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Footy for Two

Seventeen-year-old soccer nut Solomon Dubner tries to educate his father Stephen (host of Freakonomics Radio) — and the rest of the world — about futbol.

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Transfer News

Stephen sits out for an episode and Solomon and his friend Travis, a former member of the Red Bulls have a lengthy discussion on transfers, including their predicted starting XI's for each of Europe's top clubs next season.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

31mins

10 Jun 2016

Rank #1

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Solomon's Rage

In the wake of FC Barcelona’s disastrous UCL exit, Solomon goes on a rant against the club’s board and offers turnaround advice. We congratulate Man City and PSG on their league titles, and Real Madrid — preemptively — on their third straight UCL.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

24mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Gracies Iniesta!

In an episode which is mostly a tribute to and discussion of Andres Iniesta's time at Barcelona, we also discuss the end of the La Liga season, the FA Cup Final and the World Cup. We even pay some attention to MLS!“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

23mins

22 May 2018

Rank #3

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Bloody Ronaldo!

We discuss Ronaldo’s gruesome injury, as well as all the action from Europe this weekend. We also touch on Social Security and the New England Patriots' dynasty!“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

30mins

22 Jan 2018

Rank #4

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75th Episode!

In our milestone episode, we discuss Barca's successes, Arsenal's current state and Pep Guardiola's genius. We also discuss the big results from all around Europe."Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

32mins

26 Feb 2018

Rank #5

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The Greatest Ever Turns 29

We discuss Messi's legacy and greatest moments to commemorate his 29th birthday.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

16mins

30 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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How to Organize a Concert

We discuss all the midweek action, the race for the top 4 in the EPL and some of the January transfers.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

33mins

2 Feb 2017

Rank #7

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Transfers, Transfers, Transfers!

Solomon and his guest host, Travis Martial, discuss all the big transfer rumors and predict the starting XI for each major European club.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

51mins

5 Jul 2017

Rank #8

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The Power of a Leader

We discuss the week's footy action, including Barca reaching the Copa del Rey final and how Kevin de Bruyne is taking over football. We also talk about how much the leader of an organization (not necessarily a football club) really matters.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

27mins

12 Feb 2018

Rank #9

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And Then There Was One

We discuss Man City's 4-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool and how it leaves Barcelona as the only unbeaten team in Europe's top 5 leagues. We also discuss some MLS transfer news, as well as Solomon's newfound respect for the league.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

39mins

17 Jan 2018

Rank #10

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¡Hay Liga!

We revel in the joy of Barca's heroic victory over Real Madrid. We celebrate the king that is Lionel Messi and we review the EPL and its awards, the FA Cup and some other leagues around Europe.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

36mins

24 Apr 2017

Rank #11

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Goodbye, Sweet Prem!

Stationed at The Three Monkeys pub in Manhattan for a viewing party thrown by New York City FC, we discuss the end of the Prem season. We interview a few fans and discuss the best players and managers this season.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

30mins

22 May 2017

Rank #12

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Robbery!

We discuss Barca's wrongly disallowed goal against Valencia, as well as all the action from around Europe this weekend.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

20mins

27 Nov 2017

Rank #13

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COYBIB!

We record our episode while watching and commenting on NYCFC's playoff loss to Columbus. We also discuss all the action around Europe.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

26mins

6 Nov 2017

Rank #14

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RIP Astori and Quini

We mourn the losses of Davide Astori and Quini. We also discuss the weekend's action, some of the dirtiest players in football, and the beginning of the MLS season."Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

31mins

5 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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From Footy to Football

An interview with the NFL Players Association’s George Atallah, who happens to be a massive Arsenal supporter. Our conversation ranges from sports to politics, including the national-anthem protests and playing basketball with President Obama.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

30mins

21 Mar 2018

Rank #16

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Come back, Zlatan!

We discuss the completion of the World Cup field along with the weekend action.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

24mins

20 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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Ciao, Claudio!

We mourn Claudio Ranieri's sacking and discuss action from the top 5 leagues. Solomon rants about Real Madrid's comeback victory and the hobbies of the referee of that match.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

15mins

27 Feb 2017

Rank #18

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Congratulations, Cameroon!

We discuss Cameroon's AFCON triumph as well as the league and cup action from all the big countries over the past week.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

23mins

9 Feb 2017

Rank #19

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Stephen has Finished Playing Golf!

Stephen returns as we round up domestic action and discuss our fantasy league and the prizes potentially on offer.“Who You Smilin' At” by Apache Tomcat, CC BY-SA 4.0 / modified to use as theme song http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Apache_Tomcat

27mins

23 Aug 2016

Rank #20