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Football Ramble Presents

Football Ramble Presents delivers unrivalled insight and captivating stories that stretch far beyond the ninety minutes on the pitch. It is a considered, thoughtful look at all aspects of the beautiful game, bringing together some established Ramble favourites and new programmes that both inform and entertain. Unearthing football’s greatest tales, past and present. 

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Football Ramble Presents delivers unrivalled insight and captivating stories that stretch far beyond the ninety minutes on the pitch. It is a considered, thoughtful look at all aspects of the beautiful game, bringing together some established Ramble favourites and new programmes that both inform and entertain. Unearthing football’s greatest tales, past and present. 

Book Club: Football's Secret Trade – Tariq Panja

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Have you ever wondered where substantial amounts of the money behind football's ridiculous transfer fees end up? Because the answer may surprise, confuse and alarm you!


Kate and Jim are joined by author and journalist, Tariq Panja to discuss the murky world of football transfers and just how influential nondescript entities and figures looming in the shadows can be. Tariq, alongside co-writer Alex Duff, dug into the balance sheets and followed the money across Europe and South America over multiple years for their bestselling book, 'Football's Secret Trade. He talks us through who some of these individuals are and explains how they have earned hundreds of millions of euros from their financial and often political influence on the game.


You can purchase Football's Secret Trade here!


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Jul 19 2021

56mins

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On The Continent: Euro 2020 in all its ridiculous glory

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For the final OTC episode of the season, Dotun and Andy could only be joined by one familiar face ahead of the Euro 2020 final: it's Nicky Bandini!


We assess the two semi-finals and wonder how the final between the tournament's best two sides will play out. There's also a chance to look back on what's been a tournament for the ages; fans returned to stadiums, shock results came thick and fast – and Patrick Schick scored from 50 yards out. 


Thanks for all your support this season. We'll see you in a few weeks for the start of another European football adventure!


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Jul 08 2021

41mins

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On The Continent: Standing in the shadows of Löw

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Dotun, Andy and Lars Sivertsen pick through the latest Euro 2020 casualties, as a back trois couldn't save France and Germany's lack of cohesion cost them. 


We wonder where it went wrong for the French, with Didier Deschamps' bizarre selection choices a significant factor, and reflect on the Joachim Löw era after the curtains came down at Wembley. We also assess those still standing and who we think have the best chance of success!


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Jul 01 2021

46mins

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On The Continent: Not Auf Wiedersehen, Yet

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Dotun and Andy are joined by David Cartlidge on today's episode, as we uncork a bottle of Cava and toast to the group stages' final blaze of glory.


Portugal, France and Germany emerge from the flames of Group F, so we see who needs to settle on their best XI ahead of the knockout rounds. We also get an update on Spain who, despite a 5-0 win over Slovakia, still don't look all that convincing.


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Jun 24 2021

46mins

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On The Continent: Morata spurning chances, Italian advances, and admiring French glances

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Looking for the latest on some of Euro 2020's biggest contenders? Well, you've come to the right place!


Dotun and Andy are joined by various OTC contributors to discuss some of the biggest stories from the first week of the Euros. Nicky Bandini praises those impressive Italians, Lars Sivertsen looks over France's chances of going the distance and David Cartlidge reveals why Spain's opening performance might not prove as disastrous as some are suggesting.


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Jun 17 2021

53mins

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On The Continent: Euro 2020 preview

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We’ve waited a year, but the Euros have finally arrived! Join Dotun, Andy and Lars Sivertsen for our giant OTC preview!


We cast an eye over the Group of Fun ™️, where Germany look under threat, and check in with the usual contenders including Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands. We also wonder if a Turkish delight might upset the much-fancied Italians on opening night!


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Jun 10 2021

52mins

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Ramble Meets… Lothar Matthäus

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We’ll cut straight to it: today’s Ramble Meets... guest is one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game. It’s only Germany's European Championship and World Cup-winning midfielder, Lothar Matthäus!


Lothar joins Andy to look ahead to Germany’s chances at Euro 2020, with the public‘s expectations of Die Mannschaft as high as ever. They also chat about his storied playing career, spotting Jadon Sancho’s potential years ago and how impressive Hansi Flick’s football has been at his beloved Bayern. 


