WELCOME…..Anyone who has stumbled across this site before will know that I have a strong love for French football, especially Ligue 1 and everything that goes with it. Recently I had a go at a solo podcast “Le Beau Jeu” was a chance for me to chat (to myself) about my love of football over the channel.

Through my twitter journey I crossed paths with a gentleman by the name of Chris Oakley, a man who had also recorded his own solo podcast as he got interested in Ligue 1. Both Chris and I are part of our own fairly successful podcasts gibfootballshow & Sound of Football. However these pods didn’t give us the chance to talk about Ligue 1 as much as we would like.

A plan was hatched at the recent NOPA awards, we decided to come together and form our own podcast concentrating solely on all things French. Inspired by Terry Duffelen and Jon Hartley’s “Bundesliga Show” we knew that working together was much better than going solo.

So the plan is to record the podcast after the last game in Ligue 1 and hopefully capture all the action that’s gone on that week. As the show grows we hope to bring you some top top guests from the world of French Football and we hope you enjoy the show.

Without further delay, may we present to you.

FRENCH FOOTBALL WEEKLY

(iTunes subscription coming soon)

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As a little Christmas present from myself to you good people out there, I present to you an interview with journalist, author, podcaster and Football Manager legend that is Iain Macintosh. He is the mastermind behind “The Heidenheim Cronicles”. And your can hear his dulcet tones on the wonderful Three Up Front podcast.

Iain was kind enough to take some of his time to answer some questions.

First of all Iain congratulations on the recent NOPA award for best contributor to a blog or podcast, how does it feel to be chosen by an esteemed panel to receive this award?

I’m genuinely touched. I’ve never won an award for anything in my life, so it’s a lovely moment indeed. However, all credit should go to the guys at In Bed With Maradona. They’ve created a fantastic site, drawing together a superb selection of writers from around the world. They’re warm, wise and witty men, and they’re all surprisingly affectionate lovers.

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Last night saw the best and brighest minds of the football blogging world get together at Hoxton Hall in London to celebrate the NOPA awards. I took along my dictaphone and cornered some of the nominees and distinguished guests to ask them so questions in their field.

Instead of the normal weekley podcast I recorded some interviews after the NOPA Awards last night, I spoke to David Bevan about the Championship, Tim Hill and Charlie Anderson about Dortmund, Tottenham and Man City. Terry Duffelen talks all things Bundesliga and Ben Shave gives us some insight into the Portuguese League. A smorgasbord of the best bloggers around.

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Well everyone it has been nearly a month since the nominations were announced and my how time has flown by. Tomorrow night football bloggers from around the country will be joined together in a festival of food and drink to celebrate all the nights sat at their PC’s writing about the beautiful game.

It is set to be a momentous occasion, dignitaries such as Clive Tyldseley, the BBC’s Mihir Bose, the boys from The Football Ramble. Roy Meredith General manager of Championship Manager and of course don’t forget the high quality of nominated blogs: Michael Cox from Zonal Marking, Sid Lowe from The Guardian, Tim Vickery from BBC’s World Football Phone In.

Someone I have also managed to sneak a nomination for best podcast, I am looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the best and brightest in the blogging world. European football Weekends, Swiss Ramble, Sound of Football, twofootedtackle the list goes on and on.

Now if I have wetted your appetite a little there is still time to pick up a ticket. £20 gets you entry to the event and food and drink is included, even if there wasn’t an awards ceremony, the price seems good enough for the booze and grub.

So far you’re paying to be feed and watered, talk football with some of the brightest minds (and me) but you are also helping a charity. All proceeds for the event are going to DSActive, a wonderful charity helping kids with Down’s Syndrome, so there’s no excuse, over 30 tickets still remain, if you can make it make sure you come down, it’s going to be a great night.

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Well at looks like someone, being of sound body and mind has decided to nominated the gibfootballshow podcast for an award.

The good people at PickLive.com run an awards ceremony for football bloggers, one of the categories is for Best Podcast, and somehow I have managed to squeeze my way in amongst some of the best podcasts around. The Guardian’s Football Weekly, The Football Ramble (Hoooooo!!!), Back Page Football, and twofootedtackle.com, all of them worthy winners, I am extremly happy just to be included with such respected pod’s.

And of course well done to everyone else who was nominated for an award, so many well deserved nominations, loads of good people missed out to, so honoured to be involved.

I have to thank the rest of my team – Chris, Charlie, Brent, Ethan, Gav newly acquired Brazilian correspondent Jack and of course everyone that’s bothered to listen and ReTweet the link on twitter. I feel a certain pressure now to up the game and maintain a standard, when really it’s four guys sat on skype complaining about football.

I will do my best to make it down to the awards ceremony, being in that there London it’s a bit of a trek, but I’d love to rub shoulders with the awesome bloggers that will be there. On the night there is a “People’s Choice” award, which we could technically win, but we would need your help.

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If you can’t think of anyone else more deserving of the award, please feel free to use our pod as your voting choice. We would really appreciate it, and thank you for your support.

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