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6 football podcasts you should subscribe to this season

We are just days away from the return of the Premier League.

1. Football Weekly

The best and most popular entry on this list comes from The Guardian. While most of you will already be familiar with Football Weekly, no list of the best football podcasts would be complete without Jimbo and co.

James (Jimbo) Richardson, Barry Glendenning, Rafa Honigstein and the rest of the crew provide sensible, well-informed opinions with enough light-hearted discussion and jokes to keep the show entertaining throughout.

There are podcasts every Monday and Thursday and it’s an absolute must for any Premier League fan.

2. Men in Blazers

If you’re looking for something a little bit different then I’d advise you to try ‘Men In Blazers’. What makes this show great is the chemistry between its hosts, Roger Bennett and Michael Davies.

Both are English, although their love for everything American shines through during the podcast. While they usually focus on the Premier League, they will often discuss the MLS or the progress of the U.S. Men and Women’s National Teams.

Their insightful analysis, contagious sense of humour and blazers make a great podcast to add to your weekly list.

3. World Football Phone-In 

BBC’s World Football phone-in is part of the daily night show ‘Up All Night’ on BBC Radio 5 Live and airs between 2am and 4am. Sometimes, however, the show has been known to dedicate the whole 1-5am slot to calls from football fans.

This show covers a wide variety, with football from Europe, Africa, North and South America and more covered by expert pundits from each area. There are also plenty of interviews and features.

4. Second Captain’s Football Podcast  

Like Football Weekly, most Irish football fans will already be listening to Second Captains.

Ken Early, Eoin McDevitt, Ciarán Murphy, Mark Horgan and Simon Hick are well known to the Irish public from their eight years at Newstalk, their Second Captains Live for RTÉ 2 television and Second Captains Championship for RTÉ Radio 1.

They also produce two great podcasts for the Irish Times, The Irish Times Second Captains and The Irish Times Second Captains Football. They release 4 podcasts every week, 2 on Mondays and 2 on Thursdays. They football show is always an entertaining listen with great guests, intelligent debate and Ken Early taking centre stage, albeit sometimes going off on a tangent. 

5. The Sports Bar

Remember Andy Goldstein from Soccer AM? Probably not. He was the man that replaced fan favourite Tim Lovejoy but lasted just one season with Helen Chamberlain before being given the boot himself.

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That turned out to be good news because he happens to be much, much better as the host of The Sports Bar for TalkSport. It airs Monday to Friday from 10pm and 1am and it’s actually very, very entertaining. Three hours of laughs, chat and all the day’s football news.

6. We Are Going Up

This one is for all you struggling Leeds United, Reading and Ipswich fans among us. If your side has recently slipped down a few divisions, We Are Going Up is the podcast you should be listening to.

It is the only one on our list that exclusively focuses on the Championship, League One and League Two. Formed back in 2011, the show offers coverage of all 72 clubs, mixing serious interviews and debate with some good humour.

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Donal Lucey

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