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The Road to Nowhere European Football Podcast

The Road to Nowhere European Football Podcast

By Alasdair Madden
S4 E1 out now. Fortnightly European football podcast with Alasdair Madden, Ruaridh Barlow and Michael Jones. Follow us on Twitter @RTNFootball and check out @FFOpps for paid freelance work in football.
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S4 E1 - Nagelsmann's post-Lewandowski reworking, Valencia's fall from iconic grace, and PSG's pragmatic role of the dice
Alasdair, Barlow, and Michael are joined by Patrick Caskie (tactical expert of Scouted Football and Breaking the Lines fame) and Byron Hutchinson (Recruitment Analyst at Viking FC, and Social Media Lead at the Bundesliga) to discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at the striking similarities between Valencia's current direction of travel and Deportivo de La Coruña's well-documented decline, Juve's rather evocative approach to recruitment, the impact of Robert Lewandowski's departure on Bayern Munich's style of play and European aspirations, and the wider significance of PSG's seemingly trend-reversing appointments of Christophe Galtier and Luis Campos. 2:48 - Having reached consecutive Champions League finals and won the league under Rafa Benítez shortly after the turn of the century, why do Valencia now find themselves in such an alarming state of flux? / 20:06 - Do the summer personnel changes at Paris Saint Germain represent merely a temporary deviation from their typically lavish approach to hoovering up trophies, or are we seeing a genuine shift towards a more permanent culture change for the ten-times champions of France? / 34:44 - Tactically and more generally speaking, what can we expect from Julien Nagelsmann's Bayern Munich in the post- Lewandowski era? / 46:23 - Focusing in particular on the recent signings of Ángel Di María and the returning Paul Pogba, in what sense can Juventus perhaps look back to look forward?
01:02:09
August 05, 2022
S3 E23 - Saša Kalajdžić's Bundesliga cult hero status, the aesthetics of Manuel Pellegrini's Real Betis, and Venezia's sauce over substance
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. In announcing their alternative end-of-season awards, the boys look at Sanjin Prcić's mesmeric play-making at the base of Strasbourg's midfield, Serie A's scandal of the year, Hamburg's perpetual misfortune, the opening scene of Carlo Ancelotti's sophisticated biopic and more. 3:05 - Which LaLiga club's president's remarks landed him Spanish football's "Bitterest Ex" award? / 16:59 - Who is Serie A's most quintessential journeyman? / 34:53 - Which three iconic moments defined Bochum's memorable first season back in German football's top flight after an eleven-year hiatus? / 45:16 - What makes Teji Savanier such a worthy recipient of the RTN Ligue 1 Cult Hero Award?
52:14
June 03, 2022
S3 E22 - Mohamed Bayo's hometown heroics, Sevilla's Andalusian dilemma and Patrik Schick's intelligence of movement
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Genoa's numerous false dawns, Clermont Foot's architecturally anomalous Stade Gabriel-Montpied, Bayer Leverkusen's resplendent Rückrunde, Espanyol's apparent short-sightedness and more. 3:04 - Following Levante's and Alavés' relegations to the Segunda, what conclusions can we draw from their respective seasons as a whole? / 19:47 - Just how remarkable an achievement is Clermon Foot's Ligue 1 survival in itself, and, holistically speaking, what factors have enabled the club from southeast-central France to defy the pre-season odds? / 30:31 - Which aspects of Patrik Schick's game make him such an effective goalscorer, and, more generally, how do Bayer Leverkusen play in order to harness the 26-year-old's full power and potential? / 40:24 - How will Genoa's relegation affect Serie A next season, and can we expect the nine-times champions of Italy to make a swift return to the top flight?
55:48
May 20, 2022
S3 E21 - Freiburg's set-piece sorcery, Monaco's perennial pursuit of stability, and AC Milan's siege mentality
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at 22-year-old Nico Schlotterbeck's intimidating aerial prowess, Carlo Ancelotti's peerless coaching experience, Monaco's idiosyncratic place within the wider Ligue 1 ecosystem, Salernitana's heroic Serie A survival bid, and more. 2:50 - To what extent has AC Milan's resilient character enabled the Rossoneri to find themselves within touching distance of a first Serie A title since 2011? / 18:31 - What would the potential departure of their Sporting Director, Paul Mitchell mean for Monaco, and, more generally, what does the future hold for the principality club? / 35:14 - Which factors have made this year's Copa del Rey one of the most captivating editions of the competition in recent memory? / 50:22 - Why have Freiburg been so devastatingly effective from set-pieces this season?
01:02:54
May 06, 2022
S3 E20 - Villarreal's never-ending story, Lyon's season of unfortunate events and Venezia's Grimm spring
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Lyon's defensive friability, Gian Piero Gasperini's Sword of Damocles, Union Berlin's derby dominance, Real Madrid's bouncebackability and more. 2:49 - What was the mood like in the Olympiastadion before, during, and after the most recent edition of the Berlin derby, and, tactically speaking, where was the game ultimately won and lost? / 16:49 - How has Ivan Jurić moulded early-season relegation favourites Torino into one of the most effective defensive units in Serie A? / 30:27 - Having upset the proverbial apple cart with their characteristically boisterous approach against Manchester City, how are so-called pantomime villains Atletico Madrid generally perceived in Spain? / 44:40 - What has been the root cause of Lyon's Ligue 1 tribulations so far this season, and, on a more positive note, which two OL youngsters look destined for stellar careers? 
