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Planet Fútbol with Grant Wahl

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Hosted by Grant Wahl, the premier soccer journalist in the U.S., Planet Fútbol is a show about all things soccer from all around the world. Featuring news, analysis, and wide-ranging interviews from the most prominent figures in the beautiful game.

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Hosted by Grant Wahl, the premier soccer journalist in the U.S., Planet Fútbol is a show about all things soccer from all around the world. Featuring news, analysis, and wide-ranging interviews from the most prominent figures in the beautiful game.

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Love This Podcast!!

By EWC169 - Jun 07 2019
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Great variety and insight!!

Excellent

By Otto G. - Apr 19 2019
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Grant Wahl is an excellent interviewer!!!!

iTunes Ratings

720 Ratings
Average Ratings
619
45
16
15
25

Love This Podcast!!

By EWC169 - Jun 07 2019
Read more
Great variety and insight!!

Excellent

By Otto G. - Apr 19 2019
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Grant Wahl is an excellent interviewer!!!!
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Planet Fútbol with Grant Wahl

Updated 9 days ago

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Hosted by Grant Wahl, the premier soccer journalist in the U.S., Planet Fútbol is a show about all things soccer from all around the world. Featuring news, analysis, and wide-ranging interviews from the most prominent figures in the beautiful game.

Rank #1: A Conversation With Sports Photographer Simon Bruty

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Grant interviews Simon Bruty, a legendary sports action and portrait photographer who has done work for Sports Illustrated (and with Grant) for more than two decades. They go into detail about Bruty's rise as a photographer, how he approaches the details of action and portrait photography, how he got some of his favorite shots, suggestions he'd have for aspiring sports photographers, and what makes shooting soccer different from other sports. You can find Bruty's work at SimonBruty.com and on Instagram at @SimonBruty.  

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Aug 08 2019
37 mins
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Rank #2: Post-World Cup Women's Soccer Talk

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Grant and SI's Laken Litman reconnect to discuss the main post-World Cup developments in women's soccer: USWNT coach Jill Ellis's decision to step down, U.S. Soccer's claim that it has paid the WNT more than the MNT over the past 10 years, the post-WC bump for the NWSL and Megan Rapinoe's big book deal, among other things. 

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Aug 01 2019
47 mins
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Rank #3: Bill Simmons on California Youth Soccer, MLS and US Soccer

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Grant gets into the soccer side of HBO's Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy, founder and CEO of The Ringer and host of the Bill Simmons Podcast. Simmons talks about being deeply involved in Southern California youth soccer over the last five years with his daughter, including starting a new youth club. He also laments the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and shares his thoughts on MLS as an LAFC season ticket holder, as well as his experience attending a Mexico-USMNT World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

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Dec 13 2018
45 mins
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Rank #4: Kyle Martino, U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate

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Martino joins Grant to talk about his U.S. Soccer presidential candidacy and answers questions about his platform, his view of Sunil Gulati's record as president and why he thinks he's qualified to run such a big organization.

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Dec 14 2017
37 mins
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Rank #5: SI.com's Brian Straus on MLS opening week

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SI’s Brian Straus joins Grant to talk about all things MLS as the new season gets underway, from new stadiums in Orlando (and soon to be D.C.) to new teams in Atlanta and Minnesota to why terminology matters in growing world of American soccer.

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Mar 07 2017
45 mins
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Rank #6: Kyle Martino, NBC Premier League analyst.

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NBC Premier League studio analyst Kyle Martino joins Grant for a remarkably honest discussion. Martino talks about being the lone American accent on NBC Premier League broadcasts; the differences between working for NBC, Fox Sports and ESPN; how he prepares for each week’s Premier League studio show; his own depression after having to retire from playing at age 27 due to injuries; why he doesn’t stick to sports; his part-ownership in the Spanish club Mallorca; and how he wouldn’t mind emulating the media career of Michael Strahan.

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Feb 21 2017
1 hour 33 mins
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Rank #7: Bob Bradley On LAFC, His Exile From U.S. Soccer and The Early Days of Mohamed Salah

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LAFC coach Bob Bradley discusses his team's fast start, this week's LA derby, his thoughts on Zlatan Ibrahimovic arriving in LA, what needs to happen in U.S. Soccer and his memories of working with an emerging Egyptian talent named Mohamed Salah.

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Mar 27 2018
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #8: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu

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Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl sits down with F.C. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to discuss his club's plans for the U.S. market, and what's in store for the future of La Liga.

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Sep 12 2016
11 mins
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Rank #9: The USA-Led Bid Will Host World Cup 2026

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In the latest World Cup Daily episode, Grant and Brian discuss all the details surrounding the historic news that the USA-led bid to host World Cup 2026 has beaten Morocco here in Moscow. They also dig into Spain's astonishing firing of coach Julen Lopetegui the day before the start of the World Cup and Thursday's Russia-Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 kickoff between the two lowest-ranked teams in the tournament. Then Grant interviews author Ken Bensinger about his book Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal.

