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Audio podcasts from the editors of Howler Magazine.

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Audio podcasts from the editors of Howler Magazine.




They Hanged a Monkey (AUDIO FIXED)

*If you have Dummy set to autodownload, listen to this version and delete the previous one—we had a few audio issues that have now been corrected. This week, Hartlepool United unveiled a new crest, and the designer of that crest, Mick Watson, joins the pod to discuss what makes for good (and bad) soccer badge design. He also explains the grotesque reason that the club’s mascot is named H’Angus the Monkey (readers of the mag may recall that the man who played H’Angus was elected—and then...


Too excited about the US U-20s with Brian Dunseth

After a pair of matches, the US U-20s currently lead Group E at the world championship in South Korea, and they've already played their two toughest opponents. Today I speak with Brian Dunseth, who called the match for Fox Sports this morning and was himself a prominent member of the US U-20 team back in the day (many, many years ago, as in not quite before the internet but almost). We evaluate the first two games (a 3–3 draw with Ecuador and the 1–0 victory over Senegal; follow those...


How FIFA became Assad’s collaborator

Steve Fainaru’s new feature for ESPN on the Syrian national team reveals how the Syrian government has targeted athletes for murder (38 soccer players and counting) and turned Team Syria into a mouthpiece in support of Bashar al-Assad. Steve joins Dummy to discuss the peril faced by players who choose to speak out and boycott the team and FIFA’s cowardly response to the crisis. You can read Steve’s story here. This week’s sponsor is SoccerPro. Save 10% on your order with the code HOWLER19.


The Dirty Tackle podcast goes studs up into your eardrums

Last year, Dirty Tackle joined up with, and now the dudes have their own hilarious podcast. In this episode of Dummy, George and Dirty Tackle impresario Brooks Peck talk about why players in Europe are funnier than those in America, why covering FIFA will never be boring, and how Brooks came to own a pink Palermo jersey. Also: Does Zlatan feel empathy? Is Bastian Schweinsteiger bored? And Gigi Buffon has kind grandpa eyes, don't you think?


The 2017 MLS Salary Release Party

On Tuesday, the MLS Players Union made its annual release of league-wide player salary information, which revealed that 28 players make more than a million dollars per year… and none of them play for the league’s best team, FC Dallas. Jeb Brovsky and George sit down to navel-gaze/discuss. Then, Tim Froh joins to talk about his story in the Guardian about the lack of diversity among Major League Soccer head coaches. Froh argues that the uniformity in background fosters a sort of...


CANUSAMEX ’26 and the future of the World Cup

Jamil Chade is a sports business journalist for O Estado de Saõ Paulo who is based in Switzerland, where he covers FIFA and the IOC. On this episode he chats with George about the internal politics that make the joint North American WC bid for 2026 likely to succeed, and what the changes it entails mean for FIFA and for the future of the World Cup. Check out The Goalmouth, our five-minute daily morning podcast.


Do soccer stats pit quantity vs. quality?

After Minnesota United’s Jeb Brovsky wrote about the shortcomings of statistical analysis for two weeks ago, our friend Oliver Miller-Farrell emailed George and Bobby to say that while Jeb wasn't wrong, he might have been “stats-abused.” (Oliver works for Opta in New York.) So on today’s episode, Jeb and Oliver join Bobby and George to talk about how we quantify soccer and soccer players and how statistical analysis can benefit teams and fans. This week’s episode is a...


Arena averts Hexit

George and Bobby discuss the U.S.’s 6–0 win over Honduras and 1–1 tie with Panama. George gives his ideal starting back four; Bobby disagrees. Is there any way to avoid a dreary game when Bradley and Jones are paired together in the midfield? And how could some of the missing players—specifically Fabian Johnson, Bobby Wood, Sacha Klejstan, Benny Feilhaber, and DeAndre Yedlin—fit into this team? Then Jake Walerius joins to discuss American soccer culture. He says that England’s obsession...


Meet Cyril the Swan, outlaw mascot

Jeff Maysh wrote one of Howler’s best-loved stories, about the West Ham fan who heckled his way onto the field for his favorite team in a pre-season friendly back in 1994. Now he’s back to discuss his latest story for Howler, about an equally colorful character: Cyril the Swan and the man behind the beak. Cyril may have helped save Swansea City when it was on the brink of dropping out of professional football in the late 1990s, and his antics made him a bonafide celebrity. Then he was...


