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Gab Marcotti and Natalie Sawyer bring you the premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the greatest game in the world.


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Episode Date
Time for Pep to shine without his biggest star
00:36:55

Natalie Sawyer and James Gheerbrant take a look at the issues dominating the headlines in football ahead of another big Premier League weekend.


Paul Joyce joins us to discuss how Manchester City can adapt to losing player of the year Kevin De Bruyne, side-lined for 3 months through injury. Could Phil Foden fill in?


Should Emery lean on Leno for Arsenal in search of a better distributor than Petr Cech? They face Chelsea and superstitious Sarri at Stamford Bridge.


Son of an architect Henry Winter discusses the delay in Tottenham’s move to their new stadium. How well set are Spurs for this season as a whole?


Plus we'll find out who knows more about Barnsley – Natalie Sawyer or Gab Marcotti?


Charlie Scott and Paddy von Behr provide their advice ahead of the fantasy football weekend. For free Fantasy Premier League tips from The Sweeper, visit thetimes.co.uk/fantasyfootball 

Aug 16, 2018
Seamless City unstoppable as Pogba plants seeds with Mourinho
00:39:58

Gab Marcotti and Natalie Sawyer are joined by Matt Dickinson and Oliver Kay after the opening weekend of the Premier League season. And it’s clear the rest of the division should be very worried by Manchester City after their comprehensive victory at the Emirates.

There’s no new broom at Arsenal who don’t look any different under Unai Emery. Paul Pogba’s cryptic comments about his manager open up a can of worms at Old Trafford. Are Manchester United and Mourinho acting a bit rich over their most expensive signing? And who’s more important to the club?

Also on the agenda – have English clubs backed themselves into a corner with the early closure of the transfer window? Plus Kante, Keita and a chronic lack of VAR.

Aug 13, 2018
The Game’s Premier League Preview 18/19
00:48:45

The Game is back for the new Premier League season and it's double trouble. Gab Marcotti is joined by new co-host Natalie Sawyer. We’ll be bringing you a half-hour show every Monday and from next week a new preview show every Thursday.


Alyson Rudd and Matt Hughes join us in the studio to discuss the major talking points ahead of the big kick-off. Are Liverpool the team to provide a title challenge to Manchester City? Are Manchester United bored of Mourinho? And which new signing is a poor man’s Neymar?


Elsewhere, Gab is looking forward to seeing some Sarri-ball while Natalie is fearing Fulham as a force this season. And is it a case of Cardiff and Huddersfield PLUS ONE in the battle to beat the drop?

Aug 06, 2018
Pogba peaks and Mbappe mesmerises as France are crowned world champions
00:33:01

After 32 days and 64 games, it is France who take home the World Cup after a pulsating 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow.

For our final episode, Natalie Sawyer is joined by Oliver Kay and Matt Hughes to analyse the final. What next for Kylian Mbappe, a player with the world at his feet? And will Paul Pogba be allowed to replicate that level of performance under Mourinho at Manchester United?

With Croatia feeling hard done by with VAR after Perisic was penalised for handball, are slow motion replays misleading to match referees? And have we seen the advent of the VAR handball?

Plus The Times chief sports writer Matt Dickinson helps us review the best bits of a sensational World Cup in Russia. Can anything top Michy Batshuayi smashing the ball into his own face?

Jul 15, 2018
England are a mid-table international side
00:31:57

Natalie Sawyer presents the penultimate podcast of this World Cup. England are well beaten by Belgium in a slightly sobering third place play-off. Matt Dickinson joins us from St Petersburg to assess exactly where England are in the footballing pyramid right now and where upgrades need to be made. Should Ruben Loftus-Cheek have played more during this tournament? And did Harry Kane play well this summer?


Football may not have come home but Alyson Rudd has. She’s in the studio to preview the World Cup Final along with Henry Winter. It’s France versus Croatia. Deschamps versus Dalic. But is the match-up in Moscow made for Mbappe or Modric?

Jul 14, 2018
The future's bright…and football could still come home
00:25:24

England’s World Cup adventure ends at the penultimate hurdle as Croatia come from behind to defeat the Three Lions in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Moscow after extra-time.


Natalie Sawyer watches the game in the company of Matthew Syed, Tony Cascarino and Martyn Ziegler. Jonathan Northcroft is at the Luzhniki Stadium to heap praise on the world-class Kieran Trippier and the magnificent Mario Mandzukic.


There’s tributes paid to the planning of the FA and Gareth Southgate in setting England up for future success while uniting football fans across the nation – but also some questions raised about Southgate’s substitutions.


Plus Gab Marcotti joins us to put Croatia’s achievement into context as they reach their first ever World Cup final, led by Luka Modric.

Jul 12, 2018
England free from the past to make their own history
00:33:38

Natalie Sawyer brings you The Game World Cup Daily with less than 24 hours to go until England take on Croatia for a place in the World Cup Final.


Henry Winter joins us from Moscow to preview England’s biggest game in almost three decades, paying credit to Pippa Grange for the run to the last four. Plus we hear how Baddiel & Skinner’s Three Lions represents the antithesis to the mindset of the squad under Gareth Southgate.


Student of Croatian football and politics, Dario Brentin gives us his insight into the controversy and corruption that has coloured the attitude of some Croatians towards their national team. Follow him @DarioBrentin on Twitter.


Oliver Kay and Bill Edgar deconstruct France’s progression to their third World Cup final as a dominant defensive display sees Didier Deschamps’ men to a 1-0 victory over Belgium’s golden generation.


Plus Natalie speaks to Adam Sage, who The Times asked to watch France v Belgium in France…and Belgium.

Jul 10, 2018
Saluting the most unified England team in 20 years
00:23:52

The World Cup in Russia continues to give and give to England fans. The Three Lions are through to the last 4 for the first time since 1990 after seeing off Sweden in Samara by 2 goals to nil.


Natalie Sawyer, Oliver Kay and Bill Edgar assess how this unexpected rise to the top table of international football occurred under Gareth Southgate. There’s praise for Pickford and debate on whether Raheem Sterling is judged too harshly by his critics.


Gab Marcotti watches Croatia progress on penalties by knocking out hosts Russia in Sochi. He gives his insight into England’s semi-final opponents, concluding Croatia can keep the ball forever. But will they be exhausted after another gruelling battle through extra-time?

Jul 08, 2018
England empathise with Southgate's squad as players and people
00:30:19

Can Southgate’s side see off Sweden in Samara and soar to the semi-finals?

Natalie Sawyer is joined by Henry Winter and Alan Smith to analyse England’s chances in the World Cup quarter-final, as well as examining how the public have learned to fall in love with the national team again.

Belgium best the bookies’ boys Brazil as Roberto Martinez looks to add World Cup glory to his FA Cup triumph with Wigan, thanks to the brilliance of De Bruyne, Hazard and Lukaku.

They will face France in the last 4. Oliver Kay watches the French grind out a quarter-final win over Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod, as Didier Deschamps’s team prove they can win a match in many different ways.

Jul 06, 2018
England's unbelievable opportunity to reach the World Cup Final
00:28:54

Another historic night in Russia. At the World Cup where seemingly anything can happen, England win a World Cup penalty shootout for the first time ever, knocking out Colombia at the last 16 stage.

Pickford’s saves keep England in the tournament, the selfless Kane continues to score and Dier displays his confidence with the winning spot-kick.

Natalie Sawyer is joined by Matt Hughes and Oli Kay in Moscow to dissect a performance where England showed edge and resolve to progress to the last 8 – a performance that answers some big questions for Gareth Southgate – and look ahead to how far this team can go.

Alyson Rudd watches one of the worst games of the World Cup so far in St Petersburg but is ideally placed to assess England’s next opponents after ‘the passion killers’ Sweden see off Switzerland.

Jul 03, 2018
England need to end embarrassing knock-out record
00:32:22

It’s time. England take on Colombia in the round of 16 in Moscow with the winner facing an appetising route to a return to the Russian capital in just over a week and a half.

Natalie Sawyer brings you a comprehensive preview. Henry Winter discusses the patriotism at play in the England squad and the opportunity to end their embarrassing record in the knock-out stages.

Colombian football expert Simon Edwards tells us what Tuesday night’s game means for Pekerman and his players, plus why they have the best centre-halves in the competition to deal with England’s set-piece threat.


Former goalkeeper David Preece has been studying the technique of the penalty takers and stoppers at the World Cup and gives his advice to Jordan Pickford, should the inevitable shootout occur.

Alyson Rudd watches the real deal in Brazil and is full of praise for their defensive structure but full of scorn for Neymar’s ludicrous amateur dramatics.

And Bill Edgar reviews Belgium’s sensational 3-2 win against Japan, a fightback forged by Fellaini.

Jul 02, 2018
Stupid Spain slip out as changing of the guard continues
00:32:16

Natalie Sawyer looks back at the second day of last 16 ties at the World Cup. Two matches, two 1-1 draws, two penalty shootouts and a whole lot of drama.


Hosts Russia overturn the rankings and shock the world by beating former champions Spain in Moscow. Jonathan Northcroft debates how Spain manager Fernando Hierro was found out, while paying tribute as Andres Iniesta bows out of the international stage.


Matt Dickinson and Bill Edgar discuss whether or not England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is too short, Bobby Moore’s bracelet in Bogota and why Matt isn’t a waistcoat guy.


Plus Croatia progress to the quarter-finals after outlasting Denmark as the panel examine England’s half of the draw and how it could lead to a brand new World Cup finalist.


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Jul 01, 2018
Modest Mbappe steals the show as Messi & Ronaldo exit the stage
00:33:08

The knockout stage of the World Cup in Russia begins with a bang. Natalie Sawyer reviews the progression of Uruguay and France to the last 8. A stunning display from 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe blows Argentina away. Alyson Rudd joins us from Kazan and is privileged to have witnessed one of the great World Cup games.

Giles Smith is in the studio to mourn the loss of Diego Maradona from our TV screens and ponder the pointlessness of beer showers at a VAR tournament.

Oli Kay gives his reaction to a pulsating Uruguayan victory over Portugal as the handsome Edinson Cavani comes into form at the right time. And we debate the importance of Alli and Henderson to England ahead of their clash with Colombia on Tuesday.

Jun 30, 2018
England's B team beaten to create Colombia clash
00:28:00

After all the speculation over England's Group G decider with Belgium, two reserve sides face off in Kaliningrad with Gareth Southgate's side losing 1-0 and surrendering top spot. But does finishing 2nd offer an easier route to the World Cup final? Or did defeat damage morale as England's squad players blew their chance of a regular starting berth?


Natalie Sawyer is joined by Jonathan Northcroft and Alan Smith to assess England's chances of progressing in this tournament while wondering if Belgium are the real deal this time.


Plus Oliver Kay watches England's next opponents Colombia knock out Senegal in Samara. And he feels the Three Lions have nothing to fear.


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Jun 28, 2018
Entitled Germany out as the World Cup continues to shock
00:31:24

For the third World Cup in a row, the holders are knocked out at the group stage. Defeat for Germany against South Korea spelled the end of their reign as world champions and raised major questions over the attitude and atmosphere behind the scenes.


Alyson Rudd reports from Kazan on the demise of the Germans and tells us why this tournament could be called the ‘under the radar cup.’


Studio guest Matthew Syed is mystified and left bereft by Germany’s elimination and tries to make sense of their regression.


Matt Dickinson previews England’s group decider with Belgium in Kaliningrad with questions still remaining over either side’s motivation to top Group G.


And Oliver Kay has a front row seat to The Neymar Show, also known as Brazil’s victory over Serbia in Moscow.


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Jun 27, 2018
Messi moves Argentina towards fixture with France…and then Ronaldo?
00:27:51

With the score at 1-1 against the Super Eagles in St Petersburg, Argentina were 4 minutes away from being eliminated from the World Cup. But a Marcos Rojo volley spared Jorge Sampaoli’s blushes and knocked Nigeria out.


Natalie Sawyer is joined by Martyn Ziegler and Bill Edgar to review another disjointed Argentine performance that sets up a last 16 tie with France. And should Messi’s men progress, a meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal is possible in the quarter-finals.


Martyn has also been examining every VAR review at the tournament and with England and Belgium separated by just yellow cards, could the drawing of lots decide Group G on Thursday?


Plus Gab Marcotti witnesses a French team featuring a lost Lemar and a ghastly Griezmann. And he runs the rule over a Denmark side that will face Croatia in the next round on Sunday.


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Jun 26, 2018
VAR rescues Spain to set up Moscow meeting with Russia
00:29:28

Spain lose and then regain top spot in Group B as VAR allows a disallowed Iago Aspas equaliser while simultaneously awarding Iran a penalty to push Portugal down into second place.

Natalie Sawyer reviews a crazy couple of minutes in Kaliningrad and Saransk. She’s joined by Henry Winter, who wants VAR to clamp down on Portuguese play-acting, Alex Kay-Jelski who would like Argentina to stay in Russia and Alyson Rudd who admires Uruguay’s intelligent thuggery.