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Jun 07 2021

30mins

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Lions Watch: The final stretch, Southgate’s best formation, and why England can’t hold on to a lead

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Welcome to our final episode of Lions Watch! With the Euros just six sleeps away, Marcus and Luke bring you their reflections on England’s opening friendly and sort through Gareth Southgate’s alarmingly large pile of unanswered questions.


Besides Trent Alexander-Arnold’s replacement, we run the rule over England’s possible formations without Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire and look back at the most recent international break, where the Three Lions were reminded of a harsh truth against Poland. Join us!


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Jun 05 2021

38mins

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On The Continent: As the dust settles on the Champions League final, what next for European football?

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Dotun is joined by Lars Sivertsen and Nicky Bandini as the Champions League final brought the weirdest domestic season ever to a close. We take a look back at that entertaining affair, with Chelsea using their ‘break glass for pragmatic coach’ approach to great effect once again.


We then wonder what’s next for European football; the pandemic has forced many clubs to turn the old guard and accept there may be some excess baggage amongst their squad, with Max Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti two particular points of focus. There are so many questions to look into; how will the Euros affect next season’s domestic leagues? Who will challenge the traditional elite for various honours? And why have so many Italian clubs already changed their bloody managers?!


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Jun 03 2021

47mins

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Book Club: Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby

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'Fever Pitch' is widely regarded to be the best football book ever written. It's been made into two films, won the 1992 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and inspired countless football fans around the UK to think more deeply about their football fandom. Its author, Nick Hornby, joins us in the studio for today's episode of the Book Club!


Nick sits down with Kate and Jim to remember the seismic impact of 'Fever Pitch', nearly thirty years after its initial publication. Nick's footballing obsession embedding itself within every aspect of his life and the book encapsulates the joy, frustration, hopelessness and deliriousness felt by a generation of football fans on the terraces every Saturday. From his deep love for Arsène Wenger to the state of the modern game, it's a fascinating chat with one of the forefathers of modern football writing!


You can purchase the latest edition of 'Fever Pitch' here.


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May 31 2021

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Lions Watch: Southgate’s squad convenes, lessons from Belgium, and Gary Lewin joins us

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Welcome back to Lions Watch, your one-stop shop for all things England! Vithushan Ehantharajah joins Marcus to reflect on Gareth Southgate’s provisional squad and look ahead to a hugely important week in the Three Lions’ preparations.


We also dial up former England Head of Physiotherapy Gary Lewin to learn more about fitness preparations for the tournament. Plus, Marcus and Vish cast their eyes over those two reunions with Belgium last year and why we need to steal Youri Tielemans. Join us! 


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May 29 2021

44mins

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Europe’s managerial mix-up, Atlético get over the line, and Lille’s historic Ligue 1 title

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All aboard this summer’s managerial merry-go-round, coming soon to a European powerhouse near you!


Dotun, Andy and David Cartlidge break down the big coaching moves across the continent as Antonio Conte might well grab Zinedine Zidane’s vacant seat in Madrid and Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo makes way for his former boss, Max Allegri. 


We also celebrate two title victories that were confirmed over the weekend, as a smiling Diego Simeone wins his second La Liga title and Lille snatch Ligue 1 from PSG, just before their players and manager all leave.


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May 27 2021

49mins

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Ramble Meets... Pat Nevin

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On today’s episode of Ramble Meets… we welcome a man who, by his own admission, tried really hard not to be a footballer - and failed. It’s former Chelsea, Everton and Scotland winger, Pat Nevin!


Pat joins Mark Pougatch to discuss an enriching career that was fuelled by a sheer enjoyment of football, with the trappings of fame and fortune never a remote consideration. He talks about his journey from the politically charged streets of the east end of Glasgow to Chelsea FC and London’s burgeoning music scene, all with a vigour that shows Pat’s love for the game will never truly dwindle.


You can purchase Pat's new book, The Accidental Footballer, here!


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May 24 2021

1hr 4mins

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Lions Watch: The right-back conundrum, another penalty shoot-out win, and what to expect from Czech Republic

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With Gareth Southgate's squad announcement just days away, Marcus and Luke tackle perhaps the most significant selection dilemma: who's going to play right-back?!


