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The Football Huddle

The Football Huddle, is where Colm Ahern, Andrew Knowles and Dan Murphy put their heads together and attempt to deconstruct the beautiful game, pass by pass. They might fail while doing so, but at least you can chuckle at their ineptness.
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Jul 16, 2018

After a tournament of twists and turns, the World Cup 2018 is done and dusted for another four years, and it's come home to Jules Rimet's birth place of France.

Whilst it could be argued that Luka Modric and co. had the better of their opponents for a lot of the final, France ultimately proved they were the best team in the competition and won their second ever World Cup, 20 years after their first.

As well as that, the lads look at England's exit from the competition, the failure of the superstar, and some predictions that were made before a ball was kicked. 

Thanks for listening to our World Cup specials! We'll be back in a few weeks as we turn our attention to the Premier League. Exciting! 

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Jul 9, 2018

It continues to make its way back towards where it's from as England beat Sweden, but the lads argue whether it was comfortable or not. Roberto Martinez deserves some credit for Belgium's victory over Brazil, A Cavani-less Uruguay get beaten by France, and Croatia scrape through against hosts Russia.

As well as that, the trio look to the semi-finals, the destruction of a furniture store, and English fans being told what 'It's Coming Home' is in Irish.

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Jul 4, 2018

The second round of the World Cup gave us quality, drama and all of the narrative! England, shock horror, win a penalty shootout at a World Cup after being in a slobberknocker with Colombia, while Kylian Mbappe has a star-making performance as France beat Argentina 4-3.

As well as that, Russia shock everyone but themselves as they beat Spain on penalties, Uruguay continue as the tournament's dark horses, and Nacer Chadli proves to be an unlikely hero.

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Jun 29, 2018

As shocking as it is, Germany are out of the World Cup. But is it a shock? Really? England and Belgium field second string sides in an effort to get the 'easy' draw. And the group stages are done -- it's business time as we go straight into the knockouts.

As well as that this Football Cuddle looks at the eight ties that make up the second round and predict who'll make it through to the quarter finals.

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Jun 25, 2018

Sure, Panama looked like one of the worst teams to ever play the sport, but England still got the job done and now turn their attention to the first test: Belgium.

Germany were mere seconds away from being knocked out of the World Cup at the hands of Sweden, but came back to defeat them 2-1 thanks to a glorious Toni Kroos free kick.

As well as that the lads turn their attention to the final group games in the tournament and try to predict who'll play who in the second round.

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Jun 23, 2018

 

NOW we're in the swing of things.

Colm and Andrew look at Argentina's poor showing at the 2018 World Cup so far and how they can still qualify for the second round, Bobby Firmino coming off the bench to change the fortunes of Brazil against Costa Rica, and Iran coming close to getting something off of Spain.

As well as that, the lads look at the rest of the games from groups A through E, and give a little preview of what we can expect from this weekend's games including England vs Panama.

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Jun 19, 2018

After a longer absence than we were planning, The Football Huddle is back with our big World Cup 2018 preview show!

Joking lol.

We look at England's relationship with the media, and how they fared against poorer opposition in their first game against Tunisia. Germany don't get off to the best of starts after losing 1-0 to Mexico, and Portugal vs Spain is an all-time classic.

As well as that, we give a general run down of the tournament so far and look at how the favourites aren't exactly setting the world on fire.

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May 28, 2018

This Champions League final will be remembered for many things, but most will probably never forget the mistakes of young Liverpool keeper Loris Karius. But, let's not forget the wondergoal of Gareth Bale -- a Gareth Bale that isn't too sure of his future.

As well as that, the lads discuss Sergio Ramos' tactics, his tackle on Mo Salah, and whether or not you'd have him on your team. And Cristiano Ronaldo found a way to get his name out there by asking for the trophy to be named after him. Nice thought, isn't it?

On top of that, Fulham find themselves back in the Premier League after defeating Aston Villa in the most expensive game in world football, while Rotherham and Coventry are also victorious in their respective finals.

But, what you're really here for, is to find out who won Win, Lose or Draw. There's no need for a recount. We have a decisive champion. 

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May 22, 2018

It may have been Antonio Conte's last game in charge at Chelsea, but still, Eden Hazard's penalty was enough to defeat Man United and see the club win their eighth FA Cup. Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, wasn't too fond of their play style, but what's new there?

There's been a lot of managerial changes in the Premier League postseason including Pellegrini for Moyes and another departure for Big Sam, but Unai Emery is stealing the headlines as he's all set to take the Arsenal job under the nose of Mikel Arteta.