Plus we bring you an update from the England camp ahead of the clash with Belgium and the conclusion to Mo Salah’s miserable month.

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@OliverKayTimes, @_pauljoyce, @allyrudd_times, @martynziegler and @JNorthcroft.

Jun 25, 2018
England are better off beating Belgium
00:24:48

After pummelling Panama in record-breaking fashion, England’s attention now turns to the knock-out stages of the World Cup. But with a game to come against Group G rivals Belgium, Natalie Sawyer asks Paul Joyce and Matt Hughes whether Gareth Southgate’s side should seek to finish 2nd and navigate a potentially easier path to the final.


Harry Kane is England’s hat-trick hero and the top scorer in Russia but have we seen Tottenham’s Harry Kane at this tournament yet? Oliver Kay suggests maybe not.


And Alyson Rudd reports from Group H where Colombia eliminate Poland to keep their hopes of a last 16 date (potentially with England) alive as the Colombians turn Kazan into a sea of yellow.


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Jun 24, 2018
Kroos takes control but can Loftus-Cheek take his chance?
00:32:35

A sensational finish in Sochi as a 95th minute winner from Toni Kroos keeps Germany’s World Cup hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over Sweden.


Natalie Sawyer is joined by Matt Dickinson for his verdict on Saturday night’s drama and to preview England’s lunch date with Panama, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks to make a place in Gareth Southgate’s team his own.


Martyn Ziegler witnesses the highest scoring game of the World Cup so far as England’s Group G rivals Belgium hammer Tunisia 5-2 in Moscow.


Times photographer Jack Hill has been to Syria and back. He joins us to discuss his 24-hour trip in a train carriage with England fans.


And Giles Smith has been watching football on TV and pays homage to Martin O’Neill while also telling us why Carles Puyol has already been sent home.


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Jun 23, 2018
Nervy Neymar sheds tears as Southgate sours on the media
00:32:45

Natalie Sawyer reports on another historic day at the World Cup as Neymar sees a penalty given, then rescinded by VAR. Gab Marcotti discusses the world’s most expensive player and what’s going on inside his head after Brazil’s late victory over Costa Rica.


Alan Smith dissects a combustible clash in Kaliningrad as Switzerland’s Kosovan contingent complete a remarkable turnaround against Serbia. Plus why Ahmed Musa has been Argentina’s best player.


Paul Joyce gives us an insight into the England camp as Gareth Southgate criticises the leak of the team sheet against Panama. Should the media be more supportive of the England team? And Tom Clarke gives us a tactical breakdown of what the Three Lions can expect from their opponents on Sunday.


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Jun 22, 2018
Abysmal Argentina and a scarcity of scoring for Sterling
00:30:11

One of the biggest stories of this World Cup in Russia continues to unfold as Argentina stand on the brink of elimination after their 3-0 drubbing by Croatia. Natalie Sawyer is joined by Oliver Kay, Matt Dickinson and Bill Edgar as Lionel Messi struggles to carry a country on his shoulders.


We discuss the likelihood of Raheem Sterling being replaced by Marcus Rashford for England's meeting with Panama on Sunday.


Alyson Rudd analyses French progression to the round of 16 as Peru are sent home. Plus Alan Smith explains the political backdrop to Serbia v Switzerland and why Shaqiri might need his shin pads.


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Jun 21, 2018
Southgate's shoulder separation and BBC versus ITV
00:34:01

Another day, another England story as a wander into the woods ends with manager Gareth Southgate in a sling. Natalie Sawyer gets an update from the England camp with Paul Joyce who has also been speaking to Ruben Loftus-Cheek about his future at Chelsea.


Gab Marcotti gives us a full breakdown of events in Group B where Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the all-time top European goal scorer and the power of the vuvuzelas can’t prevent Iran from losing to Spain. Plus Giles Smith from The Times is in the studio to analyse the battle in World Cup coverage between the BBC and ITV.


Which means we discuss the greatest goal getter that ever lived and the greatest set that’s ever been built.


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Jun 20, 2018
Dele's diagnosis and the joy of watching Russia
00:34:54

Host nation Russia are as good as qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup, for the first time ever. Natalie Sawyer is joined by Alyson Rudd and James Gheerbrant as Mo Salah’s Egypt are set to head home.


With Dele Alli suffering a thigh strain, former Liverpool physio Mark Leather gives his prognosis on the severity of the injury, while Henry Winter updates us from his log cabin at the England camp.


Martyn Ziegler takes in Senegal’s victory over Poland and has been speaking to FIFA about VAR while we also bring you the story of the Iranian women set to watch their team play for the very first time.


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Jun 19, 2018
Captain Kane wrestles back victory for England
00:27:31

The rollercoaster ride of following the Three Lions continues as England leave it late to secure 3 points in their World Cup opener against Tunisia.


Natalie Sawyer is joined by Matt Dickinson, Matt Hughes and Alyson Rudd to salute the bagger of a brace Harry Kane, debate the non-appearance of VAR in Volgograd and discuss whether Ruben Loftus-Cheek can fill Dele Alli’s boots.


The video officials do help deliver Sweden’s first opening day victory since 1958. Plus Ian Hawkey is on Panama Watch for the podcast in Sochi as England’s next opponents succumb to Belgium in their first ever World Cup match.


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Jun 18, 2018
England set for centre stage as the world champions suffer Mexico mauling in Moscow
00:31:44

With Gareth Southgate’s men 24 hours from Tunisia, Natalie Sawyer, Jonathan Northcroft and James Gheerbrant ask will we see the real Harry Kane? And what’s to be done about those Volgograd mosquitos?


Tom Clarke gives us a tactical breakdown of Tunisia, the panel analyse a lacklustre start from Neymar and Brazil after their draw with Switzerland and Oli Kay is in Moscow where Mexico upset and outsmart World Cup holders Germany on matchday 4.


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Jun 17, 2018
Iceland upset the odds again while VAR makes its mark
00:34:25

Matchday 3 was historic for the World Cup as not one but two penalties were awarded with the help of the Video Assistant Referee.


Natalie Sawyer breaks down all that and an incredible first ever point at the World Cup for Iceland who contained the might of Messi and Argentina.


Bill Edgar and Jonathan Northcroft discuss the day’s action, as France see off Australia with the help of technology, Croatia cruise past Nigeria and Denmark break Peruvian hearts. Plus what could make Fabian Delph unique amongst England footballers?


And Times writer George Caulkin talks about his trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway and travels around Russia, all in the name of football.


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Jun 17, 2018
Ronaldo steals the show in Sochi on a day of a late drama
00:32:55

Natalie Sawyer reviews a breathless Matchday 2 at the World Cup. Three games all decided by last minute goals, as the panel react to the greatest World Cup performance of Cristiano Ronaldo’s career, in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain.


James Gheerbrant has his eye on Uruguay, while Matt Dickinson watches Iran make history but curses the return of the vuvuzela.


And Alyson Rudd is cold in Kazan as she looks forward to her first glimpse of the French ahead of their clash with Australia.


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Jun 15, 2018
Russia romp home while England bowl the media over
00:30:19

The World Cup is underway! Natalie Sawyer brings you the first of our daily matchday podcasts from The Times, alongside Matt Hughes in a studio that could rival ITV for grandeur and excess.


Henry Winter gives us the latest from the England camp where bowling and darts dominate the agenda. Oliver Kay reports from Moscow after the hosts’ 5-0 win on opening day over a spectacularly inept Saudi Arabia side. And Gab Marcotti joins us to discuss one of the most remarkable stories in World Cup history – Spain sacking manager Julen Lopetegui just 48 hours before their opening fixture with Portugal.

Jun 14, 2018
The Game World Cup Preview 2018
00:51:09

Natalie Sawyer fronts the new World Cup podcast from The Times, publishing every night after the final whistle on every matchday. In our opening episode, Gab Marcotti, Henry Winter and James Gheerbrant join Natalie to look ahead to this summer in Russia.


The panel focus on Russia’s preparations to host the tournament and what shape England find themselves in, as they seek to end 52 years of hurt. Plus we run the rule over the contenders and pretenders looking to take home the trophy. Does the evidence suggest we should be writing off the Germans? Are Belgium under-prepared? And can Didier Deschamps drive the French Ferrari?

Jun 06, 2018
Klopp created an insecure goalkeeping situation
00:50:32

In the last regular season episode before the start of our World Cup podcasts, Gab Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft and Jonathan Northcroft to discuss the fall-out from Real Madrid’s Champions League Final victory over Liverpool. From that rascal Ramos to Bale baling out on the Bernabeu, via those Karius catastrophes.


We also have analysis of Emery’s arrival at the Emirates, the Cottagers’ comeback to the top flight and every Premier League club has their season graded by the panel.

May 28, 2018
FA Cup Final showcases unappealing Manchester United
00:52:09

Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd and Matt Dickinson to discuss Chelsea's FA Cup final victory over Manchester United and the aftermath at Wembley. Was United's manager too disrespectful to his players and were Chelsea players too disrespectful to their manager?


Also on the agenda, Arsenal's potential acquisition of Mikel Arteta as their new manager, as reported by The Times. And after the announcement of England's World Cup squad, the panel analyse Gareth Southgate's major decisions.

May 21, 2018
The Game Live with former England manager Roy Hodgson
01:03:21

Alyson Rudd hosts a special Times Plus event in the company of Matt Dickinson, former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino and Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson.


Roy reveals his insight on Ruben Loftus-Cheek and his thoughts on two high-profile players that didn't make the England squad for Russia - Jack Wilshere and Joe Hart. Plus he reflects on the great escape for Crystal Palace while the panel also look ahead to the Championship play-off final, Champions League final and the World Cup.

May 19, 2018
100 points is a greater achievement than the Invincibles
00:51:09

As the Premier League campaign draws to a close, Gab Marcotti, Oli Kay and James Scowcroft discuss the Manchester City Centurions and whether their feat of reaching 100 points is less likely to be replicated than the Arsenal Invincibles.


Plus the panel pick apart the latest Pochettino power play and they select not just their Premier League team of the season but their team of the season outside the top 6. No journalists or ex-footballers were harmed in the making of this podcast.

May 14, 2018
Kane carries the can for average Alli
00:50:26

Gab Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens and James Gheerbrant to discuss the pulsating Premier League action that saw West Brom somehow survive another weekend and the race for the top 4 restart.


Plus are Neil Warnock’s Cardiff a welcome addition to the Premier League? Was Sparky too sarcy about Jon Moss? And do Chelsea have the most handsome forward line in football?

May 07, 2018
Liverpool lacking stability as Klopp loses the brain
00:52:55

Gab Marcotti is joined by Jonathan Northcroft and James Scowcroft who run the rule over the relegation run-in in the Premier League. Plus Paul Joyce helps dissect the disharmony at Liverpool that led to assistant Zeljko Buvac stepping away just days before the second leg of their Champions League semi-final. And are pundits like Shearer and Souness harsher on players than ever before?

Apr 30, 2018
Wenger pushed towards messy departure from Arsenal
00:53:50

Gab Marcotti is joined by Henry Winter, Stewart Robson (who’s forced to say some nice things about Arsene Wenger) and Bill Edgar (who relives his pitch-invading days).

The longest serving manager in English football will be leaving at the end of the season so the panel debate Wenger’s legacy, the details of the departure and what next for Arsenal?


Plus in the FA Cup semi-finals, why did Spurs go limp and why didn’t Southampton go harder?

Apr 23, 2018
Could Sterling have a Salah season?
00:51:11

Alyson Rudd, Matt Dickinson and Julien Laurens salute the magnificent Manchester City, the new champions of England as Pep overcomes the power of the Premier League. The panel also ask whether people are jealous of Wolves, how are Southampton’s squad on the brink of relegation and why is Steve Parish opposed to VAR?

Apr 16, 2018
Perfectionist Pep unprepared for failure and Friday night fights with Neil and Nuno
00:48:10

Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd and Julien Laurens to discuss a jaw-dropping weekend, not just in the Premier League but at the top of the Championship.


There’s in-depth analysis of the Manchester derby, first-hand experience of a dramatic win for Wolves in Wales and the panel try and piece together the puzzle that is Danny Welbeck.

Apr 09, 2018
Rooney mauled by Man City's midfield plus the Pardew post-mortem
00:49:22

It’s Easter weekend and Gab Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft and Julien Laurens to feast on all the big footballing issues. Will Chelsea hire a new director of football before appointing a new manager? Should Big Sam be sacked by Everton? And will we see Alan Pardew in the Premier League again? Plus the panel look ahead to the last 8 of the Champions League.

Apr 02, 2018
Maguire is a must for England - but does Dele deserve to play?
00:59:08

This week, it's The Game Podcast Book Club! Grant Wahl from Sports Illustrated joins us to discuss his new book Football 2.0: How The World's Best Play The Modern Game. And Brazil-based journalist Andrew Downie tells us about Doctor Socrates: Footballer, Philosopher, Legend, which is out now in paper back.


Gab Marcotti also reflects on England's victory in Holland with Henry Winter and Stewart Robson, including debate on Southgate's back 3 and some regrettable scenes in Amsterdam.

