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BBC World Football Podcast

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Football's biggest stories of the week on the BBC.


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Martin Demichelis, Iheanacho and women's football in Colombia

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Apr 28, 2017


Argentina's Martin Demichelis looks back at Manchester City's title win in 2014 and tells us why his former coach Manuel Pellegrini deserves more respect. The Nigerian internationals Kelechi Iheanacho and Kenneth Omeruo discuss their Premier League futures. Plus, we visit Colombia to find out more about the country's new professional women's league. Picture: Martin Demichelis of Manchester City signals as snow falls during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Dwight Yorke, Indonesia and the Assassination of Amilcar Henriquez

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Apr 21, 2017


Former Manchester United player Dwight Yorke tells us why he thinks black footballers should go on strike. We find out more about the new league season in Indonesia with Bhayangkara FC coach Simon McMemeny. Friends pay tribute to the Panama footballer Amilcar Henriquez following his murder. And we hear from Brighton and Hove Albion's Israeli players Tomer Hemed and Beram Kayal, who are looking forward to playing in the Premier League. (Photo credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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World Cup 2026 and Argentina's search for a coach

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Apr 14, 2017


The President of Mexican club Santos Laguna, Alejandro Irarragorri, discusses the 2026 World Cup bid. And what next for Argentina following the sacking of the national team coach? We visit the football club where Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus began his career. And can the former England captain Tony Adams save Granada from relegation?

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The Fight for Steaua Bucharest

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Apr 07, 2017


Why is one of the most famous clubs in European football, Steaua Bucharest, being torn apart? We speak to the controversial Gigi Becali. Watford's Isaac Success talks about reports that his injuries this season are due to a voodoo curse. And what is it like to be one of the worst teams in the world? We travel to the Turks and Caicos islands to find out. (Photo: FC Steaua Bucuresti supporters during the Uefa Europa League group stage march. Credit: Andrei Pungovschi/EuroFootball/Getty Images)

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Juninho, Alex Iwobi and King Kazu

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Mar 31, 2017


World Cup winner Juninho reflects on Brazil's qualification for Russia 2018. Also on the show, the Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi defends his manager Arsene Wenger. And we hear from Japan's record-breaking striker, the 50 year old Kazuyoshi Miura. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

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Standing up to the Taliban

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Mar 24, 2017


Khalida Popal, standing up to the Taliban Former Afghanistan women's team captain Khalida Popal grew up in a nation under Taliban rule where women were banned from playing any form of sport. She learned to play silently with friends to avoid detection, played on pitches once used for public executions and suffered physical and verbal abuse. Khalida fled her country, years later, and with her playing career now over she looks back on her life and tells us of her dream to one day return home as head of their FA. Bon soire Napoleon, the life of Raymond Kopa Raymond Kopa died earlier this month at the age of 85. He was the first French player to win the Ballon D'or and finished in the top three on a total of four occasions. He was the first player to boast a commercial interest, (his own sportswear brand), something no player would be without today. He was also one of the founding fathers of the first players union. Nicknamed 'The Little Napoleon', he was part of the Real Madrid side that dominated the 50s, he also played for Stade de Reims in the first ever European Cup final. We hear Kopa's only BBC World Service interview and Reims Sporting Director Alexandre Barbier pays tribute. Alessandro Costacurta interview The former Italy and AC Milan defender Alessandro Costacurta looks back on his time playing alongside Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi. Arguably the most dominant defence of all time, he says the team 'choked' their opponents into submission and blames Milan's recent problems on the absence of a 'teacher' like Baresi or Maldini. He also claims Milan's owner is 'too old' to take the team back to the top and admits Inter Milan are the more likely of the two teams to challenge for Serie A titles in the near future. A night on the tiles with Kosovo James Montague reports from Kosovo where the national team coach Albert Bunjaki staged a flash mob at a classical music concert to stir up national pride amongst his players. Kosovo are hoping to record their first ever competitive win when they face Iceland this weekend. We also hear from Manchester City and Kosovo player Bersant Celina who recently jumped into the crowd to tear down a 'Kosovo is Serbia' banner at an FC Twente match (he's on loan there). The tragedy of Justin Fashanu Leroy Rosenior played with Justin Fashanu at West Ham, he looks back on their time at the club and examines how close (or far away) football is from convincing gay players they are safe to come out whilst continuing their careers. He also tells us how Fashanu's suicide changed his life.

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'A Sweet Victory' for Ahmad

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


For the first time in three decades, African football has a new President. We hear reaction to the “sweet victory” of 57-year-old Madagascan Ahmad, who goes by that single name. In March 2017, 24-year-old Mohamed Tauseef died of kidney failure and blood sugar complications that were the result of a common, ligament injury sustained while playing for his national team. He was the second Pakistani footballer to die in a matter of weeks. So why are Pakistani players dying when their injuries can be treated? Meet the Muslim coach of a Jewish club. Former Mali international Sami Traore has taken over French amateur club Maccabi Creteil. The fall and rise of Ljubo Milisevic. The former Australia international tells us how he fell into isolating depression from the heights of the Champions League and his national team, and how he’s returned to football, a more fulfilled man. (Photo: Ahmad with a football, Credit: Getty Images)

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Russian Hooligans, Zambia's Forgotten Heroes and Atlanta United

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Mar 10, 2017


Should fans at next year's World Cup be fearful of hooliganism? We get a Russian view of fan violence. And, why are fans in Atlanta so excited about their brand new soccer team? We're joined by Atlanta United's President Darren Eales. (Photo: Russian riot police. Credit: Getty images)

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Wilfried Bony, Besiktas and the Dar es Salaam derby

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Mar 03, 2017


Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony explains why he refused a move to China. Find out about Tanzania's biggest club match...but be warned, when city rivals Simba and Yanga meet, things can get a bit crazy! And discover how Besiktas supporters are recovering and finding togetherness through football following last year's bomb attack. Picture: Wilfred Bony of Manchester City celebrates scoring against Borussia Monchengladbach (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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A Messiah, a Ref and a Friend of Alexis Sanchez

