The Lob: In celebration of football’s one-club stalwarts

Jim Hart hosts a one-off special celebrating the game’s greatest one-club men, with guests Chris Darwen from Tales from the Top Flight, Luca Hodges-Ramon, editor of The Gentleman Ultra and TFT regular, and Jon Townsend, TFT’s longest-serving senior writer. Listen on iTunes Featuring: Jim Hart (@catenacciari) Jon Townsend (@jon_townsend3) Luca Hodges-Ramon (@LH_Ramon25) Chris Darwen (@comeontheoviedo)…

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The Lob podcast talks to US legend Marcelo Balboa

In the history of the United States national team, only four men have made more appearances than Marcelo Balboa’s 127. We caught up with the former midfield star to talk about his three World Cup experiences, player development, the national team today, his roots in Argentina, and those incredible locks. • • • • • • • • Listen on: • • • •…

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The Lob: Where now for English football?

Following yet another big tournament disappointment for England, the attention has now shifted onto what what wrong and how we can learn from the countless mistakes of yesteryear. From the methods of coaching deployed at the grassroots levels and at academies to the professional game and why English players are still lagging behind their main…

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The Lob: The engrossing world of Russian football

In two years’ time the world will descend upon Russia for the FIFA World Cup, and we have brought you the inside story on what makes their football tick. Our panel consists of Moscow-based Alan Moore, a columnist for Russia’s largest sports news portal Championat, Manuel Veth, Editor-in-Chief of Soviet football site Futbolgrad and PhD…

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The Lob: Copa América Centenario special

The Copa América Centenario, which takes place in the US from June 4-26, promises to be one of the most nostalgic and fascinating in the tournament’s history. The Lob’s distinguished panel of experts, previewing the tournament, includes Tim Vickery, who covers football for the BBC and ESPN, Juan Arango, who will be performing the Spanish…

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The Lob: The art and science of player development and coaching

How do the professionals go about their business in the areas of analysis, scouting, coaching and player development? We find out by speaking to Jed Davies (consultant to an international head coach), Kevin Nicholson (Cardiff City under-21 manager), Johnny McKinstry (Rwanda national team manager) and Joey Lombardi (regional talent manager for the Canadian Soccer Association).…

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The Lob: Deconstructing American soccer (Part II)

Deconstructing American Soccer (part II) is a discussion of the economics of the American version of the game. Joining us is award-winning economist from the University of Michigan and author of Soccernomics and Money and Soccer, Stefan Szymanski. This in depth interview, hosted by Jim Hart and Jon Townsend, takes a look at why Major League…

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