Hertha Berlin's Arne Friedrich; CBS's Luis Miguel Echegaray

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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; the allure of bringing players to one of the world's great capitals; and his love for the United States, where he's friends with athletes like Steve Nash and still owns a house in Los Angeles.

The second interview is with Luis Miguel Echegaray of CBS Sports (at 25:38), who talks about his new five-days-a-week podcast called Qué Golazo! Echegaray, who used to host video shows and podcasts with Grant at Sports Illustrated, discusses CBS's soccer strategy; what he's covering on his new podcast; and how he's supported by fellow CBS soccer hires Fabrizio Romano, Aaron West, Jimmy Conrad, Heath Pearce, Jonathan Johnson, James Benge and others.

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Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqIhXWUw0H4

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