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English, Sports, 1 seasons, 133 episodes, 3 days 19 hours 30 minutes
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Asian Cup preview: What to expect from Asia’s best

The Asian Cup is football’s second oldest continental championship and the 18th edition – which gets underway in Qatar on 12 January 2024 – will see the continent’s best football nations go head-to-head to be crowned this year’s Asian champions.Who are the main contenders? Which team could spring a surprise? What can be expected? Mani Djazmi is joined by Asian football journalist Michael Church, Japanese sports journalist Kumi Kinohara and BBC Persian Service’s Iran reporter Pooria Jafereh to preview the tournament.Also hear from South Korea’s manager Jurgen Klinsmann, Palestine’s midfielder Mohammed Rashid, India’s goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and tournament debutants Tajikistan’s Amirbek Juraboev.Image: Qatari footballer Hassan al-Haydos carries the Asian Cup trophy during the draw for the AFC Asian Cup in Doha on May 11, 2023. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)
07/01/202447 minutes 25 seconds
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Sportsworld’s quiz of the year: 2023

As 2023 winds down, Delyth Lloyd tests the sporting knowledge of you and some familiar names from the BBC World Service Sport team in a special Sportsworld quiz.Will it be Team World Cup’s Maz Farookhi and Katie Smith, Team Sportsworld’s Lee James and John Bennett or Team Warm Up Track’s Ed Harry and Ade Adedoyin who will be crowned the ultimate sporting quiz champions of 2023?Photo: The sportsworld quiz teams (Credit: BBC)
24/12/202351 minutes 19 seconds
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Athlete of the Year Top 10: Who are the standout athletes of 2023?

It's been another sensational athletics season with multiple gold medallists and world record breaking performances on the track, the road and in the field.From the highs of the World Championships in Budapest to Diamond League glory and marathon supremacy, who are the athletes who have impressed the most in 2023?Sportsworld’s Lee James is joined by The Warm Up Track’s Ed Harry and Ade Adedoyin who name their top 10 athletes of the year, with additional insight from BBC Africa’s Celestine Karoney.Image: Noah Lyles of Team United States reacts after winning the Men's 4x100m Relay Final during day eight of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023 at National Athletics Centre on August 26, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
11/12/202325 minutes 46 seconds
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Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time World Football XI

Following the death of Sir Bobby Charlton at the age of 86, here’s another chance to listen to the Manchester United and England legend select his all-time World Football XI. During his illustrious career – which included winning the World Cup with England, the European Cup with Manchester United and also the Ballon d’Or – he played alongside and against many of the world’s best. Who makes his all-time World Football XI? Charlton talks the BBC’s Mike Costello through his squad selection of footballing greats. This was first broadcast on BBC World Service in 2001 and recorded at Old Trafford. Image: Sir Bobby Charlton during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester United at Vitality Stadium on April 18, 2018 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)
22/10/202323 minutes 16 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: Gold Medallists Special

In a special Season-ending episode The Warm Up Track welcomes two brand new world champions from Budapest, Hurdler Danielle Williams and Long Jumper Miltiadis Tentoglou. What’s it like winning your second World title eight years after your first? How do you win Gold with your last jump of the competition? Who celebrated their Gold medal with a slice of chocolate cake? Danielle also explains her ideas for improving and evolving the sport of Track and Field as we look at what Budapest did well and the lessons that can be learned for future world championships. More broadly, we also explore how Athletics can and should be making a bigger impact as a global sport. Miltiadis explains how his success has led to Greece embracing the Long Jump and plenty of young people taking up the sport of Athletics in his home town and across the country. We also look ahead to Paris 2024. Danielle will be looking to qualify for the Games for the first time, while Miltiadis will hope to make a suc
10/09/202353 minutes 58 seconds
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The stars of the 1983 World Championships – a BBC Warm Up Track Special

In this special episode of The Warm Up Track, we’re joined by some of the stars of the very first World Athletics Championships as the event prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary. 1500m gold medallist Steve Cram explains how important the ’83 Worlds were, at a time when the Olympic Games was beset by political boycotts. He also outlines plans by Athletics’ world governing body, the IAAF, to make the World Championships their equivalent of the FIFA World Cup and make the Olympics track and field’s second tier competition for under-23s only. Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, who won sprint relay bronze, describes a Jamaica team where you had to bring a sewing kit to make adjustments to the vest and shorts you’d been given. She also recalls how all of the teams stayed in university halls of residence, and how the cafeteria was the place to be, a real melting pot of nations where life-long friendships were made. Jamaica’s first World Champion Bert Cameron says that, as he received his 400m
01/08/202355 minutes 59 seconds
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Broad bows out an Ashes icon

After more than 600 wickets, England fast bowler Stuart Broad has decided that the final 2023 Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval would be his last. Broad has become synonymous with the famous rivalry between England and Australia, saving many of his best performances for Ashes battles. We hear from Broad himself and his former England captains Michael Vaughan and Sir Alastair Cook before Lee James speaks to Daily Mirror cricket correspondent Dean Wilson and Australian commentator Jim Maxwell about the bowler and his legacy. Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
30/07/202330 minutes 50 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: The Shot Put King

Season Three of the Warm Up Track continues with Ryan Crouser, reigning World and Olympic champion and World Record holder for the men’s shot put. Why does Ryan believes the 24 metre barrier can be broken? Would he rather a third Olympic gold, or a world record that could stand for 30 or 40 years? How has watching MMA and UFC fighters made him a better thrower? Where in Eugene might you find Ryan serving you your pizza? Ryan also explains why, despite playing American Football growing up, the potential for head injuries dissuaded him from pursuing it as a career. He breaks down the changes in technique which have already allowed him to improve his own world record and explains how, just months before he won Olympic gold in Rio, he was ready to walk away from the sport. Photo: Ryan Crouser of United States competes in Men's Shot Put during Athletissima, part of the 2023 Diamond League series at Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Credit: Getty Images)
23/07/202334 minutes 46 seconds
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‘A huge moment for women’s sport and women around the world’

Summer marks the 50th anniversary of the WTA - the Women's Tennis Association. Billie Jean King, along with Rosie Casals and many others, led the way in forming an organisation to give women equal rights in tennis. They've helped pave the way for the many great players who have graced the women's game since - Martina Hingis, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graff, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Iga Swiatek and many, many more have won Grand Slam titles since the formation of the WTA in 1973. In a special Sportsworld podcast, Delyth Lloyd celebrates a milestone moment for women’s tennis. Photo: Ann Kiyomura-Hayashi, Penelope Moor, Pam Whytcross, Helen Gourlay, Rosie Casals, Ingrid Löfdahl Bentzer, Betty Stöve, Billie Jean King, Françoise Dürr, Christina Sandberg, Ilana Kloss, Trish Bostrom and Sue Lightbody pose, as the WTA celebrates their 50th with iconic founder Billie Jean King and several founding members on June 30, 2023 in London, England. (Credit: Getty Image
10/07/202332 minutes 45 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: Sprints Special

The Warm Up Track is back! Season Three continues with World Indoor 60m Champion Mujinga Kambundji and World 200m Finalist, Joseph Fahnbulleh. Who can’t remember the biggest race of their career – and what’s it really like when you’re in ‘The Zone’? Which athlete is like a big brother to one of our guests – and what’s it like when one of your siblings is also an elite athlete? What’s the most important non-Track and Field item which will be going in the suitcase for the World Championships? Joseph also discusses at length why he chose to represent the country of his parents’ birth, Liberia, and why his first visit to the country will be with his Mother. Plus we discuss how our guests, and others, are making the sprints truly global and no longer simply the United States versus Jamaica. Photo: Canada's Aaron Brown, Liberia's Joseph Fahnbulleh and USA's Noah Lyles competes in the men's 200m semi-finals during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 3
02/07/202350 minutes 33 seconds
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What does the future hold for Test match cricket?

Test match cricket is played over five days - the red-ball version of the game is still seen as the true test of how you measure up to the games greats. But there are now more and more shorter format competitions - the Indian Premier League is the most lucrative, but T20 franchise cricket is being played around the world. The big three nations - Australia, India and England still play bilateral test series against each other with commercial appeal but elsewhere there are fewer Test matches. So, what does the future hold for cricket’s purest form of the game? Sportsworld’s Lee James has been to Lord’s to investigate. Photo: A general view inside the Lord’s cricket ground as Stuart Broad of England appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne of Australia during Day Three of the LV= Insurance Ashes 2nd Test match between England and Australia in London, England. (Credit: Getty Images)
02/07/202328 minutes 9 seconds
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The five matches that changed women's cricket

In a special Sportsworld podcast, Lee James looks back at five key moments in the evolution of women's cricket. Photo: Australia celebrate after winning the ICC Women's T20 Cricket World Cup Final match between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 08, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Credit: Getty Images)
24/06/202330 minutes 2 seconds
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Ashes to Ashes, strength to strength: 20 years of James Anderson

England’s record-breaking pace bowler James Anderson is now starting his third decade as an international cricketer. Now aged 40, England’s leading Test wicket taker is playing in his 10th Ashes series, but shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. Hear from Anderson and players who have played alongside and against him including former England captain Sir Alastair Cook and Australia’s Peter Siddle as Sportsworld’s Lee James celebrates the England bowler’s two decades at the top. (Image: James Anderson of England celebrates taking the wicket of Alex Carey of Australia during Day Three of the LV= Insurance Ashes 1st Test match between England and Australia at Edgbaston on June 18, 2023 in Birmingham, England. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
19/06/202321 minutes 45 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: Dream Miles and Screaming Lyles

The Warm Up Track is back! Season Three continues with Commonwealth 1500m Champion Oliver Hoare and World 200m Finalist, Luxolo Adams. Who could have made it as a professional footballer? Whose Dad woke the neighbours up honking the car horn when his son won? What’s the strangest thing an opponent has done to win the psychological battle pre-race? How do you process being compared to one of your country’s all-time greats, who was winning their medals more than 60 years ago? We also discuss track and field’s new fly-on-the-wall documentaries – being shot this season – and the need for the sport to find characters and tell their stories. Plus, we hear first-hand how the visa issues which affected a number of athletes before last year’s World Championships impacted directly on one of our guests. Photo: Oliver Hoare of Team Australia celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men's 1500m Final on day nine of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium on Augu
18/06/202350 minutes 1 second
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The Warm Up Track: Strong Is Beautiful

