The group stage is over, which means the knockout stage is here! Join Nick Stephens and Curtis Hansen as they review the group stage by discussing the surprises, disappointments, and best moments from each group. Stick around later, when they look ahead to the knockout round and give their predictions. Follow the show on Twitter @theopenersoccer and check out our new and improved website, theopener.soccer!
Matchday 9 was another wild one, with late goals galore and interesting implications for the final round of the group stage. On this episode, Nick briefly reviews Thursday's slate of games before analyzing each match from Friday, including Brazil vs. Costa Rica, Iceland vs. Nigeria, and Serbia vs. Switzerland.
Another round of matches, another brilliant moment from Christiano Ronaldo. Join Nick as he talks about all of Wednesday's action, including Portugal vs. Morocco, Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia, and Spain vs. Iran.
Monday wasn't the most interesting day of the World Cup thus far, but there was still plenty to talk about. Join Nick as he quickly reviews Sunday's matches before diving into Monday, which included Sweden vs. South Korea, Belgium vs. Panama, and England vs. Tunisia.
Euro 2016 was fun, but the boys from Iceland arrived at the World Cup ready for an encore! Join Nick as he analyzes all four matches from Saturday's action: France vs. Australia, Argentina vs. Iceland, Peru vs. Denmark, and Croatia vs. Nigeria.
Russia dominated Saudi Arabia 5-0 today in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and it probably could have been worse. Join Nick as he recaps how it all went horribly wrong for Saudi Arabia, the brilliance of Aleksandr Golovin, and more.
Part two of our prediction special begins at the knockout stage, where we left off yesterday. Nick Stephens is joined by Christian Argueta, Julio Argueta and Curtis Hansen to predict the rest of the tournament, including the remaining individual awards.
With the group preview shows concluded, it's time to make a few predictions. In episode one of this two-part extravaganza, Nick is joined by Julio Argueta, Christian Soto and Curtis Hansen to break down the group stage, as well as potential breakout players and Golden Glove nominees.
We've made it to the penultimate group! Listen in to the World Cup Group G preview, where Nick takes a closer look at the tournament prospects of four more nations-- Belgium, England, Tunisia and Panama.
The World Cup is less than two weeks away, and The Opener Soccer Podcast is more than halfway through our group previews! On this episode, join Nick as he investigates group E, which features Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.
It's time for another World Cup preview show! Today, Nick takes a look at group D, which features Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria. This looks to be one of the most exciting groups of the tournament, so this is an episode you don't want to miss!
With eight teams out of the way, it's time to look ahead to Group C, which features France, Peru, Denmark and Australia. Join Nick as he discusses the big names, breakout players, potential lineups and more for each team!
With Group A finished, Nick moves ahead to group B, where Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Iran all look to move on to the knockout round. Listen in to learn about potential tactics, players to watch, and more!
The 21-man roster is in, and the #USMNT is in Lisbon on Tuesday for their match against Portugal! Lots of new faces for the US in their first game since the World Cup qualification disaster, so join Nick and learn a bit about them.