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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.






Toni Kroos Saves Germany, Mexico Wins Again and Fernando Fiore Interview

Grant and Brian discuss Germany's last-second win over Sweden that saved 10-man Germany (for now), Mexico's 2-1 victory over South Korea and Belgium's freewheeling 5-2 win over Tunisia. Then Grant interviews Fernando Fiore, his Fox Sports colleague, about his background, his broadcasting style and his nightly show from Russia, World Cup Tonight.


Nigeria Is Here! Plus Vaishali Bhardwaj on England

Grant and Brian talk Day 9 of World Cup 2018, from Nigeria's 2-0 takedown of Iceland to Brazil's difficult 2-0 victory over Costa Rica to Switzerland's stirring comeback in a 2-1 triumph over Serbia. Then Grant interviews Vaishali Bhardwaj of London's Evening Standard about England's winning start to the World Cup and her pathway to journalism.


Croatia Takes Down Messi and Argentina; Amelia López on Mexico's Hot Start

Grant and Brian discuss Croatia's memorable 3-0 win over Argentina, putting Lionel Messi and Argentina in serious danger of failing to advance from Group D. Brian, who covered the game in Nizhny Novgorod, details what exactly has gone wrong so far for Argentina and so right for Croatia. Then Grant interviews Amelia López of Fut Mex Nation and the Mexican Soccer Show about Mexico's brilliant start to beat Germany and what comes next for El Tri.


Cristiano Ronaldo Again! Plus A Landon Donovan Interview

Grant and Brian discuss Day 7, including Cristiano Ronaldo becoming the figure of this World Cup. Then Grant interviews Landon Donovan about his thoughts on the World Cup, that bank ad and what comes next following his departure from Club León.


Russia Plus-7 Goal Difference?!? Interview: U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro

Grant and Brian break down Day 6 of World Cup 2018, including Russia's 3-1 win over Egypt that gives the hosts 6 points and almost certainly a berth in the Round of 16; Senegal's 2-1 victory over Poland and Japan's 2-1 win against Colombia, the first time an Asian team has beaten a South American team at a men's World Cup. Then Grant is joined by U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro, who gives the inside skinny on how the World Cup '26 bid was won and explains what's next on his plate with...


Harry Kane Fires England Past Tunisia; Zack Goldman and Nathen McVittie Interview

On Day 5 of the World Cup, Grant and Brian break down England's stoppage-time game-winner against Tunisia and discuss how important it is for Mexico to keep pushing and win its group. Then Grant interviews Zack Goldman (@ThatDamnYank) and Nathen McVittie (@NathenMcVittie), two of the most interesting soccer people you have probably never heard of.


Mexico Takes Down World Cup Champion Germany; Bora Milutinovic Interview

Grant discusses Mexico's stunning 1-0 victory over World Cup champion Germany with Brian, who was at the game in Moscow. They also talk about Brazil's 1-1 tie with Switzerland and Costa Rica's 1-0 loss to Serbia. Then Grant interviews Bora Milutinovic, who coached the host USA team to the second round of World Cup 1994 and four other World Cup teams: Mexico (1986), Costa Rica (1990), Nigeria (1998) and China (2002).


Lionel Messi Should Stop Taking Argentina's Penalties

With an unexpected guest appearance from Alexi Lalas right next to the Kremlin, Grant and Brian discuss Iceland's impressive 1-1 tie against Argentina and ask whether it's time for Messi to stop taking Argentina's penalties (after failing to convert four of his last seven spot kicks for club and country). Then Grant interviews Deyna Castellanos, the Venezuelan rising star and Florida State forward who's in Russia promoting women's soccer at the World Cup under the hashtag #DareToShine.


Cristiano Ronaldo's Insane Hat Trick; Bruce Arena On His New Book

Grant and Brian break down Day 2 of World Cup 2018, headlined by the remarkable Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick and late free kick goal in Portugal's 3-3 tie with Spain. They also discuss Uruguay's 1-0 win over Egypt, Iran's surprising 1-0 victory against Morocco and Brian's visit to the Iceland camp ahead of Saturday's highly awaited Iceland-Argentina game.


