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Tifo Football Podcast

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In-depth tactical, historical & geopolitical breakdowns of the beautiful game. From the team behind the Tifo Football YouTube channel. Hosted by Joe Devine.

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Tanganga Sent Off, Harvey Elliott's Injury and Karma for Leverkusen

September 14th, 2021


Joe and Seb are lonely together in this week's podcast as JJ and Alex are on holiday.

In this week's podcast:

- Crystal Palace battered Spurs at …

Greenwood's Future, Van de Beek's Present and Arsenal & Edu's Transfer Policy

September 7th, 2021


Joe returns to bring order to the Tifo Football Podcast, with guests JJ Bull and Seb Stafford-Bloor.

Mason Greenwood has been Manchester United's …

Reliable Xhaka, Messi's Circus & Nuno's Surprisingly Good Fit

August 31st, 2021


The Tifo team reflect on Wolves' goal-scoring existential crisis, yet another tactical disaster-class from Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta, Burnley's …

Bruno's Moaning, Payet's Aim & Is Tierney Trying To Do Too Much?

August 24th, 2021


JJ and Alex address criticism of Arsenal's Kieran Tierney and discuss whether or not Virgil Van Dijk's return to fitness has already 'solved' …

Man United 'Click', Pablo Mari's Bone Structure & Haaland The Geek!

August 17th, 2021


Seb, Alex & JJ are here to answer the big questions, following the opening weekend of a new Premier League season... 

Who should partner Ben White …

Messi's Tears, Lukaku's Unfinished Business & A West Ham Takeover?

August 10th, 2021


The Tifo team discuss Messi's Barcelona exit, Pochettino's PSG Globetrotters and what it means for the future of Man United's Paul Pogba. Plus, …

Harry Kane Misses Training, and no more Pro Evo.

August 3rd, 2021


Harry Kane missed training, Grealish looks to he nearing a move to City, Joe walked out - and Seb and JJ discuss the end of Pro Evo and Celtic’s Woes.

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Euro 2020: The Final

July 12th, 2021


It was Italy versus England at Wembley in the final of the 2020 European Championships. Join JJ Bull, Seb Stafford-Bloor and Joe Devine for …

England, Denmark & Extra Time

July 8th, 2021


England are going to their first major tournament final in many, many moons, after beating Denmark 2-1 after extra time. A controversial penalty separated the two teams, but there's lots else to discuss from a (at …

Italy, Spain & Penalties

July 7th, 2021


Italy squeezed passed Spain on penalties in today's semi-final clash, after open-play goals from Morata and Chiesa. Iain Macintosh joins JJ Bull and …

England Still Haven't Conceded a Goal

July 4th, 2021


England thrashed Ukraine 4-0 in their quarter final tie, setting up a semi-final with Denmark, who eased passed Czech Republic earlier today. The Tifo team analyse the day's events.

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Italy, Spain, Belgium & Switzerland: The Quarter-Finals Day #1

July 2nd, 2021


Italy stood down Belgium in the day's knockout clash, whilst Spain just about held on to pass Switzerland on penalties in the earlier tie. JJ Bull …

Southgate & Sterling's England

June 30th, 2021


England beat Germany in the knockout rounds of a major tournament. Gareth Southgate's team selection and system wins the day. Raheem Sterling scores yet another England goal. And Ukraine slide past 10-man Sweden en …

The Best Football Day Ever?

June 29th, 2021


France lose on penalties to Switzerland, after six goals in the game. Only bettered by the eight goals on show in Croatia v Spain earlier in the day. …

Injured Belgium Progress, Portugal & Netherlands Depart

June 27th, 2021


Portugal lost their Round of 16 tie with Belgium today, despite perhaps being the better team. And the Czechs surprise & delight, knocking Netherlands out on their way to the quarter finals. The Tifo team analyses …

Italy's Extra Time & Denmark Breeze Past Wales

June 27th, 2021


Italy were held to extra time in their first knockout game against Austria. A Federico Chiesa goal was needed to break the deadlock 100 minutes into the game. In the earlier game, however, Denmark easily got the better …

France, Germany, Portugal: The Group Stage is Over!

June 24th, 2021


France top the dreaded Group F, followed closely by Germany (who now face England in the Round of 16)! Portugal sneak through in third, and Hungary …

England Are Through!

June 22nd, 2021


England enjoy a divisively comfortable victory over Czech Republic on their way to winning Group D. Next stop, runners up from the Group of Death (otherwise known as Group F). Scotland, on the other hand, have exited at …

Denmark! ...and Tomorrow

June 22nd, 2021


Denmark put four past Russian in Copenhagen; perhaps the most moving footballing moment of the tournament so far. Austria prove Seb wrong by beating Ukraine to advance to the knockout stages. And we look ahead with JJ …

Italy & Wales Advance!

June 21st, 2021


Group A concluded in style today, with Italy and Wales retaining first and second positions respectively after a 1-0 Italy victory. Switzerland sent Turkey home with no points, beating them 3-1 with a few lovely goals …

Germany Are Back! (And Even France Can Draw...)

