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The First X Minutes Podcast

By Papi The Great
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Ep. 81: A Story of Getafe's Thugs, Valencia's Bitter Rivals and the Cheque-book Manager Debate

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Ep. 208: NPFL Takes Extra Time to Another Level and the 'Mysterious' Exodus at Chelsea
There was drama again in the Nigerian Professional Football League as 'extra time' was given another kind of meaning in the game between Katsina United and Remo Stars. Then there's the exodus at Chelsea as another big name exits the Chelsea hierarchy. Is this the part where Chelsea fans start getting worried? Are these the side effects of the change of ownership at a football club?
June 27, 2022
Ep. 207: A Transfer Window Of Bargaining Power and Player
The World Cup in November means teams are trying to get their business done as quickly as possible. As such, we have a 'strange' summer transfer window on our hands, with the elephant in the room getting even bigger!
June 22, 2022
Ep. 206: "Something died inside me": Enduring the Off-Season in Club Football
With the FIFA World Cup set for November, the football calendar has been a bit strange. It has featured strange anomalies like an international break in June, an off-season version of the Ronaldo-Messi debate and strange quotes from Robert.
June 07, 2022
Ep. 205: "An Eloquent Summation of Their Fall From Grace": Man. Utd's AmEx Fall-out
The Red Devils are on course to finish with their lowest-ever points tally in a Premier League season. And their shambolic display against Brighton will be one of those losses that won't be forgotten in a hurry. Some'd say, they travelled 4 nothing!
May 09, 2022
Ep. 204: Jollof in the West & the UWCL Numbers in the North
While men rested, the ladies of Europe put on a show. And it was one to remember! We also take a look at the rice-ing situation in Africa as the CAF WCQ Play-offs get underway
March 24, 2022
Ep. 203: The 'Original Ronaldo' Headache, Reviewing AFCON & Chelsea's Faulty System
In this episode, Tunde Young joins us to discuss what's wrong at Chelsea and also talks about his best performing side in the AFCON tournament. He had more surprises in his kitty as he demystified the 'Original Ronaldo' headache.
February 18, 2022
Ep. 202: Foxes in the (African) Box and a 97th Minute Winner
Profligacy: reckless extravagance or wastefulness in the use of resources. By the way, are African referees using VAR the right way?
January 20, 2022
Ep. 201: Once Upon A Time: Arguments About AFCON, Guardiola and The Team of the Year
Welcome to Season II of the First X Minutes podcast. In the 50th episode of the year, I relive my experience at the Lekan Salami Stadium, while also countering the Pep-Guardiola-spent-money arguments making the waves. Reach out to us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
December 30, 2021
Ep. 200: Football Awards Season: Aesthetics or the Truth?
Lionel Messi was given his 7th Balon d'Or award at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris on the 29th of November, 2021. While that number is weapon enough in the Arsenal for those who engage in the GOAT debate, what about these awards? Have they become aesthetics, rather than a true reflection of what's happening on the pitch? Celebrate our 200th episode with us by subscribing wherever you get your podcast episode while also leaving us a comment/review.
November 30, 2021
Ep. 199: Lewandowski and Haller: The 9-ce Guys of the Champions League
From cancelled goals at the Camp Nou, to the goal-line clearances at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge, Round 5 of the UEFA Champions League group stage games was one to remember. And ehile the boys are being separated from the men, a huge winner-takes-all scramble looms ahead in the final round of games. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
November 26, 2021
Ep. 198: Dilly Ding, Dilly Gone: #OleOut and the Goal Rush in Italy
Ole's no more at the wheels. What next now for Man. Utd, especially with almost evwry jobless manager being linked to the job? And what's going on in the Serie A? Why are so many goals being scored? Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
November 22, 2021
Ep. 197: Eyes on the Ball, Arguing for Equal Pay and the Female Coach Handed a Relegated Men's Team
In this episode of the podcast, Deborah joins us to talk about her journey as a football player thus far. She also weighs in on some of the challenges she faces as she continues to chase her dreams of becoming a professional footballer. There was time enough to talk about a record-breaker and also make a few comparisons. Follow us on Twitter @OmeForTheGoals
November 15, 2021
Ep. 196: Guilty United Players, Red Party for Serie A Managers & Le Classique of Canceled Goals
#OleOut is not going anywhere soon, unlike the goalless draw at Marseille. However, absolving the Manchester United players of any wrong in that dismantling at Old Trafford is to be one-sided. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
October 25, 2021
Ep. 195. Devils Massacred by the Foxes & End-to-End Stuff at the Capitale
Club football definitely returned with a BIG BANG. There was no time for theories as the practicality dawned on fans per game, over the weekend. Barcelona's win over Valencia was probably the most-surprising result, after the King Power Massacre, of course. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
October 18, 2021
Ep. 194: The Unforgiving and Fast-Paced Copa Libertadores Semi-final Games
Featuring three Brasil Serie A sides and one from Ecuador, the Copa Libertadores semi-final featured two games lf contrasting nature. While one was cagey, the other was filled with goals and red cards. But none was a quiet game. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
September 24, 2021
Ep. 193: Luis Diáz, Caputo & (Spaghetti) Bolognese: Another Perspective on Time
How much time is enough time for a player to develop? How much time is enough to give to a player that's past his prime? How much time is enough time to settle into a team? Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
September 21, 2021
Ep. 192: Football's Inevitables & a Super Sunday in September
Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, Romelu Lukaku and Robert Lewandowski have been firing on all cylinders in their last two games. And it seems they're here to stay, at least till the year ends. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
September 17, 2021
Ep. 191: Bavarian Bullies, Ligue 1's Anger(s) and the Hammers With a Gaping Hole at the Back
Club football takes a backseat as international football gets underway. While we enjoy the race for Qatar 2022, we review the little club football action that we've enjoyed so far. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
August 31, 2021
Ep. 190: Atalanta's Title Charge, a Very Open Season Ahead and Why the Serie A is the Best in Europe
As a new Serie A season kicks in, Adeyemi Adesanya joins us to preview what's to come. We touch on the not-so-new managers, players to look out for and how the league can improve on its latest achievements. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals Time Stamp 00:00 - 05:35 - Introduction 05:35 - 13:20 - Italian Football in the 90's and Now: What Has Changed? 13:20 - 16:10 - Analyzing the 2020/2021 Italian Serie A Season 16:10 - 20:55 - Summer Transfer Window: Biggest Winners and Losers 20:55 - 28:00 - What to Expect from the Managerial Merry-Go-Round Season 28:00 - 31:05 - Simy Nwankwo: A Nigerian Star Holding His Own 31:05 - 37:00 - The Biggest Names to Watch Out For This Season 37:00 - 40:30 - Will Torino Survive? 40:30 - 44:55 - Why Atalanta Will Win the Serie A Title This Season 44:55 - 49:00 - Italian Teams That Will Go the Furthest in the UCL and UEL 49:00 - End - Which Team Should I Support in the Serie A
August 20, 2021
Ep. 189: Season Predictions: Why Barcelona Won't Fall Apart, Handicapped Man. Utd and AS Roma to Fall Short
In this episode of the podcast, Chioma aka Neymar and Angela, aka Messi, join us to preview the Premier League season. The also chip in on happenings in Barcelona and which teams they expect to come out on top in the Italian Serie A. Follow @OneForTheGoals for more podcast content. Time Stamp 00:00 - 05:00 - Introduction 05:00 - 14:55 - Being Real vs. Being Positive: Can Man. Utd Go One Step Further This Season? Can Ole Do it? 14:55 - 17:00 - The Naming Ceremony 17:00 - 21:30 - The Biggest Winners and Losers of the Transfer Window 21:30 - 26:30 -  My Top Four for the Season 26:30 - 30:00 - Can Burnley and Brighton Escape Again? 30:00 - 33:00 - Spare a Thought for a Struggling Side 33:00 - 40:00 - Can Everybody Shine in PSG? Will Messi's Absense Affect Barcelona? 40:00 - 51:45 - PL Top Scorers and the Italian Serie A 51:45 - 55:30 Team to Go the Furthest in the UEFA Champions League
August 14, 2021
Ep. 188: New Premier League Season: How Difficult is It to Predict MatchDay 1 Games?
Premier League football is back! And with fans able to make their voices heard across stadia again, it's safe to say the PL returns with a bang! But which teams will start their season with a win? Which games will feature the goals? Follow @OneForTheGoals for more podcast content.
