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AFR Voice is counting the cost of the beautiful game this episode as we dissect a new study revealing that the cost of watching English football has risen by 12%. We ask why European leagues are so much cheaper, and most important of all – reveal which club is selling the most expensive pies at half time.
With our calculators and disillusionment put to one side we embark on our familiar audio tour of the global game. We start in West London where we confirm ourselves born again Juan Mata fans and hitchhike our observations up to Manchester; controversial t-shirt protests aside, we make time to meditate on the 10 year anniversary of Wayne Rooney’s first Premier League goal. Was the raw potential that exploded on to the scene that day in 2002 fulfilled or fumbled?
Our passport then gets a bigger stamping than Nigel De Jong training partners as we visit last week’s World Cup qualifiers - cherishing a thoroughly bonkers come back by Sweden, a not-so-great escape from the USA and the unlikely love story of England’s Kyle Walker and Phil Jagielka.
On our final leg we round up the MLS and pick up some duty-free oddities in the European leagues – including an enforced slumber party for the atrocious AC Milan squad, Emile Heskey doubling A-League attendances and cash-strapped Greek clubs taking sponsorship from kebab shops.