52:25
April 22, 2022
S3 E19 - Felix Magath's eccentricity, Sevilla's untimely siesta and Udinese's Portuguese starlet
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Ligue 1's riveting recent battle of the wing-backs, 22-year-old Beto's endearing journey from Lisbon's district leagues to scoring a Serie A hat-trick for Udinese, the perhaps inevitable impact of Julen Lopetegui's desired playing style on Sevilla's ageing squad, Hertha Berlin's latest left-field roll of the proverbial dice, and more. 2:38 - Where was Strasbourg's weighty Ligue 1 clash with RC Lens won and lost, and how did Julian Stéphan's side cope so admirably without the influential midfield duo of Adrien Thomasson and Sanjin Prciç? / 14:27 - Which particular aspect of new RCD Mallorca head coach, Javier Aguirre’s personality might play a key role in the islanders’ bid to avoid the drop to the Segunda, and, more generally, what style of management can we expect from the former Mexico boss at the Visit Mallorca Estadi? / 31:53 - Tactically and stylistically speaking, how might we explain Juventus' damaging recent defeat to Inter Milan? / 48:23 - What does Felix Magath's CV tell us about the 68-year-old's ability or otherwise to steer Hertha Berlin away from the Bundesliga's relegation zone?
56:33
April 08, 2022
S3 E18 - Barcelona's butterfly effect, Stuttgart's Austrian redeemer and Sampdoria's individualism
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Carlo Ancelotti's faltering job security, Borna Sosa’s irresistible partnership with Sasa Kalajdžić, Lazio’s Derby Della Capitale wake-up call, Jonathan Clauss’ professional pilgrimage and more. 2:10 - How might we explain Stuttgart’s inability this campaign to replicate last season’s impressive Bundesliga form? / 14:07 - What was the wider, long-term significance of Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Real Madrid in the most recent edition of El Clásico, and, tactically speaking, where was the game won and lost? / 32:03 - Holistically speaking, what have been the principal factors behind a rather dismal season in Europe for Italian club football? / 46:47 - Why was Jonathan Clauss’ recent call-up to the French national team so decidedly wholesome?
54:43
March 25, 2022
S3 E17 - Dortmund's futility, Roma's Polish prodigy and the unbridled magic of the Copa del Rey
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Dortmund's shortcomings on and off the field of play, Alexander Blessin's unbeaten start to life as Genoa manager, Nantes' inconsistently electric front three, Valencia's Copa del Rey euphoria and more. 2:26 - Tactically speaking, what were the key factors behind AC Milan's recent win over Napoli? / 20:36 - Following their calamitous exit from the Europa League, where do Borussia Dortmund go from here? / 29:30 - Why might there be a substantive argument to be made that Nantes' 23-year-old captain, Alban Lafont merits a call-up to the French national team? / 37:38 - Which players have been integral to Atlético Madrid's partial rejuvenation?  
56:55
March 11, 2022
S3 16 - RB Leipzig's Tedesco-inspired resurgence, PSG's perpetual existentialism and Enes Ünal's LaLiga redemption
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest Europe football news. The boys look at Spezia's influential academy graduates, PSG's ominous reliance on Kylian Mbappé, Real Betis' defiance of our early-season expectations domestically and in Europe, RB Leipzig's fruitful shift away from an intense approach to pressing and more. 2:26 - Notwithstanding PSG's recent Champions League success, why is the outlook not particularly rosy at the Parc des Princes? / 15:46 - Tactically speaking, how might Real Madrid look to overcome their one-goal first-leg deficit in their Round of 16 tie with PSG? / 36:10 - What steps has Domenico Tedesco taken to enable RB Leipzig to recover so impressively from what was the club’s worst start to a Bundesliga season? / 46:37 - What served as the catalyst for Inter Milan's nightmarish February?
01:04:19
February 25, 2022
S3 E15 - Marseille’s seven stages of chaos, Atlético Madrid's state of flux and Max Eberl’s magnificent Gladbach legacy
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Dušan Vlahović and Denis Zakaria’s meteoric impact at Juventus, the integral role played by Dani Alves in Barcelona's frenzied 4-2 win over Atlético Madrid, Arkadiusz Milik's assertable status as one of Ligue 1's finest out-and-out centre-forwards, Borussia Mönchengladbach's mostly sagacious squad management and more. Despite their lack of a natural goal scorer, how well-placed are Athletic Club to qualify for Europe? Why might Max Eberl be considered one of the finest sporting directors in Europe over the last decade or so? In what sense would Marseille be the perfect forever home for Mattéo Guendouzi, and to what extent has the 22-year-old flourished under the tutelage of Jorge Sampaoli? Having prevailed in the most recent edition of the Derby della Madonnina, can AC Milan now sustain a genuine title challenge? 
56:02
February 11, 2022
S3 E14 - Hugo Ekitike's unrefined flair, Rúben Amorim's managerial trajectory and Athletic Club's idiosyncratic identity
To celebrate and mark the 50th episode of the podcast, Alasdair, Barlow and Michael are accompanied virtually by a revolving panel of esteemed guests to discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys are joined by Jonathan Fadugba (Guardian Football Weekly), Owen Brown (Pure Fitbaw), Joe Donnohue (Scouted Football) and Alan Feehely (Football España) to look at the multifarious history of Lyon's organic Ligue 1 rivalry with Saint-Étienne, Rúben Amorim's managerial trajectory, the impassioned sociocultural context within which the most recent edition of El Gran Derbi took place, the rather unexplored blossoming of Servette's 21-year-old midfielder Kastriot Imeri and more. 4:22 - Why was Pedri so deserving of his lofty ranking in the Guardian's list of the top 100 best male footballers in the world in 2021? / 25:46 - How should we assess Matthias Jaissle's progress as coach of Red Bull Salzburg, and to which German Bundesliga clubs might his style of management be well-suited? / 51:36 - What is 20-year-old Nico González's most favourable position at Xavi's Barcelona? / 1:12:04 - How are Athletic Club's identity and approach to recruitment perceived globally?