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Jun 13 2018
1 hour
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Rank #10: From Brazil: Alex Morgan on quarterfinals & U.S.'s mentality

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U.S. women's national team forward Alex Morgan joins Grant Wahl to discuss the U.S.' mentality heading into the Olympics' knockout round, and how much she's been able to enjoy Brazil during the team's run.

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Aug 12 2016
15 mins
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Rank #11: Howard Webb, famed ref on the future of video replay

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Howard Webb, who refereed the finals of the 2010 World Cup and UEFA Champions League, joins Grant to talk about his new job running the Video Assistant Referee program that's set to debut this summer in MLS. Webb explains in detail how VAR will work, what kinds of calls it will and won't review, and why it's one of the biggest changes in soccer that we have seen in our lifetimes. Webb also describes his own journey in refereeing from his humble start to the pinnacle of the sport.

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Apr 25 2017
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #12: John Strong, Fox Sports Soccer Broadcaster

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A rising star at age 31, John Strong talks to Grant about his journey from deciding he wanted as a kid to become a sports broadcaster to his current position as Fox Sports' lead play-by-play announcer for soccer. John discusses his influences, his process and his career goals as he looks toward a busy MLS season, U.S. World Cup qualifying and the promised land of the World Cup in 2018.

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Apr 18 2017
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #13: Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller

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Bayern Munich and Germany striker Thomas Muller joins Grant Wahl to discuss his unorthodox playing style, his hometown, and why he prefers equestrian pursuits in his spare time.

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Oct 19 2016
20 mins
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Rank #14: England and Colombia Rampant! Plus Rob Stone of Fox Sports

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Grant and Brian discuss the big wins by England over Panama and then Colombia over Poland, as well as Japan and Senegal's compelling 2-2 tie in Group H. Then Grant sits down with Rob Stone of Fox Sports to talk about his thoughts so far on the World Cup, as well as how he goes about his duties as a host.

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Jun 24 2018
32 mins
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Rank #15: We're back.

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Grant and SI's Brian Straus catch up on what happened since the last episode—the USMNT World Cup failure, Brian's Neymar SI cover story, Grant's book—and discuss the Seattle-Toronto Era in MLS, the sordid Columbus Crew story, the World Cup 2018 draw and the U.S. Soccer presidential campaign.

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Nov 28 2017
45 mins
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Rank #16: Lionel Messi Should Stop Taking Argentina's Penalties

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With an unexpected guest appearance from Alexi Lalas right next to the Kremlin, Grant and Brian discuss Iceland's impressive 1-1 tie against Argentina and ask whether it's time for Messi to stop taking Argentina's penalties (after failing to convert four of his last seven spot kicks for club and country). Then Grant interviews Deyna Castellanos, the Venezuelan rising star and Florida State forward who's in Russia promoting women's soccer at the World Cup under the hashtag #DareToShine.

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Jun 17 2018
32 mins
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Rank #17: Sportswriter Will Leitch, Newly Minted Soccer Fan

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Grant is joined by Will Leitch, the founder of Deadspin and now a writer for Sports on Earth, New York magazine and other publications. They talk about Leitch's trip down the rabbit hole of soccer fandom, including the story of his support for the U.S. national team, Arsenal and becoming a season ticket holder for Atlanta United. Leitch, who has written extensively on sports fandom, explains what makes soccer different from a fan's perspective than other sports.

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Dec 28 2017
46 mins
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Rank #18: Russia Plus-7 Goal Difference?!? Interview: U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro

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Grant and Brian break down Day 6 of World Cup 2018, including Russia's 3-1 win over Egypt that gives the hosts 6 points and almost certainly a berth in the Round of 16; Senegal's 2-1 victory over Poland and Japan's 2-1 win against Colombia, the first time an Asian team has beaten a South American team at a men's World Cup. Then Grant is joined by U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro, who gives the inside skinny on how the World Cup '26 bid was won and explains what's next on his plate with the federation. (Hint: Approving the hire of a USMNT coach.)

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Jun 19 2018
1 hour
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Rank #19: Tab Ramos; American Soccer Legend, Head Coach of the American U-20 Team

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Tab Ramos, the USMNT assistant coach and former star midfielder, sits down with Grant to talk Costa Rica-USA World Cup qualifier, spotting an 11-year-old Christian Pulisic, making the transition into coaching and his Hall of Fame playing career. How repeatable is Pulisic's development path from the US to UEFA Champions League? Ramos also discusses the broken skull he suffered in World Cup '94, which nearly ended his career.

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Nov 15 2016
36 mins
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Rank #20: Raphael Honigstein on His Jürgen Klopp Biography

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Raphael Honigstein, the leading journalist on German soccer, joins Grant to talk about his book Bring The Noise: The Jürgen Klopp Story. Honigstein discusses how the charismatic Klopp has taken Liverpool to the Champions League semifinals, and he goes deep into the history of the most significant influences on Klopp’s career.

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Apr 19 2018
40 mins
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