The First X Minutes Podcast

The First X Minutes Podcast

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Ep. 59: A Spectacular Milan Derby: The Perfect Advertorial for Italian Football

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Ep. 63: Regardless of Their Arsenal Loss, Everton Are Doing Really Well
Everton face a baptism of fire in March. In the third month of the year, they will face Chelsea, Liverpol and Manchester United. The days ahead look gloom. However, having lost only two of their last 10 Premier League games, Everton can use their recent history to boost their morale going into March. Send me your reactions on Twitter @papi_thegreat
12:49
February 24, 2020
Ep. 62: Everybody is Talking About the Least Surprising Champions League Result
From @bbcsport to @goal_my, @heraldNGNews and si_soccer, Atalanta took over the Twitter timeline of a majority of people and organizations after their Master-class performance against Valencia in the Champions League. In this episode, I discussed some of these tweets. Send me your reactions on Twitter @papi_thegreat
12:30
February 19, 2020
Ep. 61: "Man. City Ban Will Reveal Whether Guardiola is a Fraud or a Genius." (feat. Ademola Kadiri)
This podcast episode features Ademola Kariri, a Chelsea fan who absolutely hates Liverpool. Together, we discuss Chelsea's weird transfer market business, the league title races in the Serie A and the La Liga and of course, the Manchester City ban, not forgetting Chelsea's crunch UCL tie against Bayern Munich. Follow him on Twitter @ademolakadiri. Tweet me with your comments and reactions @papi_thegreat
23:27
February 17, 2020
Ep. 60: "No Light at the End of The Tunnel for This Current Man. United Side." (feat. @DantePasusu)
Man. United's decision to bring Odion Ighalo in must have been celebrated by most Nigerians. However, some United are not carried away by the jamboree surrounding a player who no one knows when last he kicked a football. In this podcast, I speak to a Man. Utd fan who thinks Ed Woodward is egoistic and is driving Manchester United to doom. Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
20:40
February 13, 2020
Ep. 59: A Spectacular Milan Derby: The Perfect Advertorial for Italian Football
No one saw it coming: That AC Milan would put up quite a first-half show and Inter Milan would resurrect from the dead in the second. Inter Milan's quest to conquer Italian football is forcing them to outdo themselves, and by extension, sell Italian football like has never been done before. Send me your reactions on Twitter @papi_thegreat
13:01
February 11, 2020
Ep. 58: Women's Football: "Equal Pay Will Only Come After Better Treatment." (feat. Afrolucy)
In this podcast episode, AfroLucy joins me to talk about the 32-team expansion in the Women's World Cup, equal pay and the 'real' G.O.A.T, Martha. Follow her on Twitter @ Afrolucy. Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
24:38
February 7, 2020
Ep. 57: Guardiola is a Lot of Things. Being a Fraud is Not One of Them.
After losing his last two high profile games, the critics have turned on Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, describing him with all kinds of words. However, Guardiola is just another manager suffering from his past successes. Hit me up on Twitter @papi_thegreat
14:43
February 4, 2020
Ep. 56: "Barcelona Collapse is Inevitable When Lionel Messi Leaves." (feat. Ayoola Kelechi)
From Barcelona's new manager to the Copa del Rey quarter-final draws, the Madrid and a player comparison, football fan, Ayoola Kelechi, joins me on this episode of the podcast to talk every thing Spanish club football. His heart thinks Barcelona will win this year's Spanish La Liga title and we both agreed the Madrid derby will end up being a boring game. You can follow us and send us your reactions on Twitter @papi_thegreat and @ayoola_kelechi
00:58
February 1, 2020
Ep. 55: 4 Things Are Still Fundamentally Wrong With Manchester City
Thr Citizens are a lomg way from being the Centurions they used to be. What used to be cracks in the aide back then have become glaring holes that need to be plugged, if they can ever be plugged. Send me a message on Twitter @papi_thegreat
13:07
January 30, 2020
Ep. 54: Will Andre Gomes Ever Return to Playing at His Best?
Good news is, Andre Gomes is back from his injury lay-off. Bad news is, there are many complications that come with recovery from such a horrific injury. And the same dilemma lies before Everton, Carlo Ancelotti and the player himself, Andre Gomes. Send me your reactions on Twitter @papi_thegreat
10:37
January 29, 2020
Ep. 53: Is Harry Maguire Captaincy Bad Luck for Manchester United?