Mar 26, 2018
Mourinho can't work with the players anymore
00:56:38

Since our last podcast, Jose Mourinho has been talking. A lot. Gab Marcotti, Oli Kay and Stewart Robson attempt to dissect Mourinho’s words, including his summer strategy, his Sevilla summary and whether or not Luke Shaw is being bullied.

Away from Old Trafford, we look at the FA Cup quarter-finals, Sparky’s return to Southampton and Gareth Southgate’s England squad. Plus there’s some credit due for Sheffield United.

Mar 19, 2018
Worn down West Ham and the curious case of Carragher
00:52:34

Gab Marcotti is in the company of Matt Dickinson and Julien Laurens to discuss Manchester United’s victory over Liverpool and the shocking aftermath of former player turned pundit Jamie Carragher spitting at a fan.


James Jones, founder of West Ham World, joins us to discuss the ugly scenes that marred the Hammers’ home defeat by Burnley. Plus how much Ant & Dec should Sam Allardyce be watching?

Mar 12, 2018
Conte is talking himself out of the Chelsea job
00:51:40

England World Cup goalscorer Matthew Upson makes his debut on The Game podcast alongside Gab Marcotti and Matt Hughes to discuss the Premier League weekend as the champions submit to the champions elect.


It’s time for another Arsenal enquiry and the panel try to unlock the Glenn Murray mystery. Also on the agenda - Martin Glenn, Scott McTominay and the Korean Thomas Muller.

Mar 05, 2018
Pep's politics and Pogba on the naughty step
00:53:22

After a fabulous footballing Sunday, Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd and Paul Hirst to review Manchester City’s League Cup Final win over Arsenal and Manchester United’s Premier League victory over Chelsea.

 

The panel assess Antonio Conte’s pessimism, the yellow ribbon and how the Gunners were fearless. In a bad way.

Feb 26, 2018
VAR lies, PFA pay and Barry behaving badly
00:51:43

Political behemoth Alastair Campbell is in the studio this week to discuss his new football-based crime novel Saturday Bloody Saturday, out now, as well as his beloved Burnley and the time when Rochdale manager Keith Hill was on Fergie’s radar.

 

Plus Gab Marcotti has a Very Angry Reaction to VAR mistruths. He’s also joined by Stewart Robson (the business model for Arsenal Fan TV), James Gheerbrant and Gregor Robertson who’s written an article for The Times on PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor’s salary.

Feb 19, 2018
Pogba needs love while Smalling and Jones need replacing
00:58:04

It’s a grand old Game this week as Gab Marcotti is joined by Jonathan Northcroft, Julien Laurens and Henry Winter to discuss a massive win for the Magpies over Manchester United. Plus the panel look ahead to the Champions League ties this week. And did Kane foul Koscielny in the North London Derby?

Feb 12, 2018
The Game Live in Newcastle with Rafa Benitez
01:10:13

Alyson Rudd hosts a special Times Plus event in Newcastle in the company of George Caulkin, Oliver Kay and Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez.


In front of a live audience, Rafa reveals all about his relationship with the city of Newcastle, the wide-open relegation battle, the miracle of Istanbul and phone-calls with his mother.

Feb 09, 2018
Everton's capital car crash and VAR on the sly
00:50:46

Gab Marcotti is the voice of the voiceless after the Philadelphia Eagles triumph in the Super Bowl. But there’s plenty to talk about with Oliver Kay and James Scowcroft, including the lack of atmosphere at Old Trafford and beyond, two controversial penalties at Anfield and Lookman’s move to Leipzig.

Feb 05, 2018
A conversation on Cardiff's conduct and reminiscing about reducers
00:47:26

After an eventful FA Cup 4th round weekend, Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd and Stewart Robson to discuss the furore over the foul by Joe Bennett on Leroy Sane, and fixate on the flaws in VAR and Liverpool's defence. Plus can Moura bring more to Spurs and will Aubameyang advance Arsenal?

Jan 29, 2018
No sympathy for Silva as Arsenal get shafted by Sanchez swap
00:55:33

Gab Marcotti is joined by Matt Hughes and Bill Edgar to discuss the inevitable Alexis Sanchez - Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap deal and yet another manager biting the dust at Watford. Also on the agenda, the never-ending Newcastle takeover and the future of Harry Kane.

Jan 22, 2018
Sanchez on strike, the Anfield effect and failure to sell VAR
00:54:56

Mark Clattenburg joins Gab Marcotti this week to react to the Premier League action and give a referee's insight into English football's first foray into VAR. Plus Alyson Rudd and James Gheerbrant are in the studio to talk Manchester City's first domestic defeat, Sanchez for sale, and the arrivals of Paul Lambert at Stoke and Ryan Giggs at Wales.

Jan 15, 2018
The Coutinho conundrum, misbehaving managers and Arsenal’s baffling bench
00:55:24

Gab Marcotti is joined by Oliver Kay and Stewart Robson for a bumper podcast that takes in the FA Cup third round, the ins and outs at Liverpool & Stoke and whether the rivalry between Mourinho and Conte has gone too far. Plus why you shouldn't keep artwork in the conservatory...

Jan 08, 2018
The Game's Premier League half-term reports - Part Two
00:25:29

Gab Marcotti, Henry Winter and Alyson Rudd pick their manager and player of 2017, while also issuing their grades for the Premier League season so far. Which team is teacher's pet and which side are sitting in the corner with a dunce's hat on?


This week the panel review Huddersfield, Brighton, Stoke, Southampton, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Bournemouth, West Brom and Swansea.

Jan 01, 2018
The Game's Premier League half-term reports - Part One
00:40:22

Gab Marcotti, Henry Winter and Alyson Rudd issue their grades for the Premier League season so far. Which team is teacher's pet and which side are sitting in the corner with a dunce's hat on?


This week the panel review Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Burnley, Leicester, Watford and Everton.


Part 1 of 2.

Dec 25, 2017
Who can build a blueprint for beating Manchester City?
00:50:59

Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd and Matt Dickinson to discuss a dominant display from the champions elect (and a poor performance from Pawson). Plus the panel determine whether time has finally caught up with Bournemouth and debate the season so far for VAR.

Dec 18, 2017
Klopp can't bring morality into refereeing decisions
00:52:58

It's a packed Game podcast as Gab Marcotti, Alyson Rudd and Julien Laurens dissect a massive Manchester derby - and the milky melee that followed. Plus the panel pick sides over the penalty in the Merseyside derby, debate the sanity of Saturday night football and there's live reaction to the Champions League draw!

Dec 11, 2017
The Game previews the Manchester derby
00:12:28

Gab Marcotti and Henry Winter discuss what's being billed as the biggest game of the Premier League season so far. This Sunday, the top two meet at Old Trafford in a pivotal match in the title race. Mourinho takes on Guardiola. Manchester United face Manchester City.

Dec 07, 2017
Summer is the time to gamble on a Championship manager
00:47:41

Gab Marcotti returns to the hot seat alongside James Scowcroft and James Gheerbrant to answer some questions posed by the Premier League weekend. Has a screw come loose in Pep's head? Should Pogba be exempt from suspension? And why can't you be retrospectively un-punished for not diving?

Dec 04, 2017
Firefighter needed as Everton exit the elite
00:52:20

Matt Dickinson steps into the podcasting shoes of Gab Marcotti this week. He’s joined by Oliver Kay and Bill Edgar to discuss embarrassment at Everton, majesty at Man City and resistance to rainbow laces. But you do get your Marcotti fix as he sits down with Raphael Honigstein to discuss his new book Klopp: Bring The Noise.



Nov 27, 2017
Pulis pays the price for poor product and professionalism
00:47:55

Gab Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens and Bill Edgar to discuss a jam-packed Premier League weekend. Did Tottenham take Arsenal too lightly? Should Zlatan start ahead of Lukaku? Plus Raphael Honigstein pops in to debate West Brom's sacking of the man in the baseball cap.

Nov 20, 2017
Good cop Moyes walks in to West Ham’s holiday camp
00:47:49

Gab Marcotti is joined by James Gheerbrant and Stewart Robson to unlock the Ruben Loftus-Cheek conundrum for England and study how David Moyes can change the West Ham philosophy. Plus journalist Patrick Barclay pops in to discuss his new book detailing an icon of football – Sir Matt Busby: The Definitive Biography.   

Nov 13, 2017
Beleaguered Bilic worn down by dysfunctional directors
00:55:53

After a truly Super Sunday, Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Matt Dickinson and Henry Winter to debate Mkhitaryan going missing and Arsene's inefficiency. Plus Guillem Balague discusses his book Brave New World - Inside Pochettino's Spurs, as we hear about Gab's trip to Disney World with Poch.

Nov 06, 2017
Distracted Dele not yet in Kane’s league
00:50:14

Gab Marcotti, Jonathan Northcroft and Alex Kay-Jelski discuss all the fall-out from another big weekend of football, as The Game looks at the hype surrounding England’s kids, Everton’s identity crisis and why is everybody so cruel to Puel?   

Oct 30, 2017
The Game speaks to Graeme Souness
00:34:19

In a special podcast, Alyson Rudd speaks to one of the most decorated players in football – Graeme Souness – about his autobiography ‘Football: My Life, My Passion.’


The Liverpool legend discusses the mind-set of a player and manager. Plus gardening, gin and Gangs of New York.

Oct 26, 2017
With or without Koeman, Everton are easy opposition
00:53:41
Gab Marcotti, Matt Dickinson, Paul Joyce and Julien Laurens discuss a hugely eventful Premier League weekend as Everton ditch their Dutch manager. Plus Matthew Syed joins us to dissect the issues around the Eni Aluko enquiry for the FA.
Oct 23, 2017
Arsenal don’t like it up ‘em
00:48:27

Alyson Rudd is joined by James Scowcroft and Bill Edgar as they discuss Palace picking up their first points of the season, Chelsea’s lack of firepower and Mourinho’s maddening mind games.