June 19th, 2021


The Group of Death became the Group of Life today, with Hungary holding out for a 1-1 draw against tournament favourites France. Not to mention …

Disappointing England, Impressive Scotland

June 18th, 2021


England drew 0-0 with Scotland this evening. Seb Stafford-Bloor and Alex Stewart join Joe Devine to discuss the teams' performances, including a confused and conservative England, and an impressive and strong Scotland. …

Kevin de Bruyne Masterclass

June 17th, 2021


Kevin de Bruyne played 45 minutes of scintillating football for Belgium today, and Seb, Joe and JJ loved it. Also, Denmark were superb, and other things happened too.

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Brilliant Bale, Incisive Italy & Netherlands' Route

June 17th, 2021


Gareth Bale was a delight, Italy were extremely impressive, and it turns out Netherlands have a very, very nice route to the semi-finals. The Tifo team analyses Day 6 of the European Championships.

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France, Germany, Portugal and Jeopardy

June 15th, 2021


It was Group of Death day at the Euros on Tuesday, with Portugal taking on Hungary and a mighty clash between France and Germany. The Tifo team analyse the interesting themes of the day.

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Scotland & Spain Disappoint

June 14th, 2021


Scotland lost two-to-nothing in the "easiest" group game (much to JJ's dismay), and did Spain disappoint or were Sweden merely successfully stubborn? …

England Have Won The Tournament! (Sort of...)

June 13th, 2021


The Tifo Team is here for all your daily Euros analysis needs, covering England's win over Croatia, Austria's 3-1 victory over North Macedonia, and Ukraine's 2-3 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands.

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Can Italy Go All the Way?

June 11th, 2021


The Euros have begun! Italy beat Turkey 3-0 in the opening game of the tournament, and here to dissect the game is Alex Stewart, Seb Stafford-Bloor and Joe Devine

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Euro 2020 Predictions - Disappointments, Flops, & Controversies

June 8th, 2021


Joe tries to keep up with Seb and Alex as the team make their predictions ahead of Euro2020.

Who will be the biggest disappointments of the …

The Europa League Final: Villareal's Flawless Penalties

May 28th, 2021


Joe returns! Accompanied by Seb, just Seb, there's a heated debate about the Europa League Final: what exactly was Solskjaer thinking about with his …

What’s Wrong with Everton and Final UCL Places

May 25th, 2021


Seb and JJ are holding the fort again; under discussion: the final games of the season across Europe. Why are Everton so thoroughly quite good?!

Lille …

Chelsea vs Leicester: Ding Ding! Round 2

May 21st, 2021


Chelsea were out for revenge against their FA Cup final vanquishers Leicester City. Seb and JJ pick apart the Premier League rematch which came just 75 hours after the Wembley showpiece.

The midweek action also saw a …

Schmeichel's Steely Arms and a New Breed of Libero

May 18th, 2021


Seb and Alex very much enjoyed watching The FA Cup final and were taken by Youri Tieleman's influence on the game, the incredible strength of Kasper Schmeichel’s wrists, and promising young liberos.

They also took …

Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United, & Clive Tyldesley!

May 14th, 2021


JJ Bull, Alex Stewart, and Joe Devine discuss the Premier League's midweek action including a shock Arsenal win over Chelsea and an intriguing …

A Mock UCL Final and Greenwood the Entertainer

May 11th, 2021


Seb, Alex and JJ shake off the creaks and wobwebs of a Monday morning as they chat through (most of) the weekend’s Premier League action, with an important sojourn to Ligue 1 to acknowledge football's latest fairytale.

Man City's Imperious Defence and a Convincing Chelsea

May 7th, 2021


Joe, Seb, and JJ reflect on the Champions League semi-finals, featuring an imperious defensive performance by Manchester City, the dairy way to …

Arsenal's Strikerless System & Old Trafford Protests

May 4th, 2021


Exciting times on the podcast as we welcome brand spanking new Tifo recruit JJ Bull: his first staff job is to tell us all about Arsenal's …

The Champions League, The Sopranos and Christina Aguilera

April 30th, 2021


Manchester City and PSG play a game of two halves, Neymar appears and disappears, and Chelsea control Madrid.

Alex and Joe saunter through the …

Striker-less Man City, The Joys Of ASM & Sevilla Stoppage Time

April 27th, 2021


Seb and Alex are once again joined by The Athletic's Nick Miller, (Joe stayed up to watch The Oscars) to discuss the 'joy of watching' Allan Saint-Maximin, a soon-to-be well-oiled Chelsea team, some comically bad …

The Super League Aftermath: Perez' Rambling, Henry's Gillet And Fit & Proper Punishment

April 23rd, 2021


The Super League has been shut down, for now... Joe, Seb and Alex reflect on its demise, discuss what repercussions the individuals or indeed clubs …

The Super League & Jose Mourinho Sacked

April 19th, 2021


James Montague, author of 'The Billionaires Club', joins the podcast to talk through the mechanics of the proposed breakaway Super League, while Joe, Alex and Seb react to the news of Jose Mourinho's sacking.

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Brilliant Jude Bellingham, Neymar Bias & Is Pep All Tinkered Out?

