In this bonus episode, Musa and Ryan take a trip through multiple alternate footballing universes with their first “what if?” episode since joining Ringer FC. They speculate what happens to Liverpool if Coutinho doesn’t leave for Barcelona in 2017 (03:10), the FA doesn’t ban women’s football in the 1920s (10:55), John Terry doesn’t slip in the Champions League final penalty shootout of 2008 (17:57), Bayer Leverkusen win the treble in 2002 (29:26), and a certain group of players declare for Brazil over other nations (42:39). Plus, there’s a cameo that may please ‘Star Wars’ fans (21:44) and some more wholesome Jupp Heynckes chat (48:45).
Barcelona dropped more points against Atlético Madrid midweek, so Musa and Ryan discuss the troubles facing the defending La Liga champions (04:50), including the mismanagement at board level of a squad that has a player of Messi’s caliber and how his brilliance is being wasted, before heading around the rest of La Liga (27:10). They move on to Serie A, following big wins for Juventus and Inter (29:58) and a much-needed win for Sampdoria. There’s a roundup the NWSL Challenge Cup, including the impressive North Carolina Courage win over Washington Spirit (34:28), and then the Premier League, which saw West Ham upset Chelsea, Manchester United impress again, and Newcastle continue to play well (44:30). We’ll publish a bonus episode on Friday, when Musa and Ryan go through some footballing what-ifs.
What a hectic weekend of soccer! Musa and Ryan begin by talking about the dramatic final days of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga, including Werder Bremen’s 6-1 win over Köln to book a place in the relegation playoff, Gladbach securing Champions League football, Dortmund losing 4-0 at home to Hoffenheim, and the continuation of Schalke’s terrible run (1:20). Things also heated up in La Liga over the weekend (17:25), thanks in no small part to wonderful assists from Santi Cazorla and Karim Benzema, plus a late equalizer for Celta de Vigo against Barcelona. They also have tons of praise for Rose Lavelle after the Washington Spirit’s 2-1 win over Chicago (31:30) and take a quick trip to the Premier League and FA Cup (36.40). Plus, news of the first ‘What-If’ episode, coming this Thursday.
Following Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City, Musa and Ryan record a bonus episode to discuss Liverpool’s first league title in 30 years (0:30), including heaps of praise for the job Jürgen Klopp has done at Anfield. They also touch on the game that won them the title, Chelsea’s position in the race for the Champions League spots, and Manchester City giving up the Premier League crown (20:02).
There were so many goals in the midweek European fixtures, but Musa and Ryan begin with the NWSL Challenge Cup, which will be the first major league to return in the U.S. this Saturday (02.58), and the complications caused by Orlando Pride pulling out due to positive coronarvirus tests throughout the squad. The first wave of goals comes from Liga NOS, as Benfica are doing their best to not win the league (04.30), before moving on to Serie A with Atalanta v Lazio, and Inter v Sassuolo (05.43). Liverpool got four against Crystal Palace, which sees them one game away from clinching their first league title in 30 years (13.27) and Manchester United gave another impressive performance, recording their first EPL hat-trick since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. There’s La Liga (19.06), after Barcelona continues to struggle, Sergio Ramos’s beard and Atletico Madrid returning to form, before opening up the mailbag to answer questions on whether it’s better to win the league after watching or playing (24.20), Barcelona’s problems upstairs (25.20), who will win the Women’s Champions League (30.40), and much more.
In the inaugural ‘Stadio’ podcast for ‘Ringer FC’, Musa Okwonga and Ryan Hunn introduce the show and get into the first full weekend of Premier League matches in over 100 days (01:50). They open with Spurs vs. Manchester United, featuring a brilliant Paul Pogba (06:00), and discuss how the United midfield might look going forward. Next, they move on to the Merseyside Derby (13:10), Brighton’s victory over Arsenal, including a bad injury to Bernd Leno (17:37), and Chelsea’s future following the announcement of the signing of Timo Werner (25:23). After the break, they round up the weekend’s Bundesliga action (30:00) and Ryan shares his experience of attending the Hertha vs. Leverkusen game behind closed doors (35:34). Plus, problems for Barcelona in La Liga (41:13), a great win for Celta, and the return of Serie A (46:57), before playing out on Patrick Cowley.
Welcome to ‘Stadio’! Hosted by Musa Okwonga and Ryan Hunn, two guys from England and based in Berlin, Germany, ‘Stadio’ gets into detail about what happens on the field and takes a zoomed-out look at what goes on off of it. In this trailer, which features clips from past episodes, you’ll hear chat about how Real Madrid is the most unstable stable club (3:36), discussion of Moussa Marega’s being the target of racist taunts while playing for Porto in February (4:44), some thirsting over Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Marco Rose (6:53), a clip from our conceptual episode about “nemeses,” or players who take pleasure in scoring against certain clubs (8.01), praise for the innovation of the NWSL Challenge Cup (9:20), the tragedy of Zidane’s last dance (11:26), and finally, Musa imagining his ideal global fictional All-Star Game, which ends up with him and Clarence Seedorf in a gold buggy (12:51).
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Donnie is joined by Micah Peters and Conor Nevins to discuss the end of the Champions League group stage and who made it the final 16 (1:00). Then they discuss Manchester City’s recent struggles and whether or not Pep is long for the job (16:00). Finally, they go over the managerial comings and goings in the Premier League and shout-out Stanford keeper and instant legend Katie Meyer (33:45).
Host: Donnie Kwak
Guests: Micah Peters and Conor Nevins
‘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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