Oct 16, 2017
Scotland are missing the wee man of the past
00:48:16
Gab Marcotti, Alyson Rudd and James Scowcroft react to a weekend of international football on The Game podcast. Henry Winter joins us to debate Southgate's change of system for England. Plus from north of the border, Graham Spiers discusses Scotland's decline and Strachan's theory of genetics.
Oct 09, 2017
Were Chelsea wrong and was Mike Ashley right?
00:56:06
Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd and Bill Edgar to dissect the Premier League weekend. Find out how Manchester City channelled 2010 Barcelona and why Dejan Lovren can handle criticism. Plus Opta's Duncan Alexander speaks about his book Outside The Box, explaining the use of data in football and the newest statistical phenomenon - expected goals.
Oct 02, 2017
What is Mark Sampson’s future in football?
00:47:47
Gab Marcotti is joined by Matt Hughes and Julien Laurens to discuss the big questions posed by the Premier League weekend. Are the media too kind to Klopp? When did Bilic lose his mojo? Plus Martyn Ziegler debates the FA’s handling of Mark Sampson’s dismissal as England women’s manager.
Sep 25, 2017
Can Rooney repay massive debt to embarrassed Everton?
00:53:55
Gab Marcotti is joined by Matt Dickinson and Julien Laurens to discuss another huge weekend of football, with issues including the sacrifice of Sanchez for steel, Koeman’s counter-attack and Cologne’s crowd control. Plus photographer Bradley Ormesher describes the art of capturing the world’s most expensive player over 90 minutes.
Sep 18, 2017
De Boer was on borrowed time from Day One
00:58:20
The first managerial casualty of the Premier League season occurs during The Game podcast, with Gab Marcotti, James Gheerbrant and former Crystal Palace striker James Scowcroft. The panel break down the weekend's action, plus Matthew Syed joins the debate to discuss the demonisation of Dele Alli.
Sep 11, 2017
England's identity & judging patriotism on performance
00:50:10
Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd and Oli Kay to get to the bottom of all the interest in England and the attitude of supporters towards the national team. Plus we review some of the best and worst business in the transfer window and whether managers are obliged to give kids a chance.
Sep 04, 2017
Building around De Bruyne & Arsenal's cultural reset
00:51:53
Gab Marcotti is joined by Gregor Robertson and James Gheerbrant to discuss terrible Arsenal, scary Eddie Howe and why Kevin De Bruyne should be treated like Andy Reid. Plus Paul Hirst speaks to the panel about his moving interview with Hull striker Will Keane - Michael's twin brother - beleaguered by injuries thus far in his career.
Aug 28, 2017
Ozil doesn't play with any joy
00:53:25
Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Stewart Robson and James Gheerbrant to dissect the Premier League weekend. Did Arsenal get screwed? When should the transfer window be shut? And is playing at Wembley emotionally exhausting?
Aug 21, 2017
Conte's Costa blunder puts a downer on Chelsea
01:02:52
The Game is back for the new Premier League season as Gab Marcotti, Henry Winter, Stewart Robson and James Scowcroft run the rule over the runners and riders in the forthcoming campaign. Plus the panel discuss the Chelsea disconnect at Cobham, West Ham's unprofessional DNA and FFP at PSG.
Aug 14, 2017
43 - Is Zidane a great manager?
00:53:26
For the final time this season, Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, James Gheerbrant and Matt Hughes to discuss Real Madrid's legacy and construct a to-do list for the top 6 in the Premier League. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Jun 05, 2017
42 - Picking two Premier League teams of the season
00:52:45
Gab Marcotti is joined by Henry Winter, Alyson Rudd and Julien Laurens to pick not one but TWO Premier League teams of the season. Plus Matt Hughes helps dissect an FA Cup final where Conte was slow to react and Moses made history. Also on the agenda, the retirement of a Roma legend. And we look at Ronaldo and Messi’s accounts. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
May 29, 2017
41 - Is it time for Premier League play-offs?
00:46:58
Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, James Gheerbrant and James Scowcroft to issue the end of term reports for each Premier League side. Plus we discuss John Terry’s naff negotiation and the politics around David De Gea. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
May 22, 2017
40 - Old Conte versus New Conte
00:53:24
Gab Marcotti, Julien Laurens, Alyson Rudd and James Gheerbrant discuss the remarkable transformation of angry Antonio, the pressure piled on by Mourinho and the media's struggles in covering Football Leaks. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
May 15, 2017
39 - United’s goal return under Mourinho is unacceptable
00:47:59
Gab Marcotti, Julien Laurens, Oliver Kay & James Scowcroft get stuck into Mourinho and whether La Liga really is better than the Premier League. Plus why does everyone else in London hate Spurs so much? Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
May 08, 2017
38 - Should there be sympathy for Joey Barton?
00:47:58
Gab Marcotti is joined by Matt Hughes, James Gheerbrant and Alyson Rudd to discuss the rise and rise of Tottenham, the Joey Barton ban and Leyton Orient v Colchester.
May 01, 2017
37 - Perverse planning from Pep & Poch
00:47:41
Gab Marcotti is joined by Matt Dickinson, James Gheerbrant and Alyson Rudd to discuss how the FA Cup semi-finals were won and lost. Plus there's the PFA Player of the Year Awards and El Clasico. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Apr 24, 2017
36 - With that Diego Costa, Chelsea play with 10 men
00:49:22
Gab Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, James Gheerbrant and George Caulkin to dissect Mourinho's tactical dismantling of Chelsea, the highs and lows of the season in the North East and the personality of Puel. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Apr 17, 2017
35 - Who needs a top 4 finish the most?
00:47:35
Alyson Rudd is joined by James Scowcroft, Julien Laurens and James Gheerbrant to discuss another scintillating showing from Spurs and who in the top 6 will suffer the biggest humiliation come May? Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Apr 10, 2017
34 - What kind of player does Barkley want to be?
00:47:45
Gab Marcotti is joined by Gary Jacob and James Scowcroft to discuss the future of Alexis Sanchez, the resurgence of Zaha & Sakho and the indiscipline of Ross Barkley. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Apr 03, 2017
33 - England under-21s must learn from dreadful Kane experience
00:51:34
FIFA's Alex Stone gives us a fascinating insight into the daily workings of the global governing body. Plus Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, James Gheerbrant and Julien Laurens to discuss England's senior and junior Lions.
Mar 27, 2017
32 - Arsenal suffering because nobody can challenge Wenger
00:51:40
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Paul Hirst, James Gheerbrant and Stewart Robson to discuss Manchester City's riveting draw with Liverpool and the latest in the Arsene Wenger saga. Plus Henry Winter joins us to debate why international football still matters. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Mar 20, 2017
31 - Losing Kane will cost Tottenham the top 4
00:54:23
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft, Alyson Rudd and Julien Laurens to talk about the mystery of Moussa Sissoko and whether Liverpool playing badly is a good thing. Plus Matt Dickinson discusses his interview with the FA's technical director Dan Ashworth. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Mar 13, 2017
30 - Who is to blame? Arsene or Alexis?
00:57:56
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft, Tony Cascarino and Julien Laurens to discuss the ongoing Alexis Sanchez saga, if Tyrone Mings meant the head stamp and whether retrospective action for diving would work, all this plus the usual quick hits. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Mar 06, 2017
29 - Leicester have struggled to deal with the world’s expectations
00:55:18
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft, Alyson Rudd and Matt Dickinson to discuss outstanding performances from Ibrahimovic, Gabbiadini and Fabregas. Plus Jonathan Northcroft gives his insight on the saga at Leicester City. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Feb 27, 2017
28 - Why can't the World Cup have 3 or 4 co-hosts?
00:52:56
Gabriele Marcotti is back to debate the major talking points in football alongside Stewart Robson who wonders if Aguero is training well enough, Julien Laurens who is in love with Matt Rhead and James Scowcroft who talks about his clash with the Cowleys. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Feb 20, 2017
27 - Getting rid of Ranieri is the only answer
00:50:46
Alyson Rudd is joined by James Scowcroft, Julien Laurens and Bill Edgar to discuss the futures of Claudio Ranieri at Leicester and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Feb 13, 2017
26 - Arsenal are a comfort zone club
00:54:09
Gab Marcotti returns to discuss the weekend's major talking points, with the aid of Tony Cascarino, Alyson Rudd and Paul Hirst. Plus Matthew Syed debates the issue of anonymity regarding Saido Berahino's drugs ban. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Feb 06, 2017
25 - Did the FA Cup hit an all-time low?
00:46:03
Max Rushden sits in for Gab Marcotti, in the company of Julien Laurens, James Scowcroft and Oliver Kay. On the agenda, the FA Cup's lack of lustre, a huge week for Big Sam and a bright future for Ryan Sessegnon. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Jan 30, 2017
24 - Is Wayne Rooney a genius?
00:52:04
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, Matt Dickinson and Stewart Robson, plus Matthew Syed discusses his article on why people are wrong to mock Wayne Rooney's intelligence. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Jan 23, 2017
23 - Pep has overrated his ability to improve players
00:50:43
Gabriele Marcotti is back, alongside Alyson Rudd, Julien Laurens and Matt Hughes. Plus James Scowcroft joins us live from Old Trafford and find out which Premier League manager is like a bear in a cage. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Jan 16, 2017
22 - More FA Cup Magic...
00:48:44
This week Alyson Rudd is joined by Julien Laurens, James Scowcroft and Oliver Kay to discuss too many FA cup changes, Hull's new manager, whether Dele Alli should leave for Spain and what the french for candyfloss is. To read more visit thetimes.co.uk
Jan 09, 2017
21 - Pep & City have anxiety problems
00:49:06
Gab Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, Stewart Robson and James Scowcroft to discuss City's angry manager, Bournemouth's talented manager and Hull's former manager. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk
Jan 04, 2017
19 - Wenger is in awe of Ozil
00:55:39
Gab Marcotti is joined by Oliver Kay, Julien Laurens and James Scrowcroft to discuss the same old Arsenal, Mourinho's new United and the thrall of China. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk.
Dec 19, 2016
18 - Pep may want to work on defending
00:52:03
Gab is joined by Julien Laurens, James Scowcroft and Alyson Rudd. Find out more information, visit www.thetimes.co.uk
Dec 12, 2016
17 - Liverpool lack decisiveness at the back
00:52:03
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, Tony Cascarino, Stewart Robson and Gregor Robertson. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk
Dec 05, 2016
16 - Mourinho only has himself to blame for getting sent off
00:51:59
Gabriele Marcotti reviews the best of the weekend's action with Julien Laurens, James Scowcroft and Matt Hughes. Plus, Matthew Syed joins the conversation as the panel debate measures in youth football to protect both the players and coaches. Discover more at www.thetimes.co.uk
Nov 28, 2016
15 - Mourinho was right, United are unlucky
00:51:50
Gabriele Marcotti is joined in the studio by Alyson Rudd, Tony Cascarino and Julien Laurens. The panel discuss Manchester United's lack of cutting edge, Arsenal's negativity and debate Wayne Rooney's behaviour. Find out more at www.thetimes.co.uk
Nov 21, 2016
14 - England need to be more pragmatic
00:50:06
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by regulars Oli Kay, Julien Laurens and Tony Cascarino to debate the apparent lack of quality in the England v Scotland World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Plus, Times writer Paul Joyce joins the panel to discuss his column on the troubled times of former Everton starlet Jose Baxter; and we also feature part two of our interview with MP Damian Collins. Find out more at www.thetimes.co.uk
Nov 14, 2016
13 - Poch's Plan B showed guts
00:51:00
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, Matt Dickinson and Martyn Zeigler to discuss the weekend's action, plus Damian Collins MP joins the panel to debate FIFA, poppies and The FA. Find out more: www.thetimes.co.uk
Nov 07, 2016
The Game - 12 - Cascarino would sell Sturridge if he was Klopp
00:46:08
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, Alyson Rudd, Matt Dickinson and George Caulkin.
Nov 01, 2016
The Game - 10 - Guardiola has underestimated the strength of the Premier League
00:53:09
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, James Scowcroft and Julien Laurens.
Oct 17, 2016
The Game - 9 - Dier should be made England captain
00:46:55
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Tony Cascarino and George Caulkin.
Oct 10, 2016
The Game - 8 - Time to consider Tottenham serious title contenders
00:46:04
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Times reporter Paul Hirst, James Scowcroft and Gregor Robertson.
Oct 03, 2016
The Game - 7 - Rooney cannot justify starting role
00:50:41
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Ben Machell, Stewart Robson and Oli Kay.
Sep 26, 2016
The Game - 6 - Manchester United lack tactical intelligence
00:45:22
Max Rushed is joined by Julien Laurens, James Scowcroft and Oli Kay.
Sep 19, 2016
The Game - 5 - You never watch Costa and think poor little lamb
00:49:09
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Julien Laurens and Matt Dickinson
Sep 12, 2016
The Game - 4 - England need to move on from Rooney in midfield
00:50:00
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Oliver Kay and Julien Laurens
Sep 05, 2016
The Game - 3 - Arsenal are stuck in transfer window Groundhog Day
00:47:28