April 16th, 2021


Joe, Seb and Alex discuss the Champions League and ask such questions as is De Bruyne the best all-round midfielder in the world? Is Neymar under-appreciated? Why are there no notes on the Chelsea vs Porto game?

Plus, …

Man Utd Tax, West Ham Harmony & Leeds' Low-Block

April 13th, 2021


Joe, Seb and Tifo super-sub, The Athletic's Nick Miller, discuss the Sheringham-Berbatov-Carrick trophy, what came first: team spirit or good results …

King Keylor, Mount's Class & Keita Struggles: The Champions League Quarter Finals

April 9th, 2021


Joe, Seb and Alex discuss walking synonyms, Game of Thrones analogies, floor cleaning, and furniture adverts... Oh and the small matter of how Real …

Man City Quadruple, The Yorkshire Derby and Trouble on the Continent

April 6th, 2021


Manchester City are 6/1 to win the quadruple. Can they? Also, what does Sheffield United's impending relegation tell us about Leeds United's future? …

Who's Close To Greatness? (And other listener questions)

April 2nd, 2021


Joe, Alex and Seb respond to your questions... Is Sergio Aguero better than Alan Shearer? Would a combined Dutch/Belgian league actually work? Ole …

Can England Actually Win The Euros?

March 30th, 2021


Joe returns to talk England with Alex and Seb. Can they actually win the Euros? Which of Gareth Southgate's brilliant attacking players is going to miss out? Also: Qatar. With Norway's players protesting over the …

The Future Of International Football & A Very Special Iain Hume Interview

March 26th, 2021


In Joe's continued absence, Seb and Alex discuss the landscape of international football, Frank De Boer’s Netherlands, and Tim Krul's special move. …

The Two Faces Of Arsenal, Redmond's "Twilight Zone" & The Next 'Super Manager'

March 23rd, 2021


In Joe's absence, Seb and Alex take the reins... A thorough tactical assessment of Mikel Arteta's two-faced Arsenal, Nathan Redmond's 'level', how six goals can ever be boring and where the next 'super manager' is going …

Chelsea, Chess, Antonio's Allegiance & PL Survival

March 19th, 2021


With Man City & Chelsea both through to the quarter finals of the Champions League, Tifo talks Tuchel, Kante, Gundogan, and about how badly their pre-season predictions have gone! Plus, an argument over Atalanta's …

Going 'Full Lamela', Versatile Stones & Time-Wasters

March 16th, 2021


Joe and Alex try in vain lift Seb's spirits following a North London derby defeat for Spurs, while also exploring the dangers of going 'Full …

Pepe's Head, Agnelli's Tears & Joan Laporta's Back!

March 12th, 2021


Joe & Seb dissect some the drama, irony and ecstasy from the midweek Champions League action as poetic justice (and Pepe's forehead) saw Juventus eliminated by ten-man Porto...

Seb caught up with The Athletic's Matt …

One Part Cantona, One Part Keane & Steve Bruce's Mole

March 9th, 2021


With Alex away, Joe and Seb are joined by Nick Miller to talk through the Manchester derby, Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund, and - with …

Lillo & Pep, Roy Hodgson's Future & Adama Traore's Goal Drought

March 5th, 2021


After a busy midweek round of Premier League fixtures, the Tifo team explore: If Adama Traore is as bad as his numbers suggest, why Crystal Palace might struggle to one-day move on from Roy Hodgson and how Manchester …

Luke Shaw's Hearing, David Moyes’ Dream Midfielder & 'Mr Humble' Christensen

March 2nd, 2021


If David Moyes had a dream footballer, it would be Thomas Soucek right? Plus, whether Michail Antonio is 'elite' and if Seb really does know the …

Hudson-Odoi’s Redemption, Musiala’s Future & Leeds Buy A Pitch

February 26th, 2021


Has Hudson-Odoi proven Tuchel wrong or was that his plan all along? How boring was Atalanta vs Real Madrid and what happened to that Galactico spirit? Plus, who is leading the Tifo Fantasy League?

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Mediocre Arsenal, Calvert-Lewin's Euros & MORE Subs Being Subbed

February 23rd, 2021


Why does Hector Bellerin continue to start for Arsenal? Would you pick Dominic Calvert-Lewin over Harry Kane at this summer's European Championships? …

Mbappe vs Haaland, PSG "Hammer" Barcelona + Dortmund’s managers

February 19th, 2021


This time the team is Champions League game relevant. Joe, Seb and Alex discuss the 'hammering' of Barcelona by PSG, Mbappe inspiring Haaland, and Pochettino directing the Orcs... Plus, what will Marco Rose do with …

Erik Lamela: Agent Of Chaos & How Leicester Can Stay In The Top 4

February 16th, 2021


This time Joe Seb and Alex take a dive deep into Spurs' performance this season - is Mourinho the right man to take them forward, what are Lamela strengths, and is Lloris good enough for a top 6 team? Plus they discuss …

Van de Beek, Subbing Subs, Richarlison & Chewing Gum

February 12th, 2021


The Tifo Podcast is game relevant again! Joe, Seb and Alex discuss why it looks like Donny Van de Beek’s teammates don't like passing to him, Richarlison’s best position, the ignominy of a substitute being substituted, …

