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Hugo Broos, Feyenoord and Brazilian hooligans  

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos reflects on his victory at the Africa Cup of Nations. Dirk Kuyt and Brad Jones talk about Feyenoord's title hopes. And we examine hooliganism in Brazil. Picture credit: Cameroon's Belgian coach Hugo Broos is lifted into the air as Cameroon celebrates beating Egypt 2-1 to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Gun threats, Edu, Allan Nyom & Leicester City's blues  

The shocking story of Kenyan footballer called Clifton Miheso. He claims to have been threatened at gunpoint by his club and forced to terminate his contract. Also on the show, the Cameroon defender Allan Nyom tells us he has no regrets about choosing not to represent his country at the Africa Cup of Nations. And the former Brazil midfielder Edu will be chatting to about Manchester City's new striker...Gabriel Jesus. Picture credit: Mohammad Amin

Fun in Gabon: The Final of the Africa Cup of Nations  

A look ahead to the final of this year's Africa Cup of Nations between Egypt and Cameroon. We hear from Cameroon’s Geremi and Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya. Also on the show, the former South Africa captain Aaron Mokoena warns that World Cup expansion could lead to African teams embarrassing themselves. And the former Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Zaire, Ghana, Togo and Cameroon coach, Otto Pfister, tells us how African talent is being killed by European academies.

The Rebirth of Chapecoense  

On Saturday 21 January, Chapecoense took to the pitch for the first time since the plane crash which killed 71 people. The friendly against Palmeiras was a symbolic and emotional return for a club trying to recover from a tragedy. World Football's Mani Djazmi travels to Chapecó to find out how the team and the city are rebuilding, after one of football's great disasters. Also, Otto Pfister talks about his remarkable career. The German coach began his African adventure when he took over Rwanda in 1972. Along the way, he became friends with President Mobutu of Zaire and some of the best African footballers of all time. Picture: Brazilian Chapecoense goalkeeper Jackson Follmann (C), a survivor of the LaMia airplane crash in Colombia, receives the Copa Sudamericana trophy in Arena Conda stadium before a charity match between Chapecoense and Palmeiras in Chapeco, Brazil on January 21, 2017. (Photo by Leonardo Benassatto/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Africa Cup of Nations and Match Fixing in Cyprus  

The former Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph Antoine Bell hits out at the organisation of the Africa Cup of Nations. The AC Omonia coach, John Carver, talks openly about his suspicions of match-fixing in Cyprus. And after being awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Dutch government, what's next for Louis van Gaal? Picture: A Mali supporter cheers for his team ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match between Mali and Egypt in Port-Gentil (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images).

In Conversation with Dante  

We chat to the Brazilian defender Dante about Nice's surprise title challenge, team-mate Mario Balotelli and former coach Pep Guardiola. Plus, Ghana's Andre Ayew looks ahead to the Africa Cup of Nations. Picture: Dante of OGC Nice during the French Ligue 1 between Nice and Lille at Stade Allianz Rivera (Getty Images)

Salomon Kalou, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Rene Meulensteen  

The Ivory Coast international Salomon Kalou tells us why representing your country at the Africa Cup of Nations could damage a footballer's career. We'll be finding out more about the problems facing one of Israel's most famous and successful clubs, Hapoel Tel Aviv. And Rene Meulenstenen talks openly about the lack of job security for coaches. Picture: Ivory Coast's forward Salomon Kalou during a friendly match between France and Ivory Coast (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

2016: Memories, Tributes and Historic moments  

A tribute to Johan Cruyff and Carlos Alberto who both died in 2016. Plus, the story of Kosovo's fight for FIFA recognition. (Picture: A tribute to Johan Cruyff at Wembley Stadium before a match between England and the Netherlands - Getty).

When Stars Align: The Story of the New York Cosmos  

The story of the rise and fall of the 1970s New York Cosmos, arguably the World's first ever Super Club. With the likes of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto and Giorgio Chinaglia they put football on the map in the USA. But how was a soccer team able to capture the American imagination? And why didn't the good times last? Former players, fans and officials remember a unique moment in sporting history. Picture: Tony Field #7, Giorgio Chinaglia #9 and Pele #10 of New York Cosmos look on before a game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, circa 1975-77. (Robert Riger/Getty Images)

The Youngest Bundesliga coach - ever!  

