Podcast 53 — Bayern, City and Lyon maintain their dominance
Musa and Ryan are joined by Jonathan Harding to discuss the final day of the Bundesliga Manchester City completely the first ever English domestic men's treble and Lyon beating Barcelona to secure a fourth Women's Champions League title in a row. They also chat about Jonathan's forthcoming book, Mensch, which explores the reasons why German coaches are so successful, and what lies beyond the cones in dealing with player’s personalities.
Podcast 52 — City seal the title in style
With Manchester City retaining the Premier League, Musa and Ryan look back at the incredible level of England's top two sides. There's also chat about the Bundesliga, Copa de la Reina, possible key signings for the Premier League top six, our predictions for the top four revisited and much, more.
Arsenal through after a feverish night at Mestalla
Arsenal reached their first European final since 2006, after a convincing win over Valencia. Ryan Hunn reports back from a wild Mestalla.
Podcast 51 — Klopp's Masterpiece
On this bonus episode, Ryan is joined by Ken Early from Second Captains and the Irish Times to look back at Liverpool's incredible 4-0 win against Barcelona that took them to a second Champions League final in a row. They also discuss Liverpool's progression under Jürgen Klopp, Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona's transitioning identity and more.
Podcast 50 — Top Four Fallout
With Manchester United and Arsenal missing out on top four finishes, Musa and Ryan look at what this could mean for both clubs as well as the latest in the Premier League title race. Michael and Ryan discuss a remarkable weekend in Germany, with Bayern all but wrapping up the Bundesliga title after yet another disappointment for Dortmund. There’s also chat about the other key points from the weekend’s action.
Podcast 49 — Messi's 600th
After Lionel Messi reached 600 goals for Barcelona, Ryan and Michael discuss his brilliance once more and the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. They also look at Ajax's win over Spurs, football's concussion issue and yet another turn in the Bundesliga title race. Then Ryan is joined by Tim Stillman, following Arsenal winning the FA Women's Super League for the first time in seven years, who provides great insight into their brilliant season.
Flying Beer and Deafening Noise : The Revierderby
With the Bundesliga title race going down to the wire, Dortmund faced Schalke having not beaten their rivals at home since 2015. Ryan Hunn was at the Westfalenstadion for the first time and reports back from an exhausting Revierderby.
Easter Weekend Round-up
Every time the clocks go forward it feels as though the volume of football increases to an almost overwhelming amount. It doesn’t, of course, but the stakes at this time of year are higher. In lieu of a Rabona podcast this week, Ryan Hunn rounds up some of the key moments from a busy Easter weekend.
Podcast 48 — Champions League mayhem and where next for Manchester United?
Following one of the most incredible games in Champions League history, Ryan and Michael try to make sense of events at the Etithad, after Manchester City were knocked out by Spurs, plus VAR, Mauricio Pochettino's impact and how key the losses of Son and Sissoko will be (0.01). Then Ryan and Musa discuss yet another wonderful Ajax performance against Juventus (20.01) and look at some of the issues facing Manchester United following their defeat to Barcelona (39.20).
Podcast 47 — Who Blinks First?
After wins for Liverpool and Manchester City, Musa and Ryan discuss the brilliance of Mo Salah, Raheem Sterling, and this historic Premier League title race. Then LaLigaTV's Semra Hunter joins to discuss Saturday's El Gran Derbi between Sevilla and Real Betis, the dramatic La Liga relegation battle and the Barcelona and Manchester United Champions League second leg. There's also a round-up of key men's and women's games from France, Germany and England.
Podcast 46 — In The Balance
With the Champions League quarter finals finely balanced, Musa and Ryan recorded a bonus podcast to reflect on Manchester United's defeat to Barcelona and Ajax's draw with Juventus. They also discuss Son Heung-min's brilliance, following his winner for Spurs against Manchester City, and Liverpool's victory at home to Porto.
Podcast 45 — Barça, Bayern and the FA Cup
After a busy weekend of football, Musa and Ryan look back at Barcelona's victory over Atlético Madrid at Camp Nou, Bayern's 5-0 win over Dortmund in Der Klassiker and the FA Cup semi-finals. There's also chat about Everton beating Arsenal, Christine Sinclair closing in on the all-time international goal scoring record and much more. Image by Vladimir Rys.
The 17 Minute Klassiker
Dortmund visited Bayern for the 100th Der Klassiker in the league and the biggest in years. Ryan Hunn reports on Bayern’s dominant evening at the Allianz Arena.
Podcast 44 — Moise Kean is not to blame
On this extended bonus podcast, Musa and Ryan reflect on yet another case of racial abuse after Juventus striker, Moise Kean, was targeted against Cagliari. Then they focus on the good things from this week, with Sid Lowe joining to discuss the brilliant game between Villarreal and Barcelona. Women In Football Director, Jo Tongue, was at the opening game at Spurs' new stadium and joins to discuss how it felt going home. There's also chat about some key games from mid week, the upcoming Klassiker and more.
Podcast 43 — Oh, Hugo
Musa, Michael and Ryan reflect on Hugo Lloris' error handing Liverpool a last minute win over Spurs, which saw them return to the top of the Premier League. They also go through the remaining fixtures and make predictions as to who will last the last two spots in the top four, discuss Cardiff's bad luck, more Dortmund drama, Women's Super League and much more.
Podcast 42 — Solskjær given the keys
On this bonus podcast, Ryan and Musa react to Ole Gunnar Solskjær being announced as the permanent manager of Manchester United, having signed a three-year deal. They also round-up the Women's Champions League quarter final second legs, with Musa having been in Wolfsburg to witness Lyon progress to yet another semi-final and a dramatic late win for Chelsea in Paris.
Podcast 41 — Germany rediscover their winning touch
On this international edition of the podcast, Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss Germany’s thrilling 3-2 win against a resurgent Netherlands in Amsterdam, and England’s impressive 5-0 win over the Czech Republic at Wembley, and their chances of success at Euro 2020. There's also chat about another important week for women's football, with the news that Barclays will sponsor the FAWSL, Juventus beating Fiorentina in a sold out Allianz Stadium and more. Image by Ryu Voelkel.
Lea Schüller: On The Rise
Prior to every World Cup, a new generation of players appear, seemingly set to take the tournament by storm. As Ryan Hunn writes, Lea Schüller is one of them. Ahead of her first senior international tournament, she kindly answered some questions for Rabona.
Podcast 40 — Majestic Messi, FA Cup and the USWNT Lawsuit
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).
Podcast 39 — Mané's Magic In Munich
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.
Podcast 38 — Zidane: Return of the King
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.