s home pitch advantage helping to mitigate the talent gap between them and their other group mates: France, Mexico and Uruguay. On this edition of the World Cup Buzz […]

World Cup Group H Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

A day after looking at the Netherland’s Group E, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer join me to break down Group H – otherwise known as Spain’s group. The 2008 European Champions are joined by Chile, Honduras and Switzerland in one of the tournaments most interesting groups, with the quartet having […]

World Cup Group E Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

In the first of eight group previews, I am joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer to – with a little help of Andy Brassel, Simon Hill, and Simon Kuper – look at Group E. The Netherlands are the seeded nation in a group with no easy points. Denmark won […]

Sean Wheelock Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

Sean Wheelock covers North American for the BBC and is best known for his word on the BBC’s World Football Phone-In. On today’s edition of the World Cup Buzz podcast, “The Big Wheel” joins me to focus on Group C; specifically, England and the United States.

Jonathan Wilson Interview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

The Guardian’s Jonathan Wilson is one of the most influential soccer writers in the English-language world, whose ability to explain the tactical side of the game has changed the way the game is covered. ​On today’s podcast, the author of Sunderland: A Club Transformed, Behind the Curtain, and Inverting the […]

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Pep Guardiola: Bayern Munich’s Champions League match against Olympiakos ‘a final for us’

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola insists Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Olympiakos is effectively ‘a final’ for the Germans in the battle to finish top of the group. Both Olympiakos and Bayern have nine points in Group F, but Guardiola’s Bavarians lead the table with an overwhelming goal difference and […]

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