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The Barcelona Legacy Podcast

Get ready for the new football season with this groundbreaking new series that explores how the evolution of today’s beautiful game begins at Barcelona 25 years ago with the pioneering ideas of Johan Cruyff and was taken on by the likes of Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mournino and Pep Guardiola.Over six weekly episodes, the Football Ramble's Marcus Speller along with a panel of experts, will take an in depth look six incredible matches that changed football and helped to define this footballing evolution, from Cruyff’s Barcelona to Mourinho's Real Madrid, Ferguson's Manchester United to Guardiola’s Manchester City.If you love football, then this is a must listen! Launching on Thursday 26th July.The series coincides with the release of The Barcelona Legacy – a book written by one of the panellists, Guardian football correspondent Jonathan Wilson – out this month in hardback, ebook and audiobook.

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Barcelona v Real Madrid 2010

Barcelona 5, Real Madrid 0. The first meeting between Pep Guardiolaand Jose Mourinho since the latter had left Inter (having beaten Barcaon his way to the Champions League crown) and joined Real.Mourinho had been recruited by Real Madrid as the antidote toGuardiola, the man who could topple Barcelona and bring silverwareback to Madrid. But after this drubbing, many were left wondering ifthe plan had backfired.In this, the final episode in the series, Marcus Speller and JonathanWilson are joined by Ian Hawkey (The Sunday Times) to discuss the2010 Classico and a season that went on to define theGuardiola/Mourinho relationship and their respective styles of playever since.The last in a six-part football series that explores how the evolutionof today’s beautiful game began at Barcelona 25 years ago with thepioneering ideas of Johan Cruyff and was then taken on by the likes ofLouis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.Essential listening for anyone who loves football – past, present andfuture!Over six episodes, Guardian football correspondent Jonathan Wilsonand the Football Ramble’s Marcus Speller, along with a panel ofexperts, take an in depth look at six incredible matches that changedfootball and helped to define this footballing evolution, from JohanCruyff’s Barcelona to Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid, Alex Ferguson’sManchester United to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.The series coincides with the release of The Barcelona Legacy – abook written by Jonathan Wilson – out this month in hardback,eBook and audiobook.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

30 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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Barcelona v Inter 2010

The 2009 Champions League group stage saw Pep Guardiola and JoseMourinho go head to head for the first time as coaches.Few were surprised when Barcelona came out on top. But then they met againin the semi final stage of the same competition and the result wasdifferent – dramatically so. And so began one of the game’s mostintriguing and bitter rivalries.In this episode, Marcus Speller and Jonathan Wilson are joined byfreelance sports writer and broadcaster, Paolo Bandini to discuss thesemi final second leg between Barcelona and Inter – a matchthat saw the Italians put a serious dent in the Catalan club’s aura ofinvincibility.Essential listening for anyone who loves football – past, present andfuture!Over six episodes, Guardian football correspondent Jonathan Wilsonand the Football Ramble’s Marcus Speller, along with a panel ofexperts, take an in depth look at six incredible matches that changedfootball and helped to define this footballing evolution, from JohanCruyff’s Barcelona to Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid, Alex Ferguson’sManchester United to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.The series coincides with the release of The Barcelona Legacy – abook written by Jonathan Wilson – out this month in hardback,eBook and audiobook.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32mins

23 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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Barcelona v Manchester United 2009

It was a match that had everything – the Champions League Final in 2009 between Barcelona and Manchester United: two of the biggest clubs in the world, playing the best football, facing off in the final; Guardiola v Ferguson; the young pretender v the seasoned veteran; Messi v Ronaldo. It was a mouth-watering prospect.In the end though, it was a match up that did not live up to its billing – at least not for United fans – as Barcelona dismantled their opponents with a mesmerising display of possession football. It was the day that Guardiola showed the world just how good a coach he had become. A match that secured him and Barcelona a treble in his first season and showed that he had taken the Cruyffian principles he had leant as a player in the 90s and evolved them into a devastating new style of play.In this episode Marcus Speller and Jonathan Wilson are joined by Miguel Delaney (Chief Football Writer at The Independent) to discuss the 2009 Champions League Final between Barcelona and Manchester United.This new six-part football series explores how the evolution of today’s beautiful game began at Barcelona 25 years ago with the pioneering ideas of Johan Cruyff and was then taken on by the likes of Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.Essential listening for anyone who loves football – past, present and future!Over six episodes, Guardian football correspondent Jonathan Wilson and the Football Ramble’s Marcus Speller, along with a panel of experts, take an in depth look at six incredible matches that changed football and helped to define this footballing evolution, from Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona to Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid, Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.The series coincides with the release of The Barcelona Legacy – a book written by Jonathan Wilson – out this month in hardback, eBook and audiobook.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36mins

16 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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Chelsea v Barcelona 2005

Tuesday 8th March 2005, Chelsea v Barcelona at Stamford Bridge – Jose Mourinho faces off against the club he left five years earlier, a club he knows inside and out, a club he felt rejected by, a club playing a style of football he no longer believes in.In this episode Marcus Speller and Jonathan Wilson are joined by John Brewin (Guardian) to discuss the 2005 Champions League last 16 second leg between Chelsea and Barcelona – a match that saw the London club playing some of the most exciting football of the whole of Mourinho's career and resulted in his beating his old club playing his own brand of football.This new six-part football series explores how the evolution of today’s beautiful game began at Barcelona 25 years ago with the pioneering ideas of Johan Cruyff and was then taken on by the likes of Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.Essential listening for anyone who loves football – past, present and future!Over six episodes, Guardian football correspondent Jonathan Wilson and the Football Ramble’s Marcus Speller, along with a panel of experts, take an in depth look at six incredible matches that changed football and helped to define this footballing evolution, from Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona to Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid, Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.The series coincides with the release of The Barcelona Legacy – a book written by Jonathan Wilson – out this month in hardback, eBook and audiobook.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31mins

9 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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Barcelona v AC Milan 1994

In this episode Marcus Speller and Jonathan Wilson are joined by Gabriele Marcotti (The Times and Sports Illustrated) to discuss the 1994 Champions League Final between Barcelona and AC Milan. It was a match that marked the end of Cruyff's reign at Barcelona – a reign that had of unprecedented success and a hailed a new style of play that influenced the generation to follow – especially a young midfielder by the name of Pep Guardiola.The six part series explores how the evolution of today’s beautiful game of football began at Barcelona, 25 years ago, with the pioneering ideas of Johan Cruyff and was taken on by the likes of Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Pepe Guardiola.Over six episodes, the Football Ramble’s Marcus Speller, along with a panel of experts, takes an in depth look at six incredible matches that changed football and helped to define this footballing evolution, from Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona to Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid, Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.The series coincides with the release of The Barcelona Legacy – a book written by one of the panelists, Guardian football correspondent Jonathan Wilson – out this month in hardback, eBook and audiobookSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #5