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Want to know what's really going on behind the scenes of Formula One? ESPN's dedicated F1 journalists, Laurence Edmondson and Nate Saunders, join Alexis Nunes to discuss the biggest stories in the sport, offering insight and anecdotes from the heart of racing's top category as they follow it around the globe.
 
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Grant has a delightful conversation (at 2:30) with Alexis Nunes, the London-based ESPN host who appears on ESPN FC, conducts interviews with top soccer stars and also covers the sport of cricket. Nunes explains what it has been like to be at the center of the soccer world in the UK in recent weeks, how she has managed to work during the pandemic, h…
 
In a special bonus episode, Peter Schmeichel of CBS Sports and Paramount+ joins Grant for a lively conversation about his thoughts on the Manchester United protests, the men's UEFA Champions League semifinals, the state of goalkeeping today and much more. This episode of Fútbol with Grant Wahl is brought to you by Fanatiz. Frustrated that you can't…
 
Grant has a fun talk (at 39:30) with his old friend University of Michigan professor Andy Markovits, the author many books including Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism. Markovits brings his unique perspective to the Super League failure, the angst around his beloved Manchester United and his upcoming memoir. Before that, Grant and Chris Wi…
 
Grant has a fascinating and fun conversation with Jon Champion, ESPN's lead commentator for MLS in the United States. Champion explains why he made the leap in 2019 from England to live in the U.S., what he's learning about America and American soccer culture and how he got into soccer and soccer broadcasting in the first place. Champion has had a …
 
Grant is joined (at 46:15) by Dermot McQuarrie, a former Fox Sports TV executive who was a pioneer in the addition of European soccer leagues to U.S. television in the late 1990s and early 2000s. McQuarrie tells the origin stories of Fox Sports World, the Fox Soccer Channel and the Fox Soccer Report, as well as why that daily soccer news show was b…
 
The European Super League debacle is the soccer story of the year, and Grant is joined to discuss all the aspects of it by Rob Harris, the global sports correspondent of the Associated Press and the co-host of the terrific new Sports Unlocked Podcast. This episode of Fútbol with Grant Wahl is brought to you by Fanatiz. Frustrated that you can't get…
 
Miguel Delaney, the chief football writer of The Independent, joins Grant for a wide-ranging conversation about the business end of the European season, including the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. (This episode was recorded on Saturday, before the news broke of the European Super League and José Mourinho's firing.) This episode of F…
 
Grant looks ahead to the MLS season, which starts Friday, with Paul Tenorio, who's the national soccer reporter for The Athletic and co-hosts the Allocation Disorder Podcast with Sam Stejskal. Grant and Paul go over the biggest storylines heading into the season, discuss what MLS can do to make covering the league easier, ask whether Paul knows mor…
 
Grant interviews Daryl Dike, the 20-year-old red-hot USMNT striker who has scored eight goals in 14 games on loan with Barnsley from Orlando City. Dike explains what it has been like setting the Championship on fire as he tries to help take Barnsley up to the Premier League. Other topics of discussion include whether he's hoping to stay in England …
 
Grant interviews Kevin Egan, the rising-star soccer broadcaster who serves as the TV play-by-play voice for Atlanta United, co-hosts a SiriusXM show with Ray Hudson, does soccer work for CNN International and recently started broadcasting for the WWE, including this weekend's WrestleMania 37. Egan explains how he got the wrestling gig, his career s…
 
Grant has an on-point interview (at 39:28) with Courtney Stith and André Carlisle, the hosts of the terrific new podcast Diaspora United, which centers Black women in domestic and global soccer. They explain the origin story of their podcast, how they approach their analysis and interview choices, and what they're excited about heading into a busy …
 
Grant interviews Jon Arnold, the leading voice in English on all things CONCACAF, about the busy first week of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, his takes on the great stories in the region, and his work with the New York Times and The Striker Texas. This episode of Fútbol with Grant Wahl is brought to you by Fanatiz. Frustrated that you can't get gam…
 
Grant has a revealing interview with Santiago Solari (at 35:14), the manager of Mexico's Club América and formerly of Real Madrid. Solari discusses why his hometown of Rosario, Argentina, has produced so many great soccer minds and players; why he attended college at Stockton University in New Jersey; playing all 90 minutes for Real Madrid in its 2…
 
With the USMNT taking on Jamaica Thursday at 1 pm ET on ESPN2, Unimás and TUDN, Grant interviews Chris Richards, the U.S. defender currently on loan from Bayern Munich to Hoffenheim. They talk about the positive mood inside the USMNT camp, the future of the national team, Richards' experience lately going on loan, what he's hoping for in his club f…
 