01:31:02
January 28, 2022
S3 E13 - Sevilla's remodelled personality, Sassuolo's rekindled vigour and Arminia Bielefeld's existentialism
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Gerard Moreno's multifaceted importance to Villarreal, the key takeaways from Monaco's decision to sack Niko Kovac, Salernitana's Serie A stay of execution, Bochum's Gerrit Holtmann-inspired euphoria and more. 2:41 - Despite Cadiz's seemingly prudent decision to part company with Álvaro Cervera, why will the 56-year-old be so fondly remembered by the fans at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla? / 22:17 - Which players might provide steely Arminia Bielefeld with the requisite quality to secure a third consecutive season in Germany's top flight? / 35:29 - How surprised or otherwise should we be by Monaco's decision to relieve Niko Kovac of his managerial duties? / 44:09 - Where was Roma's frantic game with Juventus won and lost, and what was the wider significance of the way the game unfolded? 
01:00:50
January 14, 2022
S3 E12 - Hoffenheim's post-Nagelsmann era, Empoli's unsung heroes and Téji Savanier's joie de vivre
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Gonçalo Guedes' entrancing display in the Valencian Derby, Téji Savanier's emancipating role in Montpellier's 4-2-3-1, Salernitana's ominous ownership predicament, David Raum's emergence as one of the most promising left-sided defenders in Europe and more. 2:15 - Which issues should Napoli prioritise in order to arrest their recent slump in form? / 18:31 - How prudent or otherwise is Alaves' Watford-esque tendency to dismiss managers, and how will José Luis Mendilibar fare at Mendizorrotza? / 32:31 - Why might Téji Savanier be the perfect wildcard pick for Didier Deschamps and France at the 2022 World Cup? / 42:01 - Would it be fair to suggest that Hoffenheim are now finally getting over the departure of Juliann Nagelsmann in June 2019?
59:51
December 31, 2021
S3 E11 - José Mourinho's short-termism, Romain Faivre's inconsistent brilliance and Bayern Munich's hybrid defence
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at a symbolic Madrid Derby, Stade Brestois' staggering six-game Ligue 1 winning streak, Bayern Munich's teething issues defensively under Julian Nagelsmann, Fiorentina's renaissance under Vincenzo Italiano and more. 2:28 - Why have Strasbourg been so enjoyable to watch under Julian Stephan? / 21:38 - How have Inter and Atalanta rallied themselves after complicated starts to their seasons? / 36:31 - What were the main takeaways from Bayern’s Matchday 14 win over Borussia Dortmund in the most recent edition of Der Klassiker? / 45:36 - What remarkable statistic highlights Manuel Pellegrini’s status as one of the finest managers in LaLiga’s modern history?
59:36
December 17, 2021
S3 E10 - Berlin's evolving footballing landscape, Vinícius Júnior’s ascension and Bologna's Austrian talisman
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Juventus' ill-fitting 4-4-2 formation, Jonathan David's refined decision-making at Lille, Borussia Mönchengladbach's constrictive away form, Elche taking the path of most resistance and more. 2:51 - What was the wider significance of Levante's decision to part company with their coach (Javi Pereira) and their sporting director (Manolo Salvador)? / 17:37 - In what sense was Union Berlin's 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin psychologically important for Urs Fischer's side? / 30:12 - How can we perhaps look to explain Lille’s contrasting fortunes domestically and in Europe this season? / 39:29 - Why might Bologna's signing of Marko Arnautović be viewed as one of the shrewdest deals of the year across the top five European leagues?
56:29
December 03, 2021
S3 E9 - Andriy Shevchenko's Italian Job, Christopher Nkunku's refined artistry and Saint-Ètienne's defensive dynasty
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? 
54:45
November 19, 2021
S3 E8 - SC Freiburg's gifted youth, Atalanta's relative frugality and the inimitable Basque derby
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?
58:02
November 05, 2021
S3 E7 - The wonderful Florian Wirtz, Napoli's Serie A odyssey and Rayo Vallecano's dose of collectivism
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?
01:03:39
October 22, 2021
S3 E6 - FC Köln's real hero, Bologna's fluctuating form and Paco López's Levante legacy
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.
53:16
October 08, 2021
S3 E5 - Dortmund's deception, FC Metz x Génération Foot and Sassuolo's post-de Zerbi struggles
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.
58:03
September 24, 2021
S3 E4 - Hertha Berlin's systemic incoherence, Angers' prodigious Mohamed-Ali Cho and Barcelona's NBA-style reset
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.
59:48
September 10, 2021
S3 E3 - Bayer Leverkusen's pursuit of happiness/ balance, Tammy Abraham's Roman Renaissance and Ligue 1's Malice in the Palace
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.
58:29
August 27, 2021
S3 E2 - Lionel Messi’s allegorical goodbye, Marseille’s beautiful chaos and Inter’s financial dejection
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?
59:23
August 13, 2021
S3 E1 - The most exciting young players in Europe right now w/ Scouted Football and Pure Fitbaw
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
58:07
July 30, 2021
S2 E19 - Union Berlin's romantic moment, Dušan Vlahović's emergence and Luis Suárez's tears
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?
