Audio Football Club

100 EpisodesProduced by The Telegraph

Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki and the UK's finest team of sports reporters unpack the week in football, every Monday. Join the club.

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June 24th, 2019


On the podcast today, a chaotic game in Valenciennes saw England defeat Cameroon 3-0 in extraordinary circumstances to progress to the quarter-finals.


Elsewhere we look at the other games in the round of 16, including a …

A game of Le Havre

June 17th, 2019


On the show we’re talking all things World Cup. England beat Argentina to maintain their 100% start to the tournament, the USA seem unstoppable as …

Parris is burning

June 10th, 2019


On the podcast today, England are unconvincing in their World Cup opener against Scotland but nevertheless do start their tournament with a win.


Elsewhere there were impressive starts for Brazil and France, while …

Phil-good factor fading? Women's World Cup preview

June 5th, 2019


The Women’s World Cup awaits and Thom Gibbs is back in the audio recording facility to look ahead to the tournament.
 Joining him are host of the …

Smooth Klopperator

June 3rd, 2019


The Champions League final may have disappointed but what a tournament it was, the AFC panellists discuss whether Liverpool deserved it (spoiler …

King Klopp or Kane? Champions League final preview

May 29th, 2019


The Champions League final awaits and Thom Gibbs is back in the audio recording facility to look ahead to Liverpool vs Spurs in Madrid.
Joining him …

Treble without a pause for Manchester City

May 20th, 2019


The 2018/19 FA Cup final is the latest glittering addition to Manchester City's groaning trophy shelf and host Thom Gibbs is on hand to unpick a historic treble.
Joining him are Matt Law, Mina Rzouki and Alistair …

We are (talking about) the champions

May 13th, 2019


Manchester City win the league at Brighton while Liverpool finish with 97 points, a shared golden boot, a golden glove, a player of the season award …

Women's Football Special

May 10th, 2019


A timely first for the podcast: host Thom Gibbs is joined in the audio recording facility by an all-female lineup to unpack the world of women’s …

Attempting to explain Spurs and Liverpool miracles

May 9th, 2019

An outrageous couple of days in European football brings host Thom Gibbs back into the audio recording facility to analyse how the first all-English Champions League final since 2008 came to be.   Joining him are Chief …

Audio Football Club interview with… Matt Forde

May 8th, 2019


Today we are joined in the audio recording facility by comedian, satirist and broadcaster Matt Forde.

Matt talks about growing up with Nottingham …

Football phone-out with Jamie Carragher

May 7th, 2019


Telegraph Sport columnists James Ducker, Chris Bascombe and Jamie Carragher all join Thom Gibbs on the inaugural AFC football phone-out.

We get their …

Penultimatey shoot-out: The title race goes to the last day, the top four is decided and a farewell to Cardiff City

May 6th, 2019


On the podcast this week, with the top four and relegation places confirmed the only thing to be decided on the final day of the Premier League season is the title race.


We assess how Maurizio Sarri has performed this …

La Ligafication: A low quality race for the top four, Eden Hazard’s importance and Championship automatic promotion decided

April 29th, 2019


On the podcast this week, nobody seems to want to claim the remaining two Champions League places as Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United AND Chelsea all fail to win.

It’s more predictable at the very top however with …

Spurs push City Limits: Title race goes to the wire, Manchester United and Arsenal disappoint and Juventus claim Serie A

April 22nd, 2019


On the podcast this week, Manchester City and Liverpool both get important wins to keep the title race very much alive.

Manchester United and Arsenal …

Born slippy: Liverpool pass yet another test, Man City cruise past Palace and shirt swapping drama

April 15th, 2019


On the podcast this week, Liverpool got a significant win over Chelsea to keep the title race extremely close for another week at least.

Manchester …

Deulofeu la la: Watford win at Wembley, Champions League preview and a big jacket gets thrown

April 8th, 2019


On the podcast this week, the greatest FA Cup semi of all time and one of the more boring in recent memory as Watford and Manchester City progress to the final.


