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The Football Ramble are proud to bring you On The Continent, a comprehensive look at the biggest headlines from European football every Wednesday. Co-hosts Marcus Speller and Luke Moore are joined by punditry heavyweights James Horncastle and Andy Brassell every week to dissect the big stories from…

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    • Oct 18, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    At The Match: England 1-1 Hungary, October 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 33:56

    We're back with a brand new episode of At The Match, the series that takes you to the heart of football across the globe.Kate joins Andy for today's episode, as they wander up a more sedate Wembley Way to see England take on Hungary in a World Cup Qualifier. They reminisce about the Euros and examine this team's relationship with the nation, as Kate explains where her fevered support of the national team came from. Got a question for us? Find us on socials @footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: It's lonely at the top

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 51:31

    Dotun, Andy and Miguel Delaney kick off today's episode by exploring how the recent takeover of Newcastle United relates to Europe. As agents look to sell their unwanted players to the new kids on the block, we wonder how this will be received in light of the PSG takeover a decade previously.We also look at Germany's turnaround under Hansi Flick as they qualified for Qatar 2022 this week and discuss Neymar's recent comments about the immense pressure he faces every time he steps onto the field - particular in the yellow and green.Got a question for us? Find us on socials @footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Wirtz love got to do with it?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 51:23

    Dotun, Andy and David Cartlidge revel in another classic tussle between Italy and Spain, with the European champions' unbeaten record halted by Luis Enrique's youngsters.We also try and work out who will emerge with PSG's #1 shirt as Gianluigi Donnarumma impresses again, while Kylian Mbappé has been respectfully sticking the boot into his current employers ahead of another #saga next summer.Got a question for us? Find us on socials @footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: The Forlorn Identity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 54:36

    Dotun, Andy and Nicky Bandini check in with the biggest stories after another chaotic Champions League week, as various teams do their best to recapture - or redefine - their identity.Juventus show glimpses of their wily former selves under Max Allegri, while Milan's young swagger has somehow left them on zero points. We also try to come to terms with Barcelona being distinctly ordinary - Benfica made that obvious enough - and wonder if the recent French crowd trouble is indicative of wider issues across Europe.Got a question for us? Find us on socials @footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ramble Meets... Jay-Jay Okocha

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 33:47

    We're joined by Premier League royalty on today's episode of Ramble Meets... as Andy catches up with former PSG, Bolton and Super Eagles midfielder, Jay-Jay Okocha!Jay-Jay's storied career saw him become part of both Bundesliga and Premier League folklore. They talk about his incredible journey, some of his most famous moments and what it was really like working under Big Sam Allardyce at Bolton. Got a question for us? Find us on socials @footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Super Mario's Turkish Delight

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 55:15

    Dotun and Andy are joined by Miguel Delaney for today's star-studded episode, as some of European football's elite struggle to settle into their new homes.Mauricio Pochettino's famed man-management skills are being put to the test in Paris, as Lionel Messi wants more game time and Kylian Mbappé reminds everyone he's still the main man. Antoine Griezmann's found similar troubles in Madrid, but Mario Balotelli's blowing the doors off in Turkey - might there be one last Italian Job for him?Got a question for us? Find us on socials @footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: The Real deal

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 48:08

    Welcome back to On The Continent! This week, Dotun and Andy are joined by Lars Sivertsen to for a deep dive on Bayern Munich. They could've run out 8-2 winners again against Barcelona this week, but just how good are they? We also check in with Real Madrid, who battled past perennial Champions League fall-guys Inter, and wonder how Carlo Ancelotti can mould this unusually young team after Eduardo Camavinga made the difference again.We also bring a difficult but vital discussion to the table about Jérôme Boateng, who was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend last week, and the response of his new employers, Lyon.Got a question for us? Find us on socials @footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Book Club: Barça – Simon Kuper

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 57:12

    If one club encapsulates both the sublime and the ridiculous in modern football, it's FC Barcelona. Kate and Jim chart this duality on today's episode of the Book Club, as renowned author Simon Kuper joins them to discuss his new book, 'Barça'!Simon charts their rise from a friendly regional club to a global behemoth, all on the back of an almost naive friendliness and goodwill within the Catalan community. They also discuss Simon's interviews with the likes of Johan Cruyff and Kylian Mbappé, assess Lionel Messi's legacy and wonder where the club goes next.Got a question for us? Find us on socials @FootballRambleYou can purchase a copy of Simon's new book here!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Walking in Memphis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 49:59

