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Tony Sanneh on Racism, Police Brutality and the Chance for Change
Grant interviews U.S. World Cup 2002 star Tony Sanneh, whose Sanneh Foundation has become a force in the Twin Cities over the last 17 years, employing 50 full-time employees and raising an annual budget in excess of $3 million to serve thousands of minorities in his hometown and in Haiti. Sanneh describes how he has experienced the last week following the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd, explains what his group has been doing for the community curing Covid-19 and the protests, and shares his raw thoughts on whether he thinks real change can actually happen in the America of 2020.
Grant also shares his opinion segment on how MLS players feel it will take years to repair their relationship with MLS owners after they threatened a lockout—no pay, no health benefits for their families—during a pandemic.
|Jun 04, 2020|
BONUS EPISODE: Roberto Martínez Interview
In a special bonus episode, Grant interviews Roberto Martínez, who recently extended his contract as the head coach and technical director for the No. 1 team in the FIFA world rankings, Belgium, through World Cup 2022. Martínez, who used to manage Everton, Wigan and Swansea City and has worked for ESPN during several major tournaments, has a chapter on him in Grant's book Masters of Modern Soccer.
In their interview, Martínez shares why he wanted to continue with Belgium for another two years; his memories of eliminating Brazil and winning third place at World Cup 2018; what it's like to work with Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard; how he's dealing with the year's delay of Euro 2020; which club team he has enjoyed watching the most this season; and whether he would be interested in the USMNT job for World Cup 2026 in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Martínez is known as one of the true gentlemen of the game, and he shows that again in this interview.
|Jun 03, 2020|
Marcelo Balboa Interview; Grant's Take on Soccer Responding to Racism
In our latest episode, Grant interviews Hall of Famer Marcelo Balboa about his experience in the past and the present as a central figure in the American soccer experience. In the interview (which starts at 24:42), Balboa discusses his history playing in three World Cups, being part of the start of MLS and his role these days as a broadcaster and coach in the Colorado Rapids Developmental Academy.
Before that, Grant delivers an essay on racism in soccer and speaks to Taylor Rockwell of the Total Soccer Show about the soccer weekend.
|Jun 01, 2020|
Derek Rae Interview; Grant's Take on Fake Crowd Noise
Grant speaks to one of soccer's most soothing and informed voices, Derek Rae, who broadcasts world feed Bundesliga games, Premier League games for NBC Sports, World Cups for Fox Sports, video games for EA Sports and the NFL and Premier League for Prime Video. In their interview (which starts at 2:45) they discuss Bayern Munich's likely title-sealing 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund and focus on Rae's love for the soccer culture of Germany, dating from his early days of listening to German radio from his native Aberdeen, Scotland. Rae has called soccer games all over Germany, and he explains why he recently decided to share detailed video breakdowns about German culture and soccer on his Twitter feed.
Grant opens the episode of this podcast, a co-production with our friends at the Total Soccer Show, with his take on the simulated crowd noise on the Fox Sports Bundesliga broadcasts from empty stadiums.
|May 28, 2020|
Landon Donovan Interview; Dortmund-Bayern Preview!
USMNT legend and San Diego Loyal manager Landon Donovan joins the show, first to ask 10 minutes of good questions about the coronavirus to Dr. Celine Gounder, Grant's wife and co-host of the Epidemic Podcast (at 18:53). Then Grant interviews Donovan about soccer stuff (at 31:10), including his thoughts on the German Bundesliga and the culture around soccer in Germany compared to his experience on loans at Everton. They also discuss Donovan's emotional reaction to Matt Pentz's recent oral history in The Athletic about Donovan's famous World Cup 2010 goal against Algeria—and why Grant was in the stadium that day but didn't see the goal. Donovan also discusses his feelings about sharing the all-time USMNT goals record with Clint Dempsey, what made Dempsey special and why he thinks it's no coincidence that he and Dempsey came from lower-middle-class backgrounds.
This podcast is a co-production with our friends at the Total Soccer Show, and to open the show Grant is joined by TSS's Daryl Grove to look ahead to Tuesday's Bundesliga game of the year, Borussia Dortmund-Bayern Munich. They also give their thoughts on the new manufactured crowd noise on the Bundesliga broadcasts, the rise of Bayern's Canadian left back Alphonso Davies and the breakout star turn of Lutz Pfannensteil, who analyzes Bundesliga games on TV, works as Fortuna Düsseldorf's sporting director, is the only pro to have played on six continents and has an insane memoir, The Unstoppable Keeper.
|May 25, 2020|
Julie Foudy on the Netflix '99ers Movie and More
Episode 2 features an interview with ESPN's Julie Foudy, the two-time World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist who hosts the "Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy" podcast. Foudy gives the lowdown on how the deal got done for the upcoming Netflix feature film on her 1999 Women's World Cup-winning team, speculating on casting decisions and revealing that the proceeds from the life rights sale of the eight players involved are being spread out among the rest of the members of the '99 team. She also talks about the latest in the USWNT players' gender-discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, why she wanted to do her own podcast and how she has gone about transitioning from an elite player into a successful media personality whose influence goes far beyond the soccer world.
This podcast publishes every Monday and Thursday and is a co-production with our friends at the Total Soccer Show. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and more.
|May 21, 2020|
Tyler Adams Interview; Bundesliga Is Back!
Episode 1 of "Fútbol With Grant Wahl" features an interview with Tyler Adams, the 21-year-old USMNT midfielder (and future captain), about all the unusual things surrounding the German Bundesliga's return to the field and his first game back with RB Leipzig. Adams (whose interview starts at 12:44), talks about reaching the rarified air of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals (after eliminating Tottenham), reveals who the funniest USMNT player is on their team-wide text-message chain and describes what Germany did to become the first major soccer league to return to play during the coronavirus.
This podcast is a co-production with our friends at The Total Soccer Show, and to open the show Grant is joined by TSS's Taylor Rockwell for a fun talk about the return of elite live soccer, whether Dortmund's Erling Haaland is the new Ivan Drago, what it's like watching games in empty stadiums, their excitement for the May 26 showdown between Dortmund and Bayern Munich and much more.
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|May 18, 2020|
Welcome to Fútbol with Grant Wahl
Grant Wahl, who has covered soccer for more than two decades, is one of the world’s leading fútbol journalists. In his new podcast, he shares his thoughts on the sport and interviews the biggest names and the most intriguing figures in the game.
Please consider subscribing and coming on the journey. We promise you'll learn a lot about the world's greatest sport.
|May 13, 2020|