B/R Football Ranks

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B/R Football Ranks: the show that takes the football world and puts it in the correct order. Ranker-in-chief Sam Tighe and B/R Insider Dean Jones join host Jack Collins in ranking all that's important (and all that's not) in football and life.

Episode Date
Ranking The Five Biggest Club Rebuilds This Summer
00:54:48
There are plenty of big clubs who have struggled this season, and who seem to be in a summer of transition in terms of transfers. We turn the studio into a soccer surgery for a week and let our expert doctors, Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and Jack Collins, take a diagnosis of how these teams can turn their fortunes around. We fix Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid - talking through where the holes in their squads are, the budgets they have to work with, and the players they can afford to fill them - taking a deep dive into transfer insight and tactical sense in equal measure. In this week's Hot Takes, we take a look at how a 4th to 7th playoff series for the last Champions League spot could make the Premier League more exciting, if Jose Mourinho is the right man to take the vacant Juventus hot seat and whether Frank Lampard is in fact any good at management. Bleacher Roulette takes on more fun and games as we talk about whether we'd prefer the career of Dani Alves or Philipp Lahm, if we'd prefer to score a cup final winner as a first minute screamer or a last minute tap-in, and which teams are most fun to play with on FIFA and Football Manager. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
May 22, 2019
The Emirates FA Cup Final Special, Live from Wembley
00:42:32
We went to Wembley for an Emirates FA Cup Final special, in tandem with BBC Sport, to take a look at the impending Final this weekend between Manchester City and Watford. We were joined by two very special guests, impressionist and comedian Al Foran, and Emirates FA Cup Final 2013 hero Ben Watson, who headed the 91st minute winner for Wigan that year in one of the greatest cup upsets of all time. We started by talking through the final in Hot Takes, and which team has exceeded expectations more this season. Al was here to preview the final as treble-chasing manager Pep Guardiola, and then Ben took over to help us rank some of the most epic finals of the last 20 years, as well as talking about what it's like in the changing room as an underdog in a game of this magnitude. Al finished things off with his take on our nonsense rankings - talking us through his favourite three impressions in the world of football. via Knit
May 15, 2019
Ranking The Entire Premier League Season
00:46:48
The Premier League season is coming to an end and although the title is not yet decided, it's time to give out our inaugural awards - the Rankies. Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and Jack Collins take stock of everything that's happened this year in the top flight of English football to award these categories: 1. MVP 2. Standout Individual Performance 3. Signing of the Season 4. Best player outside of the Top Six 5. Kit of the season 6. Breakthrough player (Rookie of the Year) 7. Surprise of the Year (Aka The Vincent Kompany Award) 8. Flop of the Year There's plenty of discussion on the big names, the less heralded names, and a haul for everyone's favourite right-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace. Come with us on a deep dive of the big questions over the course of the season. Bleacher Roulette takes on more fun and games as we talk about what we'd do if football didn't exist, which football skill we would love to have invented, and whether we'd rather be on the receiving end of a Zidane headbutt or a Suarez bite; before Sam rounds things off by ranking the best team names beginning with F. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
May 08, 2019
Ranking Transfers That Should Happen This Summer
00:48:58
Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and Jack Collins take a deep dive into five transfers which would make perfect sense this summer, and just how plausible they are in terms of actually coming off. We talk a new striker and a centre mid for Real Madrid, a German wonderkid for Liverpool, Manchester City's long-term Fernandinho replacement and just who should win the race for the pod's favourite young baller - Joao Felix. Hot Takes include a discussion of how we'd rework the PFA Young Player of the Year, which has been broken for years; questions on whether Manchester United should replace David de Gea with Jan Oblak; and whether Leeds United and Aston Villa played out the most insane 5 minutes we'd ever seen in football this weekend. Bleacher Roulette takes on more big questions: which career we'd have rather had out of Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez; which player we'd look for if we needed an alibi; and whose matchworn jersey we'd take if we could pick any ever; before Sam rounded things off by ranking the Game of Thrones factions on who would win a five-a-side tournament. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
May 01, 2019
The Worst Things About Being a Tottenham Fan, with Rhys James
00:53:54
Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and host Jack Collins are joined by Rhys James, star of the UK comedy circuit and avid Tottenham Hotspur fan, to talk about some of the reasons that make supporting Spurs an absolute nightmare; with plenty of laughs and a helping hand from the 'World Cup Catfish' Kieran Trippier. Hot Takes include Dean's defence of why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the right man for the Manchester United job; Sam's Kylian Mbappe conundrum and an explanation of why his ability is so hard to place in the footballing world; and a deep dive on Shkodran Mustafi, who's taking a fair amount of stick from the Arsenal fanbase right now. In this week's Bleacher Roulette, we think about whether Pep would be a good international manager, which players would have the worst Uber ratings, and the players that we'd like to see as a President or Prime Minister; before Sam rounds things off by ranking the most overrated things in the world-and which footballer players they correlate to. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Apr 24, 2019
Real Life Ballers, Virtual Strugglers with ChuBoi
00:56:35
Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and host Jack Collins are joined by eSports legend, presenter and Manchester United host ChuBoi to talk about the players who are pure genius in real life but whose skills do not translate onto video games, and inversely, those players who are insanely overpowered on a virtual platform. Hot Takes include a discussion on whether Lille's Nicolas Pepe is the potential steal of the summer transfer window, where Jose Mourinho should head next to rekindle his managerial career, and questions if Manchester United could stop City in the Premier League title race-and would they even want to? In this week's roulette, we talk the best and most creative football chants, whether Claudio Ranieri's recent tenures have damaged his managerial reputation, and which manager you would want to play under if you were an up-and-coming wonderkid; before Sam rounds things off by ranking the OG starter Pokemon-Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Apr 17, 2019
Ranking Serie A's Best Players with Christian Vieri
00:57:47
Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and host Jack Collins spent some time at the Church of Calcio, ranking Serie A's best outfield players, with a little bit of help from legendary goalscorer, Azzurri and Inter Milan legend Christian Vieri, who took some time out at the ICC launch event to rank the best strikers in the league who weren't called Cristiano Ronaldo! Hot Takes include a discussion of whether Dortmund can still win the Bundesliga this year due to Bayern's run-in, if Ruben Loftus-Cheek rather than Calum Hudson-Odoi has been the missing cog in the Chelsea system under Maurizio Sarri, and how PSG would get on if they were moved to the Premier League. In Bleacher Roulette, we talk whether you'd rather win the lottery or a contract with your favourite club, should suspended managers be punished for communicating with their assistants from the stands and the best coach currently without a job; before Sam rounds things off by ranking historical figures on how good they'd be at modern football management. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Apr 10, 2019
Ranking Footballers' Luxury Swag with Marlon Harewood
00:57:21
Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and host Jack Collins are joined by former Premier League star Marlon Harewood, and who now runs a premium lifestyle business to assist some of the world's top footballers, to talk the components that make up the standard artillery of a footballer's swag arsenal - including clothing, jewellery, watches and cars, as well as being regaled by tales of his playing days with West Ham, Aston Villa and Newcastle United. Hot Takes include a heated debate over whether Virgil Van Dijk's 2-on-1 defending has been massively overblown by the media, questioning whether Zinedine Zidane's decision to play his son for Real Madrid this weekend was the weirdest flex of the football season, and an all round discussion on who the best left-back in the world is. In a new and improved Bleacher Roulette, we talk whether we'd rather have had the career of Gigi Buffon or Iker Casillas, at what age we realised that we weren't (or were, in Marlon's case) going to make it as professional footballers, whether technique or athletic ability is superior and which one of Adrien Rabiot or Mauro Icardi have cost their respective teams more with their off-the-field issues this year; before Sam wraps things off by ranking his birthdays, in a really bizarre edition of Nonsense Rankings. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Apr 03, 2019
Ranking the Premier League Players of the Year
00:56:21
Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and Jack Collins take a deep dive into the Premier League Player of the Season debate, running the rule over the players who have lit up English shores this season, and giving their rankings on who deserves Mohamed Salah's crown for 2018/19. Hot Takes include a first visit to Tottenham's new stadium and how it will affect the rest of their season, the Pep Guardiola effect which seems to be rubbing off on the English National Team, and a discussion on why certain players have such different form for club and country. Bleacher Roulette takes on more big questions: what we would have named the EURO 2020 mascot, whether we'd rather have Sergio Ramos' or Gerard Pique's career and who would have won Ballons d'Or in the Messi-Ronaldo era if the two had not been around. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Mar 27, 2019
Ranking the Best Athletes in Football with Bradley Simmonds
00:51:55
Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and host Jack Collins are joined by Bradley Simmonds, personal trainer to some of football's most famous faces, and former teammate of Raheem Sterling in his youth career as a professional footballer with Queens Park Rangers, to talk some of the most impressive athletes in the game, as well as stories from the players he trains and his days on the pitch. Hot Takes include a discussion of the two hat-tricks scored this week by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, questions on whether Antoine Griezmann's latest documentary is one of the most ridiculous things to happen this year, and a scorching take that Arsenal fans should be counting their lucky stars they didn't make Monchi their latest Director of Football. In a new and improved Bleacher Roulette, we talk the players we'd love to add to our mates' WhatsApp groups, whether you'd rather have the football career of Francesco Totti or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and which footballer you'd hate to be stuck in a lift with; before Sam rounds things off by ranking the cheeses he'd use as a weapon in a tight spot. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Mar 20, 2019
Bonus: Ranking the Champions League Quarter-Final Draw
00:30:37
Bonus is back! Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and Jack Collins sat down to rank the quarter-finals of the Champions League in terms of entertainment value, giving reasons as to why each match-up will be exciting and looking forward to some mouthwatering clashes. There's also a section on the Europa League, and which ties are the ones to look out for in the last 8 of the UEL too! To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Mar 15, 2019
Ranking the Top Five Most Exciting Teenagers in Europe
00:56:13
The B/R Ranks Squad - Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and Jack Collins - take a look through the most exciting teenagers in Europe, taking some time out to weigh up those young players that are setting pulses racing across the continent and weighing up the talents of the likes of Jadon Sancho, Vinicius Junior and Kai Havertz, as well as which other young ballers have piqued our interest. Hot Takes include a discussion on Zinedine Zidane's return to the Real Madrid hot seat (will he bring Eden Hazard to the Bernabeu?!), whether AC Milan can build on a good start to 2019 to come second in Serie A, and poses the question - which is the most exciting title race: the Bundesliga or the Premier League? Bleacher Roulette takes on the big questions this week: what your dream career path would be, which footballer you'd like to see in a Hollywood biopic and which footballer you'd want to be your dad; before Sam rounds things off with this week's nonsense - his favourite methods of transport...in the Viking ages. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Mar 13, 2019
Joleon Lescott Ranks His Most Memorable FIFA Opponents
00:54:27
Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and host Jack Collins are joined by former England International and double Premier League winner Joleon Lescott, who sits down with the gang to talk about the players he used to play FIFA with, including stories about Wayne Rooney and his rage quits, Daniel Sturridge's skill moves and how Shaun Wright-Phillips won't play with him any more! Hot Takes include a discussion as to whether Liverpool are blowing the title race, a lowdown on teen sensation Efrain Alvarez and the tug-of-war between the US and Mexico for his allegiance, and we answer your question: what Real Madrid need to do to compete domestically again. Bleacher Roulette returns with questions about why Arsenal have dropped off from their fast start, which footballers we'd be inviting on our bachelor parties, and what formations we'd be looking to use if we were managers. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Mar 06, 2019
Penalty Takers You'd Trust To Save Your Life, with Gaizka Mendieta
00:54:03
The B/R Ranks Squad - Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and Jack Collins are joined by former Spain, Valencia and Barcelona midfielder Gaizka Mendieta to talk penalties and the players they'd trust in a shoot out if their life was on the line. Hot Takes include football's hottest topic - whether Kepa Arrizabalaga was completely out of line in refusing his manager's orders to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final, as well as discussions on whether Gareth Bale should leave Real Madrid after another spell on the bench; and who should be Barcelona's next No. 9 after Luis Suarez. Bleacher Roulette takes on the big questions of whether you'd rather win the Ballon d'Or or the World Cup (without playing a minute!); which game you'd use a time machine to go back and watch in real life; and whether you'd rather win one cap for the country you love or fifty caps for a country you felt no affection for. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Feb 27, 2019
Ranking the Players We'd Hate Playing Against, feat. Adnan Januzaj
00:50:57
The B/R Ranks Squad - Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and Jack Collins - take a look through the players that they would hate playing against in the professional game, and a deep dive into the reasons why those opponents must be a nightmare on the pitch; before they're joined by Belgium international and Real Sociedad star Adnan Januzaj, formerly of Manchester United, to talk his toughest opponents and who he wants to win the Premier League, courtesy of Liga Zone. Hot Takes include a discussion on whether Zinedine Zidane would suit the Premier League, why Bayer Leverkusen are the most fun team to watch in Europe and the topic chosen by you - can Paqueta and Piatek fire AC Milan back to the top table of European football? Bleacher Roulette takes on the big questions of whether you'd take the Mauro Icardi route and let your other half be your agent, picking a new place to watch football for a year, and if Pochettino, Klopp and Guardiola could save the bottom teams from relegation; before Sam rounds things off by ranking breeds of dog in today's Nonsense Rankings. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Feb 20, 2019