56:28
June 05, 2021
S2 E18 - Gigi Buffon's last dance, Werder Bremen's desperation and Eibar's LaLiga legacy
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Atlético Madrid's tenacity, Gigi Buffon's outstanding career for Juventus, the numbers behind Leeds United target Romain Faivre's impressive breakthrough Ligue 1 season, Stefan Ortega's heroics between the posts for Bundesliga relegation battlers Arminia Bielefeld and more. 2:55 - With in-form Nantes knowing that a win at home to Montpellier would lift them out of the relegation play-off spot and preserve their Ligue 1 status for next season, are fans of French football set for yet more Randal Kolo Muani time? / 16:19 - Following their relegation to the Segunda after seven years in the top flight of Spanish football, what will be Eibar's LaLiga legacy? / 29:52 - With Benevento, Crotone and Parma relegated to Serie B, which of the three sides would be best-equipped to make an immediate return to Serie A, and why? / 42:50 - Where did it go wrong for Florian Kohfeldt at Werder Bremen after such a promising start for the young coach, and should die Grün-Weißen have dismissed him long before last weekend?
54:51
May 22, 2021
S2 E17 - Patson Daka's playing style, Valencia's despondency and Antonio Conte's greatest achievements
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys are joined by The Other Bundesliga's Tom Middler to look at Jesse Marsch's tactics ahead of his switch to RB Leipzig, Patson Daka's readiness for a major move, and Dominik Szoboszlai's role next season. Elsewhere, the boys look at recent game-defining individual performances from Memphis Depay and Burak Yılmaz, Lazio's late push for a Champions League spot, a crucial weekend in LaLiga's four-horse title race and more. 2:39 - Does winning Serie A with Inter Milan represent Antonio Conte's greatest managerial achievement to date? / 14:00 - How do people in Austria view the relationship between RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg? What tactics can RB Leipzig fans and Bundesliga followers expect from Jesse Marsch next season? / 29:56 - Why do Bordeaux's prospects look so bleak on and off the park, and could 18-year-old forward Sékou Mara succeed where Gabriel Obertan did not? / 44:38 - With just four points separating Alavés, Valladolid, Huesca and Elche at the bottom of LaLiga, who looks best-equipped to avoid relegation?
59:10
May 08, 2021
S2 E16 - Atalanta's Design for Life, Marseille's frenetic energy and Athletic Club's Copa del Rey lethargy
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at the internal politics behind Hansi Flick's desire to leave Bayern Munich, the potent playing style of Villarreal's Gerard Moreno ahead of the club's Europa League semi-final against Arsenal, Jorge Sampaoli's emphatic early impact at Marseille, Roma's defensive vulnerabilities and more. 2:11 - What will be the long- and short-term significance of the monumental collapse of the European Super League? / 12:31 - What style of play has coach Oli Glasner brought to VfL Wolfsburg, and can this year's Bundesliga's surprise package secure a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2015/2016? / 27:46 - Where does the result of last weekend's Copa del Rey final leave Barcelona and Athletic Club? / 37:09 - How have Marseille looked tactically under new coach Jorge Sampaoli, and why might there be genuine reason for optimism at the Stade Vélodrome? / 46:15 - Why have Parma lost so many games this season from winning positions, and does relegation to Serie B now look a certainty for the two-times Uefa Cup winners?
01:01:40
April 24, 2021
S2 E15 - Nagelsmann's next move, Eibar's threatened fairytale and Milan's Cruel Summer
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at LaLiga's engrossing title race ahead of perhaps the most crucial Clásico since 2017, Napoli's tactical shortcomings against Juventus, the PSG youth academy products playing a key role in Lille's Ligue 1 title push, the Tuchel/ Klopp "prodigy" hoping to guide Mainz to Bundesliga safety and more. 2:30 - Has Julian Nagelsmann taken RB Leipzig as far as he can, and what will be his next managerial move? / 15:58 - Why will this summer be so crucial for AC Milan? What does the reappointment of Giuseppe Iachinni reveal about Fiorentina's ambitions going forward? / 27:25 - Why are Eibar such a special club, and why have they struggled in LaLiga this season? What made Real Sociedad's recent Cope del Rey triumph so special? / 39:27 - Have Racing Strasbourg found the heir to Kenny Lala's goal-scoring/ assist-providing right-back throne? 
53:35
April 10, 2021
S2 E14 with Lee Scott - Juventus' existential questions, Manchester City's evolution under Guardiola and PSG's pursuit of happiness
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael are joined by tactical expert Lee Scott for an in-depth look back on the Champions League Round of 16 ties and an insightful look ahead to the Champions League Quarter-finals. The boys discuss Julian Nagelsmann’s continued development as a coach, Real Madrid's fruitful switch to a 3-5-2 against Atalanta, Thomas Tuchel's attacking options against Sérgio Conceição's well-organised Porto side and more. 2:19 - How do 2020/2021 Man City compare tactically with 2017/2018 Man City? / Have Lazio reached their ceiling under Simone Inzaghi, and, if so, where might the 44-year-old coach find his next role in management? / 29:19 - Around which players should Juventus look to build a possible post-Ronaldo/ post-Pirlo empire? / What steps could an opposition team take in order to limit the effectiveness of Erling Haaland? / 60:03 - What system will Mauricio Pochettino opt for against Hansi Flick’s high-pressing Bayern Munich? / What will be the key tactical battles in Liverpool's heavyweight clash with Real Madrid?