August 13, 2021
Ep. 187: Ligue 1 101 (Episode II): Jorge's Marseille, Nantes' Survival and the Team(s) to Support
In the second edition of TFXM's Ligue 1 101, Cerebrone and Powerful are, once again, our tour guides. Papi the Great speaks to them about the Trophees des Champions, the winners and losers of the summer transfer window, and, of course, name pronunciations. Listen and leave a rating. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals Time Stamp 00:00 - 04:00: Introduction 04:00 - 15:00: Trophees des Champion Review 16:20 - 31:25: Ligue 1's Biggest Winners and Losers of the Summer Transfer Window 31:25 - 38:00: Ligue 1 101: Player Pronunciation 38:00 - 47:25: Which Ligue 1 Team Should I Support This Season? 47:25 - 52:50: Can Nantes Survive Another Season? 52:50 -  1:01:45: Predictions for the 2021/2022 Ligue 1 Season 1:01:45 - : Teams to Finish 13th and 8th on the Log
August 05, 2021
Ep. 186: Olympic Football Players In Red and Predictions for the Quarter-finals
Time for knockout football in the Olympics as teams have been separated. Will the Red Card party continue? Will the girls continue scoring? Which games will feature both sides scoring? Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
July 28, 2021
Ep. 185: Goals Galore for the Girls as Gold Rush Continues in Tokyo
Press, Ludmila, Banda, and Miedema all shone like a million stars at the Tokyo Olympics. 31 goals after, here's a short summary of how things played out bwtween the teams.
July 24, 2021
Ep. 184: Football at the Olympics: Round 1's Biggest Winners
Sweden upsetting the USA Women's Football Team, Richarlison's 30-minute hattrick and the Dutch scoring 10 (TEN), football got off to a blistering start in the Tokyo Olympics. In this episode, I discuss some of the biggest winners from that round of games. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
July 23, 2021
Ep. 183: What I Learnt From Watching Sergio Ramos' First Training Session at PSG
With little live football to watch, I turned to the internet and watched Sergio Ramos' first training session. And while watching, I noticed a few things that'll be the trend before the new football season in Europe kicks in. Follow @OneForTheGoals for more podcast content.
July 15, 2021
Ep. 182: Euro 2020's Long Nights and Players Reluctant to Take Penalties
A few questions about the Euro 2020 semi-final games and a short outlook on the final to be played at Wembley Stadium. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
July 08, 2021
Ep. 181: "Orchestrated to Come Home" and Ranking Serie A's Familiar Foes
"And then they were four." Kemi (Couch Potato) joins me to talk about how much fun we've had at the #Euro2020 and how much fun there is to come. Club football made it into the conversation too as she shared her outlook on the 2021/2022 Serie A season. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
July 04, 2021
Ep. 180: Euro2020 R16 Analysis: What Could Have Been and What Could Be
In the just-concluded Euro 2020 Round of 16 games, four finished in normal time while the other four dragged along into extra time, and sometimes, penalties. This episode focuses on what could have been, for the eliminated sides, and what could be, for the sides still in with a shout to lift the trophy. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
June 30, 2021
Ep. 179: NPFL Stars and a Euros Tournament Like No Other
A thread on the NPFL Stars to execute the Mexico friendly and a summary of the group stage games at the Euro 2020. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
June 26, 2021
Ep. 178: Euro 2020's First Round of Awesomeness!
Only one game finished without a goal in the first round of group stage games at the Euro 2020. And it's the best time to judge the book by its cover as we expect more drama through the duration of the tournament. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
June 16, 2021
Ep. 177: Trophies At Stake for the Blues, Cityzens, Swans and the Bees
On one hand, the most expensive game in football, the English Playoffs final. On the other, the one game every footballer wants to play in, the UEFA Champions League final. May is endiung on a high! Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
May 28, 2021
Ep. 176: UEFA Euro 2020: The French, Italians and Belgians Have to Be Favorites
Three weeks until the UEFA Euro 2020 kicks off in 11 cities across Europe. For some players and fans alike, it'll be non-stop football action; action that is supposed to produce a winner from one of these three countries, right? Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
May 22, 2021
Ep. 175: Harry Has Done Enough, Unlike Brentford and Barnsley
News of Harry Kane wanting out at Tottenham came at a tims that the semi-finals of the English Championship Playoffs were being played. While Harry Kane can't be blamed for wanting out, having paid his dues, the same can't be said for two of the three sides whose names start with the letter 'B'. Check us out on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
May 17, 2021
Ep. 174: Is Manchester City Destined to Lose Their First-Ever UCL Final?
Losing twice to their UCL final opponents, in the space of a month, is enough omen to suggest that Manchester City may struggle in the final. However, considering all the history that's being dug out, maybe, just maybe, the Cityzens are destined for a heart-breaking night in Porto. What do you think? Share your comments with us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
May 13, 2021
Ep. 173: Leaving the Old Lady Behind and the Tuchel-Mourinho Media Stunt
The latest episode of the Pirlo-Juve relationship has now gotten to the stage where the Old Lady misses the Chanpions League bus. Or not, considering that there are still three games left to play. But with matches against Sassuolo and Inter Milan still left to be played, will we be seeing Cristiano Ronaldo dance with the other Europa League stars next season? Listen in and share your comments with us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
May 10, 2021
Ep. 172: Football Then vs. Football Now: New Money, New Fans
With all the noise about racism, new club owners and all, this episode is about comparing and what football was then and what it is now. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
May 03, 2021
Ep. 171: Marvel: The Striking Female Footballer With a Big Dream
In this episode of the podcast, Marvel Mosaku shares her journey of playing football. She talk about the challenges, her idol and the one big dream that will take the world by surprise. She also had time to share a bit of her workout routine. Listen in and share with friends.
April 24, 2021
Ep. 170: European Super League: Why Does (Almost) Everyone Feel Threatened?
There's been so much noise about the European Super League. And it's mostly being made to look like the bad boy in the building. But is it really all that bad?
April 19, 2021
Ep. 169: 3SC: The Football Club Shooting for the Stars, From Ibadan
Clean sheets, 28 points out of a possible 33, an eight-game-long winning run, I present to you 3SC of Ibadan. Playing in the NNL, they've made light work of their opppnents in the first round. So much so that we had to make a podcast to tell you about how exceptional they've been. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
April 17, 2021
Ep. 168: How Much is 'Enough Punishment' for Racist Behaviour?
Slavia Prague defender, Ondrej Kudela has been banned for 10 matches by UEFA for "racist behaviour" towards Glen Kamara. But is this enough punishment? Or ia it too much? Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
April 14, 2021
Ep. 167: The Visibility of African Football Depends on These 3 Sleeping Giants
This is an extension of two conversations I had earlier this week about African football. I also spoke about how the visibility of football on the continent can be boosted. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
April 10, 2021
Ep. 166: Betting Episode: Goals Over Straight Wins and the Thing About Long Bet Tickets
In this episode of the podcast, I'm joined by Esan Atinuke who shares her football betting experience with me. She tells me about her preferred betting options and the one thing she has discovered about having long bet tickets. Listen and leave a review wherever you get your podcast episodes from. Also follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals for more podcast content.
April 02, 2021
Ep. 165: What's So Special About Sergio Aguero?
When even rival are emotional about a player like Sergio Aguero leaving Manchester City, after a decade, then you know the player is special. News about the departure of the Argentine has got fans wondering. And there have been a lot of questions. In this episode, I touch on just five of those questions. Listen in and see if you can answer them. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
March 30, 2021
Ep. 164: Ronaldo's Ghost Goal, the Lagos Hype and Remembering Classic El Clasicos
There's been no better way to start off the international football season than how it has kicked off this year. From boat cruises to ghost goals, sounds like the perfect foundation is being laid for the international football tournaments to come! Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
March 29, 2021
Ep. 163: The UEFA Draws: Man. City and Ajax Got the Most Intriguing Games... Everyone Else Too!
The draws we've been waiting for has been done and dusted with. As usual, there was more noise about the UEFA Champions League than the Europa League. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
March 19, 2021
Ep. 162: While Pirlo is Simply Living Up to Expectations, Haaland is Busy Raising the Standards
One of the lead actors in Juventus' exit from the UEFA Champions League was Andrea Pirlo. Their rookie manager has been called out for not taking the Old Lady past a boundary they've failed to.cross in years now. But the former Italian midfielder is simply living up to expectations, unlike a certain a Norwegian who is breaking boundaries. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
March 10, 2021
Ep. 161: Conversations Between Centre Ref and VAR Officials: Should Fans Be Allowed to Listen In?