The Red Devils can't seem to keep a low profile these days, for all the odd reasons, of course. Manchester United fans are worried while the management backs a manager who chose a newbie (Harry Maguire) to be captain of the side. Trying times birth difficult questions, one of which is the topic of this podcast episode.  Will you like to feature on this podcast to talk football? Send me a message on Twitter @papi_thegreat and let's talk!
11:57
January 24, 2020
Ep. 52: "Getting a New Striker Should be No. 1 Priority for Chelsea" (feat. Nnamdi)
Chelsea's 2-2 draw in the London derby represented a lot of things for the Blues. In this podcast episode, Nnamdi Juugo shares his view about his beloved club, what Chelsea must do to finish in the top four and how the Kepa situation can be solved. Send me your reactions on Twitter @papi_thegreat
32:32
January 23, 2020
Ep. 51: " Frank Lampard Should Take Responsibility!" (featuring Babajide James)
Despite bossing the game, Chelsea still managed to drop points in the London derby, a result which has enraged fans. In this podcast episode, @babajidejames discusses Lampard, the derby and the way forward. Send ne your reactions on Twitter @papi_thegreat
27:12
January 22, 2020
Ep. 50: Antonio Conte: A Great Manager, A Master Salesman
Just days after adding Ashley Young to his squad, Antonio Conte is now after Victor Moses. It's a romance story featuring a manager who loves rejects and players who most have written off. This podcast episode is about a manager who must also be a fantastic salesman. Send me your reactions on Twitter @papi_thegreat
11:46
January 21, 2020
Ep. 49: "Manchester United is Promising but Clueless." (feat. Eddy Okaro)
Featuring a Manchester United fan, this podcast episode features Eddy Okaro who discusses his beloved Red Devils, describes the current state of Man. Utd and also talks about The Clueless One, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. Send us a message on Twitter @papi_thegreat and @kingarinze
19:51
January 20, 2020
Ep: 48: 3 Things We Now Know Better About Hattrick Hero, Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland who spent most of 2019 scoring hattricks has resumed duty this year. His 20-minute hattrick for Borussia Dortmund is a testament to either the Norwegian's adaptive skills or his talent, or both. Is there anything new to know about him? Send me your reaction on Twitter @papi_thegreat
10:34
January 19, 2020
Ep. 47: Which Player Is (Was) Better: Will There Ever be Factual Answers?
Some say Harry Kane is better than Sergio Aguero. Others have risked the wrath of Arsenal faithfuls by saying Kevin de Bruyne is a better midfield maestro than Cesc Fabregas was. Let's not even mention the Eden Hazard v. Neymar debate. Player comparisons have become the order of the day. However, will there ever be factual, everyone-agrees answers to these debates? Tweet at me @papi_great
12:34
January 16, 2020
Ep. 46: Ernesto Valverde's Sacking Will Not Change Anything!
With Ernesto Valverde now gone, all eyes will turn to Barcelona as the new manager, Quique Setién takes over. However, this move is one of the most useless ever this season, for obvious reasons. Inheriting the same team, fans shouldn't expect anything new. I'd love to hear from you. Send me your comments on Twitter @papi_thegreat
14:26
January 14, 2020
Ep. 45: Dear Santa, Here's One of My (Many) Christmas Wishes
It's the season to be jolly. It's also a season of checking lists twice and making special requests to the white-bearded legend. Send me your reaction on Twitter @papi_thegreat
08:46
December 15, 2019
Ep. 44: 5 UCL R16 Games Fans Would Love to See
One more business before the first half of the 19/20 Champions League season is done with: the Round of 16 draws. In this episode, I discuss potential clashes, especially the ones that will leave fans talking for days after. Which pairings are you hoping for? Send me your comments (also follow me) on Twitter @papi_thegreat
11:29
December 14, 2019
Ep. 43: This Liverpool Side is What Manchester City Used to Be
Liverpool are unbeaten in 15 Premier League games, with a massive statement win against Everton in the Merseyside derby. They now look destined to win their first Premier League title. And all these is down to doing what Manchester City did just a few months ago. Send me your comments on Twitter @papi_thegreat.
11:22
December 5, 2019
Ep. 42: The Ballon d'Or Noise featuring Why Mahrez Ranks Above Sterling
Another Ballon d'Or award and more noise about who should have won it and more noise about why who won it shouldn't have won it. These individual awards are increasingly confusing. And this is because no one knows how the end product (the list) is created. Do you? Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
12:05
December 3, 2019
Ep. 41: Has Battle for the Premier League Title Become a Four-Horse Race?
