Episodes
In this week’s Greatest Games, Saša Ibrulj takes Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller back to Florence in 1990 for Yugoslavia and Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final.   With social instability in the backdrop of this fixture for both nations, the potential ramifications of this fixture could have extended far beyond football. Reigning champions, Argentina, hoped to reach another semi-final whilst Yugoslavia’s talented side looked to establish themselves as genuine tournament contenders for...
Published 01/12/21
In this week’s Greatest Games, Paul Hayward joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller for a tactical review of one of the World Cup’s most famous matches – the 1970 Group C encounter between Brazil and England.   For holders England, the 1970 summer kicked off with controversy after the skipper, Bobby Moore was arrested in Colombia before the World Cup had even begun for allegedly stealing a bracelet from a Bogata jewellers. The preparation was far from ideal, but the meeting with Brazil set...
Published 01/05/21
Maher Mezahi joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller for this week’s episode of Greatest Games to look back on the chaotic World Cup qualifying play-off between north African rivals Algeria and Egypt in 2009.   The match was the third of the year between the two sides played on neutral grounds in Omdurman, Sudan. The rivalry between the two nations resurfaced at the previous meeting in Cairo, just four days prior, as fans clashed before and after the match. The tension was paramount in...
Published 12/29/20
Melissa Reddy is on this week’s Greatest Games, joining Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller to discuss a seven-goal thriller between Liverpool and Manchester City in January 2018.   Oozing invincibility, Manchester City were flying at the top of the Premier League having won 20 of 22 fixtures so far. But they were yet to visit Anfield, where Jurgen Klopp was looking for an invigorating response after the record sale of Philippe Coutinho. Both sides flew out of the traps and produced one of...
Published 12/22/20
This week, Harry Pearson joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller to discuss the third fixture of the 1998 World Cup – Italy 2 Chile 2.   Having reached the final four years ago, Cesare Maldini’s Who’s Who of Italian football in the 90s were hoping to get off to a flyer against Chile. However, with one of the tournament’s most exciting strike partnerships headlining Chile’s starting XI, this World Cup 98 fixture wasn’t to go as entirely expected. Subscribe to our quarterly magazine:...
Published 12/15/20
Sid Lowe joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller to discuss a game, a team and a Spanish principality close to his heart – this week’s Greatest Game is the Asturian derby of January 1997 – Sporting Gijón 0 Real Oviedo 0.
Published 12/08/20
Jeff Brown is this week’s guest on Greatest Games as he joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller to look back on Sunderland’s unexpected 4-1 win against Chelsea at the Stadium of Light. Heading into the 1999-00 campaign, Gianluca Vialli’s Chelsea were looking to mount a genuine title challenge – asserted after an opening day 4-0 win against the Black Cats at Stamford Bridge. But any serious challenge to the league leaders was undone by Sunderland on the return fixture as Peter Reid’s men put...
Published 12/01/20
This week on Greatest Games Priya Ramesh joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller to discuss the 1994-95 Champions League final at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna. The youthful Ajax side which Louis van Gaal had assembled were heading into the final in unassailable form, having lost just one game in all competitions all season. In their way of winning a first European title since 1973, and asserting themselves as one of the greatest teams in European club football history, were the reigning...
Published 11/24/20
On Greatest Games this week, Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by Alex Holiga to discuss the final game of Euro 2008 qualifying in Group E between England and Croatia. A late winner for Israel against Guus Hiddink’s Russia just four days beforehand meant the task required to achieve qualification for the 2008 European Championships was simple for England. Or so they rather obnoxiously thought. As the rain poured on Wembley, the well-equipped Steve McClaren failed to prepare...
Published 11/17/20
In this week’s Greatest Games Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by Mark Langdon as they look back to the 2004 Champions League quarter-final between Deportivo and AC Milan A 3-0 loss at the San Siro, a Milan fortress at the time, gave Deportivo an almost hopeless task at the Riazor in the second-leg – overcoming a three-goal deficit against the current champions and tournament favourites. A game to keep half an eye on very quickly became something extraordinary as Javier...
Published 11/10/20
This week, Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by Nihal Arthanayake to discuss Spurs’ dramatic 2019 Champions League semi-final second-leg in Amsterdam against Ajax. There was disappointment at the recently opened new home of Tottenham Hotspur in the first-leg and after de Ligt and Ziyech increased Ajax’s aggregate lead to three, a depleted Spurs looked vastly on the verge of crashing out of the Champions League whilst Ajax fans bellowed Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds at...
Published 11/03/20
This week, Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by Carl Worswick to discuss the 1994 World Cup qualifier which saw Argentina host Colombia in Buenos Aires.  Heading into the match, qualification for the 94 World Cup was not yet confirmed for either side, however Colombia's successful campaign so far meant they were only required to avoid defeat. But they were facing an Argentina side which had recently won a second of consecutive Copa América titles and hadn’t recorded a loss on...
Published 10/27/20
In episode two of Greatest Games, Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by Daniel Edwards to discuss the 1967 Intercontinental Cup play-off between Copa Libertadores and European Cup winners, Racing Club and Celtic.  After a pair of acrimonious games in Glasgow and Buenos Aires, the tie would have to be decided on neutral ground at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay. Billy McNeill captained the European champions, with Jock Stein on the sidelines, into a game has since...
