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Top 10 soccer podcasts for fútbol fans

Top 10 soccer podcasts

The growth in soccer in America has coincided with an explosion of blogs and podcasts covering the game. As an avid podcast producer and podcast listener myself, I have curated a list of my Top 10 soccer podcasts. A few caveats—

This is a list of general soccer podcasts, not club-specific podcasts.

In order to rank the Top 10 soccer podcasts, I ranked each podcast according to various categories. The sum of those ranked scores determined the final position of the Top 10 soccer podcasts.

Some of these are call-in shows and TV shows, but most people listen to them as podcasts. Lastly, while positions 4, 5; 7, 8 as well as 9, 10 were tied on points, I used my subjective personal preference to pick the higher ranked one.

10. The Game podcast

Gab Marcotti as host is incredible. He forces his oft-changing panel (Alyson Rudd, James Scowcraft, etc.) to go into areas no one else is discussing; for example, their recent discussion on the failings of Wayne Rooney being a result of confirmation bias versus anything statistically substantial. While the analysis is terrific, it can occasionally be a little dry. Definitely a good podcast for hardcore soccer fans. This podcast goes live on Sundays.

9. Champions League podcast

This is a new pod from BT Sport, but has tremendous potential. The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Owen Hargreaves and Harry Redknapp are current and future guests on the show. What is fascinating about this podcast is that, given it is a panel made of ex-players and managers; you get player psychology, as opposed to much tactical conversation. Therefore, you are likely to hear a player’s perspective on off-field and on-field events that may be occurring at a club. This makes the Champions League Podcast a unique listen particularly for Manchester United supporters such as myself. This podcast goes lives on Thursdays after Champions League games.

8. The Gary Neville podcast

Gary Neville’s tactical analysis is unparalleled. While this podcast is only about 15 minutes long, and usually covers one or two games, it is a must-listen. This is the closest we have to Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. This podcast goes live on Sundays.

7. Men in Blazers

If your 16-year-old cousin comes up to you, having just got into soccer, and he asks – “Hey man, what’s a good soccer podcast to listen to?” – MIB is your best bet. Rog and Davo are entertaining and appeal to many newer fans of the game. While Grantland has met its demise, MIB have grown from strength to strength and are incredibly good at interviewing players and managers with an empathy and self-deprecation that is Marc Maron-esque. While this might not be the podcast for hardcore analysis, fans of USMNT and USWNT would enjoy this podcast simply because of the number of players that have been featured. A highlight would be the episode where the duo interviewed Meghan Klingenberg.

6. The 2 Robbies Show

Top 10 soccer podcasts

A call-in show and a standalone podcast, you get some terrific analysis from Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle (and occasionally, from stand-in host, Kyle Martino). Robbie Mustoe is, in my opinion, currently among the best soccer TV pundit on American TV. The 2 Robbies Show is the best call-in show stateside and is increasing rapidly in listenership. While they dive into tactical areas, my favorite moments start with Mustoe asking Earle – “When you were a player, would you… “ (or vice-versa) – giving us a look into the psychology of professional footballers. The call-in show goes live on Sundays, whereas the stand-alone podcast goes live midweek.

5. The Football Ramble

Top ten soccer podcasts

Undoubtedly the funniest podcast on this list. The chemistry between the crew in undeniable and there’s definitely a feeling of “eavesdropping on friends talking about football”. They were recently added to a growing list of soccer programming on Sirius XM, and it is much deserved. I once described this podcast to a friend as “The Ricky Gervais Show” of football podcasts. It is entertaining, silly, irreverent, and yet Pete Donaldson might suddenly drop a Rene Descartes reference thrown in there; possibly while discussing Alan Pardew. Which one of the foursome is Karl Pilkington you ask? You’ll have to listen-in and decide for yourself. This podcast is usually available Sunday mornings.

4. World Soccer Talk

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The boys are back in town. The current iteration of the World Soccer Talk Podcast is terrific – Richard Farley’s pointed questions and desire to stray away from clichéd conversation, Kartik Krishnaiyer’s amazing eidetic memory and impassioned analysis meshes perfectly with Laurence McKenna’s skepticism and disdain for what the media is usually discussing. If you are one of the growing members of the soccer community who is tired of lazy analysis and silly overreactions, and roll your eyes at what is trending on Twitter, this is the podcast for you. It is the first podcast I turn to for analysis of the weekend’s games. This podcast goes live on Sunday nights.

Hear the World Soccer Talk Podcast on all podcast players.

3. ESPN FC podcast

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ESPN FC is the first podcast I listen to each morning. The podcast discusses big stories, as well as games from various leagues – with a focus on the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and La Liga. The analysis reflects key moments in games, as well as examining larger issues permeating clubs – managers, ownerships, etc. But, there is an entertaining quality as well. And the entertainment comes courtesy of the unpredictable Craig Burley. Burley is as likely to make a poignant argument about the failings of Chelsea, as he is to take a ridiculous Fernando-Torres-related-bet resulting in him getting a tattoo (it was fake, but still). Finally, because of their attachment to the behemoth that is ESPN, you get interviews with big-name players and managers. Check out Shaka Hislop’s insightful interview of Jose Mourinho, as an example. This podcast goes live every morning.

2. Football Weekly

Top 10 soccer podcasts

The breadth of conversation makes this a must-listen podcast. “AC Jimbo” and company use the traditional review/preview method, to facilitate conversation about various leagues across the world. Guests such as Sid Lowe and Iain Macintosh provide world-class analysis that warrants attention. Somehow, they occasionally squeeze in updates on the Indian Super League; which, this author finds flattering. Do yourself a favor, and go back and listen to their interviews from this summer. The “Football Weekly meets” set of interviews was incredibly well-produced as well as executed. In particular, listen to “The Half-time hero” from July 6th, 2015, to listen to an interview with a man who lived every football fan’s dream. This podcast goes live on Thursday and Monday mornings.

