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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)

Gilberto Silva, Toulouse coach Pascal Dupraz and the return of the Bungs  

Former Brazil international Gilberto Silva says modern players get too much, too young. The Toulouse FC coach, Pascal Dupraz, talks about the psychological tricks he uses to motivate his team. Plus, football agent Jon Smith discusses the latest allegations of corruption in English football. (Picture: Brazilian player Gilberto Silva poses for a picture with a boy in a hotel garden in Maracaibo, Venezuela ahead of the final of 2007 Copa America. Credit: ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

Yaya v Pep: The Tale of an Angry Agent  

Yaya Toure's agent has some very strong words to say about the Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola. The outspoken Dimitri Seluk accuses Guardiola of treating his players like dogs. aslo on the show, the Portuguese winger Nani, talks about the joy of winning Euro 2016 and the troubles at his club side Valencia. And the only footballer from the Gambia to ever play in the English Premier League, Modou Barrow, tells us why he's dreaming of playing in the World Cup. (Picture: Josep Guardiola manager of Manchester City reacts during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad Stadium on September 14. Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

UEFA's new man, El Salvador match-fixing and Big Ron  

UEFA has a new President, but who exactly is Aleksander Ceferin and what's his vision for European football? The El Salvador footballer Richard Menjivar explains why he took a very public stand against match-fixing. Ghana's Alfred Duncan discusses the incredible rise of the Italian club Sassuolo. And the former Manchester United and Atletico Madrid manager Ron Atkinson looks back at the highs and lows of his career. Picture: UEFA's newly elected president, Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, is pictured during the 12th Extraordinary UEFA congress in Lagonissi, some 40 kilometers south of Athens, on September 14, 2016 (ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

In Conversation with Ruud Gullit  

Ruud Gullit gives his views on his former clubs AC Milan and Chelsea and discusses the recent struggles of the Dutch national team. Also on the programme, we're in Bangkok for the latest round of Asian World Cup qualifiers and Jon Smith gives an insight into the life of a football agent. Picture: Ruud Gullit during the Euro qualifier match between the Netherlands and Cyprus at De Kuip on October 28, 1987 in Rotterdam (VI Images via Getty Images).

Nigerian Chaos and the Afghan Premier League  

Nigeria's Samson Siasia on winning a bronze medal in Rio despite chaotic preparations and no pay. We spend a day with agent Samira Samii, one of the few female football agents working in Europe. And find out more about football in Afghanistan as the new Afghan Premier League season kicks-off. Picture: Samson Siasia the coach of Nigeria looks on during the national anthems prior to the FIFA U20 World Cup Round of Sixteen match between Germany and Nigeria at the Mubarak Stadium on October 7, 2009 in Suez, Egypt. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Indian trail-blazer  

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu talks about his journey from Mohali to Oslo, and becoming the first Indian footballer to play in the top division of a European league. US international Joanna Lohman discusses the six-month ban given to national goalkeeper Hope Solo for calling the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards”. Celtic in Be’er Sheva: with a looming fine for displaying Palestinian flags hanging over them, we’re with the Scottish champions for the second leg of their European Champions League qualifier in Israel. Life after football – the former Dutch international Reggi Blinker tells us how he’s helping former professionals to adapt after retiring from the game. And the Southampton coach, Claude Puel, reveals how his mentor, Arsene Wenger, encouraged him to move to the English south coast. (Photo; Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in goal for India, Credit; Getty Images)

In Conversation with Sepp Blatter and Walter Zenga  

Sepp Blatter talks about the death of his 'teacher' Joao Havelange and his appeal against a 6 year ban from football. The former Inter Milan goalkeeper Walter Zenga looks ahead to the new football season in Italy. Following the attack of a player during a match in Sweden, is there a new type of football violence being committed by fans? Plus, a look ahead to the finals of the Olympic football tournaments. Picture: FIFA president Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter (Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images)

Moussa Sissoko, FC Cincinnati and Brazil's Olympians  

French international Moussa Sissoko discusses his uncertain club future, the heartbreak of losing the Euro 2016 final and swaps stories about his close friend, Paul Pogba. South African under-23 international Ty Sandows assesses Brazil's Olympic hopes. We hear about the challenges facing the President of the South Sudan FA, with the country on the verge of another Civil War. And we find out why FC Cincinnati are creating so much interest in the city, despite being in existence for just one year. Picture: Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at The Etihad Stadium (Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Bullied Footballers and Argentina's new coach  

Albanian footballer Sebino Plaku and Dejan Stefanovic of the players' union FIFPro discuss the problem of bullying in football. Argentina's Claudio Lopez gives his view on the appointment of Edgardo Bauza as national team coach. And the former Nigerian international, Taribo West, remembers winning a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. Picture: Wroclaw's Sebino Plaku fights for the ball during the return leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League football match Brugge vs WKS Slask Wroclaw in Brugge (KURT DESPLENTER/AFP/Getty Images)

FIFA's First Lady and Beitar Jerusalem's Far-Right Fans  

An exclusive interview with FIFA's Secretary General Fatma Samoura. Following a crackdown in Israel, we find out about Beitar Jerusalem's ultra-nationalist fan group called La Familia. And we look back at Antonio Conte's first managerial job at Arezzo. Picture: FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura looks on at a news conference following a meeting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee (Sergei Fadeichev\TASS via Getty Images)

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