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    Are Madrid Too Good for Barca?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 57:33

    The FC crew review the ins and outs of Barcelona's squad and debate what the Catalan side needs to do in order to defeat what appears to be a superior Real Madrid. Plus, Jurgen Klopp reignites his row with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Manchester United's penalty record in the Premier League, and the panel relive some of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho's greatest moments from El Clasico.

    Futbol Americas: Who's the best CONCACAF player to wear a Clásico jersey?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 46:04

    On Thursday's episode of Futbol Americas, Herculez and Alex discuss who is the best player from CONCACAF to wear a Clásico jersey? Is it Hugo Sánchez, Rafael Márquez, or Keylor Navas? The guys also react to the news that FIFA is exploring the possibility of having the World Cup every two years. Then they get into the comparisons between Tyler Adams and Edson Álvarez. Who would you take on your team? Finally, they discuss the midweek action in both MLS and Liga MX.

    A Crucial El Clasico Showdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 54:08

    The FC crew preview the latest installment of El Clasico and debate which side has the upper edge heading into Sunday's game. Plus, the panel questions what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man United need to do in order to get the best of Liverpool and preview Inter vs Juventus on Sunday.

    Gab and Juls: Did Ronaldo Save Solskjaer's Job?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 62:06

    Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens discuss Manchester United's dramatic comeback win over Atalanta and ask if Cristiano Ronaldo's winner saved Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job. Plus, Dan Thomas joins the guys from Spain to look ahead to El Clasico as Barcelona and Real Madrid's form are moving in different directions.

    Caught Offside: Champions League, Biennial World Cup and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 85:11

    The boys discuss an exciting Champions League week as Liverpool, PSG and United pull out dramatic victories while Ajax lay the hammer down on Dortmund. Plus, Tariq Panja of the NY Times gives us the latest news regarding a possible biennial World Cup.

    Ronaldo to the Rescue Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 55:54

    The FC crew break down another chaotic Manchester United victory and question if Cristiano Ronaldo can keep bailing out Ole Gunnar Solksjaer with late goals. Plus, the guys break down Bayern's dominant victory over Benfica and Barcelona finally get a long awaited Champions League victory.

    Fireworks Between Atleti and Liverpool

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 51:36

    The FC crew break down Liverpool's 3-2 victory over Atletico Madrid and question if the referee was consistent with both major penalty decisions. Plus, the guys recap PSG's come from behind win against RB Leipzig, Man City dominance over Club Brugge and Borussia Dortmund's surprising defeat at the hands of Ajax.

    Gab and Juls: How Brilliant Bayern Dominated Leverkusen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 62:31

    Gab and Juls are joined by Jan Aage Fjortoft to discuss Bayern Munich's crushing 5-1 win away vs. Bayer Leverkusen. They also discuss Manchester United's loss to Leicester, Barcelona's win vs. Valencia and Erling Haaland's viral video antics. All that and much more in the Gab and Juls show. 

    Futbol Americas: Should playing time be deciding factor for USMNT in GK controversy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 66:54

    On Monday's episode of Futbol Americas, Herculez and Sebastian debate Zack Steffen's lack of minutes at Man City. How worried should Gregg Berhalter and USMNT be? The guys recap all the weekend action by USMNT and Mexican Nation Team players across Europe, including Dest and Lozano. Later, Herc and Sebi discuss the sanctions dealt by FIFA to Panama and El Salvador for their fan's behavior. Next, we recap the weekend action in Liga MX and MLS in the segments Praise or Shade? and The Good, Bad and Ugly. Finally, we take a look at the NWSL playoff picture to close out the show.

    Manchester United Mutiny?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 44:45

    The FC crew discuss Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba's comments questioning Solskjaer's tactics at Manchester United. Arsenal salvage a draw against Crystal Palace behind a late Lacazette equalizer. Plus, was Barcelona's comeback vs Valencia deserved?

    Caught Offside: Feeling uncomfortable

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 57:32

    On today's pod, we take a look at Newcastle's first match under new ownership, discuss Manchester United's shortcomings and analyze another brilliant day for Mo Salah. Plus, a tale of two goalkeepers: one brilliant and the other, violent.

    .Barcelona Show Signs of Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 51:32

    The FC crew discuss Barcelona's impressive 3-1 win against Valencia and wonder how optimistic fans should be with Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, and Memphis Depay all on the scoresheet. Bayern Munich continue to dominate their Bundesliga rivals and are linked with adding Erling Haaland at the end of the season. Plus, how much longer will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be in charge of Manchester United?

    Ole Out of Time?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 51:27

    The FC crew discuss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future after Manchester United's latest defeat to Leicester City and who could replace the Norwegian manager. Erling Haaland returns from injury with a brace against Mainz. Plus, is Mo Salah the best player in the world right now?

