9 best & essential podcasts to listen to during Euro 2020
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Podcasts to listen to during Euro 2020
During hectic summer tournaments, podcasts can be the best way to keep up with the non-stop schedule of action.
It is estimated that there are over 2,000,000 in the world and, roughly, it feels like about 1,999,999,999 of them are about football.
So, we’ve picked out our favourite Euro 2020 podcasts which are essential listening during from now until the final on July 11, 2021.
Quickly Kevin – Will He Score?
The lads from ‘Quickly Kevin – Will He Score?’ have done something remarkable.
Josh Widdicombe, Chris Scull and Michael Marden have decided to ditch their day-jobs of living permanently in the 90s, and fast-forward to the present day to cover Euro 2020.
In their announcement, fans were told: “Yes, for one month only Quickly Kevin is going topical!!! We’re only going to cover the Euro’s with a bloody great bonanza of inimitable Quickly Kevin content.”
The Quickly Kevin Euro 2020 podcast will come out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
For those unfamiliar, this isn’t the podcast for tactical breakdowns and minute-by-minute action from the Euros.
Instead, Quickly Kevin is likely to serve up a wholesome blend of nonsense, triviality and all the other good stuff real football fans love to talk about.
Despite having started 15 years ago, the Guardian Football Weekly Podcast remains one of the very best in the business.
As has been the case during previous World Cups and Euros, this’ll become the Guardian Football Daily so will be the ideal way of keeping up with all the goings on at the tournament.
Host Max Rushden and his sidekick Barry Glendenning are joined by a wide-range of guests to discuss a wide-range of issues.
If 2018 is anything to go by, the podcast immediately after England are inevitably knocked out of the European Championships is one not to be missed.
Three summers ago, after England’s 2-1 defeat to Croatia in the semi-finals, Barry reviled in Max’s misery describing it as one of the most enjoyable nights he’s ever had.
Aside from this duo, numerous other guests make the podcast the outstanding piece of content it is.
Jonathan Wilson, amongst other things, provides the facts you didn’t know you needed, mainly about the Hungarian national team from the 1950s.
Given that Hungary are in the group of death at this summer’s competition, more of these are surely just around the corner.
Other popular regulars include Barney Ronay and his metaphors, Mark Langdon and his meat-based recipes, Flo Lloyd-Hughes, Lars Sivertsen, Jacob Steinberg, John Brewin, Paul MacInnes, Jonathan Liew and many more.
There’s also Archie Rhind-Tutt covering Germany, Nicky Bandini on Italy, Sid Lowe on Spain and Philippe Auclair on France with Philippe’s rants about FIFA and Gianni Infantino sadly often edited out by the lawyers.
Rushden himself has said that the show “ranges from proper analysis…. to commentary about serious issues off it, balanced with some complete nonsense”.
This pretty much sums it up.
This season there has been a lot of talk about the break-away Super League.
Well, if Florentino Pérez, Andrea Agnelli and the rest wanted advice on how to successfully break-away and create something super, they should have asked the Totally Football Show.
Back in 2017, host James Richardson and others left the aforementioned Football Weekly to form their own podcast which has thrived since.
Richardson is best known for presenting the much loved Football Italia on Channel 4 in the UK, mainly in the 1990s.
Regulars on TFS include Daniel Storey, Michael Cox, Carl Anka, Matt Davies-Adams, former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin and Duncan Alexander providing the stats that are often both weird and wonderful.
Then there is the simply unmatched Euro crew.
James Horncastle (Italy), Raphael Honigstein (Germany) and Julien Laurens (France) along with Richardson used to host the European Football Show on BT Sport.
Thus, they know each other very well and their chemistry comes across during podcast.
This quartet, alongside Spanish football expect Álvaro Romeo, are unrivalled in their coverage of European football which makes it essential listening during the Euros.
TFS and Guardian Football Weekly have had a Celtic & Rangers style duopoly over the Football Supporters’ Federation Best Sport Podcast award in recent years, highlighting that these two are the best in Britain.