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Feb 24, 2017


Chile international Mark Gonz?lez talks about his close friend and team-mate Alexis Sanchez. We meet the owner of the Israeli Champions Hapeol Be'er Sheva to find out why the club's fans think she's the new Messiah. And the former referee Kim Milton Nielsen discusses the extreme pressures faced by today's match officals. Picture: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates after he scores the equalizing goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match against FC Bayern Muenchen (Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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Hugo Broos, Feyenoord and Brazilian Hooligans

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Feb 17, 2017


Cameroon coach Hugo Broos reflects on his victory at the Africa Cup of Nations. Dirk Kuyt and Brad Jones talk about Feyenoord's title hopes. And we examine hooliganism in Brazil. (Photo: Cameroon's Belgian coach Hugo Broos is lifted into the air as Cameroon celebrates beating Egypt 2-1 at 2017 AFCON final. Credit: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

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Gun threats, Edu, Allan Nyom & Leicester City's blues

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Feb 10, 2017


The shocking story of Kenyan footballer called Clifton Miheso. He claims to have been threatened at gunpoint by his club and forced to terminate his contract. Also on the show, the Cameroon defender Allan Nyom tells us he has no regrets about choosing not to represent his country at the Africa Cup of Nations. And the former Brazil midfielder Edu will be chatting about Manchester City's new striker...Gabriel Jesus. Picture credit: Mohammad Amin

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Fun in Gabon: The Final of the Africa Cup of Nations

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Feb 03, 2017


A look ahead to the final of this year's Africa Cup of Nations between Egypt and Cameroon. We hear from Cameroon’s Geremi and Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya. Also on the show, the former South Africa captain Aaron Mokoena warns that World Cup expansion could lead to African teams embarrassing themselves. And the former Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Zaire, Ghana, Togo and Cameroon coach, Otto Pfister, tells us how African talent is being killed by European academies.

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The Rebirth of Chapecoense

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jan 27, 2017


On Saturday 21 January, Chapecoense took to the pitch for the first time since the plane crash which killed 71 people. The friendly against Palmeiras was a symbolic and emotional return for a club trying to recover from a tragedy. World Football's Mani Djazmi travels to Chapec? to find out how the team and the city are rebuilding, after one of football's great disasters. Also, Otto Pfister talks about his remarkable career. The German coach began his African adventure when he took over Rwanda in 1972. Along the way, he became friends with President Mobutu of Zaire and some of the best African footballers of all time. Picture: Brazilian Chapecoense goalkeeper Jackson Follmann (C), a survivor of the LaMia airplane crash in Colombia, receives the Copa Sudamericana trophy in Arena Conda stadium before a charity match between Chapecoense and Palmeiras in Chapeco, Brazil on January 21, 2017. (Photo by Leonardo Benassatto/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Africa Cup of Nations and Match Fixing in Cyprus

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jan 20, 2017


The former Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph Antoine Bell hits out at the organisation of the Africa Cup of Nations. The AC Omonia coach, John Carver, talks openly about his suspicions of match-fixing in Cyprus. And after being awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Dutch government, what's next for Louis van Gaal? Picture: A Mali supporter cheers for his team ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match between Mali and Egypt in Port-Gentil (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images).

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In Conversation with Dante

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jan 13, 2017


We chat to the Brazilian defender Dante about Nice's surprise title challenge, team-mate Mario Balotelli and former coach Pep Guardiola. Plus, Ghana's Andre Ayew looks ahead to the Africa Cup of Nations. Picture: Dante of OGC Nice during the French Ligue 1 between Nice and Lille at Stade Allianz Rivera (Getty Images)

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Salomon Kalou, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Rene Meulensteen

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jan 06, 2017


The Ivory Coast international Salomon Kalou tells us why representing your country at the Africa Cup of Nations could damage a footballer's career. We'll be finding out more about the problems facing one of Israel's most famous and successful clubs, Hapoel Tel Aviv. And Rene Meulenstenen talks openly about the lack of job security for coaches. Picture: Ivory Coast's forward Salomon Kalou during a friendly match between France and Ivory Coast (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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2016: Memories, Tributes and Historic moments

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Dec 30, 2016


A tribute to Johan Cruyff and Carlos Alberto who both died in 2016. Plus, the story of Kosovo's fight for FIFA recognition. (Picture: A tribute to Johan Cruyff at Wembley Stadium before a match between England and the Netherlands - Getty).

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When Stars Align: The Story of the New York Cosmos

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Dec 23, 2016


The story of the rise and fall of the 1970s New York Cosmos, arguably the World's first ever football Super Club. With the likes of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto and Giorgio Chinaglia they put the game on the map in the USA. But how was a soccer team able to capture the American imagination? And why didn't the good times last? Former players, fans and officials remember a unique moment in sporting history. Picture: Tony Field #7, Giorgio Chinaglia #9 and Pele #10 of New York Cosmos look on before a game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, circa 1975 - 1977, Credit Robert Riger/Getty Images

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The Youngest Bundesliga coach - ever!

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Dec 16, 2016


Meet the youngest coach in Bundesliga history, Hoffenheim's 29 year old manager Julian Nagelsmann. The former West Ham footballer Clyde Best talks about the racism he suffered in the 1970s. And ahead of the Catalan derby, the Espanyol coach Quique Sanhez Flores discusses his family's love of flamenco. Picture: Head coach Julian Nagelsmann of Hoffenheim looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between 1899 Hoffenheim and Hertha BSC (Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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Sepp Blatter: My Biggest Mistake

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Dec 09, 2016


An exclusive interview with disgraced former FIFA President Sepp Blatter. He talks about his breakdown following the corruption scandal and talks openly about the mistakes he made. Also on the show...the Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans Joachim Watske explains why Red Bull Leipzig are the most hated club in Germany. And the Dutch player Nathan Ake tells us why Chelsea is like Harvard University in terms of getting a football education. Picture: The former FIFA president Sepp Blatter smiles during the 'Sepp Blatter Tournament' in Ulrichen, Blatter's hometown. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Tragedy of Chapecoense

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Dec 02, 2016


A football team on the way to a Cup final. It was supposed to be Chapecoense's moment of glory, but instead Brazil is left to mourn the dead. Friends of the dead pay tribute and talk of their grief following the air crash which killed 71 people. (Picture: View of a flower hanging from a net during a tribute to the players of Brazilian team Chapecoense Real who were killed in a plane accident in the Colombian mountains - Heuler Andrey/Getty Images)