The Warm Up Track is back! Season Three continues with World Shot Put Champion Chase Ealey and World Heptathlon Bronze medallist, Anna Hall. How does the first injury sustained during a Warm Up Track recording happen? Whose Dad had to tell them that the 1500 metres/High Jump double wasn't a thing at the Olympics? What's it like when your event's world record holder marks you out for greatness? Who might you see spinning in unlikely places? We also hear why the language and attitudes around body shape in sport have to change. Plus, why female athletes need to come up with specific coaching solutions and techniques to achieve their goals, rather than just copying the men. Photo: Chase Ealey of Team United States competes in Women's Shot Put during Meeting de Paris, part of the 2023 Diamond League series at Stade Charlety on June 09, 2023 in Paris, France. (Credit: Getty Images)
11/06/202352 minutes 17 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: Hurdles, rainbows and records

The Warm Up Track is back! Season three begins with world champion hurdler Grant Holloway and Gabriela DeBues-Stafford, world and Olympic 1500 metres finalist. What happens when a shot-putter needs to borrow your jacket? Who might have made it as a speed skater? Who might need a couch to do a 5K? Plus, why something as simple as dyeing your hair can resonate way beyond the track and how athletes can use their platform to speak out about causes close to their heart. (Image: Grant Holloway of USA celebrates after winning the Men's 60m Hurdles during the World Athletics Indoor Tour - Birmingham at Utilita Arena Birmingham on February 25, 2023 in Birmingham, England. Photo by Stephen Pond - British Athletics/British Athletics via Getty Images)
04/06/202351 minutes 53 seconds
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Arteta: The making of Mikel

A new documentary revealing the untold stories behind Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s journey to the top. In Barcelona, former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina relives his time sharing bunk-beds with Arteta at the world-famous La Masia academy, declaring that the boy from the Basque country was “born to be a manager”. Presenter John Bennett travels to Arteta’s home town of San Sebastian to meet his childhood coach at a small club, next to a hair salon, that has become an amazing football talent factory. Hear from former team-mates at Everton, Arsenal and Rangers, from where Dutch great Ronald De Boer remembers Arteta stepping up aged 21 to score a stoppage-time penalty to snatch the title from Glasgow rivals Celtic: “To take that responsibility, at such a young age, in such an important game and moment of that decisive title race against Celtic was impressive.” And find out why the Welsh city of Newport played such an important part in Arteta’s journey into coaching. Arsenal legend
19/05/202359 minutes 48 seconds
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The WPL: 'A whole new world for India's cricketers'

Sportsworld’s Lee James is in Mumbai, the venue for the inaugural Women’s Premier League final, to reflect on the ground-breaking new women’s cricket competition. Delhi Capitals captain Meg Lanning joins us to discuss how the competition is “on another level” to anything else she’s experienced. Former Indian cricketer Anjali Pendharkar tells us how women’s cricket has evolved over the last 30 years, plus we will speak to India journalist Zenia D’Cunha who tells us how the tournament has been perceived. And Mumbai Indians head coach Charlotte Edwards discusses her experience of coaching in India. Photo: Smriti Mandhana of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Meg Lanning of Delhi Capitals at the toss during the WPL 2023 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals at Brabourne Stadium on March 5, 2023 in Mumbai, India. (Credit: Getty Images)
25/03/202352 minutes 12 seconds
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History makers: the rise of Morocco Football

John Bennett travels to Rabat, capital city of Morocco to find out the secrets behind the country's football success. He visits the King Mohammad VI complex; the new headquarters of the football federation and home to the men's and women's national teams. John gets an exclusive look behind the scenes of the complex and speaks to the backroom staff who helped develop the country's football philosophy. Following their fourth place finish in Qatar, John speaks to members of the men’s team, including manager Walid Regragui, goalkeeper Yassine Bounou and midfielder Ilias Chair about becoming the first African and Arab team to reach the semi finals of the World Cup. He also speaks to the women’s head coach Reynold Pedros and forward Rosella Ayane ahead of the women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. (Image: Morocco men's national team, Credit: Getty Images)
22/03/202353 minutes 12 seconds
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The athletes of 2022 share their hopes for 2023

Mondo Duplantis, Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and Noah Lyles are among Ed Harry’s guests as Sportworld reflects on the year in Track and Field and looks ahead to 2023. Also joining Ed are the former global 800 metres medallist, Jenny Meadows, along with Ade Adedoyin and Katie Smith. Plus, we’ll hear from two of the sport’s rising stars, Erriyon Knighton and Adriana Vilagos. Photo: Armand Duplantis of Team Sweden reacts after setting a world record and winning gold in the Men's Pole Vault Final on day ten of the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
27/12/202248 minutes 48 seconds
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Ninety years of World Service Sport

As the BBC World Service celebrates its 90th anniversary, we look back on nine decades of sports broadcasting. From the launch of Saturday Special in 1959 through to the present day, this is the history of BBC World Service sport featuring iconic sporting moments, familiar theme tunes and memories of presenters past and present. Mike Costello, Russell Fuller, Caroline Barker, Lee James and Nishat Ladha join Delyth Lloyd to take a trip down memory lane. (Photo: Sportsworld presenter Lee James at the 2018 Fifa World Cup. Credit: BBC)
19/12/202225 minutes 21 seconds
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World Cup 2022: team of the tournament

Former US goalkeeper Brad Friedel, former Congo defender Chris Samba and football reporter Maz Farookhi join Delyth Lloyd as they discuss who will make the team of the tournament for the 2022 World Cup. There are some rules: the formation is 4-3-3 as it’s been the most used during the competition, the panellists could only select 3 players from one nation and Delyth will have the final say on who will be going into the BBC World Service World Cup XI.
13/12/202249 minutes 58 seconds
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The art of knockout football

World Cup winners Frank Leboeuf and Heather O'Reilly, former Leicester City and Celtic manager Martin O'Neill, former Brazil goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes and Iceland midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson reveal the secrets of navigating the knockout stages of a football tournament. We'll also hear about how players can prepare for these huge matches away from the pitch thanks to Professor Steve Peters, who specialises in mental health and the functioning of the human mind. Narration by Delyth Lloyd. (Image: France win the World Cup, Credit: Getty Images)
02/12/202243 minutes 24 seconds
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We need to talk about Qatar

As the World Cup kicks off Delyth Lloyd is joined by the BBC’s Sports News Correspondent Alex Capstick to examine a range of issues that have overshadowed Qatar 2022, starting with the initial awarding of the tournament, which the former Fifa President Sepp Blatter has since told the BBC was a “mistake”. Yasmine Ahmed from Human Rights Watch joins us to talk about the conditions for migrant workers in the country and says while they have improved, more must be done to compensate workers, and the families of those that have been injured or died in the country. Dr Nasser Mohamed, a gay Qatari now living in the USA, opens up about his experience growing up as a gay man in Qatar, and explained what he hopes to achieve by founding the “Proud Maroons”, a LGBTQI+ fans group for the country’s national team. We also examine the claims around the environmental impact of the tournament, which Fifa insists will be the first carbon-neutral World Cup, and hear from leading environmentalists wh
22/11/202248 minutes 11 seconds
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The World Cup's grudge match: Ghana's quest for Uruguay revenge

Ghana and Uruguay created one of the most dramatic and controversial moments in World Cup history in 2010, when the "Black Stars” were the width of a crossbar away from becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals. Uruguay's Luis Suárez was sent off in the last minute of extra time for handling the ball on the line and then celebrated wildly when Ghana's Asamoah Gyan's penalty hit the bar. Ghana went on to lose a penalty shoot-out, a continent was heartbroken and Suárez became public enemy number 1 in Africa. Twelve years on, and the two teams will meet again at the World Cup in Qatar and Sportsworld's John Bennett delves into why revenge is so important for Ghana's football fans. He speaks to Gyan, gets the view from Uruguay and speaks to journalists and fans who lived and breathed that epic first match. (Photo: Luis Suárez of Uruguay handles the ball on the goal line, for which he is sent off, during a FIFA World Cup quarter-final match between Uruguay and Ghana at
07/11/202255 minutes 38 seconds
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Barcelona: Still more than a club?

We discuss the financial situation at Barcelona, their moves in the transfer market, hopes for the new season and the success of their women’s team. Sportsworld's Delyth Lloyd is joined by the Athletic’s Pol Ballus, Ernest Macia of Radio Catalunya, finance expert Kieran Maguire, German football journalist Constantin Eckner and former Barcelona Femení forward Toni Duggan. Photo: General view of the Camp Nou Stadium prior the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano. (Credit: Getty Images)
24/07/202254 minutes 47 seconds
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The Big Premier League Preview

Sportsworld's Lee James is joined by the former Arsenal, West Ham and Wolves striker Jeremie Aliadiere, the Reading and England striker Natasha Dowie, and the Independent's chief football writer Miguel Delaney to look ahead to the new Premier League season. The panel discuss how the winter World Cup in Qatar will impact on the season, how Manchester City and Liverpool will evolve with their two new number nines, and whether big spenders Spurs can put up a genuine title challenge. We'll hear from Sadio Mane on his decision to leave Anfield, from Martin Odegaard on Arsenal's hopes for the new season, and from Raphael Varane on having no regrets on swapping Madrid for Manchester. Photo: Fernandinho of Manchester City lifts the trophy after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022. (Credit: Offside via Getty Images)
23/07/202253 minutes 4 seconds
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Looking for Erik: Can ten Hag bring the glory days back to Old Trafford?