Gareth Southgate has named the 23 players that will be in England's World Cup squad and there were a few notable omissions and inclusions.

And, as well as that, it's going down to the wire. Win, Lose, or Draw will be decided on the final game of the season like all good title races. 

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May 15, 2018

The Premier League season is officially over, which means it's time for a special bumper edition of The Football Huddle: the 2017-18 season review!

Are Man City one of the all-time great teams and do we back the Centurions nickname? Who is going to replace Arsene Wenger and can they bring glory back to Arsenal? Is a lack of spending from Daniel Levy holding Spurs back? Is Jose Mourinho a bully? Between Hodgson, Benitez and Dyche, who had a better season? Is Mo Salah the best Egyptian to ever come to the Premier League or is it still Mido? We answer some of these questions and more in almost two and a half hours.

As well as that, we look back at our predictions we made at the start of the year and see who does actually know this sport quite well and who needs to hand in their football and badge.

There are two more games to play this year, though, so we continue on with Win, Lose, or Draw. It's going down to the wire.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where it’s far more exciting than the Premier League.

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May 7, 2018

Xherdan Shaqiri’s goal couldn’t keep Stoke City in the Premier League as the club fell to Crystal Palace and into The Championship. West Bromich Albion keep the dream alive with heroics against Spurs -- at least until Swansea and Southampton tomorrow night. And Arsene Wenger said goodbye to the Emirates for the final time.

Dan Murphy pops in to update the goings on in with his beloved Bolton Wanderers and the much-maligned Neil Warnock, while Andrew goes through the events of a snippy El Clasico and Napoli’s continued whimpering conclusion to their season.


Joey Barton’s Banterrific Banterman Bonanza (In Memoriam until the end of the Season) involves some Ribena and a discussion on Steven Gerrard’s decision to become Rangers manager.


All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where it’s far more exciting than the Premier League.

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May 3, 2018

The scoreline in the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Roma flattered the Italian club, because while Liverpool's defence fell to the pieces in the second leg, Jurgen Klopp's boys were still definitely the better side overall -- and that's without an assistant manager. Bayern Munich could've done with a bit of luck against Real Madrid as they looked to stop the three in a row, but the born winners of the Bernabéu are out to make history.

The Premier League chat is relegated to a bit of a bounce around this week as Wenger is celebrated because he isn't a threat, and attention turns to the relegation zone which might actually give us something to talk about as we come to this season's conclusion. On top of that, it's all to play for when it comes to playoff places  and relegation in The Championship, and Napoli have basically thrown away Serie A.

The return of Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza (In Memoriam until the end of the Season) involves a man and his crane, some pundit banter, and the lovely James Milner.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where one man's end of season form is taking the league table by storm.

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Apr 24, 2018

After 22 years in charge, Arsene Wenger has announced that he won't be manager at Arsenal come the end of the season, but what does this mean for the future of the club (and Arsenal Fan TV). In the FA Cup, Manchester United and Chelsea grab their places in the final. And Sunderland have been relegated from The Championship.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where the title race is far more interesting than the Premier League.

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Apr 17, 2018

Manchester City are the Premier League champions 2017/18; it's not like you didn't see this happening, but what you mightn't have predicted is that they'd be awarded the title after Manchester United lost 1-0 to West Brom. The only team that have Man City's number is Liverpool as they confirm their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League, and Gigi Buffon doesn't do himself any favours after Juventus' loss to Real Madrid.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza (In Memoriam) includes an unlikely goalscorer and a circus bear, obviously.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where the comeback is on.

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Apr 10, 2018

Manchester City have a horrendous week as Guardiola's men lose 3-0 to Liverpool in the Champions League and 3-2 to Manchester United in the Premier League. Everton and Liverpool's derby doesn't produce as many fireworks as the Manchester variant. And Harry Kane wants the goal that isn't his, and by God he's going to have that goal that isn't his.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where an abstaining Dan Murphy gets lucky.

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Apr 3, 2018

Spurs beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as Dele Alli reminds everyone he’s not a bad player. Manchester City destroy Everton as they edge even closer to the Premier League title. And Alan Pardew’s time at West Brom, and potentially Premier League management for good, is done.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where it pays to go it alone.

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Mar 27, 2018

The Three Lions roar in Amsterdam as Gareth Southgate's lads beat the Netherlands, and Dan is most definitely in it for the long haul. Elsewhere non-essential international friendlies took place. Good craic.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza sees a comeback for the ages, a t-shirt argument, and something Neil Warnock related.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where points are actually won.