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The Boavista Slavery Club and a Chelsea Outcast

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Nov 25, 2016


The Nigerian international Michael Uchebo tells how he has been treated ‘like a slave’ by the Portuguese club Boavista. Chelsea's John Obi Mikel says he is ready to quit Stamford Bridge in January if he cannot force his way back into the team. Plus, an interview with the new American owner of Marseille, Frank McCourt, who tells us how he plans to outsmart his rivals. (Photo: Michael Uchebo in action for Nigeria. Credit: Getty Images)

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Meet the Iwobis

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Nov 18, 2016


Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi describes how Arsene Wenger has taught him the value of patience. Iwobi, who’s enjoying his break-through season at Arsenal, also tells us why he chose to play for Nigeria over England and how Nigerian fans ask for much more than mere selfies when they see him. Iwobi is also joined by his father, Chukwu, who says that he still sees Alex as his four-year-old boy, and he’ll watch him play for club and country till he dies. After Thomas Muller said there was no point in playing San Marino, we hear from the San Marino coach and the General Secretary of the Gibraltar FA, who calls Muller’s views ‘ridiculous’. Algeria’s third coach of 2016, Georges Leekens,tells us why he’s returned for a second spell in charge of the national team, why Riyad Mahrez shouldn’t be expected to touch the heights of last season, and why Belgium will win the 2018 World Cup. The tiny club of Kongsvinger will make their debut in the Norwegian cup final on Sunday. We hear from Managing Director, Espen Nystuen, who is also a player. So, the man he hired as coach, decides whether he plays in the team or not. Photo: Alex Iwobi at the Emirates Stadium. Credit: Getty Images

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The Trump Derby

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


As four Laos internationals are provisionally suspended for alleged match fixing, we ask if the fixers can ever be beaten. We speak to the Mexico coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, ahead of their politically-charged World Cup qualifier against the USA. China have another national coach, but is Marcello Lippi the man to plan their football history? We speak to the architect of Belgium’s Golden Generation. What’s behind Azerbaijan’s sudden, unexpected upturn in form, and could they really reach the 2018 World Cup? And we’re with the history-makers of Al-Jawiya. Picture: USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Credit: Getty Images.

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The Philosophy of Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Nov 04, 2016


The coach of Mexico, Juan Carlos Osorio, tells us how an embarrassing 7-nil defeat earlier this year has made him a better leader. Michael Laudrup reflects on Inter Milan's decision to sack coach Frank de Boer after just 85 days. And, it's now over one thousand days since David Beckham announced his intention to set-up a football club in Miami. So, why very little has happened since? Picture: Juan Carlos Osorio coach of Mexico gestures during a Copa America match between Mexico and Venezuela (Omar Vega/LatinContent/Getty Images)

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Carlos Alberto: Champion of the World

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


Friends pay tribute to Brazil's 1970 World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto Torres who died this week. Also on the show, the chairman of Finland's surprise Champions, Mariehamn. And reflections on the African Champions League success of Mamelodi Sundowns. Picture: Brazil captain Carlos Alberto celebrates after soring a fine 4th goal to end a sweeping move (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

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An Alternative Champions League?

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


Are plans afoot for clubs to breakaway from UEFA and create a new Champions League? We hear from the head of the Danish Superliga, Claus Thomsen and the former head of the Scottish FA, Gordon Smith. Also on the show, Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso, Tottenham's Son Hueng-min and the Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr. Picture: FC Copenhagen fans let off flares ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Leicester City and FC Copenhagen at the Leicester City Stadium. (Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

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Revolutionary Pep and Inspirational Cruyff

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Oct 14, 2016


Pep Guardiola remembers his mentor Johan Cruyff. Xavi gives the low-down on Pep. And we hear from Jordi Cruyff too. Also on the programme, is Sven Goran Eriksson the right man to coach China? And we're on the road with the national team of Kosovo. Picture: Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff enjoy lunch at Club Golf Montany? (Credit: Getty images)

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A Bigger World Cup?

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Oct 07, 2016


Robert Pires and FIFA vice president Victor Montagliani discuss the possibility of expanding the World Cup to 48 teams. Also on the show, Andre Villas Boas talks about football in Russia and tells us why it all went wrong at Chelsea. The President of Atlanta United, Darren Eales, reveals how he persuaded the former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino to join the club. And hear what kind of music Swansea City's new coach Bob Bradley likes his players to listen to in the dressing room before matches. Picture: Football supporters from Holland celebrate their country's victory over Ivory Coast in a 2006 World Cup Finals match played in the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium, Germany (Credit Alistair Berg/Getty images)

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Gilberto Silva, Toulouse coach Pascal Dupraz and the return of the Bungs

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Sep 30, 2016


Former Brazil international Gilberto Silva says modern players get too much, too young. The Toulouse FC coach, Pascal Dupraz, talks about the psychological tricks he uses to motivate his team. Plus, football agent Jon Smith discusses the latest allegations of corruption in English football. (Picture: Brazilian player Gilberto Silva poses for a picture with a boy in a hotel garden in Maracaibo, Venezuela ahead of the final of 2007 Copa America. Credit: ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Yaya v Pep: The Tale of an Angry Agent

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Sep 23, 2016


Yaya Toure's agent has some very strong words to say about the Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola. The outspoken Dimitri Seluk accuses Guardiola of treating his players like dogs. aslo on the show, the Portuguese winger Nani, talks about the joy of winning Euro 2016 and the troubles at his club side Valencia. And the only footballer from the Gambia to ever play in the English Premier League, Modou Barrow, tells us why he's dreaming of playing in the World Cup. (Picture: Josep Guardiola manager of Manchester City reacts during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium on September 14. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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UEFA's new man, El Salvador match-fixing and Big Ron

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Sep 16, 2016


UEFA has a new President, but who exactly is Aleksander Ceferin and what's his vision for European football? The El Salvador footballer Richard Menjivar explains why he took a very public stand against match-fixing. Ghana's Alfred Duncan discusses the incredible rise of the Italian club Sassuolo. And the former Manchester United and Atletico Madrid manager Ron Atkinson looks back at the highs and lows of his career. Picture: UEFA's newly elected president, Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, is pictured during the 12th Extraordinary UEFA congress in Lagonissi, some 40 kilometers south of Athens, on September 14, 2016 (ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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In Conversation with Ruud Gullit

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Sep 09, 2016


Ruud Gullit gives his views on his former clubs AC Milan and Chelsea and discusses the recent struggles of the Dutch national team. Also on the programme, we're in Bangkok for the latest round of Asian World Cup qualifiers and Jon Smith gives an insight into the life of a football agent. Picture: Ruud Gullit during the Euro qualifier match between the Netherlands and Cyprus at De Kuip on October 28, 1987 in Rotterdam (VI Images via Getty Images).