Footballers That Need Their Own Reality TV Show with Josh Denzel
00:50:38
Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and host Jack Collins are joined by Josh Denzel - sports presenter and star of Love Island, to talk about the players who would be best lighting up our television screens; and who'd be the ones who'd be best on the reality shows that everybody loves. Hot Takes include possible replacements for Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal, whether a resurgent Real Madrid need Eden Hazard when they have Vinicius Jr, and the question you picked - should Chelsea back or sack Maurizio Sarri? Bleacher Roulette returns to talk the brightest young talents in Europe, Wenger and Mourinho, penalty taking styles and which player you'd want to swap lives with, before Sam rounds things off by ranking his favourite months of the year. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Feb 13, 2019
Paul Pogba's Barber Ranks Football's Best Haircuts
00:46:08
Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and host Jack Collins are joined by A Star Barber, the man behind the fresh trims of Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and Benjamin Mendy (to name a few) to discuss the stars who let him shape their look, going to the World Cup with the French team, what Eden Hazard is like and how he ended up as a barber to the top players in the game. Hot Takes include Dean's predictions for the Champions League, as well as discussions on Dortmund and Betis' Quique Setien; Bleacher Roulette is back to think about long-term replacements for Fernandinho at City, the two footballers we would love to see in a boxing match, and how we'd celebrate if we scored a goal in a cup final; before Sam rounds things off by ranking his favourite world cuisines. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Feb 06, 2019
Bonus: Top 5 Signings of the January Transfer Window
00:35:17
As a special extra episode, Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and Jack Collins sat down to rate the best and worst transfers from the January 2019 transfer window. There's tactical insights from Sam about where new players will fit, and a special segment from Dean about how certain transfers fall through for different reasons. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Feb 01, 2019
Top 5 Memorable Games You've Covered with Miguel Delaney
00:55:55
Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and host Jack Collins are joined by Independent journalist and famous Twitter face Miguel Delaney to discuss the greatest games he's ever covered as a journalist, and to talk the world of football journalism, the divide between press boxes and fans and stadium atmospheres around the world. Bleacher Roulette returns, talking which footballer you'd let look after your baby, the greatest badges ever, Sane vs. Martial, and what Leo Messi will be doing at 50 years old before we round things off with Sam ranking the greatest movie villains of all time. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Jan 30, 2019
Top 5 Most Disappointing Clubs This Season
00:48:23
Sam Tighe and Dean Jones join host Jack Collins to take a look through the clubs who have promised much, but achieved little as we look at the teams disappointing across Europe's Top 5 Leagues in 2018/19. Who do you think should be top of the list? Hot Takes involve the Mo Salah diving question, whether Kevin-Prince Boateng is a banter signing for Barcelona, and if Hector Bellerin's injury rules Arsenal out of the race for the Top Four in the Premier League. Bleacher Roulette this week includes a discussion of the most entertaining leagues in the world, whether you'd rather build a team around Pogba or Fabinho, and the age old money vs. loyalty debate; before Sam rounds things off with his nonsense rankings - on this episode, it's ice-cream flavours! To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Jan 23, 2019
Picking The Ultimate 5-a-Side Team with Jimmy Conrad
00:44:22
Sam Tighe, Dean Jones and host Jack Collins are joined by former USMNT star Jimmy Conrad to pick their ultimate 5-a-side team from the current football world. Who would you pick? Bleacher Roulette returns, talking footballers on desert islands, the greatest casual football shirts of all time and what we'd do if we woke up one day as Leo Messi; before we round things off with Sam ranking the greatest sauces of all time. To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Jan 16, 2019
Top 5 Predictions for 2019
00:42:29
In the first episode of B/R Football Ranks, Sam Tighe and Dean Jones join host Jack Collins to take a look at the moments which will define 2019 in the football world, and rank which predictions are most likely to come true. There's the first ever Bleacher Roulette, answering questions from Jose Mourinho to football's best inventions, and we round things off with Sam's definitive list of the all-time great consoles! To get involved, follow @brfootball on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BRFootballRanks! via Knit
Jan 09, 2019
Sam Tighe Ranks Top Three Stadiums
00:03:05
Bleacher Report rings in 2019 with the B/R Football Ranks podcast from the gang over at B/R Football - that's the round ball sort. To show you what we have in store, here host Jack Collins asks ranker-in-chief Sam Tighe to rank his favorite three football stadiums in the world. Make sure to subscribe to B/R Football Ranks - first full episode coming January 9th! via Knit
Jan 02, 2019