    PSG Escape With a Win

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 56:19

    The FC crew discuss PSG's narrow win over Angers and point to a few key decisions that went PSG's way. Meanwhile, Neymar ensures Brazil stay perfect in CONMEBOL qualifiers while Argentina continue their unbeaten streak with a win over Peru. Plus, the boys weigh in on Paul Pogba's future with Manchester United and wonder if a rising star like Aurelien Tchouameni could replace him next season.

    Futbol Americas: Did Gregg Berhalter redeem himself vs. Costa Rica?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 69:38

    On Thursday's episode of Futbol Americas, Herculez and Sebastian react to USMNT's victory over Costa Rica in the WCQ. Do we owe Gregg Berhalter an apology? Then, we welcomed Antonio Valle, ESPN Deportes/ESPN Mexico host and commentator to talk Mexico and their victory against El Salvador. Next, in our franchise segment 'Tales From The Pitch', Matt Miazga recounts the incident where he pokes fun at Diego Lainez's height in USMNT-Mexico game from a few years back. Finally, the guys talk about the USWNT roster for the upcoming South Korea friendlies.  

    Dest What USMNT Needed

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 57:37

    The FC crew discuss the USMNT's comeback win in Columbus against Costa Rica powered by a great goal from Sergino Dest. Plus, the panel debates where Raheem Sterling could land after saying he's open to a move away from Manchester City. The guys also preview crucial weekend matchups in Spain and Germany and Shaka Hislop reveals his international power rankings.

    Gab and Juls: Is Football Fan Violence Getting Worse?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 57:28

    Gab and Juls are joined by Mark Ogden to discuss the crowd trouble during England's draw against Hungary. They also discuss the takeover at Newcastle United, Kylian Mbappe's future and Manchester United's defensive injury woes. All that and much more in the Gab and Juls show.

    Caught Offside: USMNT beat Costa Rica, 2-1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 79:28

    It wasn't perfect, but a win is a win. The boys break down the USMNT's World Cup Qualifying victory over Costa Rica: Who did well, who gives us worries and what is the 11 we would like to see? Plus, Scottish lungs at it again, trouble at Wembley and JJ's movie reviews.

    Newcastle's New Look?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 44:17

    The FC crew discuss Newcastle's takeover and highlight possible difficulties the club faces in recruiting players to sign with them. Plus, they analyze Arsene Wenger's plan to revamp the international calendar and if there should be less breaks throughout the year.

    Can Southgate Get the Best Out of England?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 58:55

    The FC crew discuss England's subpar performance against Hungary and question whether Gareth Southgate can actually get the best out of a talented England squad. Plus, Scotland squeeze by Faroe Islands to keep their World Cup hopes alive, and Erling Haaland is rumored with a potential move to Barcelona.

    Futbol Americas: Was the USMNT loss vs Panama on Gregg Berhalter?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 68:33

    On Monday's episode of Futbol Americas, Herculez and Sebastian recap the USMNT defeat vs. Panama. Did Gregg Berhalter's decisions cost the USMNT? Next, Taylor Twellman joins the show to discuss what went wrong for the U.S. in Panama. Then, Mauricio Pedroza joins the show to talk about Mexico's dominant victory over Honduras. Finally, the guys talk about the weekend MLS action in the segment, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

    USMNT's Poor Performance in Panama

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 57:55

    The FC crew discuss where it all went wrong for the USMNT in Panama and how much blame should Gregg Berhalter take. Germany are the first European team to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Plus, should Lionel Messi win the 2021 Ballon d'Or?

    Gab and Juls: Should France Drop Griezmann?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 56:01

    Frank Leboeuf joins Julien Laurens and Nedum Onuoha to break down France's Nations League victory over Spain but ask if Antoine Greizmann still deserves a place in the side. Plus, they discuss Newcastle's takeover, Neymar's international future and whether Xavi should replace Ronald Koeman at Barcelona.

    Caught Offside: USMNT lose to Panama, 1-0

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 54:05

    A deserved defeat. The US Men fall to Panama in World Cup qualifying in what was a truly poor performance. The boys share their thoughts on the team selection, the match itself and the suddenly uncertain path ahead.

    Mbappé Lifts France to Victory

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 36:05

    The FC crew discuss Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema's impressive performances to help France win the Nations League Final. Meanwhile, the boys debate if Roberto Martinez should leave to manage a struggling Barcelona or lead Belgium in the 2022 World Cup.

