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51 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
9/24 - 4th Annual Premier League Predictions
It's that time of the year...sort of. It's later than usual but we are back with our 4th Annual Premier League Predictions. Will Thomas pick Man United to win it all again? Where will Chelsea land in Ryan's predictions? Follow us for more on Twitter @WFT_Podcast for additional shenanigans!
28 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
8/17 - Champions League Quarterfinals, MLS Regular Season Phase 1 Preview
The Quarterfinals have passed and there were plenty of surprises as Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and (almost) PSG faced elimination. PSG barely salvaged their best-ever campaign in the competition while Guardiola and Simeone were left wondering how they squandered such a great opportunity at reaching the Semifinals. Barcelona barely even showed up as Bayern completely obliterated them. Now, Lyon will face Bayern while Leipzig will face PSG to determine who will reach the 2019-20 Champions League Final. To wrap up, we take a look at the Rivalry Phase 1 of MLS's return to the regular season. Hudson River Derby, Atlantic Cup, Canadian Classique, El Trafico, Texas Derby, Rocky Mountain Cup and so much more to look forward to! As always, you can follow us on Twitter @WFT_Podcast for more!
29 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
7/27 - Premier League Ends With a Bang, Serie A Hits Final Stretch, Champions League Preview
We are back to give our surface-level thoughts on the end of the Premier League! Aston Villa were ultimately, quite literally, handed a gift in their goal-line technology controversy versus Sheffield United earlier in the season as they scraped by. United ultimately finished 3rd, while Leicester dropped out of the Champions League. What are the big takeaways? Elsewhere, Juventus clinched their 9th straight Scudetto, but there is still places to be won in the form of Europa League positions. Milan, Roma and Napoli (not so much on Napoli)need to find out where they ultimately land in the table, and who is going to the Group Stage. We then move to Champions League to give our thoughts on the upcoming games, and move to the U.S. where MLS and NWSL are back in action in their bubble competitions. Follow us on Twitter @WFT_Podcast for more!
32 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
7/21 - Real Madrid Win La Liga, English Footbal Hits High Intensity, Balon d'Or Cancelled
We are back as Spain finished it's delayed domestic campaign! Real Madrid took the title, Barcelona fell apart after the restart, and there were some wild scenes as European spots and relegation were decided in the final moments. In England, teams like Leicester and Bournemouth shifted into positions that will be hard to shake. For one, Champions League will come down to the final day and for the other, relegation seems all but happening. And Chelsea won another WFT Derby in the FA Cup. Moving on, we talk briefly about the Balon d'Or getting called off for this bizarre year. Follow us on Twitter @WFT_Podcast for more!
27 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
6/19 - EPL is Back, Real Madrid and Barcelona Cruise, New Adjustments to the Viewing Experience
The Premier League is back and it returned with an absolute whimper as Sheffield United and Aston Villa played to a horrendous draw. It was punctuated, however, by some goal-line technological controversy. It's like football never left! Arsenal did a bad thing as usual. In La Liga, Real Madrid and Barcelona put together some crazy performances in their return, while Napoli stunned Juventus in the Coppa Italia Final. Ronaldo didn't shoot again in a decisive PK shootout! Follow us on Twitter @WFT_Podcast for more!
23 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
3/3 - Liverpool Can't Stop Losing, Coronavirus Might Shake the Soccer World, Champions League Recap
We start off our return with a really important development that is hitting every walk of life around the world: coronavirus. It has the potential of shaking up the status quo across sports, including the Olympics, EURO 2020, international breaks, qualifiers, AFC Champions League, Serie A and much more. We then move to the FA Cup where Liverpool lost yet again after losing their unbeaten season during the weekend. Where do their loyalties lie this season? What's next for Chelsea after dismantling the probable winners? Following our thoughts on the conclusion of the 1st legs in the Round of 16 in Champions League, we move on to quick hits in MLS. Victor Wanyama is now with the Impact, Miami and Nashville saw their debuts, and the New York teams saw varying results in their first game. Follow us on Twitter @WFT_Podcast for more!
27 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
2/5 - The FA Cup is Grinding My Gears, Chelsea are Infuriating, PSG and Barcelona are Disasters
We've had a bit of break which means we need to come back and grind our gears. Find out what makes Ryan and Thomas tick, including Ryan going to Rome for Euro 2020 to see an Italy game. No team or competitions is safe as the FA Cup, Chelsea, Liverpool, PSG, Neymar, Barcelona and Lionel Messi are all targets of our gear-grinding. Follow us on Twitter @WFT_Podcast for more!
