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World Soccer Talk: Premier League, MLS, Champions League, EFL and more

Your twice-weekly soccer media podcast about watching soccer on TV, online and apps. Longest running soccer podcast in the world covers Premier League, MLS, Liga MX, Bundesliga, LaLiga, NWSL, Champions League, USMNT, Serie A and more.If you’re a hardcore soccer fan, we’re the podcast for you.

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Your twice-weekly soccer media podcast about watching soccer on TV, online and apps. Longest running soccer podcast in the world covers Premier League, MLS, Liga MX, Bundesliga, LaLiga, NWSL, Champions League, USMNT, Serie A and more.If you’re a hardcore soccer fan, we’re the podcast for you.

Champions League reforms evolve it into a European Super League

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In this episode, we discuss how the UEFA Champions League is morphing into the Super League, US Open Cup takes a giant leap forward thanks to ESPN+'s Goalcast, Jesse Marsch’s situation at Leeds United, FOX Soccer hates streaming, EA Sports and FIFA split up and get a nasty divorce, and we answer the questions from you, the listeners.

May 12 2022

1hr

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Enjoying (fill in the blank) Champions League

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On this pod, we examine what impact Seattle may have on the MLS media rights deal, the upcoming European Cup titles, the prospect of who may play the Sounders in the Club World Cup. And we answer the questions from you, the listeners.

May 06 2022

38mins

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Soccer fanbases are fractured into 100’s of pieces

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In this episode, we discuss how soccer audiences have become more tribal and splintered, why MLS Commissioner Don Garber may have been right after all, is soccer a minority sport in the United States? Is there a sport in the U.S. that has a viewership that is more fractured than soccer? Some of the changes that may be coming to soccer Twitter, why it's important to MLS for Seattle to beat Pumas, our recommended games to watch this weekend, and your questions in the Listener Mailbag segment.

Apr 28 2022

1hr 2mins

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Clive Tyldesley interview about the Champions league

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In the NEW episode, number 1415, Kartik Krishnaiyer interviews Clive Tyldesley, one of the most recognizable English-language soccer commentators.

Tyldesley, whom many Americans recognize from the Champions League, Premier League or even the FIFA video game series, has been calling games for more than 30 years. He and Kartik Krishnaiyer discuss various topics in this episode.

• This season's UEFA Champions League and the semifinals.
• Some of Tyldesley's most famous and recognizable calls.
• Calling Euro 96 and Euro 2016 from an English perspective.
• The FIFA video game series and match commentary.
• COVID-19's impact on commentating major games.
• Tyldesley's upcoming games that he is on the call for.

Apr 25 2022

26mins

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Why the Premier League popularity appears unstoppable

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We discuss why the Premier League appears to be unstoppable, whether Peacock TV will acquire any more soccer rights, storylines for each of the 20 clubs in the Premier League, our thoughts on this week's US Open Cup games on ESPN+, what the differences are in playing levels between MLS and USL, the local broadcast issues that MLS have to deal with, our recommended games to watch this weekend. And your questions in the Listener Mailbag segment.

Apr 21 2022

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Jesse Marsch’s style fits Leeds’s survival chances

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In the NEW episode, number 1413, Kyle Fansler is joined by Kartik Krishnaiyer to discuss Jesse Marsch.

Jesse Marsch arrived at Leeds United with the club entrenched in a relegation battle. After two defeats in his first two games, Marsch delivered 10 points over Leeds's last four games. While not quite safe from the drop, the Elland Road club at least has reason for optimism.

Kartik Krishnaiyer and Kyle Fansler address several topics about Leeds's survival chances.

• The challenges of replacing a fan favorite manager
• Jesse Marsch's style versus that of his predecessor
• Why did Leeds hire a manager fired by RB Leipzig earlier in the season
• Taking on the criticisms of American soccer coaches in England
• How the last stretch of games shapes up for Leeds and its survival chances
• And much more

Apr 18 2022

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MLS faces decision between short term money or long term growth

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In the latest episode, we discuss how MLS faces a big decision between short term money or long term growth, the question facing leagues about the future of broadcasting, what benefits there are for Apple TV+ in a soccer streaming deal, what FIFA+ offers soccer fans, why this Premier League season has been one of the best ever, our recommended games to watch this weekend and your questions and feedback in the listener mailbag.

