Season 4 Episode 2


This episode is all about taking on the issue of never-ending growth and expansion of football.
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Episode Notes

You may have seen the news about FIFA expanding their Club World Cup, the first edition of which will take place in the summer of 2025.

Thirty-two teams will take part, up from the current field of seven, and it will take place in one country, much like the national-team World Cup. Eight groups of four will feed into a knockout bracket of 16 teams, meaning that the finalists of this new competition will play seven games, in tournament conditions — probably in a place far from home.

On this episode, we’re talking about the never-ending growth and expansion of football.

The Athletic


  1. Expand: to increase in size, number, or importance
    ”FIFA decided to expand the Club World Cup to 32 teams.”
  2. Exhaustion: the state of being extremely tired
    ”Playing more matches leads to a risk of player exhaustion” (Adjective: exhausted: “I am exhausted!”
  3. Exploit: to use something in a way that helps you
    ”Rising ticket prices have left many fans feeling exploited.”

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