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Grant has a fun interview with Jason Davis, the host of a daily American soccer show on SiriusXM FC and co-host of The Best Soccer Show with Jared DuBois. Grant and Jason discuss the current American media landscape, which topics resonate most with American soccer fans and whether soccer will ever be a regular topic on mainstream U.S. TV sports deb…
 
In a special bonus episode of the podcast, Grant interviews USWNT and Portland star Crystal Dunn, who Grant thinks has become the USWNT's best player in 2021. They discuss the first two games of the SheBelieves Cup ahead of Wednesday's finale vs Argentina; what she's hoping to achieve in 2021 on and off the field; whether she can be a candidate for…
 
Grant interviews his friend Wright Thompson (at 32:04), a senior writer at ESPN and the author of the recent New York Times Best-Seller Pappyland: A Story Of Family, Fine Bourbon and the Things That Last. They discuss his book, his interest in Kentucky and his approach to writing, including an anthology's worth of Thompson's phenomenal soccer writi…
 
Grant has a wide-ranging interview with Ivan Gazidis, the CEO of AC Milan, which has become a contender again this season for the Scudetto in Italy. Gazidis, who previously was the chief executive at Arsenal and the MLS deputy commissioner, explains why he decided to take the Milan job; his strategy for the club on and off the field; what it's like…
 
Grant has a fascinating interview with La Liga TV's Semra Hunter, the only American who's working in television in a top-5 European soccer league. Based in Barcelona, Hunter explains what she does week to week with the Spanish top flight and tells her story. That includes growing up in the Los Angeles area, attending the 1999 women's World Cup fina…
 
Grant interviews Lutz Pfannenstiel, the recently named sporting director for St. Louis City, which starts in MLS in 2023. They talk Pfannenstiel's new project in one of the U.S.'s most historic soccer cities, and then they dive into Lutz's incredible soccer journey as told in his memoir The Unstoppable Keeper. Pfannenstiel, a German-born goalkeeper…
 
Grant connects with Leeds United's Jack Harrison, formerly of NYCFC and Wake Forest, and they have an entertaining discussion about Harrison's productive year in the Premier League; what he has learned about playing for the legendary manager Marcelo Bielsa; and his story of growing up in Man United's academy, deciding to decamp to the United States…
 
After seeing CNN New Day anchor John Berman tweeting about USMNT hopeful Owen Otasowie, Grant decided it was time to get Berman on the podcast, and they have a fun conversation about how Berman became a die-hard fan of the U.S. national soccer teams. This episode of Fútbol with Grant Wahl is brought to you by Fanatiz. Frustrated that you can't get …
 
Grant checks in with Brenden Aaronson, the 20-year-old USMNT and Red Bull Salzburg midfielder who made his debut with his new club over the weekend and got an assist in his first start with Salzburg on Wednesday. Aaronson explains how things have gone since he arrived in Austria earlier this month; the welcome he got from Salzburg coach Jesse Marsc…
 
Grant catches up with Pia Sundhage (at 30:59), who won two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup silver medal coaching the USWNT and currently coaches the Brazilian WNT. Calling in from Porto Alegre, Sundhage addresses why she took the Brazil job, how she's trying to unearth the next great Brazilian generation, how the Brazilian women ended up gettin…
 
Grant interviews Drake Hills, a rising-star journalist covering Nashville SC and the soccer beat at The Tennesean and co-host of the Plugged In Podcast. Hills explains why expansion team Nashville did so much better than expected in 2020, describes the Nashville soccer culture and describes his journey from growing up in Augusta, Ga., and San Diego…
 
Grant has a fun conversation with Lyon superstar Ada Hegerberg, who has won the past five UEFA Champions League titles and stars in the new ESPN+ documentary My Name Is Ada Hegerberg. They discuss the making of the video doc; the influences of her parents and sister; her excitement over American Catarina Macario joining Lyon; her reasons for contin…
 
Grant has a wide-ranging conversation with his old friend Raphael Honigstein, who's the world's leading journalist on German soccer and does work for The Athletic, CBS Sports television, Der Spiegel and the podcasts Steilcast and the Totally Football Show. (He has also written the terrific books Das Reboot and Bring the Noise, a Jürgen Klopp biogra…
 
Grant has a must-listen interview with his friend Henry Winter, the chief football writer for The Times of London and one of the world's top writers covering the sport for the last 35 years. Winter tells fun stories from his globe-trotting career, including from covering World Cup 1994 in the U.S., and explains why the on-site match report still ma…
 
Grant has an in-depth conversation about US soccer TV rights with John Ourand, a longtime reporter for the Sports Business Journal. Ourand explains why NBC is putting marquee games like the upcoming Liverpool-Man United showdown on the Peacock pay-streaming channel; why he thinks NBC will win the rights to extend its Premier League coverage; what's…
 
Grant kicks off 2021 with a fun interview of Soccer Girl Problems (at 31:24), the trio of Alanna Locast, Carly Beyar and Shannon Fay that has become a digital powerhouse resonating throughout the women's soccer community. SGP tells their origin story of how they met as teammates at Fairfield University, how they made their first viral videos back i…
 