1. BBC Radio 5 live’s World Football Phone-in

BBC Radio 5 live’s World Football Phone-in

Two words – Tim Vickery. There is nothing more enjoyable than hearing Tim Vickery discuss the sociopolitical issues in South American football. Each week, there is a revolving list of analysts who know the intricacies of the leagues in their regions. What you won’t get in this podcast is analysis of current games, but for people obsessed with obscure leagues, historical anecdotes and player profiles, there is no better way to spend your Saturday morning than to listen to this gem of a podcast. As a bonus, this year, host Dotun Adebayo gives updates on his nephew who is trying to break through as a professional footballer at Peterborough United. For hardcore soccer aficionados, this is the best way to start your weekend.

What about you? Do you agree/disagree with the list? Would you have added any other shows to the list? Have your say the comments section below.

Meanwhile, here are the scores for each of the Top 10 soccer podcasts:

RankNameAnalysisEntertainmentHostGuestsTopicsTotal
        
1BBC 5105810942
2Football Weekly68107839
3ESPN FC57741033
4World Soccer Talk7653728
5Football Ramble41062628
6The 2 Robbies8345525
7Men in Blazers1936221
8Gary Neville9119121
9Champions League2428319
10Game Podcast3291419

 

Agree or disagree about our list of Top 10 soccer podcasts? Share your feedback in the comments section below.

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22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. MARK

    February 13, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Check these two Americans out—good take on the beautiful gaem from some yanks.

    From The Spot Soccer Podcast

    @FromTheSpotSP

  2. Harch

    January 18, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I never had been happy about the US coverage of soccer until I discovered those guys : http://soundcloud.com/districtlevelthepodcast
    It is entertaining, refreshing and make a lot of sens to me.

  3. Jake

    September 29, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Solid list! Thanks to you Sean who recommended Yanks Call It Soccer Podcast here in the comment section. Very funny podcast!!! Highly recommended. Keep it up Sean!

  4. MARK PATTERSON

    September 29, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Aside from their somewhat annoying ‘yank’ love and loyalty i find it difficult to compare any podcast favorably to MIB in terms of entertainment

  5. Mike Fahey

    August 26, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Second Captains football show is an excellent podcast.

  6. blake

    April 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    The football ramble is my favorite with espn fc close behind it depending on who’s on. Honorable mention goes to caught offside.

  7. Frill Artist

    February 6, 2016 at 8:28 am

    ESPNFC is the best and most entertaining.

  8. Conor

    February 1, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Second Captains football show should be added. Great podcast and definitely worth a listen.

  9. Christian

    January 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Haven’t people seen through the charade of the pandering nonsense of Men in Blazers yet?

  10. Bosco T. Jones

    November 12, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Psh! The best podcast I have listened to is It’s Always Sonny in Soccerdelphia! It’s a very funny show, and both hosts have played the game.

  11. Bloody Shambles

    November 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

    no comment. Bloody Shambles!

  12. Casey G

    November 12, 2015 at 1:04 am

    The Original Soccernet/ESPN FC Podcast was the best imo, they ones they have now are just audio versions of the studio show in bristol, which to be quite frank are not that interesting what-so-ever.

    The old show (Soccernet) originally hosted by Jon-Harris Bass and Adriano Russo was one of a kind, it was recorded for audio purposes only in a studio outside of London so it already had that authenic feel, while covereing Premier League on Mondays and then did a wrap-up of European competitions on Thursdays. When Dan Mason took over hosting duties of the new show (ESPN FC) it was taken to the next level because they brought in top level journalists and writers like Gab Marcotti and Michael Cox (zonal marking) but also elite commentators like Ian Darke and Peter Drury, all people that really knew what they were talking about.

    Ever since ESPN cut the cord on that podcast and replaced it with this current version of audio from the daily show on television, I havn’t found anything near the quality they provided over those years. I miss that and hope they return some day on another podcast or platform!

    • Byron

      November 13, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      i agree 100%

    • blake

      April 29, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      You mean Dan thomas?

  13. Christopher McKenzie

    November 11, 2015 at 2:45 am

    The independent and excellent Total Soccer Show merits further consideration. Coverage of international competitions, European and American leagues. Deep tactical analysis and irreverent, enjoyable banter by a Brit and an American.

    • Nipun

      November 11, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      I do enjoy Total Soccer Show. Probably deserved to be on the list. Thanks for reading.

    • Scott Friedman

      August 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Definitely Total Soccer Show. No offense to any of the others, it’s the only podcast I look forward to downloading every weekday. Others I catch up with when I have time.

  14. Chris H

    November 11, 2015 at 1:44 am

    The Anfield Wrap and Graham Hunter’s podcast need to be on this top 10.

  15. Sean Reeves

    November 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Clearly you’ve been missing out! Yanks Call it Soccer’s podcast must be 11th here. http://apple.co/1MmbovM

  16. Straight_Spurs

    November 10, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I just can’t take this seriously at all when I see ESPN FC on here and Men In Blazers. ESPN FC is a god awful show and Craig Burley make Alexi Llala look like a competent analyst. MIB is a satire show and podcast no real footy knowledge.

    • blake

      April 29, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Are you Kidding me? are you a journalist? I completely understand on the men in blazers opinion, craig burley is the only thing that makes espn fc good?

      • blake

        April 29, 2016 at 4:37 pm

        O your a spurs fan? This completely makes since on why your not very smart. hahaha

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