The Game Football Podcast

The Game Football Podcast

Published by: The Times
559 Episodes | First Released: Aug 9 '10 | 🇬🇧

Gab Marcotti and Natalie Sawyer bring you the premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the greatest game in the world.


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Thorson Gildercrest
Apr 22
Rating:   6
Ole and Jose

Why do you propagate the contradictory narrative that Mourinho was wrong to throw his players under the media bus and now it’s poor little Ole when he does the same? Maybe Jose was right all along? You’re playing along with the narrative that Ole is blameless because you need to support your media bandwagon that Ole had to get the job. 22nd April 2010 episode.

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DaveHuck1984
Nov 19 '18
Rating:   4
If you listen, you’ll know why it’s 2*

To preface this, let me say that I really enjoy Gab’s writing and technical analysis, and generally he’s alright as a guest on shows or podcasts. As a host of a show however, he is absolutely insufferable, constantly whining, cutting off and arguing with guests any time they try to say literally anything he doesn’t agree with, and displaying absolute contempt for certain teams, coaches, and players, so the point where he is actively hostile towards them when they are brought up even when they do something right. Alyson Rudd and Natalie Sawyer are both good, and if they were cohosts of the show, I would likely give the show 4*. Gab however makes it impossible to enjoy anything they say because whenever they aren’t praising his every word, he denigrates their opinions or takes. Not to mention that I’ve noticed on this show and others that he is much more combative and dismissive of female hosts and guests than their male counterparts. Please stick to the writing Gab, you are so painfully and clearly the weak link of the show, to the point that one has to suffer to make it through. The Times, you might want to consider looking for a different host and having Gab (at most) be a periodic guest on the show. I would definitely even approve of just having Rudd and Sawyer cohost.

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Pghfan
Jun 14 '18
Rating:   10
What? Huh?

This pod is pretty good, but imagine if you could hear anything anyone besides Gab is saying, it would be great. He’s next to the mic screaming and there’s 5 other old British doods 20 meters away whispering incomprehensible east london nonsense.

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whocares2553
Jun 8 '18
Rating:   6
Bad audio, dull podcast

Audio is poor, very low volume then a loud laugh that ruins the enjoying experience. One of the duller football podcasts as well

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thatrealgee
Oct 16 '17
Rating:   6
Only listen after exhausting my other football pods

Marcotti is the weak link here. He is not a good host (good writer though), he is not objective enough. And the show needs some wit. I listen to pods during my daily long commute, the last thing I need is a boring show, so I only listen to this when I have exhausted all my other football podcast.

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pauld59
Aug 24 '17
Rating:   8
should be better

Talent and knowledge is there... Marcotti is a good provocative host who does interrupt a bit too much - the journalists are excellent except the dreadful Alyson Rudd who doesn't appear to have watched any of the games she talks about and talks a lot without saying anything - former players are good - Scowcroft and Robson especially - some discussions on the major games could have a bit more structurePD

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Kb47537426
Aug 21 '17
Rating:   4
Marcotti is a joke.

This podcast creates such inner turmoil within me that I cannot continue to listen, at least as long as Gabe Marcotti is hosting. He is a self promoting, interrupting, flow-killing monster. If I had a penny for every time Alyson Rudd was about to argue a good point only to have Marcotti cut her off to make an idiotic comment, I might actually be able to pay my rent. Seriously, try listening to one podcast without Marcotti cutting off Rudd mid sentence. I wouldn't go as far as saying he disregards her because she is female, but I truly would not rule it out. Someone let me know when Marcotti gets fired and I'll be back on this podcast for sure.

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stochastic
Aug 3 '17
Rating:   4
Could use a reboot

I've enjoyed this pod for a few years, but the lack of chemistry seems to indicate this could use a reboot. Marcotti is a smart guy, and I enjoy his written articles, but his hosting is painful these days. He seems to delight in arguing, being told he is correct, and lording over his panelists. The old pros recite tired cliches, noncommittal safe opinions, and the occasional boring rant. I enjoy Allison and Julien most of the time. The focus on predicting games and arbitrary "best lists in the league" are basically crappy click bait fodder in aural form. Thankfully, Rory's dry analysis is absent these days. Again, I want to like this podcast, and I still listen to it on long commutes, but please do try to improve it.

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CalcioLuigi
May 16 '17
Rating:   10
The don of football podcasting

Gab Marcotti is a legend

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clare howell
May 2 '17
Rating:   8
Gabe's Bludgeon Approach

I'm a regular listener here and to Guardian Football Weekly. Gabe is one of the best football writers working today, and Allison and Julien are consistently good here. But I wish Gabe would ocassionally take an aggression suppressant. He's not the best host, as he regularly talks over guests when he disagrees with points they're trying to make after he asks for their opinions. Still, an entertaining pod and essential for behind the scenes scoops.

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Asassin171
Mar 20 '17
Rating:   8
Marcotti has to be right when sometimes wrong !

My favourite Football Podcast. no gimmicks and efforts to be slick and funny.Straight talking no nonsense views from all even when Marcotti is clearly wrong he has to be right in his views sometimes a bit like its my ball so put up with it.

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Tudy01
Mar 17 '17
Rating:   10
A must have in your football lover list of podcasts.

Informative, argumentative, condensed and funny. Very good host and even better guests.

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Sugar badger
Feb 5 '17
Rating:   10
Enjoyable Listen!

I enjoy listening to Gabe and the crew discuss football. Allison Rudd is awesome and the other panelists are also fun. Different than other football podcasts which makes it a nice change.

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Colliesbox
Nov 23 '16
Rating:   4
Great podcast, but ...

Sometimes the way that they all shout at one another gets too much to listen to. The producers could adjust the sound levels or something, but in the last episode it actually got physically uncomfortable on two occasions as the volume spiked in my headphones.

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The emerald isle
Jan 28 '16
Rating:   2
No graçias

Me no likey

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Inbrains
Oct 15 '15
Rating:   10
Great Podcast

Great Podcast don't know why people have an issue with Gab because he knows his stuff. People just have to understand when he's being tongue in cheek or playing devils advocate. Keep up the good work!

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Figono7
Apr 28 '15
Rating:   10
1st Class. A+++ Football Related Material.

Many of the vey best Football Journalists in the Business from The Times Football stable all together in the one place for your listening pleasure.Some of the most astute Opinions, analysis & debate you could hope to find tackle the most recent happenings in English & European Football.Pertinent talking points that also arise relating to the Beautiful Game also get the required time for dissection by the panel.Highly recommended.

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Cormac 83
Dec 16 '13
Rating:   10
Why compare?

Why do so many people compare this to Football Weekly? it’s not as if you’re only allowed download one podcast a week. A good podcast well worth a listen.

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Originut
Jul 19 '12
Rating:   8
Improved

I agreed completely with David's opinion from last may up until the end of the year. The analysis has improved considerably and is no longer a controversialist podcast. Even Marcotti is bareable most times!

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charlesodowd
Feb 22 '12
Rating:   2
Amateur

Marcotti = 0 stars

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