Sandwiched in between Liverpool and Manchester City on the table are Leicester City and Chelsea. Can these two teams pull off a surprise this season? Send me your comments on Twitter @papi_thegreat
08:48
November 13, 2019
Ep. 40: Chelsea 4 - Ajax 4: Chelsea Win or Ajax Loss?
Another round of Champions League games leaves us with more-than-enough talking points as we look ahead to the massive clash between Liverpool and Manchester City. Share your comments with me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
13:08
November 7, 2019
Ep. 39: Dear UEFA, Why Not a €750,000 Ban? + Barcelona's Major Trouble
Gerard Pique has revealed just what Barcelona players were willing to do to have Neymar back in the squad. However, does this reveal an underlying problem the Catalan giants are battling with? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
11:02
October 31, 2019
Ep. 38: 100 Premier League Games After VAR: Success or Failure? feat. @powerfulfj and @lazy_pr
With the introduction of Virtual Assistant Referees to the Premier League, VAR has spent even more time in the spotlight. There's been so much complaints about it, how it works and how much confusion it is causing. After being used in 100 PL games, I ask Tosin Adesina (@powerfulfj) and Tosin Adeyemi (@lazy_pr) to rate the VAR so far. Send me your reactions on Twitter @papi_thegreat 😊
09:44
October 29, 2019
Ep. 37: What Exactly Does Unai Emery Want?
Arsenal fans are enduring Unai Emery's reign, instead of enjoying it. From several complaints to Arsenal's lacklustre performances and then Mesut Ozil, it's been one hell of a ride. No one seems to know what Emery wants. So I thought to discuss Emery with my friend who is also an Arsenal fan, Babatunde Kolawole (@iamkoolkola). Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
11:30
October 26, 2019
Ep. 36: Who Needs an Expanded Format of the FIFA Club World Cup? + UCL Group Stage Review
China will play host to the new format of the FIFA Club World Cup. However, why the expansion from seven to 24 teams? Now that we're done with the first half of the UCL group stages, who are the winners and losers so far? Send me a message on Twitter @papi_thegreat
18:12
October 24, 2019
Ep. 35: Oct. 27 or Nov. 3: When Exactly Will the NPFL Kick Off?
With no official date released yet, opening fixtures for the 2019/2020 NPFL season has been released. Different sources (some official) sharing different kick-off dates has left fans all the more confused. Send me a message on Twitter @papi_thegreat
14:14
October 15, 2019
Ep. 34: Has Tammy Abraham Made the Right Decision? + You Can Only Pick One Player
Tammy Abraham has finally featured for the England national team. That's bye-bye to Nigerian football and the debate. Now that the back-and-forth is over, it's time to analyze Tammy's decision: With Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford to contend with for a starting place, has he made the right move? Send me a message on Twitter @papi_thegreat and join the conversation
11:20
October 12, 2019
Ep. 33: 5 Maybe's in the Football World Today That You Should Know
In this episode, I discuss at length Solksjaer, Antoine Griezmann and the decline (or so it seems) taking place in the ranks of Pep's army. Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
10:54
October 8, 2019
Ep. 32: Happy Independence Day, Nigeria + Champions League Rant
Nigeria clocked 59 years on October 1st. Fabs of club football in the country however, are still waiting on the kick-off date for the new Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) season. Then there's the UCL noise and the players who impressed. Reach out me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
14:55
October 3, 2019
Ep. 31: What Could Make a Player Dedicate an Award to Himself?
