Ben SoundCloud Voices

SoundCloud Voices is a weekly Community feature focusing on new spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post. 

It’s football fever in Europe at the moment with the quarter finals of the Euro 2012 Football Championships starting today. For football fans it means 3 and a bit weeks of glorious football over the summer, for football haters, frustratingly even more of the same rubbish that is running all year! With so much to talk about during the tournament, we’ve seen plenty of radio stations, podcasts and even Adidas Football using SoundCloud to keep you up to speed with the latest views, news, theories and interviews. Take a listen to this selection of SoundClouders talking football.

First up Deutsche Welle in English, the Bonn based radio station. Have you ever thought about the statistics behind penalty shoot outs? Listen hear to find out more about binomial probability, taken from their show Spectrum.

Even Adidas Football have been using SoundCloud to podcast their latest interviews and coverage of the Euros, which they have then been sharing on their fancy looking Tumblr page. Take a listen to their interview with the legendary Pierluigi Collina, now the head of referees for UEFA.

Aside from the Olympics this is the other major sporting event of the summer, and this hasn’t gone amiss by American radio show Only a Game from NPR station WBUR out in Boston. Only a Game is an award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, Only A Game is radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider. Take a listen to some of their recent coverage.

Same for goes for American radio show The World from Public Radio International.  They’ve take a more intellectual approach to their coverage by associating the games with the Euro Zone Crisis.  For example the quarter final between Germany and Greece on Friday is a theme of fiscal discussion, and of course they chat about who will the game too!

There are some fantastic football podcasters on SoundCloud, who have been discussing, dissecting and deliberating throughout the tournament so far. Take a listen to Never Write of the Germans from the football podcast network Playback Media if you want a further insight into the tournament.

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