Episodes
This week, Ranks met the most successful American coach in the game right now, Mr Jesse Marsch of RB Salzburg, double winner and Coach of the Year over in Austria, to talk about almost everything. There's discussions about his successes this season; why Erling Haaland can be the best No. 9 in the world; how Timo Werner, who he coached at Leipzig, will thrive at Chelsea; if Takumi Minamino is best played in Firmino's position at Liverpool; the cult of Jurgen Klopp; the next talents off the...
Published 07/08/20
With the title all wrapped up on Merseyside and the two leading lights of English football clashing this week, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to unleash the second in our 'VERSUS' series that takes on the biggest debates in the game. Following on from facing off Messi and CR7 in every category, we took the debate to the dugout to pit Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp against each other.  We talked tactical style, variation, trophies, transfers, player development, youth, media...
Published 07/01/20
Leo Messi's greatest moments PLUS PL returns, Benzema shines, Sergino Dest's next destination and we bring back roulette questions
Published 06/24/20
Yes you read that right, it's another preview special, but this time with an added twist. We're off to Italy for the Calcio climax, the Serie A summit; rife with races for European escapades and a six-way survival scrap.  And alongside Jack is Marco Messina, of Italian Football TV - the NYC boys making big waves in the world of Calcio - who comes to give us his in-depth knowledge of what's going on in Italy as the season starts once again; before Dean joins us to talk the big transfer...
Published 06/19/20
The Premier League becomes the latest league to restart, meaning there's a whole new set of mini-rankings to look at - no title fight to speak of, but there's exceptionally exciting races for the Champions League and Europa League places, as well as a relegation battle with six teams scrapping for their lives at the bottom.  On top of that, we know you're gasping for some FPL tips to save your season, so we brought in the brilliant FPL Family, Lee and Sam, to give us their best advice for...
Published 06/17/20
This week B/R Football played host to a round table on racism in the game and beyond with some friends, colleagues and heroes of the Rank Squad. We wanted to give you a chance to listen to that discussion, in full, here on the podcast.  Hosted by Kate Abdo, the conversation features the USMNT and Schalke’s Weston McKennie, World Cup winning USWNT star Crystal Dunn, and former players and B/R broadcasters Tim Howard and Mo Edu talking about the experiences they’ve had in the game and further...
Published 06/16/20
La Liga becomes the second of Europe's big five leagues to return this week, following in the footsteps of the Bundesliga and there's plenty to be excited about in Spain: a title race, a Champions League race, a Europa League race and a relegation scrap all in the balance. We discuss all of it in a La Liga special, alongside the three players you need to watch outside of the top two, and the games we're most looking forward to—starting with the Seville Derby that kicks us off on...
Published 06/10/20
Alex Inglethorpe is the Academy Manager at Liverpool and former Youth Coach at Tottenham, one of the most highly regarded youth coaches on the planet, and has helped bring through talents such as Harry Kane and Trent-Alexander Arnold among many more. He joins the Rank Squad to talk about what elite players such as these have in common, and how they rise above the rest in a field full of talent.  We talk mentality, love of the game, attitude and much more, and with the added benefit that Alex...
Published 06/03/20
This Saturday should have been the 2020 Champions League Final, with thousands descending on the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, 15 years after the Miracle of Istanbul in 2005 took place on the same turf. Other circumstances mean that can't be the case, but we thought it was a good time to look back on the last 20 finals and rank them in terms of entertainment, drama and footballing quality.  Would the last visit to the Ataturk top the list? Or could it be topped by La Decima, or the Madness in...
Published 05/27/20
So says Charlie Stillitano, perhaps the best connected man in the US soccer sphere. We were lucky enough to be joined by Charlie, Executive Chairman of Relevent Sports, the company that hosts the International Champions Cup, and host on The Football Show on SiriusXM FC. We cover everything from across the world of football, from La Liga to the Champions League, the idea of a Super League to robots in football. There's a lot to cover, but it's a ride through some of the most contentious ideas...
Published 05/22/20
Yes it was a bit strange. No it wasn't perfect. But it was a damn sight better than nothing and we loved having football back on our screens! Jack and Sam are joined by Bundesliga commentator James Thorogood to talk through the weekend's action and see what we can glean from it, not only just for Germany, but for the rest of the world too. We talk empty stadiums, the benefits of home advantage, explosive fullbacks, Achraf Hakimi's impending return to Real Madrid and Kai Havertz's next move,...