Can Erik ten Hag bring the glory days back to Old Trafford? Sportsworld’s John Bennett finds out more about the career history, personality and the football philosophy of Manchester United’s new manager. You’ll hear from players and coaches who have worked with him at four of his former clubs and several United legends have their say on whether the Dutchman will be a hit or a miss in English football. John is joined throughout the show by Carl Anka from the Athletic and Dutch football journalist Marcel Van Der Kraan. Photo: Manchester United Manager Erik ten Hag talks to the players during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground. (Credit: Manchester United via Getty Images)
20/07/202251 minutes 42 seconds
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Haaland's Here: the Premier League's New Star

BBC World Service presenter John Bennett is joined by the Athletic's Manchester City correspondent Sam Lee, Borussia Dortmund podcaster Stefan Buckzo and the Man City legend Paul Dickov. Plus you'll hear from ex Norway striker Jan Aage Fjortoft, Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch, Haaland's first ever coach Alf Inge Bernsten, Norwegian football journalist Arilas Oluld-Saada and former Manchester United defender Henning Berg.
11/07/202254 minutes 8 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: BBC Athletics Podcast, S2 Episode 3 Sand and Spears

The Warm Up Track is back! Season Two continues with World Champion Javelin thrower Anderson Peters, and World Indoor Long Jump bronze medallist, Lorraine Ugen. Who started off wanting to be like Usain Bolt? Which guest showed, at 16, they were no pushover? What do our field eventers think of the 'Final Three' format? How hard would it be to throw left-handed, or jump off your other leg? We also discuss why some athletes are living off their savings, and Lorraine's solution when she found herself dropped by her sponsors. Plus, the big question - how to attract new fans to the sport. Photo: Bronze Medallist Lorraine Ugen of Great Britain poses during the Women's Long Jump Medal Ceremony on Day Three of the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 2022. (Credit: Getty Images for World Athletics)
04/07/202244 minutes 22 seconds
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Qatar Preview - Part Two

In the second part of Sportsworld's guide to the teams that'll be taking part in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar we'll profile groups E, F, G and H. John Bennett is joined by World Football's Mani Djazmi, African broadcaster Usher Komugisha, South American football commentator Juan Arango and European football journalist Alvaro Romeo for your guide to the groups. Lutz Pfannenstiel, sporting director from St Louis City SC, joins us to talk about how his former Hoffenheim colleague Hansi Flick has transformed the fortunes of the German national team, Canadian Goalkeeper Paul Dolan, who was part of the side when they last made the World Cup in 1986 shares his optimism for the side that ended their 36 year wait for an appearance on football's biggest stage, and JoyFM's George Addo explains how Ghana are strengthening their side ahead of Qatar. (Photo: The FIFA World Cup Winners Trophy is pictured prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final Draw. Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA
25/06/202254 minutes 13 seconds
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Qatar Preview - Part One

In the first part of Sportsworld's guide to the teams that'll be taking part in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar we'll profile groups A, B, C and D. John Bennett is joined by World Football's Mani Djazmi, African broadcaster Usher Komugisha, South American football commentator Juan Arango and European football journalist Alvaro Romeo for your guide to the groups. We'll also hear from the Qatar coach Felix Sanchez as the hosts prepare for their World Cup debut, Australia's Aziz Behich tells us what it means to be back at the World Cup after their playoff win and French Football journalist Sara Menai examine's the defending champions' recent poor form. (Photo: The FIFA World Cup Winners Trophy is pictured prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final Draw. Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
25/06/202250 minutes 25 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: BBC Athletics Podcast, S2 Episode 2 Eugene Dreams

Season Two continues with Commonwealth 100 metres champion Akani Simbine, and the reigning Diamond League Shot Put champion Maggie Ewen. Who doesn't like strawberries? What happens in the call room before a 100 metres race? Will having the Worlds on home soil convince Americans to watch Track and Field? What's it like to finish fourth? We're also discussing body image and why athletes don't have to look a certain way to do a particular event. Plus, why the Commonwealth Games needs to come to Africa. IMAGE: Akani Simbine of South Africa celebrates winning gold in the Men's 100 metres final during the Athletics on day five of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on April 9, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
21/06/202251 minutes 25 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: BBC Athletics Podcast, S2 Episode 1 - Jamaica Special

The Warm Up Track is back! Season Two starts with a Jamaica Special. We're joined by Olympic 100 hurdles bronze medallist Megan Tapper, and reigning Commonwealth 400 hurdles champion, Janieve Russell. Why will this year's Worlds feel like a home from home for Jamaican athletes? Who was a Champs Legend? Who was on course to be an Olympic gymnast? Plus, who's always wanted to be a flight attendant? There's also more serious discussion about why Jamaica's outstanding female sprinters should have been celebrated more during the Usain Bolt years, not just in the years since his retirement. Photo: Megan Tapper of Team Jamaica celebrates winning the bronze medal in the Women's 100m Hurdles Final on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Credit: Getty Images)
14/06/202253 minutes 37 seconds
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Flo-Jo and the women’s 100m world record

Delyth Lloyd and Ade Adedoyin take a look back at the life and career of Florence Griffith-Joyner, one of the most flamboyant track and field athletes of all time. Over three decades ago, she broke the women’s 100m world record, a mark which still stands today, while she was also an icon off the track. We discuss her legacy with athletes who competed against her and contemporaries who were inspired by her - Grace Jackson, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn and Dawn Harper-Nelson. We’ll also look at whether the record could be broken in 2022, with Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelley-Ann Fraser Pryce pushing each other ahead of the World Championships in Oregon. Photo: Florence Griffith Joyner of the USA celebrates her 100m win during the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. (Credit: Allsport)
29/05/202253 minutes 24 seconds
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Women’s Cricket World Cup - who will lift the trophy?

With the semi-finals for the Women’s Cricket World Cup confirmed as Australia against West Indies and England against South Africa. Sportsworld’s Delyth Lloyd is joined by Australian spin bowler Alana King, Emily Windsor who plays for the Southern Vipers and the Trent Rockets in the UK, Alexis Nunes who covers West Indies cricket for ESPN Cricinfo and Aslam Khota cricket commentator with SABC in South Africa. They discuss who they think will be lifting the trophy in Christchurch. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
28/03/202223 minutes 7 seconds
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Shane Warne: The King remembered

Tributes from across the cricketing world have been paid to Australia legend Shane Warne, who died from a suspected heart attack aged 52. Sportsworld's Lee James is joined by ABC cricket commentator Jim Maxwell, Australian cricket journalist Melinda Farrell and Indian cricket commentator Prakash Wakankar, as well as hearing at length from Warne's former teammate and roommate Stuart Law. The legendary spin bowler took 708 Test wickets the second most of all time, in 145 matches across a stellar 15-year international career. Photo: Shane Warne of Australia bows to the crowd at the end of day three of the fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. (Credit: Getty Images)
05/03/202239 minutes 32 seconds
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Looking forward to the Beijing Winter Olympics

Sportsworld’s Lee James is joined by Sports News Correspondent Alex Capstick and Winter Olympic Reporter Katie Smith as they preview the Winter Olympics in Beijing. We also hear at length from USA Hockey head coach David Quinn and Swiss alpine skier Michelle Gisin. Image: A general view of the Shougang Big Air venue on January 29, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
29/01/202251 minutes 4 seconds
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Sport in 2022

Sportsworld’s Lee James is joined by a team of experts looking ahead to a huge year of global sporting events in 2022. We hear from the BBC’s Katie Smith and John Bennett, current Everton and England midfielder Izzy Christiansen, New Zealand journalist Rikki Swannell and assistant group head of sports at RJRGleaner Communications Group in Jamaica, Kayon Raynor. (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
07/01/202240 minutes 9 seconds
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Would biennial World Cups benefit football?

With the news that FIFA are staging a global summit on 20th December when plans for reform of the football calendar are to be discussed along with the staging of a biennial World Cup, Sportsworld considers the pros, and cons of holding FIFA’s flagship tournament every two years. The proposals have been developed by a technical advisory group, led by the former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is now the chief of global football development at FIFA. Joining Sportsworld’s Lee James are former Nigeria captain and manager Sunday Oliseh, Africa football expert Mark Gleeson and former New Zealand international turned FIFA Women's World Cup manager, Bex Smith. Photo: The FIFA World Cup Trophy at the official award ceremony after the final match between France and Croatia at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 (Credit: TASS via Getty Images)
18/12/202126 minutes 54 seconds
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Sport on the frontline in the battle against climate change

We saw leaders from around the world meet at the Cop 26 summit in Glasgow, as urgent collective action is needed to bring climate change under control. The world is warming because of emissions from fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas. We are experiencing extreme weather events linked to climate change - including heatwaves, floods and forest fires - which are intensifying. The past decade was the warmest on record. It's becoming increasingly apparent that the climate crisis touches everything including sport and that time is running out. We hear from the US Nordic skier Annika Landis, New Zealand international footballer Katie Rood and the former France Rugby international Julien Pierre. (Photo credit OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
17/11/202123 minutes 15 seconds
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30 years of the Women's World Cup

30 years ago on November 16th 1991, the inaugural Women’s World Cup was staged in China. At the time, it was called the The Fifa Women’s World Championship For The M&Ms Cup. The tournament was contested by 12 teams who played 80 minute matches, and was won by the USA, who beat Norway at Guangzhou’s Tianhe Stadium in front of 65,000 people. We take you back to reflect on the impact the tournament had on women's football around the world with the Golden Ball winner Carin Jennings (now Carin Gabarra,) as we find out what it took for the USA team to lift the trophy- from gruelling flights, a punishing playing schedule to a thanksgiving meal with Pele. (Photo credit TOMMY CHENG/AFP via Getty Images)
17/11/202117 minutes 23 seconds
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From Segregation to Integration

On November 10th, 1991, South Africa were welcomed back into international cricket after a twenty-one year apartheid boycott. The one-day international series against India came four months after readmittance to the world game, and just five since the formation of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, which bought rival white and black cricket authorities together. Many believed the 1992 World Cup would be too soon for South Africa's return, but when Pakistan pulled out of a visit to India, that the door opened for South Africa to step in, and they were given just a week to get there. The side were given a hero's welcome on arrival in Calcutta and 100,000 supporters turned up for the opening match at Eden Gardens. An emotional South African captain Clive Rice said, "I know how Neil Armstrong felt when he stood on the moon”. It was that kind of day. It was that kind of tour, relieved here by the BBC's Mo Allie and those involved. Photo: South African captain Clive Rice shake
10/11/202147 minutes 38 seconds
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Sport's Next Frontier: Assessing Mental Health

During the Tokyo Olympics, many athletes have made public their problems with their mental health, whether it be during the games like US Gymnast Simone Biles or before the games like Dutch Cyclist Tom Dumoulin. Delyth Lloyd presents a Sportsworld special on sport's relationship with mental health. She is joined by Team Bath Coach Anna Stembridge, former kickboxing world champion Caradh O'Donovan and former cricketer, now sports psychologist Jeremy Snape to cover three topic areas: athlete welfare, to coaching and the role of the governing bodies.
04/08/202131 minutes 6 seconds
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The Baby-Faced Assassin: From Molde to Manchester

On this special Sportsworld podcast, Maz Farookhi is joined by BBC Sport's Simon Stone and football journalist and editor of the United We Stand fanzine Andy Mitten to reflect on the career of a player and now a manager whose life will always be intrinsically linked with Manchester United, nearly 25 years to the day since he first arrived at Old Trafford. We look back at his early career at Old Trafford, including hearing at length from his former United teammate Raimond van der Gouw who was unveiled as a United player on the same day as Solskjær, and discuss how his winning goal in the 1999 Champions League Final defined his United career. Norwegian football journalist Jonas Giæver tells us how Solskjær is viewed in his homeland, and the panel discuss his journey back to Old Trafford as manager. (Image: Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates at the end of the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou on May 26, 1999 in Barcelona, Spain.
25/07/202149 minutes 31 seconds
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Pre Season 2021/22 Catch-Up

John Bennett is joined by former Spurs defender Ramon Vega and journalists Daniel Storey and George Addo to discuss the upcoming domestic football season. The panel discuss a variety of different topics, from Manchester United's increased transfer activity, Harry Kane's future, the new managers in the Premier League and what's next for Lionel Messi and Barcelona. (Photo: Patrick Vieira, Credit: Getty Images).
22/07/202147 minutes 28 seconds
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Tokyo 1964: the Games that changed Japan

Mariko Oi presents a BBC Sportsworld special documentary about the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The games catapulted Japan into the 20th century, introducing new infrastructure that is still being used to this day like the bullet train. We'll hear from residents about what the experience was like hosting the games and we'll also hear from Olympic champions Billy Mills and Ann Packer as well as cyclist Victor Vincente of America about their experiences of competing in Japan.
15/07/202142 minutes 46 seconds
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Coming home or going Rome?