Elsewhere, a very poor Arsenal lose to Everton and …

Vardiff City: Hugo Lloris flaps, Liverpool are still in it and a fiery Old Firm Derby

April 1st, 2019


On the podcast this week, an exciting end to proceedings at Anfield as Liverpool go top of the Premier League, scandal as Cardiff City are very …

These are the breaks: The home nations in action, the Premier League run-in and the greatest goal of all time

March 25th, 2019


On the podcast this week, is this a better England side than the one we saw at the World Cup? We analyse their 5-0 win over the Czech Republic and look at their wealth of options.


Wales and Northern Ireland start their …

Wow Moutinho: FA Cup quarter-finals, Premier League and England previews

March 18th, 2019


On the podcast this week, just about every competition gets some airtime as we cover the FA Cup, the Premier League, the Championship, the Champions League and the upcoming England internationals.

Somehow there's still …

Top Phwoar: Arsenal defeat Manchester United, Spurs in ‘crisis’ and the mighty Jack Grealish

March 11th, 2019


On the podcast this week, we assess Unai Emery’s tactics in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat of Manchester United and De Gea’s supposedly disappointing season.

No Salah: A nervy Liverpool, a North London derby and a farewell to Claudio Ranieri

March 4th, 2019


On the podcast this week, Liverpool fail to beat Everton in the Merseyside derby helping Manchester City move closer to the title.

Arsenal miss a …

Kepa for the course at Chelsea: Carabao Cup drama, transfer bans and Claude Puel sacked

February 25th, 2019


On the podcast this week, there’s a dramatic conclusion to the Carabao Cup we unpick what happened and what this means for Maurizio Sarri’s future.

Plus there’s transfer bans, boring matches and the possible return of …

Ashley Goal: FA Cup 5th Round, Phil Foden’s rise and Sarri vs Solskjaer

February 18th, 2019


On the podcast this week, the biggest shock in the FA Cup is that there were no shocks, there’s praise for Phil Foden and Ashley Cole and we look …

I'm Sarri, I haven't a clue: Man City maul Chelsea, a consistent Cardiff City and Champions League excitement

February 11th, 2019


On the podcast this week, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City thrash Chelsea at the Etihad and what this means for the future of Sarri-ball, we dissect …

Unai for Unai: Man City dominate Arsenal, Higuain is off the mark and Solskjaer is still unbeaten

February 4th, 2019


This week on the Audio Football Club, Man City keep the pressure on Liverpool at the top with a convincing win over an unconvincing Arsenal.

We look …

Hudson-Annoy: FA Cup shocks, sadness for Spurs and a stuttering Marco Silva

January 28th, 2019


Audio Football Club takes to the audio recording facility to unpick the weekend's action.

There were plenty of shocks in the FA Cup to dissect including West Ham's defeat to AFC Wimbledon, Everton's loss away at …

Cech-ing out: Liverpool handle the pressure, stubborn Sarri suffers and Spurs injury setbacks

January 21st, 2019


Another busy week in the world of football including two lesser seen 4-3 results in the same day.

We assess whether Liverpool rode their luck or have …

Wemb-Ole: Manchester United beat Spurs, Arsenal don't know what to do with Özil and Arnautovic wants out(ovic)

January 14th, 2019


Manchester United continue their winning streak under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Sam Dean updates us on the …

Lemons in a cup: Third round upsets, the Premier League title race and a farewell to Fabregas

January 7th, 2019


It was a weekend of upsets in the FA Cup with Newport County, Barnet, Oldham and Gillingham all beating superior opposition.

We review the best (and worst) of the third round as well as debating Fabregas’ status as a …

Pep Guardi-all-over: Liverpool go seven points clear, Man City stutter and a festive fixture quick fire round-up

December 31st, 2018


It's been a packed and unpredictable period since we last brought you an episode and we're trying our very best to digest the entire football festive feast in just fifty minutes. Sit tight.We cover Man City's stumble, …

Christmas wrapping: The AFC 2018 awards

December 24th, 2018


It's a festive extravaganza today as the team dish out the first ever Telegraph AFC end of year awards. 