Grant has a festive end-of-year interview with one of the most interesting people in world soccer, Rubin Kazan coach Leonid Slutsky. Slutsky went viral globally this week with his hysterical music video rendition of Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You. He speaks to Grant about the idea for the video and tells the story of his career, fro…
 
Grant has an enlightening interview with Bex Smith, the Los Angeles-born former New Zealand national team captain who currently hosts The Players Podcast with top players from the women's game for Copa90 and the BBC. Smith explains how she approaches her podcast, including interviews with Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis; her background at Duke Universit…
 
Grant has a fun interview with Melissa Reddy, one of the rising stars of global soccer media. Reddy, South African-raised and Liverpool-based, is the author of the new book Believe Us: How Jurgen Klopp Transformed Liverpool into Title Winners. She's also the senior football correspondent for The Independent, hosts the podcast Between The Lines and …
 
Grant has a candid interview with Columbus Crew head coach Caleb Porter (at 37:57) coming off Porter's second MLS Cup-winning title campaign. Porter reveals that he cried upon learning that Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos wouldn't be available for the final, and he explains in detail how he has changed as a coach and a person in the years since h…
 
Grant has a fascinating interview with Brianna Pinto of the University of North Carolina, who's on the verge of breaking into the senior USWNT pool, and Nick Mayhugh of the U.S. Para 7-a-side team about their recent election to the powerful Athlete Council of U.S. Soccer. They were joined on a ticket called Next Gen United (average age: 22) by Smit…
 
Grant interviews two longtime friends from his teenage days (at 23:37): Angie and Chris Long, the owners of the new NWSL team in Grant's hometown of Kansas City. They explain why they wanted to invest in the NWSL, what their plans are for the team and reveal that they want to build a new women's soccer stadium in the Kansas City area. Before that, …
 
Ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final between Columbus and Seattle, Grant has an entertaining conversation with commissioner Don Garber about a number of topics: The intriguing possibilities of an MLS-Liga MX merger; the landscape for MLS as it heads toward a new domestic TV contract after the 2022 season; the hardest thing personally for Garber during…
 
Grant has two fun interviews on this episode. The first is with Arne Friedrich (at 3:48), the sporting director for Hertha Berlin. Friedrich, who played in two World Cups for Germany and also for the Chicago Fire, explains how he got the job at Hertha; the challenge of trying to build a trophy contender with newly infused investment in the club; th…
 
Grant interviews USMNT legend Landon Donovan about a number of topics, including his decision as San Diego Loyal coach to take his team off the field in a game it was leading after one of his players was abused with a homophobic slur; what he learned as a manager during his first season; and his thoughts on the LA Galaxy, USMNT and the passing of D…
 
Grant geeks out with Jason Sudeikis and Brendan Hunt (at 9:50), who star in the brilliant show Ted Lasso on Apple TV+. They discuss the virtues of Midwestern kindness; the challenge of developing characters from Ted Lasso's origins as a short comedy sketch; the risk that comes with the show's ambitions; Brendan's history of living in Amsterdam and …
 
Grant interviews Kyle Krause (at 17:26), the new Iowa-based owner of Italian top-flight club Parma. Krause, who's of Italian origin and has owned the Des Moines Menace for the past two decades, explains why he wanted to buy Parma, his plan for the club in the coming years and where he sees Serie A going in the big picture. Before that, Grant and Ch…
 
Grant interviews his old friend and former work teammate Kate Abdo of CBS Sports (at 24:08) about how CBS is approaching its UEFA Champions League coverage; how she's dealing with working from London despite living in Los Angeles; what she has learned about studio pundits Roberto Martínez, Jamie Carragher, Alex Scott and Micah Richards; how she lea…
 
When Nike signed 13-year-old Freddy Adu to a seven-figure contract, the company thought he could be bigger than Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and LeBron James. As it turned out, however, Freddy never lived up to the hype. Journalist Grant Wahl investigates the impossible expectations that were placed on the teenager and discusses with Freddy just how…
 
Grant has an in-depth conversation with Red Bull Salzburg's American head coach, Jesse Marsch, about his experience in the UEFA Champions League group stage so far; why exactly he thinks group foe Bayern Munich is the world's best team right now; why he expects to lose star 20-year-old Dominik Szoboszlai during the January transfer window; his hope…
 
Grant has two intriguing interviews in this episode. The first is with Sergiño Dest, the 19-year-old right back for the USMNT and FC Barcelona, ahead of Thursday's MNT friendly against Wales. Dest talks about his excitement over being with the national team this week, his belief that the U.S. could do big things at upcoming World Cups, why he decid…
 
Grant interviews Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer, whose team has been to three of the last four MLS Cup finals, winning two of them. Schmetzer goes into detail about how he prepares his team for the one-and-done playoffs, why he thinks the Sounders have taken the next step in recent years and answers what he thinks lies ahead in his con…
 
Grant interviews Arlo White, the lead commentator for NBC Sports' production of the English Premier League. They talk about Arlo's role in Ted Lasso and the remarkable public response to the show; this Sunday's Man City-Liverpool showdown; the wide-open Premier League start; Leicester City's rise to 2nd place; Arlo's Inside the Mind interviews with…
 
