The Portcast #22: The Swedish Model

 

No, this week’s guest Peter Sheppard hasn’t taken to strutting his stuff on the catwalk, but he has landed a position working in Swedish football, and he’s here to tell us all about it. How does football differ in one of the world’s most developed countries, with a league nearing it’s 100th birthday, and a developing nation in South East Asia who’s football league is in it’s teen years?

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The Portcast #21: National Team Talk

 

I’m joined by Gian Chansrichawla and Tommie Duncan to talk Thai national team. We consider all the major candidates for inclusion, and eventually agree on a 23 man squad which we think would serve boss Akira Nishino well.

Some big names miss out and some uncapped players make the cut, including a Sandpit favourite.

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The Portcast #20: Famed but Flawed with Gian Chansrichawla

 

Gian Chansrichawla joins The Portcast to give some us some more insight in to the crisis at Muangthong. We talk about SMM’s legal disputes with the Thai FA, SCG’s reported sponsorship cut-back and why Muangthong’s famous academy is not all it’s cracked up to be. there’s plenty we didn’t know about that Gian spells out in rapid-fire detail.

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The Portcast #19: Crisis or Strategy?

 

Muangthong’s ‘Dream Team’ of 2016 is no more, and the only question is how low can they go. Tom and James give their thoughts on how a club who, just a few years ago, could turn out an entire XI of Thai internationals could soon be realistic candidates for relegation.

Port’s transfers with Muangthong also go under the microscope, with James having particularly harsh words for T1’s top scorer.

 

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The Portcast #18: Thai Football Through a Foreign Lens

 

Tom and James talk about all the ways in which Thai football is experienced by foreign fans.

Are you the sort of fan who just turns up at the stadium and asks who’s playing?

Do you get your news from the newspaper?

Do you follow the official website or a fan-made equivalent?

Or are you following social media to find out what’s going on?

We cover all these areas and more, analyzing what’s good and what could be better in Thai football through a foreign lens.

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The Portcast #17: Around Thailand in 16 Stadiums

Tom and Tim take a virtual tour of Thailand, reviewing T1’s 16 stadiums and a few other particularly memorable venues. Along the way we give them our ratings, as well as telling some stories from our numerous away days.

From the Ballardian wastelands of Chaeng Wattana to the picturesque lakes of Sukhothai, we have experienced the good, the bad and the unsanitary.

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The Portcast #16: A Decade of Highlights

 

Tom and Tim are back for another Portcast, and this time we’re laying on an audio-visual experience for our audience.

Hit play on the podcast for a full explanation of what we’ve got lined up, and keep this page open so you have access to all the videos we’ll be watching, so you can watch and listen to the action along with us.

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The Portcast #15: Choked Out with Tim Russell

 

The biggest Thai League news of the season so far is Port and FA Cup winning coach Choke parting ways in unusual circumstances. I talk to Sandpit editor Tim Russell about the shock move, and analyse both Choke’s surprisingly honest interview and the club’s panicked response.

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The Portcast #14: South East Asian Football with James

 

Inspired by being cooped up all day every day, The Portcast was finally able to secure an interview with a guy we’ve been trying to get on the podcast for ever. James has played professionally and been involved with football in a few different capacities across South East Asia. This brings a very welcome perspective to the podcast, which is usually rather narrowly centred on Thailand, and more specifically Port.

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The Portcast #13: Transfer Talk with Gian Chansrichawla

 

What happens when fans of Thailand’s two fiercest rivals sit down and talk football?

Well, myself and aspiring journalist Gian Chansrichawla put aside our partisan differences for an hour and took a deep dive in to the world of transfers. Gian dissects transfer strategies from Chiang Rai to Chainat, telling us what has been behind some of Thai football’s biggest success stories.

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