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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.






Raphael Honigstein on His Jürgen Klopp Biography

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.


Gigi Buffon's Next Country Song: "Trashcan For A Heart."

Grant and Brian discuss a busy week in soccer, including the wild UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, Toronto's chance for CCL history, more FIFA World Cup expansion talk and the electric Atlanta-NYCFC game.


Merritt Paulson Is The Most Vocal Owner In American Soccer

Merritt Paulson, the owner of the Portland Timbers and Thorns, joins Grant for a candid discussion—is there any other type with Paulson?—about why he wanted to become a soccer owner; the influence of his father, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson; whether he considers himself a soccer expert, his controversial Twitter personal—we recorded this just before his Twitter outburst during Orlando-Portland—and his contention that there aren't any MLS owners who would be open to promotion...


Has Manchester City Lost Its Mystique In A Week?

Grant and Brian ask whether Man City's two losses in a week have altered its incredible season, and they also discuss Toronto and New York in the Concacaf Champions League semifinals, MLS expansion, Zlatan Week 2 and the move by the governments of St. Lucia and Dominica (two Concacaf countries) to support the World Cup '26 bid of ... Morocco.


Duke Professor Laurent Dubois On "The Language of the Game"

Duke professor Laurent Dubois joins Grant to talk about his new book "The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer." Dubois, who teaches a popular class at Duke called Soccer Politics, explains how he approached organizing, researching and writing his new book, which draws from a wide variety of cultural sources around the world, including both the men's and women's games, to explore the language and meaning of the world's most popular sport.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic And The Greatest Holy S--- Moment In MLS History

Grant and Brian discuss Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his insane debut for LA Galaxy, Christian Pulisic and Dortmund’s 6-0 loss to Bayern Munich, their favorite two-week period of UEFA Champions League starting this week and the Concacaf Champions League semifinals involving some of the biggest cities in North America.


Zlatan is here. Will we see the Real Zlatan?

Fresh off his cross-country travels to see Mexico and the USMNT, Brian Straus joins Grant to talk about USA 1, Paraguay 0; the guys' visits with the Mexican and Icelandic national teams and the signing by LA Galaxy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of the first LA-LAFC showdown this weekend.


Bob Bradley On LAFC, His Exile From U.S. Soccer and The Early Days of Mohamed Salah

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.


Andy Markovits, The Soccer- and Grateful Dead-Loving U. of Michigan Professor

Grant has a fun and wide-ranging conversation about soccer with University of Michigan professor Andy Markovits, probably the smartest guest ever on the podcast. Their discussion dives into Andy's work in soccer, including his classic book "Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism."


Mohamed Salah's Rise: How Did This Happen?

Grant and Brian discuss why Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is in a zone few players ever enter; come up with some ideas to fix domestic cup competitions; break down MLS's impressive (so far) run in CCL; discuss the new USMNT roster and ask why Clint Dempsey (or anyone, for that matter) would want to punch or elbow someone in the groin.


David Neal, the Head of Fox Sports's World Cup Broadcasts, Describes How He's Approaching World Cup 2018

David Neal, whose more than three-decade career in sports television production has included the Olympics, the NBA Finals and the World Series, tells Grant how Fox will be approaching its coverage of World Cup 2018 in Russia. Neal details how he has built relationships in Russia, how he and his staff approach a typical day during the tournament and why there will be more American voices on Fox's broadcasts than we have seen in previous World Cups on other networks.


Should Bob Bradley be a top candidate for USMNT coach?

Grant and Brian discuss Manchester United and José Mourinho, a new addition to our list of bad players on good teams, MLS’s big opportunity this week in Concacaf Champions League and Grant's bold argument that one of the top candidates for the U.S. men’s national team job should be … Bob Bradley.


Steve Nash discusses his new Champions League job with Turner and B/R Football; Sebastian Abbot on his new book "The Away Game"

Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash joins Grant to explain what he'll be doing with Turner's Champions League coverage and why he's more passionate these days about soccer than basketball. And Sebastian Abbot discusses his new book "The Away Game," which chronicles the largest soccer talent search in history, involving prospects from all over Africa and funding from the Qatari government.


MLS was supposed to be more predictable at the top, and then the opening weekend happened.

SI's Brian Straus joins Grant to talk about the string of upsets in MLS Week 1, Lionel Messi's genius to sink Atlético Madrid, the big Toronto-Tigres CONCACAF Champions League showdown, the questions surrounding the North American World Cup '26 bid and the decent but not great performance of the USWNT so far in the SheBelieves Cup.


Megan Rapinoe Is Still A Proud Ally Of Colin Kaepernick

USWNT star Megan Rapinoe joins Grant for a thoughtful conversation on a number of topics, including the SheBelieves Cup, NWSL, how she and power couple partner Sue Bird discuss vision in basketball and soccer, and how Rapinoe looks back on taking a knee as an ally in protest with Colin Kaepernick.


Plumbing The Psyche Of Arsenal's American Fans

Brian and Grant discuss Man City's defeat of Arsenal in the League Cup final, including asking what drives the psychology of Arsenal's numerous American fans. They also address MLS's season-opening storylines, whether Brian's old friend Neymar should have joined PSG and Grant's thoughts on whether Jill Ellis's job should be questioned after not winning any of the U.S. women's last three tournaments.


Landon Donovan Explains His Connection To Mexico And Why He Came Out Of Retirement To Play For Club León

In his most detailed public comments since coming out of retirement to play for Mexico's Club León, Landon Donovan describes why he made his decision, his lifelong connection to Mexico and Mexican-Americans, what he's capable of in pure soccer terms these days, how he feels about President Trump's stance on Mexico and his reaction to Carlos Cordeiro winning the U.S. Soccer presidential election.


Brian Straus's "Fade Into Bolivian" Included A Copa Libertadores Game

SI’s Brian Straus is back! He and Grant speak about Brian's vacation to Bolivia (including a Copa Libertadores game), our big-picture thoughts on the US Soccer presidential election and Geoff Cameron’s opinions on the federation in the Players Tribune.


Shaw Brown Is The Most Interesting Soccer Person In American You've Never Heard Of

Grant interviews Shaw Brown, the lead producer for Fox Sports' U.S. Soccer and MLS broadcasts, who discusses his more than two decades in the sport, how he got into it and some of his favorite stories from over the years. He also describes what he's looking for when he's directing a soccer broadcast on TV. For anyone interested in breaking into soccer media, this is an especially fun podcast.


Dr. Joe Machnik is the Renaissance Man of American Soccer

Dr Joe Machnik is currently the soccer rules analyst for Fox Sports, but his past goes all the way back to being an All-American goalkeeper at Long Island University, a coach who led LIU at age 23 to the 1966 NCAA title game, who coached ice hockey and mens and women's soccer at the University of New Haven, who was an assistant coach on the U.S. men’s 1990 World Cup team, a referee who worked the 1988 NCAA title game, a FIFA match commissioner, a director of officials for three U.S. pro...


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