20 Years of Arsenal

There was no better way to finish the season. The trophy drought came to a close, and London turned red for a weekend that millions of Gooners will remember. Arsené lifted the cup once again, and the professor will carry on at the club that he’s built in the 21st century.

However, there was one era that came to a close. For 20 years, Arsenal have been sponsored by Nike. But the FA Cup final was the last match of the Gunners representing the swoosh. To celebrate the partnership with a touch of nostalgia, Nike are releasing a limited edition kit that takes aspects of some of the most iconic designs from the past two decades.

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Through Ryu’s Lens: Blues in Black

It was a bright and sunny day in London. A rarity for Chelsea faithful. Matchday was made even better when Mourinho’s men stole 3 points in the dying minutes of the match against Everton. Nevertheless, Ryu brought out his camera and turned the lights down low at Stamford Bridge.

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Rosell Resigns - AFR Voice Ep.25

In this week’s pod we’ll be taking a look at the rather strange goings on in Barcelona - they may now have one of the world’s brightest young players on their books, but their President has paid for it with his job. Listen to us squirm as we get lost in a pool of hidden payments, sign-on fees and third party ownership deals that we still think nobody (including Neymar himself) really understands.

Away from the mess of Catalan invoices and contract law, it’s nearly the end of January which can only mean one thing – the transfer window is about to SLAM SHUT. We’ll be taking a look at the big transfer news in Europe, Diego Forlan’s rather unexpected move from Brazil to the Far East, as well as indulging in some transfer window cliché bingo.

With Europe’s top leagues now back in full swing after the winter break we’ll also be discussing Dortmund’s latest woes as Bayern pick up where they left off in the Bundesliga, and take a peek at the top of Ligue 1 where a team actually bought a French player from Newcastle (which makes a nice change).

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Through Ryu’s Lens: The North London Derby

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Through Ryu’s Lens: Dortmund comes to London

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And in 1951, there was light on Arsenal’s pitch
The match finished Arsenal 3-2 Glasgow Rangers. There were 62,000 in attendance, and the date was October 17, 1951. If it looks both surreal and completely normal, that’s because there are two senses of novelty at play, for the crowd and for a fan in 2013. At the time, this was only the second match at Highbury that Arsenal played under floodlights. The scene is complete film noir, which - after a little digging - revealed that there’s a film from a 1939 called The Arsenal Stadium Mystery. This match also confirmed a long-standing friendly relationship between Rangers and Arsenal. No camera crews. No advertisements. Just fans and football. [Click for high-res. via Reddit]

And in 1951, there was light on Arsenal’s pitch

The match finished Arsenal 3-2 Glasgow Rangers. There were 62,000 in attendance, and the date was October 17, 1951. If it looks both surreal and completely normal, that’s because there are two senses of novelty at play, for the crowd and for a fan in 2013. At the time, this was only the second match at Highbury that Arsenal played under floodlights. The scene is complete film noir, which - after a little digging - revealed that there’s a film from a 1939 called The Arsenal Stadium Mystery. This match also confirmed a long-standing friendly relationship between Rangers and Arsenal. No camera crews. No advertisements. Just fans and football. [Click for high-res. via Reddit]

London calling. It’s time for the Champions League final.

The whole world is watching Germany in London. There are a thousand plotlines, and 100 reasons to love Jurgen Klopp, but we’ve done the dirty work to find the best reads ahead of the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

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Business Time - AFR Voice, Ep 18.

It’s early May, which in footballing terms generally means one thing: it’s business time. And AFR Voice is punching in for this week’s audio shift with plenty to talk about. Whether it be a 33-man match in Norway, horror challenges on reporters in Denmark, or the hottest thing out of the Madrid branch of IKEA since someone burnt the meatballs, we’ve got it covered.

The Premier League title may be all wrapped up and tucked away safely in Manchester, but there’s still plenty to play for. We’ll be taking a look at the cross-London melee for the final Champions League places, whilst at the other end, any team not in the top half of the table will be nervously looking over their shoulders as Wigan make their customary late push for survival (if they’re not too busy winning the FA Cup).

Then we hop down into the lower leagues where there was a crazy final day in the Championship, and Paddy waxes lyrical about the play-offs as the league pyramid continues to shuffle itself for a couple more weeks yet.

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"Glory is coming"

The Fifth Pitch decided against an April Fools prank and opted to celebrate the return of Game of Thrones into our screens instead by allocating clubs to their GoT House counterparts. London has 3 empires that looks set on tearing it to shreds, so it might be good to keep an eye on that… 

Check the explanations below the drop…

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