The team reflect on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's superb four-goal display against England in Sweden. They also discuss whether new additions to the England squad, both young and old, deserve their places, and look at which Premier League managers are in danger of losing their jobs already this season.
The lads return after the summer break, fresh for a new season. This week the subjects are very close to home: England and West Ham.
England's midfield is picked apart with Pirloesque efficiency after the two World Cup qualifiers. Then West Ham season ticket holders Dexy and Bakes talk of the Hammers' return to the Premier League, and give their opinions on the many new signings brought in.
There’s a somewhat continental feel on the My Left Foot podcast this week, as regular host Charlie and pundits James ‘The Bear’ Baker and Dexy Longshot are joined by Santiago Brea from Spain (sorry Santi, Cataluña), and Germany’s Bjorn Niclaus. The two guests give their take on their countries’ performances so far, and weigh up their chances of winning the tournament on in Sunday’s final.
Santi takes exception to Charlie’s latest blog on how tici-taca, as effective as it is, is starting to get boring, and launches a staunch defence of his country’s superior footballing style. Bjorn questions whether Germany’s pacey dynamic young team can beat Spain if Germany reach the final, or whether they will be passed to death again, just as they were when the countries met in the World Cup in 2010.
Not to be left out, Charlie, Bakes and Dexy partake in an inevitable post mortem of England’s sorry performance against Italy on Sunday.
The 2011-12 season has finally finished, and so it is time for the My Left Foot team to cast an eye over what has been an incredible year of football.
Forget the old order of Manchester United and Barcelona; Manchester City and Chelsea are the new champions of England and Europe. Host and Manchester United fan Charlie relives the pain of losing the title race to the noisy neighbours in injury time of matchweek 38.
Chelsea rode their luck to win their first ever Champions League trophy. Didier Drogba finally won the cup for Roman Abramovich with his last kick of a ball in a Chelsea shirt, but what does the future hold for Chelsea and Roberto Di Matteo?
Regular pundits Bakes and Dexy celebrate West Ham’s promotion to the Premier League. Have they got what it takes to stay there this time?
Baker gives his ‘Bakers Dozen’ team of the season, and Dexy tells us who has been the biggest doughnut.
This week Charlie and Bakes are joined by Off The Post podcast pundit Alex, a Chelsea season-ticket holder, to take about the shift in emphasis in the Premier League title race from blue to red, and look at what the future has to hold for Chelsea.
Some might say Manchester United were incredibly luck y to win the home game against Fulham that put them three points clear on Monday. With United leading by just one goal to nil, substitute Danny Murphy dribbled into the United box in the dying seconds of the match, but was taken down from behind by Michael Carrick. The United man clearly made contact with the Fulham man but was nowhere near the ball. Will we look back at this as a turning point in the title race at the end of the season?
Chelsea seemed to be resurgent under caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo as they tuned around a two-goal deficit to beat Napoli over two legs in the Champions League. However, since then they have lost to Manchester City and drawn to Spurs, losing two golden opportunities to catch up to the teams currently in the top four positions. Alex runs the rule over their chances of European qualification.
Regulars Charlie and Dexy talk to Ash Rose - Editor of Kick! magazine and author of the recently published QPR Miscellany - about his club Queen Park Rangers, and their first season in the Premier League since 1996.
Ash tells how the glut of new signings this season means QPR have effectively already had two owners, two managers, and three teams since August. The boys discuss the effect of such a huge squad (around 40 first-team players at present), on moral and competition for places.
Host Charlie (my11.com), and Dexy and Bakes (dexysden.co.uk) discuss the current plight of three unique English characters.
Harry: Redknapp was found not guilty of tax evasion following a court case that cost the tax payer some £8 million. He is now odds on to become the next manager of England. Was Redknapp’s acquittal down to an excellent defence team, or do people just like to give him money as he’s such a nice geezer?!
Scotty: Dexy is adamant that Parker should be the next England captain. Charlie and Bakes discuss their feelings toward this and explore the alternatives.
Ravel: The boys discuss the sale of Morrison from Charlie's team Man United to Dexy and Bakes' West Ham. Just how good is the controversial character Henry Winter describes as the best English player of his generation?
Also touched on is Charlie's first trip to a 'propa' Cockney pie and mash shop, which of course is almost as important as the topics above!!
This week the team talk to Santiago Brea, a Catalan, Barcelona fan, and friend of a Barcelona first-team scout, on his beloved red and blue army.
Tonight Barca play the second of at least four Clasicos against Real Madrid this season, a game that comes just days after Barca lost their remarkable record of not conceding at home in Primera Division in 2011/12. Santi debates whether Real have improved enough to win La Liga, and his feelings about Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Host Charlie, a Man United fan, and Santi talk of their different experiences the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley, and discuss if there is any way that United will ever be able to beat the team that has comfortably defeated them in the last two Champions league finals they have competed in.
As well as talking Spanish football, regular guests Dexy and Bakes tell of brushing shoulders with West Ham captain Kevin Nolan on their away day to Portsmouth on the weekend…
The lads are back after a Christmas break to discuss the epic 3-2 win for Manchester United over Manchester City in the FA Cup, discuss some amazing Leo Messi stats, and talk about the sacking of Neil Warnock at QPR.
This week Charlie is joined by Bakes, Andrew Allen and Sam Wheatley to talk about, amongst other things, racism, spitting and relegation...