Football Travel by Outside Write

Outside Write is a blog dedicated to football travel, culture and history. In this podcast we discuss travel tips for watching football abroad, discuss football history, sociology and review books.

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Women's Football - Past, Present and Future

Ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup, we talk to Professor Jean Williams from the University of Wolverhampton about the history of the women's game.

Football Under Franco

The dictatorship of General Francisco Franco ruled Spain from 1939-75. It was a brutal regime that coincided with Spain's emergence as a footballing powerhouse. We talk to Alejandro Quiroga from the University of Newcastle to learn about football as a ...

Football in Bulgaria

We talk to Sofia-based football journalist Metodi Shumanov to get the lowdown on Bulgarian groundhopping, history and football culture. Thanks to Tony from the History Bhoys Abroad podcast for fielding the questions.

Episode 56: Groundhopping in Catalonia

We talk to Tarragona-based podcaster Tony from the History Bhoys Abroad podcast to explore the clubs of north-east Spain. Starting with La Liga clubs FC Barcelona, RCD Espanyol and Girona, as well as some other smaller teams to check out.

Episode 55: Il Grande Torino - 70 Years After Superga

On 4 May 1949, what was arguably the best team on the planet was wiped out in football's first aviation disaster. The plane carrying 'Il Grande Torino' - the great Torino FC side which had won five successive Italian championships - plowed into the Bas...

Podcast: The Roots of US Soccer

In this podcast, we talk to Brian D. Bunk from the Soccer History USA Podcast to discuss the early roots of the game in the US, the role of immigrant players - particularly Scottish and English players - and how the early American Soccer League (ASL) b...

Episode 53: Groundhopping in Japan

We talk to Chris Hough, who runs the Lost in Football Japan blog, about groundhopping around the country.  We unearth a fascinating and diverse football culture, so download and enjoy a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun...and the J-League.

Episode 52: Football in Pre-Partition Ireland

We talk to Dublin-based football historian, Gerard Farrell, about how soccer took off in the island of Ireland in the late 19th century up to the early 1920s.

Episode 51: The Corinthians and The Casuals

The Corinthians and The Casuals were absolutely key to the spreading of football and the ethos of fair play. We talk to Llew Walker from the modern day Corinthian-Casuals FC in England's 7th tier to learn of their relevance and legacy. This is a bumper...

Episode 50: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Ernö Egri Erbstein

The story of Hungarian coach Ernö Egri Erbstein had been a footnote in the annals of football history until Dominic Bliss investigated his remarkable life and legacy and authored his biography.   Erbstein pioneered tactics in pre-war Italy, leading a n...

Episode 49: Groundhopping in Romania

We talk to Bucharest-based Charlie Craven to get his tips for groundhopping around Romania. Starting in the capital with the famous Steaua and Dinamo clubs, we also discuss the recent rise of regional clubs and also the parlous state of the game in Rom...

Episode 48: Managing Matabeleland

We talk to Justin Walley, who's chronicled his time managing the Matabeleland team to the CONIFA World Football Cup in 2018. His fascinating book "One Football, No Nets" contains some incredible stories of coaching under the watchful eye of the Mugabe ...

Episode 47: Football Nostalgia with Daniel Gray

We chat to football writer Daniel Gray about his new book, "Black Boots and Football Pinks: 50 Lost Wonders of the Beautiful Game" and reminisce on some of the things we miss about football.

Episode 46: Groundhopping in the Czech Republic

We talk to Prague-based journalist, Ondrej Zlámal, about groundhopping in the Czech Republic, the history of the game there and the prospects for the national side.

Episode 45: Doing the 92...from a German perspective

The "92 Club" is an exclusive club made up of groundhoppers who have visited all 92 league club grounds in England and Wales. We catch up with Florian Sauer from Munich who has written a book on his unique perspective as a German who has completed the ...

Episode 44: Groundhopping in the Canary Islands

We chat to fans of both the big two Canarian football clubs, CD Tenerife and UD Las Palmas, to get the lowdown on groundhopping on the Canary Islands. We major on the big two, but also look at a number of other clubs from the islands.

