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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.

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@SInow

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English


Episodes

France Wins World Cup 2018! Plus Stu Holden Interview

7/15/2018
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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.

Duration:00:33:25

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

7/14/2018
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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.

Duration:00:30:26

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

7/13/2018
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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

Duration:00:38:40

Looking Ahead To The France-Croatia World Cup Final

7/12/2018
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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.

Duration:00:40:37

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

7/11/2018
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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.

Duration:00:30:12

France Beats Belgium 1-0, Reaches World Cup Final

7/10/2018
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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.

Duration:00:30:40

France and Belgium Get Ready to Rumble

7/9/2018
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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.

Duration:00:25:40

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

7/8/2018
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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.

Duration:00:53:06

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

7/7/2018
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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.

Duration:00:46:20

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

7/6/2018
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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.

Duration:00:27:58

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

7/5/2018
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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.

Duration:00:29:52

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

7/4/2018
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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.

Duration:00:35:30

England Wins On Penalties!?! Plus Tony Meola Interview

7/3/2018
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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.

Duration:00:40:15

Mexico Out; Belgium and Japan Play the Best Half of World Cup 2018; Plus Ed Malyon Interview

7/2/2018
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Grant and Brian break down Belgium's thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Japan in the Round of 16 and dissect Mexico's elimination in the Round of 16 for the seventh straight World Cup, this time in a 2-0 loss to Brazil. Then Grant interviews Ed Malyon, the sports editor of The Independent, about England-Colombia and his thoughts on the exits of Argentina and Spain, where he has lived and worked.

Duration:00:44:38

Russia Eliminates Spain and Croatia Advances Over Denmark; Plus Ian Wright of Fox Sports

7/1/2018
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Brian joins Grant from Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, where he covered Russia's stunning elimination of Spain on penalty kicks to advance to the World Cup 2018 quarterfinals. It wasn't a great day of games, but the high-stakes drama of penalty kicks was palpable in both as a subpar Croatia still advanced over Denmark. Then Grant interviews Ian Wright, who's covering the World Cup for Fox Sports and other global outlets. They talk about England-Colombia and Ian's pride over the success of his...

Duration:00:26:57

Messi and Ronaldo Are Out of World Cup 2018; Plus Maria Komandnaya of Fox Sports

6/30/2018
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Grant and Brian review France's 4-3 win over Argentina and Uruguay's 2-1 victory over Portugal in a pair of compelling games to start the Round of 16. Then Grant interviews Maria Komandnaya of Fox Sports about the Russian team ahead of Russia-Spain and her fascinating career path as a journalist and media personality in Russia and beyond.

Duration:00:47:54

Looking Ahead to Argentina-France and Uruguay-Portugal; Plus Sunil Gulati Interview

6/29/2018
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It may be the first day of no games at World Cup 2018, but Grant and Brian aren't taking the day off for the podcast! They preview Saturday's pair of mouthwatering games to open the knockout rounds—Argentina-France and Uruguay-Portugal—as well as the other Round of 16 matchups. Then Grant interviews former U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, who's still a FIFA Council member, about the genesis of his baby, the successful U.S.-led bid to host World Cup 2026.

Duration:00:41:50

Fair-Play Points As A World Cup Tiebreaker? Plus Clarence Seedorf Interview

6/28/2018
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Grant and Brian break down the last day of group-stage finales, including whether fair-play points should be used as a tiebreaker after the unprecedented use of them to send Senegal home and Japan to the Round of 16. Then Grant has a deeply candid interview with Clarence Seedorf, the only man ever to win the UEFA Champions League with three different teams and now a coach who's working for Fox Sports and other outlets at the World Cup.

Duration:00:42:20

Defending World Cup Champion Germany Is Out—and Mexico Is In. Plus Kelly Smith of Fox Sports.

6/27/2018
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Grant and Brian discuss the remarkable finish that saw defending World Cup champion Germany eliminated from World Cup 2018—the fourth time in five occasions that the defending champion has gone out in the group stage—and saw Mexico saved by South Korea. They also talk about the game Brian attended in Moscow (Brazil 2, Serbia 0) and what it means for Brazil ahead of a knockout-round showdown with Mexico. Then Grant interviews Kelly Smith, one of England's greatest players, who discusses her...

Duration:00:40:08

Against All Odds, Argentina Survives. Plus Jake Walerius On World Cup Fan Groups

6/26/2018
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Grant and Brian discuss Argentina's miraculous survival in Group D after Marcos Rojo's late goal brought the Argentines back from the dead and knocked Nigeria out of the tournament. Meanwhile, Brian laments having to be at France and Denmark's 0-0 tie, by far the dullest game of Russia 2018, that saw both teams advance from Group C. Then Grant interviews FanSided's Jake Walerius about his work writing about different national fan bases at this World Cup. One question: Why are European fans...

Duration:00:31:25