Pep: Control freak or arrogant winner?

September 24, 2018

It was a weekend of battling draws, hard-earned victories with a sprinkling of thrashings. Thom Gibbs is back alongside Mina Rzouki, Matt Law and JJ Bull to discuss it all. 

This week we ask why Wolves look like the real deal, why Spurs should forget about moving stadiums this seasons, and a heated discussion about Manchester City’s suitability for European football. 

Plus a think about the season so far on who the team think is over and under-achieving, and who should be the recipient of Fifa’s large shiny trophy for being the best at football.


Show notes

Audio this week comes from Liverpool FC


Eddie Howe for England

September 17, 2018

The Premier League is back with a bang and the AFC Telegraph team of Mina Rzouki, JJ Bull, Jason Burt, and Jim White are here to analyse it all.

This week we focus in on Spurs defeat to Liverpool, why Fellaini is Manchester United's surprise star player, and we celebrate West Ham's first points of the season, but with trepidation as to what comes next for them.

We hail Eddie Howe and Bournemouth's rapid start to the season and predict he'll be the man to take over from Gareth Southgate.

Plus we have a full Champions League preview, the cleverest moment of the week, and tales of great goals.


Show notes:

Audio this week comes from Manchester City and the MLS 


We’re about to enter the managerial killing fields

September 10, 2018

England, England, England. The optimism around the World Cup is beginning to dissipate as Saturday's 2-1 loss to Spain saw a third loss in a row for Gareth Southgate's side. We've substituted into the host seat Mina Rzouki to oversee this one. Alongside are resident of the studio Matt Law and making their AFC Telegraph debuts are Jim White and Sam Dean too.

This week we work out who England are missing from the centre of the pitch, we dig into the jubilation around Wales, and the mire in Ireland. 

The Premier League returns this weekend and the team pick out the best of the bunch and look ahead to the managerial sacking season.

Plus we look at John Terry's potential move to Spartak Moscow.


A skateboarding revelation

September 3, 2018

Week four in the Premier League has been and gone leaving Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford to lead the way with maximum points. 

Host Thom Gibbs is joined once again by Mina Rzouki, Matt Law, and JJ Bull to discuss the big talking points on the pitch and those under the radar. 

We work out how to fix West Ham, Burnley and, despite their victory, Arsenal and their dubious defence. 

Plus sweeper-keeper gaffes, the universe in which Ed Woodward is regarded as a superstar and surprising news about one of our AFC Telegraph team members and a dalliance with skateboarding.


Hugging the line between madness and brilliance

August 27, 2018

Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki, Matt Law, and JJ Bull are back to discuss week three of the Premier League. 


This week we discuss the panel discuss how Wolves were able to keep the Champions at bay, what is going on with Mesut Ozil, and whether Roman Abramovich is about to board the oligarch merry go round. 

We ask how Watford have been able to start the season with a 100% record, if Cardiff fans are happy with their 10% start, and a clever moment from a cottage in London.

Plus a returning mention for our old friend the ICC.


Show notes:

Audio from Wolves TV and Martin Carey @MComms



The cheese room

August 20, 2018

Mourinho moans, Arsenal defence disappears, and City score for fun. Some things never change, but the wind did change in North London as Harry Kane finally scored in August. Relief for all.

Host Thom Gibbs is joined once again by Mina Rzouki, Matt Law, and JJ Bull to discuss this and all the other big talking points from the Premier League this weekend.

This week we discuss the astonishing defending by Manchester United, the development of AFC Telegraph favourite Matteo Guendouzi, as well as ask whether the podcasters have been enjoying the much heralded Manchester City documentary, All or Nothing.

Plus we get onto how to build a stadium, sensible defensive recruitment, and very some rude St Mirren supporters.


Show notes:

Audio this week comes from Amazon "All or Nothing", Spurs Official on Twitter, Reddit, and Kylian Mbappe via Instagram


A new era

August 13, 2018

Back for season two, under new management, a new name, and a change in formation, it's Telegraph Audio Football Club, or AFC Telegraph for short.

Thom Gibbs, Mina Rzouki, Matt Law and JJ Bull are here to guide you through the opening weekend of the Premier League season, as well as highlight some of the features you may have missed.

On this week's episode we ask whether Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri fit in at their respective clubs Arsenal and Chelsea, and how long it will take a new philosophy to work in London.

We analyse N'Golo Kante's positional change and why he is the most important player for the Blues.

Plus, we ask what the optimum number of transfers is for clubs trying to make a go of it in the top flight. And, crucially we end with the star of the footballing weekend: a silly goose.



Jamie Carragher: No one can question Didier Deschamps now

July 16, 2018

We have our World Cup 2018 winners at last and it’s France, after their 4-2 victory over Croatia. 

Jamie Carragher joins host Thom Gibbs one last time to unpick the big moments of the 2018 World Cup final, decide what counts as handball, and find out Jamie's favourite moment of the tournament.

We speak with Telegraph columnist Jim White to rate this World Cup, hear some anecdotes of fans in Russia, and discuss which World Cup trend will be sweeping the Premier League next season.

Plus Alan Tyers gives his World Cup TV roundup and names this nation's most important cultural figure.


Jamie Carragher: Kane’s miss was the defining moment of the match

July 12, 2018

The dream is over for England for another four years as England bow out of the World Cup with an excruciating extra time loss to Croatia.

On today’s episode, Jamie Carragher joins Thom Gibbs to discuss what England were missing from the match, why Croatia weren't looking tired as many thought they would, and ask what exactly is the purpose of the third/fourth place play off.

We head to Russia to speak to Sam Wallace who was in the stadium to see the end of England’s run at this tournament and get the reporter's take on England. 

Plus James Ducker, a man of many air miles, joins to look ahead to Sunday's final between France and Croatia.


Jamie Carragher’s advice to England

July 8, 2018

Football has edged even closer to home following a 2-0 victory over Sweden on Saturday. Former England player Jamie Carragher joins Thom Gibbs to discuss who impressed, who has more work to do, and how on earth you mark Harry Maguire in set pieces.

We speak with Chief Sports Writer Paul Hayward, who’s been covering the tournament out in Russia, to get his thoughts on whether England can rewrite Italia '90, what Gareth Southgate has been like to speak with, and ask when is appropriate to open the top of a bus for a parade through London.

Plus Jim White joins to discuss the all European semi final lineup, find out what Croatia can do to defeat England, and the battle we're all looking forward to seeing: Marouane Fellaini versus N'Golo Kante.