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S2 E19 - Union Berlin's romantic moment, Dušan Vlahović's emergence and Luis Suárez's tears

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Ally, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. In announcing their end of season awards and rounding up the final matchdays across the four leagues, the boys look at the emergence of Dušan Vlahović, Loïc Badé's impressive underlying statistics for RC Lens, the revival of Germany's Nordderby between Hamburg and Werder Bremen, Atlético Madrid's fatigue-defying title celebrations and more. 2:53 - What will Napoli's failure to qualify for next season's Champions League mean for the wider Serie A landscape in the short- and long-term? / 20:56 - Was Miralem Pjanic's maiden season at Barcelona even more of a disappointment than had perhaps been anticipated, and does the 31-year-old have any sort of future at Camp Nou? / 27:41 - Following a season in which he registered 28 Bundesliga goals, should we be affording more credit to Portuguese striker André Silva? / 35:42 - Has outgoing coach Claudio Ranieri left Sampdoria in good shape for his successor at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris? / 44:08 - Is there a sound argument to be made that Lorient's 3-2 win against PSG was the best game of a pulsating season in Ligue 1, and, if so, why?

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    S3 E9 - Andriy Shevchenko's Italian Job, Christopher Nkunku's refined artistry and Saint-Ètienne's defensive dynasty

    54:45

    Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Igor Tudor's free-scoring Hellas Verona, Jesse Marsch's rewarding switch to a back three at RB Leipzig, Lovro Majer's billing as the next Luka Modrić, the wider significance of Atlético de Madrid's late collapse in their 3-3 draw with Valencia and more. 2:33 - What should newly-appointed Genoa manager, Andriy Shevchenko's initial priorities be at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, and to what extent will he be backed financially by the club's wealthy owners? / 18:01 - Having also graduated from the famed Saint-Etienne youth academy, how well-equipped is Saïdou Sow to continue to follow in the footsteps of William Saliba and Wesley Fofana at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard? / 32:26 - Following his jubilant return to Camp Nou, what role can we expect Dani Alves to play on and off the pitch for Xavi's Barcelona? / 46:15 - How central will Christopher Nkunku be to RB Leipzig's seemingly resurrected hopes of securing Champions League football for a fourth consecutive season at the Red Bull Arena? 
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    S3 E8 - SC Freiburg's gifted youth, Atalanta's relative frugality and the inimitable Basque derby

    58:02

    Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at the convenient emergence of Davide Frattesi as Manuel Locatelli's successor at Sassuolo, the factors justifying Wolfsburg's expeditious decision to part company with Mark van Bommel, Bordeaux's progress (or lack thereof) following wholesale summer changes at the Matmut Atlantique, Real Mallorca's debilitating tendency to concede late in games and more. 3:10 - Following Ronald Koeman's departure, what would success look like in the short and medium term for whoever replaces him permanently at Barcelona? / 21:16 - Which young players are underpinning Freiburg's unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season, and how is the mood generally at the club after they bade an emotional goodbye to the iconic Dreisamstadion? / 31:21 - Does Bordeaux's heroic 3-2 win against Stade de Reims last weekend represent a genuine turning point in their thus far dispiriting season, or will their late comeback merely paper over the proverbial cracks? / 40:19 - With most of their rivals spending lavishly over the last few years, how can an economical Atalanta side continue to compete at the top end of Serie A?
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    S3 E7 - The wonderful Florian Wirtz, Napoli's Serie A odyssey and Rayo Vallecano's dose of collectivism

    1:03:39

    Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Manuel Locatelli’s pivotal role in stabilising Juve’s season, Seko Fofana’s emblematic drive and energy at RC Lens, Florian Wirtz's awe-inspiring vision and split-second decision-making, Barcelona's pre-clásico forlornness and more. 3:59 - What did we learn tactically and holistically about Diego Simeone's ever-evolving Atlético Madrid in their recent 3-2 loss at home to Liverpool in the Champions League? / 20:08 - Having benefitted from François Pinault's extensive financial backing for over two decades, how well-equipped should Stade Rennais now be to routinely challenge for a place in the Champions League? / 39:20 - Which players have served as invaluable mentors to AC Milan's thriving Portuguese forward, Rafa Leão? / 53:54 - What are the fundamental differences between the oft-compared Kai Havertz and Florian Wirtz, and which particular aspect of the latter’s game suggests that he could ultimately become world class?
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    S3 E6 - FC Köln's real hero, Bologna's fluctuating form and Paco López's Levante legacy

