Hoffenheim in control of top 4 spot

The Bundesliga resumed on Friday with a crucial game in the race for Champions League qualification as fifth placed Hertha Berlin welcomed fourth placed Hoffenheim and Julian Nagelsmann’s men left capital with a crucial 3-1 win. The hosts had the better of the game in the opening quarter but after Andrej Kramarić’s penalty cancelled Peter Pekarík’s opener, the visitors gradually gained control and could have won by a bigger margin. Niklas Süle’s superb strike after Hertha Berlin went down to 10 men and a second for Kramarić late on, gave Hoffenheim a well-deserved three points.

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Coupe de La Ligue Final preview with Philippe Auclair

The Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar welcomes its first guest as renowned football journalist Philippe Auclair joins Wasim to preview the 2017 Coupe de La Ligue final between Monaco and PSG. Philippe and Wasim also talk about football journalism and the general state of affairs in Ligue 1.

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Colombia regain momentum

Since taking over as national team manager, Tite has removed all suspense from Brazil’s 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign, winning eight games out of eight leaving the Seleção just a point away from Russia with four games to go. With top spot all but sealed, the drama from South America’s marathon qualifying campaign is now contained in the fight for the three remaining direct qualification places and one playoff spot. The biggest winners in that particular battle after this international break are Colombia.

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High Stakes in AFC, CONCACAF & CONMEBOL qualifiers on Tuesday

With UEFA playing only one round of World Cup Qualifiers during this international break, the focus shifts to other confederations on Tuesday. We are now entering the home straight of the campaigns in Asia and South America, while the final hex in North and Central America is also heating up nicely. At the end of the day, we should be able to get a clearer picture of which teams can start preparing for next summer in Russia as others see their World Cup dreams fade. Every game is important, but these seven matches on Tuesday have a lot hinging on them on the road to Russia.

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Brazil continue improvement under Tite

The two most impressive teams in CONMEBOL qualifying squared off in Montevideo in what was billed as Brazil’s most difficult task since their turnaround under Tite. The Seleção visited second-place Uruguay, with the hosts keen to prove a point. In the return fixture, Luis Suarez single-handedly turned things around as he inspired his team to a valuable point away from home, coming back from two goals behind. However, Los Charruas were without their suspended talisman this time around and his absence was felt.

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UCL and UEL Quarterfinal Draw Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar

New matchups in the Champions League and Europa League have Wasim excited about the quarterfinals, while it gets tricky picking a winner in Bayern vs Real and Juve vs Barcelona.

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Another crucial round in the race for promotion

With nine games to go, the pressure is ratcheting up for the teams at the top end of the Championship. The battle for promotion is never straight-forward, however this year’s race is capturing the imagination of many. Historic clubs like Newcastle and Leeds are right in the picture for promotion to the top flight, while forward-thinking managers like David Wagner, Jaap Stam, Garry Monk and Slaviša Jokanović have brought excitement in the dugout as they compete against the tactical acumen of Rafa Benitez and divisional experience of Chris Hughton.

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Champions League Round of 16 Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar

With the Champions League Round of 16 behind us, Wasim looks back at fine wins for Leicester and Monaco, while posing questions for Guardiola and Sampaoli. Plus, Juve and Atletico are the two teams nobody wants to draw in the quarterfinals.

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FA Cup Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar

The quarterfinals weren’t special, but Wasim believes we’ll see the magic of the FA Cup in the semis and the final as Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City duke it out for honours in the world’s oldest cup competition.

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Football Podcast Europa League Preview

Wasim looks ahead to the round of 16 in the Europa League, where several interesting clashes take place including Lyon vs Roma, Olympiacos vs Besiktas and Schalke 04 vs Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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