Episodes
We begin today’s episode of On The Continent with some truly startling news: André Villas-Boas is staying at a club for a second season! That’s right, after discussions with Marseille President Jacques-Henri Eyraud and lots of support from the squad, AVB is taking off his hastily buttoned jacket and settling in for a second season down at the State Vélodrome. We also check in on the latest in Spain, as La Liga president Javier Tebas has outlined the current plan for their return, and we...
Published 05/28/20
We’re back with the second part of our extended Ramble Meets… interview with former Liverpool, Fulham and England midfielder Danny Murphy! On today’s episode, we rejoin Danny’s story when he left Charlton and joined Martin Jol’s Tottenham. Danny talks to Luke about how the initial differences with Jol gave way to problems in his family life that ultimately hampered his career in North London. He then swapped North for West, joining Fulham, and they reminisce about the club's journey to...
Published 05/27/20
Your favourite duo on Football Ramble Daily are back with a brand new episode, as we get stuck into the latest news during these unprecedented times. We begin by speaking to psychiatrist Dr. Tim Rogers, who counts a number of professional footballers among his clients, about the mental strain professional players are currently under and their worries around future finances and employment. We then discuss some updates from the Football League, where many smaller clubs are in a precarious...
Published 05/26/20
The Bundesliga continues to deliver, with positive results for all of our beloved teams - Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen and FC Koln - as well as big wins for Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig. Such merciful release.  Back in rumourland Mauricio Pochettino is making it clear that he’d be happy to manage in the Premier League again and those Rafa Benitez to Newcastle rumours just aren’t going away.  Elsewhere we saw many pleasing examples of footballers with lockdown hair,...
Published 05/25/20
As domestic football's return gradually takes shape, we're taking a look back at some of our favourite episodes of At The Match from the last few seasons, where Andy Brassell samples some of the best football atmospheres around. On today's episode, fellow Football Ramble Daily host Jonathan Wilson joins Andy as he heads north for a chilly autumnal afternoon Stadium of Light. Andy sits down with David Rose, the FSF’s deputy chief executive and lifelong Sunderland fan, to discuss the improved...
Published 05/24/20
On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, we remember one of the most iconic Champions League finals of the modern era. We’re joined by celebrated commentator Clive Tyldesley, who was in the gantry for the game at the Camp Nou, to discuss the 1999 Champions League final!  Manchester United’s victory over Bayern Munich ended English football's long wait since their last continental triumph. It also sealed the treble for United that, rather than through imperious...
Published 05/23/20
Lots going on in this show, with actual German football marching on and Premier League teams returning to training! Project Restart is underway. That’s not all though… When you picture Robbie Savage you don’t often think of the term newshound. Afghan Hound, yes, but definitely not newshound. That’s all changed as he’s now popping up with questions at the government’s daily briefings. Is there no end to the strangeness of these times? One thing that may soon be at an end is Steve Bruce’s...
Published 05/22/20
We’ve got some football to talk about on today’s episode of On The Continent – happy days!  Luke Moore and Andy Brassell are in situ and kick things off with a look back at Dortmund’s win over Schalke. We discuss David Wagner’s difficult job to get this Schalke side into shape, as well as trying to unravel the complicated situation around goalkeepers Markus Schubert and Alex Nübel. There’s even time for a look ahead to this weekend’s Berlin derby. Elsewhere we discuss some continental...
Published 05/21/20
Join us for the first of a two-part Ramble Meets… special, as Luke sits down with former Liverpool, Fulham and England midfielder Danny Murphy! In part one, Danny reminisces about his journey from cleaning the first team's boots at Crewe when he was 16 to moving to Liverpool and establishing himself in the first-team squad. From thinking he was the victim of a wind-up when Kenny Dalglish first phoned him, to struggling with believing in himself after he moved from impressing at Crewe to...
Published 05/20/20
With the Bundesliga playing its first round of matches in ten weeks, and the Premier League refining the details of ‘Project Restart’, we discuss the significant differences from normality on today’s episode of Jules & Andy. Cologne-based journalist Archie Rhind-Tutt joins us to reveal what it was like to report from Eintracht Frankfurt, as press access was restricted and social distancing rules were firmly applied.  We then turn our attentions to the Premier League, as clubs...
Published 05/19/20
The Bundesliga’s return to action was a strange but very welcome success this weekend, with Erling Braut Haland particularly unfazed by recent events or seemingly anything.  Football is also back in South Korea, but that wasn’t what’s been making the headlines due FC Seoul’s decision to fill their stands with “premium mannequins”, which look a lot like sex dolls. Oh no. In Scotland Celtic may soon be crowned champions, in Italy Mauricio “Smoky Maurice” Sarri’s habit may be even worse than...
Published 05/18/20
We're packing up our metaphorical bags and jetting off with Andy Brassell for another episode of At The Match Revisited, as we take a look back at a time when we could get out and enjoy world football's best atmospheres. Today, Andy heads to Los Angeles to watch LAFC in their inaugural MLS season. He meets up with Jose Salcedo of the District 9 Ultras, plus 3252 members Karla Villaseñor and Sam Ko, to discuss why being in downtown Los Angeles is crucial, and why - even though their local...
Published 05/17/20
We look back at one of the famous sides of post-war Europe on today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard. Journalist and author Dominic Bliss joins us to discuss the Grande Torino side and their 5-3 win over Atalanta in the 1946/47 Serie A season. After managing Torino in 1939, Jewish coach Ernő Egri Erbstein had to return to Hungary as the Second World War begun. He saw no alternative but to volunteer himself to work in fascist labour camps to try and survive –...