Phil Foden, Wet Weather, 'Neto Stark' & Transfers Post-Brexit

February 9th, 2021


The Tifo Podcast is game relevant! Joe, Seb and Alex discuss broad footballing themes relevant to the games from the weekend... Liverpool vs Man City …

Changing The Rules & Free Kick Walls

February 4th, 2021


The Tifo team discuss the trend for lying down behind the wall on free kicks. Why does it happen? Is it effective? Shall we call it a “draft …

Football Dependencies: Centre-Forwards, Wing-backs and Goalkeepers

February 2nd, 2021


Picking up from our last podcast, Joe Alex and Seb discuss what effect missing centre-forwards, wing-backs and goalkeepers can have on a team, and what are the consequences. They discuss players such as Harry Kane for …

Football Dependencies: Van Dijk, De Bruyne & Fernandes

January 28th, 2021


With Virgil van Dijk and Kevin De Bruyne ruled out for long periods, Joe, Alex and Seb discuss the butterfly effect of missing players and how wide …

European Super League & Tifo Predictions: Maddison, Euros, Full-Backs

January 26th, 2021


Tifo Predictions! We asked you to make some short, and long term predictions - now Joe, Seb and Alex debate and make a few of their own. Plus, …

Sensible Transfers: Camavinga, Upamecano, and Ornstein on being Ornstein

January 21st, 2021


David Ornstein talks to the Tifo team about scooping exclusives, the process behind being a football journalist during the transfer window, and offers some advice to budding journos. And Joe, Seb and Alex discuss where …

Sensible Transfers: Pogba, Haaland, MLS talent and Pirlo’s Juventus

January 19th, 2021


James Horncastle speaks to the Tifo team about the Italian tax law that is bringing the top talent back to Serie A, how Serie A avoided a TV deal with MediaPro and what’s going on with Pirlo’s Juve. And Joe, Seb and …

Dybala, Isco, Diaby and how the Trippier ban could change sport betting

January 14th, 2021


More sensible transfers, this time Joe Seb and Alex pick up Dybala, Isco and Diaby and suggest where they might fit. Plus Jack Pitt-Brooke talks to the team about the Trippier betting ban - who reported the betting …

Sensible Transfers: Free agents, Wijnaldum, Alaba & the Burnley takeover

January 12th, 2021


Free agents are the focus of sensible transfers this time... Joe Seb and Alex chat about players that are nearing the end of their contracts - Wijnaldum, David Alaba and Lionel Messi are among those mentioned. 

Plus, the …

Sensible Transfers: Draxler, Buendia, Kepa & Lampard’s future

January 7th, 2021


... This time Joe, Seb and Alex cover Kepa Arrizabalaga, Julian Draxler and Emi Buendia. They ask The Athletic's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey if …

Sensible Transfers: Dele Alli, Diego Costa, Yves Bissouma & Media Pro

January 5th, 2021


Sensible Transfers is back, but with a twist. We're covering teams in our videos, but for our podcasts we'll be covering players! Today's players …

Paul Smith of Maximo Park

December 22nd, 2020


Paul Smith, Middlesbrough fan & frontman of Maximo Park, joins Joe for a conversation all about football, music and culture.

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Ollie Marland from Lost + Found on Port Vale, X-Factor and frozen work boots!

December 17th, 2020


Joe Devine speaks to musician Ollie Marland. Ollie used to play football for Port Vale, but now is a singer...

They talk about grafting at League 2 level, playing against some future stars, measuring oneself against …

State of the Club: Chelsea

December 15th, 2020


Seb Stafford-Bloor talks to Dom Fifield about Chelsea's recent coaching history, from the money spent to sack Antonio Conte, to the reasoning behind the appointment of Maruizio Sarri, and finally: Frank Lampard's tenure …

Can Tottenham win the Premier League?

December 10th, 2020


After watching Tottenham’s victory in the North London Derby, Joe Devine, Alex Stewart and Seb Stafford-Bloor debate their title credentials, while also discussing where and how Jose Mourinho has had such an impact in …

Concussion, with Dr Chris Nowinski

December 8th, 2020


Seb Stafford-Bloor is joined by Dr Chris Nowinski, co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Dr Nowinski is an American football player-turned WWE professional wrestler-turned neuroscientist. He suffered a …

Tim Spiers on Jimenez, Fabio Silva and recovering from European football

December 3rd, 2020


Joe and Seb are joined by The Athletic’s Wolverhampton Wanderers correspondent Tim Spiers, to discuss Raul Jimenez’ head injury and the young …

Josh from You Me At Six on Arsenal & Football

December 1st, 2020


Joe Devine chats with Josh Franceschi from You Me At Six about the Arsenal family, playing 7-a-side with strangers, music’s relationship with football, his friendship with Tomas Rosicky, appearing on FIFA and the power …

Fulham, West Ham, Arsenal & Spurs

November 26th, 2020


Seb Stafford-Bloor & Alex Stewart discuss whether Fulham are "this season’s Norwich City" - Pretty going forwards, but can’t defend! In contrast, …

