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The Game Podcast

By Times Online

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Gab Marcotti and a selection of leading football writers give their thoughts and analysis on the latest events in football

Customer Reviews

Great pod ... shame about the host.

The panelists are knowledgeable and perceptive; the issues always interesting; but the hosts - Phil then Gab - are atrocious ... unfunny, overwrought to the point where they make the pod unlistenable.

The most entertaining podcast, bar none...

Not only the most interesting, influencial and innovative football podcast on the planet, but possibly the only regularly entertaining podcast in the land! Great stuff!

Marcoti is not a host

This is a good podcast featuring journalists from the Times newspaper discussing English football matters. Journalists are great for this type of show because they are passionate about the subject matter but are far more articulate and insightful than the general public (read: 6-0-6).

This podcast used to be fantastic in its first incarnation with Danny Kelly as host. Gabriele Marcotti is a great pundit - forthright and articulate - but he is not a good host. Seems that the producers kind of know this, as he was ousted as host after season 2 to bring in Phill Jupitus (who I kind of liked). But now Phill is gone and we have reverted to Marcotti again. Gab, with his strong opinions and somewhat gruff demeanour, tries ineffectively to straddle both the host and pundit roles, and his effectiveness is watered down as a result.

The World Cup podcasts were terrible, poor audio quality being the biggest issue. Having pundits on the phone is never as good as having everyone in studio, as the much-better Football Weekly from the Guardian shows (Sid Lowe excepted).

There is not much required to make this show great again - many of the participants are excellent and I like that they stick with the English game without drifting to the European leagues. Put Gabriele back in the number one pundit chair and bring in a new host (preferably someone light-hearted who also knows his/her football), and you have a fine product. Also, get rid of that **** bell!