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The Game World Cup Podcast

By The Times

Natalie Sawyer brings you the premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the World Cup in France 2019.You can subscribe to The Times and The Sunday Times to enjoy our award-winning journalism on your smartphone or tablet. Just search The Times online.

  1. 1.
    LifeTimes with Fran Kirby06/19/2019
    53:39
  2. 2.
    Neville’s Japan dilemmas and Chile’s star goalkeeper 06/17/2019
    22:47
  3. 3.
    Should we move the goalposts?06/13/2019
    32:53
  4. 4.
    The future of women’s football06/13/2019
    26:12
  5. 5.
    LifeTimes with Paul Pogba06/11/2019
    58:58
  6. 6.
    England survive Scotland scare but it’s just the beginning for France06/10/2019
    31:22
  7. 7.
    France 2019 World Cup preview06/06/2019
    32:21
  8. 8.
    In conversation with Caulkin06/05/2019
    22:14
  1. 9.
    Did key Kane call cost Pochettino and Spurs?06/03/2019
    42:10
  2. 10.
    Champions League final preview05/27/2019
    40:49
  3. 11.
    Football, Bloody Hell! How United won the Treble05/23/2019
    50:41
  4. 12.
    Bale and Man City – struggling to be loved05/20/2019
    42:01
  5. 13.
    Gracia, Griezmann and Lampard’s young Rams05/16/2019
    43:19
  6. 14.
    Phenomenal Liverpool more limited than Manchester City05/13/2019
    43:35
  7. 15.
    A night to remember for Spurs and who will claim top spot on Sunday?05/09/2019
    45:49
  8. 16.
    Arsenal’s big rebuild and a plea to see the real Tottenham05/06/2019
    43:48
  9. 17.
    Celestial Messi as Rafa awaits the Reds05/02/2019
    39:39
  10. 18.
    Bielsa back in the good books while Spurs squad enter breaking point04/29/2019
    41:59
  11. 19.
    Pogba’s PFA puzzler and the underwhelming race for 4th04/25/2019
    38:44
  12. 20.
    Will disgraceful United rally for the Manchester derby?04/22/2019
    30:36
  13. 21.
    Poch reaches new heights as De Gea reaches crossroads04/18/2019
    41:17
  14. 22.
    Is this title race good for the Premier League?04/15/2019
    37:53
  15. 23.
    Stage set for Hazard as Liverpool face title race demons04/11/2019
    42:47
  16. 24.
    Will Pep get funky and outfox himself?04/08/2019
    39:50
  17. 25.
    The substance of Sterling and Warnock on the warpath04/04/2019
    38:43
  18. 26.
    Sarri not helping himself as Liverpool & United get lucky04/01/2019
    38:13
  19. 27.
    Is Solskjaer the new Dalglish?03/28/2019
    40:55
  20. 28.
    What’s the story Gab and Rory?03/27/2019
    44:29
  21. 29.
    Declan Rice and the curious case of Callum Hudson-Odoi03/21/2019
    40:24
  22. 30.
    Will 48 teams dilute the quality of the World Cup?03/18/2019
    37:36
  23. 31.
    Mane among the elite & Dier on Brexit03/14/2019
    39:07
  24. 32.
    How do we protect players from pitch invaders?03/11/2019
    40:51
  25. 33.
    Solskjaer’s smile and swagger as Real’s roof caves in03/07/2019
    43:14
  26. 34.
    Expectation and exhaustion weigh down Liverpool & Spurs03/04/2019
    41:40
  27. 35.
    Struggling to assess Silva as Liverpool fall back on full-backs02/28/2019
    41:18
  28. 36.
    We need to talk about Kepa02/25/2019
    44:23
  29. 37.
    United desperate for Liverpool to fail02/21/2019
    40:52
  30. 38.
    Premier League or Champions League? Will Pep and Klopp prioritise?02/18/2019
    43:11
  31. 39.
