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Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 49 – We Have A Visitor

Written by on December 6, 2011 | 11 Comments »
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This week the SREP welcomes Globe & Mail and New York Times columnist, John Doyle, onto the program.  John tells us all about his experiences as an Irish-Canadian football writer covering the beautiful game, both at home & abroad.  We also hear some of the anecdotes and inspirational events from John’s journey through the world of football that led to him write his best-selling book, “The World is a Ball”.  Bobby & Eoin get John’s take on the Euro 2012 Group Stage Draw, and even manage to cover-off some of the major talking points from the week that was in the BPL.  It’s our longest podcast yet, and it’s an absolute treat!

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11 responses to “Soccer Report Extra Podcast: Episode 49 – We Have A Visitor”

  1. Gillian says:

    This was a fun pod to listen to. The World is a Ball was one of the first soccer books I read when I became a fan of the sport last year, so thanks for having John Doyle on the show.

    As an England fan (don’t judge me!), I couldn’t agree more with the assessment of the draw for Euro 2012. Easy draw for England? Since when?

  2. J Rob says:

    Laughed when I heard England’s draw called easy. Terrible record against Sweden in competitive matches and everyone seems to have ignored the terrific record the young French side have under their current manager. My fear if I was an England fan too would be that large numbers of players will be shattered by the time the Euro’s come round. Maybe a bad week in Europe for English teams this week might have a silver lining for the national team next summer.

  3. Gus Keri says:

    On current forms, England should win their group. Historical records mean nothing.

    What England needs to do is not underestimating any opponent, no matter what ranking thay have.

    The disease of English soccer is their assumption that as long as the teams are not ranked in the top 4 or 5 in the world, they should beat them.
    They may be right but they need to show up to the game and take it seriously. They needs to approach each game as if they are playing Spain or Germany. And this is not happening for them.

    Call it snobbishness or whatever.

  4. Soccerlogical says:

    Gus – Where do you expect goals to come from in England (especially without Rooney for at least the first two games)?

    The one certainty about England’s group is that both Sweden (Elm, Larsson, Kallstrom, Toivenin, Ibra) and France (enough said) have creativity in midfield and a proper striker to nick a goal. I don’t see a Bent, Sturridge or Defoe being a factor on the world stage.

    So unless England park the bus a la Greece in Euro 2004…

  5. Gus Keri says:

    I just read an interesting statistics from Opta that said that only 45% of goals are scored by strikers and 40% actually scored by midfielders and 12% by defenders. Rest are own goals.

    England doesn’t lack the ability to score and the absence of Rooney should not be used as an excuse. Italy won the 2006 WC with only one player scoring more than one goal (two goals).

    As I said it’s a mentality issue in the first place. Go with the right attitude.

  6. Soccerlogical says:

    OK well, hopefully Phil Jones will be the creative spark and goalscorer that England lack!

  7. Gus Keri says:

    The best story of the day is how Marseille finally found their form from early stages to qualify.

    After a first half where Borussia Dortmund dominated and scored two goals early on, Marseille were on the verge of being eliminated not only from the UCL but also from the Europa league.

    But they gradually started to come back into the game and scored one goal just before the half time and then in the second half, they played much better and scored two more goals in the last 6 minutes to win the game 3-2 and qualify to the round of 16 at the expense of Olympiakos who thought they did enough by beating Arsenal 3-1, but it wasn’t to be for them.

    Chelsea registed a convincing win 3-0, with Drogba the star of the game with 2 goals, to win the group after Bayer only drew with Genk 1-1.

    Zenit is the last qualifier of the day after the drew Porto 0-0 away.

    Porto is the biggest disappointment of this year UCL so far.

  8. J Rob says:

    Group B Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Portugal = “Group of Death”
    Group C Spain, Italy, Ireland, Croatia = “Group of Debt”

  9. Roberto Manita says:


    Thanks for the podcast. Another enjoyable listen.

    I have a few questions for you regarding the UCL groups just concluded Tuesday (groups E-H) and would appreciate your insights:

    Group F. I’m quite astonished by Dortmund’s lame performance. To be honest, once the draw was made, I had Dortmund pegged to be first and AFC second. This group ended up according to the pot seedings. Dortmund were German champs last year. I know they’ve lost Sahin, aren’t as deep a squad as Bayern Munich, and have no recent UCL experience but their performance is still perplexing and inexplicable to me — ending up dead last and behind a Greek club — good grief 🙁

    Group G. This group was a shocker to me. The teams from the top two pots did not advance. The final standings here were an exact inversion of my picks just after the draw was made. Shows you how much I know.

    Group E. I’m mildly surprised Valencia did not advance while Leverkusen did. I thought Valencia were still the better side even with the loss of Mata.

    Thoughts Bobby? Anyone?

  10. Roberto Manita says:


    Thanks for getting back to a (longtime) reader’s request in such a timely fashion.

    If you’re only going to respond to people via twitter then why don’t you just close up shop on your web page all together? You engage people less and less over time on this web page ever since you’ve become a twitterer. The less engaging you are on this page, well, we can go elsewhere …

    And thanks for your timely consideration. You post your articles and we read them (maybe not for long). We post comments directly towards you and you ignore them. Fine. We can always go elsewhere. Don’t become a haughty Fergie …

  11. Roberto – and don’t be a prick. This site was not financed by any outside interest but is made possible by contributors (including me) giving of their own time without payment.
    The tweet feed was placed on the site as well so any site visitors would be able to see the comments.
    Your offer to park your attitude someplace else has been accepted and accommodated.

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