    Dotun, Andy and David Cartlidge look back over an international window that has seen its fair share of winners and losers - Memphis Depay perhaps more than most!Ol' Memphis gets his fair dues on today's show as we discuss how his recent performances might help him contend with Barca's impossible post-Messi task. We also wonder where it's gone wrong for France in recent weeks - can they shake their post-Euros blues? And, over in the Bundesliga, Julian Nagelsmann faces his first stern test since turning to the Dark Side with a trip to his former stomping ground.Got a question for us? Find us on socials @FootballRamble***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Cigarettes under the hazy Roman sun

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 49:44

    Dotun Adebayo, Lars Sivertsen and Nicky Bandini are back with more tales of penny-pinching European super clubs on today's episode of On The Continent!We wonder how Barcelona can dig themselves out from their ever-expanding hole and discuss whether Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo experiment proved successful. And as the Deadline Day dust settles, we identify a few diamonds in the continental rough who may shine brightly for their new clubs.Got a question for us? Find us on socials @FootballRamble***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Hey big spenders

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 52:19

    Welcome back to another edition of On The Continent! Miguel Delaney joins Dotun and Andy to discuss the latest on Kylian Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo.We wonder how the Frenchman's arrival could revitalise Real, while there are mixed opinions about Ronaldo's possible uneasy marriage with Pep Guardiola's Man City. After a very weird window with spending confined to the very top, we also discuss the broader transfer market across Europe this summer.Elsewhere, José Mourinho's seducing another fanbase as his Roma side get off to a flyer with Tammy Abraham particularly impressing. Plus, we check in with the Champions League qualifiers, which featured a wonderful – but revealing – blast from the past as Benfica and PSV fought for a group stage spot.Got a question for us? Find us on socials@footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Winning the Scudetto in Giorgio Armani

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 50:06

    Welcome back to another edition of On The Continent! This week, Dotun and Andy are joined by our resident Italian football oracle Nicky Bandini for a bumper Serie A preview!We discuss what's next for the title-holders, Inter, stripped of some of their best assets, while it's back to the future for José Mourinho and Luciano Spalletti at Roma and Napoli, with Nicky particularly backing the Neapolitans to cause a stir.Plus, Andy explains the truth behind the Robert Lewandowski rumours as Bayern pick up silverware already and we explain what on earth is going on at Lyon!Got a question for us? Find us on socials @footballramble.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Has It Come To This?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 49:42

    Dotun, Andy and Lars Sivertsen are here with a thorough look at the biggest story in world football: Lionel Messi's Barça departure. We try to fathom how Barcelona allowed the rot to spread this badly, wonder if we should sympathise with Lionel Messi and discuss Mauricio Pochettino's chances of getting that front three to do any pressing at all.We also look at La Liga more broadly as it kicks off this weekend, with Atlético fending off a chasing pack filled with some interesting title challengers. The Bundesliga also gets a due preview, as Dortmund and the best of the rest clamber over each other, snapping at Bayern's heels.We're back with weekly episodes of On The Continent every Thursday – subscribe to Football Ramble Presents so you never miss an episode!Got a question for us? Tweet us! @FootballRamble @dotunadebayo & @andybrassell***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Money trees sprouting transfer fees

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 48:19

    With the European football season looming, Dotun and Andy are joined by David Cartlidge to get stuck into some of the continent's biggest stories - join us!As Julian Nagelsmann's first game as Bayern manager creeps closer, we look into how he'll need to be granted some patience during what might be a tough start in the Big Time. We also ask who might challenge PSG in Ligue 1 as the likes of Monaco and Marseille make some interesting transfer moves, and worry about the likes of Pedri and Dani Olmo ahead of a draining season for Spain's youngsters - even if a mysterious money tree has sprouted in the Catalan sunshine!We're back with weekly episodes of On The Continent every Thursday – subscribe to Football Ramble Presents so you never miss an episode!Got a question for us? Tweet us! @FootballRamble @dotunadebayo & @andybrassell***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Now That's What I Call a Wage Bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 49:54