While Gianluigi Buffon was breaking yet another record in Italy, one was setting the record straight in South Africa. I also discussed the Madrid derby, the two-horse race in Italy and the Harry Kane dilemma. Share your thoughts with me by sending me a message on Twitter @papi_thegreat
11:44
September 29, 2019
Ep. 30: Internazionale Favorites, the Madrid Derby + A Bit of Chicken Chiesa
It's been an exciting mid-week with football action from all over Europe. Fiorentina finally got their first win of the season, Barça can't keep Messi fit and I take a look at the upcoming Madrid derby, with an eye on the Monday Night Drama set to unfold in England. Share your thoughts with me by sending me a message on Twitter: @papi_thegreat
09:59
September 26, 2019
Ep. 29: The FIFPro World XI Scam + The Strange Ballon d'Or for Goalies
And for the umpteenth time, Lionel Messi (undeservedly) wins The Best FIFA Awards. Sergio Ramos is still making appearances in the FIFPro World XI and the Yacine trophy will be won for the first time in December. Send me your comments on Twitter @papi_thegreat
09:43
September 24, 2019
Ep 28: Five Things You May Have Missed from the Milan Derby
The 224th edition of the Milan derby was a pretty exciting one. Two goals were scored and cancelled. Lukaku is back to scoring form and AC Milan needs serious help. Send me your comments on Twitter @papi_thegreat
09:32
September 22, 2019
Ep. 27: Which Is More Effective: Playing Long or Playing Short?
It's going to be an amazing weekend! Four heavyweight clashes to look forward to and a trend that has taken over European club football. Send me your reactions/comments/suggestions on Twitter @papi_thegreat
11:06
September 20, 2019
Ep. 26: The Race for the Big Italian Pizza Is On!
Juventus has a Gameweek 3 to forget in the Serie A. They were only better than Fiorentina in terms of possession and fouls committed. On the other hand, Inter and Sampdoria are leading the way with 100% records. Then there's the Sassuolo case too! Hit me up on Twitter @papi_thegreat and let's talk football.
10:13
September 17, 2019
Ep. 25: An Unusual Saturday of Football in Europe!
Manchester City lost. Atletico Madrid lost. Juventus dropped points. Bayern did too! PSG needed extra time to get three points. What a Saturday! What a time to be alive! Football, bloody hell!
09:42
September 15, 2019
Ep. 24: No Laporte, No Premier League Title?
Aymeric Laporte has been ruled out for the rest of the year. Manchester City now have to cope without their best defender. Will this loss affect Pep Guardiola's chase for a third title in a row? Send me a message on Twitter @papi_thegreat and join the conversation.
20:56
September 12, 2019
Ep. 23: Discussing the 2019 Summer Transfer Window Winners With Olumuyiwa (@footiematics)
Olumuyiwa a.k.a Footiematics joins me on this episode to discuss the just-concluded 2019 summer transfer window in the world of club football. The discussion focuses on Europe's top five leagues and the teams that came off with the best bargains
25:50
September 6, 2019
Ep. 22: Dear FIFA, Must it Be a 55-Man Shortlist?
FIFA has released a 55-man shortlist featuring players nominated for the World XI. The Premier League, featuring 21 players, boast the highest representation. However, that's far from everything that is wrong with this nominees' list.
12:27
September 5, 2019
Ep. 21: Who's Been More Inconsistent This Season: Frank Lampard or Ole Gunnar Solksjaer?
The Premier League steps aside for the first International break of the season. In this podcast, I discuss the first four Gameweeks of the 19/20 season and the serious issue of inconsistency. Send me a message on twitter @papi_thegreat to share your thoughts.
11:16
September 3, 2019
Ep. 20: What's So Special About Neymar?
The two Spanish giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid are fighting over Neymar's signature. The noise has been so loud for months now, so loud that I'm forced to ask: What's so special about this Brazilian?
10:31
August 29, 2019
Ep. 19: Is The Premier League Era About to Expire?
Unpredictabile: The keyword that made the Premier League so popular... And marketable. The title used to be free for all; anyone could win it. However, the past two seasons have been what the past two-and-a-half seasons have not been: predictable. A predictable league winner, an almost-predictable top four and more. Is the end near for the popularity of the league? Send me your comments on Twitter @papi_thegreat. I'd love to hear from you.
12:57
August 27, 2019
Ep. 18: The Arsenal Rant Garnished With the "Penalty Theory" Seasoning.
And so many things were wrong with Unai Emery's Arsenal against Liverpool. I've picked out just a few of them for discussion in this podcast episode while touching on the 'Manchester want to Cry-stal' event that also happened this weekend.
10:18
August 25, 2019
Ep. 17: Excerpts of Guardiola's Revealing Interview
In this episode, I review Guardiola's recent comments (via CanoFootball) about the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League title and more
11:18
August 18, 2019
Ep. 16: Premier League (GW 2): 4 Games to Bet On
As the Premier League continues, I take a look at some of the games to be played, with a focus on the ones that you can make some extra cash from.
11:54
August 13, 2019
Ep. 15: Nothing Wrong With Koscielny Unveiling.