Sportsworld's Lee James is joined by our football reporter John Bennett, Italian football expert Mina Rzouki and the Independent's chief football writer Miguel Delaney to preview the final of Euro 2020 between England and Italy at Wembley. Lee speaks at length to England forward Danny Welbeck, who was part of Gareth Southgate's England squad, which reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, about the culture of the England squad under Southgate, Raheem Sterling's mentality and the emergence of Bukayo Saka. Italy midfielder Marco Veratti tells John about his boss Roberto Mancini and veteran centre backs Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, while legendary Italian manager Claudio Ranieri tells Mani Djazmi how Mancini has restored pride to the national team. (Image: Composite image of Roberto Mancini and Gareth Southgate. Credit: Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
09/07/20211 hour 41 seconds
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The Return of Wimbledon

After a year's absence due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Wimbledon is back. Sportsworld will be covering the action across the 2 weeks and what better way to whet your appetite than listening to Lee James and guests - players Jill Craybas and Taylor Townsend preview this year's tournament. There will also be appearances from current champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Ashleigh Barty.
28/06/202140 minutes 59 seconds
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European Championships Special

The European Football Championships has always been an exciting tournament whether it's the unexpected winners to shock results. Join Lee James as he speaks to players who have experienced the highs of European Championship glory such as: Kim Vilfort who helped Denmark win the 1992 title, Germany legend Bastian Schweinsteiger on his countries chances of regaining some pride and Iceland's Johan Berg Gudmundsson on their shock Euro 2016 campaign and their historic win over England. Lee will also be speaking to Finland captain Tim Sparv on leading his country into their first senior men's competition.
09/06/202135 minutes 33 seconds
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One Year On Since Covid Rocked The Sporting World

Sportsworld's Lee James is joined by guests who featured on Sportsworld 12 months ago, to catch up and reflect on a year of destruction caused by the Covid pandemic.
24/04/202152 minutes 52 seconds
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The Trailblazers who made the WNBA

On April 22nd 1996, sporting history was made when the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) was founded. It was a huge moment for women's basketball and sport. The concept of a professional women's basketball league wasn't new. Previous attempts to start a women's pro league had failed but the WNBA had two things going for it: the backing of the NBA and the determination of many women to make the league a success. Hear from the women who scrapped and fought to help the WNBA become a giant in women's sport. The Trailblazers who made the WNBA. Produced by Tom Paton
27/03/202147 minutes 49 seconds
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Tokyo's Covid Games

The dates have changed but the goals remain the same , the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been billed as a symbol of human kinds victory, over the coronavirus, but will the ongoing global pandemic really allow the Olympic flame to provide the light at the end of the tunnel? Sportsworld’s Lee James is joined by Japanese Sports Journalist Yuko Suzuki, European correspondent for the Australian Newspaper Jaquelin Magnay, Celestine Karoney from BBC Africa and BBC parasport reporter Kate Grey. He ask the question what can the world expect from Tokyo’s covid games?
27/03/202153 minutes 58 seconds
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When Sri Lanka ruled the world

In March 1996 Sri Lanka pulled off one of the biggest shocks in cricket history by winning the World Cup. Having been knocked out in the first round of four of the previous five World Cups, and finished eighth in the other, Sri Lanka were never taken seriously as an international side. This is the story of how that changed, told by those involved. And how a proud island nation overcame bombings, boycotts and near-bankruptcy at the cricket board to reach the top of the world. Photo: Sri Lanka fans celebrating (Getty Images)
25/03/202149 minutes 44 seconds
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2021 Formula One season preview

Sportsworld looks ahead to the upcoming 2021 Formula One season, as Lewis Hamilton looks for a record-breaking eighth world title. Joining Sportsworld’s Lee James, is former Red Bull & Williams driver Mark Webber. We also hear from Alpine driver Esteban Ocon and Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer. Photo: Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton walks on the grid during 2021 F1 Testing. (Credit: Formula 1 via Getty Images)
22/03/202123 minutes 28 seconds
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‘When they fought, the world stopped to watch’ – Boxing’s super-fights

50 years on since the "Fight of The Century," Sportsworld looks back at that historic fight between Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier and speaks to the last unified heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis. Photo: Boxer Muhammad Ali steps away from a punch thrown by boxer Joe Frazier during their heavyweight title fight dubbed the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in 1971. (Credit: Bettmann via Getty Images)
20/03/202153 minutes 1 second
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Is sport more accepting of LGBT+ athletes?

How inclusive is sport to LGBT+ athletes, and what more needs to be done? Sportsworld presenter Lee James speaks with England and Aston Villa defender Anita Asante, San Diego Loyal midfielder Collin Martin and Jamaican swimmer Michael Gunning, who is aiming to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. All are openly gay and came out while playing their sports. Photos: Aston Villa’s Anita Asante in action during a Barclays FA Women's Super League match. (Credit: Aston Villa FC via Getty Images); Collin Martin runs with the ball against the Montreal Impact. (Credit: Getty Images); Jamaican swimmer Michael Gunning competes during the Men's 200m Butterfly Heats. (Credit: Getty Images)
28/02/202125 minutes 53 seconds
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'What Black History Month means to me'

In the United States of America, February is Black History Month - an opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the historical contributions of African Americans in the country's history and is now perhaps more poignant than ever following events in the USA over the last year. The death of George Floyd last May sparked a worldwide reaction of shock and horror at police brutality towards black people in America and led to the worldwide Black Lives Matter movement, with protests and demonstrations taking place around the globe. Many sports stars used their platform to show support. USA World Cup winner Crystal Dunn, tennis player Taylor Townsend and Olympic triple jumper Will Claye have been discussing their own experiences along with Nashville striker and former US men's international, CJ Sapong who joined Sportsworld’s Lee James to discuss racial injustice and social inequality. Photo: Philadelphia 76ers players and Toronto Raptors players kneel in honour of the Black Lives Matt
26/02/202127 minutes 20 seconds
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Golf blackout

Back in 1975, Lee Elder braved death threats to become the first African American golfer to play at the Masters. It was one of the last colour barriers in US sport and made him a hero to many black sportsmen and women, including Tiger Woods. But 45 years on, and in the wake of the death of George Floyd, what progress has been made to make golf more inclusive and accessible to the black community? To discuss this, Delyth is joined by Maurice Allen, who was the first African American player to become World Long Drive Champion in 2018, and current LPGA Tour player Mariah Stackhouse, who was the youngest African American woman to compete in the US Open and first African American woman to compete in the Curtis Cup. Jeff Benedict, journalist, and co-author of the number one New York Times bestselling biography of Tiger Woods, joins us to discuss whether golf has failed to capitalise on Tiger's success, and whether Tiger himself has done enough to promote diversity in the sport. We'll hea
15/11/202049 minutes 18 seconds
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Benchwarmers - The tales of the substitutes

We celebrate the athletes who rarely step foot on the pitch - only ever cross the white line to bring on drinks - and some who are able to lead the race but never reach the finishing line. It's the tales of the substitutes, the 12th players, the bib wearers and the pace setters. Lee James chats to England cricketer Jack Leach, former Netherlands and Tottenham keeper Michel Vorm and Olympic 800m runner Jenny Meadows on benchwarmers. Photo: Mark Wood of England on 12th man duties (Credit: Getty images)
14/11/202049 minutes 23 seconds
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Racism and MMA

Nigeria’s UFC world welterweight champion Kamaru Usman says it’s become ‘normalised’ to face racism in the United States. Last month, Usman was subjected to racist comments from UFC fighter Colby Covington – who said the backlash he received from fellow fighters was “unwarranted”. UFC President Dana White said he doesn’t want to "muzzle fighters, we let everybody speak their mind. I don't know what he said that was racist.” Usman, who was born in Nigeria but moved to the United States at the age of 8, has become one of the biggest names in the sport and is nicknamed the Nigerian nightmare. Usman and female UFC bantamweight fighter Sijara Eubanks have been talking to Sportsworld's Maz Farookhi about the challenges they’ve faced in their careers, being role models and how they felt when they heard those racist comments. Photo: Kamaru Usman (Getty Images)
23/10/202027 minutes 43 seconds
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The Lost Lakers

In 2010 the Los Angeles Lakers were the kings of the NBA. The Lakers, thanks to legendary coach Phil Jackson and Laker great Kobe Bryant, defeated the Boston Celtics in game 7 of the NBA finals. But in the following the decade, the fortunes of the franchise changed. Phil Jackson left, franchise owner Jerry Buss died and the championship team was broken up. So what happened? Sportsworld’s Delyth Lloyd is joined by former Lakers coaches and players to discuss the Lost Lakers. Photo:Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 (Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
11/10/202040 minutes 30 seconds
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Hoops, politics and protests

Remember the date – 26th August 2020 – the day athletes across US professional sports boycotted games. An unprecedented and historic protest for racial justice and the end to police brutality in America. Players were responding to the death of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot by police in Wisconsin. It was led by several Women's NBA teams and reached across the entire basketball leagues and across other sports...as America's courts, pitches and fields fell silent. Lee James speaks to star of the WNBA and LA Sparks player Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and former Washington Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder NBA player and now motivational speaker and author Etan Thomas. Photo: Sug Sutton looks on while standing with teammates Jacki Gemelos, Kiara Leslie, Leilani Mitchell, Myisha Hines-Allen, Tianna Hawkins and Emma Meesseman of the Washington Mystics during the WNBA postponement announcement at Feld Entertainment Center on August 26, 2020 in Palmetto, Florida. The Washington Mystics are
09/10/202027 minutes 32 seconds
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Ferrari at 1000: The Formula One team like no other