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, James Scowcroft and Matt Dickinson
Aug 30, 2016
The Game - 2 - Pogba arrival presents Mourinho with a problem
00:43:08
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, Tony Cascarino and James Scowcroft.
Aug 22, 2016
The Game - New Season
00:42:28
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft, Rory Smith and Julien Laurens.
Aug 15, 2016
The Game - Week 041 - United have acted horrifically in sacking Van Gaal
00:53:50
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd, Oli Kay and Matt Hughes.
May 23, 2016
The Game - Week 040 - Review of the Premier League season
00:47:58
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, Alyson Rudd and Rory Smith.
May 16, 2016
The Game - Week 039 - Man City lack progress since Mancini
00:44:20
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, Tony Cascarino and Matt Hughes.
May 09, 2016
The Game - Week 038 - Champions League will change Leicester
00:52:51
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Oliver Kay and Matt Dickinson.
May 03, 2016
The Game - Week 037 - Martinez unlikely to be at Everton next season
00:46:18
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Julien Laurens and Rory Smith.
Apr 25, 2016
The Game - Week 036 - Who should win Player of the Year?
00:48:34
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft, Tony Cascarino and Rory Smith.
Apr 18, 2016
The Game - Week 035 - Van Gaal has no excuse
00:47:30
Max Rushden steps in for Gabriele Marcotti and is joined by Julien Laurens, Henry Winter and Matt Hughes.
Apr 11, 2016
The Game - Week 034 - Leicester are now a big club
00:46:20
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, Alyson Rudd and Rory Smith.
Apr 04, 2016
The Game - Week 033 - Rooney injury has helped England develop
00:33:08
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith.
Mar 29, 2016
The Game - Week 032 - Koeman should be the next Arsenal manager
00:44:09
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, Clive Petty and Henry Winter.
Mar 21, 2016
The Game - Week 031 - size of Newcastle will appeal to Benitez
00:45:24
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, Matt Hughes and Rory Smith.
Mar 14, 2016
The Game - Week 030 - European Super League will be a turn-off for fans
00:43:21
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, James Scowcroft and Rory Smith.
Mar 07, 2016
The Game - Week 029 - Van Gaal must not rely on Rashford
00:45:11
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, James Scowcroft and Martyn Ziegler.
Feb 29, 2016
The Game - Week 28 - FA Cup replays should be scrapped
00:39:00
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, Tony Cascarino and Oliver Kay.
Feb 22, 2016
The Game - Week 027 - Do our referees need more help?
00:42:07
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Henry Winter, Alyson Smith and Rory Smith.
Feb 15, 2016
The Game - Week 026 - Leicester are breaking the rules to succeed
00:45:58
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Tony Cascarino and Rory Smith.
Feb 08, 2016
The Game - Week 025 - Guardiola will change the philosophy at City
00:41:05
Max Rushden is joined by Julien Laurens, Oli Kay and James Scowcroft.
Feb 02, 2016
The Game - Week 24 - Arsenal have lacked quality in attack this season
00:43:46
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft, Rory Smith and Tony Cascarino.
Jan 25, 2016
The Game - Week 023 - Arsenal have not stamped their authority on the Premier League
00:46:19
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Matt Hughes, George Caulkin and Matthew Syed.
Jan 18, 2016
The Game - Week 22 - Villa are suffering from a massive crisis in confidence
00:46:17
Gabriele Marcotti was joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd and Tony Cascarino
Jan 11, 2016
The Game - Week 021 - Louis Van Gaal has put a spell on Manchester United
00:44:17
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Matt Hughes, Alyson Rudd and Julien Laurens.
Jan 04, 2016
The Game - Week 020 - Louis Van Gaal has lost his aura
00:40:00
Gabriele Marcotti was joined by Henry Winter, Rory Smith and James Scowcroft.
Dec 21, 2015
The Game - Week 019 - Wales have work cut out to get past Euro 2016 group stages
00:45:00
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Tony Cascarino and Kit Symons.
Dec 14, 2015
The Game - Week 018 - Credit Hughes for flair at Stoke
00:44:23
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Matt Hughes, Rory Smith and Alyson Rudd.
Dec 07, 2015
The Game - Week 017 - Vardy could thrive in Champions League
00:45:46
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, Matt Hughes and Henry Winter.
Nov 30, 2015
The Game - Week 016 - Manchester City must ally pragmatism to flair
00:47:01
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft, Rory Smith and James Ducker.
Nov 23, 2015
The Game - Week 015 - Football must win in the battle against terror
00:41:41
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, Matt Hughes and Matthew Syed in a particularly poignant podcast following the attacks in Paris and ahead of the England game against France.
Nov 16, 2015
The Game - Week 014 - Zaha reborn at resurgent Palace
00:43:31
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, Alyson Rudd and Julien Laurens.
Nov 09, 2015
The Game - Week 013 - How to fix Aston Villa
00:44:54
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, James Scowcroft and Jonathan Northcroft.
Nov 02, 2015
The Game - Week 012 - Criticism of Rooney is justified
00:46:31
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Oli Kay, Tony Cascarino and Ben Machell.
Oct 26, 2015
The Game - Week 011 - Impressive West Ham should finish on a high
00:43:26
Max Rushed is joined by Julien Laurens, James Scowcroft and Matt Hughes
Oct 19, 2015
The Game - Week 010 - Liverpool should expect turbulence
00:45:58
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Julien Laurens and Matt Dickinson
Oct 12, 2015
The Game - Week 09 - Liverpool need big name to lose laughing stock tag
00:47:35
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd and Rory Smith.
Oct 05, 2015
The Game - Week 08 - Manchester United are worthy leaders in such a messy league
00:42:39
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Julien Laurens and Rory Smith
Sep 28, 2015
The Game - Week 07 - Premier League must take Europe more seriously
00:43:43
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd and Tony Cascarino.
Sep 21, 2015
The Game - Week 06 - Liverpool have no plan
00:45:18
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Matt Hughes, Rory Smith and Alyson Rudd.
Sep 14, 2015
Week 05 - European Championship
00:47:53
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd and Matt Hughes
Sep 08, 2015
The Game - Week 04 - Chelsea struggling with the mantle of champions
00:45:49
Alyson Rudd is joined by James Scowcroft, Rory Smith and James Ducker.
Aug 31, 2015
The Game - Week 03 - Be careful what you wish for Everton fans
00:47:58
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd and Matt Dickinson.
Aug 24, 2015
The Game - Week 02 - Mourinho was wrong to take Terry off
00:42:42
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft, Tony Cascarino and Tony Barrett
Aug 17, 2015
The Game - Week 01 - Montero is best in the country
00:49:18
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, Rory Smith and Stewart Robson.
Aug 10, 2015
The Game - Week 043 - Time for a breakaway World Cup
00:48:43
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Matt Hughes, Julien Laurens and Rory Smith in the last Game podcast of the season.
Jun 01, 2015
The Game - Week 042 - No bounce back for relegated clubs
00:43:40
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Clive Petty, James Scowcroft and Alyson Rudd.
May 25, 2015
The Game - Week 041 - Newcastle United are stuck in a rut
00:43:17
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by George Caulkin, Matt Smith and Julien Laurens.
May 18, 2015
The Game - Week 040 - Stamford Bridge deserves credit for applauding Steven Gerrard
00:42:15
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd and Tony Cascarino.
May 11, 2015
The Game - Week 039 - Chelsea are not boring
00:43:35
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd and Tony Evans
May 05, 2015
The Game - Week 038 - Referee should have acted over Oscar challenge
00:44:00
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Julien Laurens and Jim Proudfoot
Apr 27, 2015
The Game - Week 037 - Liverpool must consider sacking Rodgers
00:43:36
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd and Julien Laurens.
Apr 20, 2015
The Game - Week 036 - LvG has found his best team
00:42:08
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Ben Machell, James Scowcroft and Matt Hughes
Apr 13, 2015
The Game - Week 035 - Sterling left feeling undervalued at Liverpool
00:45:24
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Clive Petty and Rory Smith.
Apr 07, 2015
The Game - Week 034 - There's a Clamour To Play Kane
00:43:51
Alyson Rudd hosts this week, with Rory Smith and Tony Evans joining her to reflect on the performance of England v Lithuania and their strategy for the U21 European Championships.
Mar 30, 2015
The Game - Week 033 - Steven Gerrard is having a horrible season
00:30:24
Gabriele Marcotti was joined by Alyson Rudd, Julien Laurens and Rory Smith.
Mar 23, 2015
The Game - Week 032 - City and Chelsea suffer from bad planning
00:40:17
Gabriele Marcotti was joined by Alyson Rudd, Clive Petty and Rory Smith
Mar 16, 2015
The Game - Week 031 - FA Cup disorder was pathetic
00:37:43
Gabriele Marcotti was joined by Alyson Rudd, James Scowcroft and Matt Hughes
Mar 09, 2015
The Game - Week 030 - Clubs would benefit from mid-season break
00:41:43
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Julien Laurens and Matt Hughes
Mar 02, 2015
The Game - Week 029 - Mourinho genuinely believes there is a conspiracy
00:42:31
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd and Clive Petty.
Feb 23, 2015
The Game - Week 028 - High ticket prices are stifling atmosphere
00:43:57
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Tony Cascarino and James Scowcroft.
Feb 16, 2015
The Game - Week 027 - United's lack of ideas makes Louis van Gaal look like a fraud
00:42:30
Max Rushden is joined by Rory Smith, Matt Hughes and Julien Laurens
Feb 09, 2015
The Game - Week 026 - Abject Villa are lacking character and ambition
00:42:17
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Clive Petty and Julien Laurens.
Feb 02, 2015
The Game - Week 025 - The league quality gap is not as large as people think
00:43:32
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft, Alyson Rudd and James Ducker
Jan 26, 2015
The Game - Week 024 - attitude of Arsenal has changed for the better
00:39:59
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, Rory Smith and Oli Kay.
Jan 19, 2015
The Game - Week 023 - Van Gaal must explain Falcao omission
00:38:19
Gabriele Marcotti was joined by Clive Petty, Alyson Rudd and Rory Smith.
Jan 12, 2015
The Game - Week 022 - It is time to scrap FA Cup replays
00:41:36
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft, Stewart Robson and Matt Dickinson.
Jan 05, 2015
The Game - Week 021 - Everton Overpaid for Romelu Lukaku
00:44:50
Max Rushden is in for Gab this week and is joined by Tony Cascarino, Rory Smith and Julien Laurens to discuss the major Premier League talking points of last weekend, reflect on 2014 and share their tips and hopes for 2015.
Dec 29, 2014
The Game - Week 020 - Top four place is beyond Arsenal and Liverpool
00:39:50
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd and James Scowcroft
Dec 22, 2014
The Game - Week 019 - Manchester United are still without balance despite win
00:40:18
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, James Scowcroft and Matt Hughes.
Dec 15, 2014
The Game - Week 018 - Policing social media
00:39:20
Gabriele Marcotti was joined by Clive Petty, James Scowcroft and Oli Kay.
Dec 08, 2014
The Game - Week 017 - Aguero not as good as Ronaldo
00:32:14
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Matt Hughes, Rory Smith and Alyson Rudd
Dec 01, 2014
The Game - Week 016 - Rodgers right to shoulder blame at Liverpool
00:44:22
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd and James Ducker.
Nov 24, 2014
The Game - Week 015 - World Cup Boycott may be necessary
00:41:40
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by James Scowcroft, Tony Evans and Jonathan Northcroft.
Nov 17, 2014
The Game - Week 014 - Chelsea second only to Bayern in Europe
00:45:04
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, Julien Laurens and Clive Petty.
Nov 10, 2014
The Game - Week 013 - Do we expect too much from the terraces?
00:44:05
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd and Matt Hughes.
Nov 03, 2014
The Game - Week 012 - Manchester City must address travel problems
00:32:04
Gary Jacobs was joined by Oli Kay, Rory Smith and Gabriele Marcotti on the phone.
Oct 27, 2014
The Game - Week 011 - Liverpool need Sturridge back
00:44:31
Tony Evans is joined by James Scowcroft and Stewart Robson.
Oct 20, 2014
The Game - Week 010 - England showing green shoots of progress
00:47:37
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Matt Dickinson and Sam Munnery.
Oct 13, 2014
The Game - Week 09 - Chelsea will be champions
00:39:55
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd and Clive Petty.
Oct 06, 2014
The Game - Week 08 - Steven Gerrard is not finished yet
00:45:50
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, Alyson Rudd and Tony Barrett
Sep 29, 2014
The Game - Week 07 - Pellegrini has fallen to Mourniho mind games
00:44:14
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd and James Scowcroft
Sep 22, 2014
The Game - Week 06 - Arsenal need to change style to win trophies
00:44:49
Gabriele Marcotti was joined by Alyson Rudd, Rory Smith and Matt Hughes
Sep 15, 2014
The Game - Week 05 - Don't Move Rooney Into Midfield
00:45:43
Rory Smith and Alyson Rudd are the guests of Gabriele Marcotti this week
Sep 08, 2014
The Game - Week 04 - the priority for Chelsea is the Premier League
00:44:22
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Matt Hughes and Matt Dickinson
Sep 01, 2014
The Game - Week 03 - Di Maria deal smacks desperation
00:45:58
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Alyson Rudd and Julien Laurens.
Aug 25, 2014
The Game - Week 02 - United being weaker than last year is criminal
00:40:08
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd and James Scowcroft
Aug 18, 2014
The Game - Week 01 - United will be a different animal under van Gaal