Andy Townsend on Jack Charlton

November 24th, 2020


Joe Devine and Seb Stafford-Bloor talk to Andy Townsend, as he remembers life in the Irish squad under Jack Charlton. They talk about Italia '90, USA '94 and Charlton's effect on both the players he coached and the …

British Asians & The Pathway Into Professional Football

November 19th, 2020


Joe Devine and Seb Stafford-Bloor learn a lot from Razi Hassan, founder of 'Beyond Entertainment', and Maziar Kouhyar, former Walsall midfielder and Afghanistan international, about the challenges facing British Asians …

Premier League tactical trends

November 17th, 2020


Alex is joined by tactics writer JJ Bull for a thematic look at the Premier League. They discuss the rise of the back three, the importance of …

Tifo Tactics: Liverpool, City & Saints

November 12th, 2020


Alex Stewart talks tactics with Joe Devine... Answering questions like, why did it look like Liverpool were defending with a 4-4-2? Will Firmino be …

From the Jaws of Victory - Football’s Heartbreaking Moments with Rob McDonald and Adam Bushby

November 10th, 2020


Seb Stafford-Bloor is joined by Rob McDonald, Adam Bushby and Brooks Peck to discuss football’s nearly men... Rob and Adam have a new book, 'From the Jaws of Victory - A History of Football’s Nearly Men'. It is packed …

Manchester United vs Arsenal, Everton’s squad depth & George Caulkin on Newcastle United

November 5th, 2020


Joe Devine and Seb Stafford-Bloor discuss the positives from the Manchester United vs Arsenal game, and how Everton’s “very very good players” give their squad depth. The Tifo pair also speak to The Athletic's George …

Solskjaer, Haaland & How FK Molde's Academy Have Embraced Video Analysis

November 3rd, 2020


Alex is joined by Eric Laurie, Head of Academy Performance Analysis at Molde FK. Alex is unexpectedly excited to hear all about developments in …

Systems, Southampton and Chelsea

October 29th, 2020


The Premier League is now a few games old and while we are starting to see philosophies and styles develop in certain teams, like Southampton, we're …

Premier League PPV: Sense the mood

October 27th, 2020


Martin Cloake and Kat Law from the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust join the podcast to talk about the Premier League's PPV initiative and the recourse available to fans' organisations in response to the exorbitant …

"Freewheeling", Spurs & Van Dijk

October 22nd, 2020


The commentary team for Manchester City vs Arsenal repeatedly referred to both teams as "freewheeling" regarding their players' positioning. This isn't accurate, Alex Stewart explains why. Seb Stafford-Bloor talks about …

Nottingham Forest: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

October 20th, 2020


Nick Miller joins the podcast to talk about Nottingham Forest’s rich past, their chaotic present and their potential future under Chris Hughton...

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Premier League Surprises (and Fantasy Football Update)

October 15th, 2020


There have been several surprises during this season's Premier League opening. In this episode of the Tifo podcast, Alex, Seb & Joe talk about some of their favourites, including Aston Villa, West Ham & …

The Rise & Fall of Swansea City

October 13th, 2020


Swansea City once represented an ideal in British football. Nine years on from their promotion to the Premier League, however, and despite seemingly impressive performances on the pitch, they are in danger of becoming a …

Manchester United, Spurs & Transfers

October 8th, 2020


Manchester United lost 6-1 at Old Trafford to Spurs at the weekend, before finishing the transfer window with the signings of Cavani & Telles... Tifo discusses the situation at the club, and The Athletic's reports …

Psychotherapy in Football

October 6th, 2020


Sally Hilton, sports psychotherapist, joins Tifo to discuss, firstly, what she actually does, and secondly, the role of psychotherapy in heightened …

Liverpool v Arsenal & Man City's Defending

October 1st, 2020


Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 over the weekend, but clear from Arsenal's performance was a structural improvement. The Tifo team discuss this and what …

Leeds CEO Angus Kinnear on Take Us Home

September 29th, 2020


Leeds CEO Angus Kinnear and Anouk Mertens, Executive Producer of NEO Studios, the creators of Take Us Home: Leeds United, join Tifo to discuss the creation of the documentary series. What is is like to be filmed over …

Brighton, Chelsea, Newcastle, Liverpool, Spurs

September 24th, 2020


Brighton and their new superstar Tariq Lamptey, Newcastle and their worries, Chelsea and their promise, Liverpool and their strength, and …

All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur

September 22nd, 2020


Amazon's All Or Nothing documentary series following Tottenham Hotspur has been a big hit, but has it had an impact on the players? Seb …

Arsenal, Liverpool, Leeds, Everton (and Lamptey)

September 17th, 2020


The Premier League's opening weekend saw some fascinating games take place, including Liverpool & Leeds' 7-goal thriller, a new-look …

Carl Anka: Southampton to Manchester United

September 15th, 2020


Carl Anka joins the Tifo team to discuss Manchester United ahead of the new season. Carl covered Southampton for The Athletic last season, and has moved his beat up north for this. Van de Beek & more on the …

Andrés Cantor: "Gooooooooooooollllll!"