Inspired by a question asked on another podcast, I weighed this topic which could be central to helping fans understand the game better. There's also the added advantage of throwing up dust here and there too. Fans who pay to stream these games deserve to be part of the conversation, right? Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
March 03, 2021
Ep. 160: 10 More Wins And Man. City Will be Premier League Champions
It is ridiculous that Manchester City have managed 15 clean sheets in a Premier League season that is only 25 games old. For a side that has won all its games this year, they are now 10 games away from another Premier League title. And that's outrageous! Follow us on social @OneForTheGoals
February 22, 2021
Ep. 159: Champions League Review, Burning Buses and the Biggest Club in London
In this episode of the podcast, Ayodeji Kehinde (@Sirkenayo_hrm) and Christopher Emenyonu (@KrizBaba22) talk about the biggest winners of the first round of UEFA Champions League (Round of 16) games. They also find time to talk about the biggest clubs in London and the issue of burning buses in Nigerian football. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
February 20, 2021
Ep. 158: Carlo or Jose: Who Was the Better Real Madrid Manager?
In this episode of the podcast, Derrick (@Osamede_) joins me to talk about his favorite club, Real Madrid. We start things off by discussing how he coped as a Los Blancos fan during the era of Pep Guardiola as manager of Barcelona. We then switch to comparing the different eras of managers at the club. We close things off by talking about AC Milan and also defining what the phrase 'Farmer's League' really is. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
February 15, 2021
Ep. 157: The Importance of One Player (ft. Messi and Djene of Getafe)
When Messi was brought on against Real Betos, he changed the game by scoring inside three minutes. When Djene got sent off for Getafe, against Senegal, all hell broke lose. What's the importance of one player? Listen in and also follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
February 12, 2021
Ep. 156: Remembering Cameroon, the Tormentor-in-Chief of the Super Eagles of Nigeria
Between 2000 - 2010, African football was played at a level like no other. The stars shone brightly on the global stage, and diminish their shining whenever they played at home. The rivalry then was also on another level. This is why most fans of the Super Eagles remember how the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon struck fear, seamlessly, into their hearts. In this journey down memory lane, I share my conversation with friends about their experience of Cameroon dominating Nigeria in African football. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
February 11, 2021
Ep. 155: Mike Dean's Reputation on the Line & the 25-Year Old Bald Goalkeeper With Greying Beards
Mike Dean has now had two of his decisions to send a player off overturned. This would usually not be big news except that those two were his last two red cards dished out to players. Does this bring into question his refereeing abilities? And how can you describe a 25-year old goalkeeper with greying beards? Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
February 09, 2021
Ep. 154: The 100th-Minute Goal and Why Manchester City Have to Lose in February
The Copa Libertadores featured just three shots on targets. Those three shots were accompanied by a lot of paly-acting and a bit of drama. It was an extremely long game, as the month of February will be for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City
February 01, 2021
Ep. 153: Lampard is Disappointed. Chelsea Sound Disappointed. Both Parties Are Guilty
Life has moved on after Chelsea sacked Frank Lampard. A new manager is in, alongside the many tactical theories and possibilities. Lampard's 'exit message' had a lot in it, Chelsea's too. In this podcast, I dissect the final messages from both parties that signalled the end of Lampard's reign. Don't forget to listen and subscribe. You can also follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
January 27, 2021
Ep. 152: The Theory of Impatience (featuring Mesut, Mourinho & Marco van Basten)
So what exactly do fans want from players? I ask this question because our impatience with players is something that has to be studied and understood since it has become such a mystery. Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
January 20, 2021
Ep. 151: Lazio's Party, Pigeons Too Tired to Fly and a Weekend of Blockbuster Games.
AS Roma and some pigeons in Nigeria had something in common: They just refused to fly! Lazio cruised to victory in the Derby della Capitale. It was really one-way traffic in Rome, and I hope the SuperSunday games will be more interesting.
January 15, 2021
Ep. 150: Jose Mourinho: Of Motivation, Psycho-analysis and Unforgettable Speeches
Jose Mourinho's half-time pep talk was enough to help Tottenham get a win over Manchester City in February 2020. But how exactly did he do it? And what other birds did he kill with this particular stone? Click the button to listen (and don't forget to subscribe). Follow us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
January 11, 2021
Ep. 149: Manchester City's Work in Progress and Seria A's Two-Horse Title Race
There's been a lot of talk about Manchester City's resurgence after defeating Chelsea and Manchester United. But is this the best Man. City can give? Even though AC Milan have now lost their first game in the league, they're still one of the two favorites to win the league. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @OneForTheGoals
January 07, 2021
Ep. 148: The NPFL's 18 Billion Naira Projected Revenue, NWFL Liftoff and how the Creative Championship is Setting the Standard
In this in-depth conversation about football in Nigeria, Samuel Areo (@Undisputed_JSam) and Christopher Emenyonu (@krizBaba22) join me to discuss the new developments in football in the country, as well as what you can expect in 2021.
January 04, 2021
Ep. 147: The 11 Most Memorable Football Games of 2020
Football stopped for a while and then moved at break-neck speed in 2020. There were a lot of games played, with some more spectacular than the others. From Flamengoes too heavy to fly, last-minute drama at Anfield, an Algerian goalkeeping master-class to a disrespectful guard of honor, these are some of the most memorable football games from 2020. Follow us on Twitter @Oneforthegoals
December 30, 2020
Ep. 146: Man. City's Sterling Defense and a Leeds Side That Doesn't Need to Adapt
Manchester City - at the time of recording this podcast episode - have the best defense in the league. Who would have thought a day would come when we will say that about a side managed by Pep Guardiola. Well, the change is here. The clean sheets are here. And it may make all the difference in their journey this season. On the flip side, Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds are shipping in the goals. But there isn't any cause for concern, and certainly no need to change their approach to games.
December 24, 2020
Ep. 145: Unusual Suspects at the Top of the Table: A New Reality of Football in Europe?
The football season in Europe has barely reached the half-way mark. But fans already have two question that are rife in the minds of fans. One is about New Winners. The other is about Usual Suspects. Have you been asking these questions too? What's your take? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
December 15, 2020
Ep. 144: Arsenal's 'Systemic Problem' and 3 Reasons Why Bruno Fernandes Has Been Better Than Kevin De Bruyne in 2020
In this episode of the podcast, Victor Opone (@VictorMcEpha) shares an insight into what exactly is going on at Arsenal and Sheffield United. Different problems. Different solutions. He also finds time to touch on why Bruno Fernandes has been on everyone's lips.
December 08, 2020
Ep. 143: What Nigerian Football Brands Should be Doing and South America's Dethroned Kings
In this episode of the podcast, I'm joined by Samuel Areo (@Undisputed_JSam) to talk about the new identity that Nigerian football brands can focus on in order to make the most of their funds and fan base. There was also plenty of time to talk about South America's now dethroned kings of football, Flamengo of Brazil. Listen and don't forget to leave a review wherever you get your podcast episodes from.
December 05, 2020
Ep. 142: The Best FIFA Awards: If Not Marcelo Bielsa, Then Who?
There's been a lot of talk about the nomination of Leeds' Marcelo Bielsa in the five-man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men's Coach Awards. 'Did he do enough to make this shortlist?' In this podcast, I share three reasons why the Argentine deserves this nomination. Listen, subscribe and follow me on Twitter @Papi_TheGreat
November 27, 2020
Ep. 141: Teams Building Momentum
There are certain teams in Europe that are super hard to look past this young season. They're gathering momentum, like a snow-ball, pushing aside all in their sights, like a locomotive. Can they maintain this or are they elephants at the top of a tree?
November 24, 2020
Ep. 140: Is the FIFA World Cup the Hardest Football Tournament to Win?
