Football Weekly: Stan Kroenke gunning for full control at Arsenal

April 13, 2011

“It’s Arsenal who dominate the agenda with their activities both on the field and off it. While Jens Lehmann made his return to see the Gunners through to victory against Blackpool, we wonder what the ownership of Stan Kroenke means for the club (apart from replica moustaches for fans). Next, it’s the second legs of the Champions League quarter-finals. Spurs look to have an impossible task overturning their 4-0 drubbing in Madrid, but there’s still everything to play for between Chelsea and Manchester United, while can defending champions Inter come back from their 5-2 deficit in Germany?” Guardian – James Richardson


Football Weekly: Rooney lets it all out

April 4, 2011

“James Richardson has Sean Ingle, Barry Glendenning and James Horncastle on board for 46 minutes of Football Weekly aural pleasure. We start with all the action from the Premier League, including Wayne Rooney’s hat-trick and general sweariness, Sunderland’s slide towards the relegation zone, and the unveiling of the highly tasteful Michael Jackson statue at Craven Cottage. Next up, Sid Lowe tells us about the mood in Madrid ahead of Tottenham’s visit to the Bernabéu in the Champions League just days after Real all but surrendered La Liga by losing 1-0 at home to Sporting Gijón (which was, remarkably, José Mourinho’s first home defeat in nine years).” Guardian – James Richardson

Football Weekly Extra: Fabio Capello’s phoning it in, and Fifa’s battling it out

March 24, 2011

“Despite a tumbleweed week of football, the pod find plenty to chew on in this week’s Football Weekly Extra-a-a-a-a-a-a … James is joined by editor Michael Cox, Owen Gibson, Barry Glendenning and Paul MacInnes. And thank heavens for your posts, as the team discuss why there are so many games at Christmas and so few in March, now that the sun has come out.” Guardian, James Richardson

Football Weekly: Birmingham’s Carling Cup joy

February 28, 2011

“We begin by hearing from Tom Lutz about Birmingham City’s victory in the Carling Cup final. Blues will be competing in Europe next season – lucky Europeans get to savour the delights of Mr Egg as a result – but what now for Arsenal: just how badly will this defeat destabilise the rest of Arsenal’s season? Also in the podcast, we discuss Wayne Rooney’s elbow, Ashley Cole’s misadventures with an air rifle, the malaise at Plymouth and various battles on and off the pitch involving Port Vale, Wycombe and Macclesfield. Finally, we get up to speed on all the action in Ligue 1; James Horncastle brings us his inaugural Serie A round-up; and we hear all about Uli Hoeness’s magnificent sausages.” Guardian – James Richardson

Football Weekly Extra: international friendlies – and things get Messi again

February 11, 2011

“With friends like these … James Richardson is joined by Gregg Roughley, Paul MacInnes, Raphael Honigstein and Jacob Steinberg – plus, on the line we have Ewan Murray and Marcela Mora y Araujo. The pod exercises cautious optimism after England’s 2-1 victory over Denmark and tours the rest of the international friendlies, including Germany v Italy and the big Messi-Ronaldo tussle in Geneva. There’s the midweek action – featuring Scotland’s win over Northern Ireland, and we look forward to the weekend’s matches, especially the Manchester derby. And what about that stadium victory for West Ham? Will a running track be perfect for a team used to going round in circles?” Guardian

Football Weekly podcast: A nightmare debut for Fernando Torres

February 7, 2011

“It’s an all-star line-up for your brand new edition of Football Weekly, with AC Jimbo joined by Sean Ingle, Barry Glendenning, Barney Ronay and Gregg Roughley in a packed pod. We start by dissecting Fernando Torres’s miserble debut for Chelsea as the Blues went down to resurgent Liverpool. Is the Spaniard the new Chris Sutton? Wiser people than us seem to think so.” Guardian – James Richardson

Torres, Carroll, Suarez, Adam: Transfer Chaos.

January 31, 2011

Adoration of the Golden Calf, Jacopo Robusti
“For the first couple of seasons at Liverpool, Fernando Torres was the most complete striker I’d ever seen at the club; Ian Rush’s pace and finishing prowess, but with the ability to also beat defenders with skill and hit a wider variety of strikes. He seemed humble, hard-working and devoted to the club. He was perfect. While his goalscoring remained impressive last season, in spite of injuries and the team’s struggles, his attitude had changed from that of someone grateful to be at the club to that of someone who often looked moody and disinterested, and far too concerned with getting into verbal spats with opposition players. He’d explode into life, but also descend into sulks, as was noted many times. Being managed by Roy Hodgson only deepened his visible depression.” Tomkins Times

Football Weekly podcast: The Torres transfer and a bad romance
“Barry Glendenning makes his return to the Football Weekly pod as AC Jimbo and co look back on the all the action from the FA Cup and speculate wildly on the future of Fernando Torres and various other comings and goings on the last day of the transfer window.” Guardian – James Richardson