Episode 43: Zagreb Ultras

Our guest is Dr. Andy Hodges, who spent years researching two very distinct ultrĂ  groups in the Croatian capital, Zagreb. The Bad Blue Boys of Dinamo Zagreb and the White Angels of NK Zagreb. We also discuss the Torcida fan group of Hajduk Split for co...

Episode 42: Juventus

We discuss the past, present and future of Italy's most popular club, Juventus, with Turin-based Adam Digby, author of Juventus: A History in Black and White.

Episode 41: Football in the Spanish Civil War

We discuss the impact of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) on La Liga and some of the major established clubs in Spain with Bilbao-based blogger, Dan Parry from The Linesman blog. The war helped found the current Atlético Madrid club and nearly drove FC ...

Episode 40: Groundhopping in the Valencia Region

We discover the clubs of Spain's east coast with Valencia-based journalist, Paco Polit. We look at the La Liga powerhouses of Valencia, Villarreal and Levante, plus other interesting clubs from La Comunidad Valenciana. Enjoy!

Episode 39: David Squires on Cartooning Football

We catch up with cartoonist David Squires, whose sketches feature in the Guardian (UK), L'Equipe (France), and also in German and Australian media. Why does football lend itself so easily to parody and who are his favourite subjects? Oh, and we discuss...

Episode 38: Politics in Contemporary Football

We're joined by Cas Mudde from the University of Georgia to discuss political activity in football, particularly looking at the rise of both right-wing factions and, on the flipside, the antifa movement. We also discuss groundhopping as Cas has been to...

Episode 37: Groundhopping in Southern Italy

We discuss the clubs from Rome southwards on the Italian peninsula with Rome-based football writer, Claus Bermann.

Episode 36: Major League Soccer

We get the lowdown on the US Major League Soccer scene with Stephen Brandt from the Yellow Card Podcast.  We discuss Beckham's influence, NASL, groundhopping, the franchise model and more...

Episode 35: The Belgrade Derby

We chat to Belgrade-based Kirsten Schlewitz from the Unusual Efforts blog/podcast about Red Star v Partizan, the Belgrade Derby.  

Episode 34: Groundhopping and Politics in Croatia

We speak to Dejan Hajdukovic about football in his native Croatia and its close relationship with politics.

Episode 33: Golazio! London's shrine to Italian 90s football

For fans of Italian football from the 1990s, a new bar has opened in South London that is heaven for nostalgics. It's called Golazio after the opening credits of Gazzetta Football Italia on Channel 4 in the UK, and guests at the opening night included ...

Episode 32: Groundhopping in Ukraine

We're back after a World Cup break and are exploring football in the co-host nation of Euro 2012, Ukraine!  

Episode 31: The CONIFA World Football Cup 2018

We go along to a very different kind of football tournament as we visit the CONIFA World Football Cup in London and speak to one of its media partners, Away Day Neutrals, to learn more about the tournament.

Episode 30: Groundhopping in Belgium

We check in with Belgian groundhopper, Stéphane Lievens, to get his advice on where and how to watch football in Belgium.

Episode 29: Reflections on Italia '90

We talk to Simon Hart, author of 'World in Motion', a new book looking at the inside story of Italia '90. What made this World Cup so iconic? Have a listen and find out...

Episode 28: Groundhopping in Uruguay

We talk to Montevideo-based football writer, Marcus Haydon, about watching football in one of the oldest footballing countries - Uruguay.

The Future of Safe Standing

Safe standing - also known as 'rail seating' - has been proven to be a safe way to enable football fans to stand at matches and is at use in Celtic, Dortmund and elsewhere.  The UK government has not allowed trials in England and Wales, but a groundswe...

Episode 26: The History of England v Germany

We look at the history of one of the biggest rivalries in international football - England v Germany - with football historian Dr. Christoph Wagner.    

Episode 25: Groundhopping in North-Rhine Westphalia

We discuss one of the most populated areas in Europe for football clubs - Germany's industrial heartland, the Rhineland, with groundhopper Matt Rayn. We talk Dortmund, Gladbach, Bayer Leverkusen, Köln and a whole bunch of others.

