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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

Not Football Weekly.

It's certainly not a bad podcast, but in a podcast world inundated with football podcasts, this is a lesser example. The interviews are quite often boring, the commentators rather dry (are they reading off cue cards?), the humour scripted, and the guests pretty unspectacular. The Times is pretty late in the pod game and probably has a year or two to get this one up to standard. For my money, I like the Guardian's Football Weekly.

Excellent but one big problem ..

I really enjoy Marcotti and Edgar and most of the guests. The format of the show is well done and it is always worth a listen - especially to us Brit exiles abroad. But Balaguet is very irritating. Everything has to come back to Liverpool FC. Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool. It is infuriating, especially to those of us who have no time for that organisation or their utterly annoying, arrogant fan base. Yes Guilhem, I know you don't quite get it, but most fans hate Liverpool and are not interested in hearing you just drone on and on about how wonderful Gerard and Benitez are.

Decent, but needs a true host to get it back on track.

I listen to this show regularly, but it's major failing if the lack of a genuine host/presenter. Gabe Marcotti is certainly not that. He's too quick to deliver a hammer blow of opinion rather than generate discussion. The show was at it's best the first year with Danny Kelly, and was even solid with Phil Jupitus hosting, but the Marcotti era is it's worst. There is often very good discussion in here, but in a far less palatable format than other shows (The Guardian's Football Weekly is the gold standard). It's a good show if you're dying for more content, but shouldn't be your number one.