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Planet Fútbol with Grant Wahl


The world of Soccer is vast, and Planet Fútbol has it all. Featuring news, analysis, and wide-ranging interviews with the game’s most prominent figures. Hosted by Grant Wahl and Luis Miguel Echegaray.


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The world of Soccer is vast, and Planet Fútbol has it all. Featuring news, analysis, and wide-ranging interviews with the game’s most prominent figures. Hosted by Grant Wahl and Luis Miguel Echegaray.






Introducing: The Bag - A show about Sports, Money, and Making It

Ever wonder how some teams can seemingly do everything wrong and still generate record-profits? Or how some athletes end up going broke? Or why suddenly, everyone in pro sports seems to be obsessed with cryptocurrency? Former NFL running back (and Dancing With The Stars champ) Rashad Jennings has teamed up with award-winning journalist Lindsay McComick to help make sense of all the dollars, NFTs, cryptos and contracts that make up modern sports. They'll talk to gambling experts, NIL...


An Interview With LAFC's Bob Bradley

In an interview that touches all aspects of his long career, LAFC coach Bob Bradley discusses leadership in a time of crisis, what he learned from coaching Egypt during a national emergency, how he's interacting with his LAFC players and coaching staff right now, what he communicated with Charlie Davies after rewatching the 2009 USA-Costa Rica game this week, what he looks for when he's watching games on TV and what he'd like to see happen at U.S. Soccer. Then Bradley takes the Rapid-Fire...


An Interview with Carli Lloyd; Dr. Celine Gounder on Coronavirus Latest

Grant gets the latest on the coronavirus from his wife Dr. Celine Gounder, a CNN medical analyst and co-host of the EPIDEMIC podcast. Then he interviews Carli Lloyd, the two-time world player of the year, in a wide-ranging interview that gets into what she's doing during the virus slowdown, how the Olympics postponement has altered her playing plans, her thoughts on NFL place-kicking and a Rapid-Fire Quiz on her greatest goals, best player she's ever played against, best teammate and coach...


Landon Donovan Interviews Dr. Celine Gounder on Coronavirus

Landon Donovan and Grant were talking on the phone earlier this week, and Donovan asked if it might be possible for him to interview Grant's wife—Dr. Celine Gounder, a CNN medical analyst and co-host of the podcast EPIDEMIC—about the coronavirus. So that's what this podcast is: A half-hour of good questions from a concerned member of the public who happens to be the greatest men's player in U.S. soccer history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Lauren Barnes on Playing in the Australian Final and Escaping to LA; Dr. Celine Gounder on Coronavirus Latest

Grant speaks to his wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, a CNN medical analyst and co-host of the podcast EPIDEMIC, about the latest coronavirus news and listener questions. Then he interviews American Lauren Barnes about playing for Melbourne City in the Australian women's league final on March 21, one of the last pro sports events anywhere on the planet during the virus. Barnes describes what it was like winning that final in an empty stadium and details her harrowing trip back from Australia to Los...


An Interview with Seattle's Garth Lagerwey; Dr. Celine Gounder on Coronavirus Latest

Grant has a short interview on the coronavirus latest with his wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, a CNN medical analyst and co-host of the EPIDEMIC podcast. Then he speaks to Garth Lagerwey, the president of soccer for the reigning MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders. Lagerwey details how challenging the past few weeks have been at his job in Seattle, one of the virus's U.S. hotspots. Then Grant and Garth have some fun talking about wild MLS stories from his playing days during the late 1990s and early...


An Interview with Weston McKennie; Dr. Celine Gounder on Coronavirus Latest

Grant interviews his wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious-disease specialist, CNN medical analyst and co-host of the EPIDEMIC podcast, on the latest coronavirus news. Then he talks to Weston McKennie of the USMNT and Schalke about his project with Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams to donate to Feeding America; what he's been doing during the coronavirus shutdown; his season with Schalke to date; what he has learned about Schalke coach David Wagner; and what he's hoping for from the USMNT...


Good Coronavirus Info from Dr. Celine Gounder; An Interview with Jesse Marsch

Grant spends seven good minutes getting the latest on general and sports-related coronavirus info with his wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, a medical analyst for CNN and co-host of the podcast Epidemic. Then he has a wide-ranging interview with Jesse Marsch, the American coach of Red Bull Salzburg. They talk about leading a team during coronavirus, the impact of the January sales of Erling Haaland to Dortmund and Takumi Minamino to Liverpool and Marsch's revulsion to U.S. Soccer's legal strategy...


Coronavirus Shuts Down Sports; US Soccer's Meltdown; Liga MX Update

Grant and Luis Miguel are on lockdown in New York City due to the coronavirus, but they connect here to talk about the impact of the soccer (and sports) world being shut down. They also discuss the momentous week for the U.S. Soccer Federation, which saw president Carlos Cordeiro resign due to the federation's disastrous legal strategy against the USWNT in its gender-discrimination case. What lies ahead for new president Cindy Parlow Cone? How soon will the legal case be settled? And how...


Liverpool Bounced From Champions League; Grant Interviews His Wife Dr. Celine Gounder About Coronavirus and Sports

Grant and Luis Miguel break down the stunning Champions League exit of defending champ Liverpool at the hands of Atlético Madrid along with the other UCL results. Then Grant interviews his wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious-disease expert, about the rapidly expanding coronavirus situation and the sports world—including what should be done with Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Coronavirus and Soccer; Man United Revived!; LA Galaxy Trouble?

