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World Cup 2018 - Day 12: Russia Fall, Uruguay Impress and Spain & Portugal Stumble Over th…


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The Tifo team discusses Russia's first loss of the tournament to an increasingly impressive Uruguay team, and Spain & Portugal's dramatic falling over the finish line versus a very lively Morocco and a sturdy, positive Iran.

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Rafa Honigstein

September 17th, 2019

Rafa Honigstein joins Tifo to discuss Joachim Löw & the Germany team, Bayern and their summer, the story of Bakary Jatta, and much more. - for a 30 day free trial, and 50% off an annual …

Steve Morison: Tactical Insight & Football Psychology

September 10th, 2019

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Steve Morison joins Tifo to provide fascinating insight into football from behind the scenes, of both a tactical and a …

What's Going On At Tottenham Hotspur

September 3rd, 2019

The North London derby, Spurs' 5-year goals, Pochettino's press conferences and Marcus Edwards. Tifo is joined by Jack Pitt-Brooke of The Athletic to discuss all things Tottenham Hotspur.

The Age of Football: An Interview with David Goldblatt

August 27th, 2019

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How Do You Value a Football Club's Brand?

August 20th, 2019

Alex and Joe are joined by Bryn Anderson and Declan Ahern from Brand Finance to discuss this year's biggest football brands, how you value them, and how Real Madrid beat Manchester Untied to the top spot.

Football Tactics with Michael Cox (Zonal Marking)

August 13th, 2019

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Premier League VAR Explained & The Athletic's Ed Malyon

August 6th, 2019

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How will VAR work in the Premier League? And the much-discussed, long-awaited launch of the Athletic. We speak to …

Sensible Transfers: Answering Your Questions

July 30th, 2019

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Is it better to buy or develop youth? Should we be talking about roles instead of …

Sensible Transfers: Manchester United

July 23rd, 2019


What's the deal with Sean Longstaff? Will Harry Maguire improve the defence? And what impact will Romelu Lukaku potentially leaving have? We answer this questions and more in this episode of Sensible Transfers.

Sensible Transfers: Aston Villa, Norwich City & Sheffield United w/ Not The Top 20

July 16th, 2019


Tifo welcomes Ali Maxwell & George Elek from the brilliant Not The Top 20 podcast ( to talk us through sensible transfers for Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sheffield United. 

Sensible Transfers: Man City, Everton, Roma, Crystal Palace

July 9th, 2019

Sensible Transfers: You suggest a team and a position on the pitch, and we suggest new players for those roles.

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Manchester City: Cucho …

Sensible Transfers: Newcastle, Bayern, Spurs & Wolves

July 2nd, 2019


How do Newcastle replace Rondon and find a new central midfielder? Now Ribery and Robben's reign is over, how do Bayern find new wingers? Who should …

Sensible Transfers: La Liga Edition

June 25th, 2019


Is Pogba right for Real? Should Neymar return to Barcelona? How do Atleti replace Griezmann? Tifo is joined by Simon Harrison to discuss the above …

Alastair Campbell on Football, Politics, Qatar & Burnley

June 18th, 2019


Alastair Campbell joined Joe Devine to discuss the political problems facing football, the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Brexit and Burnley. 

Sensible Transfers: Who Should Your Club Buy

June 11th, 2019

Welcome to Sensible Transfers. In this episode, we take a question like "Manchester United - Central Midfielder" and pose various solutions in the …

What's Going On At Aston Villa?

June 4th, 2019


With a number of players reaching the end of their contracts, how will Aston Villa cope next season in the Premier League? Who are the ideal summer transfer candidates? And how will their ownership structure effect the …

UEFA & European Finals Controversy

May 28th, 2019


We explain and discuss the controversial issues surrounding the two European finals in Baku and Madrid. With inflated ticket prices, flights, hotel rooms and not enough beds – there’s plenty to be confused about …

Answering Your Tactical Questions

May 21st, 2019

We answer your questions about Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, captains, international v club football tactics and more.

Alex's Football …

What's Going On At West Ham?

May 14th, 2019


How has Manuel Pellegrini evolved West Ham's team? What are the owners doing? And where do you go from here? Tifo analyses West Ham United's season, …

What's Going On At Sheffield United?