September 10th, 2020


One of world football's best commentators, Andrés Cantor, joins Tifo to discuss calling games at multiple World Cups, the rhythm of the …

Professional Fantasy Football, with the FPL General

September 8th, 2020

Ahead of the new season and a brand new Fantasy Football year, Alex and Seb are joined by Mark McGettigan - the FPL General - to discuss life as a …

What's going to happen next season?

September 3rd, 2020


No top goalscorer or league winners, but where will the surprises and disappointments be in Europe next season? Alex Stewart and Seb Stafford-Bloor throw in some predictions - and guesses - ahead of club …

Sensible Transfers: Newcastle, Chelsea & Everton

September 1st, 2020


How are Newcastle approaching transfers in light of the takeover falling apart? How will Chelsea's new team fit and play together? And who will Everton look to in the summer transfer window? Chris Waugh joins …

Sensible Transfers: The Championship

August 29th, 2020


Ebereche Eze and his move to Crystal Palace, Jude Bellingham: what kind of footballer is he? How are the finances in the division holding …

Sensible Transfers: La Liga

August 27th, 2020


Who will Barcelona recruit in midfield? Is there a backup for Benzema? What on earth is going on at Valencia? And much more from the world of La Liga. Dermot Corrigan joins Tifo to discuss La Liga through the …

Sensible Transfers: Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield United

August 25th, 2020


Who will Leeds bring in for their first Premier League campaign in 16 years? How do you build on a Liverpool side that is already one of the …

Sensible Transfers: Bundesliga

August 22nd, 2020


Rapha Honigstein joins Tifo to discuss the Bundesliga and football transfers. Where do Bayern need to strengthen? How can Dortmund challenge next season? And much more.

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Sensible Transfers: Manchester United, Southampton & West Brom

August 20th, 2020


 Do Manchester United need a new centre-back? Who will replace Højbjerg at Southampton? And what's on the horizon for West Brom upon their Premier League return? Tifo is joined by George Elek of The Athletic's …

Sensible Transfers: Serie A

August 18th, 2020


It's Sensible Transfers! And today, we're joined by James Horncastle to talk transfers for Inter, Juventus, Atalanta, Milan, Lazio & Fiorentina.

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Sensible Transfers: Tottenham, West Ham & Burnley

August 15th, 2020


Welcome to Sensible Transfers. In this series, we look at teams, analyse their problem areas, and then suggest incoming transfers that could …

Sensible Transfers: Arsenal, Leicester City & Brighton

August 13th, 2020


Welcome to Sensible Transfers. In this series, we look at teams, analyse their problem areas, and then suggest incoming transfers that could …

Sensible Transfers: Manchester City, Wolves & Crystal Palace

August 11th, 2020


Welcome to Sensible Transfers. In this series, we look at teams, analyse their problem areas, and then suggest incoming transfers that could …

Coaching Goalkeepers, with Les Cleevely

August 6th, 2020


What’s unusual about David De Gea’s technique? How did Rob Green feel after his mistake at the 2010 World Cup? Long-time goalkeeping coach Les Cleevely stops by the pod to talk about the technical and emotional …

What's Going On At Aston Villa? 2020 Edition

August 4th, 2020

What to expect from the new Sporting Director Johan Lange? What effect has Christian Purslow had on Aston Villa? What are the ownership's plans for the future? Will Jack Grealish stay? And what does life look like now …

Ballon D'or, Bielsa, Relegated Players & Leicester

July 30th, 2020

Who should've won the Ballon D'or? Would Marcelo Bielsa work at a European giant? Which relegated European players should you look out for? And What …

What's Going On At Burnley? 2020 Edition

July 28th, 2020

Dyche vs Garlick, recruitment strategy, a first-class academy, Dwight McNeil and that plane... Andy Jones joins Tifo to discuss the above and much more.

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It's Producer Ben

July 23rd, 2020

Producer Ben, of the Totally Football Show & Guardian Football Weekly fame, joins Tifo for a right old dig around into the annals of time... …

Saudi Arabia, beIN sports & Newcastle United

July 21st, 2020

Last week, Saudi Arabia permanently banned beIN sports from operating in the Kingdom. There is now no legal way to watch the Premier League in the country. What happened? Why? And how does this impact a potential …

What's Going On At Arsenal? 2020 Edition

July 14th, 2020

What's next for Matteo Guendouzi? What has Bukayo Saka's journey been like? Will William Saliba start next season? And who exactly is in charge of …

What's Going On At Wigan Athletic? 2020 Edition

July 9th, 2020

In June 2020, Au Yeung Wai Kay spent roughly £41m to become the majority stakeholder of Wigan Athletic. The same day, he placed the club into …

What's Going On At Norwich City? 2020 Edition

July 7th, 2020

Supreme individual talent, but what's happened to the team? Michael Bailey joins Tifo to discuss... Plus, Todd Cantwell, why Emi Buendia isn't playing in the ten, what will Norwich's Premier League income enable the …

Paul & Jo Lake: I'm Not Really Here

July 2nd, 2020

Paul and Jo Lake, husband and wife, join Tifo to discuss the process of writing Paul's autobiography (ghostwritten by Jo). Paul's story deals with …

Muddy Knees Media Co-Founder Iain Macintosh

June 25th, 2020

He sold black bin bags and worked on building sites, but now - Iain Macintosh - the co-founder of Muddy Knees Media, is one of the dedicated team …

What's Going On At Bournemouth?