    We're back with the first On The Continent episode of the new season! Dotun, Andy and Lars Sivertsen are here to get you up to speed with Europe's movers and shakers ahead of the new season.We start the season with a tale of two superclubs, with PSG finding established superstars down the back of the sofa and Barcelona still struggling for cash. We also recap the latest Champions League qualifiers and answer some of your questions!We're back with weekly episodes of On The Continent every Thursday – subscribe to Football Ramble Presents so you never miss an episode!Got a question for us? Tweet us! @FootballRamble @dotunadebayo & @andybrassell***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Book Club: Football's Secret Trade – Tariq Panja

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 56:05

    Have you ever wondered where substantial amounts of the money behind football's ridiculous transfer fees end up? Because the answer may surprise, confuse and alarm you!Kate and Jim are joined by author and journalist, Tariq Panja to discuss the murky world of football transfers and just how influential nondescript entities and figures looming in the shadows can be. Tariq, alongside co-writer Alex Duff, dug into the balance sheets and followed the money across Europe and South America over multiple years for their bestselling book, 'Football's Secret Trade. He talks us through who some of these individuals are and explains how they have earned hundreds of millions of euros from their financial and often political influence on the game.You can purchase Football's Secret Trade here!Search ‘Football Ramble' on social media to find us, and email us here: show@footballramble.com***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Euro 2020 in all its ridiculous glory

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 41:36

    For the final OTC episode of the season, Dotun and Andy could only be joined by one familiar face ahead of the Euro 2020 final: it's Nicky Bandini!We assess the two semi-finals and wonder how the final between the tournament's best two sides will play out. There's also a chance to look back on what's been a tournament for the ages; fans returned to stadiums, shock results came thick and fast – and Patrick Schick scored from 50 yards out. Thanks for all your support this season. We'll see you in a few weeks for the start of another European football adventure!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Standing in the shadows of Löw

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 46:05

    Dotun, Andy and Lars Sivertsen pick through the latest Euro 2020 casualties, as a back trois couldn't save France and Germany's lack of cohesion cost them. We wonder where it went wrong for the French, with Didier Deschamps' bizarre selection choices a significant factor, and reflect on the Joachim Löw era after the curtains came down at Wembley. We also assess those still standing and who we think have the best chance of success!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Not Auf Wiedersehen, Yet

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 46:56

    Dotun and Andy are joined by David Cartlidge on today's episode, as we uncork a bottle of Cava and toast to the group stages' final blaze of glory.Portugal, France and Germany emerge from the flames of Group F, so we see who needs to settle on their best XI ahead of the knockout rounds. We also get an update on Spain who, despite a 5-0 win over Slovakia, still don't look all that convincing.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Morata spurning chances, Italian advances, and admiring French glances

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 53:19

    Looking for the latest on some of Euro 2020's biggest contenders? Well, you've come to the right place!Dotun and Andy are joined by various OTC contributors to discuss some of the biggest stories from the first week of the Euros. Nicky Bandini praises those impressive Italians, Lars Sivertsen looks over France's chances of going the distance and David Cartlidge reveals why Spain's opening performance might not prove as disastrous as some are suggesting.Got a question for us? Email otc@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Euro 2020 preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 52:27

    We've waited a year, but the Euros have finally arrived! Join Dotun, Andy and Lars Sivertsen for our giant OTC preview!We cast an eye over the Group of Fun ™️, where Germany look under threat, and check in with the usual contenders including Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands. We also wonder if a Turkish delight might upset the much-fancied Italians on opening night!Got a question for us? Email otc@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ramble Meets… Lothar Matthäus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 30:31

    We'll cut straight to it: today's Ramble Meets... guest is one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game. It's only Germany's European Championship and World Cup-winning midfielder, Lothar Matthäus!Lothar joins Andy to look ahead to Germany's chances at Euro 2020, with the public‘s expectations of Die Mannschaft as high as ever. They also chat about his storied playing career, spotting Jadon Sancho's potential years ago and how impressive Hansi Flick's football has been at his beloved Bayern. Got a question for us? Email show@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Lions Watch: The final stretch, Southgate’s best formation, and why England can’t hold on to a lead