Grant interviews Joe Lowery (at 24:04), an emerging major talent in soccer media who co-hosts the MLS Assist Podcast on tactics with Jordan Angeli; founded 361 Soccer, which does video storytelling on American soccer; writes a newsletter called Benched; and hosts podcast episodes of Soccer 101 in the Total Soccer Show network. Lowery explains how h…
 
Grant speaks with Matteo Bonetti, who does a sensational job as a broadcast analyst for ESPN's coverage of Italy's Serie A. Bonetti explains how he went from writing ESPN blogs for free at the start to getting a foot in the door as a production assistant at BeIN Sports to earning a chance to broadcast games at BeIN to being called up to ESPN when i…
 
Grant interview Amelia López (at 29:04), a terrific Los Angeles-based writer, editor and podcaster for Fut Mex Nation and the Mexican Soccer Show. López breaks down the failures of the LA Galaxy and Chicharito Hernández, the strange-but-potentially-still-successful season for LAFC, her status comparison of the Mexican national team to the USMNT, th…
 
Grant starts the episode honoring Daryl Grove, the co-host with Taylor Rockwell of our partner the Total Soccer Show, for everything Daryl has done for American soccer culture and emerging soccer media members in the United States. One of those rising media figures is this week's interview subject, Adam Belz, the co-host of the Scuffed Soccer Podca…
 
Grant interviews Philadelphia Union coach Jim Curtin (at 39:21) about his team's second-best record in MLS, the significance of the Brenden Aaronson sale to Salzburg, how the Union tries to balance being a selling team and a team competing for trophies, why it's important to stick to your guns on a long-term philosophy, the influence of the Bob Bra…
 
Grant has a memorable interview with poet, soccer journalist and musician Musa Okwonga, who co-hosts The Ringer’s Stadio Podcast with Ryan Hunn on Spotify. Okwonga has three books set to come out in 2021: One of Them, an Eton College memoir; In the End It Was All About Love, a meditation on being a foreigner and a Black man in Berlin; and Striking …
 
Grant interviews Univision's Luis Omar Tapia, who's starting his 26th straight season broadcasting the UEFA Champions League. Tapia argues why he thinks English speakers should watch Champions League on Univision (one reason: a lot of it is free), how Spanish-language game broadcasts are different stylistically from English-language ones, the stori…
 
Grant has a lively interview with Becky Sauerbrunn, the two-time World Cup-winning defender for the USWNT and Portland Thorns. Sauerbrunn discusses why she chose to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her U.S. jersey last year and the letter she received from RBG; how she has responded to the challenges of 2020; her role in the APPRE…
 
Grant has a candid interview with former USMNT standout Eddie Pope, former MLS veteran Evan Whitfield and former broadcaster Allen Hopkins about their new organization SCORE, which stands for Soccer Collective on Racial Equity. They explain how their group formed in a year defined by the Black Lives Matter movement; the dearth of Black head coaches…
 
Grant catches up with his old friend Kyle Martino, who discusses his departure from the NBC Sports Premier League studio after seven years, his move to Brooklyn, his new membership community space for soccer fans (called Haus), his playground soccer goal concept called Goalpher, his thoughts on the current state of U.S. Soccer and whether he's cons…
 
Grant has a thoroughly enjoyable conversation with The Cooligans, Christian Polanco and Alexis Guerreros, two standup comedians who recently hosted the 100th episode of their eponymous show, which airs every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 pm ET on the Fubo Sports Network. Polanco and Guerreros explain the story of how they became a partnership, why ther…
 
Grant interviews Danny Sillman, the CEO of Relevent Sports, which puts on the men's and women's International Champions Cup summer tournaments in the U.S. featuring the world's biggest clubs. Sillman explains what Relevent is trying to achieve in the U.S., why he thinks his company will be able to stage a regular-season La Liga game in the U.S. bef…
 
Grant interviews Alyse LaHue (at 37:31), the general manager of Sky Blue FC, who has led a complete turnaround of the NWSL team off and on the field since taking over. LaHue tells her personal story, explains what she encountered when she took the job and how she went about making changes. Those have included moving the team's playing venue to Red …
 
Grant has a fun interview with Edreece Arghandiwal, the co-founder and CMO of the Oakland Roots, which announced this week that it will move into the second-tier USL Championship next season. Arghandiwal, an Oakland native, explains the origin story of the club, which is organized around a heavy community-based ethic that taps into the identity of …
 
Grant interviews Fabrizio Romano, the Milan-based European transfer market insider who has become the closest thing to the Woj and Schefter of European football. Romano, who's only 27 years old, explains how he does his job, how the transfer market is changing, how he uses his multiple languages and what lessons he would share with aspiring journal…
 
Grant interviews Gio Reyna, one of the biggest prospects of American soccer, about his story at Borussia Dortmund as a 17-year-old, his views on the season ahead and his thoughts on his teammates and experiencing a crazy 2020 as a teen in the midst of Covid and everything else. Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqIhXWUw0H4…
 
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