Club football is back. Bidding goodbye to the last international break of the year, my friends and I discussed why fans prefer club football to international football. And this question popped. What do you think? Say hey on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
November 21, 2020
Ep. 139: Last International Break of the Year: The Biggest Winners and Losers
It's all over. There'll be no more international break until March 2021. Good news for fans who now get to enjoy more club football action. Coincidentally, this is bad news for the players, who will play more games with little next to no rest. As we move on, my friends join me on this episode to hand awards to the biggest losers and winners of this just-concluded international break. Meet & Follow the Panel: - @TheKemi_Y - @Molatsportgist - @Euphoria_Sticks - @balogunrealone - @ayoola_kelechi - @KingArinze - @EsanAtinuke124
November 19, 2020
Ep. 138: Do We Really Love Football in Africa or It's Just Vibes?
The quality of international football profuced by the African continent has always been bashed. The pitches don't make the football aesthetically pleasing. But the continent is revered for producing talent. So, where's the lacuna, why does it exist and how can it be abridged? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
November 17, 2020
Ep. 137: Penalties: Should Players Apologize for Failing to Score?
Mitrovic's penalty loss handed Scotland another triumph via penalties in their journey through the Euro Championship Qualifiers playoffs. Kevin de Bruyne's miss cost Man. City a win. Ademola Lookman and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were guilty too. But should players be sorry for failing to achieve success in an event whose probability of success is just 25%? Follow me on on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
November 12, 2020
Ep. 136: Why Do Football Managers Rarely Smile Just After Games (Win or Lose)?
Antonio Conte's facial expression against Atalanta was enough statement. He was disappointed his side could not get one over a top-four-position rival. He wasn't smiling; a feature common to most managers just after games, whether they win or draw. In this podcast, I'm just wondering why this is a trend in football. Follow me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
November 11, 2020
Ep. 135: 4 Reasons Why Nigerian Clubs Are Losing So Much Money and Relevance
Nigerian clubs are turning a blind eye to all the money that can be made with their inconsistent and ineffective social media marketing strategies. In this episode, I share four reasons why Nigerian clubs are bleeding cash and becoming less relevant to the average Nigerian football fan. When you're done listening, say hey on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
November 09, 2020
Ep. 134: Champions League Lessons (MatchDay 3): Momentum is Everything
14 of the 16 games played in the UCL Round 3 games produced at least three goals. It's been one of the most exciting starts to a Champions League season. While sides like Bayern Munich and Manchester City are thriving on momentum, others like Rb Salzburg and Manchester United are lacking it. And if allowed to linger, it will hurt their ambitions.
November 05, 2020
Ep. 133: A Champions League of Late Goals (featuring Rashford's 18-Minute Hat-Trick)
The group stage of the UEFA Champions League has come alive with goals. A lot of it! And there's a trend of some goals being scored late into games. MatchDay 2 of the UCL had 10 goal scorers score really late goals. Listen to know who they are and share your thoughts with me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
October 29, 2020
Ep. 132: Another Excuse to Keep Tabs on the Serie A This Season
It's been a goal fest in Italy this season. While Juventus have drawn their last two games, AC Milan remain unbeaten, at sit at the top of the log. Are we in for an unusual season in the Serie A this season? Say hey on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
October 27, 2020
Ep. 131: Will COVID-19 Disrupt European Football Again?
The past weeks have served up some exciting games and results in Europe. Juventus have been dropping points while Sassuolo have been serving goals. Pep's City is struggling while Koeman's Catalans are still trying to get it right. In all, it has been fun. But is the fun about to stop no thanks to the increasing amount of COVID-19 cases in Europe? With the new emergency measures being taken by governements of Spain and Italy and England, for how long will club football remain untouchable? Send me your comments on Twitter @Papi_theGreat and let's talk football.
October 25, 2020
Ep 130: Villa's Cinderella Story, an El Clasico without its Usual Hype, and Questioning Aguero's Touch
In this episode of the podcast, Samuel Obiora (@UncleSamad_) joins me to discuss a new season of UEFA Champions League football. We also find time to talk about a very strange weekend of club football in Europe. He also thinks Manchester United will not qualify for the knockout stages of the UCL this season? Do you agree with him? Send me your comments on Twitter @Papi_theGreat and let's talk football. Time Stamp 00:00 - 05:00 - Introduction and the Clubs We Love 05:00 - 11:00 - A Review of the Weekend Madness in Europe 11:00 - 20:30 - The UEFA Champions League Preview 20:30 - 25:45 - Are We Set for a Boring El Clasico? 25:45 - 30:00 - Was Aguero Wrong to Touch the Referee? 30:00 - End: The #EndSARS Rant
October 20, 2020
Ep. 129: A Feisty Weekend Ahead On (Club Derby Game) and Off (#EndSARS/#EndSWAT) the Pitch
Club football makes a return with a big bang this weekend. Three derby games (all on Saturday), CAF Champions League semi-finals and a major game in France. But the return, as juicy as it sounds, meets an existing clamour among its Nigerian fans. How busy a weekend will it be for you? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
October 16, 2020
Ep. 128: "I Was Married for 6 Years"
One of the foundations for the success of an effective system in a football club is relationships. But, what happens when what was once love turns sour? What bad blood does it leave in the mouths? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
October 06, 2020
Ep. 127: Gunnersaurus: What is a Club Mascot Without the Fans?
Looking at it from the financial aspect, it makes sense. Arsenal letting go of their club mascot, Gunnersaurus, looks like a healthy move. But, have they set off a ripple effect that will influence other Premier League clubs? Should sacking something that is a club identity even be an option? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
October 05, 2020
Ep. 126: An Unusual Football Season or Just a One-off?
Goals everywhere. Unusual occupants at the top of the table in Europe's top football leagues. It may be too early to start making claims. But is it really too early to think it will be an unusual football season?
October 04, 2020
Ep. 125: Rating Clubs, Wishing Pitso Mosimane Well and Making Weekend Betting Predictions
Is there a one-size-fits-all metric when it comes sizing up a football club? Why do we think one club is bigger than the other? How well will Pitso fare in Egypt? Send me your comments on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
October 02, 2020
Ep. 124: Atalanta: Italy's Beautiful Audacity, An European Wonder
What's one football club to a league? Depends largely on the usuals - superstars, spending power, etc. But Atalanta seems to be attracting attention with their in-field action and their audacity to outscore their opponents. And it doesn't seem they will stop anytime soon. Follow me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat.
September 29, 2020
Ep. 123: AC Milan: Pioli's Young Team Fighting for a Seat At the Top
Can a team that has Zlatan Ibrahimovic in it still be described as a young team? Yes, if the numbers are anything to go by. And speaking of numbers, this is a team riding on its momentum, raring to go this season, and looking to ruffle the feathers of Serie A's big wigs. Follow me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
September 25, 2020
Ep. 122: A Really Super Cup, Ozil Still Out in the Cold and UEFA's Best Player
I can't be the only one who is surprised that Kevin de Bruyne made final shortlist of the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award. In this podcast, I predicted how the final three would be ranked and had enough time to still talk about Bayern Munich vs. Sevilla and the question every Arsenal fan is asking. Follow me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat.
September 23, 2020
Ep. 121: Alex Iwobi's Headache and the 40-Man Squads in the Copa Libertadores
It's all fun and joy in Everton with the new signings stamping their authority in games. But what does that mean for a player like Alex Iwobi? Is this the year AC Milan returns to Europe? With "111 more points" to go, how many can Man. City win? Join the conversation by leaving me a comment on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
September 22, 2020
Ep. 120: Are There Any Positives From Chelsea's and Manchester United's Weekend Loss?
A first loss of the season for both Chelsea and Manchester United had fans concerned in different ways. From goalkeeping issues to reinforcement headaches, fans obviously want more. While no one wants to lose, are there any positives from these games? Were they one-off losses or a glimpse of what's to come? Take a listen. And when you're done, send me a message on Twitter @Papi_theGreat? P.S: Watch out for the announcement of my #OneMinutefor100Days challenge.
September 21, 2020
Ep. 119: Bale, the X-Factor, United's False Start and a Problem Common to the Premier League's New Boys
With all the cash splashing, is it now a must for Frank Lampard to win a trophy? There's a growing trend with the newly-promoted boys in the Premier League. Have you spotted it? In this Saturday Night Football Show, I spoke to Ayodele Kehinde, aka Billy (@sirkenayo_hrm on Twitter) about these and more. And yes, we had enough time to preview the goals galore that Saturday had to offer. Say hey on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
September 20, 2020
Ep. 118: The Premier League's Twin Game-changers and Why It Is Not Better Than Europe's Best
As the stars make their way from other leagues to the Premier League, the noise about the league being the best has been gaining volume. While it's easy to see that the reverse is the case, fans seem stuck on their belief. Baffling, right? In this episode, I try to make a case for other leagues and also argue against fans unworthy enough to crown the Premier League as Europe's best. Follow me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
September 17, 2020
Ep. 117: Premier League After Round 1: "It's Too Early to..."