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Nigerian Chaos and the Afghan Premier League

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Sep 02, 2016


Nigeria's Samson Siasia on winning a bronze medal in Rio despite chaotic preparations and no pay. We spend a day with agent Samira Samii, one of the few female football agents working in Europe. And find out more about football in Afghanistan as the new Afghan Premier League season kicks-off. Picture: Samson Siasia the coach of Nigeria looks on during the national anthems prior to the FIFA U20 World Cup Round of Sixteen match between Germany and Nigeria at the Mubarak Stadium on October 7, 2009 in Suez, Egypt. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Indian trail-blazer

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


Gurpreet Singh Sandhu talks about his journey from Mohali to Oslo, and becoming the first Indian footballer to play in the top division of a European league. US international Joanna Lohman discusses the six-month ban given to national goalkeeper Hope Solo for calling the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards”. Celtic in Be’er Sheva: with a looming fine for displaying Palestinian flags hanging over them, we’re with the Scottish champions for the second leg of their European Champions League qualifier in Israel. Life after football – the former Dutch international Reggi Blinker tells us how he’s helping former professionals to adapt after retiring from the game. And the Southampton coach, Claude Puel, reveals how his mentor, Arsene Wenger, encouraged him to move to the English south coast. (Photo; Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in goal for India, Credit; Getty Images)

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In Conversation with Sepp Blatter

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Aug 19, 2016


Sepp Blatter talks about the death of his 'teacher' Joao Havelange and his appeal against a 6 year ban from football. The former Inter Milan goalkeeper Walter Zenga looks ahead to the new football season in Italy. Following the attack of a player during a match in Sweden, is there a new type of football violence being committed by fans? Plus, a look ahead to the finals of the Olympic football tournaments. Picture: FIFA president Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter (Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images)

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Moussa Sissoko: Get Me Out of Here

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Aug 12, 2016


French international Moussa Sissoko discusses his uncertain club future, the heartbreak of losing the Euro 2016 final and swaps stories about his close friend, Paul Pogba. South African under-23 international Ty Sandows assesses Brazil's Olympic hopes. We hear about the challenges facing the President of the South Sudan FA, with the country on the verge of another Civil War. And we find out why FC Cincinnati are creating so much interest in the city, despite being in existence for just one year. Picture: Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at The Etihad Stadium (Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

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Bullied Footballers and Argentina's new coach

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Aug 05, 2016


Albanian footballer Sebino Plaku and Dejan Stefanovic of the players' union FIFPro discuss the problem of bullying in football. Argentina's Claudio Lopez gives his view on the appointment of Edgardo Bauza as national team coach. And the former Nigerian international, Taribo West, remembers winning a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. Picture: Wroclaw's Sebino Plaku fights for the ball during the return leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League football match Brugge vs WKS Slask Wroclaw in Brugge (KURT DESPLENTER/AFP/Getty Images)

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FIFA's First Lady and Beitar Jerusalem's Far-Right Fans

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jul 29, 2016


An exclusive interview with FIFA's Secretary General Fatma Samoura. Following a crackdown in Israel, we find out about Beitar Jerusalem's ultra-nationalist fan group called La Familia. And we look back at Antonio Conte's first managerial job at Arezzo. Picture: FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura looks on at a news conference following a meeting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee (Sergei Fadeichev\TASS via Getty Images)

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UEFA's top job, Venezia FC and North Korea's World Cup Heroes

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jul 22, 2016


UEFA vice President Michael van Praag discusses his bid for the top job. Venezia FC owner Joe Tacopina outlines his vision for football in Venice. And we remember the North Korean team which caused one of the biggest World Cup upsets by defeating Italy 50 years ago. Picture: Michael van Praag of UEFA during the UEFA Euro 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain on June 27, 2016 at the Stade de France in Paris, France (VI Images via Getty Images)

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Chinese Super League, Toshack and a Homeless World Cup

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jul 15, 2016


Croatian midfielder Darko Matic and Demba Ba's agent, Alex Gonfran, discuss the changing face of football in China. The former Real Madrid coach John Toshack talks about life in Casablanca and how he hopes to win the African Champions League. We visit the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. And the former co-owner of Swansea City, John van Zweden, talks about his unlikely love affair with the club and the recent take-over by American businessmen. Picture: Brazil's Hulk (R) poses with his new jersey during a press conference after joining Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG Football Club (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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Euro 2016: Glory Awaits

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jul 08, 2016


A look ahead to the final of Euro 2016 as the hosts France prepare to take on Portugal. Hear from former France international Bruno Bellone and controversial coach Guy Roux. Picture: Supporters during the Uefa Euro Semi final between Wales and Portugal at Stade des Lumieres on July 6, 2016 in Lyon, France.(Photo by Jean Paul Thomas/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

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Euro 2016: The Fateful Eight

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


As Euro 2016 reaches the quarter-final stage, we speak to the former France international and World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu. Can the French end Iceland's fairy tale? Germany's Andreas Moller remembers the penalty shoot-out which propelled them into the final in 1996 and broke English hearts. And former Golden Boot winner Savo Milosevic relives the chaos and drama of Yugoslavia's Euro 2000 adventure. Picture: Supporters of Iceland during the European Championship match Round of 16 between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France (Photo by Manuel Blondeau/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

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The Euros Get Serious

Author: BBC World Service
Thu, Jun 23, 2016


The top scorer at Euro 2000, Savo Milosevic, laments the absence of traditional strikers at this year’s tournament. But, he says, the 24-team format should remain. We relive Chris Waddle’s Marseille days with the former England winger who is still idolised at the Stade Veledrome. Club owners in Europe are accused of treating their women’s teams as vanity projects by a female football agent. And former international Eric Wynalda discusses the potentially damaging consequences for football in the USA after their 4-0 thrashing by Argentina in the Copa America semi-finals.