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2021 38:35

    Welcome to our final episode of Lions Watch! With the Euros just six sleeps away, Marcus and Luke bring you their reflections on England’s opening friendly and sort through Gareth Southgate’s alarmingly large pile of unanswered questions.Besides Trent Alexander-Arnold’s replacement, we run the rule over England’s possible formations without Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire and look back at the most recent international break, where the Three Lions were reminded of a harsh truth against Poland. Join us!Got a question for us? Email show@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!**Featured image courtesy of Anton Zaitsev. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: As the dust settles on the Champions League final, what next for European football?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 47:36

    Dotun is joined by Lars Sivertsen and Nicky Bandini as the Champions League final brought the weirdest domestic season ever to a close. We take a look back at that entertaining affair, with Chelsea using their ‘break glass for pragmatic coach’ approach to great effect once again.We then wonder what’s next for European football; the pandemic has forced many clubs to turn the old guard and accept there may be some excess baggage amongst their squad, with Max Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti two particular points of focus. There are so many questions to look into; how will the Euros affect next season’s domestic leagues? Who will challenge the traditional elite for various honours? And why have so many Italian clubs already changed their bloody managers?!Got a question for us? Email otc@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Book Club: Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 66:01


    'Fever Pitch' is widely regarded to be the best football book ever written. It's been made into two films, won the 1992 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and inspired countless football fans around the UK to think more deeply about their football fandom. Its author, Nick Hornby, joins us in the studio for today's episode of the Book Club!Nick sits down with Kate and Jim to remember the seismic impact of 'Fever Pitch', nearly thirty years after its initial publication. Nick's footballing obsession embedding itself within every aspect of his life and the book encapsulates the joy, frustration, hopelessness and deliriousness felt by a generation of football fans on the terraces every Saturday. From his deep love for Arsène Wenger to the state of the modern game, it's a fascinating chat with one of the forefathers of modern football writing!You can purchase the latest edition of 'Fever Pitch' here.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Lions Watch: Southgate’s squad convenes, lessons from Belgium, and Gary Lewin joins us

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 44:16

    Welcome back to Lions Watch, your one-stop shop for all things England! Vithushan Ehantharajah joins Marcus to reflect on Gareth Southgate’s provisional squad and look ahead to a hugely important week in the Three Lions’ preparations.We also dial up former England Head of Physiotherapy Gary Lewin to learn more about fitness preparations for the tournament. Plus, Marcus and Vish cast their eyes over those two reunions with Belgium last year and why we need to steal Youri Tielemans. Join us! Got a question for us? Email show@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!**Featured image courtesy of Anton Zaitsev. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Europe’s managerial mix-up, Atlético get over the line, and Lille’s historic Ligue 1 title

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 49:31

    All aboard this summer’s managerial merry-go-round, coming soon to a European powerhouse near you!Dotun, Andy and David Cartlidge break down the big coaching moves across the continent as Antonio Conte might well grab Zinedine Zidane’s vacant seat in Madrid and Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo makes way for his former boss, Max Allegri. We also celebrate two title victories that were confirmed over the weekend, as a smiling Diego Simeone wins his second La Liga title and Lille snatch Ligue 1 from PSG, just before their players and manager all leave.Got a question for us? Email otc@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ramble Meets... Pat Nevin

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 64:36


    On today’s episode of Ramble Meets… we welcome a man who, by his own volition, tried really hard not to be a footballer - and failed. It’s former Chelsea, Everton and Scotland winger, Pat Nevin!Pat joins Mark Pougatch to discuss an enriching career that was fuelled by a sheer enjoyment of football, with the trappings of fame and fortune never a remote consideration. He talks about his journey from the politically charged streets of the east end of Glasgow to Chelsea FC and London’s burgeoning music scene, all with a vigour that shows Pat’s love for the game will never truly dwindle.You can purchase Pat's new book, The Accidental Footballer, here!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Lions Watch: The right-back conundrum, another penalty shoot-out win, and what to expect from Czech Republic