We're all guilty of jumping into one conclusion or the other after the resumption of Premier League football. Blame it on the excitement. In this podcast however, I've highlighted some things to water down, with a gentle reminder that we're in for a marathon, not a spring. Follow me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
September 16, 2020
Ep. 116: 9 Red Cards in 10 Games: Ligue 1's Imperfect Marketing Campaign
From boasting the best midfielders in the world, to having Neymar, a lot of niceties have been used to market the French Ligue 1. But nothing prepared me for the baptism of red cards that the league has introduced a new fan like me to, in just three weeks. Overwhelming? Yes. Reckless? Seems so. A trend to continue throughout the season? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
September 14, 2020
Ep. 115: 3 Reasons Why You Should Bother About La Liga This Season
Another La Liga sesson is upon us but the fanfare is not the same. Fans, as expected, may be willing be give the bulk of their attention to other leagues, rather than Spain's premier club football league. But it's not all doom and gloom in a league that has youngsters ripe set to bloom. Follow me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
September 11, 2020
Ep. 114: Overrated Henderson, Quiet Firmino and the Mane of an African Lion
The football writers claimed he was the best player of the season. But the jury is still out on whether Jordan Henderson was even Liverpool's best player of the season. In this podcast episode, Peter joins me to discuss what to expect from Liverpool, positions that need reinforcement in the team and yes, Lionel Messi's power play. Say hello on Twitter @Papi_theGreat P.S: Spoiler Alert: We couldn't settle for Liverpool's best player. But three players made the shortlist. Click the link and let me know which one of them you feel was Liverpool's best in the 2019/2020 season. Time Stamp 00:00 - 03:00 - Introduction 03:00 - 14:00 - Who Was Liverpool's Best Player for 2019/2020 Season? 14:00 - 21:00 - The Worst of the Bunch in the Last 16 Months 21:00 - 30:40 - Positions in the Liverpool Team That Need Reinforcements 30:40 - 32:10 - Champions League Commercial 32:10 - 38:45 - Expectations for Liverpool 38:45 - 42:00 - Liverpool Five-A-Side Team 42:00 - 45:30 - Talking About Other Premier League Sides 45:30 - 52:15 - Lionel Messi's Power Play 52:15 - End: Zinchenko, Koeman and The Cruiseliner
September 10, 2020
Ep. 113: 100 International Goals: Another Reason Why Football Has No G.O.A.T.
When Ronaldo scored his 100th international goal, the fans shook off the dust and picked off the GOAT debate from where they left it. But in truth, all that noise-making has become increasingly unnecessary, considering how football's various eras means football really has no G.O.A.T.
September 10, 2020
Ep. 112: Which Team Should Win the Premier League Title
A new winner or one of the usual suspects: Who should win the 2020/2021 Premier League season? Which team is more likely to win the PL title?
September 08, 2020
Ep. 111: Equal Pay for Brazil's and England's Women: Will the Clubs and Brands Follow Suit Now?
The mracle news that broke out this week, about Brazil's equal pay in football, has raised hopes and even more questions. What next from here? Why is the gap so glaring? Will global brands start offering equal pay too? Is all this an argument dead on arrival? I'd love to hear from you. Send me your thoughts on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
September 04, 2020
Ep. 110: A Club Too Big for Barkley, How to Deal With Kepa and What Frankie's New Season Targets Should Be
You'd think picking the best Chelsea player of the season would be easy. But for these two Chelsea fans, Latifat and Juliet, it was two different players. We also talked about Frank Lampard so much, including his managerial tactics and what his new season targets should be. Say hey on Twitter @Papi_theGreat Time Stamp 00:00 - 03:20 - Introduction 03:20 - 07:25 - Rating Chelsea's 2019/2020 Football Season and Frank Lampard's First Full Season 07:25 - 11:45 - Chelsea's Best Player of the Season 11:45 - 14:35 - Another Introduction and Willian Accolades 14:35 - 20:05 - Chelsea's Most Underwheming Players 20:05 - 33:20 - Change in Management and Transfer Business 33:20 - 37:50 - What Should be Frank Lampard's Main Prize for the New Season? 37:50 - 46:50 - Should Frank Lampard be Given One More Year if He Fails to Win 46:50 - 54:40 - Five-a-Side Chelsea Team of the Season 54:40 - End - The Most Memorable Chelsea Game
September 02, 2020
Ep. 109: International Football Season: Isolation Questions and a World Cup Final Replay
The new month ushers football fans into a season of football. Premier League, German Bundesliga and La Liga are set to resume this September. But before fans can enjoy these leagues, the first international break of the year is here. While it features mouth-watering games, there are also key questions to consider, amidst the pandemic. Don't forget to leave a review when you're done listening and tell your friends about the podcast.😊
September 01, 2020
Ep. 108: A Messi Situation Fans Are Getting Tired Of
It's enough news that Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona. But in truth, the reporters are not making things any easier for the fans. The rumors, mixed with the head-on collision of the titans involved makes this one a football transfer for the ages. Say hey on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
August 31, 2020
Ep. 107: How Do You Solve a Dilemma Like Gareth Bale?
A season without winning the UEFA Champions League at Madrid is almost always termed a failure. But Zinedine Zidane won the La Liga this season. So, how do fans rate their 2019/2020 football season? In this episode of the podcast, I speak to Deji Faremi about Hazard, Madrid's best and worst of the season and the Bale Dilemma Time Stamp 00:00 - 03:45 - Introduction 03:45 - 06:10 - How Would You Rate Real Madrid's 19/20 Football Season? 06:10 - 13:00 - Hazard's First Season at Real Madrid: Did he Perform Below Expectations? 13:00 - 17:35 - Madrid's Ageing Midfield Trio 17:35 - 27:30 - How Do You Solve a Dilemma Like Gareth Bale? 27:30 - 31:40 - Buying Power vs. Academy Power 31:40 - 39:15 - Real Madrid's Best and Worst Player of the 2019/2020 Season 39:15 - 42:00 - Five-a-Side Real Madrid Team of the Season 42:00 - 45:50 - Was Cristiano Ronaldo Wrong to Leave Real Madrid? 45:50 - 50:15 - What You Should Know About Breaking Into the Media Industry in Nigeria
August 28, 2020
Ep. 106: Ligue 1 101: Romantic Football, The Right Pronunciations and How to Keep Up With the French Joneses
The so-called "Farmers' League" managed to produced two Champions League semi-finalist. A league that has been berated for so many things, including "low-quality football," and a "one-way-traffic league," the spotlight is shining bright. With more people wanting to know more about the brand, I spoke to the biggest fans of the league I know, @PowerfulFJ and @Cerebrone about everything French Football. Want to know what we spoke about? Listen to this episode of the podcast. And when you're done, leave a review on your favorite podcast platform. Say hey on Twitter, @Papi_theGreat. Time Stamp 00:00 - 13:00 - Introuction + How to Pronounce Ligue 1 13:00 - 18:00 - Ligue 1 101 18:00 - 22:00 - Why Should I Add the Ligue 1 to the Long List? 22:00 - 30:00 - Ligue 1 Journey: Which Team Should I Fall in Love With? 30:00 - 40:00 - 3 Key Players to Keep an Eye Out for in the New French Ligue 1 Season 40:00 - 48:00 - Ways to Keep Up With the French Ligue 1 This Season 48:00 - 52:15 - Is the Premier League Tougher Than the French Ligue 1? 52:15 - End - More Pronunciation Classes and a UCL Prophecy
August 17, 2020
Ep. 105: 3 Questions: Why is Ozil Still Out in the Cold? + How Do You Pronounce Saka? Arteta Accolades?
