World Cup winners Frank Leboeuf and Heather O'Reilly, former Leicester City and Celtic manager Martin O'Neill, former Brazil goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes and Iceland midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson reveal the secrets of navigating the knockout stages of a football tournament. We'll also hear about how players can prepare for these huge matches away from the pitch thanks to Professor Steve Peters, who specialises in mental health and the functioning of the human mind. Narration by Delyth Lloyd.
(Image: France win the World Cup, Credit: Getty Images)
We need to talk about Qatar
As the World Cup kicks off Delyth Lloyd is joined by the BBC’s Sports News Correspondent Alex Capstick to examine a range of issues that have overshadowed Qatar 2022, starting with the initial awarding of the tournament, which the former Fifa President Sepp Blatter has since told the BBC was a “mistake”.
Yasmine Ahmed from Human Rights Watch joins us to talk about the conditions for migrant workers in the country and says while they have improved, more must be done to compensate workers, and the families of those that have been injured or died in the country.
Dr Nasser Mohamed, a gay Qatari now living in the USA, opens up about his experience growing up as a gay man in Qatar, and explained what he hopes to achieve by founding the “Proud Maroons”, a LGBTQI+ fans group for the country’s national team.
We also examine the claims around the environmental impact of the tournament, which Fifa insists will be the first carbon-neutral World Cup, and hear from leading environmentalists who’ve told the BBC that claim is "dangerous and misleading".
And we assess what impact hosting the tournament has had on the country, and what legacy Qatar’s Supreme Committee and Fifa hope it will leave behind.
The World Cup's grudge match: Ghana's quest for Uruguay revenge
Ghana and Uruguay created one of the most dramatic and controversial moments in World Cup history in 2010, when the "Black Stars” were the width of a crossbar away from becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals.
Uruguay's Luis Suárez was sent off in the last minute of extra time for handling the ball on the line and then celebrated wildly when Ghana's Asamoah Gyan's penalty hit the bar. Ghana went on to lose a penalty shoot-out, a continent was heartbroken and Suárez became public enemy number 1 in Africa.
Twelve years on, and the two teams will meet again at the World Cup in Qatar and Sportsworld's John Bennett delves into why revenge is so important for Ghana's football fans. He speaks to Gyan, gets the view from Uruguay and speaks to journalists and fans who lived and breathed that epic first match.
(Photo: Luis Suárez of Uruguay handles the ball on the goal line, for which he is sent off, during a FIFA World Cup quarter-final match between Uruguay and Ghana at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 2, 2010. Credit: Getty Images)
Barcelona: Still more than a club?
We discuss the financial situation at Barcelona, their moves in the transfer market, hopes for the new season and the success of their women’s team.
Sportsworld's Delyth Lloyd is joined by the Athletic’s Pol Ballus, Ernest Macia of Radio Catalunya, finance expert Kieran Maguire, German football journalist Constantin Eckner and former Barcelona Femení forward Toni Duggan.
Photo: General view of the Camp Nou Stadium prior the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano. (Credit: Getty Images)
The Big Premier League Preview
Sportsworld's Lee James is joined by the former Arsenal, West Ham and Wolves striker Jeremie Aliadiere, the Reading and England striker Natasha Dowie, and the Independent's chief football writer Miguel Delaney to look ahead to the new Premier League season. The panel discuss how the winter World Cup in Qatar will impact on the season, how Manchester City and Liverpool will evolve with their two new number nines, and whether big spenders Spurs can put up a genuine title challenge. We'll hear from Sadio Mane on his decision to leave Anfield, from Martin Odegaard on Arsenal's hopes for the new season, and from Raphael Varane on having no regrets on swapping Madrid for Manchester.
Photo: Fernandinho of Manchester City lifts the trophy after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022. (Credit: Offside via Getty Images)