    Tottenham’s achievements are out of this world02/14/2019
    39:54
  32. 40.
    Sarri, Sancho and the power of Pogba02/11/2019
    41:50
  33. 41.
    Is Liverpool’s luck running out?02/07/2019
    39:39
  34. 42.
    The interim and the intermediary02/04/2019
    38:08
  35. 43.
    Chelsea lose interest while City lose ground01/31/2019
    38:07
  36. 44.
    Racism rears its head plus Pellegrini’s poor preparation01/28/2019
    40:46
  37. 45.
    The perspective of a Premier League owner01/24/2019
    40:00
  38. 46.
    Sarri raises the stakes as Rashford rediscovers his confidence01/21/2019
    37:21
  39. 47.
    Bullish Bielsa and the absence of the Arsenal way01/17/2019
    38:22
  40. 48.
    Solskjaer’s startling start. Plus is spying part of sport?01/14/2019
    40:28
  41. 49.
    Arsenal can’t retain Ramsey as Solskjaer pumps up Pogba01/10/2019
    38:34
  42. 50.
    Respecting the right to rotate in the FA Cup01/07/2019
    38:39
  43. 51.
    Klopp still a winner as City fight for their title01/04/2019
    32:55
  44. 52.
    The Game changes the game12/31/2018
    31:01
  45. 53.
    Liverpool yet to peak as Burnley suffer identity crisis12/27/2018
    40:18
  46. 54.
    Piling praise on Palace plus Tottenham’s troubling transfer window12/24/2018
    40:44
  47. 55.
    The Game meets Martin Tyler12/22/2018
    54:29
  48. 56.
    Solskjaer suited to managing Manchester United12/20/2018
    42:25
  49. 57.
    United need to be working on Mourinho’s replacement now12/17/2018
    37:58
  50. 58.
    Liverpool in control and Rafa in need of relief12/13/2018
    39:10
  51. 59.
    Brave Sterling’s done football a favour12/10/2018
    40:07
  52. 60.
    No Fred for United and no striker for City?12/06/2018
    38:48
  53. 61.
    Micro-manager Emery and the incompatible Pogba and Mourinho12/03/2018
    40:47
  54. 62.
    More Mourinho melodrama & the Merseyside midfield matchup11/29/2018
    40:57
  55. 63.
    Pochettino proving priceless plus how good are PSG?11/26/2018
    37:06
  56. 64.
    Sparky losing his spark and the Republic of Ireland reshuffle11/22/2018
    41:20
  57. 65.
    The Southgate and Scudamore success stories11/19/2018
    37:24
  58. 66.
    Torreira, Patricio & Fraser – the stars of the season so far11/15/2018
    43:34
  59. 67.
    Sancho, Silva and United’s waste of money11/12/2018
    39:36
  60. 68.
    City and Sterling guilty of deception?11/08/2018
    38:17
  61. 69.
    Rooney, City and the poppy11/05/2018
    38:53
  62. 70.
    Is Pochettino in play this summer?11/01/2018
    41:28
  63. 71.
    Vichai got it right on and off the pitch10/29/2018
    45:52
  64. 72.
    Mourinho’s handbrake and the psychology of goalkeeping10/25/2018
    42:25
  65. 73.
    The Ronaldo dilemma and is Joka’s job in jeopardy?10/22/2018
    36:36
  66. 74.
    Pochettino’s toughest test and a big time for Barkley10/18/2018
    36:51
  67. 75.
    German decline and managers behaving nicely10/15/2018
    31:42
  68. 76.
    Can Terry avoid being Aston Villa’s alpha male?10/11/2018
    34:56
  69. 77.
    Rating Ramsey and the damage done to the United brand10/08/2018
    37:53
  70. 78.
    Liverpool limping and Lloris in the limelight10/04/2018
    39:19
  71. 79.
    Is Mourinho erratically engineering an early exit?10/01/2018
    39:29
  72. 80.
