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Welcome to Up Front brought to you by William Hill. On this channel you will find hard-hitting, sporting content that cuts through the nonsense and gets to the heart of the story. Whether that’s in ‘Up Front with Simon Jordan’ our podcast series that sees the broadcaster and former Premier League club owner sit down with interesting characters from the world of sport and beyond. Or ‘Three Up Front’, our new show hosted by Simon Jordan, Graeme Souness and Troy Deeney that tackles the biggest talking points in world football through the eyes of a player, a manager and an owner. Be sure to subscribe for weekly content and remember, 18+ please gamble responsibly. read less

Our Editor's Take

The Up Front with Simon Jordan podcast delivers unfiltered conversations with sporting legends. Simon is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for football (called soccer in the US). He made history as the youngest owner of an English Football League club when he bought Crystal Palace FC at the age of 32. His father had always supported Crystal Palace, so Simon became a fan at a young age. Four years later, he made history again as the youngest owner of a Premier League football club.

Through his experience with Crystal Palace, Simon became a recognizable personality in football. Over the years, he has shared his honest opinions on radio and TV and written a newspaper column for the Daily Mail. This podcast is his way of directing the conversation and asking essential questions. Simon encourages Up Front with Simon Jordan listeners to expect the unexpected. He promises rare insights into different sports and total honesty throughout.

One episode discusses the idea that "Society would not accept a black Simon Jordan." Simon interviews former player, manager, and now respected pundit John Barnes. Together they discuss the lack of representation within England's football leagues. Why aren't there more black managers? John talks about how former manager Graham Taylor spoke out about racism and how this affected him. The high-energy interview starts with John sharing his story and how he got into the sport. It's only a short time before they enjoy a passionate debate about racial inequality in football.

Former goalie David James joins another episode. He discusses his career and how goalkeeping has changed over the years. David also talks about the criticism he received and how the media changed the narrative. Other podcast guests include boxing champion Carl Froch and darts icon James Wade.

Up Front with Simon Jordan features conversations and debates with insightful sports personalities. Simon is fearless in having honest discussions and debating challenging topics. It's a fun podcast for sports fans who want to hear more from the players behind the games. New episodes premiere weekly.

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Michael Ballack | “Alonso’s Leverkusen is great for the Bundesliga and for Bayern” 
Michael Ballack | “Alonso’s Leverkusen is great for the Bundesliga and for Bayern”
On today’s episode we are joined by one of the greats of German Football. Born in East Germany at a time of upheaval and division, Michael Ballack went on to become a legend for his country, making 98 appearances and scoring 42 goals.Through playing street football at an early age, Ballack found his love for the game and knew he wanted to become a pro. He came to prominence at Kaiserslautern and was part of the side that did the unthinkable by winning the Bundesliga in 1997. His impressive performances earned him a move to Bayer Leverkusen and individually he continued to excel, as well as his stock amongst Europe’s elite. Collectively however, they failed to win any silverware following two consecutive years of falling at the last hurdle. Ballack would rectify this though, by joining the Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and win multiple titles and cups.Still eager for more success and new challenges, he swapped Munich for London, joining Abrahmovic’s revolution at Chelsea in 2006, to play under Jose Mourinho. He’d go on to win the premier league and a series of cups before heading back to Leverkusen in 2010, where he’d finish his career.Michael joins the show and talks about his football journey, opening up on his time at Leverkusen, the exceptionally high standards at Bayern Munich and playing under Jose Mourinho. He also talks about how Xabi Alonso has brought a winning mentality to Leverkusen and how he’s transformed the club, whilst giving his honest opinion on the German National Side and their realistic prospects for the Euros.Subscribe for future episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly.Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.
Gianfranco Zola | "This Chelsea team isn't ready, they look intimidated!"
Gianfranco Zola | "This Chelsea team isn't ready, they look intimidated!"
On today’s episode we are joined by one of the most iconic Italians to grace the Premier League. From humble beginnings in Sardinia, Gianfranco Zola was famed for playing the game in a beautiful way. He became one of the rising stars in his hometown which earned him a big money move to Napoli who were led by the God-like figure Diego Maradona.After impressing in Naples, he moved to Parma and formed a deadly partnership with Faustino Asprilla, challenging Juventus for the Serie A title. However, he struggled for game time the following season under manager Carlo Ancelotti, which opened the door for Zola to make the move to Stamford Bridge. His audacious, entertaining style of play helped ignite Chelsea’s late resurgence in the late 90’s and he became a firm favourite for the blues. He’s also widely seen as a trailblazer who formed English football’s early foreign revolution.After finishing his playing career back home in Sardinia, Gianfranco moved into management, managing teams such as West Ham, Watford and Birmingham City, often under extremely challenging ownership groups. Gianfranco joins the show and opens up on those challenging situations whilst giving his honest opinion on the current footballing landscape and the state of his beloved Chelsea FC.Subscribe for future episodes. 18+ please gamble responsibly.Warning: this episode contains language that some people may find offensive.