By Association

By Association
A narrative podcast about football.
26: This is Red Star
Apr 16, 2018 • 14 min
On the 21st of February 1897, in a cafe in Paris, a football club was born. It was founded on inclusive values, which it still upholds today. This is the story of Red Star, the last romantic football club in France.
25: Be a Pro
Mar 16, 2018 • 16 min
From childhood dream to a 20-year football career. Thomas Sorensen reflects on life in the game and competing at the highest level.
24: The Language of Football
Jan 10, 2018 • 14 min
Exploring the world of language in football; idioms, clichés and how these words and phrases embed themselves into football culture.
23: The Art of Football Commentary
Dec 4, 2017 • 15 min
On January 22 1927, BBC Radio broadcast a football match for the very first time. And so begun a long history of the human voice being integral to our football experience.
22: Tour of Duty
Nov 5, 2017 • 24 min
It was November 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War when an international football tournament was held in Saigon - and Australia’s national team was sent to compete.
21: Football v Homophobia
Oct 5, 2017 • 18 min
As the world game, football is a reflection of our global society. It has the power to transcend political, religious, cultural and social barriers. But that also means there is still work to do when it comes to representation, equality and inclusion.
20: The Anxiety of Football
Sep 5, 2017 • 16 min
For those who struggle with mental health issues, football can often be an outlet and a comfort when we need it most. Aaron Wolfe shares his story of how the game helped him overcome anxiety and depression.
19: The Youdan Trophy
Aug 6, 2017 • 13 min
This is the story of the worlds oldest football trophy and the games first knockout tournament. Before the FA Cup, there was the Youdan Cup.
18: State of the Game
Jul 6, 2017 • 22 min
Association football may be the most popular sport in the world but in many regions the development of the game remains a work in progress. For countries that are still trying to build their own football culture, the very globalisation of the game can…
Jun 7, 2017 • 12 min
FIFA, football’s world governing body, established in 1904 to oversee the international game. Today, it’s comprised of 211 member associations. That’s more than the United Nations. But of course, there are many nations outside of FIFA. That’s where CONIFA…
The Blizzard x By Association: The Silenced Crowd
Jun 1, 2017 • 20 min
In collaboration with The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly, we present ‘The Silenced Crowd’. The greatest scandal in British football in the first half of the twentieth century, as a group of players from two of the country’s greatest sides colluded to…
16: Grassroots
May 8, 2017 • 14 min
It’s a scene that plays out every weekend around the world during the football season. People flock to their local community clubs to watch, play, coach and volunteer. This is grassroots football, the lifeblood of the game.
15: Le Ballon
Apr 8, 2017 • 13 min
Have you ever dreamed of creating your own football club? This is the story of some football fans who went several steps further. They created an entire league. Le Ballon, the coolest amateur football league in the world.
14: Football on Film
Mar 10, 2017 • 14 min
As a global sport football is integral to so many cultures around the world and naturally, we see it represented in many different art forms, including film. In this episode we take a look at some of the best (and worst) football films and explore the…
13: Iraq 2007
Feb 9, 2017 • 19 min
A nation torn apart by war and the football team that defied all odds to achieve the impossible. This is the inspirational story of how Iraq became Champions of Asia.
12: The Age of the PlayStation Footballer
Jan 6, 2017 • 15 min
Football video games have become a major part of soccer fandom. We explore their role in modern football culture and the growing influence they’re having on the sport itself.
11: DT38
Dec 7, 2016 • 22 min
This is the story of Dylan Tombides. The young Australian footballer who’s brave battle with testicular cancer inspired the Foundation in his name and left a legacy that aims to educate and raise awareness, throughout the football community and beyond.
10: Melbourne Victory: The Foundations
Nov 8, 2016 • 17 min
The establishment of Melbourne Victory and how they became one of the A-League’s biggest success stories.
09: La Fábrica
Oct 6, 2016 • 17 min
Football’s success stories are well documented. Like the youth players that rise through the ranks of the academy system to make it as professionals. But what about the ones who don’t make it?
08: Foosball
Aug 7, 2016 • 16 min
The history and culture of the popular table-top game, inspired by the world game.
07: Aston Villa 1981
Jul 6, 2016 • 17 min
The story of Aston Villa’s 1981 Championship-winning season, through the eyes of a young fan.
06: The Poetry of Football
Jun 6, 2016 • 13 min
Football writer, Musa Okwonga talks about his connection with football, his love for Manchester United and capturing the beauty and simplicity of the world game through poetry.
05: The Man Who Saved Barcelona
May 7, 2016 • 24 min
In July 1936, The Civil War broke out in Spain and the La Liga season was suspended as tensions grew around the country. Aligning with the Republicans, FC Barcelona were a club under threat. On the verge on bankruptcy, it was the actions of the club’s…
04: Wild Westerners FC
Apr 7, 2016 • 12 min
An amateur pub team embark on a football tour of the Far East. But what they find when they arrive, nobody would have expected.
03: The Champions
Mar 9, 2016 • 8 min
In 1992 the European Cup became the Champions League. Not only was it the introduction of a new group stage format, it also gave us a piece of music that would become iconic in its own right.
02: 1975 Portland Timbers
Feb 9, 2016 • 12 min
The establishment of the Portland Timbers and their debut season in the North American Soccer League.
01: Highbury 2006
Jan 10, 2016 • 12 min
A life-long Arsenal fan travels from Australia to London in the hope of witnessing the clubs last ever match at Highbury.