Podcast

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 40 — Majestic Messi, FA Cup and the USWNT Lawsuit

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 39 — Mané's Magic In Munich

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 38 — Zidane: Return of the King

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 37 — Agony and Ecstasy in Paris and Madrid

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 36 — 4 Derbies High and Rising

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 35 — Kepa, Solskjaer’s United & Messi’s genius

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 34 — The Future: Vol.2

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 33 — Ander Herrera interview and the Champions League returns

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.

Podcast 32 — City, Sarri and the al-Araibi case

Podcast 31 — The Overlooked Tough XI

Musa, Michael and Ryan look back at the weekend’s action, including Dortmund extending their league at the top of the Bundesliga and Manchester City’s win over Arsenal. Then, inspired by our forthcoming interview with Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, they discuss football’s overlooked tough guys.

Podcast 31 — The Overlooked Tough XI

Podcast 30 — Hudson Odoi & the Unfinished Business

With the January transfer window about to close, Musa, Michael and Ryan look at Callum Hudson-Odoi’s protracted transfer from Chelsea to Bayern Munich, Frenkie de Jong’s big-money switch to Barcelona and more. There’s also chat about Marco Silva, trouble at Spurs, and why the FA Cup final should be in March.

Podcast 30 — Hudson Odoi & the Unfinished Business

Podcast 29 — The Two Faces of Arsenal

Arseblog’s Andrew Mangan joins to discuss the highs and lows at Arsenal, following a big win over Chelsea and the news that head of recruitment Sven Mislintat will leave the Emirates next month. Musa, Michael and Ryan also discuss a pivotal win for Dortmund in Leipzig and much more.

Podcast 29 — The Two Faces of Arsenal

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

Podcast 20 — El Clásico Duo

Following a weekend of headline clashes, Musa and Ryan dissect the Manchester derby victory for City and are joined remotely this week by Michael, who was at a memorable Klassiker in Dortmund. There’s also a recap of the delayed Superclásico first leg and our first mailbag.

Podcast 20 — El Clásico Duo

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