7/1 – Women’s World Cup Quarterfinals, Copa America Quarterfinals, Transfer Window Roundup

We are back to bring forth the excitement surrounding the U.S. Women’s National Team’s Semifinal advancement. We talk their huge upset over France and look ahead to their huge clash against England. Winner gets Netherlands or Sweden!

We then move to the Copa America Quarterfinals and discuss going straight to penalties after 90 minutes. We then quickly acknowledge Canada’s horrific collapse/Haiti’s monumental victory in the Gold Cup Quarterfinals.

We round out with some transfer talk as we dwell upon Manchester United, Chelsea, Milan and more!

USA! USA! USA!

Rapid Fire Transfers – July 1st Deals Part 2

The July 1st deals continue to roll in as the official opening of the transfer window draws closer.

Joel Campbell – Arsenal > Free Agent The Costa Rican was purchased by Arsenal for 1M Euros in 2011 but hasn’t had full blown success with the capital club. Between injuries and a plethora of loans, Campbell made just 40 appearances in that 7-season stretch with the club. He most recently went on loan to Real Betis where he made 9 total appearances and played just 232 minutes.

Ovie Ejaria – Liverpool U23 > Rangers – Loan – The U-20 World Cup Winner with England spent the second half of last season with a woeful Sunderland side. He made 11 appearances. He spent the first half with Liverpool’s U-23 side and also made 11 appearances in Premier League 2.

Thomas Delaney – Werder Bremen > Dortmund – 20M Euros – Delaney, who joined Bremen in January of 2017 for just 2 million, made 36 appearances for the Bundesliga club in the 17/18 season. Dortmund was wise to snap up this deal before Delaney has a potentially eye-opening World Cup with Denmark.

Karl Toko Ekambi – Angers > Villarreal – 18M Euros – Africa Cup of Nations winner Ekambi joins the Spanish side after 17 goals and 6 assists in 39 appearances for Angers. The 25-year-old Cameroon international joined Angers in 2016 for 1M.

Jonny Evans – West Brom > Leicester – 4M Euros – Evans was purchased cheap due to a cheap relegation release clause and Leicester have an early run to the steal of the summer so far.

Emre Can – Liverpool > Free – A transfer many knew was coming ahead of time, Can leaves Liverpool to sign with any club on a free transfer. He has been heavily rumored to be going to Juventus.

Jon Flanagan – Liverpool > Free – Flanagan gets let go on a free after spending his entire career in the Liverpool system. He most recently went out on loan to Bolton for the second half of the season, where he made 9 appearances in the Championship last season.

Terence Kongolo – Monaco > Huddersfield – 20M Euros – Huddersfield makes Kongolo’s move permanent after a successful second-half spell with the Terriers’s safety attempts.

 

6/13 – Spain Sacks Julen Lopetegui! United 2026 Wins World Cup Bid Vote!

We weren’t SUPPOSED to have an episode today, but things escalated for Spain very much over the last 24 hours. They are now trying to avoid an incredible humiliation in the 2018 World Cup as Fernando Hierro takes over for Lopetegui 2 days before a huge game against Portugal.

We also discuss the exciting news of the United 2026 Bid winning the hosting rights for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The Final is going to be played right in our backyard and we could not be more excited for this tournament.

Don’t forget about our 1-year Podversary giveaway! Full details are within the pod but your FIFA World Cup Bracket could win some WC-related merch! Use the join lobby code ’19bf124b’ – and let us know your username through email (worldfootballtalk2@gmail.com) or Twitter (WFT_Podcast) to be eligible to claim your prize if you win! Unfortunately, this will be confined to just U.S. listeners only due to shipping complications.

6/11 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Preview: Our Groups, Favorites and Dark Horses

It’s finally here! Every group. Every result. Every upset.

See who we had ultimately coming out on top of the world. We also had some intriguing matchups and upsets in here. One of us had a team that gets to the Quarterfinals, while the other had them finishing 4th in the group (not Nigeria). Some of these combinations were wild.