It's been an eventful year in football and …

M62 can play at that game: Liverpool thrash Manchester United, a resurgent Southampton and Christmas party cancellations

December 17th, 2018


Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs it's Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Matt Law

There’s shock as we learn that Liverpool are …

Premature League: Man City lose, Liverpool go top and the Copa Libertadores actually happened

December 10th, 2018


Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs it's Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Jason Burt

Today, rescind the premature league title, …

Big Divock Energy: Mark Hughes sacked, Arsenal thrash Spurs and Liverpool scrape through yet again

December 3rd, 2018


Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs it's Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Matt LawToday we react to the news that Mark Hughes …

Chelsea Stagger: Superb Spurs, the return of Ranieri and differing fortunes for the Manchester clubs

November 26th, 2018


Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs today it's Mina Rzouki, Charlie Eccleshare and Matt LawOn the show this week there's a thorough assessment of a thrilling London derby at Wembley and the …

Audio Football Club with... Suggs

November 22nd, 2018


Hello podcast fans and welcome to a special bonus episode of Telegraph Audio Football Club

Today we’re taking a brief break from our usual routine to talk to a TV presenter, writer and, most famously the singer for …

The Fabian (appreciation) Society: England beat Croatia, Scotland cling on and Richard Scudamore's bonus

November 19th, 2018


Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs today it's Jason Burt, JJ Bull and Matt Law.There's reaction to the the mighty …

Pep talk: dissecting the Manchester derby, an unbeaten Chelsea and passionate post match interviews

November 12th, 2018


Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs today it's Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Matt Law.Today we painstakingly dissect the …

MEGA League: Alvaro Morata's hot streak, Rooney's return and where now for Southampton?

November 5th, 2018


Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs today it's Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Matt Law.

On the podcast today: flying …

A-harsenal: Manchester United drop Lukaku, Liverpool impress and El Clasico doesn’t disappoint

October 29th, 2018


Welcome to the Telegraph Audio Football Club, joining Thom Gibbs today it's Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull and Jim WhiteOn the podcast today: Arsenal stop …

Take it to the Bridge: Manchester United vs Chelsea, Fulham’s failings and much more

October 22nd, 2018


It was a reasonably eventful weekend in the Premier League but with Jose Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge what did you expect? 

Joining Thom …

The Raheem Sterling Conundrum

October 15th, 2018


Has the post-World Cup bubble of good feeling towards England burst? Did England 2.0 look at all like getting revenge on Croatia? Why are Scotland so bad!? The international break has provided a heap of questions that …

Unai Emery's Arsenal Globetrotters

October 8th, 2018


Goals galore in the Premier League this weekend, everywhere except the game we expected to have at least seven. Thom Gibbs, Matt Law, Mina Rzouki and …

If only Man Utd had a Robert Snodgrass

October 1st, 2018


It's a week that's gone from bad to worse for the red side of Manchester so what now for Manchester United, what now for Jose Mourinho, and which West Ham player did a passable impression of a South American genius in …

Pep: Control freak or arrogant winner?

September 24th, 2018


It was a weekend of battling draws, hard-earned victories with a sprinkling of thrashings. Thom Gibbs is back alongside Mina Rzouki, Matt Law and JJ …

Eddie Howe for England

September 17th, 2018


The Premier League is back with a bang and the AFC Telegraph team of Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull, Jason Burt, and Jim White are here to analyse it all.

This …

We're about to enter the managerial killing fields

September 10th, 2018


England, England, England. The optimism around the World Cup is beginning to dissipate as Saturday's 2-1 loss to Spain saw a third loss in a row for Gareth Southgate's side. We've substituted into the host seat Mina …

A skateboarding revelation

September 3rd, 2018


Week four in the Premier League has been and gone leaving Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford to lead the way with maximum points. 

