Vilda’s vindication? Spain win the World Cup
Spain beat England 1-0 to win their first FIFA World Cup. Mani Djazmi, Maz Farookhi and Katie Smith are joined by former England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley to discuss the final and Spain manager Jorge Vilda’s role and future. Image: Ivana Andres of Spain lifts the FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy follow
All roads (and rivers!) lead to the final
Katie Smith, Mani Djazmi and Maz Farookhi take a ferry trip down the Parramatta River from Sydney's Circular Quay to the Olympic Park, where tomorrow either Spain or England will be crowned world champions for the very first time at Stadium Australia.We hear from Women's Champions League-winning coa
Afghanistan's women team still waiting
In 2021, Afghanistan's women's national players fled Kabul to Australia, following the return to power of the Taliban. No women's team representing Afghanistan has kicked a ball in international football since. We catch up with goalkeeper Fati, who's now living and studying in Melbourne, to find out
Tillies Done! Lionesses roar into World Cup final
Join Mani Djazmi and Katie Smith at Stadium Australia in Sydney as they reflect on England reaching the Women's World Cup final for the very first time after beating the co-hosts 3-1. We hear from England's match-winner Lauren Hemp, and BBC Sport's Emma Sanders drops by to discuss how Sarina Wiegman
El capitan Carmona smashes Spain into the final
Maz Farookhi is in Auckland as Spain reach their first final in only their third World Cup finals appearance thanks to second-half strikes from teenage sensation Salma Paralluelo and captain Olga Carmona. Joining Maz are Spanish radio reporter Sara Gutierrez and Swedish journalist Amanda Zaza to cha
The Final Four
Mani Djazmi and Katie Smith are in Sydney and Maz Farookhi is in Auckland for the final week of the Women’s World Cup. Ahead of the first semi-final between Spain v Sweden, former Spain captain Verónica Boquete chats to Maz about what makes this Spanish team special despite the players' complex rela
A day with Wellington Phoenix: New Zealand’s only professional club
Join Maz Farookhi as she travels to Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand’s only professional football club to see the impact of the Women’s World Cup.The club was founded in 2007 but the women’s team was only formed two years ago. Maz chats with Phoenix head coach Paul Temple and Katie Barrott, female de
Matildas mania sweeps across Australia
Mani Djazmi is in Brisbane, as co-hosts Australia reach the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup for the very first time after beating France 7-6 in a dramatic penalty shootout after it finished goalless after 120 minutes.Mani speaks to ecstatic Australia fans outside the Brisbane Stadium, as Matild
Spain and Sweden surge into semis
Join Maz Farookhi in Wellington as Spain reach their first ever World Cup semi-final following a 2-1 victory over 2019 runners up Netherlands. A goal from Barcelona’s Salma Paralluelo in the 111th minute was enough for Jorge Vilda’s side to progress to the last four.Maz spoke to Laia Cervello from T
The last eight
Mani Djazmi, Maz Farookhi and Katie Smith are back together to preview the four quarter-finals.Maz joins from Wellington to tell us about a quite extraordinary Netherlands press conference involving manager Andries Jonker and forward Lineth Beerensteyn ahead of their game against Spain. Beerensteyn
Colombia and France end World Cup dreams for Jamaica and Morocco
Katie Smith is in Melbourne where Colombia have made history, booking their spot in the last eight for the first time by beating Jamaica 1-0. Katie catches up with Colombian journalist Valentina Pena to talk about the battle of the underdogs - how does the team's mentality change when they are not t
Australia shine, England survive
There are huge celebrations in Sydney where Australia comfortably made it through to the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Denmark. Mani Djazmi spoke to jubilant Matildas fans and the ABC’s Samantha Lewis to discuss the goals, increased expectations and the return of ca
Sweden shock the world champions USA
Katie Smith is in Melbourne, where Sweden have knocked out the back-to-back defending world champions USA in a dramatic penalty shootout.Katie speaks to jubilant Sweden fans and dejected USA supporters. A relieved Björn Nordling from SVT reflects on Sweden's victory and looks ahead to their quarter
Are Japan the team to beat?
2011 winners Japan beat Norway 3-1 to make it through to the quarter finals of the World Cup. Japanese sports writer Masujima Midori joins Maz Farookhi to discuss the teams performance. The Athletic's Laia Cervelló Herrero also stops by to chat all things Jorge Vilda as Spain thrash Switzerland 5-1
Moroccan miracle, German failure and Dutch candour
In today's episode, Mani Djazmi, Maz Farookhi and Katie Smith reflect on Morocco's miraculous progression to the last 16 at the Women’s World Cup. Mani chats to two-time World Cup-winner with Germany, Nadine Angerer, about the country’s shock elimination, while the team preview all eight round of 16
History-making Reggae Girlz shock Brazil
Katie Smith and Mani Djazmi are in Melbourne as Jamaica make history by becoming the first men's or women's Caribbean team to reach the knockout stages of a World Cup.Jamaican journalist Wayde Brown from Irie FM joins us at the Rectangular Stadium to discuss the scale of the Reggae Girlz' achievemen
How good are the USA?
Maz Farookhi is in Auckland as the four-time winners of the World Cup, the United States, are into the knockout stages of the World Cup following a 0-0 draw with Portugal.Maz speaks to The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tannenwald, New York Times World Editor Andrew Das and Tatjana Haenni, the Nat
Crisis averted! Matildas march into the last 16
Katie Smith and Mani Djazmi are joined by not one, not two, but three former Australian internationals in the shape of Mark Schwarzer, Amy Chapman and Alicia Ferguson to reflect on the Matildas’ 4-0 thrashing of Olympic champions Canada in Melbourne to progress to the last 16 as group winners. We al
Football Ferns fall as Norway smash six goals
New Zealand become the first ever hosts of the Women’s World Cup to exit at the group stage, after their 0-0 draw with Switzerland. Maz Farookhi speaks to former Football Fern Bex Sowden about New Zealand’s elimination from the tournament and what this means for football in the country. Former winne
Kerr-ching? Sam Kerr says she’s ready to play
Mani Djazmi is in Brisbane as star Australia forward Sam Kerr says she’ll definitely be playing in their crunch match against Olympic champions Canada on Monday. Former Australia international Amy Chapman chats to Mani about the significances of this news. Mani is joined by Maz Farookhi and Katie Sm
Pressure on hosts as Nigeria shock Australia
Mani Djazmi reflects on Nigeria's shock 3-2 victory over hosts Australia, while Maz Farookhi is in Wellington with reaction to an entertaining 1-1 draw between the USA and the Netherlands, in a repeat of the 2019 World Cup final.After Nigeria’s win against Australia, a side 30 places above them in t
Fantastic Filipinas floor the Football Ferns
It’s a tale of two cities on the latest World Football. Maz Farookhi is in Wellington and Katie Smith is in Auckland as the Philippines score their first ever World Cup goal and get their first ever World Cup win against co- hosts New Zealand. We hear from former Football Fern Maia Jackman about wha
Imperious Germany and the singing South Korea coach
Mani Djazmi is in Melbourne as two-time world champions Germany hit debutants Morocco for six in their tournament opener.Argentina's wait for a first World Cup win goes on as they are beaten by Italy. Katie Smith is joined by Argentinian commentator Andres Cantor who went viral on social media eight
USA off to winning start and the history-making Palestinian
Mani Djazmi and Maz Farookhi reflect on holders USA's opening game win over Vietnam in Auckland, including hearing from Meg Linehan, senior writer for The Athletic. And we speak to FIFA assistant referee Heba Saadiyeh, who is the first Palestinian to participate in either a men's or women's FIFA Wor