Ferrari – the biggest name in Formula One. Iconic cars, a global brand, a Formula One team that comes under more scrutiny than any other. As Ferrari marks its 70th anniversary and it’s 1000th Formula One race at the Tuscan Grand Prix this weekend, we’re taking a look at what makes the name such a dominant force within the sport. From the origins of the iconic Prancing Horse logo, their cars and their famous owner Enzo Ferrari to the current day – what’s it like to drive for the most iconic brand in F1? What’s the pressure like, the scrutiny, how does it change your life and what’s it like walking through the gates of the famous Maranello factory for the first time? Felipe Massa, Jody Scheckter and Eddie Irvine all have their say. Plus Shabnam Younus-Jewell is joined by Italian journalist and designer Giorgio Piola and the BBC’s Formula One reporter Jennie Gow. Photo: Ferrari fans supporting the team at Monzo for the Italian Grand Prix (Getty Images)
10/09/202026 minutes 29 seconds
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Bielsa: the manager behind the myths

What's it really like to play for the obsessive and demanding Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa? We’ve spoken to some of the people who have got closest to the 65-year-old Argentine through his well-travelled career – from Buenos Aires to Bilbao and Mexico to Marseille - to try to find out more about how he operates. Bielsa carries a mythology with him - but how many of the remarkable stories about him are actually true? As his exciting Leeds United team prepare to take on the Premier League, it makes for a revealing portrait of a fascinating but flawed character who is embarking on a tantalising new chapter in his career. Photo: Marcelo Bielsa (Getty Images) Presenter: John Bennett Producer: Sam Sheringham
09/09/202044 minutes 30 seconds
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Leeds United: Rise, fall and rise again

As Leeds United make their return to the Premier League after a 16 year wait, we take a look at their fall from the top, and their return to glory under manager Marcelo Bielsa. Joined by special guests Lucas Radebe, Jon Newsome and the Kaiser Chiefs, we unravel the last two decades of football in Leeds. From the glory days of Eric Cantona, Rio Ferdinand and Lee Bowyer, to their significant and rapid decline in the early 2000s, and their return to the top flight of English football in 2020. This is the story of Leeds United and their rise, fall and rise again to the Premier League. Photo credit: Leeds United win promotion to the Premier League in 2020 (Getty Images).
04/09/202053 minutes 32 seconds
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NBA coach Lloyd Pierce insists ‘silence is not an option’ in the global fight against racism.

Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce is one of just a few black head coaches in the NBA, but says now is the time athletes around the world are ‘speaking louder and being heard’. Pierce was joined by This Is Us softball player Kiki Stokes for one of a series of BBC discussions about racism and whether we will see change following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May which sparked protests around the globe. Earlier this year Stokes quit the Houston-based Scrap Yard Dawgs club along with her team mates following a now deleted tweet from the team’s general manager Connie May about the national anthem. Pierce and Lloyd talk about their own experiences of racism with Ade Adedoyin and discuss what needs to change, and whether sport and politics should be discussed at the Olympics in 2021. Photo: Atlanta Hawks Head coach Lloyd Pierce on the sidelines during their game against the Boston Celtics in February 2020. Credit: Omar Rawlings/Getty Images
18/08/202037 minutes 55 seconds
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The story of LeBron James

The 2020 NBA season has been far from normal - due to covid restrictions the action returned without home court advantage, with no fans and with all games played in a bio-bubble in Disneyworld. But with the play-offs just two days away, would winning in this extraordinary season crown the career of one of the game's most extraordinary players, LeBron James On Sportsworld we find out more about the basketball legend who is aiming to lead a third different side to the NBA title, and discuss how key the next couple of months are going to be in determining where he stands in the on-going debate about who is the greatest of all time. We speak to Dru Joyce, his basketball coach at St Vincent St Marys high school in Ohio, his Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers teammate DeAndre Liggins and basketball journalist Bonnie-Jill Laflin. Photo: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Staples Center (Credit: Katelyn Mu
16/08/202025 minutes 58 seconds
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Racism, identity and the need for change

Will George Floyd's death lead to change? NFL player Sam Acho, WNBA Chicago Sky player Gabby Williams and England and Harlequins rugby union player Shaunagh Brown discuss their own experiences of racism in light of Floyd's death. "It's not politics it's our lives, we're trying to erase the line between our blackness and our sport.” George Floyd was an African American man killed during an arrest in Minneapolis in May. It sparked protests around the globe about racial injustice and racism. What changes do these athletes want to see in their sport and society? This is the first in a series of BBC discussions about racism across the globe and whether we will see change. Photo credit: Gabby Williams wearing a 'Black Lives Matter' shirt whilst warming up before the Chicago Sky match against Seattle Storm (Getty Images).
13/08/202050 minutes 22 seconds
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The Jim Thorpe Story

This programme explores the sad and controversial life of Jim Thorpe - the American Indian who was the star of the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, where the Swedish King famously told him 'Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world'. Thorpe had grown up on the Sac and Fox Indian reservation in Oklahoma and then, as a teenager, was sent 1500 miles away to a boarding school in Pennsylvania whose purpose was to 'civilise' Indian children by eradicating their culture. Its motto was 'Kill the Indian and save the man'. The pupils were forced to wear military uniforms, have short hair, and were punished if they spoke their own languages. 'The last phase of the Indian wars was fought in the classroom', says one contributor. Thorpe was saved by sport and became the school's great star at both athletics and American football. He's often described as the 'first international sporting superstar'. But in 1913 it came out that he had been paid a few dollars to play minor-league baseball and the el
24/07/202049 minutes 26 seconds
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Jurgen Klopp: the Black Forest boy who brought the glory back to Anfield

As Liverpool end their 30-year wait for the league title, we chart the rise of their remarkable manager Jurgen Klopp. We take you to Klopp's home village of Glatten in the Black Forest and to Mainz where he was a player for a decade, then tasted promotion and relegation as a manager. Then we travel to Dortmund where he won trophies, became a celebrity and had a pop song written in his honour. And finally to Anfield, where he has ended fans' yearning for a 19th league title. We'll speak to school friends, players, executives and fans to learn about how he developed his coaching philosophy, his big personality, his gifts as an orator and the man-management skills that set him apart from many of his peers. This is the comprehensive back-story of one of the most revered coaches of modern times. Photo: Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)
26/06/20201 hour 10 minutes 36 seconds
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Reflections on the 2019 Women's World Cup

Sarah Mulkerrins is joined by Former New Zealand Captain and Global Director of Women’s football for Copa 90 Bex Smith and Former FIFA Director of Women’s football, now head of Women’s Football for Switzerland Tatjana Haenni to look back on the 2019 World Cup and the legacy it created for women's football. The tournament staged in France was considered a huge success, but what impact did it have on the sport in some of the competing nations? French football journalist Loic Tanzi assess the changes in the host nation, South Africa coach and former Banyana Banyana captain Desiree Ellis reflects on their World Cup debut and we're joined by a World Cup winner, USA's Jessica McDonald. Picture: The trophy of FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 is displayed during a press conference to present the FIFA Women's World Cup. (Getty Images)
07/06/202031 minutes 41 seconds
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The Miracle of Istanbul

The 2020 Champions League final was due to be held at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on Saturday May 30th, exactly 15 years after the most extraordinary night in the competitions history as Liverpool completed “The Miracle of Istanbul”. AC Milan had a star studded line up and were overwhelming favourites, especially after they raced into a 3-0 lead. However Liverpool launched the most amazing second half comeback that culminated in winning the trophy in a penalty shootout. To mark that anniversary, we take you back to that iconic night with those who were there - including penalty saving hero, Jerzy Dudek. Plus broadcasters and fans, each with their own unique perspective on the moments that made the match the most talked about for years. Photo: Jerzy Dudek saving Andriy Shevchenko's penalty to win the Champions League in 2005 (Getty Images)
29/05/202050 minutes 31 seconds
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Take our FA Cup final quiz

There may be no FA Cup final on FA Cup final day, but we've decided to put our panel of guests to the test on their knowledge of the famous old trophy, and you can play along.
23/05/202044 minutes 5 seconds
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The Premier League draft

Sportsworld's Lee James is joined by Rob Green, Robyn Cowen and Rene Meulensteen as they pick their six-a-side team of the season in the format of a US draft. Six picks from each respective field position and you can only have one player from each Premier League team. Join the madness as the team fight to get their top picks of the season into their teams. Who would you pick? Photo Credit: Sadio Mane playing for Liverpool FC (Getty Images)
16/05/202026 minutes 15 seconds
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Building a Wimbledon GOAT

Lee James is joined by Andy Murray's former coach Miles Maclagan, former US professional Jill Craybas and tennis journalist Gigi Salmon to create their ultimate Wimbledon champion. From forehands, serve and return to tricks, heart and champion spirit, they select the best attributes from the world's best tennis players to make a Wimbledon GOAT. Photo: Serena Williams & Roger Federer (Getty Images)
29/04/202025 minutes 33 seconds
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Who is the Premier League's greatest African player?

Nearly 400 players from 30 different nations across the African continent have graced the Premier League. But who is the best? Lee James is joined by Janine Anthony, John Bennett and George Addo to somehow come up with a list of the top eight African players in the Premier League. There’s also a special appearance from former Nigeria, West Brom and Stoke winger Peter Odemwingie, who puts forward his case to make the final list... And then we head to a lockdown knockout with the top eight going head-to-head in the quarter-finals, in a battle to be crowned champion. Sarah Mulkerrins, Mo Allie, Melissa Reddy and the ex-Tottenham, Norwich and Cameroon defender Sebastian Bassong have the unenviable task of picking the winner – so who will they decide? Photo: L-R Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure & Michael Essien (Getty Images)
24/04/202058 minutes 49 seconds
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Coronavirus: How is it affecting the mental health of athletes?