Apr 14 2022

41mins

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World Cup interview with Telemundo Deportes

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World Soccer Talk is excited to share our exclusive interview with Telemundo Deportes President Ray Warren. During the discussion, Warren discusses what Telemundo will offer soccer fans for the 2022 World Cup. For example, among the deliverables that Telemundo Deportes promises for World Cup 2022, they include:

• Commentators calling every game live from within the stadium

• An increase in the number of pundits including more former players and referees, and more women, 

• 56 games live on Telemundo with no conflicts with other sports (unlike FOX Sports), 

• 8 games on Universo (in the Group Stage when there are simultaneous kickoffs), and

• 1 hour post-game show every day after the 2-4PM ET match ends.

Apr 11 2022

18mins

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Is FOX Soccer for sale, and the lure of relegation

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We discuss the speculation in sports media that FOX Sports may be for sale, who would be the best fit to acquire the rights from FOX Sports, what soccer properties FOX Soccer has that are most valuable, why MLS's reluctance to make changes is biting them, the lure of a relegation battle over the Champions League, and your questions in the Listener Mailbag segment.

Apr 07 2022

47mins

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FIFA World Cup Draw reaction from Telemundo’s Andrés Cantor

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We discuss our reaction to the FIFA World Cup Draw, first impressions of the Groups in the 2022 World Cup, an interview with Telemundo's Andrés Cantor to get his reaction to the draw, insight from Cantor about his experiences traveling in and around Qatar. And your questions in the Listener Mailbag segment.

Apr 01 2022

51mins

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Seb Salazar interview: Filling a void in American soccer media

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In this episode, Kartik Krishnaiyer sits down with ESPN's Seb Salazar to discuss his career and his work in the soccer media world.

Salazar is the host of ESPN's studio show Futbol Americas. It focuses on soccer in North America, whether that be international soccer and CONCACAF. Or it could be club soccer with Liga MX, MLS and the NWSL.

The show caters to fans that do not want to solely focus on European soccer, which is the traditional trend for the sport on this side of the Atlantic.

Mar 28 2022

21mins

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MLS boxes itself in with media rights deal

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We discuss whether MLS can find a way to hit their $300 million per year target for media rights?, HBO Max makes a big move, politicians are considering a big change that will impact European soccer, and your feedback about MLS TV ratings.

Mar 25 2022

1hr 7mins

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ESPN+’s big weekend: Alexis Nunes and Kay Murray interviews

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In the NEW episode, number 1406, Kyle Fansler discusses ESPN+'s big weekend. Plus, Kartik Krishnaiyer interviews a pair of ESPN's talent ahead of El Clasico and FA Cup Quarterfinals.

Kartik Krishnaiyer interviews Alexis Nunes, who is part of the on-site crew for ESPN+'s coverage of the biggest game in Spain. 

Later, we hear a conversation between Krishnaiyer and Kay Murray, one of the studio hosts for ESPN FC. Murray will be on the coverage of the FA Cup Quarterfinals this weekend. 

Plus, we answer your questions in the Listener Mailbag segment.

Mar 17 2022

43mins

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Mark Donaldson interview: Calling the game as a soccer fan

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Mark Donaldson has one of the more recognizable voices for ESPN's soccer coverage. Of course, the Scottish heritage is hard to miss while Donaldson calls games.

In this interview between Donaldson and World Soccer Talk's Kyle Fansler, the duo discuss a variety of topics regarding Mark's career in the soccer, and overall sports, landscape:

  • Breaking through into the commentator world.
  • Attachment to Hearts of Midlothian, his hometown club.
  • Venturing out into other sports, including baseball.
  • Showing off a handful of kits and jerseys collected over the years.
  • His friendship and book contributions for Paul Mariner.
  • Writing books documenting soccer stories.
  • And much more.