Arsenal finished the 2019/2020 Premier League season with a trophy - the FA Cup. In this episode of the podcast, two lovely Arsenal fans (@iamfaithfulness and @_idarahh) join me to answer some questions still hovering over this side. We also take time to discuss potentials, new arrivals and the ones who need to exit the team for its improvement. Say hey on Twitter @Papi_theGreat Time Stamp 00:00 - 05:00 - Introduction 05:00 - 08:10 - Who Is Your Arsenal Player of the Season? 08:10 - 12:00 - And the Worst Arsenal Player of the 19/20 Premier League Season 12:00 - 16:30 - Arteta's Accolades (feat. His Man-Management Skills) 16:50 - 22:00 - Why Is Ozil Still Out in the Cold? 22:00 - 26:30 - Expectations for the 2020/2021 Football Season and the Positions to Recruit for 26:30 - 30:00 - An Arsenal Five-A-Side Team of the Season (that magically featured six players!) 30:00 - 31:45 - The Premier League's Best Player 31:45 - End - The PL's Young Player of the Year Argument
August 09, 2020
Ep. 104: Africa's Mixed Response to Digital Media, Social Media Optimization and A Jersey Signed by the Juventus Squad
What lessons are there to learn from a man who works with over 50 football clubs, helping them with their digital media strategy? In this episode of the podcast, I'm joined by Mario Leo, Founder and General Manager of RESULT Sport and Digital Sports Africa. We talked about the importance of football clubs being active on social media, and the beauty of data in football. Mario also shared his experience working with brands like AS Roma, Manchester City, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. Follow me and say hello on Twitter @Papi_theGreat Time Stamp 00:00 - 03:20: Introduction 03:20 - 07:35: Partnering With Football's Biggest Brands 07:35 - 10:00: The Beauty of Data in Football (and Its Limits) 10:00 - 14:00: The Beauty of Content Strategy and Understanding the Various Platforms 14:00 - 17:25: The Relevance of Social Media to Marketing Channels 17:25 - 20:00: How Nigerian Clubs Can Optimize Their Social Media Channels 20:00 - 31:40: Jerseys Signed by Players, Football Courses and the Rhine Valley 31:40 - 38:30: Africa's Mixed Response to Leveraging on Social Media and Digital Platforms 38:30 - 47:00: Creating Content for the Fans and 3 Keys Football Clubs Can Use to Build a Following on Twitter and Instagram 47:00 - 53:15: Kaufen Sie Ronaldo 53:15 - 58:45: The Competitiveness of Football Across Europe 58:45 - End: Conclusion
July 28, 2020
Ep. 103: "I will be in trouble if I speak," A Strange Champions League Looming and Two Strange Handball Calls by VAR
On this episode of the podcast, @Olaeben joins me to analyze the UEFA Champions League draw. We also touch on Cristiano Ronaldo's goals that rattled Juventus' history books. In the second half of the podcast, we discuss the strange handball calls by VAR and IFAB's new laws that should help fans understand the game better. Say hey on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
July 15, 2020
Ep. 102: The Hot Team Still Stuck in Fifth, A Lack of Blue Defenders and UCL Predictions
Where did the "Chelsea fans are Agberos" narrative come from? Why is there so much noise about Bruno Fernandes? Is this Bayern Munich's year in the Champions League? In this episode of the podcast, @SirKenayo_hrm and @Oli_Ekun join me to talk about Zouma, PSG, a Burnley equalizer and much more. It's the most unserious edition of the podcast till date. Say hey on Twitter @Papi_theGreat Time Stamp 00:00 - 03:15: Introduction 03:15 - 06:15: Football Clubs and Their Various Fanbases 06:15 - 10:55: The Hot Team That's Still Stuck in Fifth and The Top Four Race 10:55 - 14:00: Zouma vs Lewandowski and  14:00 - 16:45: Maguire vs. Christiensen, and Chelsea's Lack of Defenders 16:45 - 27:00: FA Cup Predictions and Transfer Market Talk 27:00 - 34:15: Football and History: The Intersection 34:15 - 39:45: UCL Draw: Which Team Will Finish Second? 39:45 - End: A Burnley Equalizer and the End
July 14, 2020
Ep. 101: The Chaos of Youth Football, Guardiola's Replacement and the Football Book Every Fan Should Read
In this episode of the podcast, Adegun Shola (@Adegun_JO) shares his experience with the "chaotic" aspect of football. He also has a thing or two to share as regards football business in this world of pandemic and the one football book you should read. Follow me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat. Time Stamp 00:00 - 02:45 - Introduction 02:45 - 06:15 - The Chaotic Game of Youth Football 06:15 - 13:45 - The Primary Job a Young Player's Coach 13:45 - 18:45 - The Fluency of a Football Manager: An Added Advantage or Critically Important? 18:45 - 24:50 - The Wicked Problem of Football Talent Development in Nigeria 24:50 - 30:30 - The Importance of A Strong Starting XI 30:30 - 38:00 - What the Pandemic Has Shown Us About the Business of Football 38:00 - 43:30 - When Guardiola Leaves, Who Should Replace Him? 43:30 - End - The One Book Every Football Fan Should Read
July 10, 2020
Ep. 100: Manchester United Are Now Competing for 3 Trophies. The Question is: Which One(s) Will They Win?
Unbeaten Run United. Invincible in the Premier League United. Manchester United Reloaded, others have called them. Ole's men are banging in the goals... And are now gunning for three trophies. I discuss those three trophies and ask which one(s) they're more likely to win. Take a listen and holla at me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat when you're done.
July 05, 2020
Ep. 99: Analyzing the Race for Europe: Leicester's Weakness is Manchester United's Strength
Take a quick glance at the Premier League table. Can you see how far Man. Utd have come? Can you compare their consistency to Leicester's inconsistency? That's one reason why I think the Red Devils will be replacing the Foxes after MatchDay 38. Listen to this episode of the podcast to hear my point of view. Follow me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
July 02, 2020
Ep. 98: English Championship Football Returns: 3 Races and 3 Stand-Out Players to Look Out for
In this episode of the podcast, Chris Bland (@blandc_1996) takes us through how squad depth will make the difference in the La Liga difference. He also gives a comprehensive analysis of the drama in the English Championship, including a break down of the title race, the play-off race and the race to avoid relegation. Take a listen. And when you're done, I'd love to hear from you. Say hey on Twitter @Papi_theGreat Time Stamp 00:00 - 04:40: Chris Bland, the Sunderland Fan 04:40 - 08:10: Analyzing the Goals in the La Liga 08:10 - 14:25: Comparing the Front-Runners for The English Championship Title 14:25 - 26:55: The Race for the Play-offs 26:55 - 35:20: Which Teams Will Avoid Relegation? 35:20 - 38:50: 3 Outstanding Players to Look Out for 38:50 - 44:35: What's There to Play in the Remainder of the Premier League Season? 44:35 - End: The Wrap Up
June 17, 2020
Ep. 97: 5 Key Lessons From a Journey to the BBC, an Unfair G.O.A.T Debate and the One Thing You Must Do As a Journalist
In this episode of the podcast, Debola Adebanjo (@debolaadebanjo_) shares the story of her journey to the B.B.C and also touches on the G.O.A.T debate in football. She also had one key advise for all journalists. Take a listen. And when you're done, I'd love to hear from you. Say hey on Twitter @Papi_theGreat Time Stamp 00:00 - 08:30: Debola Adebanjo, the Arsenal Fan 08:30 - 16:35: What Makes a Great Football Player? 16:35 - 20:20: The Unforgettable Game 20:20 - 30:45: The Unfair G.O.A.T Debate 30:45 - 48:30: The Backstory and its Lessons (feat. Lagos, Osogbo and the B.B.C) 48:30 - 59:05: What's it Like Working at the B.B.C 59:05 - 1:05:05: One Advice for Journalists 1:05:05 - End: The ZOOM Promise
June 15, 2020
Ep. 96: What to Do With the Powerful Return of Club Football's 3 Musketeers
In the Spanish La Liga, a game will be played everyday, for two weeks straight. The Premier League and the Serie A will also see non-stop action. What does this mean for you? A lot of work, if we're to consider the 3 musketeers who are making a return alongside club football. Follow me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
June 11, 2020
Ep. 95: The Flipside of Club Football's Full Return: Can Fans Avoid Information Overload?
When the Premier League, Spanish La Liga and the Italian Serie A resume this month, there'll be more than enough to enjoy on T.V., and also deal with on social media. From the stats, to.the tweets, the news and the images/videos, it may be too much for some. What can we do about it? Listen to this episode to hear my opinion and suggestion. I'm open to a counter-opinion. Feel free to tweet them at me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat.
