World Cup podcast #4: The Unscheduled
Our fourth World Cup podcast is called the Unscheduled, mainly because we didn’t plan to do it. This time Musa Okwonga and Rabona editor-in-chief Michael Da Silva look at the four semi-finalists: Croatia, England, Belgium and France and are joined by French football writer Philippe Auclair.
World Cup podcast #3: The Unfinished
As we approach the business end of the World Cup, Musa Okwonga and Michael Da Silva look at the remaining candidates in our latest podcast, ‘The Unfinished’. Belgium, Brazil and France all on the menu and Irish Times writer Ken Early speaks to us about England’s wild ride to the quarter finals. We also discuss Germany’s shock exit with German football writer Uli Hesse.
World Cup podcast #2: The Unexpected
Hosted by journalist and poet Musa Okwonga alongside Rabona editor-in-chief Michael Da Silva, Rabona brings you its second World Cup podcast. This episode is called ‘The Unexpected’ and looks at the surprises of the tournament so far, and there have been a few! Argentina, Croatia and Germany, to name but three. Musa and Michael are joined by Croatian football expert Juraj Vrdoljak and French football writer Tom Williams.
World Cup podcast: The Uninvited
Hosted by Musa Okwonga alongside Rabona editor-in-chief Michael Da Silva, Rabona brings you the first of a series of World Cup podcasts. This first episode is called ‘The Uninvited’ as we look at the perennial attendees such as Italy, the Netherlands, Chile and the USA, who all missed out this time. And Musa and Michael will give you their tips for the tournament.
Jesse Lingard: My overnight success was years in the making
In Sir Alex Ferguson’s final days as Manchester United coach, he recommended that the club keep faith in one of their academy kids. English football’s greatest ever coach talked of a player with searing pace, a strong work ethic and fantastic skill, even though he was considered too small and weak to rub shoulders with the big boys during the Scot's reign. The player he was talking about was Jesse Lingard.
Nike Hypervenom Phantom 3 'Fire'
It's been almost a year since Nike launched the Hypervenom Phantom 3 at a glamorous event in Munich, starring Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Marcus Rashford, Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani . The boot's reputation for grip, traction and durability have made it the boot of choice for some of the world's best strikers. This is the Hypervenom's latest incarnation - part of the Fire & Ice collection - launched by Paris Saint-Germain's Cavani in the French capital.
adidas X 17+ PureSpeed
Given the roaring success that was the adidas X 16+, the latest version was always likely to be an evolution rather than a revolution from its predecessor. That's proven to be the case, with the 17+ PureSpeed continuing to provide the comfort and touch that made the 16+ so popular. The version we tested were the striking Black Solar, a visually striking release and proof that adidas are still on top of the game when it comes to laceless.
NEW: The China Issue
Everybody is talking about the Chinese Super League. Among the flurry of big-name stars now plying their trade in the world's fastest-growing league is Oscar. A bonafide world class talent approaching his best years at Chelsea, his move shocked football. So does he regret it? And is China's football revolution the real deal or just hype? We also have an interview with PSG & Germany star Julian Draxler, we take a look at 1860 Munich's restart in the fourth tier of German football and the campaign to save Millwall's Den stadium.
Inside the Chinese Super League
The Chinese Super League has made headlines with insane offers for some of the world’s top players. But what happens when the players finally arrive at their new clubs? Get a behind the scenes look at the growing football culture in China and see how the players are handling this new challenge.
Interview: Kevin Trapp
Paris Saint-Germain and Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has a big season ahead. Having recently made his debut for the national team, he is has his eye on a place in Joachim Löw's World Cup squad. He talks exclusively to Rabona about battling for the #1 jersey at PSG and the changing role of the goalkeeper.