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Football's biggest stories of the week on the BBC.


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)

UEFA's top job, Venezia FC and North Korea's World Cup Heroes  

UEFA vice President Michael van Praag discusses his bid for the top job. Venezia FC owner Joe Tacopina outlines his vision for football in Venice. And we remember the North Korean team which caused one of the biggest World Cup upsets by defeating Italy 50 years ago. Picture: Michael van Praag of UEFA during the UEFA Euro 2016 round of 16 match between Italy and Spain on June 27, 2016 at the Stade de France in Paris, France (VI Images via Getty Images)

Chinese Super League, Toshack and a Homeless World Cup  

Croatian midfielder Darko Matic and Demba Ba's agent, Alex Gonfran, discuss the changing face of football in China. The former Real Madrid coach John Toshack talks about life in Casablanca and how he hopes to win the African Champions League. We visit the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. And the former co-owner of Swansea City, John van Zweden, talks about his unlikely love affair with the club and the recent take-over by American businessmen. Picture: Brazil's Hulk (R) poses with his new jersey during a press conference after joining Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG Football Club (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Euro 2016: Glory Awaits  

A look ahead to the final of Euro 2016 as the hosts France prepare to take on Portugal. Hear from former France international Bruno Bellone and controversial coach Guy Roux. Picture: Supporters during the Uefa Euro Semi final between Wales and Portugal at Stade des Lumieres on July 6, 2016 in Lyon, France.(Photo by Jean Paul Thomas/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Euro 2016: The Fateful Eight  

As Euro 2016 reaches the quarter-final stage, we speak to the former France international and World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu. Can the French end Iceland's fairy tale? Germany's Andreas Moller remembers the penalty shoot-out which propelled them into the final in 1996 and broke English hearts. And former Golden Boot winner Savo Milosevic relives the chaos and drama of Yugoslavia's Euro 2000 adventure. Picture: Supporters of Iceland during the European Championship match Round of 16 between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France (Photo by Manuel Blondeau/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

The Euros Get Serious  

The top scorer at Euro 2000, Savo Milosevic, laments the absence of traditional strikers at this year’s tournament. But, he says, the 24-team format should remain. We relive Chris Waddle’s Marseille days with the former England winger who is still idolised at the Stade Veledrome. Club owners in Europe are accused of treating their women’s teams as vanity projects by a female football agent. And former international Eric Wynalda discusses the potentially damaging consequences for football in the USA after their 4-0 thrashing by Argentina in the Copa America semi-finals.

The ‘Commando Hooligans’  

As France reach the knock-out stage of Euro 2016, former international striker Louis Saha assesses their chances of lifting the trophy. We look back at the fan violence in Marseille, and the part played by so-called ‘Commando Hooligans’. We get reaction from Iceland to Cristiano Ronaldo’s post-match criticism of their mentality. And, after Dunga is sacked as Brazil coach, we hear from the assistant coach of Peru, who beat Brazil to knock them out of the Copa America and seal Dunga’s fate. Nolberto Solano tells us Dunga’s sacking was coming, and an expanded Copa America should be repeated. Picture: France beat Albania to reach the knock-out stages of Euro 2016. Credit: Getty Images.

Euro 2016: The Kick Off  

Croatia's Davor Suker, Albania captain Lorik Cana, Belgium's Radja Nainggolan and former England manager Kevin Keegan look ahead to Euro 2016. Plus we pay tribute to the former captain and coach of Nigeria, Stephen Keshi, who died this week. A picture shows the trophy of the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament (Photo credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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