Published 05/20/20
USMNT and Schalke star Weston McKennie joins the Rank Squad to talk the return of the Bundesliga, the Revierderby against Dortmund the future of the USMNT, and chilling with Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams, as well as ranking all the Harry Potter films and much more!
Published 05/15/20
The Bundesliga returns, football returns. Here's what you need to know!
Published 05/13/20
Five players you need to know about who are on the verge of making the hop to some of Europe's biggest footballing institutions.
Published 05/06/20
There might be a pause on football, but there's no pause on the rumours linking Europe's future stars to the elite clubs coveting them. In this episode we look at future superstar hotbed Ligue 1, talking the players you need to know before the summer window, why you need to know about them, and where they look to be headed. We talk Ibrahim Sangare, Victor Osimhen, Moussa Dembele, Houssem Aouar and Eduardo Camavinga, as well as a few more star names on their way to the top; before Sam brings...
Published 05/06/20
Marcus Rashford talked to Ranks' Sam Tighe about what he's been up to in quarantine, the possibility of Jadon Sancho coming to Manchester United, his dream six-a-side team and much more.
Published 05/02/20
Published 04/29/20
Newcastle United are in the middle of a takeover which, if completed, will see them become the richest club in England, by some distance. But you can't just wave a magic wand and create a brand new club in one go, so we thought we'd put together a blueprint-not just for Newcastle, but for any club who suddenly find themselves mega rich, and want to spend it wisely. This is what the #RankSquad came up with...
Published 04/29/20
It's NFL Draft week and we wanted to get involved in the fun, so we thought we'd set up the inaugural #RanksDraft. We got an old friend of the Rank Squad, Jimmy Conrad, on the phone; and we got ourselves a draft order and picked our World XI's to face off against each other when football resumes. It's chaos, and it's all sorts of fun-and you should play with your mates too. If you do, let us know using #RanksDraft on Twitter and Instagram!
Published 04/22/20
There are great players, and then there are the greatest players ever. Loads of them have never won football's most prestigious individual award, however. We look at five of those greats who never held up that Golden Ball, look at why it never happened for them and consider when it might have done. This is B/R Football Ranks, putting football back in the right order.
Published 04/15/20
There have been 10 transfers in football history that have cost more than €100 million. You know the names. Neymar. Ronaldo. Griezmann. Hazard. Pogba. Dembele. Coutinho. Mbappe. Bale. Felix. There's discussion, disagreements and drama, as we take Sam's ranking to task over his placements. This is B/R Football Ranks, doing what we do best.
Published 04/08/20
Gianni Infantino dropped us a message this morning asking us to play out what we thought would happen in this year's UCL. Not wanting to let the big boys down, we obliged, talking through every tie left, including a live draw for the quarter and semi-finals, to work out who should be crowned Champions of Europe right now. It wasn't easy. There's tough decisions to be made about the fate of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, we discuss whether Atalanta's fairytale sparkle could take...
Published 04/01/20
Lockdown and isolation meant one thing-the chance to sit down and forensically analyse the biggest football debate of our time. The Rank Squad looked at ten categories to compare the two men who have dominated the stage at the Ballon d'Or and beyond for 12 years and counting: Aesthetics, Physicality, Skill, Finishing, Creativity, Teamwork, Penalties, Free Kicks, Adaptability and Clutch Moments. From there, it's up to you. With no football taking place, we threw Hot Takes to you, and you...
Published 03/25/20
These are strange times, and without football to comment on every hour of every day, what do you do as a football fan with your waking hours? Luckily, the #RankSquad are here to help, with an episode that promises to highlight the best of football books, films, documentaries, classic games, video games, and podcasts to keep you occupied during this barren spell. There's also some words of advice from some old friends of the Rank Squad - Alexis from The Cooligans, comedian Rhys James, former...
Published 03/18/20
The Premier League Hall of Fame inducts its first two members later this month and ahead of that celebration, we decided to try and work out exactly who those players should be. The Rank Squad were joined by Miguel Delaney, Chief Football Writer at The Independent, to work through the top 10 players he would place into the Hall of Fame - the only caveats were that only their PL games counted, and that they had to have retired. It made for some interesting results... Need, Want, Love gave us...
Published 03/11/20