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 42:37

    With Gareth Southgate's squad announcement just days away, Marcus and Luke tackle perhaps the most significant selection dilemma: who's going to play right-back?!We also look back to the culmination of England's Nations League efforts back in 2019, with the usual boxes of 'lose to a top-level team' and 'win a penalty shoot-out' ticked off in Portugal. Finally, Czech journalist Ondřej Zlámal gives us the lowdown on the latest iteration of their side and what England can expect in their final group game. Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: show@footballramble.com.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***Featured image courtesy of Anton Zaitsev. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: France's ace in the hole, Dortmund save their season, and the Süper Lig title finale

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 46:05

    Miguel Delaney joins Dotun and Andy for another continental crusade, with Europe's various title races wrapping up and the Euros honing into view!Karim Benzema links up with the French squad for the first time in six years, as Didier Deschamps weighs up his fractious past against his goalscoring pedigree. We also praise Edin Terzić after Dortmund turn their season around with moments to spare and wonder where it's all gone wrong for Mesut Özil and Fenerbahçe.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Lions Watch: Harry Maguire sidelined, Jadon Sancho stakes his claim, and that night in Seville

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2021 39:15

    It’s less than a month until England’s opening group stage game and Marcus is struggling to contain his anticipation. A season-ending injury for Harry Maguire though, you say? That will do it.Marcus and Luke discuss the latest on Maguire and assess how he has come to be so important to this England team. Elsewhere, Jadon Sancho puts in a stunning performance to clinch Dortmund’s first silverware in four years: can Raheem Sterling really start ahead of him?We also look back on two defining matches for England in 2018 and dial in Croatian football writer Aleksandar Holiga for the inside track on England’s old enemy. Join us!Got a question for us? Email show@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!**Featured image courtesy of Anton Zaitsev. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Madrid’s La Liga finale, Sporting secure the title, and what next for Andrea Pirlo & Juventus?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 47:48


    Dotun, Andy and Lars Sivertsen are looking ahead to a photo finish in the La Liga title race, as Real Madrid’s weathered old souls chase down Atléti in top spot.We also check in on the fallout from the end of the Portuguese and Italian title races. Sporting win their first in nearly two decades under wonderkid coach Rúben Amorim, while Andrea Pirlo and Juventus must be wondering whether their marriage of convenience has run its underwhelming course.Got a question for us? Email otc@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Lions Watch: The price of European success, more full-back puzzles, and World Cup 2018

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2021 42:09

    Marcus and Luke are back with Lions Watch, your one-stop shop for all things England! This week, we hail Arsenal for doing the right thing and ask how much England’s Champions League and Europa League absences really matter for a team so… completely and utterly well-drilled. Obvs.We also try (and fail) to pick a starter between Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell and celebrate the year of the waistcoat. That’s right, it’s 2018: Kieran Trippier’s whipping in free-kicks, an Englishman is winning the golden boot, and press relations are actually all right. We speak to Sunday Times chief football writer Jonathan Northcroft to learn more about the charm offensive that was so important to England’s success that summer.Got a question for us? Email show@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!**Featured image courtesy of Anton Zaitsev. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Positive PSG signs, José Mourinho vs Antonio Conte, and the La Liga title race reaches its climax

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 49:54

    Dotun, Andy and Nicky Bandini are here to assess the merits of the PSG project and wonder if things aren't as bad as first thought after Manchester City knocked them out of the Champions League.Elsewhere, with Antonio Conte wrapping up the title, we ask Nicky if José Mourinho can rise Roma from the ruins and put the breaks on another Inter title tilt. Speaking of title races, La Liga's top four all play each other this weekend and Sevilla might well be Spain's kingmakers!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Book Club: Not For Me, Clive – Clive Tyldesley

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 55:23

    The subject of today's episode of the Book Club will likely have voiced some of your most significant football memories. From Solskjaer's volley at the back post to the shoots of an Istanbul comeback, he's called them all – it's commentary extraordinaire, Clive Tyldesley!Clive joins Kate and Jim to discuss some of the most significant figures, moments and themes that make up his new book 'Not For Me, Clive'. From honing his commentary craft to surviving multiple encounters with Sir Alex Ferguson's hairdryer, it's clear that a passionate love for the game is at the heart of his magnificent forty-year career.You can pre-order Clive's book here, ahead of its release on 13th May 2021.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: show@footballramble.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Lions Watch: Expanded squads, the importance of Phil Foden, and passing on the pint of wine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2021 37:55