We discuss the impact the coronavirus is having on the mental well-bring of athletes and across sport. Lee James is joined by former West Ham and Wales midfielder turned MLS side Atlanta United Academy coach Jack Collison. Along with former Aston Villa player welfare and liaison officer Lorna McClelland. We explore what athletes are doing to support each other and keep themselves busy. Jeremy Snape, who is now a sport psychologist, talks about the mental challenges facing athletes during the pandemic. And bowler for English County cricket team Warwickshire, Olly Hannon-Dalby, tells us about the #MakeTheCall initiative - which aims to reach out and talk to vulnerable members of the community who may be isolating. Picture: An empty football pitch in England (Getty Images).
05/04/202024 minutes 36 seconds
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Tokyo 2020 Postponement Special: The Athletes View

Eight time Paralympic medalist Oksana Masters and BMX world champion Alise Willoughby give their views on the unprecedented postponement of this summer's Olympics. The pair talk about how their training schedules have suffered due to lock-down caused by the coronavirus pandemic and how their preparations will have to change in order for them to be at their best when the Games finally take place. They also talk about coping with having to stay at home from a mental point of view and the measures they're taking to stay in a positive mindset. Picture: The newly-built Japan National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo on March 25, 2020, the day after the historic decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. (Getty Images
28/03/202021 minutes 46 seconds
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Klopp's journey: Black Forest hills to Anfield thrills

Jurgen Klopp is the smiling, bear-hugging coach who has steered Liverpool to the brink of the Premier League title. But what do you know about his Black Forest roots, and his journey from second division footballer to managerial master? In a Sportsworld special, we'll take you to Klopp's home village of Glatten, to Mainz where he was a player for a decade, then tasted promotion and relegation as a manager - and to Dortmund where he won trophies, became a celebrity and had a pop song written in his honour. We'll speak to school friends, players, executives and fans to learn about how he developed his coaching philosophy, his big personality, his gifts as an orator and the man-management skills that set him apart from many of his peers. This is the comprehensive back-story of one of the most revered coaches of modern times. Photo: Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)
21/03/202058 minutes 43 seconds
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Countdown to Tokyo: The debut events

On 24 July, the Olympic flame will be lit and the Summer Games will officially begin. With just 6 months to go, BBC Sportsworld takes a look at the new sports which will feature during Tokyo 2020. Photo: Surfers make their way towards the water during a surfing test event in Tokyo, Japan. (Getty Images)
08/02/202022 minutes 25 seconds
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Robert Enke: The lessons learned from a life too short

On the 10th November, 2009, Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke committed suicide in the city of Hanover. Enke, who won eight caps for the German national side and played for Benfica, Barcelona and Hanover 96 amongst others, had suffered from three bouts of depression during his life and never felt comfortable to openly talk about his battles. So what has football learned and how have attitudes towards mental health changed in the sport since Enke's tragic death? German football journalist Raphael Honigstein and former Liverpool and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, who has also suffered from depression, join John Bennett to discuss Enke's story, why he struggled with his mental health and what has changed in the sport to help players feel more able to talk about their feelings. During the podcast, we speak to Enke's wife Teresa about what the last 10 years has been like, why 'Robbie' couldn't reveal his depression publicly and how the Robert Enke Foundation is helping tackle mental
17/11/201954 minutes
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'I was diagnosed as starving to death' - Oksana Masters

Oksana Masters was born two years after Chernobyl with several radiation-induced birth defects. This included tibial hemimelia (resulting in different leg lengths), missing weight-bearing shinbones in her calves, webbed fingers with no thumbs, and six toes on each foot. She was abandoned by her birth parents at a Ukrainian orphanage where she lived until age 7 when she was adopted . Since then Oksana has won eight Paralympic medals including two golds. She tells Ed Harry her story. Photo: Oksana Masters of the United States wins gold in the women's 1.1km cross-country skiing final in the sitting category at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games (Getty Images)
25/10/201924 minutes 25 seconds
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Legends Special: The BBC Warm Up Track Season Finale

Mike Powell, Long Jump World Record Holder, and Olympic High Jump Champion, Stefan Holm, are our guests. How was Doha? What’s Tokyo going to be like? This season-ending Warm Up Track asks two legends what they think about the 2019 Worlds and the 2020 Olympic Games. How good can Noah Lyles be, and what was it like training with Noah’s dad? Whose child would now win a jump off with their father? Mike and Stefan also discuss the challenges facing athletics; doping, changes to the Diamond League for 2020 and whether they are optimistic or pessimistic about the future of Track and Field. Plus, why Mike wouldn’t make a very good poker player. Image: Mike Powell of the United State celebrates on the podium with silver medallist Carl Lewis (R) and bronze medallist Larry Myricks (L) after making his world record leap during the Long Jump event at the IAAF World Athletic Championships on 30th August 1991 at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Mike Powell/Getty Images)
11/10/201953 minutes 59 seconds
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They are Eaton: a BBC Warm Up Track Special

This week, multi-event royalty. Golden couple Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton join us in Doha to reflect on who won their old events and talk about the birth of their first child, which isn’t too far away. Why didn’t anyone in Doha follow Ashton’s example and wear an ice helmet? Find out why all of the Heptathletes and Decathletes should have a banquet. Plus, why both knew it was right to retire after the Rio Olympic Games and what it’s like knowing that the next World Champs will be held on your old University campus. Photo credit: Brianne Theisen Eaton of Canada is congratulated by her husband Ashton Eaton of the United States after winning gold. (Ian Walton/Getty Images for IAAF)
04/10/201937 minutes 20 seconds
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Usain Bolt and the Race that shook the World

It's been 10 years, since Jamaica's Usain Bolt broke his own 100 metre World Record at the World Athletic Championships in Berlin. We hear from three men who were lucky enough to be in the stadium when Bolt finished in 9.58 seconds. Antigua and Barbuda sprinter Daniel Bailey, race starter Alan Bell and commentator Márton Gyulai talk about their experiences of watching Bolt race towards the finish line. Former Jamaica sprinter Grace Jackson and journalist Kayon Raynor discuss the future of Jamaican sprinting and who could challenge Bolt's record.
18/09/201945 minutes 39 seconds
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Rugby World Cup preview

Sportsworld brings you a special podcast previewing this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. 20 teams will battle it out for rugby’s biggest prize, with New Zealand hoping to defend their crown after winning in 2015. Shabnam Younus-Jewell is joined by former England 7’s player and broadcaster, Rob Vickerman, and editor of World Rugby, Sarah Mockford, to discuss all the key talking points ahead of the tournament. We’ll chat about New Zealand, Australia, England, Wales and the world number one team, Ireland. Former South Africa international Thinus Delport joins us to chat about the Springboks' hopes of winning the trophy and he discusses the recent passing of his friend and former teammate, Chester Williams – who was the only black player in South Africa’s 1995 World Cup-winning squad. Plus, Namibia coach Phil Davies tells us about their preparations ahead of a very tough group that includes both New Zealand and South Africa! Photo: New Zealand celebrate winning the 2015 Rugby Wo
12/09/201943 minutes 58 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: BBC Athletics Podcast, Episode ten

This week, two of the best of all-time at what they do. Double Olympic and three-times World Champion for the Triple Jump, Christian Taylor, and the World Indoor Pole Vault gold-medalist Sandi Morris. What’s it like co-writing a song and singing it to a sold-out stadium? Why the best jumps just feel like you’re flying, and why you need help remembering them. Plus, what pole vault poles would say if they could talk. Those questions answered, as well as more serious discussions about whether their events will have a future in next season’s slimmed-down Diamond League and how giving athletes microphones could improve everyone’s understanding of the sport.
06/09/201935 minutes 50 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: BBC Athletics podcast, episode nine

This week, Eilish McColgan and Donavan Brazier. Both are heading to the Worlds on the British and US teams as brand new national champions in the 5000 and 800 metres. There really are plenty more fish in the sea, which is why one of our guests wants to be a professional fisherman! What’s it like running in the cities and on the tracks where your Mum won golds and broke records? Plus, why Eilish’s dog wouldn’t like it in Doha and who was an award-winning writer at the age of ten. Those questions answered, as well as more serious discussions about body shaming and why we should stand up to trolls on social media. Photo: Eilish McColgan (Getty Images)
29/08/201932 minutes 41 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: BBC Athletics Podcast, Episode eight

This week, Omar McLeod and Kelsey-Lee Barber join the team on the eve of the London Anniversary Games ... Jamaica's Olympic and World sprint hurdles champion and the Australian who 'threads needles through the sky' - we're learning the art of javelin throwing from a World Championship medal favourite. Is Omar's English accent more EastEnders than Mary Poppins? Who demands to be taken to Buckingham Palace and who wants to chill at Borough Market? What's home life like when you're married to your coach? Plus, who was winning biscuits long before they were winning medals? Those questions answered, as well as Omar's first-hand account of being on the Jamaican relay team the night Usain Bolt's career ended in injury and agony.
20/07/201934 minutes 34 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: BBC Athletics Podcast, Episode seven

This week, Noah Lyles and Shaunae Miller-Uibo ... two of the fastest people on the planet! We’re in Monaco with the Olympic 400 metres champion from Bahamas and the US sprinter who’s favourite for 200 metre gold at the World Champs. What socks is Noah wearing? Which of the X-Men is Shaunae? Who is building their own Lego city? Who started competing for their country when they were nine years old? Those questions answered, as well as more serious discussions about comparisons with Usain Bolt, and whether some of the older women’s world records are holding the sport back. (Photo: Getty Images)
12/07/201939 minutes 55 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: BBC Athletics Podcast, Episode six

This week, we’re going the distance with two kings of the five and ten thousand metres. Joining us is the Commonwealth champion for both, Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, and the Olympic 5000 metres silver medalist, Paul Chelimo from the United States. Strong words on the future of long distance running - find out why Joshua and Paul are against plans to remove their events from the Diamond League. Who would rather not pose for selfies? Will either man reveal where they keep their medals? Plus, why Kenyan-born Paul signed up for the US Army.
05/07/201931 minutes 32 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: BBC Athletics Podcast, Episode five

This week, Armand Duplantis and his sporting family. He's tipped to break the Pole Vault world record one day soon. He's our guest, and so is his Dad. Not because it's a 'bring your father to work' day, but because Greg was a Pole Vaulter first and was pretty good too. Find out what happens when you miss the mat and land on a table (one of Dad's stories) and what's it like when your 17-year-old son beats your lifetime best. One of Mondo's elder brothers, Antoine, plays Major League Baseball ... but is that down to Greg's genes or his wife Helena's? She was a Heptathlete for Sweden, the country Mondo has chosen to represent on the international stage rather than the United States. We're in California, where Superman once foiled a deadly plot by Lex Luther. So, what super power would we all like to have? These are the questions, along with a more serious consideration of when Mondo believes he can break the world record. Photo: Armand Duplantis of Sweden reacts in the Men's Pole Va
30/06/201934 minutes 10 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: BBC Athletics Podcast, Episode four