Grant has a fun talk about soccer and other things with Chris Jones (at 26:18), the two-time National Magazine Award-winning writer who also covers the sport for ESPN. They discuss Jones playing soccer and coaching his sons, his favorite soccer stories from over the years, whether his beloved Canadian men's national team can finally make a World Cu…
 
Grant has a fun interview with ESPN"s Sarah Spain, who recently became a member of the ownership group of the NWSL's Chicago Red Stars. Spain explains why she took the leap, how it came about and why public figures investing in NWSL teams has become so popular lately. This episode of Fútbol with Grant Wahl is brought to you by Fanatiz. Frustrated t…
 
Grant interviews Jason Kreis (at 21:41), the head coach of the U.S. Under-23 men's national team, which opens the Olympics qualifying tournament against Costa Rica this Thursday at 5 pm ET on FS1 and TUDN. Kreis explains how he put together his U.S. team, what he hopes its identity will be and what this opportunity means for him as a coach. Before …
 
Grant has a wide-ranging interview with Ian Joy, who has followed his 14-year pro playing career with a meteoric rise in media from BeIN Sports to Fox Sports to his jobs these days in the NYC area with CBS Sports HQ and with the YES Network broadcasting NYCFC and his new general talk show Joy to the World. Joy details his journey in the game, inclu…
 
Grant makes a call to Kazakhstan and connects with Shannon McCarthy (at 26:34), a former University of Miami player who's currently playing with five other Americans for BIIK-Kazygurt in the Round of 16 of the women's UEFA Champions League. The U.S. is the best women's soccer country in the world, which explains why the U.S. is one of the top expor…
 
Grant has a fascinating interview with Shep Messing, who currently broadcasts the New York Red Bulls for MSG Network, about being the goalkeeper on the legendary New York Cosmos that included Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto and some of the greatest moments in American soccer history. Messing explains what it was like to p…
 
Grant has an in-depth interview about everything going on at FC Barcelona (at 26:57) with Kevin Williams, who by day is the music and visual arts editor at the Chicago Tribune but who has also become an expert over the years on Barça on his Twitter feed. Williams, a Barça member, explains why he thinks Lionel Messi will leave after the season, how …
 
Grant has a fun interview with Jason Davis, the host of a daily American soccer show on SiriusXM FC and co-host of The Best Soccer Show with Jared DuBois. Grant and Jason discuss the current American media landscape, which topics resonate most with American soccer fans and whether soccer will ever be a regular topic on mainstream U.S. TV sports deb…
 
In a special bonus episode of the podcast, Grant interviews USWNT and Portland star Crystal Dunn, who Grant thinks has become the USWNT's best player in 2021. They discuss the first two games of the SheBelieves Cup ahead of Wednesday's finale vs Argentina; what she's hoping to achieve in 2021 on and off the field; whether she can be a candidate for…
 
Grant interviews his friend Wright Thompson (at 32:04), a senior writer at ESPN and the author of the recent New York Times Best-Seller Pappyland: A Story Of Family, Fine Bourbon and the Things That Last. They discuss his book, his interest in Kentucky and his approach to writing, including an anthology's worth of Thompson's phenomenal soccer writi…
 
Grant has a wide-ranging interview with Ivan Gazidis, the CEO of AC Milan, which has become a contender again this season for the Scudetto in Italy. Gazidis, who previously was the chief executive at Arsenal and the MLS deputy commissioner, explains why he decided to take the Milan job; his strategy for the club on and off the field; what it's like…
 
Grant has a fascinating interview with La Liga TV's Semra Hunter, the only American who's working in television in a top-5 European soccer league. Based in Barcelona, Hunter explains what she does week to week with the Spanish top flight and tells her story. That includes growing up in the Los Angeles area, attending the 1999 women's World Cup fina…
 
Grant interviews Lutz Pfannenstiel, the recently named sporting director for St. Louis City, which starts in MLS in 2023. They talk Pfannenstiel's new project in one of the U.S.'s most historic soccer cities, and then they dive into Lutz's incredible soccer journey as told in his memoir The Unstoppable Keeper. Pfannenstiel, a German-born goalkeeper…
 
Grant connects with Leeds United's Jack Harrison, formerly of NYCFC and Wake Forest, and they have an entertaining discussion about Harrison's productive year in the Premier League; what he has learned about playing for the legendary manager Marcelo Bielsa; and his story of growing up in Man United's academy, deciding to decamp to the United States…
 
After seeing CNN New Day anchor John Berman tweeting about USMNT hopeful Owen Otasowie, Grant decided it was time to get Berman on the podcast, and they have a fun conversation about how Berman became a die-hard fan of the U.S. national soccer teams. This episode of Fútbol with Grant Wahl is brought to you by Fanatiz. Frustrated that you can't get …
 