00:44:35
Rory Smith is joined by Julien Laurens, Tony Cascarino and Gary Jacob.
Aug 11, 2014
The Game - World Cup 2014 - Messi, Germany and World Cup Flops
00:34:11
Alyson Rudd is joined by Matthew Syed, James Scowcroft, Gabriele Marcotti and Matt Hughes.
Jul 14, 2014
The Game - World Cup 2014 - Absence of Neymar and Silva hot Brazil's hopes
00:25:56
Alyson Rudd is joined by Julien Laurens and Gabriele Marcotti.
Jul 07, 2014
The Game - World Cup 2014 - England lack plan B
00:25:47
Tony Evans is joined by James Ducker from Brazil and James Scowcroft down the line from France.
Jun 30, 2014
The Game - World Cup 2014 - England unable to handle pressure
00:26:16
Clive Petty is joined by Gabriele Marcotti and James Scowcroft.
Jun 23, 2014
The Game - World Cup 2014 - England lack killer instinct
00:27:00
Alyson Rudd is joined in the studio by James Scowcroft and Jonathan Northcroft from his Rio hotel room.
Jun 16, 2014
The Game - World Cup 2014 - The Build Up
00:28:00
Alyson Rudd is joined by Julien Laurens and Jonathan Northcroft from Bazil
Jun 09, 2014
The Game - Week 40 - Atletico double is Real dream scenario
00:46:39
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Clive Petty and Rory Smith.
May 19, 2014
The Game - Week 39 - Do Man City need to look to European glory to become a major force?
00:46:02
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, James Scowcroft and George Caulkin for the penultimate podcast of the domestic season.
May 12, 2014
The Game - Week 38 - Should big clubs be forced to buy British?
00:48:49
The panel discuss the Home-grown rule and debate its effectiveness.
May 05, 2014
The Game - Week 37 - Did the PFA get it right?
00:44:10
The panel discuss Jose Mourinho's tactics after his Chelsea side beat Liverpool as the season approaches its climax and the PFA team of the year.
Apr 28, 2014
The Game - Week 36 - Glazers urged to explain
00:46:57
The panel discuss David Moyes' departure from Old Trafford following a disappointing season with Manchester United.
Apr 22, 2014
The Game - Week 35 - Emotive victory of much significance for Liverpool
00:43:58
The panel focus on events at Anfield after Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2, increasing their chances of winning the title. The panel also focus on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster and what the day meant to Steven Gerrard.
Apr 14, 2014
The Game - Week 34 - Arsenal have become frustrating to watch
00:50:57
Everton's convincing win against a tactically inept Arsenal side and some controversial refereeing decisions at Upton Park.
Apr 07, 2014
The Game - Week 33 - Rodgers makes Liverpool simply irresistible
00:44:48
The panel debate Liverpool's title chances, Everton's threat to the top 4, plus debate UEFA's Nations League.
Mar 31, 2014
The Game - Week 32 - Wenger's tactics were naive
00:43:33
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, Tony Evans and Oli Kay
Mar 24, 2014
The Game - Week 31 - David Moyes should leave in the summer
00:44:35
The panel discuss Liverpool's win at Old Trafford as David Moyes' role at Manchester United is, yet again, put under the spotlight.
Mar 17, 2014
The Game - Live from Liverpool pt 2
00:48:31
Gab Marcotti is joined by Peter Reid, Tony Evans and Tony Barrett to discuss the national side and local issues.
Mar 14, 2014
The Game - Week 30 - City need to curb their complacency
00:48:13
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens, Tony Cascarino and Matt Dickinson
Mar 10, 2014
The Game - Live from Liverpool
00:41:01
Gab Marcotti is joined by Peter Reid, Tony Evans and Tony Barrett to discuss the state of football in Liverpool
Mar 07, 2014
The Game - Week 29 - A Manifesto for the English game
00:46:35
The show continues Times' Sport's 'Good of the Game' investigation - our writers have been identifying ways to raise standards in English football and trying to find solutions that Greg Dyke is seeking.
Mar 03, 2014
The Game - Week 28 - Liverpool defensive frailties shine through
00:44:34
The panel analyse Liverpool's defensive frailties after their narrow 4-3 home win over a Swansea side under new management.
Feb 24, 2014
The Game - Week 27 - Howard Webb should not be a scapegoat for Liverpool defeat
00:45:53
The panel discuss the latest round of FA Cup action, plus the state of Newcastle United's governance and Fulham's plight.
Feb 17, 2014
The Game - Week 26 - Are Liverpool title contenders?
00:45:18
The panel discuss Liverpool's demolition of Arsenal, Moyes' lack of tactical nous and debate Laudrup's Swansea departure, plus the re-introduction of standing terraces.
Feb 10, 2014
The Game - Live from Manchester
01:18:00
Gab Marcotti is joined by Manchester United (and City) legend Andy Cole, alongside Oli Kay and James Ducker, live from the National Football Museum
Feb 07, 2014
The Game - Week 25 - Moyes needs an improved back four
00:46:34
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Stewart Robson, Rory Smith and James Scowcroft
Feb 03, 2014
The Game - Week 24 - Juan Mata and Moyes
00:43:31
FA Cup fourth-round is debated plus Juan Mata's move to Manchester United is put under the microscope.
Jan 27, 2014
The Game - Week 23 - Rodgers' tactics were flawed
00:45:11
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Daniel Finkelstein, Alyson Rudd and Jim Proudfoot.
Jan 20, 2014
The Game - Week 23 - Tiote goal should have stood
00:44:54
The panel discuss referee Mike Jones' decision to rule out Tiote's spectacular strike, Sturridge's comeback strike for Liverpool and Pepe Mel's appointment at West Brom.
Jan 13, 2014
The Game - Week 22 - David Moyes is not exempt from criticism
00:43:48
Moyes, Man United and the FA Cup are put under the microscope as Swansea progress in the competition, plus the panel talk about Walcott's best role as Arsenal beat Spurs. We also pay tribute to Eusebio.
Jan 06, 2014
The Game - Week 21 - The Webb Effect
00:44:33
The panel talk Howard Webb's decision making, Arsenal's resilience, plus, Anelka's 'quenelle' gesture comes under the spotlight in our debate.
Dec 30, 2013
The Game - Week 20 - Tan Is More Than A Pantomime Villain
00:52:31
Rory Smith and Julien Laurens are Gabriele Marcotti's cohorts this week as they debate whether Liverpool are better without Steven Gerrard, ask what's really going on between Cardiff Manager Malky Mackay and owner Vincent Tan and discuss whether Tim Sherwood should be demanding answers from Chairman Daniel Levy about his future as the manager of Spurs. The gents also take a look those making headways at this halfway stage of the season in Spain, France, Italy and Germany.
Dec 23, 2013
The Game - Week 19 - AVB sacking surprise
00:45:12
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Tony Barrett and George Caulkin as AVB parts company with Tottenham following a heavy defeat by Liverpool, plus the panel discuss Manchester City's convincing home win over Arsenal, Steve Clarke's departure from West Brom, the latest Champions League draw and debate the concept of 'pay-to-interview' in football.
Dec 16, 2013
The Game - Week 18 - Is David Moyes to blame?
00:43:34
Alyson Rudd is joined by Pedro Pinto, James Scowcroft and Jim Proudfoot to discuss the post-Ferguson era at Old Trafford as Manchester United lose to Newcastle, plus Mesut Ozil and Ross Barkley's form are high on the agenda after Arsenal and Everton share the spoils at the Emirates. This week debate focusses on the World Cup draw.
Dec 09, 2013
The Game - Week 17 - AVB must shake off his paranoia
00:43:53
Gabriele Marcotti, Julien Laurens, Stewart Robson and Oli Kay discuss Spurs' 2-2 draw against Manchester United, Chelsea's 3-1 win over Southampton as well as debating transparency in football finances and the sacking of Martin Jol at Fulham.
Dec 02, 2013
The Game - Week 16 - Lessons from the Liverpool derby
00:45:21
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Rory Smith and James Scowcroft to discuss the thrilling Liverpool derby, Man City's dominate performance over Spurs, plus Tony Pulis' appointment as the new Crystal Palace manager.
Nov 25, 2013
The Game - Live from Newcastle
01:19:26
Alyson Rudd is joined by George Caulkin, Oli Kay and Hull goalie Steve Harper to discuss international, national and regional talking points in football.
Nov 21, 2013
The Game - Week 15 - England get taught lessons by Chile
00:40:28
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Nov 18, 2013
The Game - Week 14 - Man United hit their stride
00:47:07
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Nov 11, 2013
The Game - Week 13 - Are Arsenal the real deal?
00:45:36
With ten games played in the Barclays Premier League season, our panel discuss the title claims of Arsenal, now five points clear at the top. Gabrielle Marcotti was joined by Matt Hughes, Oliver Kay and Matt Dickinson, who agree that Arsenal deserve to be on top of the league at the moment but that tougher tests lie in wait - starting with a visit to Manchester United on Sunday.
Nov 04, 2013
The Game - Week 12 - Has Poyet transformed Sunderland's fortunes?
00:44:22
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Oct 28, 2013
The Game - Live from Birmingham
01:16:50
Jim Proudfoot is joined by Tony Evans, Rory Smith and special guest Dion Dublin, as well as an enthusiastic theatre audience
Oct 25, 2013
The Game - Week 11 - Can Man United still kill off games?
00:38:29
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Oct 21, 2013
The Game - Week 10 - England do not lack commitment
00:46:37
The team debate England's performance against Montenegro and discuss the ticket allocation for England v Poland at Wembley on Tuesday night, Join our panel of football writers for The Game Podcast Roadshow live recordings in Birmingham, Newcastle and Manchester. Tickets cost 5 pounds for Times+ members and 7.50 for non-members to book visit www2.seetickets.com/thetimes or call 0871 620 4025
Oct 14, 2013
The Game - Week 9 - Janasuz must not play for England
00:46:28
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Oct 07, 2013
The Game - Week 8 - Moyes must build a whole new squad
00:43:38
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Sep 30, 2013
The Game - Week 7 - DiCanio departure best for Sunderland?
00:46:02
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Sep 23, 2013
The Game - Week 6 - Chelsea & City still looking for formula
00:46:55
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Sep 16, 2013
The Game - Week 5 - England look forward
00:43:34
Plus, further transfer window reflections. Gab Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, Rory Smith and Jonathan Northcroft
Sep 09, 2013
The Game - Week 2 - Arsenal's scouts are lost
00:43:19
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Matt Dickinson, George Caulkin and Tony Cascarino to pick over the bones of the first weekend of the Premier League season.
Aug 19, 2013
The Game - Week 1 - What now for Wayne?
00:42:42
Gab Marcotti is joined by Oli Kay, Alyson Rudd and newcomer Jim Proudfoot. Does Wayne Rooney have a future at Manchester United or is it time for the striker to leave Old Trafford for Chelsea? What impression can Ricky Lambert hope to make for England? What would be their own less obvious highlights for the season ahead?
Aug 12, 2013
The Game - Week 40 - Team of the season
00:50:06
Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Rory Smith and Matt Dickinson
May 20, 2013
The Game - Week 39 - What must Moyes do?
00:48:59
Gab Marcotti is joined by Oli Kay, Rory Smith and Tony Cascarino
May 13, 2013
The Game - Week 38 - Season at it's baffling best
00:44:23
Gab Marcotti tries to make sense of the week in football with Rory Smith, James Ducket and Clive Petty
May 06, 2013
The Game - Week 37 - What now for QPR?
00:45:38
Gab Marcotti is joined by Tony Evans, Rory Smith and Matt Hughes
Apr 29, 2013
The Game - Week 36 - Biting, and other highlights
00:47:44
Marcotti is joined by Oli Kay, Rory Smith and Clive Petty.
Apr 22, 2013
The Game - Week 35 - Everton are the best club in Liverpool
00:43:37
Alyson Rudd hosts, with Rory Smith, Tony Cascarino and George Riley. Focus on the FA Cup and NE derby.
Apr 15, 2013
The Game - Week 34 - Champions League race wide open
00:45:26
Gab Marcotti, Rory Smith, Oli Kay and Julien Laurens cover Spurs v Everton, Chelsea v Sunderland and the plight of the Bundesliga
Apr 08, 2013
The Game - Week 33 - Is Di Canio a fascist?
00:46:08
Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd and Rory Smith to discuss the controversy around the appointment of Paolo Di Canio, and other big stories in football
Apr 02, 2013
The Game - Week 32 - Are footballers doping?
00:45:32
Gab Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Stewart Robson and Matt Hughes
Mar 25, 2013
The Game - Week 31 - Don't pillory McManaman
00:46:39
Gab Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Matt Dickinson and Tony Cascarino. In review: Everton v Man City & Wigan v Newcastle.
Mar 18, 2013
The Game - Week 30 - Man Utd are fizzling out
00:44:08
Gab Marcotti is joined by Tony Evans, Alyson Rudd & Julien Laurens
Mar 11, 2013
The Game - Week 29 - Spurs top stagnant Arsenal
00:45:04
Gab Marcotti, Matt Dickinson, Tony Evans and Rory Smith discuss all the big issues in football
Mar 04, 2013
The Game - Week 28 - Swansea the models
00:45:56
Gab Marcotti is joined by Daniel Finkelstein, Rory Smith and Oli Kay
Feb 25, 2013
The Game - Week 27 - Stand up, Stan
00:45:39
Gab Marcotti, Rory Smith, Pedro Pinto and Tony Barrett discuss the week in football
Feb 18, 2013
The Game - Week 26 - Real chance for United
00:42:21
Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Matthew Syed and Matt Hughes to cover the title race and debate gamesmanship in football
Feb 11, 2013
The Game - Week 25 - JUST PLAY ON!
00:44:19
Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Rory Smith and Peter Lansley to assess the transfer window deals and the action from the weekend
Feb 04, 2013
The Game - Week 24 - FA Cup Shocks
00:44:21
Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Tony Cascarino and James Ducker
Jan 28, 2013
The Game - Week 23 - Adkins, Arsenal & AfCoN
00:45:48
Gab Marcotti is joined by Julien Laurens and Clive Petty. Rory Smith also reports from South Africa
Jan 21, 2013
The Game - Week 22 - United's attacking mask
00:44:14
Gab Marcotti joined by Clive Petty, Rory Smith and Oliver Kay to discuss United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City and the 'Atlantic league' idea.
Jan 14, 2013
The Game - Week 21 - Does Wenger need a cup run?
00:43:29
Gab Marcotti is joined by Tony Cascarino, Rory Smith and Matt Hughes
Jan 07, 2013
The Game - Week 20 - Losing Lampard is Ludicrous