This week,strawberries! Why it’s not just Wimbledon where fruit shares top billing with the world’s best sportspeople. The BBC’s Ed Harry and Ade Adedoyin are in Oslo, where they’re joined by World 100 metres silver medallist and World Indoor champion sprinter, Christian Coleman, and World steeplechase gold medallist, Emma Coburn. The Head of European Athletics, Svein Arne Hansen, is our guide to the Strawberry Party. But which is the best fruit, and is fruit discrimination wrong? Find out who is super competitive when it comes to Pictionary and at whose house games of cards can end in tears, even on Christmas Eve. We’re discussing much bigger issues too. Christian explains why people make the mistake of underestimating him, while Emma pays a personal tribute to Gabe Grunewald. Photo: Christian Coleman of United States celebrates as he wins the 100m Mens Final during the IAAF Diamond League (Getty Images)
14/06/201938 minutes 23 seconds
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AFCON Preview

The 2019 Men's AFCON gets underway in Egypt shortly so we are looking ahead to the competition. John Bennett is joined by North African football expert Patrick Juillard and Calvin Emeka from Nigeria. Photo: Morocco players celebrate after scoring a goal during Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group B soccer match between Morocco and Malawi (Getty Images)
14/06/201935 minutes 23 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: BBC Athletics Podcast, Episode three

Welcome to our new athletics podcast, The Warm-Up Track, where we take you behind the scenes at the Diamond League, bringing together global superstars for the track and field conversation you never get to hear. This week the BBC's Ed Harry and Ade Adedoyin are joined by the World 400 Hurdles champion, Kori Carter, and a rising star of the 200 and 400 metres, Michael Norman, to chat all things track and field and everything in between. Who has a dog named after a character from the Lion King? Who lists ‘not cooking’ as being among their interests? Who warms up to Beyonce? Who has a list on their phone of things they want to eat? If you could have an ‘eat-cation’, like a vacation but all about eating what you want, what would be Kori and Michael’s ideal single day menu? Have a listen and find out ... Photo: Michael Norman (Getty Images)
07/06/201936 minutes 13 seconds
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The Warm Up Track: BBC Athletics Podcast, Episode two

Welcome to our new athletics podcast, The Warm-Up Track, where we take you behind the scenes at the Diamond League, bringing together global superstars for the track and field conversation you never get to hear. This week the BBC's Ed Harry and Katie Smith are joined by the World Long Jump champion, Luvo Manyonga, and the Oceania record holder for the 800 meters, Joe Deng, to chat all things track and field and everything in between. How do you get from a refugee camp in Kenya to representing Australia? How do you break a cycle of drug addiction and become a global gold medalist? Who’s better at ping-pong and who sings his own warm up track for us? Have a listen and find out ...
31/05/201936 minutes 42 seconds
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Is there a bright future for Canadian tennis?

Milos Raonic, Indian Wells’ winner Bianca Andreescu and now the male pair of Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime are just a few of the stars flying the Canada flag high at the moment, so BBC Sportsworld takes a look at what could be in store for Canada's brightest tennis stars. Canadian tennis writer Stephanie Myles, former Canadian number 1 ranked singles player Carol Zhao and Andre Labelle - National Coach at Tennis Canada, join us explain why there's been a sudden increase in talent and why it seems the majority of their emerging stars are actually coming from immigrant backgrounds.
24/05/201940 minutes 45 seconds
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The Warm-Up Track: BBC Athletics Podcast, Episode One

Welcome to our brand new athletics podcast, The Warm-Up Track, where we take you behind the scenes at the Diamond League, bringing together global superstars for the track and field conversation you never get to hear. This week the BBC's Ed Harry and Ade Adedoyin are joined by World and Olympic champions Tianna Bartoletta, Dalilah Muhammad and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake to chat all things track and field and everything in between. What can Nethaneel never travel without? Why is Tianna frustrated with track-side journalists? Does Dalilah think athletics can thrive without Usain Bolt? And how do they feel about the CAS ruling against Caster Semenya? Have a listen and find out..... Photo credit: Tianna Bartoletta, Dalilah Muhammad and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (Getty Images)
03/05/201930 minutes 24 seconds
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Women's World Cup 2019 Preview

Sarah Mulkerrins is joined by football journalists Caitlin Murray and Sophie Lawson to look ahead to this summer’s World Cup. We’re in France to see how the hosts are coping with the weight of expectation ahead of the finals. Jamaican striker Khadija Shaw takes us through her remarkable journey to the national team and explains how she got the nickname bunny. Sweden Defender Nilla Fischer tells us about life under their new coach Peter Gerhardsson, and we assess whether a lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation affect their hopes of retaining the trophy. Photo credit: The USA win the World Cup in 2015 (Getty Images)
26/03/201951 minutes 14 seconds
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Samwel Mwangi: Cyclist, Amputee, 2020 Paralympic champion?

Kenyan Cyclist Samwel Mwangi crashed while racing the 2016 Tour of Rwanda and lost his left leg from the knee down. Now he wants to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics. Photo: Samwel Mwangi (Getty Images)
11/10/201834 minutes 34 seconds
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Karsten Warholm: Athletics new golden star

Karsten Warholm was the breakthrough star of the World Athletics Championships. In London's torrential rain the 21-year-old Norwegian stunned himself and the rest of the world by winning the 400 metres hurdles gold. The former decathlete was propelled into the limelight, with his winning scream expression going viral. But how has life changed for the boy from the small Norweigan harbour town? Sportsworlds Lee James has been to visit him back on the track in Oslo, where he achieved his first major win over the hurdles at the Diamond League meeting at Bislett.
10/11/201728 minutes 35 seconds
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Gary Payton: The Glove of the NBA

Former NBA all star Gary Payton takes Sportsworld back through his 17 year career. The USA Olympic medallist is best known for his time with the Seattle SuperSonics, and battles with Chicago Bull's star Michael Jordan which earned him the nickname of 'The Glove' Payton also played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, winning the NBA championship with the Heat. (Photo: Gary Payton playing for the Sonics defending Michael Jordan, Credit: Getty Images)
06/10/201715 minutes 39 seconds
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NFL Season Preview: 2017/18

Join Mike Williams and special guests to preview the new NFL season. Thomas George, national columnist at SBNation, Patricia Traina, writer for Inside Football, and Melissa Jacobs, editor of football girl.com, all look ahead to the new campaign.
03/09/201752 minutes 29 seconds
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The Comeback To Tennis From Motherhood

Serena Williams won the Australian Open whilst six week pregnant. Unusally, she says she intends to come back to play and being a mother won't stop her career. But how will the American be able to juggle both roles? And what challenges will she face? John Bennet is joined by Olympic football gold medallist, Norway's Solveig Gulbrandsen and the Zimbabwe born former doubles player Cara Black. (Photo: Serena Williams pregnant on the red carpet, Credit: Getty Images)
02/09/201739 minutes 32 seconds
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Premier League Preview: 2017/18

The Sportsworld Premier League Preview panel weighs up the chances of every Premier League team and puts reputations on the line by telling you who will win the league, who is destined for European football and who will be relegated! Mike Williams is joined by The New York Times football correspondent Rory Smith, Former Manchester United striker Danny Webber and Sportsworld's football reporter John Bennett to look ahead to the 2017/18 Premier League season. We've divided the Premier League into four groups of five teams based on where they are in the table right now... In other words in alphabetical order! (Photo: Mane, Kane, Sanchez and Lukaku, Credit Getty Images)
06/08/20171 hour 22 minutes 35 seconds
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Women's Euros Preview

The 2017 UEFA European Champions will kick off in the Netherlands in July. Sarah Mulkerrins is joined by Former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown Finnis, Iceland coach Freyr Alexandersson, the current Swedish goalkeeper and 2017 nomiee for BBC's Woman Footballer of the Year award Hedvig Lindahl. (Photo: Germany celebrate at the 2013 Euros, Credit: Getty Images)
05/07/201752 minutes 3 seconds
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Women's Rugby World Cup Preview

The Women's Rugby World Cup takes place in August 2017. To look ahead to the event Christ Latchem is joined by Canada's World Cup runner from 2014 Magali Harvey, Ireland's Jackie Shiels, who was a semi finalist three years ago , And Catherine Spencer, the former England captain who starred at two World Cups. As we discuss the growth of the game and take a look back at the first ever World Cup in 1991. (Photo: Jackie Sheiels, Catherine Spencer and Magali Harvey, Credit: Getty Images)
05/07/201752 minutes 24 seconds
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Lionel Messi Special

As Lionel Messi celebrates his 30th birthday, we bring you a special show dedicated to one of the greatest footballers in history. Sportsworld’s John Bennett is joined by Ernest Macia, from Radio Catalunya in Barcelona, Spanish foootball broadcaster Alvaro Romeo, Argentine sports writer Marcela Mora y Araujo, and midfielder Julio Arca to enthuse about the midfield maestro.
23/06/201752 minutes 21 seconds
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Sportsworld Extreme

John Bennett is joined by travel writer Simon Parker as we look at extreme sports and the people that take part in them. (Photo: Cycling at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, Credit: Getty Images)
20/06/201750 minutes 20 seconds
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Women's Cricket World Cup Preview

Sarah Mulkerrins is joined by World Cup winners Charlotte Edwards and Enid Bakewell at the famous cricket ground Lords, as Sportsworld previews the 2017 tournament. (Photo: Sarah Mulkerrins and guests in Lords, Credit: @CricketWorldCup)
18/06/20171 hour 13 minutes 16 seconds
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Bolt's Final Jamaican Run

Usain Bolt ran in his home country for the final time on Saturday 10th June 2017. The 8 times Olympic champion over 100 and 200 metres is still in pain following the tragic death of his good friend Germain Mason, a British high jumper who was killed in a motorcycle accident in April. But Bolt knows that a man close to his heart would have wanted him to go out and do his best. He is used to winning, and in front of 35 thousand people better described as worshippers rather than fans, he simply could not lose....and as usual, he didn't. Sportsworld's Ed Harry and Ade Adedoyin were in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo: Usain Bolt on his knees on the track in Jamaica, Credit': Getty Images)
12/06/201729 minutes 17 seconds
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European XI Special