    Pogba and Mourinho enter end game09/27/2018
    39:21
  73. 81.
    Wizardry from Wolves as Keegan gets candid on cowboy Newcastle09/24/2018
    39:19
  74. 82.
    Poundings for Pochettino and PSG09/20/2018
    41:03
  75. 83.
    Wounded Wilfried and Everton's unsavoury Silva situation09/17/2018
    37:08
  76. 84.
    Is Pogba miscast as a mercenary?09/13/2018
    39:19
  77. 85.
    Walker left wondering and the pressure to conform in football09/10/2018
    31:23
  78. 86.
    The Nations League – how, what and why?09/06/2018
    35:29
  79. 87.
    Playing out from the back and Pellegrini under pressure09/03/2018
    43:00
  80. 88.
    Champions League group stage draw 18/1908/30/2018
    7:04
  81. 89.
    Spurs strong and stable as chaos reigns at Old Trafford08/30/2018
    41:30
  82. 90.
    Examining Ozil’s illness and Owen’s injuries08/27/2018
    43:41
  83. 91.
    Emery changing embedded norms as Newcastle stop trying08/23/2018
    41:30
  84. 92.
    The wayward Woodward and the absent Aubameyang08/20/2018
    40:05
  85. 93.
    Time for Pep to shine without his biggest star08/16/2018
    37:27
  86. 94.
    Seamless City unstoppable as Pogba plants seeds with Mourinho08/13/2018
    40:00
  87. 95.
    The Game’s Premier League Preview 18/1908/06/2018
    48:48
  88. 96.
    Pogba peaks and Mbappe mesmerises as France are crowned world champions07/15/2018
    33:04
  89. 97.
    England are a mid-table international side07/14/2018
    32:00
  90. 98.
    The future's bright…and football could still come home07/12/2018
    25:26
  91. 99.
    England free from the past to make their own history07/10/2018
    33:41
  92. 100.
    Saluting the most unified England team in 20 years07/08/2018
    23:55
  93. 101.
    England empathise with Southgate's squad as players and people07/06/2018
    30:22
  94. 102.
    England's unbelievable opportunity to reach the World Cup Final07/03/2018
    28:57
  95. 103.
    England need to end embarrassing knock-out record07/02/2018
    32:46
  96. 104.
    Stupid Spain slip out as changing of the guard continues07/01/2018
    32:19
  97. 105.
    Modest Mbappe steals the show as Messi & Ronaldo exit the stage06/30/2018
    33:11
  98. 106.
    England's B team beaten to create Colombia clash06/28/2018
    28:02
  99. 107.
    Entitled Germany out as the World Cup continues to shock06/27/2018
    31:40
  100. 108.
    Messi moves Argentina towards fixture with France…and then Ronaldo?06/26/2018
    28:23
  101. 109.
    VAR rescues Spain to set up Moscow meeting with Russia06/25/2018
    29:31
  102. 110.
    England are better off beating Belgium06/24/2018
    24:50
  103. 111.
    Kroos takes control but can Loftus-Cheek take his chance?06/23/2018
    32:46
  104. 112.
    Nervy Neymar sheds tears as Southgate sours on the media06/22/2018
    33:51
  105. 113.
    Abysmal Argentina and a scarcity of scoring for Sterling06/21/2018
    30:34
  106. 114.
    Southgate's shoulder separation and BBC versus ITV06/20/2018
    34:57
  107. 115.
    Dele's diagnosis and the joy of watching Russia06/19/2018
    34:57
  108. 116.
    Captain Kane wrestles back victory for England06/18/2018
    28:23
  109. 117.
    England set for centre stage as the world champions suffer Mexico mauling in Moscow06/17/2018
    32:46
  110. 118.
    Iceland upset the odds again while VAR makes its mark06/17/2018
    34:28
  111. 119.
    Ronaldo steals the show in Sochi on a day of a late drama 06/15/2018
    33:51
  112. 120.