This is the only U.S. based podcast on the list, and is not to be confused with the Totally Football Show above.
Many in Europe have the perception that America’s don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to football.
But the outstanding work of those at the Total Soccer Show makes a mockery of such Europe-centric snobbery.
The podcast has continued to thrive despite the tragic passing of co-host Daryl Grove back in October 2020.
Co-founder Taylor Rockwell, Joe Lowery, Ryan Bailey, Graham Ruthven and others have allowed the podcast to continue to thrive.
The podcast has a good mix with Joe, the official dictator of Porto, finding tactical nuances, Ryan never failing to mention AFC Wimbledon and Graham providing a window into his seemingly endless shirt collection.
The latter will surely be excited to see Scotland at a major tournament for the first time in 23 years when the Euros roll around.
So, if you’re looking for a football (soccer) podcast that has struck the perfect balance of analysis and humour, look no further than TSS.
5Live Football Daily Podcast offers a wide range of podcasting every day on a wide range of footballing topics.
As it is run by the UK’s nation broadcaster, the BBC, Football Daily covers mainly British football but also competitions from across Europe and the world.
This includes the weekly Euro Leagues podcast.
Another popular show is the Monday Night Club where MOTD2’s Mark Chapman is joined by Micah Richards, Chris Sutton and Rory Smith.
Given that the BBC is one of the two rights-holders to this summer’s European Championships, expect a stellar lineup of guests.
Ex-players on board for the tournament include Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Alex Scott, Micah Richards, James McFadden, Cesc Fàbregas and Jürgen Klinsmann.
In general, all BBC Sounds podcasters are excellent and Football Daily is no different.
The other European Championship rights-holder in the UK is ITV who, earlier this season, launched their own podcast the ITV Football Football Show.
The show is hosted by Mark Pougatch and Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend who won 13 England caps, scoring three times, between 2013 and 2016.
Since it’s launch, they’ve been joined by stellar guests including Kyle Walker, Michail Antonio, Harry Kane, Sven-Göran Eriksson, Patrick Vieira and Tyrone Mings.
Expect this illustrious list to grow during the European Championship as, in recent years, ITV have lost almost all of their football rights.
Now, all the channel has is England qualifier and major tournaments finals: World Cups & Euros.
Thus, during these bi-annual major competition, ITV really ramp it up.
Like their competitor, BBC, they’ve got lots of experienced and popular pundits on their squad.
This includes Ian Wright, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Patrick Vieira, Graeme Souness, Ashley Cole, Emma Hayes Ally McCoist, and Scott Brown.
Thus, expect some excellent content across all form of media from ITV this summer.
The Athletic’s England Show
A new podcast for England fans to track for as long as the Three Lions are still in Euro 2020.
This summer, The Athletic’s England Show will provide daily updates on everything that’s happening from inside Gareth Southgate’s squad.
Dan Bardell and Mark Chapman are the co-hosts for the new Euro 2020 podcast. They’ll be joined by the likes of David Ornstein, Jack Pitt-Brooke, Carl Anka, Lynsey Hooper, Oliver Kay and many more guests.
While The Athletic’s England Show officially launched in May, it only became must-need listening when the show began its daily rollout from June 1.
Lions Watch (Football Ramble)
The Football Ramble is one of the longest-running podcasts covering the Beautiful Game, and this summer the team will focus their attentions on their ‘Lions Watch’ podcast.
Lions Watch might not pull in too many international listeners as it’s another show dedicated to all things England.
If you’re a fan of Luke Moore and Marcus Speller, then this is another series well-worth tuning in for.
The Athletic’s Michael Cox, aka Zonal Marking, is the long-time established go-to source for all tactical insights and analysis in the beautiful game.
People love the Zonal Marking podcast precisely because it jumps head-first into the tactical weeds of false-nines, converted full-backs, sweeper-keepers and so much more.
During Euro 2020, the Zonal Marking podcast will turn focus to the international stage. Undoubtedly, Michael Cox will prove an invaluable fountain of knowledge on teams you might now be too familiar with.