Welcome to ‘Wrighty’s House,’ the brand-new podcast from Arsenal, Crystal Palace, and England legend Ian Wright. In this introductory episode, Ian is joined by each contributor who will regularly pop in. First up, he chats with ‘Stadio’ cohost Ryan Hunn about what the podcast will be, before Olympian and broadcaster Jeanette Kwakye chats to Wrighty about lining up in an Olympic final and the dynamics of picking the clubs to support within a family (10:45). The Athletic’s Carl Anka joins to talk about Didier Drogba, Andy Cole, Edinson Cavani, and player WhatsApp groups (22:26), before Ryan returns again with Musa Okwonga to chat George Weah, a wonderful Dennis Bergkamp training story, and much more (34:57).
Musa and Ryan reflect on the first El Clásico of the season, as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at Camp Nou (3:51) and round up the rest of La Liga on a weekend which saw Real Sociedad go top (19:59). Meanwhile, in England, the Premier League calmed a little, but Aston Villa (24:22) and Everton (28:35) both succumbed to their first league defeats of the season, while Leicester outsmarted Arsenal (35:10), plus plenty of other games. They then head to the Bundesliga (41:21), discuss yet more sartorial curveballs from Julian Nagelsmann (45:20), and take a trip to Serie A (48:13) and Ligue 1 (52:43).
The Champions League is back and so too are Musa and Ryan, who begin with discussing Shakhtar Donetsk’s incredible 3-2 win against Real Madrid, despite being without 13 first-team players who tested positive for COVID-19 (03:57). They touch on Inter and Gladbach’s 2-2 draw (15:27), before once again reiterating to always watch Atalanta (17:57). There’s chat about turbo Bayern and turbo Leon Goretzka (21:18), Manchester United’s win in Paris (25:26), RB Leipzig’s goal machine (31:51), and Manchester City, plus another Gio Reyna assist to Erling Haaland, and a roundup of the rest of the Champions League action (34:02). They then answer a question on how they feel about the tournament’s return (41:32) and look forward to this weekend’s El Clásico.
The Premier League continues to dominate and it’s where Musa and Ryan begin this week, recapping the games they live-tweeted via The Ringer’s Twitter account, after Manchester City beat Arsenal (02:37) and Manchester United beat Newcastle (12:18). There’s chat about the synergy between Everton’s men and women’s teams (15:51) and the Merseyside derby, which saw one red card and a potentially season-ending injury for Virgil van Dijk (15:51), plus normalizing Aston Villa’s winning ways (25:31). They then recap the two wild 3-3 draws between Chelsea and Southampton (26:47) and Spurs and West Ham (33:18), before rounding up the Women’s Super League, including Vivianne Miedema breaking the all-time league goal scoring record (37:07). Then, there’s a trip ’round the Bundesliga (41:13), La Liga (45:51), Serie A (51:55), and Rangers’ victory in the Old Firm Derby (55:43) before some reactions to the Disrespected XI podcast (58:10).
Musa and Ryan record their first conceptual episode since joining The Ringer: the Disrespected XI. They begin with a quick update on Project Big Picture, plus a background of the conceptual episodes that were a regular feature during last season’s shutdown (02:00). In this episode, they discuss their choices for some of the most disrespected players from the men’s game (07:34), starting with the goalkeepers (09:28). They then decide on a formation, plus their picks for the back four (18:31), midfielders (36:37), strikers (52:19), and who would lead the team as manager (60:29).
Musa and Ryan record a short bonus episode reflecting on the leak of details regarding the proposed Project Big Picture. They discuss some key points involved in the plan, which would send much-needed funding to lower tiers of English football in exchange for placing greater powers in the hands of nine Premier League clubs.
Musa and Ryan are back, following a weekend in which Musa received an unexpected birthday gift: Arsène Wenger declaring his preference for a roll neck jumper (00:42). They then look back at a pivotal weekend in the Frauen-Bundesliga and FA WSL, with wins for Arsenal, Everton, and Chelsea, while Wolfsburg dropped points to fall behind Bayern (07:33). They then get into a new bunch of what-ifs, including if Real Madrid had beaten Juventus in 2015 to progress to the Champions League final (16:37), Ronaldinho had been born in 1998 (24:12), Barcelona had hired Marcelo Bielsa in 2013 (31:41), and Jogi Löw had stepped down as Germany coach after the 2018 World Cup (43:10).
While just the 35th show since joining The Ringer, it’s the 100th ‘Stadio’ episode, and Musa and Ryan take questions on transfers and more. They begin by discussing Thomas Partey’s move to Arsenal (4:36), Arsenal’s financial situation in the wake of the Gunnersaurus and Mesut Özil sagas (8:32), Mario Götze to PSV (12:16), and Chelsea’s strong window (14:31). They then look at the loan moves of Ryan Sessegnon, Mattéo Guendouzi, and Michaël Cuisance (17:46), plus Hatem Ben Arfa heading to Bordeaux and how a top talent’s stock can fall (22:59). They also look at Edinson Cavani to Manchester United (29:40), and answer some fun ‘Stadio’ questions, including their ideal managerial careers and much more (35:11).
‘Ringer FC’ is your podcast home for all things soccer on The Ringer. Join us on Monday and Thursday for ‘Stadio’, hosted by Ryan Hunn and Musa Okwonga, two long-time friends, living in Berlin, covering the major European football leagues, and a lot more.
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