June 23rd, 2020

A high dependence on broadcasting income, an 83% wages-to-turnover ratio, and a difficult set of fixtures ahead, what could relegation look like for …

The Transfer Market & 21st Club

June 18th, 2020

When will the transfer window come back? What can we expect? How much has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted football's finances? Omar Chaudhuri of 21st Club joins Tifo to discuss the above, AND the work he is doing with …

What's Going On At Watford? 2020 Edition

June 16th, 2020

Can Watford survive the drop? Who are the key players in the hunt for safety? Just what happened with Quique Sánchez Flores' second stint at the club? And what about Watford's several young, exciting talents; how close …

Which Football Club Should You Buy?

June 11th, 2020

Tifo is joined by Charles Gould, Founder of Retexo, a data and analytics company with a difference. Charles helps ownership groups find their perfect …

What's Going On At Manchester City? 2020 Edition

June 9th, 2020

Football in returning, and Sam Lee joins Tifo to discuss all things Manchester City. Can the team win the Champions League? How have defensive …

Ian Burchnall, Head Coach of Östersunds FK

June 4th, 2020

Ian Burchnall, 37 year old from Leicester, is Head Coach at Östersunds FK in Sweden's top football league, a role previously held by Graham Potter. …

What's Going On At Southampton? 2020 Edition

June 2nd, 2020

Two points away from Ralph Hasenhuttl's safe 36, will Southampton beat the drop? (Yes). What was so special about Danny Ings this season? How bad …

Made in Africa: The History of African Players in English Football

May 28th, 2020

The Guardian’s Ed Aarons joins Tifo to talk about his new book, Made In Africa. Charting the course of early pioneers and latter day stars, it examines the challenges faced by African players moving to the United …

What's Going On At Leicester City? 2020 Edition

May 26th, 2020

What's happening with the new stadium expansion and the new training ground? How are the club expanding their commercial operation? Should supporters …

Analysis, Transfers & The A-League, with Justin McMahon

May 21st, 2020

The A-League's transfer system is a unique beast. Joining Tifo to shine a light on it is Justin McMahon, head of football analysis at Sydney FC. Why are there no domestic transfer fees? How can you surprise a team you …

What's Going On At Everton #2?

May 19th, 2020

How good is Dominic Calvert-Lewin? What's the situation with Jean-Philippe Gbamin? And how successful was Everton's campaign with Angry Birds? …

Barrowcelona: A Conversation With Manager Ian Evatt

May 13th, 2020

Barrow AFC have been nicknamed "Barrowcelona" by their fans, for the progressive and attractive type of football they play. Manager, Ian Evatt, joins Tifo to discuss his approach to management - and how, influenced by …

What's Going On At Wolves?

May 12th, 2020

Why hasn't the club replaced their sporting director? How has the re-structure affected Jorge Mendes' role? And just how good is Adama Traore? Tim …

The Head Coach: How To Coach During A Pandemic

May 7th, 2020

How do you coach a team during a global pandemic? Well, Tifo spoke to James Clarkson, head coach of the Houston Dash, to find out. James discusses video conferencing for team meetings, how to deal with new arrivals …

Why Does Saudi Arabia Want To Buy Newcastle United?

May 5th, 2020

The PIF, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, is on the cusp of a takeover of Newcastle United. In this episode, James Montague explains why Saudi Arabia, and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, wants to buy a …

How the Bundesliga Plans to Return

April 30th, 2020


Raphael Honigstein joins Joe Devine and Seb Stafford-Bloor to answer the above questions and more.

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What's Going On At Tottenham Hotspur?

April 28th, 2020


Alex Stewart, Seb Stafford-Bloor, Jack Pitt-Brooke and Charlie Eccleshare join Joe Devine to discuss the above and more.

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How Players Now Use Data to Find Clubs

April 23rd, 2020


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Mike Ashley, Newcastle United & The Future

April 21st, 2020

From Mike Ashley as the exciting young squash player, to the reviled businessman known for zero-hours contracts and controversy. What does Mike Ashley's potential departure mean for Newcastle United? What can we expect …

Football Shirt Numbers Explained

April 16th, 2020


Why is a European defensive midfielder a #6, an English DM a #4 and an Argentinian DM a #5? Tifo explores the history behind developing shirt numbers in world football, and the different tactical movements that …

Tifo Is Now Part Of The Athletic

April 14th, 2020


We are delighted to announce that Tifo is now a part of The Athletic. The Athletic have been been working with Tifo since last summer, sponsoring the podcast and working with us on our illustrated videos, and …

Tiki-Taka Explained

April 9th, 2020


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What actually is Tiki-Taka? The 21st Century's most famous footballing style finds its roots decades earlier, but Pep …

Penalties, Time-Wasting & Minute Caps: Rule Changes

April 7th, 2020


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How can we combat time-wasting? Should we replace …

What's Going On At Chelsea?