    Russia romp home while England bowl the media over06/14/2018
    30:22
  113. 121.
    The Game World Cup Preview 201806/06/2018
    51:14
  114. 122.
    Klopp created an insecure goalkeeping situation05/28/2018
    50:37
  115. 123.
    FA Cup Final showcases unappealing Manchester United05/21/2018
    52:14
  116. 124.
    The Game Live with former England manager Roy Hodgson05/19/2018
    1:03:27
  117. 125.
    100 points is a greater achievement than the Invincibles05/14/2018
    51:20
  118. 126.
    Kane carries the can for average Alli05/07/2018
    50:31
  119. 127.
    Liverpool lacking stability as Klopp loses the brain04/30/2018
    53:31
  120. 128.
    Wenger pushed towards messy departure from Arsenal04/23/2018
    53:50
  121. 129.
    Could Sterling have a Salah season?04/16/2018
    51:16
  122. 130.
    Perfectionist Pep unprepared for failure and Friday night fights with Neil and Nuno04/09/2018
    49:09
  123. 131.
    Rooney mauled by Man City's midfield plus the Pardew post-mortem04/02/2018
    50:14
  124. 132.
    Maguire is a must for England - but does Dele deserve to play?03/26/2018
    1:00:04
  125. 133.
    Mourinho can't work with the players anymore03/19/2018
    56:47
  126. 134.
    Worn down West Ham and the curious case of Carragher03/12/2018
    52:39
  127. 135.
    Conte is talking himself out of the Chelsea job03/05/2018
    52:25
  128. 136.
    Pep's politics and Pogba on the naughty step02/26/2018
    53:27
  129. 137.
    VAR lies, PFA pay and Barry behaving badly02/19/2018
    51:48
  130. 138.
    Pogba needs love while Smalling and Jones need replacing 02/12/2018
    58:10
  131. 139.
    The Game Live in Newcastle with Rafa Benitez02/09/2018
    1:10:59
  132. 140.
    Everton's capital car crash and VAR on the sly02/05/2018
    50:51
  133. 141.
    A conversation on Cardiff's conduct and reminiscing about reducers01/29/2018
    47:30
  134. 142.
    No sympathy for Silva as Arsenal get shafted by Sanchez swap01/22/2018
    55:42
  135. 143.
    Sanchez on strike, the Anfield effect and failure to sell VAR01/15/2018
    55:42
  136. 144.
    The Coutinho conundrum, misbehaving managers and Arsenal’s baffling bench01/08/2018
    55:32
  137. 145.
    The Game's Premier League half-term reports - Part Two01/01/2018
    25:33
  138. 146.
    The Game's Premier League half-term reports - Part One12/25/2017
    40:28
  139. 147.
    Who can build a blueprint for beating Manchester City?12/18/2017
    51:06
  140. 148.
    Klopp can't bring morality into refereeing decisions12/11/2017
    53:06
  141. 149.
    The Game previews the Manchester derby12/07/2017
    12:30
  142. 150.
    Summer is the time to gamble on a Championship manager12/04/2017
    47:48
  143. 151.
    Firefighter needed as Everton exit the elite11/27/2017
    52:28
  144. 152.
    Pulis pays the price for poor product and professionalism11/20/2017
    48:02
  145. 153.
    Good cop Moyes walks in to West Ham’s holiday camp11/13/2017
    47:56
  146. 154.
    Beleaguered Bilic worn down by dysfunctional directors11/06/2017
    56:01
  147. 155.
    Distracted Dele not yet in Kane’s league10/30/2017
    50:21
  148. 156.
    The Game speaks to Graeme Souness10/26/2017
    34:19
  149. 157.
    With or without Koeman, Everton are easy opposition10/23/2017
    53:42
  150. 158.
    Arsenal don’t like it up ‘em10/16/2017
    48:27
  151. 159.
    Scotland are missing the wee man of the past10/09/2017
    48:16
  152. 160.