    Marcus and Luke reconvene to discuss the latest developments surrounding the England squad! UEFA announced this week that countries will be able to take 26 players to the Euros: which is a good thing until you realise it doesn’t just apply to England. We examine which fringe players stand to benefit for the Three Lions.Elsewhere, Luke explains why Phil Foden can be the player of the tournament this summer and we turn the clock back to those halcyon 67 days under Big Sam – ultimately so swiftly followed by a bright new dawn under Mr Reluctant himself, Gareth Southgate.Got a question for us? Email show@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!**Featured image courtesy of Anton Zaitsev. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: PSG run out of gas, the rise of Karim Benzema, and Bordeaux’s fall from grace

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 50:44

    Dotun and Andy are joined by David Cartlidge to reflect on two intriguing Champions League semi-finals.Despite one of their finest first half displays of the season, Mauricio Pochettino was left lamenting his side’s fatigue as Man City muscled their way back into the tie. We look at PSG’s midfield and why Kylian Mbappé seemingly vanished from the pitch.Elsewhere, after Karim Benzema carried Real Madrid to a draw with Chelsea, David explains how he is thought of in Madrid and how his role in the side has evolved since escaping Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow. And following Bordeaux’s fall into administration, we look at what has gone wrong at this storied club – and whether they can escape disaster.Got a question for us? Email otc@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Book Club: Whose Game Is It Anyway?, Michael Calvin

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 53:04


    Today’s episode of the Book Club takes you to the heart of what it means to be a football fan. Kate and Jim are joined by journalist and Sunday Times best-selling author Michael Calvin to discuss ‘Whose Game Is It Anyway?’, his deeply personal account of the role football – and sport – plays in everyday life.Mike tells us how he came to fall out of love with the sport he covered for 40 years – and how he eventually rediscovered what football truly means to people at clubs like Accrington and Bury’s phoenix club, Bury AFC. After a week where the value of community, loyalty and history has never felt so threatened, he also offers his reflections on the Super League and what it tells us about the state of our game. And after decades on the journalism scene, Mike of course shares plenty of tales from his career along the way: from shouting copy down the phone in remote corners of the Eastern Bloc, to dodging punches from Mike Tyson.You can find Mike’s book, ‘Whose Game Is It Anyway?’, here!What book should we read next? Tweet us: @footballramble, @kvlmason and @JimCampbellTFR.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Lions Watch: How would England adapt without Harry Kane, John Stones’ form, and the Iceland nadir

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2021 34:09

    Welcome back to Lions Watch, your one stop shop for all things England! This week, Marcus and Luke begin with Harry Kane’s injury, which might lead to only a brief hiatus, but raises all sorts of questions about England’s flexibility as well as that age old dilemma: do you play your star player when he’s not 100% fit?Elsewhere, we discuss John Stones’ familiar downturn in form after a season that has promised so much change and revisit Euro 2016, where the England shirt has perhaps never weighed so heavily. Join us!Got a question for us? Email show@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: With the Super League defeated, what next for European football?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 50:51

    Dotun, Andy and Miguel Delaney look back on a truly seismic week, as the formation and startling failure of the European Super League represented the most significant story in the history of European football.With the project shelved (for now), we highlight the pivotal moments in the fight between the deluded, monied elite and everyone else. We also wonder what's next for Bayern Munich – whose manager Hansi Flick will be leaving at the end of the season – and we hear from Lars Sivertsen, Nicky Bandini and David Cartlidge about the reaction to the Super League across Europe.Got a question for us? Email otc@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ramble Meets... Jermaine Jenas

