Thursday 16 September 2021
Ronaldo v Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the Premier League with Manchester United was bound to get the conversation about who, really, can claim the GOAT (greatest of all time) title.
Wednesday 15 September 2021
On his jack
Why is Jack Wilshere – once one of England’s brightest talents – still without a club?
Tuesday 14 September 2021
A football World Cup every two years – really?
Today’s Sensemaker is something a little different. In a special episode showcasing our sister podcast, the Playmaker, we look at Arsene Wenger, the former Arsenal manager, and how he’s leading the change to hold the World Cup every two years not four. Is this an innovation too far from one of football’s change-makers?
Monday 13 September 2021
Francesco Flachi – too close to the fans?
Francesco Flachi is a Sampdoria legend who was banned for 12 years for using cocaine. To the fans he’s “one of us” – but sometimes that’s the problem
Wednesday 8 September 2021
Karen Carney, warrior
Former player now TV pundit Karen Carney is a break-out star in women’s football’s breakthrough season. She’s had to fight all the way for success.
Tuesday 7 September 2021
The misunderstood midfield maestro
Some pundits don’t see the point in Chelsea’s Jorginho. He won’t care, he’s the top contender for this year’s Ballon d’Or
Monday 6 September 2021
Covid vs club vs country
It’s one of the oldest grudge matches in football: club versus country. And now the pandemic has made it worse.
Thursday 2 September 2021
Waiting for Kylian
Kylian Mbappe hasn’t renewed his contract with Paris Saint-Germain. Which means that next summer, one of the best footballers in the world could walk away for free. Will Real Madrid really let that happen?
Wednesday 1 September 2021
The rape allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United was greeted with huge fanfare. But it overlooks a dark chapter in his past.
Tuesday 31 August 2021
Ultra violence in Marseille
At a time when Lionel Messi has just moved to Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue Un should be enjoying some positive PR and a feel-good factor. But one club’s ‘Ultras’ has left a bitter taste at the start of the new season.
Thursday 26 August 2021
The set piece coach
When Aston Villa invested in a set piece coach, there was push back that it was one coach too many. But the team’s investment in Austin MacPhee is paying off – so what do other teams have to learn?
Wednesday 25 August 2021
Emma Hayes changes the game
Chelsea women’s manager Emma Hayes has changed the perception of what it means to be a woman in football in recent years. How has she done it?
Monday 23 August 2021
Nicolo Barella, one of Italy’s most talented players, has just claimed two winners’ medals with club and country. But he’s returning to a side that’s looking precariously close to collapse.
Thursday 19 August 2021
Concussion on the pitch
When Raul Jimenez suffered from a serious head injury, doctors told him it was a miracle he even survived. But now, he’s back playing on the pitch again. So what’s changed since for concussion in football?
Wednesday 18 August 2021
A king’s ransom at King’s Lynn Town
You can buy a season ticket cheaper at Premier League side Burnley than at fifth tier King’s Lynn Town. So why has The Linnets’ chairman Stephen Cleeve set such high prices, and will the gamble pay off?
Tuesday 17 August 2021
Pochettino and the Galacticos
This summer Paris Saint Germain took stardom to a whole new level. With all those egos, and all that expectation, can coach Mauricio Pochettino deliver?
Monday 16 August 2021
Twitter’s match report
Bukayo Saka was one of three England players who received racist abuse on social media following their defeat in the Euro 2020 final. But what does Twitter’s new racism report tell us about the steps they’re taking to eradicate abuse on their platform?
Thursday 12 August 2021
Motherwell – the members’ club
When Motherwell supporter Alan Burrows set up a fan site for his beloved club 15 years ago, he never expected it to land him the role of the club’s CEO. And now, he’s transformed the club. How?
Wednesday 11 August 2021
Lukaku… the flop?
At just 28-years-old, Romelu Lukaku has racked up nearly £300 million in transfer fees. In fact, he’s broken transfer fee records. So why is he always on the bench?
Tuesday 10 August 2021
The 40-year-old footballer
Joaquín Sánchez Rodríguez was once hailed the “golden child” of Spanish football. But he never really lived up to his reputation. Then again, he’s lasted longer than most. So what really defines success in football?
Monday 9 August 2021
A whole new world for Sutton United?
Sutton United have made their football league debut for the first time in their 123-year history. But the promotion comes at a cost…