May 7th, 2019


How good is Chris Wilder? What are Sheffield United's chances next season? What's the situation with the club's ownership? The Tifo team tackles these questions and a few more.

Marcelo Bielsa - Life, Leeds & Legacy

April 30th, 2019


Stand-in host Alex Stewart is joined by freelance writer Jon Mackenzie, author of a forthcoming book on Marcelo Bielsa, to discuss the Argentine manager's footballing philosophy, career, and what legacy he might leave.

Football, Tactics & History - with Jonathan Wilson

April 23rd, 2019


How did he write 'Inverting The Pyramid' in nine months? What does his desktop look like? Who's the most influential tactician of all time? Jonathan Wilson joins Tifo to answer all of these questions and more.

What's Going On At Wolverhampton Wanderers

April 16th, 2019


With Chinese owners, and Jorge Mendes (somewhere), three-at-the-back and a goalkeeper for a coach, Wolverhampton Wanderers are doing pretty well. The …

What's Going On At Brighton & Hove Albion?

April 9th, 2019


Will Brighton be relegated? And if not, what should Chris Hughton do in the summer? The team discuss the above and more.

Solskjær's Manchester United

April 2nd, 2019


Ole Gunnar Solskjær's permanent appointment at Manchester United is now official. We talk about his tactics, his relationships and his future.

Football Leaks - with James Montague

March 26th, 2019


James Montague talks through the scandals exposed by the Football Leaks organisation, including the alleged cheating of Manchester City & PSG - and how FIFA are embroiled in an alleged plot to force Qatar to share …

Peter Drury - Football Commentator

March 21st, 2019


Football commentator Peter Drury joins Seb Stafford-Bloor to discuss his career, commentating for Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) and the landscape of …

What's Going On At Southampton?

March 12th, 2019


How is Southampton's new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl doing? What happened to all the brilliant young players they developed? And what about Gao Jisheng, Southampton's Chinese majority owner? The Tifo team looks at the above …

What's Going On At Leicester City?

March 5th, 2019


What is success for Leicester City? How will Brendan Rodgers set the team up? And how can their cohort of excellent youth players be utilised? The Tifo team discusses all of the above and more.

What's Going On At Everton?

February 27th, 2019


What's happening with the new stadium? Why is Marco Silva's approach not quite working? And how committed is owner Farhad Moshiri? The Tifo gang discusses all of the above and more regarding Everton Football Club.

Football Writing - with Nick Miller

February 23rd, 2019


Seb Stafford-Bloor talks to Nick Miller about football writing; how Nick got into it, the lifestyle, the stresses, and the endless travel.

What Are Ultras? - with Martino Simcik from Copa90

February 19th, 2019


What are ultras in football? What purpose do the groups serve? How much of a role does violence play? And how are ultras groups fighting …

What's Going On At Watford?

February 12th, 2019


Healthily mid-table, with a consistent system and a great squad, Watford have impressed the Premier League under Javi Gracia. We discuss the football, the Pozzos, the expectations and the brilliant Sensory Room at …

What's Going On At Chelsea?

February 5th, 2019


Under Sarri, Chelsea appear to be momentarily faltering in the Premier League. With a potential transfer ban on the horizon, how can the new manager get his squad working for him? And what's happening with Abramovich's …

Unai Emery & Arsenal

January 29th, 2019


Unai Emery's time at Arsenal got off to a flying start, with a long unbeaten run after initial league defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City. But since, it's not been plain sailing. Alex & Joe discuss the team, …

How Has Klopp Changed Liverpool This Season?

January 22nd, 2019


Less pressing, additional players, a new formation & a tweaked system. How has Jurgen Klopp adapted the Liverpool of last season, into the team …

Match Reporting - with Jonathan Liew

January 14th, 2019


A first in a series of interviews with football journalists, exploring different aspects of the profession.

In this episode, Seb Stafford-Bloor chats with the chief sports writer for The Independent, Jonathan Liew, about …

Pochettino, Tottenham & the New Stadium

January 11th, 2019


What does Mauricio Pochettino want? Will he take the Manchester United job, or stay at Spurs? And what's happening with Tottenham's new stadium? Seb Stafford-Bloor joins Joe to discuss all of the above, and more.