March 31st, 2020


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We're joined by Liam Twomey, Chelsea correspondent for The Athletic. We discuss: Is Chelsea for sale? Are there any FFP considerations …

Liverpool: Tactics, Strategy & Transfers

March 24th, 2020


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What are Liverpool's predominant tactics? What sets them apart …

Coronavirus & Sportswashing with Murad Ahmed

March 20th, 2020


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Murad Ahmed of The Financial Times joins Tifo to discuss: the economic impact of coronavirus on football, Jim Rattcliffe and Ineos' …

1312: Among the Ultras - with James Montague

March 17th, 2020


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Award winning journalist and author of four books, James Montague, joins Tifo to discuss his latest release: "1312: Among the Ultras, …

Alex Kay-Jelski: Editor-in-chief of The Athletic UK

March 12th, 2020


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Alex Kay Jelski, editor-in-chief of the Athletic UK joins Tifo to discuss what being a football editor looks like. How do you pick …

The Story of Chagos Islands FC & the CONIFA World Cup

March 10th, 2020


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Jimmy Ferrar, manager of Chagos Islands FC, joins Tifo to talk about the history of the nation, his football team, and their …

Matt Forde: Football, Comedy & Politics

March 4th, 2020


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JJ Bull: Tactical Analysis & Coaching Badges

February 25th, 2020

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Interview With a Football Manager: Mark Molesley

February 18th, 2020


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Derby Days with Eli Mengem & Martino Simcik

February 11th, 2020


Derby Days by Copa 90 is one of the most successful football video series on YouTube. Tifo speaks to two of the guys behind its creation, …

What's Going On At West Ham United?

February 4th, 2020


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Roshane Thomas joins Tifo to discuss all things West Ham …

Sensible Transfers: Manchester United

January 21st, 2020

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Manchester United clearly need additional players. Seb Stafford-Bloor and Joe Devine look at the obvious areas in need of improvement, and who …

Sensible Transfers: Liverpool, Palace, Celtic & Roma

January 14th, 2020

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Sensible Transfers: Man City, Everton, AC Milan & Bayern Munich

January 7th, 2020

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A centre-back for Manchester City, defensive midfielder for Everton, extra weight for Bayern, …

Leicester, Mourinho, VAR & Signings of the Decade

December 31st, 2019


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Leicester vs the top 6, Mourinho at Spurs, VAR: a mid-point review, and our …

Mesut Özil, Arsenal & China

December 24th, 2019


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How one tweet from Mesut Özil lead to his digital footprint being virtually inaccessible in China. …

Israel, Palestine & Qatar with Uri Levy

December 19th, 2019


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Tactics Questions Answered with Alex Stewart

December 11th, 2019

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Jose Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur & The Future

December 4th, 2019


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How did Spurs decide to sack Mauricio Pochettino? What is the future for the club with Jose Mourinho as coach? …

A Day In The Life Of: A Football Recruitment Analyst

November 28th, 2019


What is a recruitment analyst? What do they do on a daily basis? How are the swaths of data organised? Why are you asking so many questions? Because, listener, there are so many interesting answers to be found. …

What's Going On At Arsenal?

November 19th, 2019

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What's Going On At Norwich City?

November 13th, 2019

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Michael Bailey and Uncle Damien join Tifo for a discussion all about Norwich City. What's gone wrong after their …

Arsenal's Greatest Moment - with Amy Lawrence

October 29th, 2019


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David Thomas, Tony Adams, George Graham. With the release of Amy …

What's Going On At Manchester United?

October 15th, 2019


Trying to unpick the endemic problems at Manchester United is a difficult job. That's why we've enlisted the help of occasional Tifo …

Football Behind the Scenes with Adam Crafton

October 8th, 2019


Adam Crafton of The Athletic joins Tifo to discuss the story of Emiliano Sala, Romelu Lukaku and Ole Solskjaer's deteriorating relationship …

‘Mensch: Beyond the Cones’ - with Jonathan Harding

October 1st, 2019


Tifo welcomes author Jonathan Harding to discuss his book 'Mensch: Beyond the Cones' with Seb Stafford-Bloor.

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Overlapping Centrebacks, and Other Questions Answered

September 24th, 2019


How do overlapping centrebacks work? Current opinion on La Masia? Why did Newcastle buy so many French players? Why are so many big clubs in huge financial debt? And a bunch more questions answered by Tifo.

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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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? …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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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 …

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.

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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 …

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 …

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.

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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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 …

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.

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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'.

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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.

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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 …

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.

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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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 …

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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.

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

June 25th, 2018


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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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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 …

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 …

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.

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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 …

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.

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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 …

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 …

Season Review #2

May 21st, 2018


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

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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, …

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 …

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 …

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.

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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.

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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?

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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.

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 …

Midway Season Review

December 31st, 2017


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

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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' …

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 …

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.


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 …

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 …

World Cup History (France 1998)

July 16th, 2017


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

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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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 …

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 …

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 -

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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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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