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 31:36

    Joining Mark Pougatch on today's episode of Ramble Meets... is former Newcastle, Tottenham and England midfielder turned TV pundit, Jermaine Jenas!Jermaine talks Mark through his impressive career that began in the aftermath of Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest and saw him experience some of the game's grandest occasions at both Spurs and Newcastle. He also reveals some of the regrets around his England career, where miscommunication with Fabio Capello halted what should've been a long and illustrious stint on the international stage.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: show@footballramble.com.With fans missing from the stadiums this FA Cup season, Jermaine Jenas has been working with heycar, official broadcast sponsor of the FA Cup coverage on BT Sport, to bring supporters close to the game and the magic of the cup to life.Jermaine has chatted to fans about their own FA Cup memories and favourite road trips to games, as well as sharing his own experiences of football’s most famous cup competition and his thoughts on this season’s tournament. To see all of Jermaine’s interviews and find out everything heycar has been doing to bring fans closer to the Cup, visit www.heycar.co.uk/fa-cup-stories. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Lions Watch: The rise of Jesse Lingard, Jude Bellingham dazzles, and Roy on the Copacabana

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2021 37:28

    Marcus and Luke are back with a brand new edition of Lions Watch, the show dedicated to all things England! We are stumbling over ourselves with excitement for this one.Jesse Lingard is the form player in the Premier League – but should Gareth Southgate give him the keys to the kingdom? And where does all this leave poor old Jack Grealish?Elsewhere, if we needed any further evidence, Jude Bellingham was jaw-droppingly good this week: we drill down into his qualities. And the next stop on our journey through the 2010s brings us to World Cup 2014, where a young England squad came away with some stark truths, a glimmer of hope, and the prestigious honour of playing out the most forgettable football game in World Cup history. Join us!Got a question for us? Email show@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: Erling Haaland’s fate, Bayern Munich’s dilemma, and the reality of sportswashing

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 47:24

    Dotun is joined by Lars Sivertsen and Miguel Delaney to look back over the week’s Champions League action!While Pep Guardiola finally overcame his Champions League hoodoo with Man City, Dortmund now desperately need to rescue their season with a top four finish. We look at the implications for Erling Haaland and why he may well be heading to Real Madrid rather than Man City.Elsewhere, PSG and Bayern served up another cracking tie, but one which threw up more questions than answers about both sides. We discuss Hansi Flick’s future and what next for Bayern after some miserly transfer windows. And with PSG and Man City back in the last four of the Champions League, we look at what sportswashing in football really amounts to.Got a question for us? Email otc@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ramble Meets... Jesse Marsch

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 40:52

    We're joined by one of Europe's most exciting young coaches on today's episode of Ramble Meets... as Andy sits down with RB Salzburg head coach, Jesse Marsch!Jesse's obsession with soccer was born in his native Wisconsin and has taken him across the United States and Canada, before he arrived in Leipzig in 2018 as Ralf Rangnick's assistant. Now at Champions League newcomers RB Salzburg, Jesse talks Andy through his untraditional route journey as well as the misconceptions around American coaches and how he has honed his leadership techniques across different teams and cultures.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: show@footballramble.com.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Lions Watch: The Declan Rice dilemma, Trent Alexander-Arnold in the spotlight, and England’s dark ages

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2021 32:26

    Welcome to our brand new addition to Football Ramble Presents, Lions Watch, a show dedicated to all things England! Every Saturday, Marcus Speller and Luke Moore discuss the latest stories around Gareth Southgate’s squad in the build-up to the Euros. Who’s waiting by the phone? Who’s metatarsal is plastered on the front pages? And what does it all mean for that final 23-man squad? We will also be revisiting tournaments and matches gone by to trace the evolution that has shaped Southgate’s England side today – and watch out for interviews and plenty of your correspondence, too! This week, we look at the repercussions of Declan Rice’s injury and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s inconsistent form. We also take you back to the dark days of Fabio Capello, the scorching heat of Bloemfontein, and Roy Hodgson’s baptism of fire. The journey to Euro 2020 starts here. Join us!Let us know the overlooked players you’d like to see in the England squad. Email show@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!***Featured image courtesy of Anton Zaitsev. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: A Champions League classic, Zidane’s masterclass, and a lifeline for Juventus

