World Cup Road Trip

World Cup Road Trip
Francis Leach and Tony Wilson are off to the World Cup in Russia.
Russia goes on without the World Cup
Jul 16, 2018 • 36 min
It’s proshchay with a series of politically sensitive interviews about the current state of Russia and how it’s ruled. In one case we’ve had to alter voices to protect identities, conducted the interviews in London and held off until things had quietened…
Calling in from Stuttgart 2006
Jul 16, 2018 • 4 min
22 June 2006 and Tony is in Stuttgart for the match between Australia and Croatia. He’s also part of the Triple R Breakfasters team. Best thing to do - call into the show from the other side of the world after a big game.
Q and A
Jul 14, 2018 • 41 min
In the final days of the tournament Tony and Francis reflect on the Road Trip, the World Cup and world football. Five questions each between Moscow and Melbourne.
GAME DAY: England V Croatia
Jul 11, 2018 • 29 min
Is it one step closer to “coming home”? Francis is in Moscow; first a visit to the stadium to take in the flavour of high stakes international football then back to a suburban restaurant near Yugo-Zapadaya metro station to watch the game on a grainy TV.
GAME DAY: England V Sweden
Jul 7, 2018 • 19 min
It’s over to Max Rushden’s London place for a BBQ and pub-patron-free viewing of the quarter final that could get England one step closer to “bringing it home”. Then off to Hyde Park to people watch as Francis wrestles with what he sees and hears.
Love England but can’t stand their team, with Daniel Norcross
Jul 7, 2018 • 21 min
Francis leaves Russia looking for the England football fans. He’s in London confused by his own English football team antipathy. Lucky he’s found a sympathetic ear in Daniel Norcross, BBC Test Match Special and ESPNCricinfo. Tony’s ditched the Northcote…
GAME DAY: England V Colombia
Jul 3, 2018 • 27 min
The sonic audio of the Moscow subway, jet lag for good and breaking of the penalty shoot out curse. The excitement, the whinging and the hopes of both countries.
FFS Neymar
Jul 2, 2018 • 17 min
Old mate glass-shins Neymar has lost Brazil another fan in Francis Leach. And reporting from a Northcote closet Tony farewells Japan.
GAME DAY: Russia V Spain
Jul 1, 2018 • 22 min
The party’s probably still going on in Russia. And Tony files a report from a closet in Northcote.
Farewell to a Football Friend
Jul 1, 2018 • 3 min
Tony was shaken out of his World Cup reverie by bad news from Sochi. Peter Dawson, Socceroos tragic, died on the day of the Peru game in Sochi. He was a football fanatic, a Socceroos tragic, and he was never going to miss a World Cup. Rest in peace.
France, Francis and the football ahead
Jun 30, 2018 • 9 min
Archie Shaw of the Evening Standard and David Davutovic, head football writere at the Herald Sun, discuss the state of the World Cup during the final 10 minutes of France V Argentina. But before we do, Francis blessed the rains down in Red Square.
“Moscow is crazy city”
Jun 30, 2018 • 9 min
While Francis pushes on in St Petersburg Tony is celebrating with Brazil then off the airport to come home. It’s a hour-plus taxi to the airport but the driver Victor has a lead foot, minimal English and a brash disregard for the German soccer team. Rate…
The Mighty have fallen
Jun 27, 2018 • 12 min
Tony makes it back to the familiar surrounds of Moscow with the tour finding a local with impressive knowledge of Australian sport. And Francis checks in from St. Petersburg. Not so sadly it seems Germany lost despite 26 shots at goal compared to South…
GAME DAY: Australia V Peru
Jun 26, 2018 • 21 min
Tens of thousands of Peruvian fans have decended on Fisht Stadium with the Australian supporters. We’re at the ground to experience what could be Australia’s last game in this World Cup.
Russian morale and the best headlines never printed
Jun 26, 2018 • 7 min
The Russians are noticeably unhappy about the result against Uruguay. And as Australians we have some insight here. Every episode Dean sends Tony a text with a suggested headline for the episodes, we did use “Seven Pelmeni Army” but others have been left…
Tony invited back to Jenya’s
Jun 25, 2018 • 11 min
At 10:36 PM Tony’s picking cucumbers for dinner in Jenya’s Sochi garden after buying him around at the pub. Home brew whiskey and Google Translate go some way to filling the gaps. While you’re here - leave a review or share the show with a friend.
You can learn a lot walking around Sochi
Jun 24, 2018 • 12 min
Sun’s out and it’s time to take in the Black Sea town of Sochi. Walking tour, beard tokens and a reflection on the trade-offs between security and freedom. While you’re here - leave a review or share the show with a friend.
“That was a very high return match”
Jun 24, 2018 • 19 min
We’re in Sochi for Germany verses Sweden! “My stress was zero, my enjoyment - 10 out of 10!” says Cam leaving the stadium.
Seven Pelmeni Army
Jun 23, 2018 • 20 min
It’s a sing-off! Australia excels comparitively in almost anything to do with sport except songs. Barmy Army’s got us beat at the cricket and the Russians hold an upper hand, on home soil, at the Cup. And Tony gets out and about in the “closed city” to…
GAME REPORT: Nigeria V Iceland (obligatory Messi comparison)
Jun 23, 2018 • 8 min
Nigeria bested the sparcely populated but closely related Iceland 2 - 0. Time to draw some Lionel Messi comparisons to the star of the game, Ahmed Musa, and think about the significance of this tournament for the great Messi.