City v Liverpool & Solskjaer's Manchester United

January 8th, 2019


Alex and Joe discuss Manchester City's victory over Liverpool, and the new look at Solskjaer's Manchester United.

Deadlines & Darts with Dele - with Jonathan Northcroft

December 31st, 2018


Seb Stafford-Bloor is joined by Jonathan Northcroft, to discuss his book Deadlines and Darts with Dele; Jonathan's diary from following England at …

Ralph Hasenhüttl & Identity

December 17th, 2018


Alex and Joe get all excited about Ralph Hasenhüttl at Southampton, after Arsenal suffered a surprise loss at St Mary's this weekend. Also discussed is the idea of tactical identity amongst the top six clubs.

How Did Chelsea Beat Manchester City?

December 10th, 2018


Joe and Alex discuss how Manchester City were defeated in their recent trip to Stamford Bridge by an excellently drilled Chelsea side. There's also talk of Ralph Hassenhutl at Southampton, and a few more bits for good …

Mourinho, Manchester United & Southampton

December 3rd, 2018


Joe and Alex return. For this, the first in the new season, the pair look at Manchester United, their work against Southampton at the weekend, a little on the outgoing Mark Hughes, and potential replacements for Jose …

Ghostwriting for Kevin Keegan - with Daniel Taylor

October 30th, 2018


Seb Stafford-Bloor is joined by Daniel Taylor, Chief Football Writer for The Guardian and the Observer and ghostwriter of Kevin Keegan's autobiography 'My Life in Football'.

The Barcelona Legacy - with Jonathan Wilson

September 21st, 2018


Jonathan Wilson speaks to Tifo's Seb Stafford-Bloor about his new book The Barcelona Legacy.

Under the Skin of the Modern Game - with Michael Calvin

August 24th, 2018


Seb Stafford-Bloor is joined by Michael Calvin, sports journalist and author of State of Play: Under the Skin of the Modern Game. Michael discusses the personal stories that are the bedrock of football. From the …

World Cup 2018 - Day 25: France v Croatia

July 15th, 2018


France win a thrilling game against Croatia and lift the World Cup trophy. The Tifo team discuss the tactics of the game, and their favourite moments & goals from the entire tournament alongside a teary and …

World Cup 2018 - Day 24: Belgian Bronze & Team of the Tournament

July 14th, 2018


The Tifo team gather to discuss Belgium's victory over England and their Team of the Tournament, along with some comment responses.

World Cup 2018 - Day 23: Sweet Sorrow & Superior Croatia

July 11th, 2018


Sorrow, heartbreak, dismay. Three abstract concepts that Croatian fans are definitely not experiencing on Day 23 of the World Cup. It's curtains for England, and the Tifo team gather to discuss the second semi-final …

World Cup 2018 - Day 22: France Vs Belgium

July 10th, 2018


France edge Belgium to the World Cup final. The Tifo team gathers to discuss the game in its aftermath, the tactical tweaks; a Fellaini False 10 and a positive, impressive French performance. There's also hypothetical …

World Cup 2018 - Day 21: England Cruise, Croatia Manage

July 7th, 2018


England ease past Sweden on their way to meet Croatia in the semi-finals, who nearly stumbled to a positive Russia before finishing off the hosts on penalties. The Tifo team gathers to discuss the day's events.

World Cup 2018 - Day 20: Belgium's Tactical Masterclass & Underrated Giroud

July 6th, 2018


It's day 20, and the Tifo team are gathered to discuss Brazil, Belgium, France and Uruguay. Swedish-Londoner Alexander pops in to say hello and give us the lowdown on England's challenge on Saturday, plus Alex & Joe …

World Cup 2018 - Day 19: England's Penalty Win, Sweden's Progression & Hyperion

July 3rd, 2018


England win a penalty shoot-out, Sweden surprise a brittle Switzerland, and Alex talks about Hyperion - the best book of all time. It's day 19, here's the Tifo team's thoughts on both games.