Grant and Luis Miguel have a jam-packed podcast discussing the global impact of coronavirus on soccer; the impact of Bruno Fernandes on Manchester United's revival; Tottenham's malaise under Mourinho; Bayern Munich and Dortmund starting to separate from the rest in Germany; Juventus's big win over Inter in an eerily empty stadium; Real Madrid's worst game of the season to lose at Betis; a look ahead to Champions League elimination games (PSG-Dortmund! Liverpool-Atlético Madrid!); terrific...


An Interview with Keith Costigan of Fox Sports

Grant has a wide-ranging conversation with Keith Costigan, who broadcasts games for Fox Sports and the Seattle Sounders. Costigan discusses the Bundesliga title race, why he got a UEFA A coaching license, his lifelong Liverpool fandom, why he switched from game analysis to play-by-play, his month with Grant in Poland covering Euro 2012, how he handles a crazy workload and how some Seattle fans can’t forget that he once played for their rival Portland Timbers. Learn more about your ad...


MLS Returns; Liverpool Loses Big to Watford; Real Madrid Beats Barcelona in El Clasico

Planet Fútbol's Luis Miguel Echegaray welcomes host, commentator Kevin Egan to break down the opening weekend of MLS, Jurgen Klopp in shock as Watford routs Liverpool and an imperfect Clasico with Real Madrid beating Barcelona. Also, Luis Miguel and Kevin - being Aston Villa fans - discuss the League Cup final loss against Man City, EPL relegation battle, Champions League favorites, a quick lookahead to the Euros and if Ireland can qualify and much, much more. Learn more about your ad...


BONUS: Carlos Vela, Josef Martínez, Nicolás Lodeiro (en español)

SPECIAL SPANISH LANGUAGE BONUS EP: Grant tiene entrevistas exclusivos en español con tres de las estrellas más grandes de MLS: Carlos Vela de LAFC, actual jugador más valioso de la liga; Josef Martínez de Atlanta United, jugador más valioso de 2018; y Nicolás Lodeiro, actual campeón de la liga con Seattle Sounders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Man City's Big Win at Real Madrid; An Interview with St. Louis MLS Owner Carolyn Kindle Betz

Grant and Luis Miguel break down the four UEFA Champions League games, including Man City's huge 2-1 win at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich's 3-0 victory at Chelsea (henceforth known as The Alphonso Davies Game). Then Grant has an interview with Carolyn Kindle Betz, who leads the ownership group of the St. Louis MLS expansion team set to start in 2022. They talk about why she wanted to own an MLS team, her team's plans for one of America's greatest soccer cities and the impact of St. Louis...


Messi Leads Barcelona Back Atop La Liga; Mourinho’s Bellyaching; MLS Starts Season 25

Grant and Luis Miguel marvel at Lionel Messi’s four-goal performance as Barcelona goes back atop La Liga ahead of Real Madrid (a 1-0 loser at Levante). They also discuss the VAR failure in Chelsea’s 2-1 win vs Spurs; José Mourinho’s silly bellyaching about needing players; the leaders holding serve in Germany and Italy; a mouthwatering slate of this week’s UEFA Champions League games led by Manchester City-Real Madrid; the start of MLS’s 25th season this week; MLS teams’ encouraging...


Champions League Breakdown; Tariq Panja on UEFA’s Man City Ban

Grant and Luis Miguel break down this week’s UEFA Champions League games, and Grant interviews Tariq Panja of the New York Times about UEFA’s stunning Man City ban, what comes next and what it could mean for the landscape of the European game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Man City's Stunning UEFA Ban; UEFA Champions League is Back!; Is MLS a Better Gateway to Europe than Liga MX?

Grant and Luis Miguel thank the soccer gods for the return of UEFA Champions League with some fun matchups this week, including PSG-Dortmund, Atlético Madrid-Liverpool and Spurs-Leipzig; break down UEFA's stunning two-year Champions League ban for Manchester City; hail Lazio's 2-1 win vs. Inter to shake up the top of Serie A; discuss more incidents of racism in Portugal, Germany and the U.S.; look ahead to this week's CONCACAF Champions League games involving five MLS teams, including...


An Interview With Tyler Adams

Grant has a wide-ranging conversation with Tyler Adams, the USMNT and RB Leipzig midfielder who celebrates his 21st birthday this week while he's in the middle of a Bundesliga title race, UEFA Champions League and (soon) a return to the national team. Adams talks in depth about his instructions from Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann, his learning curve in the Bundesliga, his recovery from a long injury layoff, his conversations with U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter and his hopes of playing in the...


Inter Digs Deep to Go Top; Leipzig Stays Close to Bayern; USWNT Olympics-Bound

Grant and Luis Miguel break down the world football weekend, including Inter's remarkable comeback in a 4-2 win over AC Milan to go top in Italy; Leipzig's useful point at Bayern Munich; Real Madrid and Barcelona holding serve in La Liga; Messi's Insta outburst; Dortmund's wild swings; Lazio staying close; the USWNT punching its Olympics ticket; whether Rose Lavelle can become the world's best player; Christen Press's big tournament; Jay Berhalter's departure from U.S. Soccer; the new MLS...