Meet the youngest coach in Bundesliga history, Hoffenheim's 29 year old manager Julian Nagelsmann. The former West Ham footballer Clyde Best talks about the racism he suffered in the 1970s. And ahead of the Catalan derby, the Espanyol coach Quique Sanhez Flores discusses his family's love of flamenco. Picture: Head coach Julian Nagelsmann of Hoffenheim looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between 1899 Hoffenheim and Hertha BSC (Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Sepp Blatter: My Biggest Mistake  

An exclusive interview with disgraced former FIFA President Sepp Blatter. He talks about his breakdown following the corruption scandal and talks openly about the mistakes he made. Also on the show...the Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans Joachim Watske explains why Red Bull Leipzig are the most hated club in Germany. And the Dutch player Nathan Ake tells us why Chelsea is like Harvard University in terms of getting a football education. Picture: The former FIFA president Sepp Blatter smiles during the 'Sepp Blatter Tournament' in Ulrichen, Blatter's hometown. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Tragedy of Chapecoense  

A football team on the way to a Cup final. It was supposed to be Chapecoense's moment of glory, but instead Brazil is left to mourn the dead. Friends of the dead pay tribute and talk of their grief following the air crash which killed 71 people. (Picture: View of a flower hanging from a net during a tribute to the players of Brazilian team Chapecoense Real who were killed in a plane accident in the Colombian mountains - Heuler Andrey/Getty Images)

A Chelsea Outcast and the Boavista Slavery Club  

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel says he's ready to quit Stamford Bridge in January if he can't force his way back into the team. The Nigerian international Michael Uchebo tells how he has been treated ‘like a slave’ by the Portuguese club Boavista. And there's an interview with the new American owner of Marseille Frank McCourt who tells us how he plans to outsmart his rivals. Picture credit: John Obi Mikel boards an airplane at Gatwick (Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Meet the Iwobis  

Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi describes how Arsene Wenger has taught him the value of patience. Iwobi, who’s enjoying his break-through season at Arsenal, also tells us why he chose to play for Nigeria over England and how Nigerian fans ask for much more than mere selfies when they see him. Iwobi is also joined by his father, Chukwu, who says that he still sees Alex as his four-year-old boy, and he’ll watch him play for club and country till he dies. After Thomas Muller said there was no point in playing San Marino, we hear from the San Marino coach and the General Secretary of the Gibraltar FA, who calls Muller’s views ‘ridiculous’. Algeria’s third coach of 2016, Georges Leekens,tells us why he’s returned for a second spell in charge of the national team, why Riyad Mahrez shouldn’t be expected to touch the heights of last season, and why Belgium will win the 2018 World Cup. The tiny club of Kongsvinger will make their debut in the Norwegian cup final on Sunday. We hear from Managing Director, Espen Nystuen, who is also a player. So, the man he hired as coach, decides whether he plays in the team or not. Photo: Alex Iwobi at the Emirates Stadium. Credit: Getty Images

The Trump Derby  

As four Laos internationals are provisionally suspended for alleged match fixing, we ask if the fixers can ever be beaten. We speak to the Mexico coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, ahead of their politically-charged World Cup qualifier against the USA. China have another national coach, but is Marcello Lippi the man to plan their football history? We speak to the architect of Belgium’s Golden Generation. What’s behind Azerbaijan’s sudden, unexpected upturn in form, and could they really reach the 2018 World Cup? And we’re with the history-makers of Al-Jawiya. Picture: USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Credit: Getty Images.

The Philosophy of Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio  

The coach of Mexico, Juan Carlos Osorio, tells us how an embarrassing 7-nil defeat earlier this year has made him a better leader. Michael Laudrup reflects on Inter Milan's decision to sack coach Frank de Boer after just 85 days. And, it's now over one thousand days since David Beckham announced his intention to set-up a football club in Miami. So, why very little has happened since? Picture: Juan Carlos Osorio coach of Mexico gestures during a Copa America match between Mexico and Venezuela (Omar Vega/LatinContent/Getty Images)

Carlos Alberto: Champion of the World  

Friends pay tribute to Brazil's 1970 World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto Torres who died this week. Also on the show, the chairman of Finland's surprise Champions, Mariehamn. And reflections on the African Champions League success of Mamelodi Sundowns. Picture: Brazil captain Carlos Alberto celebrates after soring a fine 4th goal to end a sweeping move (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

An Alternative Champions League?  

Are plans afoot for clubs to breakaway from UEFA and create a new Champions League? We hear from the Head of the Danish Superliga. Also on the show, Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso, Tottenham's Son Hueng-min and the Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr. Picture: FC Copenhagen fans let off flares ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Leicester City and FC Copenhagen at the Leicester City Stadium. (Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Revolutionary Pep and Inspirational Cruyff  

Pep Guardiola remembers his mentor Johan Cruyff. Xavi gives the low-down on Pep. And we hear from Jordi Cruyff too. Also on the programme, is Sven Goran Eriksson the right man to coach China? And we're on the road with the national team of Kosovo. Picture: Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff enjoy lunch at Club Golf Montanyà (Credit: Getty images)

A Bigger World Cup?  

Robert Pires and FIFA vice president Victor Montagliani discuss the possibility of expanding the World Cup to 48 teams. Also on the show, Andre Villas Boas talks about football in Russia and tells us why it all went wrong at Chelsea. The President of Atlanta United, Darren Eales, reveals how he persuaded the former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino to join the club. And hear what kind of music Swansea City's new coach Bob Bradley likes his players to listen to in the dressing room before matches. Picture: Football supporters from Holland celebrate their country's victory over Ivory Coast in a 2006 World Cup Finals match played in the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium, Germany (Credit Alistair Berg/Getty images)

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