My Top 5 Football Podcasts in 2017
Most media agencies seem to have adopted the popular platform to produce content & discuss current affairs, but anyone can effectively start a podcast and say whatever the hell they want -- and thats the beauty of it.
People use the digital audio platform for many reasons and podcasts can be formatted in a variety of ways, ranging from news round ups and structured interviews with special guests, to laid back debates and long form conversations & discussions. In many ways it works a lot like radio (obviously) just without the cliche advertisements for the most part - plus you can play, pause, download and listen to them whenever you fancy it.
I've been a huge fan of podcasts ever since my friend introduced me to the Joe Rogan Experience a few years ago. This year however, I came across a few football podcasts that I've found both entertaining and informative - for the most part they give great round-ups to recent games and on-going events in the world of football.
If you're someone like me who finds themselves typing in 'football news' on Google everyday then why not try out listening to one of the following football podcasts I've found interesting this year:
The Daily Telegraph's Total Football Podcast
Hosted by Them Gibbs, this podcast provides great insight & analysis of the game, focussing mostly on recent games & upcoming fixtures in the Premier League. The combination of reporters and topic choices make this one my personal favourite for general football news. The show features writers from various UK newspapers, as well as interesting special guests, such as Graeme Souness & Jamie Carragher in a semi-rigid interview structure.
BT Sports' Football Writers Podcast
Hosted by 2-time Sports Writer of the Year Mike Calvin, the crew at BT Sports review Premier League affairs and tackle important issues in the Champions League. They also invite writers and reporters from a variety of agencies based in the UK.
Planet Futbol with Grant Wahl
Sports Illustrated reporters Grant Wahl & Brian Strauss interview prominent figures in soccer... From a more American perspective, Grant invites unique guests from the world of football to discuss important issues. He's had Howard Webb on to discuss the future of refereeing given the introduction of technology into the game, he's similarly had NBC's popular football pundit & ex-player Kyle Martino on the show, as well as Gary Lineker. Great podcast that focusses on many unique aspects of the football.
The Guardian's Football Weekly
Hosted and presented by James Richardson & Max Rushed, the Guardian gathers sports writers based in the UK to discuss current affairs in football - mostly the Premier League & Europe. This one is a bit more relaxed than the other round up shows in my opinion, and they try to addd a bit of banter to the discussion. Guests include Barry Glendenning, Paul MacInnes & John Ashdown.
Soccer Comic Rant
For something slightly different, take a listen to stand-up comedian Ian Edwards chat about football. The English born writer and actor now lives in the US but that doesn't stop him from tackling the key issues of European football. His podcast is a lot more relaxed and long-form and is quite relatable for the American sports fan, he also likes to through in random but interesting themes or talking points that he discusses in conjunction with football.
Most of the episodes are around 45 minutes to an hour in length so are easy to listen to - I'd recommend checking them out. These are just a few of my suggestions based on what I've found interesting to listen to this year. There are definitely other options out there when it comes to finding a good football podcast and am open to suggestions.
The vast majority of these podcasts are available on multiple platforms, including: iTunes, Android, Google Play, PodBean, PodBay, Youtube, Official Site - so feel free to check them out if you're looking for that extra bit of analysis of ongoing matches and current events in European & world football.