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Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 34 – Who Shot Pep?

Written by on August 23, 2011 | 16 Comments »
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In this week’s podcast, Eoin O’Callaghan treats us to a number of spot-on voice impersonations, as he re-creates the comedic highs and lows of Robbie Keane’s unveiling ceremony in Los Angeles.  Speaking of re-creating, in a look back at round 2 of the Premier League, amongst other things, Bobby asks if Frank Lampard will have  it in him to re-create his role at Chelsea, once time and injuries begin to catch up with him.  The guys also ponder which players might emerge from the 2011 U20 tournament to star in the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.  And finally, Bobby & Eoin review the spectacle that was the 2nd leg of the Spanish Super Cup, with Bobby drawing parallels between the Guardiola Vs Mourinho duel and recurring plot themes from a popular 80’s prime time soap opera set in the heart of Texas.

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16 responses to “Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 34 – Who Shot Pep?”

  1. Soccerlogical says:

    I’m lovin’ the “Pep Dollars”… great job Luke! 🙂

  2. Roberto Manita says:

    Kun does have a Romario arse. Short, quick, tricky, low centre of gravity, stocky/wide arse with the ability to turn/roll off a defender. Tevez has a Romario arse too. Kun Arse.

  3. Gus Keri says:

    Bobby & Eoin:

    It was neither Rafa Benitez’s decision nor Gillette and Hicks’ one. It was Rick Perry’s decision to bring on Robbie Keane to LFC against the wishes of RB.

    That decision was the beginning of the end to the friendly relationship between the two men and eventually ended with Perry leaving the club.

    The funny thing was that it wasn’t long before Perry joined former vice chairman of Tottenham, Paul Kemsley, at NY Cosmos.

  4. LA says:

    Great podcast.

    Loving the impersonations Eoin (though a little painful to start, but came on strong; laughing my way through).

    Rafa Benitez is a guy that should be erased from soccer history books IMO. Very little good to say about his impact on a team and especially quality players like Keane. Keane came to that club brimming with confidence, and a quality attitude line that will come good, but a manager has to also have man management to bring that out. Good call on Mancini having an unclear outlook in the way his side play the game. Think what a Wenger or Sir Alex would do with the talent on that side. Silva is playing with positiveness, but he is playing against the stream at that club. He would have been better at Arsenal. Not suffixes that he tires during the game.

    Funny that the pod ended on a note of insanity because you have to ask what is going on with Mourinho to pull what he did. Sad and beyond sane. Bobby, you will be happy to hear he is getting a 12 match ban as the FA realize this and this is as much for him as it is to set an example. A lost leader is not a pretty picture.

    That being said, Mourinho has done the right thing with the squad pressing their competitive advantage which is a fast quick pressing game. They obviously have to work on finishing. A little more clinical there, and they easily would have lifted the trophy. I don’t buy the dramatics from Mourinho. It is not a pressure thing because his side are playing very well and he is not a man in any kind of pressure, even if he wants to put out a rubbish line about his legendary second year (which you guys in the media give too much oxygen to by the way); bottom line, I think RM have gotten the right style and tactics to compete against Barcelona, but it will take a third season where they cement and develop this speed style further and start to have some guile in their finishing to finally properly beat Barcelona ( not guaranteed). Barcelona are still not fit after all.

    Finally Bobby, enough Kun arse. I am Eoin on this one. I don’t think Kun Aguero would be as effective as a leading man due to his size. Romario had to go through so much guile to convince as a front man, but I don’t think anyone except Messi can match Romario’s ability to go through defenders at the top of the 18 to score. I actually think Higuian is underrated once he hits his form again if given a chance. I see Aguero being forced to take outside shots if he was a true front line guy. I also want to see what happens when defenders start to understand how he plays the game in the PL.

    Great pod as usual!

  5. Joe T says:

    Great show guys….. mutton dressed as lamb (Robbie and wife at LAX) and Romario Arse….. ( I completely know exactly what you mean by that) are my personal favorites. The comfort level and general banter make this a real winning formula so much that I had to come on and comment…. keep up the good work.