01:21:21
March 27, 2021
S2 E13 - Real Madrid's old guard, RC Lens' nostalgia/ultra and Bayern's brutal inevitability
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Joan Laporta's election as the new president of Barcelona, the role that Atalanta's wingbacks will play in La Dea's push for a place in Serie A's top four, the end of a memorable two and a half years at Rennes for exciting young coach Julien Stéphan, the inevitability of Bayern's comeback against Dortmund last weekend and much more. 2:40 - Is Real Madrid's reliance on the old guard standing in the way of long-term progress for Los Blancos? Do Sevilla's recent results represent merely a dip in form, or are they part of a more worrying trend for Julen Lopetegui's side? / 19:38 - Following their appointment of a Bundesliga record-breaking fifth different coach this season, what do the next few months have in store for a beleaguered Schalke 04 on and off the field? / 33:59 - Is Simone Inzhagi too wedded to his trusted 3-5-2 system at Lazio, and, at the other end of the spectrum of tactical flexibility, is Andrea Pirlo guilty of excessive tinkering at Juventus? / 47:27 - Can RC Lens' exciting crop of young players help Franck Haise's side secure a nostalgic return to European competition after over a decade in the doldrums? 
01:00:01
March 13, 2021
S2 E12 - Inter's statement victories, Marco Rose's Dortmund prospects and LaLiga's existential questions
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at the current health of LaLiga in light of the supposed end of its era, RB Leipzig's bid to wrestle the Bundesliga title from Hansi Flick's defensively vulnerable Bayern Munich side, Parma's Serie A struggles under new owner Kyle Krause, the role that Lille's José Fonte will play in Ligue 1's four-team title race and more. 1:55 - Has Antonio Conte finally settled on his strongest XI at Inter? Why are Cagliari struggling in Serie A's relegation zone with a squad that features Radja Naingollan, Diego Godin and Daniele Rugani? / 16:50 - Could Marco Rose be the man to deliver a first Bundesliga title for Borussia Dortmund since 2012, when he takes over at the Signal Iduna Park next season? / 31:22 - Are PSG no longer favourites to win this season's Ligue 1 title? Can the divisive Rudi Garcia deliver Ligue 1 glory for Lyon in 2021, as he did for Lille ten years ago? / 39:18 - Are we witnessing the end of an era for LaLiga? Why might Paco López go down as one of the greatest managers in Levanté's history, and could he be set for a move to a bigger club in the near future?
54:41
February 27, 2021
S2 E11 - VfB Stuttgart's Sven Mislintat touch, Lazio's squad depth and St Étienne's ineffective press
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Eintracht Frankfurt's free-scoring, André Silva-inspired resurgence, Unai Emery's shortcomings at Villarreal, Napoli's worrying slump in form under Gennaro Gattuso, Claude Puel's questionable tactics/ man-management at struggling St Étienne and more. 1:47 - Who really is VfB Stuttgart's Sporting Director Sven Mislintat, and what progress have he and Pellegrino Matarazzo achieved at the Mercedes-Benz Arena? What role did Thomas Hitzlsperger play in the internal politics that threatened to derail Stuttgart's entertaining return to the top flight? / 17:43 - Are we seeing genuine signs that Andrea Pirlo could be a long-term success as manager of Juventus? / 29:36 - What did Barcelona's listless loss to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey tell us about their otherwise impressive recent form? Should Real Madrid rethink their South American recruitment strategy? / 40:04 - Why are St Étienne struggling in Ligue 1 under Claude Puel, and is there any cause for optimism at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard?
49:19
February 13, 2021
S2 E10 - Hertha Berlin's faltering "big city" project, Sevilla's xG-defying Youssef En-Nesyri and Marseille's awkward misery
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael are joined by Owen Brown (StatsBomb/ Pure Fitbaw) and Gavin Miller (MRKT Insights/ Pure Fitbaw) for an in-depth look at Hertha Berlin's faltering "big city" project, the final chapter of Papu Gomez' marvellous Atalanta career, Mauricio Pochettino's beloved 4-2-3-1 at PSG and more. 2:28 - Should Sevilla have accepted West Ham's bid for 23-year-old forward Youssef En-Nesyri and, based on the Moroccan international's underlying statistics, can he realistically sustain his current goalscoring form? / 17:19 - Is AC Milan's title charge in serious jeopardy? Why have Paulo Fonseca's Roma been so chaotic in recent weeks? / 27:38 - How have PSG looked under Mauricio Pochettino since his appointment last month? / 38:05 - How do you solve a problem like Hertha Berlin? Which exciting, young managers from across the European leagues might be best-suited to drive the Hertha Berlin project forward in the long term, and what style would those managers bring? Using big data, who should the Olympiastadion side look to recruit in future transfer windows? 
01:09:02
January 30, 2021
Bonus Birthday Episode - Knowing Us, Knowing You
Today marks a full year since the first ever episode of the podcast. So, to celebrate our first birthday, the boys thought they would record some bonus material for your listening (dis)pleasure. Alasdair, Barlow and Michael look back on how they met, the podcast journey so far, and some of the games they've been to which ultimately led to the launch of the Road to Nowhere European Football Podcast. 1:05 - Catalonian commutes and Alsatian sunsets: Who really are Alasdair, Barlow and Michael, and how did we meet? / 24:18 - Gladbach, Standard Liège and a magical night in Barcelona: some of the games we’ve been to which led to us starting the podcast / 43:00 - Making a Podcast: The podcast journey so far and the anatomy of a Road to Nowhere episode.
54:18
January 28, 2021
An evening with Total Football Analysis’ Lee Scott - the tactics of the Champions League Final, Klopp’s Anfield evolution and the heirs to the xG throne
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael are joined by Total Football Analysis' Lee Scott for a fascinating insight into the world of football tactics. 0:50 - Rebuilding the Liverpool dynasty and the tactical hallmarks of Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United side / 14:52 - The rise of Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Rene Maric, statistical trends to watch out for following the growth of xG and how to watch a game through a more tactical lens / 32:32 - Tactical analysis of the Champions League final and the differences between Klopp's Dortmund and Klopp's Liverpool.