    Thriller in Glasgow

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 53:11

    The FC Crew discuss Barcelona President Joan Laporta's comments saying he hoped Messi would play for free to stay with the club. Plus the guys break down a wild game in Glasgow between Scotland and Israel and review the best cases for who should win the Ballon d'or

    Futbol Americas: Which European club should Ricardo Pepi go to?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 70:05

    On Friday's episode of Futbol Americas, Herculez and Sebastian react to Ricardo Pepi's performance for the USMNT against Jamaica in WCQ. Where should his next destination be? Then, Mauricio Pedroza joins the show to talk about Mexico and their draw vs. Canada. Did Mexico get outplayed or outcoached? Next, the guys sit down with former USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to talk about Ricardo Pepi and his future. Finally, the Herc and Sebi discuss the latest in the NWSL harassment scandal.

    USMNT with a Pepi in their Step

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 62:31

    The FC crew look back at the United States' victory over Jamaica powered by the performance of Ricardo Pepi and what it means for the rest of their qualifying campaign. Meanwhile, in European qualifications Germany rallied from behind to beat Romania, Netherlands took control of their group with another win and Turkey and Norway settled for a draw. Plus, Brazil continue their perfect qualifying campaign.

    Caught Offside: USMNT defeats Jamaica, 2-0

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 73:08

    It was a good night for the US Men as they defeat Jamaica and move atop the table in World Cup qualifying. The boys break down all angles of this one from Pepi's heroics to Berhalter's behind the back pass and everything in between. Plus, Newcastle's takeover, UEFA Nations League, Carly's goodbye and more!

    France Rally Behind Mbappe & Benzema

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 58:29

    The FC crew discuss France's comeback win over Belgium in the UEFA Nations League semifinal and Leonardo Bonucci's apology after being sent off in Wednesday's semifinal against Spain. Plus, what are Newcastle's expectations after their recent takeover?

    Gab and Juls: Are Spain World Cup favorites?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 64:09

    Stewart Robson joins Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens to discuss Spain's 2-1 victory over Italy in the Nations League. Plus, they talk about the latest headlines surrounding Kylain Mbappe, Newcastle United's proposed Saudi Arabian takeover & Gareth Southgate's England project. 

    Spain Break Italy's Dominance

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 57:18

    The FC crew break down Spain's dominating performance over Italy in the Nations League semifinals and analyze the brilliant performances from some of Spain's young stars. Plus, Kylian Mbappe's mom speaks out on his ongoing contract saga with PSG, and France vs Belgium in the Nations league semifinals is previewed.

    Real Madrid Continue Mbappe Pursuit

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 68:47

    The FC crew discuss Florentino Perez's comments on Real Madrid wanting to sign Kylian Mbappe during the January transfer window and analyze why Leonardo is so hesitant to sell the young French star. Plus, Mbappe admits to calling Neymar a "bum" for not passing him the ball, and Sir Alex Ferguson believes Ronaldo should have started for Man United against Everton on the weekend.

    Futbol Americas: What's an acceptable point haul for the USMNT in upcoming WCQs?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 74:21


    On Monday's episode of Futbol Americas, Herculez and Sebastian react to the news of John Brooks' injury and likely absence for upcoming round of World Cup Qualifiers. Then, Julie Foudy joins the show to discuss the latest news regarding the NWSL sexual harassment scandal. Later, the guys talk about Raul Jimenez's weekend where he recorded two assists, and Chucky Lozano's performance for Napoli. Are they the hottest duo heading into the CONCACAF Qualifiers? Then Sebi sits down with Hoffenheim and USMNT centerback Chris Richards for an exclusive interview. The defender talks about his time at Hoffenheim and moving as a loanee in the transfer window, his time at Bayern Munich, the USMNT and the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. 


    Caught Offside: Top of the table breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 87:28

    We take a look at the top of the table in the Premier League, analyze a “leveling up” type performance from Mo Salah and discuss the latest news coming out of the NWSL. Plus, Did we mush Bayern? Did Joao Paulo score MLS' goal of the season? Does Landon Donovan's statue look like Landon Donovan? All that and more!

    Mbappe Wanted Out of PSG

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 71:55

    The FC crew discuss Kylian Mbappe's comments that he wanted to leave PSG for Real Madrid last summer and ask how much longer Ronald Koeman will last at Barcelona. Plus, is Mohamed Salah the best player in the world right now?

    Gab and Juls: Can Anyone Stop Salah?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 73:07

    Nedum Onuoha joins Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens to break down Liverpool's entertaining 2-2 draw against Manchester City including Mohamed Salah's amazing goal and Bernardo Silva's impact. Plus, they talk about Nedum's bass audition for Man City superfan Noel Gallagher. They also look back at the weekend where Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG all lost and Juls explains why he refuses to say Ronald Koeman's name.

    Spoils Shared at Anfield

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 46:39


    The FC crew react to Man City and Liverpool's brilliant 2-2 draw at Anfield and question if James Milner should have been sent off for a 2nd yellow. Plus, the guys discuss Mo Salah's importance to Liverpool, Real Madrid's second loss in a row and Napoli's brilliant start to the season.