World Cup 2018 - Day 18: Dear Diary, Brazil & Belgium Progress

July 2nd, 2018


The Tifo team are a man down, but Joe & Alex muddle through, discussing Day 18's fantastic offering: Brazil versus Mexico and Belgium versus Japan. On a non-footballing note, Philippe left his diary in the office, …

World Cup 2018 - Day 17: Forward Russia And All The Penalties

July 1st, 2018


So many penalties + double drama: Russia will meet Croatia in the quarter finals. The Tifo team gathers to discuss Day 17, and all the weird things that happened.

World Cup 2018 - Day 16: Striding France & Pragmatic Uruguay

June 30th, 2018


France strode past Argentina (just about) and Uruguay out-Portugal'd Portugal to earn a spot in the quarter finals. Joe, Alex & Philippe give Day 16 the Tifo treatment.

World Cup 2018 - Day 15: It's Coming Home?

June 28th, 2018


It's Day 15. The Tifo team discusses England's loss to Belgium, Senegal failing to progress, and looks forward to a few peaches from the knockout rounds.

World Cup 2018 - Day 14: Farewell Germany, Hello Brazil

June 27th, 2018


Germany were eliminated, Korea Republic staged the remarkable, Brazil pulled it together, and Sweden pressed for precedence. Day 14 at the Russian …

World Cup 2018 - Day 13: Argentina's Third System in Three Games

June 26th, 2018


The Tifo team talks Argentina's third different system in three games, Iceland's positivity and the most boring game of the tournament so far, France v Denmark.

World Cup 2018 - Day 11: Three Lions & Fourteen Goals

June 24th, 2018


The Tifo team gather to discuss England cruising to victory over Panama, a thrilling draw between Japan & Senegal, and Colombia's besting of …

World Cup 2018 - Day 10: Late Germany, Impressive Belgium & Glorious Mexico

June 23rd, 2018


It's Day 10 - the Tifo team gathers to discuss impressive displays from Belgium and Mexico (increasingly members the tournaments top select few)and …

World Cup 2018 - Day 9: Lucky Neymar, Troubled Argentina & Surging Switzerland

June 22nd, 2018


It's Day 9. The Tifo team discuss the previous night's Argentina-shaped capitulation and Croatia's impressive display. There's also chat regarding …

World Cup 2018 - Day 8: Goodbye Beautiful Peru

June 21st, 2018


Tifo tackle day 8 of the World Cup, well, two thirds of it at least. Discussion regards Australia, Denmark, France and a wave goodbye to the magnificent Peruvians.

World Cup 2018 - Day 7: Uninspiring but Largely Decisive

June 20th, 2018


Day 7 of the 2018 World Cup brings three games, the results of which were largely uninspiring. Dogged chat revolves around Portugal, Spain and …

World Cup 2018 - Day 6: Russia Cruise On & Unpredictability in Group H

June 19th, 2018


The Russians show Group A how it's done, and Group H proves its unpredictability with results for Japan and Senegal. The Tifo team also reflect on …

World Cup 2018 - Day 5: Terrific Trippier, Promising England & Impressive Belgium

June 18th, 2018


The Tifo Team gathers to discuss the fifth day of the 2018 World Cup, including impressive performances from England and Belgium.

World Cup 2018 - Day 4: Lozano Special, Super Serbia and Stuttering Brazil & Germany

June 17th, 2018


The Tifo Team gather to discuss World Cup Day 4, including Serbia's impressive display, a superb Mexico performance and Brazil's stutter against a …

World Cup 2018 - Day 3: Messi vs Iceland's Heroics, Peru's Misgivings & Weird Commentary

June 16th, 2018


The Tifo Team chat through each of Saturday's four games in their immediate, respective aftermaths, including discussion regarding Argentina, Iceland, Peru and Nigeria.

World Cup 2018 - Day 2: Ronaldo, Spain's Fluid Front Four & France

June 15th, 2018


It's day two, and what a lovely day it was. The Tifo team are gathered to discuss Ronaldo, Spain, Iran's group-topping victory, and David Silva. Tomorrow's fixtures are also discussed ahead of time; can France make an …

World Cup 2018 - Day 1: Golovin, Russia & an England Preview

June 14th, 2018


From upstairs at the Old Red Lion Theatre, the Tifo team gathers for the opening day of the Russia World Cup. Chat concerns the opening fixture, …

Season Review #2

May 21st, 2018


Joe & Alex review the Premier League season, team-by-team, from 5th down.