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Mar 20, 2018

Manchester United may have beaten Brighton and sealed their place in the final four of the FA Cup, but without the island of personality that is Nemanja Matic, where would they be? Chelsea, Southampton and Spurs join them in the final stages of the FA Cup and there's a lot riding on this competition for all involved. In the Premier League, Mo Salah continues to shine as Liverpool demolish Watford 5-0.

The Champions League quarter finals have been drawn with the all England affair of Man City and Liverpool interesting most over on this side of the world, and Real Madrid vs Juventus exciting most others. Speaking of Real, Cristiano Ronaldo has remembered how to play football, but it's a little too late for a La Liga surge.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza sees a Newcastle fan kick Sunderland while their down, and Vodafone reward their customers.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where we only play for 90 minutes.

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Mar 13, 2018

Colm returns (unscathed) after his journey to the London Stadium as West Ham lose 3-0 to Burnley, Jamie Carragher spits at a moving car as Liverpool are outclassed by Man United, and Southampton need a new manager as Pellegrino's given the boot.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza continues the trend of violent acts as it includes a red card, a gun, and a head meeting an elbow.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where we're all terrible.

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Mar 7, 2018

Even though we were forced to miss a week, not an awful lot has changed. Man City beat everyone (and are Carabao Cup winners), Arsenal aren't fantastic, oh, and Brighton are pretty decent, too. Lionel Messi's efforts basically decide the La Liga title and, sadly, Fiorentina captain Davide Astori died of cardiac arrest at the young age of 31.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza includes Marco Reus' website, and a look at what's been happening with VAR since our last show.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where, foolishly, none of us got any points.

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Feb 20, 2018

The FA Cup 5th round proved more entertaining than we envisioned as Wigan's Will Grigg was on fire against Man City, and Rochdale's big Steve Davies came up trumps against Spurs. But the real story of the week revolved around four West Brom players, a few bags of chips, and a taxi in Barcelona.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza has a cross Mick McCarthy, a foolish Marek Hamsik, and a wonderful Twitter exchange.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where our predictions continue to get us points.

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Feb 13, 2018

Paul Pogba was hauled off the pitch as Man United lost 1-0 to Newcastle United leading many to believe there's trouble between the £90m man and his boss.  Spurs bossed their North London rivals around the pitch as Lacazette couldn't convert in front of goal. And we pay tribute to the late Liam Miller who lost his life to pancreatic cancer last Friday.

The Champions League is back again and brings with it some poor predictions, Wes Hoolahan has retired from international football, and Sky Sports have even more football to show you from next year.

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza has a lot of balls (and past that there isn't much to say, really.

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Feb 6, 2018

Aubameyang has arrived at the Emirates and factored into Arsenal's 5-1 demolition of Everton, but Ramsey and Mkhitaryan contributed a bit, too. While penalties may have dominated the discussion around Liverpool and Spurs' 2-2 draw, let's not forget that we saw two impeccable goals from Wanyama and Salah on the day, too. And does Antonio Conte want to leave Chelsea already? Like, is he actively trying to get sacked from the club?

Joey Barton's Banterrific Banterman Bonanza returns and features an unfit (and angry) Adam Lallana, and a wonderful piece of Scandinavian analysis.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where one of the lads scores an important win.

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Jan 30, 2018

VAR was the star of the show at Anfield as West Brom beat Liverpool despite losing many, many minutes to the video assistant referee. Newport County will be heading to Wembley in their FA Cup replay as they held Spurs to a 1-1 draw. And Leroy Sane was taken out in Wales, but Neil Warnock would have you believe it was England.

Rumour Has It heats up as Riyad Mahrez puts in a transfer request, Daniel Sturridge turns down Newcastle, and the Aubameyang / Batshuayi / Giroud triangle goes down to the wire.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where the table is getting tighter.

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Jan 23, 2018

Watford lost 2-0 to Leicester City and it was the nail in Marco Silva's Hornet-shaped coffin as he has been replaced by Javi Gracia, but what's next for the man that was almost Everton manager? James McCarthy suffered a horrific leg break in a freak accident with Salamon Rondon in Everton's game with West Brom. And Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Swansea outlined where Coutinho would've been handy.

Rumour Has It looks at all the potential signings Chelsea might make over the next week, but more immediately we look at the Sanchez and Mkhitaryan swap deal between Man United and Arsenal.

All this plus Win, Lose, or Draw where we've got some winners and some losers.

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