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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.






Grant Interviews The Athletic's Pablo Maurer

Grant interviews one of the most interesting people in American soccer media: Pablo Maurer, who covers D.C. United for The Athletic. They talk Wayne Rooney and D.C. United's new stadium, but their discussion also ranges into Maurer's remarkable photography work (including the viral Abandoned States project), his work as a professional mechanic for high-end cars (including those owned by MLS players) and his stories on Johan Cruyff's Washington Diplomats, NASL's old Team America and the...


Grant and Brian Talk USMNT & new GM Earnie Stewart

After the U.S.'s 2-0 friendly loss to Brazil, Grant and Brian discuss the game and Earnie Stewart's still-ongoing search to hire a new head coach. Then they discuss the new UEFA and CONCACAF Nations Leagues and debate whether a competitive Nations League game might be more useful than low-key friendlies against even the best teams like Brazil.


An Interview With Emerging USA Goalkeeper Zack Steffen

Ahead of Friday's USA-Brazil friendly, Grant sits down with Zack Steffen, the 23-year-old goalkeeper for the USMNT and Columbus Crew. They talk about his Man of the Match performance in June against France, his rise with the Columbus Crew, his thoughts on the goalkeeper position and his goals for the career that lies ahead.


Grant and Brian Talk Clint Dempsey, Wayne Rooney, Gianni Infantino

Back from vacation, Grant reconnects with Brian to talk about Brian's interviews with Wayne Rooney and FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Plus the guys give their thoughts on the still-ongoing US men’s coaching search and the career of Clint Dempsey.


Roma Director of Football Monchi

Grant interviews Roma’s Monchi, widely regarded as one of the premier directors of football in world soccer. Monchi goes in depth on how he built his post-playing career as the director of football for 16 years at Sevilla, how he developed a strategy for identifying talent and why he decided to move to Roma in 2017.


John Halloran on the USWNT

Grant interviews John Halloran of American Soccer Now and The Equalizer on the state of the U.S. women’s national team after its victory in the Tournament of Nations and how things look heading into friendlies against Chile, October’s World Cup qualifying tournament and next summer’s World Cup.


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, moving...


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.