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Apr 08, 2021
Dominik Diamond on match-going priests, training ground bust-ups and the state of footballer's socksApril 08, 2021
The Athletic's Adam Hurrey and Charlie Eccleshare are joined by TV and radio presenter and former GamesMaster host Dominik Diamond for another edition of 'Mesut Haaland Dicks'. Dominik waxes lyrical about ticket-touting priests in Barcelona, 10-year-old matchday gangsters in Glasgow, hilariously polite Canadian soccer fans and how he was partly responsible for David "Calamity" James' Liverpool blunders. Meanwhile, the Adjudication Panel discuss who Line of Duty's DI Steve Arnott supports, rate...
Apr 01, 2021
The Sunday League XIApril 01, 2021
The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, Charlie Eccleshare and David Walker celebrate the return of grassroots football by taking a voyage through the classic Sunday League lineup, an XI of precious goalkeepers, dutiful right-backs, reluctant left-backs, chatty centre-halves, spherical but untouchable midfield playmakers and The Big Man Up Front. They also examine the anatomy of every half-time Sunday League team talk ever, why the words "All day!" can ruin an entire weekend, and the most important skill of...
Mar 25, 2021
Getting "in and around" with Doc BrownMarch 25, 2021
The Athletic's Adam Hurrey and Charlie Eccleshare are joined by rapper, comedian, actor and writer Ben Bailey Smith, aka Doc Brown, for another edition of 'Mesut Haaland Dicks'. Among the things Ben can finally get off his chest are weirdly old-fashioned football chants, the pure joy of Ian Wright and a deep, deep dive into the mandatory punditry phrase that is "in and around". Meanwhile, the Adjudication Panel also explore Martin Tyler's obsession with "the Croydon De Bruyne", a very peculiar...
Mar 18, 2021
Pele, Zlatan and the small matter of global thermonuclear warMarch 18, 2021
The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, Charlie Eccleshare and Nick Miller convene for an extended meeting of the Adjudication Panel, in which they try and untangle the statistical chaos of Pele vs Cristiano Ronaldo, celebrate the phrase “basement boys” and decide which footballing things would survive a nuclear apocalypse. They also decide if anyone has the patience for a summer of “Zlatan” at the Euros, ponder the age-old clichés of retired footballers, before Charlie and Nick go head-to-head in...
Mar 11, 2021
Tom Rosenthal on World Cup balls and celebrating goals that didn't actually go inMarch 11, 2021
The Athletic's Adam Hurrey and Jack Pitt-Brooke are joined by actor and comedian Tom Rosenthal for the latest edition of 'Mesut Haaland Dicks'. Tom's gloriously niche picks for his loves and hates of modern football include teams wearing emergency kit combinations, the humiliation of celebrating goals that don't actually go in, and fans who shout futile tactical advice from the stands. Meanwhile, the Adjudication Panel also discuss whether commentators should be allowed to mention rival...
Mar 04, 2021
Expected goals and the unexpected sounds of empty stadiumsMarch 04, 2021
The Athletic's Adam Hurrey and Charlie Eccleshare are joined by the Mirror's chief football writer John Cross for the latest edition of 'Mesut Haaland Dicks'. John's picks for his loves and hates of modern football include eavesdropping on the mundane chats of substitutes, the eternal magic™ of the FA Cup, glorious retro football TV shows and a deep dive into why commentators keep using the word "footrace". Meanwhile, the Adjudication Panel also decide which young England starlet's career...
Feb 25, 2021
How to be a Co-CommentatorFebruary 25, 2021
The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, Charlie Eccleshare and Amitai Winehouse examine the art of co-commentary, from the relaxing chattiness of Ally McCoist to the A-list authority of Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher — and why "Relight My Fire" by Take That (feat. Lulu) is an unlikely but perfect showcase of why we need co-commentators. They also discuss some not-quite-so-seamless Match of the Day commentary editing and why the proposal to start clapping referees out on to the pitch may be one of the...
Feb 18, 2021
The Pure Champions League XIFebruary 18, 2021
The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, Charlie Eccleshare and Jack Pitt-Brooke celebrate the return of the European action by selecting their all-time Pure Champions League XI: a lineup of players who encapsulate everything about the modern era of continental football, from hapless Russian goalkeepers to bland UEFA-approved playmakers. They also examine the classic but previously unexplained punditry phrase "it's one of those" and enjoy some textbook commentary pleasantries by Glenn Hoddle. Learn more...
Feb 11, 2021
The Game's Gone!February 11, 2021
The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, Charlie Eccleshare and George Caulkin examine the evolution of footballing outrage: from the backpass law to the 39th Game, from expected goals to players swapping shirts at half-time...and why poor, old Stockley Park has become the supposed resting place for football as we know it. But what exactly does "the game's gone" even mean? They also discuss whether you can you ever be in "the final hour" of a match and, of course, the soap opera transfer...
Feb 04, 2021
Football MagazinesFebruary 04, 2021
The Athletic's Adam Hurrey, James Maw and Michael Cox flick through a brief history of football magazines, including glossy adverts for shinpads, dissecting every quickfire footballer interview ever, the story of Icon, the ill-fated magazine created by Jamie Redknapp and Tim Sherwood....and the eternal debate: Shoot or Match? They also discuss football's disappointing lack of eponymous adjectives, the strict criteria of a team's match going "from bad to worse" and, of course, Premier League...