Ryu Voelkel’s astonishing soccer photos

Like the best players in the world, Ryu Voelkel sees soccer differently than most people. But unlike those players, who often struggle to describe how they do what they do, the genius of Ryu’s vision is evident in his photographs, which have been a staple in Howler since our very first issue. I spoke with him this week for our Dummy podcast and asked him to describe how he captures incredible images time after time. Check out Ryu’s work from the latest issue in this post at...


OMG Barcelona

This week George chats with his friend Karl Taro Greenfeld, a journalist, novelist, and now TV writer (for the show Ray Donovan). They talk about yesterday’s ridiculous Barcelona-PSG match, why Karl loves LigaMX, the ascendancy of Russian hooligans, and the short story Karl wrote in the new issue of Howler. Here is a link to George’s piece for the Washington Post on U.S. Soccer’s new anthem policy.


Dax McCarty and Clint Irwin

Dax McCarty on his career thus far, playing with the US national team, and how he thinks the Chicago Fire can improve. Clint Irwin on almost winning MLS Cup, politics in the locker room, and prepping for the new season. We have a new Howler Book Club selection—check out to learn more (hint: this one has lots of pictures). Save 15% on a Howler subscription with the code ILISTEN at


The Goalmouth for Wednesday, March 1

Last year we launched The Goalmouth, a daily 5-minute podcast with all the soccer news and nonsense you need to start your day. Please enjoy today’s episode. If you’d like to subscribe, here are the links to do so using your favorite podcast service: iTunes • SoundCloud • Google Play • Stitcher • RSS


Can you write about soccer without writing about politics? Should you?

A liberal soccer journalist (George) speaks with a conservative soccer journalist (Dave Martinez, formerly of Empire of Soccer) about Bryan Curtis’s essay in The Ringer about how sports journalism has become the domain of lefties. But first, Will Parchman discusses his story about Bayer Leverkusen from the new issue of Howler and details what American teams could learn about how the club goes about scouting local talent, developing community ties, and spending limited resources. Subscribe...


Jordan Morris on soccer and… personal finance

Jordan Morris is a striker for the Seattle Sounders and the U.S. men’s national team, and he makes his Dummy debut to discuss playing for Jurgen Klinsmann and Bruce Arena, what he has learned from Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore, and whether he is maximizing MLS’s 3% match in his 401k. Get 15% off a Howler subscription with the code ILISTEN at


The challenges of coaching in the 4th division w/ David Lindholm

David Lindholm, who worked in the front offices of several MLS teams, was last on the podcast to discuss his essay for Howler on why the best American goalkeepers tend to be bald. Now he returns as the head coach of the NPSL’s Stockade FC of Kingston, NY, to describe the special challenges of coaching a team of aspiring amateurs. Then Edward Domain, a citizen of St. Louis, joins to discuss the particulars of St. Louis’s public financing plan for the proposed MLS stadium, which he says...


The story of FA Cup darling Sutton United

George and Bobby discuss Bruce Arena’s first match back in charge of the U.S. men’s national team and the three questions that need his immediate attention. Sutton United, which plays in England’s fifth tier and trains twice a week, has beaten much bigger clubs on its way to the FA Cup’s last 16 and a home fixture (on a plastic pitch) against Arsenal. Dominic Bliss has been going to those matches and joins to tell us how Sutton keeps defeating much bigger teams. Use the code ILISTEN to...


Pro/rel with Peter Wilt

George and Peter Wilt discuss his essay about pro/rel from the new issue of the mag. (You can read The Pro/Rel Manifesto here.) Then Matt Pyzdrowski, goalkeeper for Helsingborgs IF in Sweden, joins to talk about his own experience being relegated with the club in November. (He also wrote about it for Howler—you can read I Got Relegated here.) Don’t forget to use the promo code ILISTEN to get 15% off your subscription to the mag.


How we make Howler (with the Total Soccer Show!)

This week, I was a guest the Total Soccer Show, where Daryl Grove got into the nitty gritty about how we make Howler and especially the newest issue, which we just sent to the printer! We discuss the big story on pro/rel, our package on Hard Men, and the many differences between a great story pitch and a terrible one. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of work goes into an issue of the mag, this is the episode for you. Check out Daryl’s excellent pod the Total Soccer Show. Save 15% on a...


Arguing about the 48-team World Cup plan

Bobby and George disagree about whether changing to a 48-team World Cup will detract from the tournament. George asks Stefan Szymanski, co-author of Soccernomics, to explain the huge changes taking place in Chinese soccer. And in Tiki-Talka, George offers a mea goalpa. Check out the Goalmouth and the Double Pivot, two other fine Howler podcasts. Sign up for emails about Dummy here.