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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Podcast 37 — Agony and Ecstasy in Paris and Madrid
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.
Podcast 36 — 4 Derbies High and Rising
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).
Podcast 35 — Kepa, Solskjaer’s United & Messi’s genius
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.
Podcast 34 — The Future: Vol.2
In the second volume of The Future of Football, Musa and Ryan discuss the differences between how the men and women's FA Cup fifth rounds were programmed and how much longer fixtures can be moved for TV purposes. LaLigaTV's Semra Hunter also joins to discuss an incredible weekend in La Liga as well as the reactions to Valverde and Simeone's contract renewals at Barcelona and Atletico, respectively.
Podcast 33 — Ander Herrera interview and the Champions League returns
In this bonus episode, Musa, Michael and Ryan discuss Spurs' impressive win against Dortmund and Manchester United versus PSG. Then Ander Herrera talks to Musa about winning the Europa League with Manchester United after losing a final with Athletic Bilbao and what makes a good midfielder.
Podcast 32 — City, Sarri and the al-Araibi case
Manchester City put six past Chelsea to mount more pressure on Maurizio Sarri. Musa, Michael and Ryan look back on events from the Etihad, and are then joined by James Montague to discuss the case of Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was freed from jail in Thailand. There’s also chat about the Madrid derby, Sancho against Hoffenheim and more.