    PS… twas Lippi who bought Robbie to Inter

  6. LA says:

    The one thing I will say about Mourinho is that he puts the attention on him, to the point that we will all be happy if CR and co just play football. We don’t want to see more Mourinho on edge. No one is examining CR now, except for Kaka who was always a 1 dimensional player for me. I don’t think Mourinho really plans it; it is more his ego and style, but it is one big good byproduct. Maybe a little unconcious genius that is definitely unique. Almost all other coaches put the pressure on the players. Mou has to have the attention even if he is not playing and he allows very good players to play well. Strange, strange guy.

  7. Gillian says:

    That was fun. Thanks for brightening my workday.

  8. Gus Keri says:


    “Rafa Benitez is a guy that should be erased from soccer history books IMO”

    These are strong words for a manager who brought two trophies to LFC and had them in the runner-up positions few times. Not to mention what he did with Valencia.

    The blame for the Keane’s fiasco should be on Rick Perry who should not have bought him without RB apporval. RB is the coach and he didn’t see Keane in his plan.

    It’s like when Shevchinko was forced onto Mourinho by the Chelsea’s owner. At least Roman was spening his own money. And nobody cared if he lost.

    RB asked for Gareth Barry from Aston Villa who was few millions dollars cheaper and was seen by the manager as more valuable to the club’s plan, but why should Perry care? he is not spending his own money and he probably was helping some friends at Tottenham make few bucks out of the H&G account.

  9. Paddy Megroyn says:

    Anyone else having trouble finding the more recent pods on iTunes? The most recent one listed is 8/2.

  10. Paddy – it downloaded for me when I went to I tunes this morning so it must be there.

  11. Gus Keri says:

    The seeding for the UCL draw has been anounced by UEFA:

    Pot 1:
    Barcelona, Man Utd, Chelsea, Bayern Munchen, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Porto, Inter Milan

    Pot 2:
    AC Milan, Lyon, Shakhtar Donesk, Valencia, Benfica, Villarreal, CSKA Moscow, Marseille

    Pot 3:
    Zenit, Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiakos, Man City, Lille, Basel, Bate Borisov

    Pot 4:
    Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Dinamo Zeghreb, APOEL, Trabzonspor, Genk, Victoria Plzen, Otelul Galati

  12. Gus Keri says:

    Because two teams will qualify from each group, the story of the draw is what team to avoid in the bottom two seeds and what teams to get from the top two.

    There many strong team in pot 3 but the strongest probably is Man City while the strongest in pot 4 is Borussia Dortmund

    The weakest of pot 1 is Porto (after they lost their coach and some of their top players)

    The group of death would be if we get this group:
    Barcelona, AC Milan, Man City and Borussia Dortmund

  13. the poducer says:

    We are experiencing a bit of a glitch with iTunes at the moment. For the past 7 podcasts, the date has not appeared in the “released” column. We’ll try and get it sorted ASAP. In the mean time, you can just ‘mouse-over’ the titles without dates and the full title will appear. I would also suggest subscribing to the podcast, and have it automatically download.

    Thanks for your patience… and keep enjoying the pod!

  14. LA says:

    The Poducer:

    Can you submit your podcast to stitcher radio. Much easier app for us who listen on mobile platforms to keep track of latest releases. I think you just have to go to their website to add your show. Most of your competition is already available, and I think you would expand audience as the app tells listeners about similar Podcasts when listening to any podcast.


    I find I have a revulsion to Benitez soccer in terms of the style, the inability to settle on a side for consecutive matches, the consistency of players underperforming and not communicating in their play, an unattractive style of soccer full of risk avoidance at every turn. He may have come up with a structure that one trophies, but I also wonder how much it was due to a determined, quality group of players that wanted to shine despite the aforementioned qualities from RB. I confess I only observed his time at LFC. He manages to make it look like playing soccer is a chore when I saw LFC under him.

  15. Gus Keri says:


    I see your point but still to “erase him from history book’?

    I can tell you that the most exciting Liveprool play I have seen in recent history was under RB guidance. It was the second half of the season 2008-2009 when they finished second to Man Utd in the league and went on beating all big names in English and European soccer with beautiful soccer.

    So, it wasn’t all bad.

  16. tim says:

    let RM win the CL so Jose leaves and then the evil is gone from laliga

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