    53:16

    Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at the fundamental differences between Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid, Lucas Paquetá's audacity and belated brilliance at Lyon, Mainz's defensive resoluteness under the revolutionary coaching of Bo Svensson, Maurizio Sarri's ephemeral honeymoon at Lazio and more. 3:37 - What style of play has Steffen Baumgart implemented at the RheinEnergieStadion, and why might he be the perfect appointment to satisfy the inexorably passionate FC Köln support? / 19:44 - Which tactical tweaks did Siniša Mihajlović make prior to Bologna's impressive 3-0 win over Lazio, and to what extent did those changes benefit the former Hearts left-back, Aaron Hickey? / 34:15 - Following Levante's decision to sack Paco López, how will the 54-year-old's time in charge at Estadi Ciutat de València be remembered? / 46:36 - Why is Lucas Paquetá the worthy successor to Memphis Depay's Olympique Lyonnais throne? Learning English as a foreign language? Improve your language skills while you listen with the help of FootyLingo at: https://footylingo.com/fan-games/english-listening-activities-road-to-nowhere-european-football-podcast-s3-e6/?ref=rtnfootball.
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    S3 E5 - Dortmund's deception, FC Metz x Génération Foot and Sassuolo's post-de Zerbi struggles

    58:02

    Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Marco Rose's ominous flirtation with a 4-4-2 diamond at Borussia Dortmund, the strategies and ideologies fuelling the FC Metz x Génération Foot project, Atlético Madrid's plethora of attacking options, the further development of Inter's Nicolò Barella under Simone Inzaghi and more. 2:39 - What factors might explain yet another fairly slow start to the season for Gian Piero Gasperini's Atalanta side? / 15:51 - What signs have we seen to suggest that Borussia Dortmund’s start to the season has been deceptively encouraging, and is new coach Marco Rose guilty of under-coaching BVB? / 27:43 - Why has the partnership between FC Metz and Génération Foot been so mutually beneficial, and how would 19-year-old Pape Matar Sarr’s playing style best be described? / 42:05 - How has Unai Emery's coaching style evolved in recent times, and why might his Villarreal side struggle to emulate last season's success? Learning English as a foreign language? Improve your language skills while you listen with the help of FootyLingo at: https://footylingo.com/fan-games/english-listening-activities-the-road-to-nowhere-european-football-podcast-s3-e5/?ref=rtnfootball.
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    S3 E4 - Hertha Berlin's systemic incoherence, Angers' prodigious Mohamed-Ali Cho and Barcelona's NBA-style reset

    59:48

    Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at the impressive form of Mike Maignan and Olivier Giroud at AC Milan, Getafe’s post-Bordalás fragility and imbalance, Hertha Berlin's capricious recruitment, Strasbourg's newfound intensity under Julien Stéphan and more. 2:59 - Why have Hertha Berlin regressed rather than progressed since Lars Windhorst started investing in the club over two years ago? / 15:02 - In what way has Atletico Madrid’s place at LaLiga’s top table evolved over the past few months? / 29:38 - What have we learned tactically about Julian Stéphan’s Strasbourg side in the opening few games of the season, and why might Adrien Thomasson prove to be on the most influential players in Ligue 1 this season? / 44:26 - Which box-to-box Swiss midfielder could prove crucial to Empoli’s hopes of maintaining their Serie A status beyond this season? Learning English as a foreign language? Improve your language skills while you listen with the help of FootyLingo at: https://footylingo.com/fan-games/english-listening-activities-the-road-to-nowhere-european-football-podcast-s3-e4/?ref=rtnfootball.
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    S3 E3 - Bayer Leverkusen's pursuit of happiness/ balance, Tammy Abraham's Roman Renaissance and Ligue 1's Malice in the Palace