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The ‘Commando Hooligans’

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jun 17, 2016


As France reach the knock-out stage of Euro 2016, former international striker Louis Saha assesses their chances of lifting the trophy. We look back at the fan violence in Marseille, and the part played by so-called ‘Commando Hooligans’. We get reaction from Iceland to Cristiano Ronaldo’s post-match criticism of their mentality. And, after Dunga is sacked as Brazil coach, we hear from the assistant coach of Peru, who beat Brazil to knock them out of the Copa America and seal Dunga’s fate. Nolberto Solano tells us Dunga’s sacking was coming, and an expanded Copa America should be repeated. Picture: France beat Albania to reach the knock-out stages of Euro 2016. Credit: Getty Images.

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Euro 2016: The Kick Off

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jun 10, 2016


Croatia's Davor Suker, Albania captain Lorik Cana, Belgium's Radja Nainggolan and former England manager Kevin Keegan look ahead to Euro 2016. Plus we pay tribute to the former captain and coach of Nigeria, Stephen Keshi, who died this week. A picture shows the trophy of the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament (Photo credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Antonio Conte: A Winning Mentality

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jun 03, 2016


In his first English-language interview, Italy's Antonio Conte describes his coaching philosophy and looks ahead to Euro 2016. Also on the programme, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio explains why he's got the toughest job in football. And we travel to Iceland to find out more about the smallest nation to qualify for a European Championship. Picture: Head coach Antonio Conte looks on during the Italian training session at Coverciano in Florence, Italy (Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

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In Conversation with Carlo Ancelotti

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, May 27, 2016


Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti discusses life, philosophy and the rise of the superstar manager. goalkeeper Jorge Campos, former Brazil captain Carlos Alberto and others, look back on 50 years of drama at Mexico City's iconic Azteca Stadium. And the Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill discusses his team's preparations for Euro 2016. Picture: Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. (GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Thaksin Shinawatra: One Year at Manchester City

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, May 20, 2016


The former Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra looks back on his time at the club. He talks about his relationship with Sven Goran Eriksson, being forced to sell the club after his assets were frozen and how he wanted Claudio Ranieri to be coach. Also on the programme, Turkey's clubs come together to tackle violence and corruption. We catch up with two Englishmen playing in Bangladesh. And what's the point of FIFA's legends matches? Picture: Ex Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra shakes hands with fans prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on April 30, 2012 in Manchester, England (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Carlos Alberto Torres: Football's in a Poor State

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, May 13, 2016


Brazil's 1970 World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto discusses the state of the game. He hits out at the lack of quality players and teams. Also, Ajax's final day meltdown, an interview with former Celtic goalkeeper Packie Bonner and a trip to Portsmouth to find out how the club's supporters saved the club after a string of bizarre owners almost drove it to extinction. (Photo: Carlos Alberto, former captain of the Brazilian 1970's football team, holds the World Cup trophy. Credit: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

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Kosovo's Historic Moment

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, May 06, 2016


There's controversy and some difficult decisions to be made after Kosovo gain UEFA membership. We hear from the Kosovan-born players who may have to decide whether to stick with their adopted countries or return to play for their homeland. Also on the programme, Sweden coach Erik Hamren looks ahead to Euro 2016. And Arsenal's Alex Iwobi disuccses his break-through season. Picture: Players of the Kosovo national football team pose for a group photo before their friendly football match against Turkey in the town of Mitrovica, Credit: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

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History in Hong Kong

Author: BBC World Service
Thu, Apr 28, 2016


The first woman to win a men’s professional league tells us who attracted her to the game, what she does when her players are getting changed, and why the different ways that men and women think mean she can’t always understand them. Former New Zealand international Ben Sigmund talks about his World Cup depression, decision to briefly quit football for rugby and overcoming adversity. We’re in Qatar, at the Workers’ Cup. And Alan Green gives a personal account of the Hillsborough disaster from his perspective as a BBC reporter, at the stadium, on the day of the tragedy. (Image: Chan Yuen Ting, credit: Getty Images)

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The Return of Parma

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Apr 22, 2016


We are in Parma to speak to the vice-President of the club after their promotion back to the professional ranks of Italian football, a year after bankruptcy forced them to fold. Romania captain Razvan Rat says that terrorism won’t keep him from playing in Euro 2016. He also assesses the La Liga title race whilst Christian Fuchs talks Leicester City. And, we hear from one of the best women's footballers in the world, Carli Lloyd, and remember Iraq’s astonishing 2007 Asian Cup victory. (Photo: Parma celebrate promotion from Serie D. Credit: Getty Images)

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The Asian road to Russia 2018

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Apr 15, 2016


Park Ji Sung and coach Uli Stielike assess South Korea's chances of reaching the 2018 World Cup. Find out about the problems for football on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha reflects on his time at Mancehster United. And what's going wrong at AC Milan? (Photo: Andranik Teymourian of Iran celebrates qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Credit: Amin M. Jamali/Getty Images)

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Ronald Koeman: Remembering the Dream Team

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Apr 08, 2016


Ronald Koeman remembers Johan Cruyff and Barcelona's Dream Team. Gianfranco Zola gives his verdict on Chelsea's new coach Antonio Conte. We visit the Thunder Castle, home of Thailand's Buriram United. Plus, Nigeria's Football Federation attempts to defend another crisis and we pay tribute to Cesare Maldini. Picture: Coach Ronald Koeman celebrates his team's goal during the Copa del Rey semi final match between Barcelona and Valencia (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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Isha Johansen, Syria and a Belfast derby

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Apr 01, 2016


One of the most powerful women in football, Sierra Leone's Isha Johansen, reflects on the FIFA Presidential election, Sepp Blatter's downfall and the lack of women in football politics. After reaching the final round of Asian World Cup qualifiers, we hear from Syria's captain Abdulrazak Al Husein and coach Fajr Ibrahim. As Northern Ireland prepares for Euro 2016, what's football like in Belfast these days? And the former Premier League player Julio Arca talks about swapping football boots for boxing gloves. Picture: Joseph S. Blatter celebrates with Isha Johansen of Sierra Leone as he is re-elected as FIFA President (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Remembering Johan Cruyff

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Mar 25, 2016


Friends of Johan Cruyff pay tribute to the Dutch legend following his death this week. Also on the programme, Spain's oldest surviving club, Recreativo de Huelva, is on the verge of extinction. Midfielder Antonio Nunez and former player Ikechukwu Uche give their view on the crisis. And, why has the Colombian national team failed to live up to the promise shown at the 2014 World Cup? Picture: Willy van der Kuylen of PSV (L), Johan Cruyff of Barcelona (R) shake hands before the UEFA Cup match between Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven (VI Images via Getty Images).

