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Football's Moonlighters

Many elite players have had to adapt their game in order to play at the highest level and, as Musa Okwonga writes, such flexibility is often overlooked.

Football's Moonlighters

Podcast 28 — Rash Hour

Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss Manchester United’s revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Marcus Rashford won the big game of the weekend against Tottenham. There’s also talk about the Spurs project, Lionel Messi, spygate and some other nonsense.

Podcast 28 — Rash Hour

Podcast 27 — New Year’s Resolutions and Transfer Talk

Back from their winter break, Musa, Michael and Ryan kick off 2019 with a look at the early movers in the January transfer window. They discuss Christian Pulisic’s move to Chelsea, Adrien Rabiot’s switch to Barcelona and Aaron Ramsey’s potential transfer to Juventus. There’s also chat about Tottenham, Real Madrid, Bournemouth and more.

Podcast 27 — New Year’s Resolutions and Transfer Talk

Podcast 26 — Mourinho gone

On this bonus podcast, Musa and Ryan are joined by Ken Early to discuss Mourinho’s sacking and what the future holds for the Portuguese manager and Manchester United.

Podcast 26 — Mourinho gone

Podcast 25 — Red-hot Liverpool hit top gear

On our final podcast of the year, Musa, Michael and Ryan wax lyrical over Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, after a thrilling derby victory over Manchester United returned them to the Premier League summit. They also reflect on a sizzling Champions League last 16 draw.

Podcast 25 — Red-hot Liverpool hit top gear

Podcast 24 — Are Wide Forwards replacing the Striker?

Michael is back and joins Musa and Ryan in discussing the rise of the wide forward’s importance in modern football (0.01). There’s chat about the weekend’s key games, Jadon Sancho’s winning goal in the Ruhr derby and the media’s portrayal of black footballers, following Raheem Sterling’s eloquent highlighting of the issue (15.40). They round off with Ralph Hasenhüttl (28.15), the Copa Libertadores second leg and much more.

Podcast 24 — Are Wide Forwards replacing the Striker?

Podcast 23 — Derby Despair & Delight

Musa and Ryan look back at a weekend of pulsating Premier League derbies (00.01) plus some of the weekend’s other talking points (33.40), including captain’s armbands, Sancho Corner, Mark Hughes’ sacking and where Southampton go next (38.54). Finally, Brenda Elsey joins to discuss the wider implications of the Copa Libertadores fall out (48.05).

Podcast 23 — Derby Despair & Delight

Podcast 22 — The Importance of Identity

On this week's podcast, Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss the importance of a footballing identity. They are joined by special guest Graham Hunter (25.29) whose 2012 book, Barça: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World, inspired the documentary released earlier this month about Barcelona, Take the Ball, Pass the Ball. There is also talk about Tottenham’s win over Chelsea (12.33), the Superclásico that never was, Sancho Corner and more.

Podcast 22 — The Importance of Identity

Podcast 21 — Oranje Boom: The Return of the Dutch

Following victory over world champions France and a late fightback against Germany, the Netherlands are back at Europe’s top table under the guidance of Ronald Koeman. Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss that, England, the future of Joachim Löw and the best bits from the international break.

Podcast 21 — Oranje Boom: The Return of the Dutch

The Search for the Unstable Element

Every successful team needs an Unstable Element. Whether it’s Roy Keane policing his team-mates, or Sergio Ramos indulging in the dark arts, they are an indispensable part of a team’s pursuit of glory, writes Musa Okwonga.

The Search for the Unstable Element

Podcast 19 — European Super League: Doomed to fail?

On this week’s podcast, Musa, Michael and Ryan react to the Football Leaks revelations that a European Super League is perhaps closer than we all thought, and the damage it could do to the fabric of the game. Also, we have Sancho Corner and take a look at the big talking points from across Europe.

Podcast 19 — European Super League: Doomed to fail?

Podcast 18 — Barca push Lopetegui to the brink, tragedy in Leicester

On this week’s podcast, Musa, Michael and Ryan dissect Barcelona’s Clasico victory (00.01) and remark on the tragedy in Leicester (15.01). There’s a preview of an exclusive interview with Michael Ballack and Bundesliga chat (20.37) before a run through of the weekend’s Premier League action (30.50) and other games (45.36)...

Podcast 18 — Barca push Lopetegui to the brink, tragedy in Leicester

Podcast 17 — Dortmund blitz Atleti

It was another wild night in the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund producing a second half blitz against Atletico Madrid. Musa, Michael and Ryan analyse that, talk to co-founder of the Unusual Efforts podcast Kirsten Schlewitz about the good and bad of Red Star Belgrade and Carlo Ancelotti’s fine work at Napoli.

Podcast 17 — Dortmund blitz Atleti

Podcast 15 — Real Madrid and Bayern Munich: Why are Europe’s giants struggling?

Bayern Munich go into the international break sixth in the Bundesliga and Real Madrid are on their longest goal drought since 1985. On our latest podcast, Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss their woes and heap praise on the teams that are taking advantage across Europe.

Podcast 15 — Real Madrid and Bayern Munich: Why are Europe’s giants struggling?

Podcast 14 — Turning Points

This week Musa, Michael and Ryan talk about the struggles at Manchester United, Aaron Ramsey’s future amid a changing landscape at Arsenal, and a thrilling weekend in the Bundesliga, where Bayern Munich were displaced at the top after a stunning defeat in Berlin.

Podcast 14 — Turning Points

Podcast 13 — The Future, vol. 1

In an era of escalating transfer fees and the prospect of games abroad, Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss the future of the game. The also look back on the weekend's action in the Premier League and across Europe.

Podcast 13 — The Future, vol. 1

Podcast 12 — In the Groove

As club football returns after the international break, Musa, Michael and Ryan take a look at the teams in Europe finding their rhythm, plus those who might have cause for concern.

Podcast 12 — In the Groove

The Age of the Full-Back

All things considered, it was fitting that the goal of the 2018 World Cup was scored by France’s Benjamin Pavard. His dramatic intervention could be seen as the crowning moment in what we might call “The Age of the Full-Back”.

The Age of the Full-Back