Published 05/16/20
We’re so close to football! The Premier League watches on with interest as the Bundesliga returns with potential lessons for our own Project Restart. It could be June, with a list of “cultural changes” implemented. We’re not sure who is implementing them, but there are definitely a few people we’d like to see kept away from that process.   There are also rumours, since denied, that Jose Mourinho has been trying to derail the whole thing as he continues his transformation into a Bond...
Published 05/15/20
It’s finally here. Sure, one of the biggest derbies in world football will be played out in front of an empty stadium and there’s still the general unease around this era-defining global pandemic, but it’s here. On today’s episode of On The Continent, we preview this weekend’s European football!  With the Bundesliga returning on Saturday, Luke Moore and Andy Brassell are here to give you a thorough rundown of the league, including the teams fighting for the title and those hoping to escape...
Published 05/14/20
On today's episode of Fantasy Five-a-Side, Jim is joined by stand-up comedian and host of BBC Sounds podcast 'Jacob Hawley: On Drugs': it's Jacob Hawley! A fellow Arsenal fan, Jacob joins us to talk through a five-a-side team made up of some fairly objectionable people, a few of Arsenal's more calamitous recent signings and a man who, for 6 games in 2008, was the Premier League's hottest striker. There's even a famous pop star who is solely in the squad so Jacob can try and score an invite...
Published 05/13/20
So, the Premier League have ruled that 'null and void' and finishing a season with no relegation are off the table, meaning the season will be concluded in one way or another. We discuss this news on today's episode of Jules & Andy! We speak to The Independent's Miguel Delaney about the Premier League's current plans and why he now feels much more confident about football's return. We also discuss the affect this may have on the players, in light of Danny Rose's comments, and numerous...
Published 05/12/20
We have all the latest on the latest meetings about meetings! To be fair to the Premier League that’s about all they can do at the moment as we seem to be no closer to a concrete plan. That doesn’t matter though, because Louis van Gaal has decided to keep us all entertained by calling Ed Woodward an “evil genius” and “inviting” Jose Mourinho to explain why it only took four days for him to replace him at Man United. There’s a beef stew bubbling away here.  In Turkey Besiktas have installed...
Published 05/11/20
Luke Moore, Kate Mason and Andy Brassell return for another episode of FRD’s Book Club, this time discussing the definitive historical account of one of world football’s most recognisable clubs: it’s Uli Hesse’s Building the Yellow Wall - The Incredible Rise and Cult Appeal of Borussia Dortmund.  Many modern football fans will feel a connection to the German side due to its recent continental successes and fevered match day atmosphere. But, in looking at the club’s history more thoroughly,...
Published 05/10/20
On today’s episode of Greatest Games, in association with The Blizzard, Japanese football journalist Shinobu Yamanaka joins us to discuss a landmark match for his nation at the 2010 World Cup!  Japan took the most talented squad they had ever assembled to the previous World Cup in Germany, but didn’t win a match and finished bottom of their group. They returned to the world stage in South Africa and seized their chance to qualify for the Round of 16 with an impressive win over Denmark. We...
Published 05/09/20
Football is BACK! In Germany. On May 16th. The Bundesliga have confirmed their plans to resume the competition, not without some controversy, and we’re all looking forward to seeing some live football again.  Away from that actual news we have a very salty show today, inspired by Andres Iniesta and his baby-making goal against Chelsea in the Champions League in 2009, which apparently led to a spike in births 9 months later. This week he had video chats with some of those kids. Is that...
Published 05/08/20
Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a drill: football is coming back. Well, some of it. Without any fans. On today’s episode of On The Continent, we celebrate the Bundesliga’s upcoming return while acknowledging the need for continued caution. We also speak to FC Union Berlin's Christian Arbeit about how their players reacted to the news and what they've been doing throughout lockdown to best prepare themselves for its return. We also discuss some of Fabio Paratici’s recent thoughts about...
Published 05/07/20
A former Norwegian striker (with perhaps the greatest nickname we’ve seen) joins Andy Brassell on today’s episode of Ramble Meets… as we sit down with ‘The Feather’, aka Jan Åge Fjørtoft! Many of you will know Jan from his goalscoring exploits in the Premier League’s fledgeling years, as he scored regularly for Swindon, Middlesborough, Sheffield United and Barnsley – either that or him leading the line as Norway beat England in 1993! He joins Andy to discuss his storied career which took...
Published 05/06/20
As plans for the Premier League’s 'Project Restart' gradually take shape, we assess where we are on today’s episode of Jules & Andy. We speak to former Liverpool, Leeds United and Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock about his thoughts on the current situation and why he thinks we shouldn’t be rushing to get this season finished. Then, we discuss Kevin De Bruyne’s fantastic season for Manchester City and whether an upheld European ban might lead the midfielder to move elsewhere. We also...
Published 05/05/20
With each passing day there are more and more ideas put forward for how to finish the season. This time around we have Neutral Venues With No Relegation and Do it All in Australia! Some are more sensible than others.  It’s not just the Premier League that needs finishing though. What of the FA Cup? Pete reiterates that Newcastle United have scored the most goals so far - because of their replays against lower league opposition - so should probably win it.  We’ve got lots more than that...
Published 05/04/20