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Match-Fixing: Punishing the Whistleblowers

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Mar 18, 2016


The former referee Steve Goddard says he's in shock after FIFA banned him for two years for his alleged involvement in match-fixing. Why has FIFA punished the whistleblower? With Paris Saint Germain cantering to another title...has French football become boring? Former Monaco coach and St Etienne technical director, Damien Comolli, gives his views. We'll be finding out why so many Spanish footballers are attracted to Gibraltar. And we hear from the former Ajax and Denmark striker Jan Sorensen who tells us about the difficulties of having Johan Cruyff as your coach. Picture: A man on his cell phone walks past giant footballs in Beijing (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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The K League Kicks-Off

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Mar 11, 2016


As the K-League prepares for kick-off, FC Seoul's Dejan Damjanovi? discusses the state of the game in South Korea. Also, we head to France to visit the home town of Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, and speak to his former coaches and team mates. And, in-between the major tournaments, can women's football keep the interest alive? We are at the She Believes Cup in the United States to find out. (Photo: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors supporters at an AFC Champions League match against Yokohama F Marinos. Credit: Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

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In Conversation with 'Invincible' Lauren

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Mar 04, 2016


Former Arsenal and Cameroon defender Lauren discusses his old club's faltering title bid. We look ahead to the start of the Chinese Super League and the new Major League Soccer season. Plus a Cypriot referee, who has blown the whistle on match-fixing, takes his case to Fifa. (Photo: Lauren of Arsenal takes a throw in during the Uefa Champions League, FC Dynamo Kiev v Arsenal game, at the Olympiyskyi Stadium in Kiev. Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Fifa Election Special: The Result

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Feb 26, 2016


We bring you the news and reaction to Gianni Infantino's election as new Fifa President. (Image: Newly-elected Fifa President Gianni Infantino folds his hands during the extraordinary Fifa congress in Zurich. Credit: AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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Fifa Election Special: The Build-Up

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Feb 26, 2016


All the build-up to the Fifa Presidential election. Who will succeed Sepp Blatter? We are in Zurich to speak to some of the people who will help make that crucial decision - Canada FA president Victor Montagliani, Sierra Leone FA president Isha Johansen and Guinea Bissau FA president Manuel Nascimento. (Photo: The FIFA logo seen near Fifa headquarters. Getty images)

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Chaos in Romania and Dutch Match-Fixing

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Feb 19, 2016


World Football travels to Romania to speak to players who have been unpaid for months and are unable to leave their clubs. Also, match-fixing in Dutch football, an interview with Manchester City's French international Bacary Sagna and the inside story on Fifa's former general secretary Jerome Valcke, following his 12 month ban from football. (Photo: The Stadionul Dinamo, home of FC Dinamo Bucuresti taken during the Romanian First Division match between FC Dinamo Bucuresti and FC Viitorul Constanta. Credit: Getty images)

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Fifa Election Countdown, Kolo Toure and Robert Pires

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Feb 12, 2016


With two weeks to go until the Fifa Presidential election, we get the African angle with Liberian FA President Musa Bility and Nigeria's Segun Odegbami. Kolo Toure and Shanghai SIPG's head of recruitment, Mads Davidsen, discuss the increasing attraction of Chinese football. And we also have a chat with Arsenal legend Robert Pires and PSV Eindhoven striker Luuk de Jong. (Photo: Fifa presidential contender Prince Ali bin al Hussein (R) gestures next to the president of the Liberia Football Association Musa Bility during a press conference at the Geneva press club. Credit: Getty images)

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Gianni Infantino's FIFA dream

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Feb 05, 2016


Can Gianni Infantino become the next Fifa president? We assess his credentials. Plus, the former Arsenal and Galatasaray defender Emmanuel Eboue, Chinese Super League recruit Jack Sealy and we visit Western France to find out more about Ligue 1 side Angers, a team pushing for Champions League qualification. (Photo: Fifa presidential candidate Gianni Infantino controls a football after his press conference at Wembley Stadium. Credit: Getty images)

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David Luiz, Le Havre and Fifa's Latest Fiasco

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jan 29, 2016


David Luiz discusses Paris Saint Germain's dominance of the French league and the club's European ambitions. We also travel to Le Havre to meet the club's American owner and coach as they push for promotion. And we are on the Fifa presidential campaign trail, which takes us to Brussels - where a planned televised debate is cancelled at the last minute. (Photo: David Luiz of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates a goal during the French Ligue 1 between PSGand Olympique Lyonnais at the Parc Des Princes. Credit: Getty images)

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In Conversation with Wilfried Bony

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jan 22, 2016


Manchester City and Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony talks about his career and dismisses the rumours that he wants to leave the club. Also on the programme...West Ham's Angelo Ogbonna and ADO Den Haag's Gianni Zuiverloon discuss racism in football after an Ajax player was racially abused and subjected to monkey chants. Plus Dynamo Kiev coach Serhiy Rebrov discusses the possibility of Ukraine international Andriy Yarmolenko joining one of Europe's top clubs. Picture : Wilfried Bony playing for Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League. (Getty images).