Season Review #1

May 14th, 2018


Alex and Joe commune to review the Premier League season. In this, part episode, they discuss the top four teams, Man City, Man United, Liverpool …

Do You Speak Football?

May 2nd, 2018


We are joined by journalist Tom Williams, whose work you can regularly read in Bleacher Report and AFP. He is the author of the new book Do You …

Palace's Fluid Front Four & Relegation Review

April 30th, 2018


Joe Devine & Alex Stewart discuss Crystal Palace's 5-0 thrashing of Leicester City; their fluid front line (minus Benteke) and Hodgson's impressive revival. Also under the microscope is Southampton, who secured a …

Arsene Wenger, Tactical Retrospective

April 23rd, 2018


Alex and Joe take a look back over the career of Arsene Wenger, with special interest in his tactical evolution at Arsenal.

City Champions, Tactical Identities & Rafa Benitez

April 16th, 2018


Alex and Joe discuss Manchester City in the wake of their securing
of the Premier League title. They also discuss Manchester United and
Newcastle's victory over Arsenal.

Tifo Tactics - Manchester Derby & Chelsea Without Luiz

April 9th, 2018


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss the weekend of football just passed. The pair take a tactical glance at the Manchester derby, Southampton's trials at Arsenal, and life at Chelsea without David Luiz.

Exploring Turkish Football with Patrick Keddie

April 2nd, 2018


Today we will be the exploring the world of Turkish football with writer Patrick Keddie. Keddie is a freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in Delayed Gratification, Feminist Times, the Guardian, the Huffington …

Championship Top 4

March 25th, 2018


Joe Devine & Alex Stewart take a look at the Championship teams most likely to be joining the Premier League next season, including Cardiff, …

Champions League Quarters - Tactical Preview

March 18th, 2018


Joe Devine is joined by Simon Harrison and Alex Stewart to discuss the upcoming Quarter Final round of this season's Champions League. The three discuss each fixture from a tactical perspective and attempt to predict …

Responding to your Comments

March 11th, 2018


Joe Devine & Alex Stewart read through some recent comments from viewers & listeners and respond. Please feel free to leave more questions down below and let us know if you'd like us to do this more often!

Chat with Tony Evans

March 4th, 2018


Today we're joined by author Tony Evans about his book Two Tribes: Liverpool, Everton and a City on the Brink which comes out March 22. A little bit …

The Future of Stats: xG, xA

February 26th, 2018


Alex Stewart joins Joe Devine to discuss statistics in football.
Most notable xG & xA, and the future of these metrics.

What is xG?

World Cup Final Goal Scorers

February 18th, 2018


The World Cup Final may be 5 months away but it's not to early to look forward to it. This week, we speak to photographer Michael Donald about his book, Goal!: Intimate portraits and interviews with every living FIFA …

Bela Gutmann: The Original Jose Mourinho

February 11th, 2018


Joe is away on holiday and Josh Schneider-Weiler from Tifo's This Football Life fills in and talks to David Bulchover about his book, The Greatest …

Ravel Morrison

February 4th, 2018


Joe Devine is joined by Conor Kelly to discuss the career of ex-Manchester United youth prodigy, Ravel Morrison.

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The Glazers

January 28th, 2018


Joe Devine was joined by James Montague to talk about Malcolm Glazer and Manchester United. The pair discuss how Glazer managed to get a city in …

Sanchez, Hazard, Ibe & Trumpism

January 21st, 2018


Joe Devine is joined by Seb Stafford-Bloor, content editor of
Tifo's editorial site, to discuss four recent Tifo articles. Topics
include Alexis Sanchez and why Chelsea was never a destination on the
cards, Eden Hazard …

Emile Heskey & Tony Adams

January 15th, 2018


Joe is joined by Nick Miller to discuss the careers of Emile Heskey and Tony Adams. Nick wrote pieces on both of these players for videos on our YouTube channel. You can find the links to both videos below.