Don’t forget about our 1-year Podversary giveaway! Full details are within the pod but your FIFA World Cup Bracket could win some WC-related merch! Use the join lobby code ’19bf124b’ – and let us know your username through email (worldfootballtalk2@gmail.com) or Twitter (WFT_Podcast) to be eligible to claim your prize if you win! Unfortunately, this will be confined to just U.S. listeners only due to shipping complications.

Rapid Fire Transfers – July 1st Deals Part 1

Welcome to the first summer edition of Rapid Fire Transfers! Of course, with the transfer not officially open, no deals were officially put through, but many were already agreed upon. Here is Part 1 of all the notable deals going through on July 1.

German Pezzella – Real Betis -> Fiorentina – 9M E – The 26-year old Argentinean CB moves from Spain to Italy permanently after 35 appearances for Fiorentina in the 17/18 season. The former Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores winner had spent the season at Fiorentina for a loan fee of 500,000 E.

Nordi Mukiele – Montpellier -> RB Leipzig – 16M E – The 20-year-old French RB makes a high-profile move to Leipzig after 39 appearances with Montpellier in Ligue 1 and the 2 French Cups. Montpellier turns a nice profit on the youngster who scored an average 7.2 rating on WhoScored for his Ligue 1 appearances. They bought him from Stade Laval for 1.5M E in 2015.

John Terry – Aston Villa -> Free – The 37-year old Terry spent the season in Villa’s failed Playoff attempt to reach the Premier League and will mull over his options going forward.

Martin Dubravka – Sparta Praha -> Newcastle Untied – 4M E – Dubravka spent the second half of the 17/18 season on loan at Newcastle and conceded 11 goals in 12 games and posted 4 shutouts. He had gone to Newcastle for a loan fee of 2M E in January.

Jose Manuel Arnaiz – Barcelona B -> Barcelona – Promotion – Arnaiz will be moving to the main squad following a 21 cap, 6 goal, 4 assist season with the second team. He also made 5 appearances for the Catalan side with a 5′ appearance in January in the league against Levante and played in 4 Copa del Rey games and scored 3 goals. The 23-year-old LW moved from Real Valladolid last summer to the Barca academy or 3.4M E.

Sergi Palencia – Barcelona B -> Barcelona – Promotion – Palencia follows suit with Arnaiz after a 31 goal, 2 assist season in LaLiga 2. The 22-year old RB has spent his entire youth career at Barcelona and won the UEFA Youth League with the U19 side in 13/14.

Marc Cucurella – Barcelona B -> Barcelona – Promotion – The teenage LB  spent just a season at Barca B after coming from the Juvenil squads. Cucurella made 37 appearances in LaLiga 2, along with a 7-minute appearance against Real Murcia.

Ivan Marcano – Porto -> Roma – Free Transfer – Marcano moves to Italy after 4 successful seasons with Porto. The Portuguese Champion registered 46 total caps for Porto this season, including 7 in the Champions League.

Demba Ba  – Goztepe -> SH Shenhua – Free Transfer – The former Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle man continues to yo-yo around. In 2015, Demba Ba moved from Besiktas to Shenhua for 13M E. He then moved back to Besiktas on loan for 6 months in 2017. At the winter deadline this year, Demba Ba moved to Goztepe on a free. He made 13 appearances in the Super Lig and scored 7 goals, but will move back to Shenhua on a free transfer.

Mathieu Flamini – Getafe -> Without Club – The former Milan and Arsenal man had spent just 4 months with Getafe after signing on a free. After being released from Arsenal in 2016, Flamini spent the 16/17 season with Crystal Palace before spending the first half of this season without a club.

Stay tuned for the latest transfer news and rumors!

6/5 – Official Premier League Recap: Looking Back on Predictions, Assessing Every Team

After a long, painful season for both of us, it’s finally time to tie a bow on the 2017-18 English Premier League Season!

