AFR Voice Ep. 8 - Hungry Like The Wolf
It may still be a month until Halloween, but there are already plenty of strange things going on in Europe’s top leagues at the moment. We’ll be looking at Atletico Madrid taking 3 points off their cross-town rivals as they gave Gareth Bale a home debut to forget, Man United slumping to defeat at the hands of West Brom, and we’ll discuss how Liverpool’s women’s team, who have managed to string together two wins in the last two seasons, have somehow turned things around and broken Arsenal’s dominance in the English Women’s Super League.
And the theme of early season surprises doesn’t stop there, as this week’s interview sees us chat to senior AFR writer John Ray about Roma, who a few weeks ago didn’t even have the confidence of their own fans, but are now enjoying their best start to a Serie A campaign ever. And we’ll be answering the big question on everybody’s lips – just what did Francesco Totti’s birthday cake look like?
This week’s pod cover art is courtesy of @robdavis, whose photo of the FA Cup third qualifying round tie between Margate and Dulwich Hamlet was our top #whereisfootball photo this week. Keep uploading them to Instagram – next week it could be you.
AFR Voice - Ep7, The Sack Race
On this week’s edition we delve into the two big managerial talking points raging in the English Premier League: does Manchester United’s 4-1 derby day defeat at the Etihad spell early trouble for David Moyes, and does the sacking of Paolo Di Canio highlight the managerial short-termism that riddles the English leagues?
Away from Manchester we track some equally enormous clashes from the weekend — including the Boateng brothers going toe to toe in the Bundesliga, Lazio and Roma locking horns once more in Serie A and the battle of the billionaire clubs, PSG and AS Monaco.
We toasted another podcast in the bag by propping our arm on the post, looking to the floor and crossing our legs — otherwise known as ‘Henrying’. AFR supremo Eric Beard spoke to us to explain how the original pose from the Red Bulls striker, and it’s many superb parodies, went viral across social media this week.
Our Instagram #whereisfootball winner this week is Angelica Tanneryd in Stockhom, Sweden. Her image will be proudly draped over our Soundcloud, iTunes and Twitter coverart for the next 7 days.
As always, feel free to get in touch with us - tweet @AFRvoice or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find us on iTunes - now get out of here before we fire you.
The Long Road to Premier League Relapse
Have you ever taken a break with your girlfriend only to get back together? The process begins with a conversation, generally in a neutral location; let’s say a coffee shop
, maybe Kayak’s Coffeeshop in Saint Louis, MO. You discuss all the things wrong with your relationship and why you should see other people. One party pleads, begs, and cries to let it go on a little longer, “one more week…this can work,” but there’s no hope. You’re both released back into the sea from whence you came like baby sea turtles: to return home if fate commands it.
Now you’re back on the open market dating Brazilians and Russians, hitting on 19 and 21 year olds, and having some “friendly” hook-ups. These encounters are alright, but something feels a bit off. The chemistry isn’t there, there’s no attachment, and the thrill is gone. A rebound sounded nice, but it just made you realize how much you missed your girlfriend and the familiarity that comes with knowledge of the intricacies of each other’s lives.
Right, that’s kind of what my summer was like. And how I missed you Premier League. It’s like old times again: Wayne Rooney wants out, Real Madrid are tapping someone up, and Arsenal have been linked to big name players that they are almost certainly not going to sign (David Moyes, feeling jealous, is doing his best impersonation). But not everything is the same. There’s some new furniture your apartment, your wine cellars been emptied, and everything seems a bit more Welsh.
Sir Alex Ferguson x Super Mario Bros.
The most successful manager in the modern game was smashed together with old, 8-bit Super Mario. Replace coins with trophies and a plumber with a Scotsman in a suit, and we have a new level of old-school Nintendo that is providing nostalgia on far too many levels. [spotted at KCKRS]