Emile Heskey …

La Liga Tactics

January 7th, 2018


Joe Devine is joined by journalist Simon Harrison to discuss the tactics of the La Liga teams we've covered recently on the channel: Barcelona, Valencia, Real Betis & Villarreal. Simon also gives us a promo of our …

Midway Season Review

December 31st, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to review the Premier League season at its halfway point.

Wayne Rooney And Eden Hazard

December 24th, 2017


Joe Devine speaks with Alex Stewart about our recent pieces on Eden Hazard and Wayne Rooney.

Eden Hazard Tactical Profile -

Wayne Rooney Tactical Profile -

Dimitar Berbatov

December 18th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Seb Stafford-Bloor to discuss Dimitar Berbatov in the wake of an article written by Seb for The pair discuss Berbatov's legacy and how they think he will be remembered in the …

Liverpool's Defence

December 11th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss Liverpool football club; primarily their defensive players.

Liverpools Defence -

The Story of Laurie Cunningham

December 3rd, 2017


Joe Devine speaks to Dermot Kavanagh, the author of Different Class: Football, Fashion & Funk - The Story of Laurie Cunningham. You can find a copy of this book on Amazon:

West Ham, The Davids, and the Olympic Stadium

November 27th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by James Montague to discuss the history of Davids Gold & Sullivan, West Ham's future, and the Olympic Stadium.

Who Owns West …

Sean Dyche & Burnley

November 19th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss Sean Dyche's tactical setup at Burnley, amidst a surprisingly successful campaign for the Clarets.

David Moyes

November 12th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss David Moyes' new appointment at West Ham United. The pair also discuss the managerial merry-go-round, as they see it.

David Moyes -

Alex Ferguson & the Glazers

November 5th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Paul Ansorge to discuss Sir Alex Ferguson's relationship with the Glazers, his iconic status, and the ambiguity surrounding …

China's Football Investment Boom

October 29th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by James Montague to talk about Chinese investment in European football. The pair centre on Gao Jisheng, Southampton's new owner, and discuss the potential future of both Southampton and Chinese …

The Story of Northern Irish Football

October 22nd, 2017


Ben Roberts, writer of 'Gunshots & Goalposts: The Story of Northern Irish Football' joins Joe Devine to talk about the history of football in …

Fellaini & De Bruyne

October 15th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to talk tactics, Marouane Fellaini & Kevin de Bruyne.

Marouane Fellaini: A Key Player -

Kevin de Bruyne | Tactical Profile -

Alexis Sanchez & Editorial Round-up

October 8th, 2017


This episode in split in two halves; in part one Seb & Joe discussed Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal off the back of a recent article Seb wrote for

Part 2 in a new segment we'll be introducing into the …

Swansea & the Manchester Clubs

October 1st, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart. The pair set out to discuss Swansea's tactics, in partciular, how they managed a goalless draw with Tottenham a …

When Messi Retires

September 24th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Seb Stafford-Bloor to discuss the footballing world post-Lionel Messi.

Messi's Genius -

Meet The Billionaires

September 17th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by James Montague to discuss the Meet The Billionaires mini-series released on the uMAXit Football YouTube channel. The series details the histories of the Premier League's Billionaire owners, …

Nostalgia #3 (James Montague)

September 10th, 2017


Joe Devine was joined by James Montague for the final instalment of our nostalgia series. James is a incredibly
well-travelled writer and journalist, covering football from Essex to the middle east.

Crystal Palace Tactics

September 3rd, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss Crystal Palace's tactical transition under Frank de Boer, and the seemingly bizarre hiring process of Premier League clubs.

Crystal Palace Tactics -

Nostalgia #2 (Mark Leech & Damien Devine)

August 27th, 2017


The theme is nostalgia. Continuing on from last week, Joe is speaking to Premier League photographer Mark Leech, and committee member for the Capital Canaries, London publican, and his uncle, Damien Devine.

Nostalgia #1 (Iain Macintosh & Paul Ansorge)

August 19th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Iain Macintosh & Paul Ansorge to discuss the role of nostalgia in football; does nostalgia fuel adults' enjoyment of the …

Romelu Lukaku & Liverpool

August 14th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to talk about Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United, and Liverpool and their counter-pressing.