Mark Donaldson is heard on ESPN's broadcasts of Bundesliga and LaLiga in addition to any tennis coverage. He also features in ESPN studio shows for soccer and baseball.

Mar 14 2022

25mins

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Chelsea chaos, MLS TV ratings and power rankings of soccer TV channels

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We discuss what the chaos at Chelsea FC means for the club, players and fans, our power rankings of the top four soccer TV channels in the US (choosing from NBC, ESPN, CBS and FOX), ESPN Futbol Americas' unfiltered coverage of the hooliganism issue in Liga MX, where does Major League Soccer stand on its relationship with Liga MX, why MLS TV viewership continues to struggle in the United States, the reaction from the soccer leagues to the war in Ukraine, and your questions in the Listener Mailbag segment.

Mar 10 2022

1hr 20mins

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Interview with mastermind behind CBS’ soccer coverage

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We interview Emmy Award winning producer Pete Radovich Jr, the man behind CBS's successful coverage of the UEFA Champions League, Serie A and Concacaf competitions. We discuss how a childhood growing up in a Croatian family made him a soccer fan, the formula behind the success of CBS's UEFA Champions League coverage, how a friend's recommendation changed his life, his family connection to the NASL and the Washington Diplomats, how Paramount+ allows him to provide soccer coverage that goes beyond television, news about long-form soccer documentaries coming to CBS Sports in the future.

Mar 07 2022

28mins

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Does Turner Sports have what it takes to succeed at soccer?

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We discuss the story behind the story when it comes to this week’s landmark US Soccer deal with Turner Sports, more free soccer is coming to Spanish-language viewers, the NFL is making a big change to help FOX’s World Cup, you - the listeners - share your secrets about improving the ESPN+ experience, our thoughts on why MLS has not taken a stand against Russia, and your questions in the Listener Mailbag segment.

Mar 04 2022

1hr 6mins

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US Soccer and WarnerMedia ink exclusive new rights deal

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On March 1, WarnerMedia and US Soccer announced an agreement that sees USMNT, USWNT and US Open Cup games go through WarnerMedia's sports division, Turner Sports. This means that TNT and TBS will have the rights to a number of games, with streaming options also showing potential for the provider.

In this podcast, World Soccer Talk's Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris break down the deal and what it could mean going forward. Many people may hear Turner Sports and think back to the UEFA Champions League coverage from a couple years ago. However, there is reason for optimism.

There is also a video version of this podcast available on the World Soccer Talk YouTube channel. Use this link to get there. 

Mar 02 2022

19mins

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Welcome to Episode 1,400

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In our 1,400th episode, we discuss the Premier League title race and the clubs scrambling to avoid relegation, the evolution of soccer podcasts, where Copa Libertadores rights are likely to go, whether the elimination of the away goal rule makes games more or less exciting, how the Weston McKennie injury is going to make FOX Sports concerned, and why we’re relieved that the Winter Olympics is over.

Feb 24 2022

1hr 1min

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Christian Polanco Interview: The funny side of the beautiful game

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A stand-up comedian, Christian Polanco is not your run-of-the-mill member of the soccer media landscape. In fact, he hardly considers himself a part of that group at all. However, Polanco and co-host Alexis Guerreros take the complexity of the beautiful game and make it into comedy.

Polanco discusses all kinds of things about how his time as a comedian opened doors into the soccer world:

  • The role of the FIFA video games in developing his fandom.
  • Finding a Premier League side to support.
  • Starting out as a comedian.
  • Bridging the gap between comedy and sports.
  • The role of NYCFC in his career development.
  • Asking Patrick Vieira a bold question.
  • Going to Germany to play soccer.
  • Also, much more.

Polanco also talks about the Cooligans Podcast and how fuboTV allowed the program to go to new heights.

Feb 21 2022

31mins

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