58:35
January 27, 2021
S2 E9 - Athletic Club's ambition, Inter's Achraf Hakimi factor and SC Freiburg's record-breaking form
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at the key reasons behind SC Freiburg's stunning Bundesliga form, Antonio Conte's questionable tactics at Inter in recent weeks, the extent to which Ronald Koeman is due credit for Barcelona's recent improvement, the arrival of Marcelino marking an ambitious new era at Athletic Club, Waldemar Kita's controversial/ decidedly on-brand appointment of Raymond Domenech as manager at Nantes and more. 2:10 -  How important is Achraf Hakimi to Inter's style of play and why was the Moroccan wing-back deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid by Zinedine Zidane? / 15:43 - What tactical tweak has allowed SC Freiburg to win five Bundesliga games in a row for the first time in their history, and how sustainable is their free-scoring form? / 23:55 - How would a devoted SC Freiburg fan describe the fan culture at the club and the unique match-day experience at the enchanted Schwarzwald-Stadion? / 31:35 - What does Athletic Club's sacking of Gaizka Garitano and subsequent appointment of Marcelino tell us about the ambitions of the side from the Basque Country? 42:17 - Why was the appointment of Raymond Domenech as the new manager of Nantes so controversial and what have we learned from his first two games in charge.
52:52
January 16, 2021
S2 E8 with WFI's Alan Feehely - Barca's Messi/ Pedri dynamic, Schalke's youth academy and Lille's financial difficulties
Alasdair and Barlow are joined by The Guardian's Top 100 Footballers panellist Alan Feehely to discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at the process and the research behind the Guardian's Top 100 Footballers list, the potential of Barcelona's Pedri, La Liga's Madrileño title race, Spanish football culture (with a focus on the city of Seville), where it went wrong for Thomas Tuchel at PSG, the myriad issues on and off the field at Schalke and more. 1:59 - Who will prevail in La Liga's title race between Madrid's top two sides and why? What makes the city of Seville so unique and inimitable when it comes to Spanish fan culture? Could Barcelona's Pedri be the true heir to Lionel Messi's proverbial throne? / 34:59 - Why did PSG decide to part company with Thomas Tuchel on Christmas Eve and what might the consequences of Lille's financial worries be for their ligue 1 title bid? / 51:24 - What will the rest of the Bundesliga season hold for Schalke and, if they do go down, why might their youth academy and the Stuttgart model provide them with hope of a recovery and a return to better days?
01:04:54
January 02, 2021
S2 E7 - Julian Nagelsmann's coming of age, Roma's Spanish influence and Celta Vigo's irresistible new groove
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Julian Nagelsmann's and RB Leipzig's coming of age, Atalanta's potentially self-destructive internal politics, Niko Kovac's tactics at Monaco, Chacho Coudet turning Celta Vigo into La Liga's latest must-watch side, the sides challenging PSG in an enthralling Ligue 1 title race and more. 2:53 - How do we explain Real Madrid's recent 2-0 win over Atlético Madrid and how has new manager Chacho Coudet turned Celta Vigo into La Liga's latest must-watch side? / 14:36 - Has Monaco's Niko Kovac learned any lessons from his time in charge of Bayern Munich and which sides look most likely to challenge PSG for this season's Ligue 1 title? / 29:23 - Where did it go wrong for Lucien Favre at Borussia Dortmund and who might take over at the Westfalenstadion at the end of the season? / 41:12 - Roma's Iberian influence flying under the radar and the infighting threatening to derail Atalanta's season.
53:09
December 19, 2020
S2 E6 with Football Italia's Jonathan Grade - Post-Maradona Napoli, Gazza's Italian Job and Real Sociedad's magic men
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael are joined by Football Italia producer Jonathan Grade for a nostalgic look back at Italian football in the 1990s. The boys discuss Napoli's fortunes post-Maradona, the iconic and the oft-overlooked Serie A sides of that era, the key players behind Real Sociedad’s impressive start to the La Liga season, Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim-inspired revival and more. 6:01 - Why was Serie A the best league in the world in the 1990s? / 7:27 - What sort of impact did hosting the 1990 World Cup have on Italy and Italian football generally in the years that would follow? / 9:36 - Iconic and overlooked Serie A sides of the 1990s / 11:12 - What did the post-Maradona years look like for Napoli? / 15:53 - Was Alessandro Del Piero as important to 1990s Juventus as Cristiano Ronaldo is to 2020 Juventus? / 18:16 - Roberto Mancini the player versus Roberto Mancini the manager / 23:21 - Gazza and James Richardson memories / 33:12 - Who are the star men behind Real Sociedad's impressive start to the La Liga season? / 38:56 - Has Sporting Lisbon's expensive decision to bring in Ruben Amorim, one of Europe's brightest young managers, paid off?
48:01
December 05, 2020
S2 E5 - Union Berlin's second-season evolution, Fiorentina's untapped potential and D-Day for Diego Simeone's Cholismo?
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Atlético's mouthwatering Saturday night tie with Barcelona, Union Berlin’s Max Kruse-inspired second-season evolution, Newcastle United target Boulaye Dia's playing style and career trajectory, the significance of Cesare Prandelli’s appointment at Fiorentina, AC Milan’s title credentials (or lack thereof) and more. 2:02 - Why might AC Milan's impressive start be a red herring and what will Cesare Prandelli's appointment mean for Fiorentina's talent-packed side? / 16:05 - Is Stade de Reims' Senegalese striker Boulaye Dia ready for a move to the Premier League and how has Everton's Moise Kean hit the ground running in Paris? / 31:37 - What impact has Max Kruse had on Union Berlin and could the likeable side from the capital qualify for Europe? / 45:10 - What did we learn from Spain's 6-0 win over Germany and does the arrival of Eduardo Coudet represent the light at the end of the tunnel for underachieving Celta Vigo?