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Liverpool FC and the Quick Fix

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jan 15, 2016


Former Liverpool assistant coach Pako Ayestaran hits out at the club's lack of direction. We investigate suspicions of age-cheating at the under-23 Asian Cup in Doha. West Bromwich Albion striker Adil Nabi talks about his Indian adventure with the Delhi Dynamos. And hear the incredible story of the Irishman who saved Barcelona from extinction during the Spanish Civil War. (Photo: Liverpool FC fans show their support prior to the match against Arsenal at Anfield. Credit: Getty Images)

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The Journey of the Humble Odion Ighalo

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jan 08, 2016


Nigeria's in-form striker Odion Ighalo, who's been one of the stars of the Premier League this season, talks about his rags to riches story. Christian Karembeu gives his verdict on Zinedine Zidane's appointment as Real Madrid coach. Exactly six years after the gun attack on the Togo team bus, goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale talks about his long road to recovery. And, the Nigeria national team coach Sunday Oliseh hits back at his critics. (Photo: Odion Ighalo walks on the pitch at Watford's Vicarage Road. Credit: Getty Images)

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Bhutan's World Cup Adventure

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jan 01, 2016


Hear the incredible story of how Bhutan's national team, previously called 'the worst team in the World', won their first ever World Cup qualification match, in 2015. Also, coach Gary White reflects on an equally impressive year for the tiny Pacific island of Guam. (Photo: Bhutanese fans cheer during a match in Thimphu in June 2015. Credit: Getty images)

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Prince Ali's Fifa Ambitions and Birthday Wishes

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Dec 25, 2015


Fifa Presidential candidate Prince Ali of Jordan discusses possible back-room deals ahead of February's election and says he is not interested in playing 'political games'. In the week of his 40th birthday, he also gives us his birthday wish - for Arsenal to win the Premier League title. Also, the former Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard looks back at the Africa Cup of Nations. And, we reflect on the dark past of the venue for the 2015 Copa America final. (Photo: Fifa Presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan talks during the 65th FIFA Congress. Credit: Getty images)

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Goodbye, Mr Mourinho

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Dec 18, 2015


Will Jose Mourinho bounce back following his exit from Chelsea? There's trouble in the Netherlands, with the Dutch club ADO Den Haag in danger of going out of business. We look ahead to the final of the FIFA Club World Cup. And we visit CS Lewbowski, a unique fan owned break-away club in Florence. Picture credit: Jose Mourinho celebrates winning the Premier League with Chelsea. Credit: Getty images

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Brazil's Footballers on Strike?

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Dec 11, 2015


Brazil's star players hit out at the corruption which, they say, is ruining football. Also, we speak to Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez and Watford coach Quique Sanchez Flores. Plus, there is a trip to Valencia for Gary Neville's first match in charge and a chat with Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Mihail Mikic as the Fifa Club World Cup kicks-off. (Photo: Brazilian football players. Credit: Getty Images)

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Tokyo Sexwale, Mignolet, Sousa and the MLS Cup final

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Dec 04, 2015


We hear from Fifa presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa. Plus, there's a look ahead to Sunday's MLS Cup final between Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers (Photo: Tokyo Sexwale at a press conference in Tel Aviv. credit: Getty Images)

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In Conversation with Didier Drogba and Herve Renard

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Nov 27, 2015


Didier Drogba gives us some dressing room secrets from his time at Chelsea. Herve Renard looks to the future after leaving Lille. Plus, does football have a doping problem? Also, we visit Florence to find out if Fiorentina are serious title contenders this season. (Photo: Didier Drogba celebrates after scoring Chelsea. Credit: Getty Images)

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Football and the Threat of Terrorism

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Nov 20, 2015


Bixente Lizarazu and Joe Hart discuss the dangers of stadia being targeted by terrorists. Dirk Kuyt reflects on the troubles of the Dutch national team. And we travel to Armenia, where the domestic league is struggling to attract fans. (Pictuire credit: Getty images)

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Zola’s Gelato Dreams Come True

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Nov 13, 2015


Gianfranco Zola reveals his "uncontrollable" passion for ice cream as he realises his dream to open an Italian caf? in London. He’s joined by Roberto Di Matteo, who rules himself out of a second caretaker managerial role at Chelsea, and Andriy Shevchenko, who says that qualification for Euro 2016 would be the Ukraine national team’s greatest achievement since leaving the USSR. We also discuss the plight of youngsters in football... A leading youth coach tells us that too many players are risking their identities and careers by moving when they’re too young. We also hear from Anderlecht coach Besnik Hasi, who recalls how he juggled a football career with looking after his family during the Balkan wars. We’re also in the Middle Kingdom as China begins to stir as a football force. Photo: Gianfranco Zola serving food at his cafe. Credit: Unico.

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Forced Out of Bar?a

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Oct 30, 2015


How a dream move turned sour for Barcelona youth players Ben Lederman and Nanno Lugo. Plus, the latest on the Nepal match-fixing scandal, Sporting Lisbon coach Jorge Jesus returns to Benfica, and former Portugal international Deco talks about his new life as an agent. (Photo: Barcelona training camp. Credit: Getty images)

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Human Rights in Bahrain, the Making of Martial & Roberto Mancini

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Oct 23, 2015


Could human rights allegations haunt Sheikh Salman's bid for the FIFA Presidency? We travel to Paris to find out about the early years of French striker Anthony Martial. Roberto Mancini looks ahead to the Manchester derby. And Magnus Hedman discusses the fading fortunes of Sweden's national team. Would Sweden be better off without Zlatan Ibrahimovic? (Picture - Sheikh Salman: Getty Images)

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Roberto Mancini, Albania's Euro 2016 dream & Austria's renaissance

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Oct 16, 2015


Interview with Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini. We also have the inside story of Albania's Euro 2016 adventure. And, Austria's Johnny Ertle discusses his country's success. (Photo: Roberto Mancini. Credit: Getty Images)

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Johan Cruyff, Lothar Matthaus & FIFA's meltdown

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Oct 09, 2015


The Dutch legend Johan Cruyff tells us why he's glad he's not still a coach. Lothar Matthaus and Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel discuss Bayern Munich's dominance. Is the German title race already over, after just eight games? Mexico's flamboyant goalkeeper Jorge Campos talks about plans for a World Cup for legends. And, what next for FIFA, following the suspensions of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images for Laureus)