We also look back to the culmination of England's Nations League efforts back in 2019, with the usual boxes of 'lose to a top-level team' and 'win a penalty shoot-out' ticked off in Portugal. Finally, Czech journalist Ondřej Zlámal gives us the lowdown on the latest iteration of their side and what England can expect in their final group game. 


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May 21 2021

42mins

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On The Continent: France's ace in the hole, Dortmund save their season, and the Süper Lig title finale

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Miguel Delaney joins Dotun and Andy for another continental crusade, with Europe's various title races wrapping up and the Euros honing into view!


Karim Benzema links up with the French squad for the first time in six years, as Didier Deschamps weighs up his fractious past against his goalscoring pedigree. We also praise Edin Terzić after Dortmund turn their season around with moments to spare and wonder where it's all gone wrong for Mesut Özil and Fenerbahçe.


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May 20 2021

46mins

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Lions Watch: Harry Maguire sidelined, Jadon Sancho stakes his claim, and that night in Seville

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It’s less than a month until England’s opening group stage game and Marcus is struggling to contain his anticipation. A season-ending injury for Harry Maguire though, you say? That will do it.


Marcus and Luke discuss the latest on Maguire and assess how he has come to be so important to this England team. Elsewhere, Jadon Sancho puts in a stunning performance to clinch Dortmund’s first silverware in four years: can Raheem Sterling really start ahead of him?


We also look back on two defining matches for England in 2018 and dial in Croatian football writer Aleksandar Holiga for the inside track on England’s old enemy. Join us!


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May 15 2021

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On The Continent: Madrid’s La Liga finale, Sporting secure the title, and what next for Andrea Pirlo & Juventus?

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Dotun, Andy and Lars Sivertsen are looking ahead to a photo finish in the La Liga title race, as Real Madrid’s weathered old souls chase down Atléti in top spot.


We also check in on the fallout from the end of the Portuguese and Italian title races. Sporting win their first in nearly two decades under wonderkid coach Rúben Amorim, while Andrea Pirlo and Juventus must be wondering whether their marriage of convenience has run its underwhelming course.


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May 13 2021

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Lions Watch: The price of European success, more full-back puzzles, and World Cup 2018

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Marcus and Luke are back with Lions Watch, your one-stop shop for all things England! This week, we hail Arsenal for doing the right thing and ask how much England’s Champions League and Europa League absences really matter for a team so… completely and utterly well-drilled. Obvs.


We also try (and fail) to pick a starter between Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell and celebrate the year of the waistcoat. That’s right, it’s 2018: Kieran Trippier’s whipping in free-kicks, an Englishman is winning the golden boot, and press relations are actually all right. We speak to Sunday Times chief football writer Jonathan Northcroft to learn more about the charm offensive that was so important to England’s success that summer.


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May 08 2021

42mins

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On The Continent: Positive PSG signs, José Mourinho vs Antonio Conte, and the La Liga title race reaches its climax

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Dotun, Andy and Nicky Bandini are here to assess the merits of the PSG project and wonder if things aren't as bad as first thought after Manchester City knocked them out of the Champions League.


Elsewhere, with Antonio Conte wrapping up the title, we ask Nicky if José Mourinho can rise Roma from the ruins and put the breaks on another Inter title tilt. Speaking of title races, La Liga's top four all play each other this weekend and Sevilla might well be Spain's kingmakers!


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May 06 2021

49mins

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Book Club: Not For Me, Clive – Clive Tyldesley

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The subject of today's episode of the Book Club will likely have voiced some of your most significant football memories. From Solskjaer's volley at the back post to the shoots of an Istanbul comeback, he's called them all – it's commentary extraordinaire, Clive Tyldesley!


Clive joins Kate and Jim to discuss some of the most significant figures, moments and themes that make up his new book 'Not For Me, Clive'. From honing his commentary craft to surviving multiple encounters with Sir Alex Ferguson's hairdryer, it's clear that a passionate love for the game is at the heart of his magnificent forty-year career.


You can pre-order Clive's book here, ahead of its release on 13th May 2021.


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May 03 2021

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By Alex Ioffe - Apr 13 2019
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Gorgeous show, I'm enjoying every minute of it!

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By Mshadri aka Docshadroc - Mar 08 2019
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A must listen if you want to keep up with the best of European football.