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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.

Lea Schüller: On The Rise

Frenkie & The Fearless

Real Madrid’s three years of Champions League dominance was abruptly ended by a European sleeping giant. Ryan Hunn explores Ajax’s victory at the Bernabeu and the influence of Frenkie de Jong, the Barcelona-bound rising star who makes them tick.

Frenkie & The Fearless

Batman, The Force & El Clásico's New Age

With Barcelona and Real Madrid due to meet three times in a month, Ryan Hunn reflects on El Clásico entering a new age, whilst remaining one of the biggest games in world football.

Batman, The Force & El Clásico's New Age

Andy Carroll: The brittle sledgehammer stuck in a loop of declining returns

Andy Carroll’s £35 million move from Newcastle to Liverpool is one of the most infamous January deadline day transfers. Now at West Ham, Carroll remains an enigma, writes Matt Pearson .

Andy Carroll: The brittle sledgehammer stuck in a loop of declining returns

La Liga Weekly: Betis Leave It Late, Rayo's Missed Opportunity

Matchday 20 in the Spanish top flight saw games with consequences at both ends of the table. Ryan Hunn rounds up this week’s La Liga action.

La Liga Weekly: Betis Leave It Late, Rayo's Missed Opportunity

La Liga Weekly: Messi joins 400 club, Athletic Bilbao's run continues

In the first of a new weekly feature, Ryan Hunn reflects on a big weekend in La Liga, including Lionel Messi’s 400th league goal and Iñaki Williams’ brilliant brace.

La Liga Weekly: Messi joins 400 club, Athletic Bilbao's run continues

Fernandinho: Manchester City's Butler Serves Up a Treat

Manchester City trumped Liverpool in the crucial top-of-the-table showdown, ending Jürgen Klopp’s side unbeaten run since the start of the season. Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane scored the goals, but it was the performance of Fernandinho that impressed Matt Pearson.

Fernandinho: Manchester City's Butler Serves Up a Treat

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?

Ross Barkley and the Return of the Number Eight

The idea of the box-to-box midfielder is a very English concept, but largely absent since Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri, the role is returning to prominence in the shape of Chelsea’s Ross Barkley.

Ross Barkley and the Return of the Number Eight

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 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 10 — Transitions

Having won their first four games, Watford are the surprise package in the Premier League this season. Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss their rise and other teams in transition, and they cast an eye over the latest in Europe and the deadline day transfers.

Podcast 10 — Transitions

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

Podcast 6 — The Beginning

On the first episode of the new season, Musa, Michael and Ryan talk about the opening weekend of the Premier League season, the German Super Cup, Iniesta, Rooney and some of their favourite and least favourite kits.

Podcast 6 — The Beginning

Podcast 5 — The Endgame

Our fifth and final World Cup podcast is called The Endgame. Musa Okwonga, Michael Da Silva and Producer Ryan are joined by New York Times football writer Rory Smith and Spanish football writer Sid Lowe, as we preview the World Cup final between France and Croatia.

Podcast 5 — The Endgame