The Beautiful Game

Once brilliant insight and opinion on major talking points in top-level English football, sadly no more. But you can watch all the football you want on Sky Sports

April 30, 2007

Episode 2:32

Take it as Red - late drama at Goodison leaves Manchester United on brink of title as Chelsea falter.

But who will be kings of the continent? We preview the Champions League semi-final 2nd legs.

Back in the big time. Birmingham and Sunderland return to the Premiership as Leeds hit new low.

And playing the Blame Game. From bald heads to bouncy balls; where do football's sorest losers point the finger?

Enjoy the show.


Chris & Alex R, (Alex K is in China and Noel is moving house)


April 23, 2007

Episode 2:31

English clubs are in fashion, but can Milan steal the show in Europe? We look ahead to the Champions League semi-finals.

Battle lines are drawn in the Premiership title race as Manchester United and Chelsea suffer a points failure, while Watford's season of woe ends in relegation.

And we reveal why it's not always an honour to be called the next Maradona.

Enjoy the show.


Chris, Alex K, Alex R and Noel

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April 16, 2007

Episode 2:30

It’s the cup of plenty for Manchester United and Chelsea as they remain on a collision course in domestic and European competition - BBC pundit and former FA Cup finalist Gavin Peacock gives us his views on the weekend’s semi-finals.

Blades of Glory – Sheffield United give relegation rivals West Ham a Tonge lashing in the Premiership.

A devilishly good Arsenal take Arsene Wenger to hell and back.

And we wax lyrical about all things Brazilian (in the absence of any Romanian news).

Enjoy the show!


Alex K & Noel

Episode 2:30

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April 12, 2007

Football Coaching Holidays

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April 10, 2007

Episode 2:29

English supporters suffer at the hands of brute force in Europe as they discover there's no place like Rome.

It's squeaky bum time in the Premiership title race after Manchester United allow Chelsea to halve the gap.

The Addicks acquire an unbeaten habit to move out of the relegation zone.

And Tales of the Unexpected - we discuss some of football's more memorable U-turns.

Enjoy the show,

Noel and Alex R (Chris and Alex K will be back soon)

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April 06, 2007


I have literally just returned from my trip to Sevilla where unfortunately crowd trouble marred the first leg of Tottenham's 2-1 UEFA Cup defeat. I had a great view of the situation, but was luckily far enough away not to be involved. The only bit I can't be sure of is why the riot police turned up. I had seen no trouble before their arrival, but when they moved into position their presence seemed to provoke the trouble. Many Spurs fans had the time and space to get away from the situation before it degenerated, but a small handful - maybe 20 - decided to take the police on. Unfortunately some who were unable to get away also ended up being hit by batons; these people included a fan in a wheelchair, someone who slipped as they tried to retreat and a young lady. I make no excuses for those who simply wanted to have a go at the police, but I do feel the situation was badly handled. There were few stewards and no segregation in the stadium - but there was no trouble BETWEEN fans. In the first 20 minutes of the game before the riot police arrived, and in the second half when they were absent, Sevilla and Tottenham fans sat pretty much side-by-side with no hint of trouble. You can see the video footage I managed to shoot of the incident at and on YouTube at beautifulgamepodcast. (NB: Please be warned you can hear some foul language from some fans nearby).



April 02, 2007

Episode 2:28

National lampoon - Steve McClaren is brow-beaten in Barcelona as England face the unthinkable prospect of swapping Euro 2008 for a European vacation next summer.

Some forward thinking from Carlos Tevez and Darren Bent puts West Ham and Charlton within striking distance of Premiership safety.

And we boldly take our interactivity to a new level as we answer YOUR questions in Defend Your Corner and let YOU decide the winner.

Enjoy the show,

Chris & Noel (both Alexs had better things to do this week)

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