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Each week, Sports Illustrated’s esteemed Planet Fútbol crew discusses the latest spanning the world of soccer, touching on everything from the U.S. national teams to the Champions League to MLS and more.

Each week, Sports Illustrated’s esteemed Planet Fútbol crew discusses the latest spanning the world of soccer, touching on everything from the U.S. national teams to the Champions League to MLS and more.
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Each week, Sports Illustrated’s esteemed Planet Fútbol crew discusses the latest spanning the world of soccer, touching on everything from the U.S. national teams to the Champions League to MLS and more.






Jesse Marsch, RB Leipzig

Grant interviews Jesse Marsch, who recently left his job as head coach of the New York Red Bulls to take an assistant coaching job with RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga. Marsch explains why he took the Leipzig job, how he has assimilated quickly and how he feels about the open U.S. men’s coaching job.


NBC's Kyle Martino on the New Premier League Season

Kyle Martino of NBC Sports joins Grant from England for a fun discussion about the new Premier League season, which starts on Friday, and his thoughts on the state of U.S. Soccer after his run for federation president and his new role with Street Soccer USA.


The English Premier League Season Begins!

Grant and Brian discuss what's on their mind at the start of the English Premier League season, and they also share their thoughts on the MLS All-Star Game.


Popular University of Michigan Professor Andy Markovits

While visiting Ann Arbor for the Manchester United-Liverpool game, Grant sits down with one of his favorite guests, the University of Michigan professor Andy Markovits (the author of Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism). They have a wide-ranging discussion of the World Cup on and off the field.


Our First Visits to Audi Field and The Big House

Grant and Brian are back on the case soccer-wise post-World Cup, and in this episode Brian shares his thoughts on visiting D.C. United's new Audi Field for the first time, while Grant talks about his first visit to the Big House in Michigan for Manchester United-Liverpool. The guys also break down Zlatan Ibrahimovic's incredible form for LA and find out why Brian was once thrown out of a Monte Carlo casino.


Interviews With Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben and Serge Gnabry

Grant sits down in Philadelphia for interviews with two Bayern Munich wingers at different stages of their careers. Arjen Robben, now 34, talks about what he wants to achieve in his 10th season at Bayern and how he has adjusted his game as a winger as he has gotten older. And Serge Gnabry, who has scored double-digit goals in the Bundesliga the last two seasons with Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen, looks ahead to his first season with Bayern and shares his story of growing up in Germany,...


World Cup Withdrawal, Etc.

Grant and Brian are back after five weeks in Russia, and they’re going through World Cup withdrawal. They’ll talk about that and other things in the soccer world, including Mesut Özil and national identity, the U.S. women’s national team’s Four Nations tournament, Josef Martínez and Atlanta, their thoughts on the ICC and both New York MLS coaches leaving while they were in Russia.


France Wins World Cup 2018! Plus Stu Holden Interview

Grant and Brian break down France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final—and finally eat Brian's space borscht! Then Grant interviews Stu Holden of Fox Sports, who called the World Cup final on Sunday.


Final Thoughts Ahead of the World Cup Final; Alexi Lalas Interview

Brian checks in with Grant from Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, where the players of France and Croatia gave their final press conference ahead of Sunday's World Cup final. The guys also discuss Belgium's 2-0 win over England in the third-place game. Then Grant interviews Alexi Lalas of Fox Sports and hears his thoughts on Russia 2018.


Our World Cup Best XI, Plus Jenny Taft of Fox Sports

Grant and Brian break down our Best XI of the World Cup and make some tough decisions to do so. Then Grant interviews Jenny Taft of Fox Sports about her thoughts covering the French team and how she got fluent in French in the first place, helping her to interview the French players during the tournament


Looking Ahead To The France-Croatia World Cup Final

Brian is finally back in Moscow, albeit in the hotel from hell, and he and Grant look ahead to the France-Croatia World Cup final on Sunday. Plus Grant interviews Ishaan Tharoor, foreign affairs columnist for the Washington Post, who talks about his visit to Russia and soccer in the bigger picture.


Croatia Comes Back Again, Beats England 2-1 To Reach World Cup Final

Grant and Brian break down Croatia's third straight knockout-round comeback as it beat England 2-1 in extra time on goals by Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic to reach the World Cup final vs France on Sunday.


France Beats Belgium 1-0, Reaches World Cup Final

Despite it being 3:30 am in Russia, Grant and Brian break down France's 1-0 victory over Belgium in the World Cup semifinals, with Brian relaying his thoughts from covering the game in St. Petersburg.


France and Belgium Get Ready to Rumble

Grant and Brian compare and contrast France and Belgium as Brian prepares to cover Tuesday's semifinal in St. Petersburg. Grant then challenges Brian to get the term "Inspector Pavard" into his postgame press conference question.


France, Belgium and England Have Succeeded With Multicultural Identities, So Why Shouldn't the USMNT? Plus Jaime Macías of BeIN Sports

Grant and Brian are hard at work on an off day of World Cup games, and they're noting the success of France, Belgium and England with multicultural teams and asking why the USMNT shouldn't be able to do that as well. Then Grant is joined for a fun interview by Jaime Macías of BeIN Sports.


It's a Croatia-England Semifinal! Plus Rodolfo Landeros Interview

Grant and Brian break down Croatia's wild victory over Russia on penalties and England's 2-0 win over Sweden that gives us four teams in the World Cup semifinals: Croatia-England and France-Belgium. Then Grant interviews Rodolfo Landeros, who did terrific work covering the Mexican national team during the World Cup for Fox Sports.


Belgium Stuns Brazil and France Wears Down Cavani-Less Uruguay; Plus Cobi Jones Interview

Brian and Grant break down Belgium's thrilling 2-1 World Cup quarterfinal victory against Brazil and France's 2-0 win against Uruguay, which was missing star Edinson Cavani. Then Grant interviews Cobi Jones of Fox Sports.


Brazil-Belgium and France-Uruguay Preview; Plus Kate Abdo Interview

With Brian now in St. Petersburg, he and Grant preview the varsity side of the World Cup bracket in Friday's quarterfinals (Brazil-Belgium and France-Uruguay). Then Grant interviews the terrific Kate Abdo of Fox Sports.


Happy 4th of July! Grant and Brian Talk Favorite World Cup Moments; Plus JP Dellacamera

It's an off day at the World Cup, but Grant and Brian are still on the case talking about their favorite World Cup moments so far. Then Grant interviews veteran soccer broadcaster JP Dellacamera of Fox Sports about his thoughts on where this World Cup has been and where it's going.


England Wins On Penalties!?! Plus Tony Meola Interview

Grant and Brian (who was in the Moscow stadium) break down England's dramatic elimination of Colombia on penalties to advance to the quarterfinals and set up a matchup against a tough Sweden team. Then Grant interviews Tony Meola of Fox Sports about his thoughts on the tournament.