The Squawka Talker

The Squawka Talker

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Welcome to The Squawka Talker podcast, where we attempt to answer the big questions in football each week. What are the stats behind the stories and stars dominating the game?


"Southgate appears to have an actual idea of what to do"  

Nic English is joined by Muhammad Butt, the Evening Standard's James Benge and Liam Twomey from ESPNFC to discuss England's win vs Lithuania and the rest of the major international action

"England are nowhere near the required level to compete"  

Greg Johnson is joined by Nic English and Kadeem Simmons from the Morning Star to discuss international week and compare their best Premier League XIs of the season so far.

One-On-One with Andrew Downie: “There’s no room for a player like Socrates anymore”  

Rory Briggs is joined by the Brazilian football correspondent for Reuters, Andrew Downie, to discuss his new book 'Doctor Socrates: Footballer, Philosopher, Legend'. Andrew brings to light Socrates' influence on Brazilian football, his radical political activism, bizarre stories and legacy. Andrew has lived in Brazil country for 15 years. He has written on football for GQ, the Economist, the New York Times and the Guardian among others. He lives in Sao Paulo.

"Finally, Pep's players look like they're getting a grip of the system!"  

Greg Johnson is joined by James McManus and Muhammad Butt to review the weekend in the Premier League and across Europe as well as looking ahead to international break.

"Leicester can't play David and Goliath with Atletico Madrid!"  

Greg Johnson is joined by City AM sports correspondent Joe Hall to discuss the Champions League and Europa League draws, Leicester City's ascent into the quarterfinals and preview all the weekend's Premier League action.

"It's a huge result for the character of Liverpool's squad"  

Nic English is joined by James McManus and Greg Lea from TheNational and FourFourTwo to discuss the Premier League and FA Cup action as well as the title-cementing performances across Europe this weekend. There's also time to talk Champions League preview as Man City and Leicester get ready to take on Monaco and Sevilla respectively.

"Neymar's final 7 minutes were absolutely immense"  

Greg Johnson is joined by Nizaar Kinsella from and ESPN FC's Liam Twomey to review one of the most incredible Champions League weeks in history. There's also time to preview the upcoming Premier League action.

One-On-One with James Brown: "Woody Harrelson joining my 5-a-side team was weird – he's not bad"  

Rory Briggs meets James Brown to discuss his new football book 'Above Head Height: A Five-A-Side Life'. James founded Loaded magazine and was the Editor-in-Chief of British GQ. He is a media entrepreneur, journalist and talkSPORT host. From delving into the beauty of 5-a-side football and its role in the modern world to growing up next door to a Leeds United legend and later kicking about with Hollywood stars, James tells Rory what influenced his first book (available now).

"Every now and again, Wenger tries to throw a curve ball with his team selection but you still know exactly how they're going to play"  

Greg Johnson is joined by Muhammad Butt and James McManus to dissect Liverpool's big win over Arsenal, Manchester United's violent stalemate with Bournemouth, Tottenham's dramatic 3-2 win against Everton and all the action across Europe, as well as previewing the Champions League and Europa League fixtures.

"Welbeck has to start - he's Arsenal's only big game player"  

A slightly different show today - to celebrate a year of Squawka Talker we're covering Liverpool vs Arsenal in-depth then reviewing one of our greatest hits: the great Scholes vs Gerrard vs Lampard debate.

"Zlatan can keep going until he's 45, let alone 35 - thanks to taekwondo and dead lifts!"  

Greg Johnson is joined by Muhammad Butt and George Elek to pick apart all the action from the EFL Cup final, the weekend in the Premier League and around Europe, and Liverpool's Monday night trip to take on Leicester City in their first match of the post-Ranieri era.

"If you take emotion out of it - sacking Ranieri is the right decision"  

Nic English is joined by Greg Stobart, Evening Standard regular James Benge and Sky Sports' James Dale to talk Ranieri's sacking, Spurs' capitulation, Champions League, Europa League and pretty much everything under the football sun.

One-On-One with Tom Moutchi: "Meeting Emmanuel Eboué in the barbers was the strangest experience"  

Rory Briggs talks football, comedy and social media with award-nominated online comedian and actor Tom Moutchi. From his heritage in Ivory Coast to meeting Emmanuel Eboué in a London barbers, Tom shares his personal experiences with football and gives his verdict on Pogba, Arsenal, Wenger, Sanchez and the inspirational Didier Drogba.

"I'm getting bored of people saying the FA Cup is dead and boring. Lincoln is what it's all about!"  

Greg Johnson is joined by Muhammad Butt and George Elek to chew over all the action in the FA Cup fifth round, Europe's top five leagues and the all the action to come in mid-week as the next set of Champions League and Europa League knockout stage games are played.

"Thiago is the embodiment of both Brazilian and Spanish football"  

It's Friday and Nic English is joined by Oli Young-Myles, Greg Lea from FourFourTwo and Sanjit Atwal to pick apart Arsene Wenger's situation at Arsenal, all the big European action and preview the upcoming FA Cup ties.

"I think it's too simple to say Liverpool are good against good teams and bad against bad teams."  

George Elek is joined by Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed), Greg Johnson and Adam Cheng to analyse how the top 6 are performing statistically this season.

"This is the best chance for another club to win the Champions League, and Arsenal have the potential to do it."  

Greg Johnson is joined by Greg Stobart, Muhammad Butt and George Elek to review all the action in the Premier League and Europe's other top leagues as well as previewing the return of the Champions League and Europa League, with Arsenal taking on Bayern Munich, Manchester United hosting St. Etienne and Spurs travelling away to face Genk.

"It's not Wenger's fault that Granit Xhaka decided to become a cage fighter"  

It's Friday and Nic is joined by Oli Young-Myles, Morning Star Sports Editor Kadeem Simmonds to preview the big Liverpool vs Spurs game as well as the rest of the upcoming EPL action. There's also a bit of time to play Would You Rather? And look ahead to what European action we should be keeping an eye on this weekend.

One-On-One with Los Campesinos!: "How Euro 2016 shaped new album Sick Scenes"  

Rory Briggs is back again with lead singer of Los Campesinos!, Gareth David, to discuss football's influence on the band's new album 'Sick Scenes' (out Feb 24th), his adoration of non-league football, and discover his favourite elements of the beautiful game.

"Gabriel Jesus is a more mature player than Neymar was at the same age. He's for real!"  

Host Greg Johnson is joined by Muhammad Butt and George Elek to analyse the weekend's action in the Premier League and across Europe, including Chelsea's 3-1 win over Arsenal, the second coming of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City with Gabriel Jesus up front and all the action from La Liga, Serie A, Ligue and the Bundesliga, plus Cameroon's win over Egypt in the final of AFCON 2017.

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