Host Thom Gibbs is …

Hugging the line between madness and brilliance

August 27th, 2018


Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki, Matt Law, and JJ Bull are back to discuss week three of the Premier League. 


This week we discuss the panel discuss how …

The cheese room

August 20th, 2018


Mourinho moans, Arsenal defence disappears, and City score for fun. Some things never change, but the wind did change in North London as Harry Kane finally scored in August. Relief for all.

Host Thom Gibbs is joined …

A new era

August 13th, 2018


Back for season two, under new management, a new name, and a change in formation, it's Telegraph Audio Football Club, or AFC Telegraph for short.

Jamie Carragher: No one can question Didier Deschamps now

July 15th, 2018


We have our World Cup 2018 winners at last and it’s France, after their 4-2 victory over Croatia. 

Jamie Carragher joins host Thom Gibbs one last time to unpick the big moments of the 2018 World Cup final, decide what …

Jamie Carragher: Kane's miss was the defining moment of the match

July 11th, 2018


The dream is over for England for another four years as England bow out of the World Cup with an excruciating extra time loss to Croatia.

On today’s episode, Jamie Carragher joins Thom Gibbs to discuss what England were …

Jamie Carragher's advice to England

July 8th, 2018


Football has edged even closer to home following a 2-0 victory over Sweden on Saturday. Former England player Jamie Carragher joins Thom Gibbs to …

Jamie Carragher: I always felt England would edge it

July 4th, 2018


The unthinkable has happened. England go the long route round via a much feared penalty shootout to reach the quarter finals of a major tournament.

On this historic episode of Total Football Thom Gibbs is joined by …

Jamie Carragher: England will be favourites against Colombia but it won't be easy

June 29th, 2018


It was all going so well until the mind games started but England finish the group stages on the correct side of the draw, supposedly.

Telegraph …

The Gareth Southgate Appreciation Society

June 24th, 2018


Football is coming home! After England's record 6-1 victory over Panama emotions are high and the Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate fan club is in full …

Jamie Carragher: Kane gives England belief to win

June 18th, 2018


It’s been an eventful opening to the World Cup with shocks, wondergoals and technological excitement galore. Former England defender Jamie Carragher …

Russia Preview Special

June 13th, 2018


World Cup fever is upon us and it's time to delve into the biggest issues Russia 2018 can muster including England’s chances, how the favourites will fare, and who’s going to embarrass themselves in front of a global …

Sir Geoff Hurst Special

May 31st, 2018


This week's episode is a first for the podcast: it's the first time we have a knight of the realm in our midst.

We're in front of a live audience as host Thom Gibbs is joined by our special guest Sir Geoff Hurst on an …

Jamie Carragher on Liverpool's Champions League final defeat

May 27th, 2018


Liverpool's dream of lifting the European Cup for a sixth time died on Saturday night in Kiev and Jamie Carragher was there to witness it all.
The …

Mourinho is like a vampire sucking the life out of Man Utd

May 20th, 2018


Saturday's FA Cup final is the main subject of discussion on this week's Total Football, with Telegraph Sport's Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt joining host Thom Gibbs to dissect the game.
There's also an …

A centurion season

May 13th, 2018


Goodbye Premier League season 2017/18, we've all had a fairly nice time but all fairly good things must come to an end.
That's exactly what happened …

John Motson Special

May 10th, 2018


Total Football goes on the road this week to speak with the legendary voice of football, John Motson

Jim White is at Wembley for this special episode as we look back on John’s 40 year plus career, and how the commentary …

Goodbye to the big Staffordshire temple of gambling

May 6th, 2018


It's the business end of the business end of the season and Total Football is here to detail all you need to know about promotion, relegation and mathematical safety.
Telegraph Sport's Luke Edwards joins host Thom Gibbs …

Get the bunting out. Big Sam is staying.

