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Welcome to On The Continent, the dedicated European football feed brought to you by the Football Ramble. Dotun Adebayo and Andy Brassell are joined by the best European football experts to dissect the headlines from across the continent and take you inside the European game. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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As we get ready for Euro 2024 Dotun, Andy and Lars Sivertsen are here to answer all of your questions ahead of the tournament. Who is going to be the breakout star? Can Scotland get out of their group? What countries are on the verge of a golden generation? And what country wins the food European Championships? Listen to find out! Ask us a question…
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For the last time ever, Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. In handing out their alternative end-of-season awards, the boys look at Atalanta’s new groove, Strasbourg’s underwhelming campaign, Union Berlin’s imperilled fairytale, Udinese’s artful longevity, Iker Muniain’s emotional farewell and more. 2…
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We’re finally here! Dotun, Andy and Lars Sivertsen are here with everything you need to know about the most intriguing teams and players across the continent vying for Euros glory! We wonder if France are now the firm favourites, work out whether Germany and/or Spain can convert promising recent signs into legitimate progress and run through some o…
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"Rhythm Is a Dancer, is Nagelsmann’s the answer?" That’s the question that Dotun and Andy are asking Archie Rhind-Tutt on our final Euro 2024 preview. Today, Archie is here to offer insight into how Germany are preparing to host Europe’s elite both on and off the field and whether tournament Germany will really turn up this time around. Plus, Archi…
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Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Rafael Leão, João Félix, João Palhinha, Rúben Dias… These are just some of the players in the Portugal squad. Are people underestimating them?T oday, Miguel Pereira joins Andy and David Cartlidge to share some insight into what to expect from Portugal at Euro 2024. Miguel explains how the team have evolved towards a…
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Belgium are the perennial tournament dark horses of the modern era. But, as their golden generation starts to fade away, how are the Red Devil’s shaping up ahead of Euro 2024? Today, Dotun and Andy are joined by Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur, who explains why optimism is low in the country despite a recent upturn in form under Domenico Te…
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As the curtain falls on continental club football for another season, Dotun, Andy and Jonathan Johnson tackle some of your burning questions about various players and managers moving on to pastures new. We ask how PSG can maintain their global appeal without Kylian Mbappé, wonder if Benjamin Šeško is the hottest striker on the market this summer an…
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After two years of speculation, Kylian Mbappé has finally got his move to Real Madrid! But before that, he has the pressing issue of Euro 2024. Today, Dotun and Andy are joined by Johnathan Johnson who explains how Mbappé’s slightly disjointed end to the season might actually help France in the long run. Elsewhere, Antonio Conte has taken over at N…
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Romania shocked everyone by qualifying for Euro 2024 without losing a single game! On today’s Euros preview, Romanian Football journalist Emanuel Roşu joins Andy to explain how manager Edward Iordănescu turned an “average” group of players from “underachievers to overachievers”. Elsewhere, Emi tells Andy why Romanian fans have VERY high expectation…
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Ahead of Euro 2024, OTC will be releasing a series of episodes where we speak to the experts and bring you some fascinating insight into some of the teams you should be keeping an eye on during this summers tournament. First up, Dotun and Andy are joined by British Ukrainian Sports Journalist and founder of Zorya Londonsk, Andrew Todos, to find out…
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La Décimoquinta is here! Real Madrid are European Champions for the fifteenth time. Today, Andy and David Cartlidge discuss how Madrid won the final. David makes the case for why Vinicius Junior is the best player in the world and outlines what Madrid’s future could look like with Kylian Mbappé. They also look ahead to next season for Borussia Dort…
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As the European domestic season draws to a close, we highlight a few of this season’s most underrated teams and tip our hats to an unlikely title winner over in Poland. Plus, the likes of Sérgio Conceição and Paulo Fonseca take their places on the managerial merry-go-round - and we ask if any team from outside European football’s traditional elite …