    Were Chelsea wrong and was Mike Ashley right?10/02/2017
    56:06
  153. 161.
    What is Mark Sampson’s future in football?09/25/2017
    47:48
  154. 162.
    Can Rooney repay massive debt to embarrassed Everton?09/18/2017
    53:55
  155. 163.
    De Boer was on borrowed time from Day One09/11/2017
    58:21
  156. 164.
    England's identity & judging patriotism on performance09/04/2017
    50:10
  157. 165.
    Building around De Bruyne & Arsenal's cultural reset08/28/2017
    51:53
  158. 166.
    Ozil doesn't play with any joy08/21/2017
    53:26
  159. 167.
    Conte's Costa blunder puts a downer on Chelsea08/14/2017
    1:02:52
  160. 168.
    43 - Is Zidane a great manager?06/05/2017
    53:26
  161. 169.
    42 - Picking two Premier League teams of the season05/29/2017
    52:45
  162. 170.
    41 - Is it time for Premier League play-offs?05/22/2017
    46:58
  163. 171.
    40 - Old Conte versus New Conte05/15/2017
    53:24
  164. 172.
    39 - United’s goal return under Mourinho is unacceptable05/08/2017
    48:00
  165. 173.
    38 - Should there be sympathy for Joey Barton?05/01/2017
    47:58
  166. 174.
    37 - Perverse planning from Pep & Poch04/24/2017
    47:42
  167. 175.
    36 - With that Diego Costa, Chelsea play with 10 men04/17/2017
    49:22
  168. 176.
    35 - Who needs a top 4 finish the most?04/10/2017
    47:35
  169. 177.
    34 - What kind of player does Barkley want to be?04/03/2017
    47:46
  170. 178.
    33 - England under-21s must learn from dreadful Kane experience03/27/2017
    51:34
  171. 179.
    32 - Arsenal suffering because nobody can challenge Wenger03/20/2017
    52:25
  172. 180.
    31 - Losing Kane will cost Tottenham the top 403/13/2017
    54:23
  173. 181.
    30 - Who is to blame? Arsene or Alexis?03/06/2017
    57:56
  174. 182.
    29 - Leicester have struggled to deal with the world’s expectations02/27/2017
    55:18
  175. 183.
    28 - Why can't the World Cup have 3 or 4 co-hosts?02/20/2017
    52:56
  176. 184.
    27 - Getting rid of Ranieri is the only answer02/13/2017
    50:46
  177. 185.
    26 - Arsenal are a comfort zone club02/06/2017
    54:09
  178. 186.
    25 - Did the FA Cup hit an all-time low?01/30/2017
    46:04
  179. 187.
    24 - Is Wayne Rooney a genius?01/23/2017
    52:04
  180. 188.
    23 - Pep has overrated his ability to improve players01/16/2017
    50:44
  181. 189.
    22 - More FA Cup Magic...01/09/2017
    48:44
  182. 190.
    21 - Pep & City have anxiety problems01/04/2017
    49:07
  183. 191.
    19 - Wenger is in awe of Ozil12/19/2016
    55:40
  184. 192.
    18 - Pep may want to work on defending12/12/2016
    52:03
  185. 193.
    17 - Liverpool lack decisiveness at the back12/05/2016
    52:03
  186. 194.
    16 - Mourinho only has himself to blame for getting sent off 11/28/2016
    52:00
  187. 195.
    15 - Mourinho was right, United are unlucky 11/21/2016
    51:50
  188. 196.
    14 - England need to be more pragmatic11/14/2016
    50:39
  189. 197.
    13 - Poch's Plan B showed guts11/07/2016
    51:00
  190. 198.
    The Game - 12 - Cascarino would sell Sturridge if he was Klopp11/01/2016
    46:09
  191. 199.
    The Game - 10 - Guardiola has underestimated the strength of the Premier League10/17/2016
    53:09
  192. 200.
    The Game - 9 - Dier should be made England captain10/10/2016
    46:55

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