April 29th, 2018


Little to treasure from Arsenal's final trip to Manchester under Arsene Wenger's management, other than the mysterious trinket kindly given to him before the game from his former mortal enemy.
Jim White joins host Thom …

Arsenal need a realist who will get rid of half the squad

April 22nd, 2018


Arsene Wenger began his longish farewell to Arsenal on Sunday, with a 4-1 victory against West Ham.
The Telegraph's Chief Sports Writer Paul Hayward …

Man Utd at their best haven't come close to City

April 15th, 2018


The world of football and podcasting removes its hats as one this week to salute Manchester City. 
Pep Guardiola's side have clinched the Premier …

From Olé to Dismay: Manchester City guilty of premature Premier League congratulations

April 8th, 2018


Manchester City's Premier League party was pooped by Paul Pogba and company on Sunday, as Manchester United made their city rivals wait. Ian Irving …

Salah has done what we would have expected if Liverpool signed Messi

April 1st, 2018


One hardy Premier League record was sent tumbling to the ground on Sunday, when Spurs finally registered a league win at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1990.
Deputy football correspondent Jeremy Wilson joins …

Sean Dyche would make a better Prime Minister than Theresa May

March 25th, 2018


It's international break which means a break from the norm for Total Football.
This week Thom Gibbs welcomes former spin doctor and current author Alastair Campbell to the podcast. 
Campbell, an enormous Burnley FC fan, …

The weekend of the overdog

March 18th, 2018


Our footballing priorities were divided this weekend, with a depleted raft of Premier League fixtures taking place at the same time as the FA Cup quarter finals.
It was a Cup weekend light on shocks, but Alan Tyers …

Fans believe the identity of West Ham has been ripped out of the club

March 12th, 2018


Ian Irving is called off the subs bench to host this week's Total Football alongside the Telegraph's Jim White.

This week we discuss the trials and …

Arsenal are so bad even Gunnersaurus is performing badly

March 4th, 2018


The Arsenal ennui barometer reached dangerous new levels on Sunday with a grim defeat to Brighton in Falmer.
Host Thom Gibbs is joined by Telegraph Sport's Sam Dean to discuss all of weekend's football, which also …

Matt Le Tissier: Arsenal went into the game with an inferiority complex

February 25th, 2018


Football royalty joins host Thom Gibbs for this week's episode. Yes Southampton fans, it's the moment you've been waiting for - Matt Le Tissier is our special guest.
He helps us analyse Arsenal's wretched performance in …

Sol Campbell: I don't know what kind of manager they want. Maybe puppets?

February 22nd, 2018


In a special Total Football episode we bring you when Thom met Sol Campbell.

As the League Cup final looms we ask the former Arsenal hero if his team …

VAR has come in a year too early

February 18th, 2018


The magic supply was running dangerously low in the FA Cup fifth round, until Steve Davies buried an unlikely equaliser for Rochdale against Spurs at Spotland. 
Charlie Eccleshare joins host Thom Gibbs to examine all …

Stuart Pearce: Relegation is a game of musical chairs

February 11th, 2018


Total Football welcomes a special guest this week as Stuart Pearce sits down with host Thom Gibbs to reflect on the weekend's football.
Pearce, now assistant to David Moyes at West Ham, gives his verdict on their win …

Spurs won penalty with a very good dive, but it's still cheating

February 4th, 2018


There were goals, questionable penalties and oodles of drama at Anfield, where Spurs struck late to rescue a point. But did they earn it fairly?
Luke …

Liverpool's game was ruined by VAR

January 28th, 2018


If you are a fan of Coventry City, Wigan Athletic or Newport County it was a memorable weekend in the FA Cup fourth round. If you're a fan of …

Not a knee-jerk! Sacking Marco Silva made sense.

January 21st, 2018

It's farewell Marco Silva on this week's Total Football, and who better to join host Thom Gibbs than die-hard Watford supporter and the director of Football Manager, Miles Jacobson?   He gives his verdict on the Silva …

A blueprint to beat the Blues

January 14th, 2018


The Manchester City unbeaten run is over, but that is the merest skim of the surface of what was an incredible match in the Premier League.
The Telegraph's Jim White joins Thom Gibbs on Total Football to unpick the 4-3 …

Little frightened rabbits

January 7th, 2018


The FA Cup third round looked to be heading for a 6/10 overall rating until Nottingham Forest knocked out the holders in a classic at the City Ground.