Episode 24: Football in Northern Spain

In this episode, we discuss the clubs on Northern Spain with the Oviedo-based football journalist, Alexandra Jonson. She’s writing a book on Real Oviedo, and also tells us about the best match day experiences in a much-overlooked part of Spain. Join us...

Episode 23: Groundhopping in Northern Italy

We talk to Rich Hall, founder of Italian football-focussed site Gentleman Ultra, to get his tips on the clubs to visit in Northern Italy. We visit the usual suspects – Turin clubs Juventus and Torino; AC and Inter in Milan; Hellas and Chievo in Verona ...

Episode 22: The League of Ireland

The League of Ireland has made a real effort to promote itself in recent years, and it seems to be working with crowds on the up. There’s also a wealth of talent waiting to be discovered, and you can watch a great game without breaking the bank. We ask...

Episode 21: Who was Don Patricio?

We speak to Alan McLean from the Patrick O'Connell Memorial Fund to learn about the incredible playing and managerial career of Patrick O'Connell, whose legacy as the man who saved FC Barcelona - and other incredible achievements - was almost forgotten...

Episode 20: Groundhopping in Madrid

The Spanish capital is a must for any international groundhopper. In this podcast we talk to Roddy Cons from the Madrid-based vlog The Team on Tour about how to visit Real Madrid’s Estadio Bernabeu and Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano, as well as ...

Episode 19: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East

We catch up with football journalist James Montague to discuss his travels around the Middle Eastern football scene, which he chronicled in his book "When Friday Comes: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East. It's a cracking episode!

Episode 18: The History of Football Fandom

We talk exclusively to football writer Paul Brown, author of Savage Enthusiasm, which chronicles the history of football fandom. How does the modern fan differ from the spectators of 150 years ago at the birth of association football? How has fandom re...

Episode 17: The Roots of AC Milan and Australian Groundhopping

We discuss who was the true "father of Italian football" with the writers and producers of a new film and book about a Nottingham textile worker who founded what would become one of the world's greatest clubs. Plus we discover how the A-League is growi...

Episode 16: The Jewish Community in English Football plus the Merseyside Derby

We talk to Anthony Clavane, author of Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? to discuss the role of Jews in English football, particularly their association with Tottenham Hotspur. Plus football writer Peter Thornton, filmmaker and board member of the Lanca...

Episode 15: Spain's First Football Club and Groundhopping in Italy

We catch up with Charlotte Mackay, great-granddaughter of William Alexander Mackay, founder of Spain’s first football club, Real Club Recreativo de Huelva. We also talk to Italian sports writer Chloe Beresford for her tips on watching Serie A football....

Episode 14: AFC Bournemouth and Northern Ireland

In this episode we sit down with AFC Bournemouth's Commercial Director, Rob Mitchell, to discuss the club's future plans, and we talk to Benjamin Roberts, author of a new book on the often turbulent history of football in Northern Ireland.

Episode 13: The State of Calcio and Netherlands Groundhopping

We attend Gazzetta Football Italia Live in London with the guys from The Gentleman Ultra to discuss the state of Italian football and reflect on Channel 4's legendary Italian football coverage, plus we discuss Dutch football with the Amsterdam-based wr...

Episode 12: Russia and Leeds United

With the Russia 2018 World Cup on the horizon, we talk to Siberia-based writer Andrew Flint about the Russian domestic scene, and we cover one of England's perennial "sleeping giants", Leeds United, with football journalist Jon Mackenzie.

Episode 11: Chinese Super League and No to Modern Football

We talk to Danny Brogan, co-founder of, to find out what's happening in China, and we catch up with Mark Doidge from the University of Brighton, who studies fan movements across Europe.

Episode Ten: Poland and Seville

We get the lowdown on the Polish domestic and international scene from's Chris Lash, plus great tips for groundhoppers.  In addition, Seville-based football writer Colin Millar talks us through the Sevilla/Betis rivalry, plus some o...