56:49
November 21, 2020
S2 E4 - Barca's Busquets/ de Jong dilemma, swashbuckling Sassuolo and Benfica's youthful front two
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys look at Sassuolo’s ceiling, Real Sociedad’s excellent start, Ronald Koeman’s de Jong/ Busquets dilemma, Lille’s memorable night in Milan, the secrets to Gladbach’s success, Benfica’s youthful front two and more. 1:46 - Are Real Sociedad playing the best football in Spain right now? / 13:50 - Why are Borussia Mönchengladbach one of the most likeable teams in Europe? 27:32 - Could Sassuolo out-Atalanta Atalanta? 37:44 - Has Benfica's lavish summer spending paid off? / 44:44 - Is Lille's Renato Sanches now ready to become one of the best midfielders in the world?
53:48
November 08, 2020
S2 E3 - Napoli's attack reborn, RB Leipzig post-Werner and a decaf Clásico?
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. 1:49 - How had Barcelona and Real Madrid been faring prior to El Clásico and who are the early-season candidates for relegation in La Liga? / 13:50 - Why are Racing Strasbourg struggling in Ligue 1 this season and is there cause for cautious optimism at the Meinau? / 25:16 - What tactical tweaks has Julian Nagelsmann made as RB Leipzig adapt to life post-Timo Werner? / 36:01 - Are Napoli genuine Serie A title contenders?
50:13
October 25, 2020
S2 E2 - Dortmund's title credentials, Rodrigo de Paul's trajectory and Lyon's Depay dilemma
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss and analyse the latest European football news. The boys discuss Dortmund's sustainability in the short and long term, the highly coveted Udinese playmaker Rodrigo de Paul, Javi Gracia's desire to leave Valencia after just three months in charge and more. 1:48 - Granada's European odyssey and Atlético Madrid's troubles in front of goal / 14:04 - Can Dortmund replace Bayern as the leading force in German football? / 29:50 - How good is Udinese's highly coveted Rodrigo de Paul? / 42:02 - Are Lyon set for another season of domestic misery and will Michaël Cuisance seize his chance at Marseille?  55:02 - Games of the week. 
58:11
October 11, 2020
S2 E1 with TIFP's Carlo Gargenese - Andrea Pirlo's 3-2-5 at Juve, Rennes' latest wonderkid and Schalke to do a Hamburg?
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael are joined by revered Italian football journalist Carlo Gargenese for an insightful look at the latest developments in Serie A and further afield. The boys discuss Andrea Pirlo's impressive start to life as head coach of Juventus, Schalke's woeful 2020, the mass exodus at struggling Valencia, the latest wonderkid to burst onto the scene at Stade Rennais and much more. 2:55 - What can we expect from Andrea Pirlo's Juventus? / 10:04 - Inter's summer recruitment policy / 20:47 - Italy's golden generation of midfielders and Euro 2021 hopes / 24:36 - Why does Pep Guardiola love watching Sassuolo? / 30:22 - Are Schalke in danger of  'doing a Hamburg'? / 37:06 - Chaos reigning at Barcelona and Valencia / 45:46 - Rennes' youth academy produces another gem in Adrien Truffert.
52:54
September 27, 2020
S1 E15 - Champions League Special - David Silva's last dance, PSG's injury woes and can Atletico Madrid go all the way?
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael preview the imminent return of the Champions League. The boys look at David Silva's potentially last dance, Leo Messi's channelled frustration ahead of Barca's tie with Rino Gattuso's Napoli, PSG sans Kylian Mbappé, Atletico Madrid's hopes of going all the way and more. 1:28 - Can Juventus and Real Madrid overturn first-leg deficits? / 20:45 - Jerome Boateng's revenge and RB Leipzig's prospects post-Timo Werner / 39:40 - Manchester City, Bayern Munich or Atletico Madrid to be crowned champions come August 23rd?
54:58
August 06, 2020
S1 E14 - Niko Kovac joins Monaco, Real Madrid's 34th league title and AC Milan's butterfly effect
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss the latest European football news. The boys look at Niko Kovac's appointment as the new manager of Monaco, the reasons behind Real Madrid's La Liga success, Lecce's Serie A survival hopes and much more. 1:58 - Will Nico Kovac rediscover success at Monaco? / 14:52 - Milan's managerial change of heart / 24:28 - Final day heartbreak for Leganes and the end of multiple eras at Villareal.
37:26
July 26, 2020
S1 E13 - Bayern's Champions League aspirations, Ralf Rangnick's Milanese empire and Sporting Lisbon's wonderkids
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss the latest European football news. The boys look at the La Liga relegation battle, Bayern Munich's Champions League aspirations, Ralf Rangnick's imminent appointment at AC Milan, Sporting Lisbon's wonderkids and more.  3:04 - Who will avoid the drop in Spain and what should we expect from Manuel Pellegrini at Real Betis? / 18:28 - Bayern on the hunt for the treble and Werder survive in emphatic style / 32:46 - Ralf Rangnick's coaching style and Bologna's brilliant Gambian duo / 46:56 - Can Sporting Lisbon's youngsters challenge for the Liga Nos title next year?
