Episode 541 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Dig Out The Orange Ball – 2022 Christmas Special)

Episode 541 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Dig Out The Orange Ball – 2022 Christmas Special)

It’s Chriiiiiisssssstmaaaaaassssss!

The weather outside may be truly frightful, but fear not because we’ve got a bumper AFTN Soccer Show Christmas special to keep you entertained. There’s fun, there’s games, there’s music, and there’s lots of football and Christmas chat. You can play along with all the games during the show, including our latest Jeopardy rounds, which you can find the questions for HERE.

We talk about the proposed expanded club World Cup coming in 2025. Could we see it held in the US and Canada? And with that in mind we have an early look ahead to the 2026 World Cup. Plus we delve into our all-time favourite World Cup mascots and shock results.

All of that and we hear what Christmas is like in the Axel Schuster and Stephanie Labbe households, we talk about our favourite Christmas movies, and bring you three more songs from AFTN’s 2022 Festive 15.

Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

01.36: Intro
07.15: Football Jeopardy
31.55: An Axel Schuster Christmas
44.23: Outburst – Football Edition (part one)
54.05: An extended Club World Cup for 2025
70.47: Christmas Movies Flash Five
91.27: Outburst – Football Edition (part two)
106.22: A Stephanie Labbe Christmas
111.13: An early look ahead to the 2026 World Cup
118.55: World Cup Shock Results Flash Five
135.53: 20 Questions – World Cup players
149.30: World Cup Mascots Flash Five
167.15: Wavelength – The Whitehawk Isolators – Christmas For All

You can download and/or listen to this, and all previous, episodes of the podcast on the following services:

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Or after all that, you could just listen on the player below!

Authored by: Michael McColl

There is 1 comment for this article
  1. Ollie Learmonth at 13:17

    Hi from Brighton, England!

    Thank you for playing and chatting about our song “Christmas for All” – we are amazed it’s got noticed across the pond!

    We did this last year during lockdown – it’s a reimagining of our single “We Are Whitehawk” which the team walk out to. We also wrote a musical about the club ! And release new songs every few months…we are just a couple of amateur fans having fun.

    Again, thanks for highlighting us – Happy New Year to you!

    Best wishes, Ollie

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