On this week's busy podcast, Musa and Ryan try to put Messi's genius into words, following his incredible hat-trick against Betis (00.01), as well as discussing a historic match at the Wanda Metropolitano and FA Cup quarter final weekend (10.20). Then Ryan talks to Caitlin Murray, football writer and author of The National Team: The Inside Story of The Women Who Changed Soccer, about the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the US Women’s National Team against US Soccer last week (18.31). There's also Sancho Corner and much, much more (31.40).
On this bonus podcast, Musa and Ryan discuss this week's Champions League ties, including Juventus' stunning comeback against Atlético Madrid, as well as more routine victories for Barcelona and Manchester City. Michael was at the Allianz Arena and joins on the phone to discuss Liverpool's victory over Bayern.
Zinedine Zidane’s shock return to the Real Madrid hot-seat after nine months away dominates this week’s podcast. There’s also analysis of Arsenal’s victory over Man United, Germany’s decision to axe Boateng, Hummels and Müller, and what should be done to protect players from pitch invaders.
After a dramatic week of Champions League football, Musa and Ryan discuss historic wins for Manchester United and Ajax, Frenkie de Jong's bright future and Porto beating Roma. Then Michael joins on the phone, having spoken to Toby Alderweireld after witnessing Spurs' win over Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion.
Musa and Ryan look back on a big weekend of derbies, including Spurs versus Arsenal, Everton versus Liverpool and Fulham versus Chelsea (00.01). Then James Horncastle joins to discuss Lazio’s victory over Roma in The Rome Derby, Juventus beating Napoli and the overall health of Italian football (25.21). There’s also chat about Balotelli’s celebration, El Clásico and much more (45.40).
It's a busy podcast this week as Musa, Michael and Ryan talk Kepa Arrizabalaga's antics and Manchester City's victory in the Carabao Cup Final before being joined by comedian Nish Kumar to discuss Solskjaer's United. The Guardian's Suzy Wrack talks to Ryan about Manchester City Women's Conti Cup Final victory, also on penalties, and the upcoming SheBelieves Cup. There's also a lot of love for Messi, the latest edition of Sancho Corner, VAR chat and more.
Having fallen behind Bayern, Dortmund visited Hertha, hoping a first league win there since 2014 would return them to the top of the Bundesliga. Ryan Hunn reports from an epic encounter at the Olympiastadion.
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.
With one of the smallest stadiums in Ligue 1, Monaco still has trouble filling its seats. The fans of Les Monégasques live and support the team from all over France. Hot prospects Kylian Mbappé, Thomas Lemar, and Tiemoué Bakayoko are the talk of the footballing world and alongside seasoned veteran Radamel Falcao, they are leading the club on the road to domestic and European success. In a collaboration with KICK, we explore what it’s like being a supporter of the club in this incredibly unique principality.
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.
Derbies are the games us football fans live for. There's nothing quite like the tribalistic battle for local supremacy and, for fans, it doesn't matter if you're fighting for a league title or against relegation – you just need to win that derby. In this issue, we explore 5 derbies in depth: River Plate vs Boca Juniors, Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke, Roma vs Lazio, Galatasaray vs Fenerbahce and the lesser known Brazilian derby, Sport vs Santa Cruz. There is also a cover interview with Paris Saint-Germain and France star Blaise Matuidu, and his French team-mates Raphael Varane and Mamadou Sakho, plus we talk exclusively to Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino, England women's coach Mark Sampson and go behind-the-scenes at Raul's final game as a professional for New York Cosmos.
265 x 200mm, 148 pages