June 07, 2020
Ep. 94: The 3 Perspectives for Understanding Football, Rohr-NFF Tiki-Taka, Malfunctioning Ex-Players and San Siro's Icons
It's a back-and-forth ride in this episode of the podcast as Kolawole Babatunde (@iamkoolkola) and Oluwajoba Ogunwale (@Olumcjobson) join me to discuss the past and present of football. Follow me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat Time Stamp 00:00 - 06:00 - Introduction 06:00 - 17:00 - The Difference Between a Local-Based Manager and a Foreign-Based Manager 17:00 - 25:15 - The Impossible Dream in France 25:15 - 36:00 - The Football Comments Section, featuring Ashley Cole and Bacary Sagna 36:00 - 42:00 - The Mystery of Football Documentaries and False Accusations 42:00 - 49:30 - Is There Really A G.O.A.T in Football? + The Plague Common to Young Football Fans 49:30 - 59:00 - Who Is the Greatest Player You Ever Watched in the San Siro?
May 30, 2020
Ep. 93: The Joys and Sorrows of Grassroots Football + 3 Essential Management Skills You Need to Survive
In this episode of the podcast, Paschal (@TurfSeason) joins me to discuss the beauty of grassroots football, its challenges and the three essential management skills needed to survive. Say hey on Twitter @Papi_theGreat Time Stamp 00:00 - 03:00: Introduction 03:00 - 08:55: Why is Grassroots Football Not so Appealing? 08:55 - 14:00: How Grassroots Talent is Identified? 14:00 - 20:15: How Are Players Profiled? 20:15 - 22:45: Age Scandal in Nigeria 22:45 - 26:15: The Process of Choosing an Agent as a Football Player 26:15 - 32:00: Life Beyond Grassroots Football 32:00 - 36:45: Top 3 Management Skills Essential for Management in Grassroot Football 36:45 - End: Networking and All
May 27, 2020
Ep. 92: 3 Benefits of a Four-Year AFCON Tournament, Bundesliga's Social Media Geniuses and the Legendary Five-A-Side Squads
How can AFCON attract greater numbers in terms of audience and revenue? Have you noticed the awesomeness of the social media teams of Bundesliga teams? In this episode, Bisola (@hawt_red) and Kemi (@TheKemi_Y) join me to discuss all of that while also having their say on the Gerrard - Totti - Lampard comparison. Surprised? Click the 'Listen' button to enjoy our conversation. Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat. Time Stamp 00:00 - 07:20 - Introduction 07:20 - 15:30 - Reasons Why AFCON Should Become a Four-Year Tournament 15:30 - 27:30 - Arguing for and Against the PL's Neutral Ground Idea 27:30 - 36:50 - Making Sense of Erling Haaland's Goal Celebration and Choosing Sides in Germany 36:50 - 40:25 - What's the Hardest Player Name You've Had to Spell or Write? 40:25 - 50:30 - Steven Gerard vs. Francesco Totti, Steven Gerrard vs. Frank Lampard 50:30 - End - A Five-A-Side Team of Arsenal and Manchester United Ex-Players
May 20, 2020
Ep. 91: Celebrating 30 Years of Nigerian Club Football and Clarifying the 'Local Player' Argument
@RayToluAyo and @faksis join me in this episode of the podcast to discuss club football in Nigeria while putting to bed some arguments about AFCON, and the definition of local. Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat. Time Stamp 00:00 - 04:45 - Introduction 04:45 - 12:25 - Celebrating 30 Years of Nigerian Club Football 12:25 - 18:05 - Foreign-based Stars Versus Home-based Stars 18:05 - 23:35 - Inferiority Complex and Clarifying the 'Local Player' Argument 23:35 - 31:15 - AFCON: Two-Year Tourney or Four-Year Competition? 31:15 - 38:15 - German Bundesliga Talk 38:15 - 43:00 - Italian Serie A Rules for Return 43:00 - End - The Best Dribbler and the Best Shot-Taker in the Game
May 18, 2020
Ep. 90: How to Show Respect in Football, Another G.O.A.T Debate + the Merits and Demerits of Increased Player Substitution
Dribbling in football is closely related to disrespect in football. However, is there a line between both? With football games set to witness an increase in substitutions, who's win is it? And how difficult is it to rank five of the greatest footballers ever? Find out in this episode of the podcast in which I featured @Olaeben and @Euphoria_Sticks. Don't forget to leave a review wherever you're listening to this podcast.
May 12, 2020
Ep. 89: Football's Journey From the 90's and Settling the Argument of Equal Pay in Football
There's usually a lot of talk about football between 2010 to 2019. And because of this, a lot of the history between 1990 and 2009 gets missing. In this episode of the podcast, @TheGamePundit and @Alukstea join me on the trip down memory lane. Of course, it's not all nostalgia on this episode of the podcast as we also touch on Liverpool, the Manchester derby that featured seven goals and the 'Equal Pay' debate in football. I'd appreciate it if you said hey  to me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat
May 11, 2020
Ep. 88: 5 Things You Missed From the First K League Game of the Season
It was a beauty to behold. Seeing live football for the first time in a long time was refreshing, just like the rain that fell towards the end of the game between Jeonbuk and Suwon Bluewings. It was the perfect league opener - although the scoreline wasn't as exciting as some expected. Did you miss it? Here are five things you may have missed from that game. Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat. 🙂
May 08, 2020
Ep. 87: German Bundesliga Returns: Dear Angela Merkel, Where Would You Like Your Statue?
The good news of the German Bundesliga resuming this week broke this week. And everyone is excited about it, even those who rarely watched it and also Internet Service Providers. With Germany serving as a model, is football about to win, again? Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
May 07, 2020
Ep. 86: Discussing Finidi George as a Nigerian National Team Coach
Timi Okuselu (@timiokuselu) joins me on this episode of the podcast to discuss the stark difference between being a football player and a football coach. We also find time to reminisce about mind-blowing UEFA Champions League goals. Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat. Time Stamp 00:00 - 04:30: Introduction 04:30 - 10:00: The Political Brouhaha Surrounding Newcastle 10:00 - 15:45: The Future of Buying and Selling in Football 16:15 - 21:40: The Difference Between Playing Football and Managing Football Players 22:10 - 30:30: Practicalble Steps for NPFL Brands to Create Engaging Content 30:30 - End : UCL Goals and Outro
May 03, 2020
Ep. 85: The Mystery of Extra Time in Football and Newcastle's Fight for the Top Four
With a transformation of the Toon Army, are the Gunners the most likely to fall further down the pecking order? Why do some teams thrive after 90 minutes and others fall apart? Gabi (@Gabi_Pass) joins me on this episode of the podcast to discuss all of these and more. Follow me on Twitter @Papi_theGreat Time Stamp 00:00 - 03:00: Intro 03:00 - 09:20: The Mystery of Extra-Time in Football 09:20 - 11:50: Factors That Influenced Zidane's Phenomenal UCL Three-peat 11:50 - 18:20: Newcastle and the Fight for the PL's Top Four 18:20 - 23:40: The Two Types of Buy-outs in Football 25:50 - 29:00: Why We Can't Hand Liverpol Their First PL Title 29:00 - End: Memoirs and Outro
April 30, 2020
Ep. 84: The Premier League's Royal Rumble, UEFA's 'Sporting Merit' Explained and the Arguments About NPFL Content
What are the factors that determine the preference of a player for individual awards? With a new world order in the works, what does the future hold for football fans? And, what in God's name does a 'Sporting Merit' mean? Olumuyiwa (@footiematics), Tosin (@powerfulFJ) and Victor (@victormcepha) join me on this podcast episode to answer all those questions and more. Say hey to me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
April 27, 2020
Ep. 83: Football's Background Heroes and The Question That Was Left Unanswered
In this episode, Gbemisola (@itsmisola) and Maryam (@maryamlasisi) join me on the podcast to compare their football heroes, Didier Drogba and Thierry Henry. Say hey on Twitter @papi_thegreat
April 24, 2020
Ep. 82: How COVID19 Will Promote More Youth Footballers and the Prophecy of the Decade
When the world is done with the COVID19 virus, it is largely expected that a new world order will be ushered in. And football is not exempted. In this podcast, Opeyemi (@TheHilariousOpe) shares his thoughts on what the virus will do to the future of football. He also emphasizes a key question that most Nigerian football fans must have asked and how NPFL clubs are losing their power of influence daily. Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat :)
April 22, 2020
Ep. 81: A Story of Getafe's Thugs, Valencia's Bitter Rivals and the Cheque-book Manager Debate
You know about the El Clasico and the Catalan derby, right? But have you heard of La Liga's three-way rivalry? In this episode of the podcast @Cerebrone shares tales about one of La Liga's little-known rivalries. The podcast episode also features Harry Kane, the two types of football fans and a bit about the history of football.  Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat Timeline 00:00 - 02:40: The Intro and the Denial 02:40 - 35:00: The Rivalry Explained 35:00 - 41:30: The Cheque-book Manager Debate 41:30 - 1:00:00: Harry Kane and the Lazy Managers
April 20, 2020
Ep. 80: Ranking the Top 3 Managers of the 2000-2010 Era + the Decline of Defensive Football
There's only space for three as the best managers of the first decade of the 21st century. Ayodele Sagoe (@ayodelesagoe) joins me to discuss the disappearance of defending as an art in the game. He also picks the best three managers of the '00 - '10 era.  Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
April 18, 2020
Ep. 79: German Football's Unfair Advantage, Studying Julian Nagelsmann And All the Things Wrong With Nigerian Football
In this podcast episode, Peter Akinnusi (@ngbede) joins me to analyze the enigma that is German football. We also discuss Julian Nagelsmann, the manager who has troubled the waters in the German Bundesliga - and by extension, the UEFA Champions League. With Nigerian football spending more time in the spotlight lately, we also touch on all the things wrong with football in Africa's most populous country. Follow me on Twitter (@papi_thegreat) Podcast timeline 00:00 - 03:40: Introduction 03:40 - 12:50: German Football's Unfair Advantage 12:50 - 25:00: Studying Julian Nagelsmann 25:00 - End: All the Things Wrong With Nigerian Football 
April 16, 2020
Ep. 78: The Gradual Death of NPFL Clubs on Social Media and UEFA's 5 Levels of Coaching Explained
Is the inactivity of NPFL clubs on social media one of the reasons why the followership of the league hasn't grown so much? Why exactly does Barcelona want Neymar this badly? Deji Oseni (@DejiOseni1) shares his view on these topics in this podcast. As an FA Level 2 football coach, he also shares insider knowledge on the different stages of being a UEFA Licensed coach. Please leave a rating for the podcast and also say hey on Twitter (@Papi_theGreat) so I can follow you.