Who makes Sportsworld's European XI of the season? Gigi Buffon or David De Gea? Luka Modric or Eden Hazard? Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku? Sportsworld's Mike Williams, the Guardian's Paolo Bandini, Spanish expert Alvaro Romeo, and European commentator Paul Sarahs decide who make the cut.
09/06/201759 minutes 21 seconds
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Bundesliga 2016/17 Review

For the fifth season in a row Bayern Munich have been presented with the Bundesliga trophy. They also said farewell to club legend and captain Philipp Lahm as well as the Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso. German football journalist Raphael Honeigstein and German broadcaster Taufig Khalil join Lee James as we review the season. (Photo: Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso celebrating, Credit: Getty Images)
21/05/201719 minutes 30 seconds
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The story of the 2016/17 Premier League season

There are 10 questions and we've got 90 minutes - it's the final word on the Premier League season. The former Everton midfielder Leon Osman, former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen and England international striker Sue Smith are alongside Lee James on the BBC World Service. With questions from amongst others Mark Schwarzer, Chris Sutton and John Hartson.
20/05/20171 hour 37 minutes 12 seconds
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BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year Award 2017

Sarah Mulkerrins and guests reveal this year's nominees and how to vote (Image: BBC WFOTY Logo Credit: BBC Sport)
30/04/201727 minutes 36 seconds
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N'Golo Kante Special

John Bennett brings you an N'Golo Kanté special, as we focus on the man taking the Premier League by storm. We go to Paris to find out where his football career began, and hear from his current and former team-mates, as we discover what makes him so special. Picture credit: N'Golo Kante (Getty Images)
01/04/201723 minutes 5 seconds
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Women's Boxing Special: Bring on the New Professionals

World champion boxer Heather Hardy and journalist Steve Bunce join Sarah Mulkerrins to examine if there's a place for Olympians in professional boxing. We'll hear from Claressa Shields, Katie Taylor and Nicola Adams, while top boxing promoter Lou Dibella explains why he's challenging the sexism in his sport. (PHOTO: Claressa Shields (L) Katie Taylor and Nicola Adams (R), CREDIT: Getty)
31/03/201746 minutes 36 seconds
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Sportsworld's Return to Rio

Better infrastructure, less crime, more housing, a boost to sport and tourism and equality for people with disabilities. All promised to the residents of Rio as a result of hosting the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games. Four months on Sportsworld returns to Rio to ask whether these will ever be fulfilled. Lee James travels around the city to meet the Paralympic gold medallist Daniel Dias and the Olympic gold medallist Rafaela Silva. Image: Rio skyline, Credit: Getty Images
23/12/20161 hour 38 minutes 54 seconds
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Fidel Castro's sporting legacy

Speaking more than fifty years go, Castro said "Anybody who truly loves sport and feels sport" had to prefer the Cuban way to professional sport "by a thousand times" The US blockade on Cuba, which has lasted for more than 50 years and includes restrictions on the nation's sporting institutions, has not stopped them from becoming the most successful Latin American country in Olympics history - despite having a population only slightly greater than that of New York City. Lee James was joined by Cuban born Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, author of The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball, Film maker and author Brin-Jonathan Butler, who's Cuban memoir the Domino Diaries explores Cuba through sport and fromer Cuban triple jump champion Yamile Aldama. Photo: Castro surrounded by the Cuba baseball team, Credit: Getty Images
26/11/201626 minutes 1 second
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The Battle of Unbeaten Fighters

Andre Ward survived a second-round knockdown to beat Sergey Kovalev on points and claim the Russian's IBF, WBA and WBO light-heavyweight titles. Sarah Mulkerrins is joined by former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi, former British boxer and now trainer Joe Gallagher and boxing writer for the LA Times Lance Pugmire to debate the details of the fight. (Image: Andre Ward, credit: Getty Images)
20/11/201614 minutes 16 seconds
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2016 BBC African Footballer of the Year

Sarah Mulkerrins is joined by South African football commentator Mo Allie and Algerian football journalist Maher Mezahi to profile the nominees for the 2016 BBC African footballer of the year. The shortlist includes West Ham and Ghana Forward Andre Ayew, Borussia Dortmund and Gabon Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Leicester City and Algeria Winger Riyad Mahrez, Liverpool and Senegal Forward Sadio Mané and Manchester City and Ivory Coast Midfielder Yaya Toure. Hear from African football experts and the superstar footballers themselves. (Image: Nominees for African player of the year, credit: Getty Images)
13/11/201647 minutes 40 seconds
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How Global is Women's Sport Week?

Women's Sport Week is designed to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women's sport across Britain. But what about globally? What are the issues being faced by the world's greatest sportswomen? Sarah Mulkerrins is joined by South Africa's Olympic javelin silver medallist Sunette Viljoen and leading sports journalists Anna Kessell and Jacqulein Magnay. We also hear from England rugby World Champion Danielle Waterman and Lianne Sanderson, the England striker who plays her club football in the United States. (Photo: Danielle Waterman Sunette Viljoen and Lianne Sanderson, Credit: Getty Images)
09/10/201636 minutes 52 seconds
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Paul Pogba: The Profile

John Bennett reflects on the biggest football story of the transfer window so far. Listen to the coaches who guided him from age 13, then hear from the man himself. Paul Pogba is back. (Image: Paul Pogba, credit: Getty Images)
13/08/201617 minutes 37 seconds
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Can the Rio Paralympics top London 2012?

How will we know if the Rio Paralympics have been a success? Gold medal winning sprinter, April Holmes, plus husband and wife athletes Stef Reid and Brent Lakatos are among Sarah Mulkerrins' guests for a Sportsworld special. What impact do the Games need to have on Brazil as a country? And what needs to change before we see more African nations appearing in the medals table? Picture: Canada's Brent Lakatos. Credit: Getty Images.
17/07/201634 minutes 14 seconds
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Mourinho to Manchester United

As Manchester United look set to confirm that Louis Van Gaal's time in charge at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho is preparing to take over, we round up the latest news on football's worst kept secret. We'll hear how it got to this stage from the BBC's Simon Stone, former Manchester United player and coach Phil Neville gives his thoughts on the potential appointment, we'll get a personal insight on Jose Mourinho from his first youth academy product at Benfica, Diogo Luis, Dutch football journalist Marcel van der Kraan discuesses what the future could hold for Louis Van Gaal and we examine what the move would mean for Ryan Giggs. (Photo; Mourinho at Olt Trafford, Credit; Getty Images)
22/05/201625 minutes 47 seconds
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The BBC Women's Footballer of the Year Award 2016

Sarah Mulkerrins announces the five nominations for the 2016 BBC Women's Footballer of the Year award. Find out more about Cameroon and FC Rosengard forward Gaelle Enganamouit, France and Lyon Midfielder Amandine Henry, Scotland and Seattle Reign midfielder Kim Little, USA & Houston Dash midfielder Carli Lloyd and USA and Kansas City defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Voting is open from 1800 GMT on Sunday 24th April 2016 and closes at 0800 GMT on Monday 9th May 2016. (Picture: Asisat Oshoala, credit: Getty Images)
24/04/201626 minutes 42 seconds
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Farewell to the Mamba

After 20 years playing basketball, on Wednesday 13th of April, 19,000 adoring fans crammed into the Staples Center to see Kobe Bryant play his final game. But what made Kobe one of the best players of all time? Sportsworld takes a look back at the life and career of the NBA legend. Joining Sarah Mullkerrins was the basketball author Roland Lazenby who has written autobiographies on the likes of Michael Jordan and the man of the moment - Kobe Bryant. And the first female scout in the NBA, who worked with the Lakers, Bonnie Jill Lafflin. (Image: Kobe Bryant, credit: Getty Images)
17/04/201649 minutes 29 seconds
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The Dutch Master

The world of football pays tribute to one of the game's greatest ever players, Johan Cruyff, following his death aged 68. Ade Adedoyin is joined by our football reporter Steve Crossman; Marcel van der Kraan from De Telegraaf newspaper; the former Barcelona striker Steve Archibald; and the former Netherland coach Raymond Verheijen, as they discuss the life of the Dutch master. (Image: Johan Cruyff lining up for the Netherlands. Credit: Getty Images)
24/03/201616 minutes 17 seconds
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The Sportsworld Fifa Presidential Debate

The beautiful game is suffering one of the ugliest periods in its history, but will that change when the race to succeed Sepp Blatter as the head of world football is decided on Friday. We profile the five men bidding for the top job at Fifa with the President of the Sierra Leone FA, Isha Johansen; Alexandra Wrage, who works in anti-corruption and transparency as the Head of TRACE International; Andrew Orsatti from the world players' union, FIFPRO; And Ramon Vega, the former Tottenham and Switzerland international defender who was considering running as a Fifa presidential candidate. (Image: The five men aiming to become the next Fifa president. Credit: PA)
20/02/201624 minutes 34 seconds
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How long will Tyson Fury reign?

What next for heavyweight boxing after Tyson Fury's unanimous points win over Wladimir Klitschko ended the Ukrainian's nine year reign at the top of the sport? Joining Sarah Mulkerrins are Ade Adedoyin, who was ringside for the BBC World Service in Dusseldorf, Boxing writer for ESPN Dan Rafael and the former WBA welterweight champion, Paulie Malignaggi. We also hear from Lennox Lewis. (Picture: Tyson Fury, credit: Getty Images)
29/11/201512 minutes 6 seconds
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Who's your BBC African Footballer of the Year?

Five players are in with a chance of adding their name to an exclusive list of BBC African Footballer of the Year award winners. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Yacine Brahimi, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure have the chance to being crowned this year's winner. Nigerian Football expert Oluwashina Okeleji, South African Football Journalist Mo Allie, Ghanaian Journalist Michael Oti Adjei and our football reporter Steve Crossman debate who deserves to win the award. (Image: 2015 BBC African Footballer of the Year nominees. Credit: Getty Images)
15/11/201536 minutes 41 seconds
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From Refugee to Sporting Star

Over the last few months, the media has been dominated by images and news of the world-wide refugee crisis. While the issues continue to be debated by politicians, we hear two remarkable stories of refugees-turned-footballers who fled the atrocities of war and succeeded at the highest level of the game. We speak to Afghanistan captain Zohib Islam Amiri, who shares his story of half-time executions and signing for Zico, and Sierra Leone striker and former Norwich player Kei Kamara, who says: "As a kid seeing executions in front of you or seeing dead bodies every day... you know, waking up and seeing vultures eating through them, it’s never what you wished on anyone." (Image: Refugees playing football. Credit: Getty Images)
14/11/201522 minutes 51 seconds