Published 10/20/20
In this first episode of the new season of Greatest Games, Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller are joined by Oluwashina Okeleji to discuss Nigeria’s victory over Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.  Ivory Coast’s squad full of players plying their trade across Europe were widely fancied to win their first Afcon title since 1992. In contrast, Nigeria were wallowing under Stephen Keshi after a poor group stage, which convinced Nigerian FA executives to book...
Published 10/13/20
What Russia’s World Cup stadiums say about Vladimir Putin’s government. In Episode One Hundred and Thirty Five, we feature “Diplomatic Manoeuvres” by Luke Connelly, first published in Issue Five of The Squall, in September 2020. Read Issue Five of The Squall for a recommended £3: theblizzard.co.uk/news/ground   Discover Man the Footballer: Homo Passiens: theblizzard.co.uk/news/homo-passiens-man-footballer Immortalise football history with The Goal Hanger:...
Published 09/03/20
Robert Lewandowski is proving the value of the old-fashioned striker. But what created him? In Episode One Hundred and Thirty Four, we feature "The Throwback" by Maciej Iwanski, first published in Issue 19, in December 2015. Discover Man the Footballer: Homo Passiens: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/news/homo-passiens-man-footballer Immortalise football history with The Goal Hanger: https://www.thegoalhanger.co.uk/collections/blizzard Read Issue Four of The Squall for a recommended £3:...
Published 08/27/20
What happens physiologically when we lose our rag? In Episode One Hundred and Thirty Three, we feature "The Science of the Red Mist" by Ben Welch, first published in Issue Four of The Squall, in August 2020. Read Issue Four of The Squall for a recommended £3: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/news/red Immortalise football history with The Goal Hanger: https://www.thegoalhanger.co.uk/collections/blizzard You can order Issue 37, our latest edition, here:...
Published 08/20/20
Sergio Ramos and the art of the red card. In Episode One Hundred and Thirty Two, we feature “The Red Mist” by Emile Avanessian, first published in Issue Four of The Squall, in August 2020. Read Issue Four of The Squall for a recommended £3: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/news/red Immortalise football history with The Goal Hanger: https://www.thegoalhanger.co.uk/collections/blizzard You can order Issue 37, our latest edition, here: theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-seven ...
Published 08/13/20
In Episode One Hundred and Thirty One, a special edition of our regular podcast, we feature “A Letter to Fans” from the pages of Man the Footballer: Homo Passiens. Discover more from Man the Footballer, including the wonderful illustrative work of satirical artist Matt Kenyon: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/news/homo-passiens-man-footballer Immortalise football history with The Goal Hanger: https://www.thegoalhanger.co.uk/collections/blizzard Read Issue Four of The Squall for a recommended...
Published 08/06/20
What if Alex Ferguson had retired in 2001, and Sven-Göran Eriksson had replaced him at Old Trafford? In Episode One Hundred and Thirty, we feature “The Rejected Retraction” by Richard Jolly, first published in Issue Three of The Squall, in July 2020. Immortalise football history with The Goal Hanger: https://www.thegoalhanger.co.uk/collections/blizzard Read Issue Three of The Squall for a recommended £3: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/news/sliding-doors You can order Issue 37, our latest...
Published 07/30/20
How Bielsa's honesty and hard work re-energised Leeds United. In Episode One Hundred and Twenty Nine, we take a look back to "No Airs" by Rob Bagchi, first published in Issue 36, in March 2020. Immortalise football history with The Goal Hanger: https://www.thegoalhanger.co.uk/collections/blizzard You can order Issue 37, our latest edition, here: theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-seven Unlock our archives with a subscription from just £20: theblizzard.co.uk/subscriptions Read...
Published 07/23/20
What if Agüero had gone down against QPR in 2012, leaving Mario Balotelli to take the penalty? In Episode One Hundred and Twenty Eight, we take a look at "Not Always Him" by Huw Davies, published in Issue Three of The Squall, in July 2020.  Read and support The Squall: https://www.theblizzard.co.uk/news/sliding-doors You can order Issue 37, our latest edition, here: http://theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-seven Unlock our archives with a subscription from just £20:...
Published 07/16/20
How two sets of brothers chart the changing face of football in Manchester. In Episode One Hundred and Twenty Seven, we take a look at "The Nevilles and the Gallaghers" by John Brewin, published in Issue 28, in March 2018. You can order Issue 28 here: theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-twenty-eight You can order Issue 37, our latest edition, here: theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-seven Unlock our archives with a subscription from just £20:...
Published 07/09/20
If carbon emissions targets are to be met, football’s relentless expansion must stop. In Episode One Hundred and Twenty Six, we take a look at “The Green Future” by Tim Walters, published in Issue 37, in June 2020. You can order Issue 37, our latest edition, here: theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-seven (https://gate.sc/?url=http%3A%2F%2Ftheblizzard.co.uk%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fissue-thirty-seven&token=17e038-1-1593616879460) Unlock our archives with a subscription from just...
Published 07/02/20
The night in 1962 when third-division Crystal Palace pushed Real Madrid to the limit. In Episode One Hundred and Twenty Five, we take a look at “When Puskás came to Selhurst Park” by Jo Harman, published in Issue 37, in June 2020. You can order Issue 37, our latest edition, here: theblizzard.co.uk/shop/product/issue-thirty-seven Unlock our archives with a subscription from just £20: theblizzard.co.uk/subscriptions
Published 06/25/20