Each week we will produce a round-up of the stuff we’ve been enjoying over the last few days – stuff to read, stuff to listen to, stuff to watch, or all of the above. This will include the best from all the Totally podcasts, the best from the website and lots of stuff from elsewhere too – basically anything that catches our eye…
From the Totally Football podcasts…
The Totally Football Show: Electric shock salsa
Jimbo is joined by Duncan Alexander, Jack Lang & Adrian Clarke to talk x-rated celebrations and suspect penalty techniques, plus a look ahead to a six-pointer at the bottom of the Premier League, plus funny Brazilian names & Road Rash II
The Totally Football Show – European edition: It makes a hell of a cocktail
Not to be stopped by two unexploded World War II bombs, the Euro crew are back to talk ructions at PSG, Getafe & the new Simeone, mini Maldini & Bayern back on top
The Totally Football League Show: Dickie was in the away end
Matt Davies Adams, Adrian Clarke, and Sam Parkin talk the final dealings of deadline day, whether Eoin Doyle is after Sam’s scoring record and we speak with Bristol City manager Lee Johnson as he celebrates four years at the club.
The Totally Scottish Football Show: Misquoted Morelos and Fortress Livi
Andrew Slaven, JJ Bull and Spanish-speaker Kieran Canning finally reconvene for a delayed pod in which we tackle THAT Morelos interview.
The Offside Rule: There’s no football culture without vinegar
Kait Borsay, Lynsey Hooper, and Robyn Cowen are here to talk you through the latest January transfer window stuff and build their dream stadiums – jet packs are involved…
The Offside Rule – WSL edition: Headballs, Speedway tracks and farewells…for now
Carrie Dunn is in the studio with Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper to reflect as Nick Cushing bows out on a high, plus we hear from Fara Williams on the standard of refereeing in the women’s game
From the Totally Football Show.com…
About that farewell…the good news is that our pals at Football Manager stepped in this week and have sponsored the Offside Rule: WSL Edition until the end of the season. Thanks Football Manager – you’re the best.
We need excellent shows like The Offside Rule: WSL Edition to continue to push the sport to more and more people so that our dreams of adding women’s leagues to FM can be fulfilled in the hopefully not too distant future but without it, and shows like it, the sport itself has a much smaller chance to break through that glass ceiling that it’s constantly facing despite the great work that the clubs and FA are doing to help it get there.
??BIG NEWS ALERT??
Introducing…THE TOTALLY FOOTBALL YEARBOOK – out Aug 6.
Stats, analysis & your favourites from the pods, a collectable tale of the 2019/20 season & beyond.
— TotallyFootballShow (@TheTotallyShow) February 3, 2020
Stuart McCall returned for his sixth spell at Bradford as a player, coach or manager this week…Nick Miller got all sentimental about the importance of being, well, sentimental
It’s easy to dismiss the impact of having someone more than just a hired gun as your manager. It doesn’t have to be a childhood fan, or even a former player, just someone that you can identify with, care about in some way. Sheffield United would clearly be pretty jazzed with life even if Chris Wilder was simply some random schmo, but because he’s a lifelong Blade it means a bit more. People watch football for loads of reasons, but one of them is a sense of belonging and community. It helps if the leader of your club belongs to that community.
Are Chelsea really doing that badly? Considering where they were at the start of the season, Jessy Parker-Humphreys really doesn’t think so.
Chelsea have arguably been too trigger happy when it comes to getting rid of their managers. Whether the result of disputes with the board or from a run of mediocre results, the club rarely gives anyone the opportunity to develop the team. Their position in the table might be inflated by the struggles of traditional contenders Manchester United, Arsenal or Tottenham, but that means there is no better opportunity for Lampard to mould this squad into a team that could offer a Chelsea a base to build off of for the next decade. This season might not have lived up to the high standards Chelsea are used to but then it was never supposed to.
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson joined the Totally Football League Show in the week of his fourth anniversary at the club, to discuss their promotion challenge.
It’s a very, very competitive league, the Championship, and often the margins are so fine, that if you if you go to bed knowing that your mate in the team next to you is a quality player and you can trust them with your life, there’s a good chance of success on the day.
There was a strange episode this week when Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos gave an interview which turned out to be really badly translated, but more importantly it created problems in an area where problems really don’t need to be created in Scottish football, as Kieran Canning explained.
The subtitles bore no correlation at all to what he was saying. I said at the time “this might be the way it was cut”, because there were some quite obvious points where they had cut away and the subtitle was still going, so he could have said these things, but just not in the way they had cut it. But as the story has gone on, it doesn’t seem like that is the case.
From the wide world of the internet
It’s not often you hear an elite footballer talk so smartly and at such length about their craft: Kieran Thievam asked Vivienne Miedema to break down five of her goals.
What’s it like to be a footballer when you had a famous footballer for a dad? Tom Williams asked a few of them.
What happens when a manager is sacked? Allow Vithushan Ehantharajah to enlighten you.
Guti. That assist. What do you mean, what assist? Jack Lang breaks it down.
The good people over at Tifo made a video arguing that the Premier League should have its own OTT streaming service. Us neither, but give it a watch to find out.