Grant checks in with Brenden Aaronson, the 20-year-old USMNT and Red Bull Salzburg midfielder who made his debut with his new club over the weekend and got an assist in his first start with Salzburg on Wednesday. Aaronson explains how things have gone since he arrived in Austria earlier this month; the welcome he got from Salzburg coach Jesse Marsc…
 
Grant catches up with Pia Sundhage (at 30:59), who won two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup silver medal coaching the USWNT and currently coaches the Brazilian WNT. Calling in from Porto Alegre, Sundhage addresses why she took the Brazil job, how she's trying to unearth the next great Brazilian generation, how the Brazilian women ended up gettin…
 
Grant interviews Drake Hills, a rising-star journalist covering Nashville SC and the soccer beat at The Tennesean and co-host of the Plugged In Podcast. Hills explains why expansion team Nashville did so much better than expected in 2020, describes the Nashville soccer culture and describes his journey from growing up in Augusta, Ga., and San Diego…
 
Grant has a fun conversation with Lyon superstar Ada Hegerberg, who has won the past five UEFA Champions League titles and stars in the new ESPN+ documentary My Name Is Ada Hegerberg. They discuss the making of the video doc; the influences of her parents and sister; her excitement over American Catarina Macario joining Lyon; her reasons for contin…
 
Grant has a wide-ranging conversation with his old friend Raphael Honigstein, who's the world's leading journalist on German soccer and does work for The Athletic, CBS Sports television, Der Spiegel and the podcasts Steilcast and the Totally Football Show. (He has also written the terrific books Das Reboot and Bring the Noise, a Jürgen Klopp biogra…
 
Grant has a must-listen interview with his friend Henry Winter, the chief football writer for The Times of London and one of the world's top writers covering the sport for the last 35 years. Winter tells fun stories from his globe-trotting career, including from covering World Cup 1994 in the U.S., and explains why the on-site match report still ma…
 
Grant has an in-depth conversation about US soccer TV rights with John Ourand, a longtime reporter for the Sports Business Journal. Ourand explains why NBC is putting marquee games like the upcoming Liverpool-Man United showdown on the Peacock pay-streaming channel; why he thinks NBC will win the rights to extend its Premier League coverage; what's…
 
Grant kicks off 2021 with a fun interview of Soccer Girl Problems (at 31:24), the trio of Alanna Locast, Carly Beyar and Shannon Fay that has become a digital powerhouse resonating throughout the women's soccer community. SGP tells their origin story of how they met as teammates at Fairfield University, how they made their first viral videos back i…
 
Grant has a festive end-of-year interview with one of the most interesting people in world soccer, Rubin Kazan coach Leonid Slutsky. Slutsky went viral globally this week with his hysterical music video rendition of Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You. He speaks to Grant about the idea for the video and tells the story of his career, fro…
 
Grant has an enlightening interview with Bex Smith, the Los Angeles-born former New Zealand national team captain who currently hosts The Players Podcast with top players from the women's game for Copa90 and the BBC. Smith explains how she approaches her podcast, including interviews with Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis; her background at Duke Universit…
 
Grant has a fun interview with Melissa Reddy, one of the rising stars of global soccer media. Reddy, South African-raised and Liverpool-based, is the author of the new book Believe Us: How Jurgen Klopp Transformed Liverpool into Title Winners. She's also the senior football correspondent for The Independent, hosts the podcast Between The Lines and …
 
Grant has a candid interview with Columbus Crew head coach Caleb Porter (at 37:57) coming off Porter's second MLS Cup-winning title campaign. Porter reveals that he cried upon learning that Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos wouldn't be available for the final, and he explains in detail how he has changed as a coach and a person in the years since h…
 
Grant has a fascinating interview with Brianna Pinto of the University of North Carolina, who's on the verge of breaking into the senior USWNT pool, and Nick Mayhugh of the U.S. Para 7-a-side team about their recent election to the powerful Athlete Council of U.S. Soccer. They were joined on a ticket called Next Gen United (average age: 22) by Smit…
 
Grant interviews two longtime friends from his teenage days (at 23:37): Angie and Chris Long, the owners of the new NWSL team in Grant's hometown of Kansas City. They explain why they wanted to invest in the NWSL, what their plans are for the team and reveal that they want to build a new women's soccer stadium in the Kansas City area. Before that, …
 
Ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final between Columbus and Seattle, Grant has an entertaining conversation with commissioner Don Garber about a number of topics: The intriguing possibilities of an MLS-Liga MX merger; the landscape for MLS as it heads toward a new domestic TV contract after the 2022 season; the hardest thing personally for Garber during…
 
Grant has two fun interviews on this episode. The first is with Arne Friedrich (at 3:48), the sporting director for Hertha Berlin. Friedrich, who played in two World Cups for Germany and also for the Chicago Fire, explains how he got the job at Hertha; the challenge of trying to build a trophy contender with newly infused investment in the club; th…
 
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