We’ve made it. The match we’ve been working towards. The mother of all comebacks. Of course we went so far down the rabbit hole, that we split the episode up.
In Part One we cover the Champions League season 1998/99, and in detail the path the finalists took to get to Barcelona: Manchester United of England and Bayern Munich of Germany. Topics include Beckham’s summer ’98, the managerial musical chairs of Munich and the learning curve of United’s Class of ’92. Throw in some extra tangents and you end up with a stand-alone episode and a great nostalgia trip.
The minutes, in case you want to jump around:
0:00:00 Memories of the night
0:05:45 England’s exit at France ’98, backlash against Beckham
0:12:45 United’s mentality under Ferguson, missing out on silverware in ’97/98, re-tooling
0:20:40 CL format, qualifiers
0:24:00 State of Bayern Munich in the 90s (managers and performances)
0:35:00 Enter Hitzfeld
0:42:00 Group D for death (United vs Bayern I & II)
0:53:30 Knock-out draw, Quarter-finals (United vs Inter, Bayern vs Kaiserslautern)
1:04:00 United in the CL before ’98/99 retrospective
1:11:30 Semi-finals, United vs Juve
1:16:30 Bayern vs Kiev, a Basler restrospective
1:24:00 End of the season run-ins
As full games go, here’s the match that sent United to Barcelona – their semi-final win in Turin:
We didn’t find any postcards from Big Sam in the mail and concluded we were not invited to join the England squad during the international break. Instead we sat down and recapped the last few weeks of matches and overall goingons in the Premier League: Contenders for titles and relegation places assemble!
Topics include, but are not limited to:
0:01:30 Are Sunderland doomed already?
0:09:00 Can Stoke, West Ham avoid the relegation battle?
0:12:30 Too early to count anybody out of the relegation battle?
0:15:45 Have City been found out? Or is everybody overreacting?
0:19:45 Can Arsenal, Tottenham sustain their form? Wenger to ride off into the sunset?
0:22:00 Could this be Liverpool’s year?
0:25:45 Will the CL be Leicester’s competition this season?
0:29:00 How are our pre-season predictions faring so far?
0:34:00 Where are Man United headed? Would Rooney make the club’s All-Time XI?
0:40:00 Are Burnley able to grind out more results?
0:45:00 Should England just shut up shop at this point? Who should take over anyway?
0:55:30 How is Oliver Burke doing in Leipzig?
1:01:30 Has the time come for Hamburg to go down? Who are the alternatives?
In a cool hour we talk through the biggest topics of the past month in English & European football, including panic buys on deadline day, positive and negative surprise starts in the Premier League, a quick look at the upcoming group stage in the Champions League and the somewhat underwhelming farewell to one of the greats the past decade has seen.
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Here are the minutes:
0:01:20 Panic buys on deadline day? Are Arsenal getting left behind?
0:06:00 Have the top 3 been tested? Pep’s early influence?
0:11:30 British players abroad? How good is Joe Hart really?
0:16:00 A place for Schweinsteiger? Sissoko a statement buy?
0:21:00 Will It Last? Everton, Hull, Middlesbrough
0:26:15 Too Early to Worry? Arsenal, West Ham, Stoke
0:33:20 How would Everton rank in the Bundesliga? Leverkusen & Gladbach in the CL?
0:40:00 Schweinsteiger farewell, Donnarumma debut
0:45:45 Prediction game standings & punishment; Fantasy update
0:52:30 Movies: Snowpiercer, The Lobster, Star Trek Beyond
Nevermind Under-19 Euros, International Champions Cups or Olympics, the Premier League is about to kick off again! We break down the wide open title race in the best league in the world as well as the relegation battle, breakout players of the season and other prop bets; all capped off by some fantasy goodness.
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Here are the minutes to the episode:
0:00:00 Intro, hype for the upcoming season, title picture