There was nothing wrong about Brodeaux's unveiling of their new signing, ex-Arsenal captain, Laurent Koscielny. However, I may have chosen the unpopular opinion with this podcast episode. Regardless, send me your thoughts on Twitter @papi_thegreat. Would love to hear from you!
06:16
August 8, 2019
Ep. 14: Stop Blaming V.A.R and Racism. Women Football in Africa is Faulty!
The events in the game between England and Cameroon at the FIFA Women's World Cup was met with diverse opinions. Some blamed the Cameroonians for their behaviour. Others blamed the bad and terrible officiating. However, only one thing is still very much faulty. One thing has long been ignored and is still being ignored.
10:14
June 25, 2019
Ep. 13: Who Are the Copa America and Nations Cup Favorites? (feat. @iamkoolkola )
Kolawole Babatunde joins me to talk about the Copa America and Messi's chances. We had enough time to discuss the top three favorites to win the African Cup of Nations and also the crazy transfer market.
21:57
June 15, 2019
Ep. 12: Hey Herdsmen (and women)! Who's the G.O.A.T Here: Ronaldo or Messi?
Another trophy win by Cristiano Ronaldo has triggered a huge conversion! So many football fans have turned into herdsmen, making the "my G.O.A.T is bettwr than yours" claims. When the chips are down, is this G.O.AT thing down to various sentiments or is there a generally accepted yardstick used to rate them? Send me a message on Twitter @papi_thegreat and let's talk football.
10:17
June 10, 2019
Ep. 11: Hazard and Sarri Exit: Blue Days Ahead for Chelsea. Or Not?
Eden Hazard is on his way to Real Madrid, leaving huge boots to be filled at Chelsea. Maurizio Sarri is also on his way to Juventus. The coincidence? It's all happening during a transfer window where the Blues are enduring an embargo. Should the transfer ban stand, what's next for the Abrahmovic's Blues?
09:52
June 8, 2019
Ep.10: The Sheikh Take-Over: The Best Way to Start Off the Transfer Season
The transfer news and rumours will be more obvious now. It will be harder to figure out what the truth is. And some clubs, no matter how much time they have, will still be involved in the Deadline Day scrap. However, Newcastle has kicked things off in fashionable style. Might as well be one of the most exciting transfer windows we've had in ages!
10:53
May 28, 2019
Ep. 9: David de Gea is the Least of Manchester United's Problems.
David de Gea has made a number of errors that has cost Manchester United dearly in recent games. Fans have picked on him and all blame fingers are being pointed at the goalkeeper. However, Manchester United has bigger problems that no one is talking about.
10:47
April 30, 2019
Ep. 7: What Exactly is 'Improper Conduct'?
Papi the Great discusses the recent sanctions on managers for their behaviors and reactions.
11:32
February 27, 2019
Ep. 6: Hazard Doesn't Care What Sarri Says + Betting Tips for the Weekend
Chelsea's win over Tottenham sent them to final of the EFL Cup. But the Man-of-the-Match had some unsavoury words for his manager. What's the worst that could happen?
10:36
January 25, 2019
Ep. 5: Sarri is to Blame for Chelsea's Loss + Other Lessons From the Game
A review of the Arsenal vs. Chelsea game, reviewing Maurizio Sarri's tactical decisions and some side attractions.
12:17
January 19, 2019
Ep. 4: Klopp teaches priority + the "Best Goalkeeper in the World" debate
In this episode, Papi the Great shares some football lessons he has learnt over the past few days. There are also questions arising, including: - How desperate do you need to be to achieve your goals? - Are some trophies more important than others? - Have the Egyptians won the AFCON title already? Share your thoughts with him on Twitter @papi_thegreat
11:26
January 8, 2019
Awesome 2018. What Does 2019 Hold?
Papi the Great and the FTG Gang analyze the year 2018 with the year 2019 in view.
20:08
December 27, 2018
First X Minutes (Ep. 2): FIFA Ban, African Queens and Lukaku's "Heavy" First Touch
How heavy is Lukaku's first touch? Heavy enough to make Manchester United finish outside the top four this season? The Falcons finally get REAL competition! 💃
10:27
December 2, 2018
Papi the Great's First X Minutes (Ep. 1): Comparison is Inevitable in Football
After the weekend's club action, I discuss a few things about comparison in football with one example in particular.
08:42
November 26, 2018