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Olympiacos made history last night by becoming the first club team from Greece to win a European trophy, in their rival's backyard as well. Today, Andy, Dotun and David Cartlidge are here to explain what this means not just for Olympiacos but for Greek football generally. Elsewhere, David details the appalling way in which Barcelona have treated Xa…
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Why on earth are Bayern Munich trying to confirm Vincent Kompany as their next manager? Where next for Mauricio Pochettino, has he exhausted his options? Plus, are the Belgian Championship play-offs just a bit of fun for the neutral or grossly unfair? And is Roberto De Zerbi seriously Barcelona’s next best candidate? Dotun, Andy and Lars Sivertsen …
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Ademola Lookman became the 17th player in history to receive a 10/10 rating in L'Équipe last night. And more importantly, he helped Atalanta win their first trophy in 51 years. Today, Dotun, Andy and Lars Sivertsen are here to explain how Lookman came this far and what this win means for legendary Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini. Elsewhere, A…
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Is the INEOS takeover at Manchester United bad news for Nice? And why could they be about to lose one of their prized assets - Khéphren Thuram - for barely any money? Cesc Fàbregas has helped steer Como back to Serie A for the first time in over 20 years – but why is he not the ‘real’ manager? Plus, is José Mourinho really about to jet off to Saudi…
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256 goals, 108 assists and one mediocre send off. Today, Dotun, Andy and Nicky look at Kylian Mbappé’s PSG legacy and explain why he might not be loved in Paris in the way his record merits. Elsewhere, it’s been an action-packed week in Italy. Nicky explains how Juventus overcame the odds to beat Atalanta in the Coppa Italia final and Andy asks wha…
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One of the defining stories of this season’s Premier League has been - you guessed it - points deductions. But over in the Netherlands, Eredivisie side Vitesse have been relegated after being given the largest points penalty in Dutch history. They were docked a whopping 18 points after an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism disc…
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If Paulo Fonseca gets the Marseille job, is he the right man to take them forward? How do Juventus restore themselves as the dominant force in Serie A? How have FC Köln gone from European aspirants to relegation favourites within a few years? And Parma are back at the top table in Italy! But can they stay there this time? Andy is joined by David Ca…
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Joselu was the hero in Madrid. Should we have expected anything else? Today, Andy, Nicky Bandini and David Cartlidge explain why Joselu having the limelight is typical of Madrid's anti-Galáctico season. Plus, David makes the case that Vinicius Junior is still widely underrated in England. Elsewhere, the panel explain how OTC favourite Edin Terzić g…
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To mark the 100th (and penultimate) episode of the podcast, Alasdair, Barlow and Michael reflect on five memorable seasons covering European football’s most intriguing storylines. 2:28 - Why have we decided to draw the podcast to a close at the end of the current season? / 16:40 - Which developments and themes have we most enjoyed covering over the…
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Andy is joined by Lars Sivertsen and Jonathan Johnson to tuck into some more intriguing questions as the European domestic season reaches its dramatic conclusion. We wonder which of the coaching free agents - Conte, Mourinho, Potter, Zidane, Flick et al - will snag a new job this summer. Plus, we despair at the state of Schalke, ask if Dortmund sho…
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Unbelievably Dortmund has the best defensive record in the Champions League this season. Today Andy Brassell is joined by Lars Sivertsen and Jonathan Johnson to unpick how Dortmund keep performing in Europe and dissect what PSG need to change for the second leg. In the other semi-final, it was vintage Tuchel in the second half from Bayern, however,…
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It was a historic weekend in Portuguese football. Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa’s 42-year reign as president of FC Porto came to an end after André Villas-Boas secured a landslide victory in the presidential elections. However, it wasn’t a quiet campaign. In November last year, there was a violent outbreak in the club's General Assembly and a number of…
