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Episode Thirty – Does anyone actually enjoy football?

After a week of total despair aka world cup qualifiers, the team are back to lose the popular vote that is the world of football.

Speaking of which, this week we want to talk about what it is which makes football so popular? Is it the beautiful way in which agents get rich off meaningless and often legally dubious transfers? The glory of the common fan being priced out of attending or even viewing games on television? Or the wonderful way in which a corrupt clique at the top of the game has skimmed fortunes by pimping out our most beloved tournaments to oligarchs and tyrants? We ask: “Does anyone actually enjoy football?”

The thoughtless man’s football pundit Jon Mackenzie unsurprisingly has a talking point related to Kevin De Bruyne. With both KDB and a resurgent Eden Hazard available for Belgium, Jon talks about how they fit together and how teams such as these get the best out of their players when they have such an embarrassment of riches.

Speaking of embarrassment, Will Geeson watched Senegal succumb to South Africa at the weekend. He asks whether spaces at the world cup are distributed fairly between the confederations and whether or not the World Cup should be the utmost pinnacle of football excellence or should focus more on spreading the game around the world.

I was drunk when I wrote this script and the part about my talking point is illegible. It was, like my life, promising before the alcohol kicked in. Oh well, best to fall back on talking about Italy then.

Finally, noted fun person Paddy is here bringing the Organised Frivolity in an effort to distract us from how sad everything is. Good luck there pal.

All this, and more besides in this week’s episode of A Team of John O’Sheas.
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