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 50:17

    Welcome to a new edition of On The Continent, your one-stop shop for all things European football. Dotun, Andy and Nicky Bandini wrap up an eventful week in the Champions League and beyond!Bayern Munich fell to their first home defeat in all competitions since November 2019 – and it took a monumental effort from PSG to overcome the Bavarian giants. We reflect on the reasons behind Bayern’s rare lapse and what this means for Mauricio Pochettino’s side after a gutless defeat to Lille last weekend.There was also a landmark result for Zinedine Zidane in midweek, who showed that he really can mix it with the very best tactical minds in Europe. And after a turbulent past few weeks, Juventus landed an important win against Napoli.Got a question for us? Email otc@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Book Club: Love of the Game, Ricky Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 55:07

    Joining Kate and Jim on today's episode of the Book Club is Luton Town legend who played over 400 matches throughout the most successful stint in their history and earned an England call up under Sir Bobby Robson: it's Ricky Hill!Ricky joins us to reflect on an impressive career marred with frustration and disappointment. He rose through the ranks at Luton Town at just 17, and was an integral part of the side that won the League Cup in 1987/88 – however, obstacles entirely out of his control meant his subsequent managerial career was more challenging. We discuss the impossible task he faced in the Luton dugout and how that unfairly tarnished his reputation, the need for greater diversity across the entire non-playing staff of English football clubs and his pioneering work around the game's equivalent of the NFL's 'Rooney Rule.'Ricky's new book, Love of the Game, is available here!Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: show@footballramble.com.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: How will Bayern cope without Lewandowski, Agüero’s next step, and stars of the U21 Euros

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 47:19

    Welcome to another edition of On The Continent. Dotun, Andy and David Cartlidge bring you all the biggest stories from across European football!We begin with the repercussions of Robert Lewandowski’s injury for Bayern – domestically and in Europe. History suggests the transition could be difficult. But if any team can adapt, surely the Bayern juggernaut can?Elsewhere, we discuss the options for Sergio Agüero on the continent – from a Serie A renaissance, to an Atlético homecoming. It was also a landmark week for Antoine Griezmann on the international stage: but why is he underachieving at Barça when he remains such a stalwart for France?And we identify the best talents at the U21 Europeans Championships that you should be looking out for.Got a question for us? Email otc@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: PSG seize control, Cesare Prandelli departs, and Zlatan’s return

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 47:36

    Welcome to another episode of On The Continent, your one-stop shop for all things European football! Dotun, Andy and Lars chew the fat over an eventful week across the continent.After Paris Saint-Germain put in their finest domestic performance of the season against Lyon to take top spot in Ligue 1, we look over the four contenders for the French title. To the surprise of many, Niko Kovač’s Monaco have emerged as the league’s entertainers, while Lille seem to be struggling with their top dog status.We also check in with Bayer Leverkusen after Peter Bosz’s sacking. Who’s to blame for their staggering downturn in form this year? But it’s Cesare Prandelli’s resignation at Fiorentina that has really sent shockwaves and given the whole football world something to think about.Got a question for us? Email otc@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ramble Meets... Michael Essien and Johan Djourou

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 44:50

    We return to Denmark for today's episode of Ramble Meets... as Andy sits down with two former Premier League stalwarts in Michael Essien and Johan Djourou!With over 100 international caps and almost forty years in the game between them, Michael and Johan are two of the most experienced members of the exciting project at FC Nordsjælland. They talk about their upbringing in Ghana and Switzerland respectively, playing for the likes of José Mourinho and Arsène Wenger and using their experiences to teach the next generation, with Michael gradually making his way onto the coaches' bench.Search ‘Football Ramble’ on social media to find us, and email us here: show@footballramble.com.***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Continent: The Fall of Diego Simeone, Real Madrid lumber on, and a potential BeNeliga merger

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 49:33

    Atlético crashing out of the Champions League represent the failings of Diego Simeone’s dated style, which now looks to be a relic from another time. Dotun, Andy and Miguel Delaney wonder what’s next for Los Rojiblancos and their fiery coach.Things look slightly rosier on the Galaticos’ side of the city, as Real Madrid unconvincingly brushed aside Atalanta and drew comparisons to Zinedine Zidane’s last trophy-winning stint. We also cast an eye over an interesting story developing in northern Europe, as a proposal to merge the Belgian Pro League and Dutch Eredivisie gathers momentum.Got a question for us? Email otc@footballramble.com!***Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods. It means a great deal to the show and will make it easier for other potential listeners to find us. Thanks!*** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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