30 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
1/21 - Arsenal Scrape to a Draw, Chicharito Signs With LA Galaxy, Haland Makes a Splash
We are back for a very streamlined episode! Arsenal and Chelsea provided some theatrics as David Luiz made things interesting early on, but Chelsea forgot how to close out a game up a man for 30 minutes. We then move onto the impact of Liverpool's win over Man United, before moving to the insane relegation race in the Premier League. Who of the current contenders will go down? Chicharito has finally come to MLS! We discuss the impact of the Mexican's move to Major League Soccer and how the LA Galaxy made yet again another big splash in the market. We then rebound back across the Atlantic as we touch on Haland's explosive debut with Dortmund and the chances of RB Leipzig finally dethroning Bayern. Follow us on Twitter @WFT_Podcast and let us know what you think of this week's episode!
36 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
12/23 - Jose Mourinho Derby (2), Rudiger Faces Racist Abuse, Club World Cup Appreciation Segment
The second Jose Mourinho Derby in a month took place between Chelsea and Tottenham in the Premier League. While the game was decided pretty quickly, the game was marred by another incident of racist abuse towards a player, this time the player Antonio Rudiger. There was a lot said about what the Premier League should do, with it being the second incident in a 3-week span. Who was spot on? We then round out to Watford's "upset" of Man U, Man City's decisive win over Leicester and, while the latter was happening, Liverpool's first Club World Cup trophy in its history. The Club World Cup is a very underrated event. We then touch upon the matchups to watch in the Champions League Round of 16 draw and close out with minimal talk of Atalanta's thrashing of Milan. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @WFT_Podcast for more!
29 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
12/4 - Jose Mourinho Derby, Merseyside Derby, Balon d'Or 2019, Premier League Coaching Changes
In this episode, we start from Wednesday's action and work backwards. That means the Jose Mourinho derby between Manchester United and Spurs. Solskjaer got the upper hand in this one, but which team needed this result more? Is Marco Silva on his last legs? Will he last until Boxing Day? We then move to Balon d'Or 2019 and go over possible snubs and false placements in the final rankings. At least Messi won his 6th. Elsewhere in the Premier League, coaching changes are afoot with Arsenal and Watford sacking their managers. Is Watford doomed to go down? Is Patrick Viera the answer to Arsenal's problems? All this and more on this episode of World Football Talk! Follow us @WFT_Podcast on Twitter for more!
39 minutes | Nov 27, 2019
11/27 - Headlines Made in the Premier League, Copa Libertadores Final, Champions League MD 5
It's the night before Thanksgiving and all was quiet...wait, wrong holiday. It's the best food holiday of the year and it's time to end this Trash Turkey debate once and for all. Of course we don't agree. There is soccer to be discussed as Chelsea and Man City met in the Premier League, while Arsenal and Man United are seriously considering their options at head coach. We then move to another potential coaching change with Marcello Gallardo's River Plate as they utterly collapsed in the Copa Libertadores final against Flamengo. Is he now off to Inter Miami? Not so fast, apparently. We then brush on Zlatan's Hammerby investment and what it means for his statue in Malmo before transitioning to the Champions League Group Stage MD 5. I swear, Ryan has trashed the Group Stage before. I need help on this.
41 minutes | Nov 20, 2019
11/20 - Pochettino Out, Jose Mourinho In, MLS Cup Recap, Big Moves in MLS
Big news came down the wire as we experienced a true glitch in the Matrix. Mauricio Pochettino was sacked from Tottenham. If that wasn't surprising enough, Jose Mourinho was named his replacement. Well, let's discuss that, shall we? We then move to the USMNT quickly to look forward to 2020 before settling it with MLS. We go over MLS Cup and the event that led up to and made MLS Cup, as Thomas was lucky enough to go with MLS. Was it as spectacular as everyone said? Absolutely no bias, it sure was. We then talk a little Thierry Henry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they made their intentions for 2020 very clear for the world to see. Follow us on Twitter @WFT_Podcast for more!
31 minutes | Oct 21, 2019
10/21 - Man United Sneak a Point vs Liverpool, VAR Decisions in the EPL, MLS Playoffs Round 1
We are back with what we thought didn't amount to much this past weekend, but VAR ultimately reared it's beautiful head again. We start with United and Liverpool, complete with VAR decisions. We then move to Arsenal, Tottenham (2x VAR), and Aston Villa (VAR). After we round out the Premier League we decided to take it back across the pond. The MLS Cup Playoffs started their brand new format and it resulted in some jaw-dropping contests. We focus in on Seattle vs Dallas, but touch on all of the results going into the Conference Semifinals.