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Does Arne Slot have what it takes to succeed Jürgen Klopp? With La Liga’s president talking about games in the US, how much can European leagues really sell themselves abroad? What’s happened to Sassuolo since their halcyon De Zerbi days? And what’s on the to do list for Dortmund’s new CEO of sport, Lars Ricken? Dotun, Andy and Nicky Bandini are on…
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“Io sto qua e io resto qua” (I’m here, I am staying here). The king of the cups, Simone Inzaghi, has finally gone one step further and won his first - and Inter’s 20th - Scudetto. Today Dotun, Andy and Nicky Bandini are here to explain why they see Inzaghi’s immediate future at Inter despite some huge managerial vacancies across Europe. Elsewhere, …
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10 days ago, Bayer Leverkusen won their first ever Bundesliga. Bayern Munich were dethroned at last. Last week, Andy Brassell went on the road with Leverkusen as their hunt for even more success this season continued – first at West Ham, then at Borussia Dortmund. Andy spoke to some of the fans, players and pundits closest to the club including Gra…
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Alasdair, Barlow and Michael are joined by Baptiste Reynaud (of Le Beau Jeu and Le Classique fame) to discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Frosinone’s cause for optimism in the face of their extensive winless run, the shades of Cholismo laced through Real Madrid’s recent Champions League displays against Mancheste…
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How come English teams are playing the most continental style of football in Europe? Why do players move to Barcelona when it has become a “clown house”? Roma have hard launched their future with De Rossi, why now? What does Naby Keita’s future look like? And how will Bologna and Lewis Ferguson be impacted by his ACL injury? Dotun, Andy and Lars Si…
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And then there were four. Dotun and Andy are joined by Lars Sivertsen to get their heads around a dramatic conclusion to the Champions League last eight! Lars is gutted that PSG are finally turning into a sensible team, while Andy explains that Dortmund’s semi-final spot belies some far-from-sensible decision-making inside the club. Yes, Sven Misli…
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After a final like no other in Turkey, what has been the reaction to Fenerbahçe’s extraordinary protest and has anything changed because of it? Is it all aboard the Premier League train for Thomas Tuchel? How has a former Sunderland player who had been out of management for 12 years worked miracles at a Ligue 1 club?! Where does the ‘Allez Allez Al…
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What a week of Champions League football! Andy agrees with Luis Enrique’s belief that his PSG side play more like Barcelona than Barcelona. And yet ultimately Xavi’s own style of football got the better of his old manager in impressive fashion. Dotun, Andy and David are on hand to explain how! Elsewhere, David and Andy fear for the losers of Atleti…
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Alasdair, Barlow and Michael are joined by Ninad Barbidikar to discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Bayer Leverkusen’s era-defining spring, Jagoba Arrasate’s emotional Osasuna farewell, Igor Tudor’s inevitable Serie A return and more. 1:45 - How might we explain Juventus’s spectacular drop-off in form since the en…
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What is Rúben Amorim’s journey so far and will he be a good fit with Liverpool? How have Valencia turned their fortunes around this season – even under Peter Lim’s ownership? Which coaches do other coaches learn from? And… why is Dotun speaking like Roy Hodgson in Norwegian? Dotun, David and Lars are back to answer your questions from the past week…
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Dotun’s joined by David Cartlidge and Lars Sivertsen as one of this season’s biggest questions finally has an answer: Xabi Alonso will stay at Bayer Leverkusen next season. We contrast his fortunes with the dour ones of Thomas Tuchel, who is destined to angrily skulk through the exit door of yet another European powerhouse. Elsewhere, David is part…
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How will Ligue 1 cope without its preeminent star next season? Where next for one of Xabi Alonso’s most promising young talents, Florian Wirtz? Plus, why are all the major nations struggling ahead of Euro 2024 and why did the Basque Country play their first international fixture in four years? Dotun, Andy and Jonathan Johnson answer all of YOUR que…
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We’re one step closer to the Euros after this international break but how are the runners and riders placed ahead of the tournament? Today, Jonathan Johnson tells Dotun and Andy how France has reacted to their unexpected loss to Germany and Andy identifies which player is the “Harry Maguire” of their national team. Elsewhere, the panel explain how …