00:42:57
Marcotti is joined by Tony Evans, Oli Kay and Stewart Robson to break down the big topics in football
Jan 03, 2013
The Game - Week 19 - Title race far from over
00:42:53
Marcotti and co. look at latest action involving Man United, Newcastle, Chelsea, Spurs, Sunderland, QPR and Liverpool
Dec 28, 2012
The Game - Week 18 - Bye Bye Balotelli?
00:43:50
Marcotti, Rory Smith, Pedro Pinto and George Caulkin discuss Villa, Newcastle, Man City, Liverpool and the World Cup
Dec 17, 2012
The Game - Week 17 - City with RVP would be top
00:43:07
Marcotti, along with Oli Kay, Rory Smith and Alyson Rudd analyses the week in football, including the Manchester derby and West Ham versus Liverpool
Dec 10, 2012
The Game - Week 16 - Will Roman Crumble?
00:44:27
Marcotti, Tom Dart, Clive Petty and Matt Hughes discuss West Ham v Chelsea, Reading v Man U and Becks and the MLS
Dec 03, 2012
The Game - Week 15 - Harry's Odyssey
00:45:13
Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Tony Cascarino and Oli Kay to dicscus upheavals at Chelsea and QPR and to question the rise of West Brom
Nov 26, 2012
The Game - Week 14 - Is Walcott worth the wages?
00:44:51
Marcotti is joined by Matt Dickinson, Clive Petty and Julien Laurens. In focus are Spurs v Arsenal, Norwich v Man United and MK Dons' upcoming battle with AFC Wimbledon
Nov 19, 2012
The Game - Week 13 - Psychology of a substitute
00:43:44
Spurs fans and the 'Y' word, Villa versus United and chauffeur for Maicon. Marcotti is joined by Oli Kay, Rory Smith and Tony Cascarino.
Nov 12, 2012
The Game - Week 12 - Arsenal feeling shirty
00:44:55
Gabriele Marcotti is joined this week by Rory Smith, George Caulkin and Absolute Radio's Russ Williams.
Nov 05, 2012
The Game - Week 11 - No Man United bias from referees
00:49:51
Referees and their assistants come under the microscope following a controversial 3-2 win for Man United at Stamford Bridge, and a 2-2 draw in the Merseyside derby
Oct 29, 2012
The Game - Week 10 - A racism fight too far?
00:38:26
Alyson Rudd hosts the show this week in which she is joined by Matthew Syed, Daniel Finkelstein and Stewart Robson. The team get to the heart of the racism row, run the rule over Chelsea's incredible start to the season and have a few words of advice for QPR.
Oct 22, 2012
The Game - Week 9 - English icons
00:43:55
International focus this week, including some thoughts on improving focus for the U21's. Marcotti is joined by Matt Hughes, Tony Cascarino & Peter Lansley
Oct 15, 2012
The Game - Week 8 - What next for Chelsea?
00:44:35
What do Chelsea need to do to improve their reputation? And how much blames lies at the FA's door? Marcotti joined by Tony Evans, Matt Dickinson & Tony Cascarino
Oct 08, 2012
The Game - Week 7 - A winning mentality
00:45:14
Also, Chelsea look like champions. Plus reaction to 8 year deals at Newcastle
Oct 01, 2012
The Game - Week 6 - Banter or offensive
00:44:55
Gab Marcotti is joined by Tony Evans, Rory smith and James Ducker to review the weekend in football
Sep 24, 2012
The Game - Week 5 - Shakes and shockwaves
00:45:22
Gab Marcotti discusses the big issues in football with Matt Dickinson, Alyson Rudd and Tony Barrett
Sep 17, 2012
The Game - Week 4 - The kids aren't alright
00:41:50
Marcotti and co. discuss England's win over Moldova and the introduction of the EPPP
Sep 10, 2012
The Game - Week 3 - QPR have no plan
00:44:01
Thoughts on Southampton v Man utd and Liverpool v Arsenal
Sep 03, 2012
The Game - Week 2 - Smash the window
00:43:26
Gab Marcotti is joined by Rory Smith, Oli Kay and Matt Dickinson
Aug 27, 2012
The Game - Week 1 - Is RVP MVP or OAP?
00:45:22
Gab Marcotti, Rory Smith, Oli Kay and Tony Cascarino evaluate the latest signings, and the 1st weekend of the season
Aug 20, 2012
The Games - Defining moments
00:14:43
A selection of Times reporters reveal their highlights
Aug 10, 2012
The Games - The voice of The Times
00:15:22
Times editor James Harding and reporter Alyson Rudd join Chris Skinner
Aug 09, 2012
The Games - The toughest race
00:14:08
Plus, Ashling O'Connnor on Bolt v Blake and women's boxing, and Craig Lord on Keri Ann Payne's 10k swim
Aug 08, 2012
The Games - Gold keeps coming
00:13:27
Rick Broadbent on the athletics, Jenny MacArthur on dressage and Marc Aspland on how to photo Usain Bolt Four more golds for Team GB
Aug 07, 2012
The Games - Passing the baton
00:11:53
Chris Skinner speaks to Matt Dickinson about the Brownlees and Ashling O'Connor & Owen Slot about Sir Chris and Queen Vic
Aug 06, 2012
The Games - A nation of winners
00:10:08
Simon Barnes on the nation's psyche and Jeremy Griffin on the latest from the athletics
Aug 05, 2012
The Games - It's Bolt v Blake
00:13:28
Chris Skinner talks to Rick Broadbent, Alyson Rudd and Craig Lord
Aug 03, 2012
The Games - Capturing the moment
00:13:10
Chris Skinner talks to Marc Aspland about the perfect photo, Patrick Kidd about the rowing and The Sun's Gordon Smart about Olympin celebrities
Aug 02, 2012
The Games - Dopey Dopers
00:13:07
Lynne Truss on the joy of minority sports, Matt Dickinson on cycling and Professor Ivan Waddington on doping
Aug 01, 2012
The Games - Making history
00:13:15
Matthew Pinsent shares his thoughts on London 2012, Owen Slot previews the cycling time trial and Rick Broadbent has the latest athletics news
Jul 31, 2012
The Games - Rowing For Gold
00:13:38
Chris Skinner discusses rowing with Patrick Kidd, equestrian with Jenny MacArthur and pictures with Elizabeth Orcutt.
Jul 30, 2012
The Games - GB men in medal hunt
00:13:27
Plus, Adlington looks good for 800m gold and Roger Boyes discusses international diplomact at the Olympics
Jul 29, 2012
The Games - London puts on a show
00:12:36
Giles Smith reviews the opening ceremony, Craig Lord previews the swimming and Mike Atherton gives his take on the archery
Jul 27, 2012
The Games - More than a ceremony
00:15:05
Danny Finkelstein puts the case for an opening ceremony and Simon Barnes puts the case against. Plus Hackney teenaget Joe Mason gives his perspective on the games.
Jul 26, 2012
The Games - Looking the part
00:13:48
Chris Skinner is joined by Owen Slot to discuss Cav's pursuit of gold, Oli Kay discusses the men's football and Laura Craik appraises the best and worst team kits.
Jul 25, 2012
The Games - It begins
00:13:42
Chris Skinner is joined by Jeremy Griffin who states why he thinks London is better than Beijing and Matt Dickinson who tips Team GB women's football for a semi final. Photographers Alison Palmer & Olivia Mann also pop in to talk about a project with Team GB women's football squad.
Jul 24, 2012
The Games - London Prepares
00:13:41
Host Chris Skinner is joined by Richard Whitehead to put the bad news in perspective, photographers Marc Aspland & Graham Hughes reveal how to get the best shot of Jess Ennis, & Ashling O'Connor has the latest from inside the Olympic park.
Jul 23, 2012
The Game - Euro 2012 - It's Italy v Spain
00:21:20
Also, what went wrong for Germany and Portugal?
Jun 29, 2012
The Game - Euro 2012 - The Post Mortem begins
00:26:14
Gabriele Marcotti, Oliver Kay and Matt Dickinson come together to discuss England's quarter-final exit.
Jun 25, 2012
The Game - Euro 2012 - England march on
00:26:47
The panel assess the chances of the remaining 8 sides at Euro 2012 What next for improving England?
Jun 20, 2012
The Game - Euro 2012 - Rooney returns
00:27:24
Also, Ronaldo shows his worth, Germans continue to impress, and the Dutch and Russians whimper out.
Jun 18, 2012
The Game - Euro 2012 - Welbeck or Carroll?
00:25:37
Plus, do Russian fans risk posing a major threat to their national sides chances?
Jun 14, 2012
The Game - Euro 2012 - England must adapt
00:20:30
Gabriele Marcotti, Rory Smith and Matt Dickinson come together to discuss the first round of matches in the European Championships.
Jun 12, 2012
The Game - Euro 2012 - Are the hosts ready?
00:25:04
Gab Marcotti is joined by Oli Kay and Matt Dickinson to preview Euro 2012
Jun 07, 2012
The Game Live - Euro 2012 Roadshow Q&A
00:37:44
Marcotti, Cascarino, Kay and Evans put to the test
Jun 03, 2012
The Game Live - Euro 2012 Roadshow special
01:04:19
Marcotti, Kay, Evans, Cascarino, a pub and 70 listeners and football
May 30, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 42 - Analysing the marvel of Munich
00:43:46
Champions League glory for Chelsea, but many talking points arise. Plus, the panel pick their Premier League teams of the season.
May 21, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 41 - Stunning finish to the season
00:42:39
And were Bolton robbed? Has this been the worst ever season for refereeing?
May 14, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 40 - It's City's, despite Mancini
00:42:49
Plus, what impact will the FA Cup victory have on Chelsea?
May 07, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 39 - Should've been Harry?
00:44:18
Marcotti, Rudd, Cascarino & Caulkin on another packed weekend of football
Apr 30, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 38 - Team GB Football approach is abominable
00:45:47
Is David Beckham still good enough? Is there anything to be gained from Team GB football?
Apr 23, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 37 - Farcical weekend in focus
00:45:47
Spurs risk freefall and Liverpool through despite flaws.
Apr 16, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 36 - Blame lies with Mancini
00:45:57
This week Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Matt Hughes, Rory Smith and Jo Tongue, the BBC 606 editor.
Apr 09, 2012
The Game Six - Bonus - Ben Smith on the magic of the matchday
00:09:35
Ben Smith talks of the magic of your first matchday experience and also the evolution of football's global reach through social media.
Apr 06, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 35 - Balotelli could cost City the title
00:42:14
Also, Liverpool in disarray once more and the panel of Gabriele Marcotti, Oliver Kay, Alyson Rudd and Ben Smith get to work on solving the future of England football development.
Apr 02, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 34 - Why did Spurs slip?
00:42:57
Plus, eyes on Glasgow after an eventful weekend for the Old Firm.
Mar 26, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 33 - United behind Muamba
00:45:32
Plus, in depth analysis of Liverpool versus Stoke and Wolves versus Manchester United
Mar 19, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 32 - City's Swans Dive
00:43:27
Plus, praise for Brendan Rodgers and debate on the FA's approach to management recruitment
Mar 12, 2012
The Game Six - Bonus - Premier League Q&A
00:30:04
Latest on broadcasting rights, Football Data Co & PL in the community.
Mar 06, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 31 - Villas-Boas sacking inevitable
00:37:57
Plus, reaction to Spurs v Man United and Newcastle v Sunderland
Mar 05, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 30 - Psycho a calming influence?
00:42:17
The panel pick apart Stuart Pearce's England squad for the Holland friendly
Feb 27, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 29 - Does a side need to go bust?
00:31:35
Plus, praise for Hughton and O'Neill.
Feb 20, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 28 - Suarez has made a fool of Dalglish
00:41:55
The latest from another soap opera style week in football
Feb 13, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 27 - John Terry should miss Euro 2012
00:42:35
If the FA follow correct protocol, the Chelsea defender should not be going to Euro 2012 at all, let alone as captain.
Feb 06, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 26 - Evra abuse sullies game
00:43:05
This week Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Matt Dickinson, Stewart Robson and Julien Laurens, football writer for Le Parisien.
Jan 30, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 25 - Bad boy Balotelli
00:41:24
Plus, praise for Bale, more woes for Wenger and the global game grows...
Jan 23, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 24 - Wenger's Swansong?
00:43:08
Also, Newcastle, QPR and video technology debated
Jan 16, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 23 - The balance of power
00:42:52
Also, reaction to the sacking of Neil Warnock, praise for MK Dons and the panel learn the 'anatomy of the transfer'
Jan 09, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 22 - Fulham fire, Chelsea choke
00:42:54
Plus, Fulham show progress and class
Jan 03, 2012
The Game Six - Episode 21 - Can Torres come back?
00:42:30
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Patrick Barclay, Peter Lansley and Pedro Pinto
Dec 28, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus - Rory tells a story
00:10:36
New Times writer Rory Smith sets his stall out
Dec 23, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 20 - Barry and Milner boss it
00:41:23
Gabriele Marcotti is joined by Ben Smith, Rory Smith and James Ducker
Dec 19, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus - World Club Champs
00:11:35
Marcotti, Holland and Barclay try to improve the World Club Championships
Dec 15, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 19 - The English Decline in Europe
00:40:49
The panel also ponder Martin O'Neill's resouces at Sunderland
Dec 12, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus - Football & Politics
00:15:09
Gab Marcotti & Julien Laurens dicsuss Socrates & politics in football
Dec 08, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 18 - Spurs can target the top two
00:40:54
Also, we look at the Euro 2012 draw & changes at Sunderland
Dec 05, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 17 - The rise of Lucas
00:41:24
Liverpool march on and Man u stumble.
Nov 28, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus16 - Barclay's roots
00:10:23
Marcotti and Barclay go back to Dundee
Nov 25, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 16 - Villas Boas needs time
00:42:54
Plus, the panels thoughts on a bizarre match between Wigan and Blackburn
Nov 21, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 15 - Lansley on coaching
00:09:27
Lansley and Marcotti on the FA's new coaching academy
Nov 17, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 15 - Pragmatism and unity
00:42:43
Also, should fans really be raging at stadium sponsorship?
Nov 14, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 14 - Darting off
00:11:44
Writer Tom Dart on the way he consumes football
Nov 11, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 14 - Pardew has learned his lesson
00:41:31
plus, what makes fergie so great? out panel reveal personal insights
Nov 07, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 13 - Race and preconceptions
