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Views from the terraces: Five footy podcasts to listen to this week

Pastures new: Cristiano Ronaldo, now of Juventus, is discussed in On The Continent PICTURE: AP


The Totally Football League Show

The review pod for EFL fans — that’s the Championship, League One and League Two for all you glory supporters — underwent a revamp for the 2018/19 season with the informed and affable Caroline Barker of Radio 5 Live taking the chair. The weekly review of all 72 teams is more boffins in the boardroom than Bovril on the terraces, scoring with up-to-date news and views as well as game reviews. Fair-weather fans need not apply. Length: 50 mins. Listen here

By Association

A monthly deep dive into football’s historic and cultural past celebrating the human side of the game. With episodes exploring homophobia and mental health, there’s no 4-4-2 dissection here — instead, these awarding-winning audio tales unpick everything from Iraq’s rise to Asian champs in 2007, the story of foosball and ‘the last romantic club in France’. On hiatus until next year, there’s enough to see you through until then. Length: 20 mins. Listen here

On The Continent

The original football podcasters, The Football Ramble, take on another show discussing the headlines from Europe’s elite, covering everything from player backlash to plans to play a La Liga game on US soil to Ronaldo winning over Juve fans. It’s like eavesdropping on mates in the pub who know their stuff and have a laugh with it — if you haven’t got on the bandwagon, it’s time. As regular as a Harry Kane goal, with two shows each week. Length: 40 mins. Listen here


Athletico Mince

Joke defending: Bob Mortimer of Athletico Mince PICTURE: REX

‘True or false: Karl Marx has a sister called Onya?’ This opening joke on a recent ep sets the tone for this madcap is-it-really-about-football? pod. Bob Mortimer (of Shooting Stars) and Andy Dawson (of Get In The Sea on Twitter) deliver a jamboree of nonsense impressions and silly gags, the kind that tickle you with a nostalgia to be back playing rush goalie in the schoolyard. Tip-top tonic when your team gets thumped. Length: 30 mins. Listen here

Around The NFL

With the NFL season starting this week, we thought we’d squeeze in a pod from over the pond. The tri-weekly show from NFL Network is a feast of X’s and O’s analysis, scintillating insight and comedic segments celebrating the bruising and beguiling game. Hosted by Dan Hanzus and backed up by a feisty trio of Greg, Marc, and Wes, this is the perfect audio companion for UK gridiron fans. Welcome to your next Uncle Sam obsession. Length: 60 mins+. Listen here