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Frank de Boer, Maccabi Tel Aviv and River Plate's Resurrection

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Oct 02, 2015


An interview with Frank de Boer. Could the Ajax coach be heading to the Premier League? As Argentina's River Plate look forward to representing South America in the Club World Cup, we find out more about the resurrection of the club. We also get a taste of Champions League football in Tel Aviv. And, in the second part of our interview with Emmanuel Petit, the World Cup winner defends his friend and mentor Arsene Wenger. (Photo: Frank de Boer. Credit: Getty Images)

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The Maverick - Emmanuel Petit

Author: BBC World Service
Thu, Sep 24, 2015


World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit looks back on his career and tells us how money is having a negative impact on today's players. How did the Dutch national team get so bad so quickly? We hear from former Dutch international Michael Reiziger. His Royal Highness Tunku Ismail hits out at the current state of football in Malaysia and talks about his club, Johar Darul Takzim, reaching the AFC Cup semi-final. And Muzzy Izzet remembers his unlikely appearence in a World Cup semi-final. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

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Racism in Russia & Zico's Fifa ambitions

Author: BBC World Service
Thu, Sep 17, 2015


Former Russia captain Alexei Smertin and Cameroon's Andre Bikey discuss the issue of racism in Russian football. Brazil legend Zico says players and fans should have a voice when it comes to choosing Fifa presidents. We also hear from the top goalscorer in Major League Soccer, Sierra Leone's Kei Kamara. (Photo credit: YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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Prince Ali, Vialli, St Pauli & Papy's agent

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Sep 11, 2015


The president of the Romanian FA tells us why Prince Ali is making a political misjudgement if he thinks he can win the election to become the next Fifa president. Gianluca Vialli tells us why Italian football has an image problem. We're with the national team of Guam as their World Cup adventure continues. St Pauli and Borussia Dortmund play a friendly match to help refugees. And the agent of Chelsea's new signing Papy Djilobodji hits back at accusations that he's killing the player's career. (Photo by Jordan Pix/Getty Images)

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Fighting for the evolution of football

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Sep 04, 2015


The president of Sporting Lisbon gives a passionate plea for the introduction of video technology. Former Nigeria international Segun Odegbami on his desire to be the next Fifa president. And the Belgian international Sebastien Pocognoli describes his frustration at the lack of first team football at West Bromwich Albion.

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Football's doping conspiracy

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Aug 28, 2015


The Italian prosecutor at the centre of the Juventus EPO scandal in the 1990s and Wada's director general discuss doping in football. Parma vice-president Marco Ferrari talks about the efforts to re-build the club following bankruptcy, while Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede discusses racism in the game after being the victim of abuse last season. Northern Ireland's Jim Hagan also shares his memories of playing for Celta Vigo in the 1980s. (Photo Credit: Sascha Steinbach/DFL/Getty Images)

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Feeder clubs: Who's feeding whom?

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Aug 21, 2015


Has Vitesse Arnhem lost its identity by becoming Chelsea's feeder club? We hear from Vitesse captain Guram Kashia. Argentine Julio Arca and Kuwaiti interantional Aziz Mashaan discuss the the lure of Europe's top leagues. Will the rest of the world ever be able to compete with the power and the pull of La Liga and the English Premier League? And former Croatian international Josip Simunic evaluates Real Madird's new signing, countryman Mateo Kovacic. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Mark Leech/Getty Images)

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Saudi Super Cup, Nakhid for Fifa & violence in Turkey

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Aug 14, 2015


The president of Saudi Arabia's FA outlines his vision for the future. Former Trinidad & Tobago captain David Nakhid on his Fifa presidential ambitions. We also pay tribute to Harald Nielsen, one of Denmark's finest ever players, and discuss violence in Turkish football. (Photo: Adrian Dennis. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

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Referee cries foul

Author: BBC World Service
Thu, Aug 06, 2015


Cypriot referee Marios Panayi explains how he was approached to fix matches.

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Platini's challengers

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jul 31, 2015


South Korea's Chung Mong Joon and Liberia's Musa Bility hit out at Michel Platini's ambitions to be Fifa president. What has happened to all the great Nigerian players? There is turmoil in Mexican football following the sacking of national team coach Miguel Hererra. And, a former football hooligan looks back at violence in English football during the 1970s and '80s. (Photo: Michel Patini. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

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Hernan Crespo and Fifa's 'Dinosaurs'

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jul 24, 2015


The former Fifa advisor Michael Hershman talks about his frustrations while dealing with the 'dinosaurs' of the organisation. The former Argentina international Hernan Crespo discusses his new coaching job in Italy and the misfortunes of his former club Parma. We pay tribute to Alcides Ghiggia, the Uruguayan footballer who broke Brazilian hearts at the 1950 World Cup. And we spend time with Greenland, the forgotten team of international football. (Photo: Hernan Crespo. Credit: Getty Images)

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Breitner, Trezeguet and the Underdogs

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jul 10, 2015


Bayern Munich legend Paul Breitner looks back on his career and gives his views on the controversy surrounding Qatar 2022. David Trezeguet pays tribute to Andrea Pirlo. We also spend time with San Marino's SS Folgore in the UEFA Champions League. Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images

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Chile Chase Copa Glory

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jul 03, 2015


Chile international Mark Gonzalez and Peru's assistant coach Nolberto Solano look ahead to the Copa America final in Santiago, as the hosts Chile prepare to take on Argentina. Also we look at the problem of fan violence in Chilean club football and why does South America not care about the Women's World Cup? (Photo: Chile fans hold card cut-out letters to spell Chile. Credit: Getty Images)

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The Ghosts of Santiago

Author: BBC World Service
Fri, Jun 26, 2015


At Chile's Nacional Estadio as many as 40,000 men and women suffered at the hands of a cruel dictatorship. On this week's World Football, hear about the dark past of the venue for this year's Copa America final. The stadium was was used as a prison camp during the early days of the Pinochet regime. The dressing rooms were used to hold political prisoners and unspeakable acts of torture took place. Former prisoners and family members of the disappeared give their shocking stories. Also, the latest from the Women's World Cup in Canada and a South American commentary masterclass. (Photo: Estadio Nacional as a concentration camp. Credit: Koen Wessing)

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