    Frustration Builds for Man United

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 60:10

    The FC crew discuss Manchester United dropping more points in the Premier League, this time to a spirited Everton side. Plus, Chelsea have to rely on Timo Werner and some late goals to squeeze by Southampton, while Luis Suarez gets a revenge goal against Barcelona in Atletico's 2-0 victory.

    Liverpool Favored Over Man City?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 63:02

    The FC crew preview a major Premier League matchup between Liverpool and Manchester City on the weekend and debate whether Liverpool should be considered the favorites. Plus, Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly asks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make Man United's build-up play quicker. And Manchester United's penalty taker selection issues continue to persist.

    Futbol Americas: List for Round 2 of CONCACAF Qualifiers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 82:08

    USA and Mexico List for the second round of qualifiers in CONCACAF. Plus heavy criticism towards NWSL for the handling of accusations of social misconduct by Coach Paul Riley. As Exclusive interview with Deportivo Alaves and USMNT defender, Matt Miazga. Plus we break down Campeones Cup between Columbus Crew and Cruz Azul, and we deep dive into the El Trafico match up.

    Koeman on the Hot Seat

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 49:10

    The FC crew discuss the future of Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman and if he can turn around the club's fortunes, starting with this weekend's matchup against Atletico Madrid. Should Lionel Messi have lied down behind the wall in PSG's win over Manchester City? And what's wrong with Kai Havertz and Jadon Sancho?

    Caught Offside: Champions League recap & USMNT squad breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 87:20

    On today's pod, the boys discuss a dramatic win for Man United, a discouraging loss for Barcelona and a stunning upset for Sheriff Tiraspol. Plus, a breakdown of the USMNT squad and some Caught Offside confessions.

    Gab and Juls: How Numbered Are Koeman's Days at Barca?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 65:38


    Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson are joined by Sid Lowe to discuss Barcelona's disastrous 3-0 defeat against Benfica in the Champions League, and ask why Ronald Koeman took Gerard Pique off after 33 minutes? The guys also review the rest of the Champions League results, including Lionel Messi's first goal for Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid's 2-1 defeat against the Moldovan minnows, Sheriff Tiraspol, and Juventus' crucial 1-0 win against Chelsea.


    Ronaldo Saves Man United

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 57:27

    The FC crew discuss Chelsea's second consecutive loss, this time to Juventus in the Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo saves a lackluster Manchester United with a late winner in stoppage time against Villarreal.. Plus, is Ronald Koeman's job safe after Barcelona are shocked by Benfica.

    New Kit, Same Messi Magic

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 57:13

    The FC crew discuss PSG's 2-0 win against Manchester City highlighted by Lionel Messi scoring his first goal for the club. And does this prove that Pep Guardiola's side needs a striker? Is it time to worry for Real Madrid after their shocking loss at home to Sheriff Tiraspol? Plus, AC Milan hands Atletico Madrid a dramatic comeback victory.

    Caught Offside: What's the deal?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 84:49

    So what's the deal with Arsenal? Are they good or bad? And what's the deal with Man City? Are they the best team in the league now? And what about over-the-top apologies? Are they really necessary? We get into all of it, plus Danny Higginbotham joins as well!

    Futbol Americas: The Return of the Mexican Wolf

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 54:49

    Herc and Sebis recap Raul Jimenez' comeback. discuss the CONCACAF players in Europe. Talk about the Mexican Clasico. Plus Judy Foudy joins us to talk about the NWL'S No More Side Hustles' campaign

    Pochettino's Parisian Pickle

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 54:14

    Mauricio Pochettino looks to manage PSG to a bounce-back Champions League win against Manchester City, but what impact will Mbappe and Neymar's feud have on the team's chemistry? Should Bruno Fernandes have apologized for his penalty miss against Aston Villa? Plus, Arsenal and Tottenham are headed in different directions after the North London Derby.

    Gab and Juls: Good Man City or Bad Chelsea?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 65:12

    Nedum Onuoha joins Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens to discuss Manchester City's convincing 1-0 victory over Chelsea and ask whether Thomas Tuchel got his tactics wrong against the Premier League champions. Plus, Ansu Fati makes his Barcelona return, Manchester United's slump & why you should pay attention to the latest Maldini in Milan.

    Arsenal's Derby Delight

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 44:16

    The FC crew discuss Arsenal's statement victory over Tottenham in the North London Derby, but what does it actually mean for Mikel Arteta's side? Ansu Fati scores in his first match in 10 months, but is his presence enough to keep Ronald Koeman in a job? Plus, Juventus lose Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata to injury ahead of their Champions League match with Chelsea.

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