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Alasdair, Barlow and Michael are joined by Luke Entwistle to discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at AC Monza’s uncut gems, Almería’s unlikely hero, PSG’s post-takeover melodrama and more. 1:40 - Where did it all go wrong for Rafael Benítez at Celta Vigo, and what’s next for both parties? / 25:20 - What might the pos…
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The international break gives Dotun, Andy and Nicky Bandini the chance to look ahead towards the end of the European domestic season. They wonder if impending financial concerns might halt an Inter dynasty just as it’s getting started and rate some of the non-English contenders in the Europa Conference League. Plus, they assess the summer suitors f…
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The Turkish Süper Lig is currently hosting the most exciting title race in Europe. Yet sadly it was overshadowed this weekend after ugly scenes of violence again dominated the headlines. Today, Dotun, Andy and Nicky explore whether the authorities could handle things better and reflect on the wider cultural issues that are effecting European footba…
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Dotun, Andy and Nicky Bandini kick off today’s collection of questions with a look at next summer’s FIFA Club World Cup, as various clubs chase the potential financial rewards while players balk at the possibility of more fixtures. We also wonder what’s next for Maurizio Sarri and Rafa Benítez after they both lost their jobs this week, and check in…
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Diego Simeone pulled off another masterclass as Atleti beat Inter, one of the best sides in this season’s Champions League. Today, Dotun, Andy and Nicky explain how they did it while also trying to solve the ongoing mystery which is Lautaro Martínez. Elsewhere, the mystery of Jadon Sancho’s future also rumbles on, Andy explains the possibilities of…
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Alasdair, Barlow and Michael are joined by Albert from the Long Ball Futebol podcast to discuss and analyse the latest European football news, with a particular focus on the ever-evolving landscape of Portuguese football. The boys look at Arouca’s resurgent Spanish Armada, the curious case of Vizela, Bologna’s rewarded patience, Valencia’s redempti…
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Are Gio Reyna’s woes part of a wider malaise at Dortmund, or does the fault lie with him? How has Ruben Loftus-Cheek been faring at AC Milan? What are the best title races outside the top 5 leagues? And if we were a wealthy investor, which club would we take over in Europe?! Plus, a very unexpected mention for Steve Kean… Dotun, Andy and Lars Siver…
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Dotun and Andy are joined by Lars Sivertsen to look over a few potential Champions League contenders after their midweek matches. Real Madrid underwhelming but menacing? Check. Bayern and PSG flexing their expensive muscles? Also check. Elsewhere, we check in with Napoli’s own Ziggy Stardust, the Georgian wizard Khvicha Kvaratskhelia - who’s attrac…
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With news of Paul Pogba’s ban, there was only one place to start today’s Ask OTC. How did it come to this for one of the world’s very best midfielders? And how do we feel about the whole sorry affair? Plus, why is the Basque region enjoying a golden era this season? Are Sporting and Benfica the dark horses in the Europa League? And why is Real Mall…
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Edin Terzić has always promised that his football at Dortmund would be “less sexy, more successful” but that hasn’t proved to be the case. Today, Dotun, Andy and David Cartlidge are here to explain how Dortmund have become unwatchable this season and – even worse – their players have become unsellable. One coach who has changed their philosophy is …
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Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Salernitana’s hopeless Serie A predicament, Rayo Vallecano’s post-Iraola struggles, Bayern Munich’s silent stagnation and more. 1:37 - Which Atlético Madrid starlet looks destined become Spain's future number nine? 13:49 - To what extent should we b…
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Did Arsenal underestimate Porto? Can Bologna finish in Serie A’s top four this season? What was the now-binned media rights deal that got so many fans protesting in Germany? And why have Marseille turned to a manager who just got given his marching orders midway through the Africa Cup of Nations?! Dotun, Andy and Nicky are on hand for your European…
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The Champions of Italy met the Champions of Spain in the Champions League last night, so why did it feel so underwhelming? Today, Dotun, Andy and Nicky Bandini answer that and also outline why a last 16 exit would be worse for Barcelona than it would be for Napoli. Elsewhere, they explain why Marko Arnautović isn’t the replacement striker that Inte…
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