Russian Attack! And Arsene Wenger Negs Us In An Elevator

Grant and Brian discuss Russia 5, Saudi Arabia 0, and what it means for Group A. They also touch on Mohamed Salah's likely return from injury against Uruguay, the spicy Spain-Portugal game and an amusing encounter near a hotel elevator with Arsene Wenger.


The USA-Led Bid Will Host World Cup 2026

In the latest World Cup Daily episode, Grant and Brian discuss all the details surrounding the historic news that the USA-led bid to host World Cup 2026 has beaten Morocco here in Moscow. They also dig into Spain's astonishing firing of coach Julen Lopetegui the day before the start of the World Cup and Thursday's Russia-Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 kickoff between the two lowest-ranked teams in the tournament.


The Start of World Cup Daily! Plus Andrei Arshavin Interview

Grant and Brian are on the ground in Russia for the first episode of our World Cup Daily podcast. We give our first impressions of Moscow and handicap the chances of the United States-led bid with Mexico and Canada for World Cup 2026, which goes up against Morocco on Wednesday. Then Grant is joined by Russian great Andrei Arshavin, who tells some terrific stories about Euro 2008 glory, scoring four times for Arsenal at Liverpool, and his thoughts on Russia's chances in this World Cup.


Garry Kasparov on Putin Hosting the World Cup; Mark Noonan on Being the CEO of Ghana's Biggest Club

The Russian former world chess champion and human rights activist Garry Kasparov joins Grant to discuss his criticism of Vladimir Putin and answer the question: Should we feel conflicted about being excited to watch a World Cup from Russia? Then former MLS vice-president Mark Noonan tells the story of why he left Connecticut earlier this year to become the CEO of Accra Hearts of Oak, the most storied club in the history of Ghana.


Grant and Brian on the SI World Cup Preview Issue

Grant and Brian get ready for their daily World Cup podcast by discussing their stories in the SI World Cup preview issue. Brian explains what it was like at the SI cover shoot with Chicharito Hernández, Chucky Lozano and Carlos Vela, and Grant talks about what went into his new half-hour video documentary on Iceland on SI TV and his cover story on Mohamed Salah.


Aly Wagner is Making U.S. TV History During the Men's World Cup

Fox Sports TV's Aly Wagner will be the first woman to do game commentary on U.S. English-language TV for a men's World Cup once Russia 2018 starts June 14. She joins Grant to discuss how she prepares for games, what led her from the playing field to the TV booth and how she feels about making history.


Real Madrid, Another Champions League Title And The DNA Of Winning

Grant and Brian dissect the UEFA Champions League final—Real Madrid 3, Liverpool 1—and all the talking points, from Madrid’s threepeat to Sergio Ramos’s villainy to Mohamed Salah’s injury to Gareth Bale’s golazo to Loris Karius and his two howlers. They also touch on the U.S. men’s national team and Cincinnati joining MLS.


World-Renowned Skills Coach Tom Byer On Why U.S. Soccer Dumped His Pilot Program

Tom Byer, a renowned skills coach who's based in Japan and who appeared on a popular episode of HBO's Real Sports last fall, explains to Grant why U.S. Soccer chose not to extend funding his pilot program working with the parents of soccer-playing kids in Washington State beyond a brief six-month trial.


SI's Chris Ballard on Jurgen Klinsmann; New MLS Nashville CEO Ian Ayre

SI's Chris Ballard joins the pod to discuss his terrific new magazine story on Jurgen Klinsmann, which delves into what the former USMNT coach is doing these days, his take on the US's failed World Cup qualifying campaign and what may come next for him. Then Grant chats with Ian Ayre, the former Liverpool CEO who has just taken the same position with the new Nashville MLS team that's set to debut in 2020


Ted Knutson's Story From the U of Oklahoma to Running A Cutting-Edge Soccer Data Business in England

Ted Knutson, the England-based owner of StatsBomb, tells Grant about his journey from the University of Oklahoma to professional gambling to diving down the rabbithole of world soccer, which has included working for two clubs (Brentford and Midtjylland) and now owning StatsBomb. Knutson also provides insight on how this week's Supreme Court decision on sports gambling will change the landscape for soccer in the United States.


Grant and Brian Tell World Cup Stories

Grant and Brian record the podcast in Grant's rental car at the wedding of soccer editor Avi Creditor—and, fortified by a few wedding drinks, tell some of their favorite stories over the years from covering the World Cup.