50:44
July 14, 2020
S1 E12 - Lazio's bouncebackability, an 11-goal thriller in Russia and cheeky Piqué
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss the latest European football news from across the continent. In just over an hour's worth of action, the boys analyse Lazio's title credentials following their thrilling midweek loss to Atalanta, the sacking of Rubi at Real Betis after just 33 games in charge, the relegation battle in German's Bundesliga and much more. 2:07 - Do Lazio have it in them to bounce back after their setback in Bergamo? / 21:27 - Celta Vigo's transfer controversy and cheeky Piqué takes to Twitter / 38:56 - Can Werder Bremen avoid only a second relegation in their history? / 56:26 - FC Sochi hit FC Rostov's teenagers for 10.
01:01:45
June 27, 2020
S1 E11 - The sound of Spanish football, Benfica's title bid in jeopardy and Milot Rashica's buy-out clause
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss the latest European football news from across the continent. In 48 euphoric minutes, the boys mull over Thursday night's El Gran Derbi, the Portuguese title race, the end of Saarbrücken's fairytale run in Germany's DFB Pokal and much more. 1:56 - El Gran Derbi post-match analysis / 13:36 - Portuguese title race and the Benfica bus attack / 16:24 - Serie A preview and a word on Riccardo Orsolini / 28:27 - Milot Rashica's buyout clause, Saarbrücken's cup run and the brilliant Hansi Flick / 41:56 - Ligue 1's legal pantomime and a potential second chance for Toulouse.
47:39
June 14, 2020
S1 E10 - Villarreal's sonic youth, the chemical football project and Kimmich's klass
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss the latest European football news. The boys dissect Der Klassiker, preview the imminent return of La Liga and analyse the Ratcliffe's chemical football project. 5:46 - What is still left to play for in the Bundesliga? / 21:03 - Why is La Liga so entertaining and which young players should we look out for? / 34:30 - Who are INEOS and how do they plan to revolutionise Ligue 1 with their chemical football project?
49:13
May 30, 2020
S1 E9 - Portuguese youth academies, Euro 2000 memories and the next José Mourinho
The boys are joined once again by Portuguese football author, Filipe D'Avillez, to discuss Euro 2000, José Mourinho's future and the success of Portuguese youth academies. 1:34 - Euro 2000 memories and Jose Mourinho's future / 14:15 - Portuguese youth academies and style of play / 21:21 - Rivalries, passion and Vitória S.C.
33:17
May 20, 2020
S1 E8 - The magic of the Portuguese Cup, the enchanted Estádio Nacional and the curious tale of the Portuguese Partick Thistle with Filipe D'Avillez
The boys are joined by Portuguese football author, Filipe D'Avillez, to discuss the Portuguese Cup, the iconic Estádio Nacional and the curious tale of the Portuguese Partick Thistle. 2:54 - The current situation in Portugal / 11:54 - What makes the Portuguese Cup and the Éstadio Nacional so magical? / 25:22 -  The cultural significance of football in Portugal and the typical Portuguese fan / 37:39 - The curious tale of the Portuguese Partick Thistle.
54:02
May 17, 2020
S1 E7 - Norway's golden generation, South America's next top talent and big data with Marton Balla
The boys are joined by Marton Balla, one of Europe's brightest young football data analysts, to discuss Norway's golden generation, South America's next top talent and much more.
47:22
May 02, 2020
S1 E6 - Atalanta, Roman Abramovich and Dani Alves
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss three topical issues from the world of football. The boys look at the wonderful Dani Alves, the secret to Atalanta's Serie A success and the remarkable politics behind Roman Abramovich's ownership of Chelsea Football Club. 2:00 - Who is the tactical mastermind behind Atalanta's stunning Serie A success? 25:04 - What links the collapse of Russian communism in the 1990s with the rise of Chelsea Football Club? 50:57 - Why might Dani Alves be the best right-back ever?
01:11:24
April 18, 2020
S1 E5 - Deportivo La Coruña, Ronaldinho and the Pozzo Family
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss three topical issues from the world of football. The boys dissect the rise and fall of former La Liga champions Deportivo La Coruña, the imprisonment of Ronaldinho in a Paraguayan prison and the Pozzo family's ownership of Udinese, Granada and Watford.  2:01 - the rise and fall of Deportivo La Coruña; 23:57 - the Pozzo family and their impact on the modern game; 53:57 - Ronaldinho's imprisonment in a Paraguayan prison.
01:19:25
April 04, 2020
S1 E4 - Coronavirus, La Liga relegation battle and Dietmar Hopp's Hoffenheim
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss the latest European football news. The boys look at the Coronavirus, the La Liga relegation battle, the story behind Dietmar Hopp and Hoffenheim, PSG's Champions League joy and more.
01:12:56
March 18, 2020
S1 E3 - Champions League analysis, Barcelona social media scandal and Renato Sanches
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss the latest European football news. The boys look at the recent Champions League fixtures, the social media scandal at Barcelona, the impact of Coronavirus on Italian football, the form of Renato Sanches at Lille and more.
01:12:56
February 28, 2020
S1 E2 - Milan derby, Leipzig's discipline and Dmitri Payet
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss the latest European football news. There's a Milan derby for the ages, a disciplined performance from Leipzig, a depleted Barcelona, a majestic Dimitri Payet and more...
01:09:15
February 10, 2020
S1 E1 - Welcome
Alasdair, Barlow and Michael discuss the latest European football news in the first ever episode of the Road to Nowhere European Football Podcast. Be sure to check out the latest posts on our website: https://alasdairmaddensroadtonowhere.com.
01:08:32
January 28, 2020