00:11:23
Marcotti and Barclay on the latest race issues
Nov 03, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 13 - The lost art of defending
00:39:55
Liverpool look towards post Gerrard/Carragher era
Oct 31, 2011
The Game - Live from London
01:06:56
The panel weigh up the merits of the Premier League on it's 20th birthday, and ponder the greatest team of all time
Oct 28, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 12 - What Sir Alex Ferguson got so wrong
00:40:03
Patrick Barclay, Oliver Kay and Ben Smith join Gabriele Marcotti discuss the Manchester and West London derbies, and debate the Great Britain team heading to the Olympics.
Oct 24, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 11 - United care more about City than Liverpool
00:39:57
Gab Marcotti is joined by Patrick Barclay, Alyson Rudd and George Caulkin
Oct 17, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 10 - Decoding the satellite situation
00:12:31
Gab Marcotti is joined by Patrick Barclay
Oct 12, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 10 - Throw the book at Rooney
00:41:54
Plus, how should players look after their family and friends?
Oct 10, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 9 - Tony Evans on the Friendy Derby
00:09:59
Marcotti and Tony Evans expand on a point from the Monday podcast
Oct 05, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 9 - The Poisonous Derby
00:41:23
Marcotti joined by Tony Evans, Oli Kay and Matt Dickinson
Oct 03, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 8 - PSG in focus
00:12:34
Sep 30, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 8 - Title race looks increasingly City V United
00:43:36
Marcotti is joined by Patrick Barclay, Matt Hughes and Julien Laurens from La Parisien
Sep 26, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 7 - Don't muzzle players
00:09:43
Marcotti and Stewart Robson discuss the wisdom of letting players speak their minds
Sep 23, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 7 - Wenger's time is up
00:42:57
Marcotti is joined by Stewart Robson, Alyson Rudd and Peter Lansley
Sep 19, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 6 - Torres could be the worst buy ever
00:43:22
Marcotti is joined by Patrick Barclay, Tom Dart and James Ducker.
Sep 12, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 6 - End the Saturday blackout
00:07:33
Marcotti is joined by Patrick Barclay
Sep 12, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 5 - The demise of Scottish football
00:07:40
Gabriele Marcotti speaks with Patrick Barclay on the state of Scottish football
Sep 09, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 5 - End of the golden generation
00:40:04
Should England's totem poles be honourably retired? Patrick Barclay, Matt Hughes and Stewart Robson join Gabriele Marcotti to discuss the national team.
Sep 05, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 4 - Strikers
00:09:39
More chat from The Times
Sep 01, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 4 - Build England around Man United
00:41:14
Plus, what next for Arsenal, and how can Chelsea improve?
Aug 29, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 3 - Control Mourinho
00:10:06
Paddy Barclay and Gab Marcotti discuss the excellence of Real and Barca, and wild Jose.
Aug 26, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 3 - Frimpong the new Viera?
00:41:27
Plus, the thoughts on the North East derby and the troubles ahead for Everton
Aug 22, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 2 - Players versus Pundits
00:09:07
Marcotti and Cascarino on the relationship between players and writers
Aug 19, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 2 - United's defensive dilemma
00:41:15
Gab Marcotti discusses the biggest football topics with Tony Cascarino, Patrick Barclay and Matt Dickinson
Aug 15, 2011
The Game Six - Bonus 1 - Who watches matches?
00:11:35
Gab Marcotti and Tom Dart discuss the make up of crowds in the Premier League
Aug 12, 2011
The Game Six - Episode 1 - Is Blue The Colour?
00:41:33
The panel discuss the community shield and debate who they think is the strongest side at the dawn of a new season.
Aug 08, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 44 - Wilshere should in the U21's
00:39:51
England in review, including Under 21's preview. Plus new Prem managers in focus
Jun 06, 2011
The Game Five - Bonus Podcast - Di Canio's Smart Move
00:09:39
Gab Marcotti and Alyson Rudd discuss Paolo Di Canio's managerial move to Swindon
Jun 02, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 43 - Barcelona: the best club side ever
00:42:10
Gab Marcotti, Matthew Syed, Patrick Barclay and Ben Smith fall in love with Barca
May 30, 2011
The Game Five - Bonus Podcast - Champions League Preview
00:34:47
Can United get enough of the ball to create chances?
May 25, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 42 - Did negative Holloway cost Blackpool
00:40:01
The team analyse a thrilling final day of the season
May 23, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 41 - Man City should sign Fabregas
00:40:10
What's the next step for Manchester City? Is Kuszczak Manchester United's future #1 and what do Supporters Direct do?
May 16, 2011
The Game Five - Bonus Podcast - Racism in French football
00:12:55
In a special bonus podcast, Gab Marcotti and French football writer Julien Laurens discuss the racism scandal erupting in French football
May 13, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 40 - Fergie's great achievement
00:41:27
Given his squad of players, is this Fergie's greatest win? And how much is too much for a match ticket?
May 09, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 39 - Slap bigger bans on Fergie and co
00:40:49
Is it time to clamp down on paranoid rantings from high profile managers?
May 02, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 38 - Hernandez and Rooney can be great
00:39:49
Arsenal don't deserve success without defensive gameplan, Chicharito looks a United player in every sense and how the media's relationship as the link between players and fans is changing
Apr 25, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 37 - Time for Scholes to retire
00:42:00
The panel discuss the fading Paul Scholes, the rising Stoke and the quiet Kroenke
Apr 18, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 36 - No big spending under Kroenke
00:42:16
Resurgent West Brom, flattering Arsenal and Champions league upsets
Apr 11, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 35 - Rooney gives fans what they asked for
00:41:41
With fans' increasing their demand for pitchside mic's and HD and 3D displays, did Rooney just give them what they've always craved - real, on pitch action?
Apr 04, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 34 - Capello has lost the PR war
00:41:12
The panel review England's tepid win over Wales and the Scotland versus Brazil encounter. Plus, have fans and players ever been further apart?
Mar 28, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 33 - The FA's touchline bans are a joke
00:39:52
The FA make a mess of Fergie's touchline ban, Chelsea and Man City have lots to worry about, and how can the likes of Spurs and Shakhtar make the Champions League semi final?
Mar 21, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 32 - More woe for Wenger
00:40:47
Arsenal complete a terrible fortnight, Stoke make the semi finals and the panel predict who will go down from the Premier League
Mar 14, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 31 - Referees need more support
00:40:56
Should ref's like Phil Dowd get more support? Should Arsenal be miles clear at the top? Why don't clubs punish their players more?
Mar 07, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 30 - The rise and rise of Alex McLeish
00:39:41
Marcotti and co discuss Brilliant Birmingham, wild Rooney and 'real time' football
Feb 28, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 29 - FA Cup holders knocked out
00:38:10
Marcotti, Barclay, Cascarino and Kay team up to discuss the FA Cup weekend and also this Barcelona side amongst the all-time greats
Feb 21, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 28 - Wonder goal hides true form
00:38:35
How good was Rooney's goal? Should he even be in the team? How deep is Spurs' squad? Should we change the international calendar
Feb 14, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 27 - Torres with Drogba doesn't work
00:40:00
Was the Newcastle v Arsenal game the most 'premier league' game ever? Does Torres cause more worries for Ancelotti? Do we need to scrap the transfer window?
Feb 06, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 26 - Contracts are not marriage certificates
00:39:52
Gab Marcotti is joined by Alyson Rudd, Patrick Barclay and Peter Lansley to discuss Fulham, Crawley Town and Fernando Torres
Jan 31, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 25 - Olympic legacy and old fashioned sexism
00:35:47
Gab Marcotti is joined by Oliver Kay to discuss the Olympic stadium fiasco and the reaction to comments made by Richard Keys and Andy Gray
Jan 24, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 24 - Is financial fair play fair?
00:40:16
Arsenal hammer hammers, United scrap draw with Spurs and FIFA's new plans explained
Jan 17, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 23 - Is Dalglish the man for the job?
00:39:38
Gabriele Marcotti is joined this week by ex-Arsenal and West Ham player Stewart Robson, football writer Tom Dart and North East correspondant George Caulkin to discuss FA Cup weekend
Jan 10, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 22 - Title win would be Fergie's finest hour
00:36:46
Gabriele Marcotti welcomes in the New Year with Patrick Barclay, Tony Evans and Matt Dickinson as they assess the action, reflect on 2010 and look forward with hope to 2011
Jan 03, 2011
The Game Five - Episode 21 - Can we compare the all-time greats?
00:37:43
Gab Marcotti is joined by Paddy Barclay, Tony Evans and George Caulkin to discuss the Boxing Day fixtures and to debate the greats of the game
Dec 27, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 20 - Blackburn ownership evaluated
00:37:22
Gab Marcotti is joined by Paddy Barclay, Ben Smith and Oliver Kay as they look at Blackburn's new ownership, Sunderland, and the role of the Club World Cup as Inter Milan beat TP Mazembe
Dec 20, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 19 - Tevez drops bombshell on City
00:38:08
Gab Marcotti is joined by Oliver Kay, Stewart Robson and Tom Dart as Man City go 2nd but Carlos Tevez hands in a transfer request, and Spurs hold Chelsea
Dec 13, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 17 - Scottish Farce Analysed
00:42:37
Gab Marcotti, Patrick Barclay, Oliver Kay and Graham Spiers discuss Scottish ref's, world cup bidding, Villa's failings and the rise and rise of Spurs
Nov 29, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 16 - 'Triffic' Tottenham
00:39:59
How did Spurs beat Arsenal? What's wrong with Chelsea? When will a Premier League manager actualyl lose his job?
Nov 22, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 15 - Stunning Sunderland
00:39:48
Gab Marcotti Joined by Alyson Rudd, Stewart Robson and George Caulkin
Nov 16, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 14 - Newcastle and Liverpool's masterplans
00:35:45
Alyson Rudd is joined by Gab Marcotti, Ben Smith and Oliver Kay to discuss the big football news
Nov 08, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 13 - Clattenburg's Clanger?
00:39:45
Who is at fault; Nani, Gomes or Clattenburg? Like the nation, our panel disagree wildly
Nov 01, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 12 - Impressive Arsenal still lag behind Chelsea
00:39:30
Alyson Rudd is joined by Tom Dart, Matthew Syed and James Ducker to discuss impressive Arsenal, resurgent Liverpool and football's moral maze
Oct 25, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 11 - Rooney at a crossroads
00:40:02
Will Wayne Rooney really leave United? How bad were Liverpool? What does the Sunday Times' revelations say about FIFA?
Oct 18, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 10 - Sir Alex Ferguson Special
00:41:09
Gab Marcotti is joined by Patrick Barclay, Tony Evans and Matt Dickinson to discuss Sir Alex, subject of Barclays new book 'Bloody Hell'. The panel also discuss the latest from Anfield
Oct 11, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 9 - Liverpool in disarray
00:38:40
Gab Marcotti, Tony Evans, Alyson Rudd and Tom Dart discuss Blackpool's famous Anfield win, Chelsea proving too strong for Arsenal and debate strong tackling in the game
Oct 04, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 8 - Manchester City Ascend
00:38:51
Gab Marcotti, Patrick Barclay, Alyson Rudd and James Ducker discuss the rise of Man City, Arsenal's away day and Liverpools continuing woes
Sep 27, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 7 - Liverpool flattered in defeat
00:36:27
Gab Marcotti is joined by Oliver Kay, Stewart Robson and Matt Dickinson
Sep 20, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 6 - Berbatov too good to keep out
00:37:26
Gab Marcotti, Patrick Barclay, Peter Lansley and Stewart Robson discuss Manchester United's on and off field woes, the return of Houllier and the collapse of West Ham
Sep 13, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 5 - England improve but controversy remains
00:39:32
Defoe, Rooney, and Hart shine against Bulgaria but how will Rooney respond to the stories published over the weekend
Sep 06, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 4 - Manchester City will finish top 4
00:38:04
Despite defeat to Sunderland, Manchester City still have what it takes, according to our panel. Plus, we analyse the start Newcaslte have had
Aug 30, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 3 - Manchester United have worries at the back
00:37:05
Gab Marcotti is joined by Oliver Kay, Tony Cascarino and Tom Dart. Do United need another defender? Is Gareth Bale destined for greatness and what type of manager do Villa need?
Aug 23, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 2 - Blackpool Illuminate Opening Weekend
00:37:26
Meanwhile Joe Cole's Liverpool debut underwhelms
Aug 16, 2010
The Game Five - Episode 1 - United draw first blood in curtain raiser
00:39:42
Stewart Robson, Patrick Barclay and Matt Hughes join Gabriele Marcotti as they discuss the Community Shield and England's new look squad for Wednesday's friendly v Hungary
Aug 09, 2010