April 10, 2020
Ep. 77: Being a Football Fan: How Technology, Peace of Mind and Betting is Changing the Game
Do you remember Nigeria's exploits at Holland 2005? Remember that final game against Argentina? Gbemisola (@itsmisola) joins me on this episode to reminisce about that unforgettable tournament. We also discuss the factors that are giving a new meaning to being a football fan. Follow me on Twitter (@papi_thegreat)
April 08, 2020
Ep. 76: Tales of a Struggling System and the Only Good Thing About the Absence of Live Games
What else do you do when the boredom tries to creep in? You feature a sport journalist and learn a thing or two from them! In this episode, Mary (@mzmary_cathryn) joins me to discuss what every football fan should be doing during this unfortunate football break. We also find a way to discuss Nigeria's struggling system and how it can be fixed. Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
April 06, 2020
Ep. 75: The Enemy Called Liverpool and Why Troost-Ekong is Becoming Too Big to Ignore!
Which manager is the only one better than Jose Mourinho? Would you rather have Karim Benzema or Oliver Giroud in your team? The Stretford Pundit (@dezreport) and Olajire (@olajiire_) both join me to answer these questions. We also talk about why the world should be paying more attention to Nigeria's super defender, William Troost-Ekong.  Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
March 30, 2020
Ep. 74: Pogba Should Stay at United + the Plagues of Female Football in Nigeria
In this episode, Mosimiloluwa joins me to talk about her love for football, her journey as a goalkeeper and the essence of grassroot football. Follow her on Twitter @oluwagbotemiiii.
March 29, 2020
Ep. 73: The Greatest African to Play in Russia + Tips on How to Interview the UEFA President
In this episode, Alexey Yaroshevsky shares a Journalism Masterclass on how to interview the UEFA President. He also goes on to discuss who he thinks is the greatest African to play football in the Russian Premier League. Keep up with his content on Twitter @yarolfc. Say hey to my co-host and I on Twitter @powerfulfj and @papi_thegreat
March 26, 2020
Ep. 72: COVID19: March Madness Has Turned to March Silence + the Prophets of English Football
It's not the best of times to be alive as a sport fan. Precautionary measures to stop the spread of the COVID19 virus has brought a short break to events in the world of sports. Fans have settled for other activities like arguments, watching replays of old games and then there's the #GoalChain making the rounds. The midst of all this, I'm asking whether the reseumption date set by football authorities is a visible one. Tweet at me @papi_thegreat
March 18, 2020
Ep. 71: Gremio vs. Internacional: The Copa Libertadores Game That Saw Eight Players Sent Off!
The first Porto Algre derby between Gremio and Internacional (both Brazilian sides) ended with more red cards than goals. The Copa Libertadores, once again, lived up to expectations. Say hello to me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
March 13, 2020
Ep. 70: If You Were Jose Mourinho, You'd be in (a Much Bigger) Trouble Too!
A long injury list is every football manager's nightmare. For Jose Mourinho, it's the latest bend in his journey as a football manager. With the RB Leipzig loss his sixth in a row, everyone is talking about how much of a fraud he is. If you're on this bandwagon, how about a rethink? Say hey to me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
March 11, 2020
Ep. 69: Africa's Plastic Club, Nigerians in the North & Other African Football Conversations
North Africa easily boasts the best club sides on the continent. This, for the umpteenth time, has been made evident in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup. In this episode, @LoftiWada and @powerfulfj discuss Esperance, Zamalek, Pyramids and the gulf in class between the North and the rest of Africa, not forgetting Horoya and Enyimba. Send me your reactions on Twitter @papi_thegreat
March 10, 2020
Ep. 68: Manchester Derby vs. Derby d'Italia: 4 Similarities, and the Only Difference
Super Sunday featured two heavyweight clashes, one in the Premier League and the other in the Serie A. In this podcast, I share what these two games had in common and the only difference between both games between eternal rivals. Say hey on Twitter @papi_thegreat.
March 09, 2020
Ep. 67: "I'll Rate Solksjaer a 6 Out of 10." (feat. @ay_miles)
Recorded just a few minutes before the Manchester derby, @ay_miles joins the podcast to bare his mind on his favorite club and which team he thinks will go all the way in the FA Cup. Take 10 seconds to say "Hey Papi!" on Twitter @papi_thegreat
March 09, 2020
Ep. 66: Asides Messi & Ter Stegen, How Many Barca Players Can Make the Starting XI of Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Man. City?
The El Clasico loss was not entirely damaging for Barcelona. They're just one point off the summit of the La Liga table and can easily usurp an unstable Real Madrid side. However, the second 45 of their encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu left a whole lot to be desired, in addition to the many questions it raised. Is this the point where Barcelona makes the transition from on era into another? Send me your reactions on Twitter @papi_thegreat
March 04, 2020
Ep. 65: Mourinho's First Priority, the NPFL Curse and Why Haaland Must Wait. (feat. @molatsportgist)
In this episode, Monsurah joins me to talk about what Tottenham must do to qualify for the UCL quarter-final. She also shares her opinion on what's wrong with the Nigerian Professional Football League and gives her verdict on Haaland. Tweet at me and say hey on Twitter @papi_thegreat
February 29, 2020
Ep. 64: "Arsenal Can Qualify for the Europa League Final Again." (feat. @Quadibaba)
As the Europa League gets busier, my guest and I take a look at a new-look Arsenal side, what lies ahead for Mikel Arteta and also touch on the weekend's El Clasico game. Follow me on Twitter @papi_thegreat
February 27, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
February 07, 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
February 04, 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
February 01, 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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
December 05, 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
December 03, 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
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
November 07, 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
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 😊
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
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
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
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
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
October 08, 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
October 03, 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
September 06, 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.
September 05, 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.
September 03, 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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
August 08, 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.
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.
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.
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?
June 08, 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!
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.
April 30, 2019
Ep. 7: What Exactly is 'Improper Conduct'?
Papi the Great discusses the recent sanctions on managers for their behaviors and reactions.
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?
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.
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
January 08, 2019
Awesome 2018. What Does 2019 Hold?
Papi the Great and the FTG Gang analyze the year 2018 with the year 2019 in view.
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! 💃
December 02, 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.
November 26, 2018