Aus V Den: One more song!
Jun 21, 2018 • 39 min
Big game, big opponents (literally), big episode. - Australia verses Denmark - Shane Crawford - Simon Hill - Francis Leach as Joe Cocker
Bookmakers in Samara
Jun 20, 2018 • 22 min
The trip heads from Ulyanovsk to Samara with goodbyes from Roman, a TV chef handing out commemorative coins. Straight away in Samara Tony’s found a party on the outskirts and a handful of bookmakers. Nobody ever tips a draw! And they love it.
One reason to interrupt another’s breakfast
Jun 20, 2018 • 19 min
If you’ve got a photo like Francis does you’ll walk straight over there. Russian taxis are almost as thrilling as the second Russia win. You meet another of the Green and Gold Army, a model plane obsession surfaces and we think Tony is coming home with…
Martin Denyer, world’s greatest tour guide
Jun 19, 2018 • 12 min
19 years a tour manager, Martin Denyer says every day’s a Saturday for him. He travels a lot with Australians, about 50% of his time. And plenty of that’s cricket. And then there’s the run-ins with the rich and famous.
Offsiders (sort of) on the road in Ulyanovsk
Jun 18, 2018 • 27 min
Starting at a lonely truckstop and finishing up after the England win it’s been a big day on the tour for everyone. Barrie Cassidy arrives after 3 hours in a very cheap taxi to hand Tony a beer and co-host an unofficial Offsiders in the pub with Francis.
Kazan touring and Kris Temple
Jun 17, 2018 • 25 min
Kris Temple, TV & Radio Broadcaster at BBC South and Stadium Announcer in Kazan for the World Cup, shares his insight into the level of preparation that goes into the spectacle of each game. Tony makes it to the local Kremlin, gets lunch with a local…
Aus V Fra: Proud but empty handed
Jun 16, 2018 • 8 min
A huge Australian contingent travelled to Kazan making it feel like a home game for the Socceroos. There’s anticipation around the ground fueled by days of travel and the once in a lifetime experience. Tony gets a little lost, new lyrics for a team song,…
GAME REPORT: Australia V France
Jun 16, 2018 • 3 min
First game! Looked like a draw for a moment but France managed a win. Quick take on what happened as fast as we can - get the full experience on the next episode.
George Negus and off to Kazan!
Jun 16, 2018 • 27 min
The great man Mr Negus still has it in for the Italians (a bit), Tony has another crack at Red Square and there’s plenty going on at this Moscow airport, especially for one family. “You can see the fixed smiles on the faces of the parents”
Nuclear missile disco and secrets in Gorky Park
Jun 14, 2018 • 18 min
It’s on the buses to see the sights while there’s time - Red Square, Bunker 42, Victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill with its huge obelisk and Gorky Park (ssshhhhhh!). Who needs the historical sights though when the action on and next to the buses are just as…
First game: Bingle and a national jingle, or two
Jun 14, 2018 • 14 min
“That is the stuff!” Van drivers like strikers, choirs like armies and we’re slipping some Beatles inbetween. A big night out with the Green and Gold Army.
Mishaps, Mexico fans and Moscow
Jun 13, 2018 • 17 min
Francis meets some die hard Mexican fans in the hotel and shares some reflections on Moscow. The foyer is a bustling place, it’s just missing Tony! He’s arrived but mishap after mishap keep holding him up.
Tony leaves Hungary but lucky
Jun 13, 2018 • 11 min
Football fans are a superstitious bunch - lucky shirts, pre game rituals, jinxes and charms. When Tony receives an omen from the heavens, he takes to the streets of Budapest to find out what is lucky in Hungary, and whether he can harness some for the…
The Concierge and the Club Owner
Jun 13, 2018 • 37 min
When you want to know what’s going on, you go to the Concierge. Francis gets the local insight from Kiril, the 27 year old man who sees all the hotel. And Tony, in his final moments of Hungary, sits down with George F. Hemingway. Hemingway is a giant of…
Golden Days to Come by Last Leaves
Jun 12, 2018 • 4 min
Golden Days to Come is a brand new World Cup anthem dedicated to the Socceroos. It’s from the ‘Official Matinée World Cup EP’ Five songs in total - bands from Australia, Brazil, England, Spain and Sweden.
Simon Hill and Puskas’ resting place
Jun 11, 2018 • 26 min
Tony learns that in Budapest’s famous cathedral, the magic words “Puskas South Melbourne Hellas” can take you to amazing places. And Francis sits down with Simon Hill, Fox Sport commentator, on a purple couch in their Moscow hotel.
Destination Moscow
Jun 10, 2018 • 12 min
It’s wheels down in Moscow and Francis grabs a cab to get the feel of the city. Tony is on the road in Hungary and watches The Socceroos last hit out before The World Cup.
Check the fuel tank…
Jun 7, 2018 • 2 min
Packed and ready, we’re about to get on a plane and head north. Far far north. Let you’re World Cup mates know about the Road Trip on the socials or plug it into their phone. And when you get a chance leave a review where you’re listening.