Trains, planes and referees

January 4th, 2018


With sheer weight of football threatening to overwhelm us over the festive period you would be forgiven for feeling mildly confused.
Fortunately the …

Harry Kane vs Dixie Dean

December 28th, 2017


In 2017's last Total Football, host Thom Gibbs sits down with Opta's Duncan Alexander to analyse the season so far through a statistical lens. 
We look at the table from top to bottom, and put your best questions to …

Do the deal

December 17th, 2017


Another week another frightening Manchester City victory. Telegraph Sport's Luke Edwards joins the Total Football podcast to tell Thom Gibbs just how much better this City side are than all of their rivals.
Luke and …

Jamie Carragher: Liverpool only have themselves to blame

December 10th, 2017


Telegraph Sport columnist Jamie Carragher joins this week's Total Football to discuss the Manchester and Merseyside derbies with host Thom Gibbs.

Karma for Pogba

December 3rd, 2017


Did we witness the best Premier League game of the season on Saturday night? Host Thom Gibbs believes that we did, and the Telegraph's Football News Correspondent Matt Law joins us to dissect Arsenal's thrilling home …

What's wrong with Rom?

November 26th, 2017

Ian Irving is keeping the host seat warm this week whilst Thom Gibbs rides the managerial merry-go-round.   Telegraph columnist Jim White joins Ian …

Sunderland's tyre fire

November 19th, 2017

The season has given us its first north London derby, and it was Arsenal who emerged victorious at Ashburton Grove.   The Telegraph's Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt is our guest, and gives his verdict on that …

Sam Wallace's Power Rankings

November 12th, 2017


Eleven games in and we've seen enough of the Premier League to make some rash conclusions about how the league table is going to pan out at its conclusion.

Chief Football Writer, Sam Wallace, joins host Thom Gibbs to …

Put a rocket up them

November 5th, 2017


A genuinely Super Sunday on paper, but did it live up to expectations? The Telegraph's Deputy Football Correspondent Jeremy Wilson joins Thom Gibbs to unpick the weekend that was.
Spurs maintained their inverse-hoodoo …

Can you speak up a bit?

October 29th, 2017


Once again the Premier League has brought us delights from across the country for Total Football to debate, revel in and despair at.

Thom Gibbs is away so Ian Irving is keeping the host seat warm alongside Jim White.

We …

Taxi For Koeman

October 22nd, 2017


It finished London 9 Merseyside 3 in the Premier League on Sunday, but this isn't a podcast designed to confirm your conspiracy theories about London-centric media bias. 

Instead we attempt to make sense of all the key …

Total Football Special: Graeme Souness

October 19th, 2017


Graeme Souness sits down with Thom Gibbs in a bonus episode of Total Football this week.

The former Liverpool, Southampton and Newcastle manager …

The John Percy Blues Explosion

October 15th, 2017


Domestic football returned to our lives in thrilling fashion this weekend and Total Football is on hand to unpick the biggest stories. 

John Percy …

Exclusive Jamie Carragher interview: Telegraph Sport's new signing

October 10th, 2017


It's an exciting day for Telegraph Sport as we announce our new signing, former Liverpool captain and England international Jamie Carragher.
Jamie …

What has Lionel Messi won for Argentina?

October 8th, 2017


Rejoice, football fans, England will take their place in the 2018 World Cup. Unfortunately, nobody seems very excited about this news.

Jim White joins host Thom Gibbs to wonder how this team can get the country back on …

Block. Tackle. Defy. Repeat.

October 1st, 2017


A super weekend for the current kings of the Premier League: Manchester City, Manchester United, and perhaps most powerful of all, Harry Kane.Chelsea …

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