41 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
10/16 - The Rebirth of the Reactapod: What is wrong with the USMNT?
The Reactapod is back! Making a fresh reappearance in this rare scenario is talk about the U.S. Men's National Team. In case you missed it, they lost to Canada. Yeah, I know what you're thinking: how can they let this happen? We take a look at how the game transpired, go player-by-player and give our individual ratings for the entire team, talk about Gregg Berhalter and his system and the implications of it on the team. We also give some credit to Canada, as they deserve every bit of it. This episode is focused, raw, and let's be honest, it gets a little ugly. Enjoy some more of this over @WFT_Podcast on Twitter!
32 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
10/10 - Are Liverpool clear favorites in the EPL? Who's getting the sack? Plus: USMNT expectations
We are back and we are more miserable than ever, well one of us is. Let's just get this out of the way: Manchester United lost. Shocking, I know. Thomas is miserable. Let's talk about that. Is Ole losing the wheel? Will sacking and replacing him actually change anything. Is Man U hurtling towards a fate not dissimilar to Milan? We know Thomas has feelings about that. We also talk about Decision Day in MLS and how Carlos Vela and LAFC smashed a few records heading into the Playoffs. Finally, let's talk about the USMNT. Let's try to be rational, shall we? Should we expect to see guys like Yedlin? What are we looking for in this set of games against Cuba and Canada. Always stick to @WFT_Podcast for more from us in this glorious international window.
38 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
9/30 - Man U vs Arsenal, Chelsea vs Brighton, 3rd Annual FIFA The Best Awards Rants
WE ARE BACK! Finally, Thomas is mostly 100%, so that means we will hopefully be returning to a fully 100% schedule! We start of this episode hitting some big items from the Premier League last weekend, including Manchester United, Christian Pulisic, and some truly questionable goalkeeping. We then kick it over to The Best Awards, since we haven't had a chance to properly rant about this year. It's our other tradition, so we had to go over the results. About 30% less rant than usual, some props to the winners, and of course we need to talk about the World XI. Find us @WFT_Podcast for more and wherever you get your RSS feeds!
25 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
9/18 - Quick Hitting the Champions League and Premier League
We're back! So a weird confluence of events happened. The international break deterred us (mainly Ryan) from doing an episode, but we still wanted to recap the action before the club scene picked up again. However, a day before recording, Thomas got sick. Pretty sick. After going day-to-day for much of the last week, we've decided that my voice isn't horrific enough to the human ear that I can tag along to an episode anchored by Ryan. That's right folks, Ryan's coming out party is finally here! Breaking down the big results in the Premier League, then pivoting to the Champions League where it was an extremely eventful Matchday 1. Again, apologies for the LONG journey without an episode.
38 minutes | Aug 21, 2019
8/21 - Breaking Out The Panic Meter on the Premier League, La Liga and more
We decide to break out the Panic Meter on some teams around the world. We are 1-2 weeks into the new season, but that doesn't stop us from feeling a little panicked about some teams. We, of course, of course start off in England with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal (yeah, that's right) and Newcastle. Then, based on initial results, Barcelona and PSG had rough starts to the season. Where will the panic meter fall?
32 minutes | Aug 13, 2019
8/13 - Recapping Matchday 1 in the Premier League
Nice and simple to start off the 2019/20 Premier League season. We take a look at the biggest moments from Matchday 1, including a battle of own goals, VAR "controversy" in London involving Manchester City, and the team that impressed us most to start the season. Oh yeah, we had to talk about the first World Football Talk Derby of the season. I had to take it easy on Ryan unfortunately.
67 minutes | Aug 5, 2019
8/5 - 3rd Annual Premier League Predictions
It's that time of the year, but we start off a little differently than usual. Alejandro Bedoya made a statement in the DC United vs Philadelphia game in MLS after he scored on Sunday night and called out for change following the recent acts of gun violence in America. We discuss this choice and how it has resonated around the soccer world in the United States. We then shift back to our 3rd Annual Premier League Predictions. 3rd time's the charm for Thomas, right? Who is winning the league? Did Thomas go with United again? Will Ryan believe in the loan army for Chelsea? Is Sheffield United an actual Premier League team? Will Moise Kean and Patrick Cutrone lead the Italian Striker Revolution? Yes. The answer is yes.
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