A collaboration between BBC Sport and Copa90? Yes please!
Totally devoted to the ever burgeoning, ever growing popularity of the women’s game, the microphone is placed in the grip of some of the most familiar duos currently involved in football today.
The Players is a no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point podcast hosted by American-born former New Zealand international Bex Smith. Bex has captained her country at two World Cups and two Olympics, later worked for Fifa, managing the Women's World Cups. Together with her wealth of experience, this brand new podcast that ‘flips the script’ on how this slice of the football spectrum is discussed.
With a pair of fresh voices into the studio each week, listeners can enjoy the joint-individual narratives from the professionals that grace us with their presence, and the unadulterated rapport that cruises across the airwaves. Kicking off with the North-East England duo Jill Scott and Steph Houghton of Manchester City, The Players has so far followed up Paris Saint-Germain teammates Nadia Nadim and Christiane Endler, Everton pair Izzy Christiansen and Hayley Raso and American World Cup winners Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis talking being on top of the football world, being around the icon that is Megan Rapinoe, and life in England, the so-called home of the beautiful game.
Preferring to remain as a guide for the production of content, rather than putting herself front and centre, Bex is there purely to prompt and poke, teasing answers and conversations from the familial relationships respective to the pairings that appear. Further huge names are expected to appear, with the show going from strength to strength
Episodes are usually 40 minutes, arriving weekly since mid-November 2020 through BBC Sounds, and for football fans, The Players deserves to be on every playlist.