Romelu Lukaku -

Tottenham & "Unsustainable Spending"

August 6th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Seb Stafford-Bloor to discuss what Daniel Levy has described as "unsustainable spending" in the Premier League, and the effect of a lacklustre transfer window for Tottenham specifically.

Bridging …


July 31st, 2017


Joe Devine speaks to Nick Miller about Mino Raiola and the role of agents (or super agents) within modern football and Danny Sayers drops in to …

World Cup History (2010-2014)

July 24th, 2017


Joe Devine speaks with three separate guests; Paul Ansorge and Alex Stewart to discuss the tournaments in 2010 and 2014 - and uMAXit's own Danny …

World Cup History (France 1998)

July 16th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Paul Ansorge to discuss the 1998 World Cup.

To view our entire World Cup focus on -

World Cup History (1994 & 1998)

July 9th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to talk about the evolution of international football tactics at the 1994 & 1998 World Cups. The pair also …

World Cup History (1982-1990 & Denmark 1992)

July 3rd, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss the evolution of tactics between 1982 and 1990, and Stephen Tudor to talk about Denmark's victorious …

World Cup History (Argentina 1978 & Qatar 2022)

June 25th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Paul Ansorge to talk about the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, the controversy surrounding the tournament, and within that …

World Cup History (1950)

June 19th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Paul Ansorge to discuss the Brazil world cup in 1950, home to the game now nicknamed the Maracanazo, arguably the football …

World Cup History (1930-1950)

June 11th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss the development of international tactics during the period of 1930-1950. To enter the giveaway for this week, post #umaxitgiveaway1 in the comment section on any of our …

Moving Managers & Cup Finals

June 4th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Seb Stafford-Bloor, sub editor for They discuss cup finals, manager movements, and three-at-the-back based criticisms.

Antonio Conte

May 28th, 2017


Antonio Conte has won the Premier League in his first season with Chelsea. In this episode, Joe Devine is joined by Nick Miller to discuss the Italian manager, his work this season & his future.

Brief History of …

Francesco Totti Tactics

May 21st, 2017


After 25 years, 617 appearances and 250 goals for Roma, Francesco Totti is finally retiring. Last week, we made a video looking at the various tactical uses of the player and today Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart …

Pochettino's Tottenham Tactics

May 15th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss Mauricio Pochettino's tactics at Tottenham Hotspur.

Our video on Tottenham's tactics -

Jose Mourinho's Rivalries

May 7th, 2017


Jose Mourinho; one of the world greatest football coaches, and perhaps football management's foremost professional nuisance. Mourinho's barbs have pricked many peers throughout the years, and in this episode, Joe Devine …

Jardim's Monaco Tactics

April 30th, 2017


Under manager Leonardo Jardim, Monaco have staged a radical shift in their player acquisition policy. From big spend, to smart academy investment, a …

John Terry & Defending

April 23rd, 2017


Joe is joined by content editor Seb Stafford-Bloor to discuss John Terry's announcement, and defending; in the England team and beyond. The episode also includes a reading of uMAXit writer Stephen Tudor's …

Raheem Sterling & Statistics

April 13th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss Raheem Sterling; his career, revival under Pep Guardiola, and the use of statistics to negate …

Zonal Versus Man Marking

April 13th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss zonal and man marking. From Helenio Herrera to Tony Pulis; defending is often seen as dull. But when …

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: A Serial Winner

April 13th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Nick Miller to talk about Manchester United player Zlatan Ibrahimovic; his career, personality and future.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: A Brief History Of -

Eric Cantona; The Man, The Myth

April 13th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Paul Ansorge to discuss ex-Manchester United player Eric Cantona.

Eric Cantona's Kung Fu Kick: A Brief History Of -

Sarri's Napoli Tactics

April 13th, 2017


Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss Napoli's attractive style of play under manager Maurizio Sarri.

Maurizio Sarri's Napoli 2016/17 -

Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim Tactics

April 13th, 2017


Joe is joined by Alex Stewart to discuss Hoffenheim under Julian Nagelsmann; his mantra, the pendulum effect, wing-backs and thoughts from our …

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