    58:28

    Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Dominik Szoboszlai's role in RB Leipzig's mouthwatering front four, Christophe Galtier's familiar tactics at Nice, Real Sociedad's debilitating lack of 'mala leche', Lazio's savvy approach under Maurizio Sarri and more. 2:33 - Supported by the likes of Calvin Stengs, Amine Guiri and Alexis Claude-Maurice, how well-equipped is Kasper Dolberg to provide Nice with the goals to secure Les Aiglons a place in Europe? / 15:50 - What tactics has Bayer Leverkusen's new boss Gerardo Seoane implemented at the BayArena, and how auspicious is Moussa Diaby's partnership on the right wing with Jeremie Frimpong? / 32:20 - Is there anything more satisfying than new signing, Rodrigo de Paul's golf shots for Atlético Madrid? / 43:19 - How intelligent is Tammy Abraham's forward play, and why will the former Chelsea attacker be so central to the success of José Mourinho's Roma side this season?  Learning English as a foreign language? Improve your language skills while you listen with the help of FootyLingo at: https://footylingo.com/fan-games/english-listening-activities-the-road-to-nowhere-european-football-podcast-s3-e3/?ref=rtnfootball.
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    S3 E2 - Lionel Messi’s allegorical goodbye, Marseille’s beautiful chaos and Inter’s financial dejection

    59:23

    Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Bayern Munich's apparent lack of squad depth, the factors behind Lionel Messi's stunning Barcelona departure, the significance of Luciano Spalletti's appointment at Napoli for the highly-rated Victor Osimhen, Monaco's early title credentials and more. 2:55 - How well-equipped are Chacho Coudet’s Iago Aspas-inspired Celta Vigo to challenge for one of LaLiga’s European spots? 19:10 - What influential in-game tactical tweaks did Jorge Sampaoli implement during Marseille’s frantic 3-2 win over Montpellier? 32:46 - Why are Inter Milan in such financial disarray, and what does the near future hold for the reigning Serie A champions? 47:09 - How worrying is Bayern’s transfer inactivity, and what style of play can we expect to see from the Bavarians under new coach Julian Nagelsmann?
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    S3 E1 - The most exciting young players in Europe right now w/ Scouted Football and Pure Fitbaw

    58:06

    The boys are joined by Scouted Football's Joe Donnohue and Pure Fitbaw's Owen Brown to discuss some of the most exciting young players in Europe right now. 2:46 - Maxence Lacroix - VfL Wolfsburg - Centre-Back - 6 April 2000 - 21 13:11 - Zinho Vanheusden - Inter Milan (on loan to Genoa until 30 June 2022) - Centre-Back - 29 July 1999 - 22 20:40 - Niklas Dorsch - Augsburg - Defensive Midfielder - 15 January 1998 - 23 25:21 - Yeremi Pino - Villarreal -  Winger 20 October 2002 - 18 32: 13 - Loïc Badé - Stade Rennais - Centre-Back - 11 April 2000 - 21 46:55 - Cheick Doucouré - RC Lens - Defensive Midfielder - 8 January 2000 - 21
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    S2 E19 - Union Berlin's romantic moment, Dušan Vlahović's emergence and Luis Suárez's tears

    56:28

    Ally, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. In announcing their end of season awards and rounding up the final matchdays across the four leagues, the boys look at the emergence of Dušan Vlahović, Loïc Badé's impressive underlying statistics for RC Lens, the revival of Germany's Nordderby between Hamburg and Werder Bremen, Atlético Madrid's fatigue-defying title celebrations and more. 2:53 - What will Napoli's failure to qualify for next season's Champions League mean for the wider Serie A landscape in the short- and long-term? / 20:56 - Was Miralem Pjanic's maiden season at Barcelona even more of a disappointment than had perhaps been anticipated, and does the 31-year-old have any sort of future at Camp Nou? / 27:41 - Following a season in which he registered 28 Bundesliga goals, should we be affording more credit to Portuguese striker André Silva? / 35:42 - Has outgoing coach Claudio Ranieri left Sampdoria in good shape for his successor at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris? / 44:08 - Is there a sound argument to be made that Lorient's 3-2 win against PSG was the best game of a pulsating season in Ligue 1, and, if so, why?

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