We go team-by-team and look back at our official predictions from early August and assess our eye test. Ryan fared a lot better than Thomas.

We also touch upon briefly of what we expect of next season and some EPL-related transfer rumors already buzzing around.

Don’t forget about our 1-year Podversary giveaway! Full details are within the pod but your FIFA World Cup Bracket could win some WC-related merch! Use the join lobby code ’19bf124b’ – and let us know your username through email (worldfootballtalk2@gmail.com) or Twitter (WFT_Podcast) to be eligible to claim your prize if you win! Unfortunately, this will be confined to just U.S. listeners only due to shipping complications.

5/27 – Real Madrid are Champions League Winners! EFL Championship Final and MLS Recap

Karius. Loris Karius. We break down why he is the hero for one of us and why he is the bane of the other’s existence (by anti-Madrid bias). We break down the entire Champions League Final, including both incredibly important injuries, tactical breakdown and reaction to all 4 goals.

We also talk about Fulham confirming promotion to the Premier League and all the happenings around a busy weekend in MLS.

Don’t forget about our 1-year Podversary giveaway! Full details are within the pod but your FIFA World Cup Bracket could win some WC-related merch! Use this link – bracketchallenge.fifa.com/bracket/leag…oin/19bf124b – and let us know your username through email (worldfootballtalk2@gmail.com) or Twitter (WFT_Podcast) to be eligible to claim your prize if you win! Unfortunately, this will be confined to just U.S. listeners only due to shipping complications.

What 2 Watch – 8/19/17 Morning – EPL, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2

7:30 a.m. – Bundesliga 2 Round 3 – Ingolstadt vs Jahn Regensburg

Where: Fox Soccer Match Pass

Ingolstadt and Regensburg both started the season with two losses and are quickly in the discussion for potential relegation even further.

7:30 a.m. – Bundesliga 2 Round 3 – Nurnberg vs Union Berlin

Where: Fox Soccer Match Pass

Both Nurnberg and Berlin started the season in fine form with two wins.

8:30 a.m. – English Premier League Round 2 – Huddersfield Town vs Newcastle United

Where: fuboTV, NBCSN, NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Sport 24, TalkSport Radio World

A battle of two newly-promoted sides will face off to distance themselves from any possible relegation talks. Newcastle opened with a disappointing opening loss, while Huddersfield wildly impressed.

9:00 a.m. – Ligue 1 Round 3 – Lille vs Caen

Where: fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect USA

Lille were given a taste of their own medicine in Round 2 when they lost to Strasbourg 3-0, the same scoreline as their opening win. Caen has opened their season with identical 1-0 losses.

9:30 a.m. – Bundesliga Round 1 – Freiburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Where: fuboTV, Fox Sports 1 USA, Fox Sports Go, Fox Deportes, Sport 24 Extra, Fox Soccer Match Pass

10:00 a.m. – Swiss Super League Round 5 – Basel vs Lugano

Where: fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect USA

After opening the season with a loss, Basel have now won three in a row and are just one point behind first.

10:00 a.m. – Swiss Super League Round 5 – Grasshopper vs St. Gallen

Where: fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect USA

Grasshopper has had a disappointing opening to the season with three losses out of four and face a St. Gallen side that has started 2-1-1.

11:00 a.m. – English Premier League Round 2 – Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

Where: fuboTV, NBCSN, Telemundo, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC Sports Live, Chelsea TV Online, Sport 24, SiriusXM FC, TalkSport Radio World, Spurs Live Match Centre

Early in this season, there will be a London Derby and it will be between a Chelsea side that was woeful in their opener and a Spurs side that is chomping at the bit to get one over their rivals.

11:00 a.m. – Ligue 1 Round 3 – Olympique Marseille vs Angers

Where: fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect USA

Marseille have opened the new season with two wins and will look to continue that against an Angers side that has opened with a win and a draw.

 

What 2 Watch – 8/19/17 Evening – MLS, NWSL, Liga MX, NASL

All times Eastern Standard

7:00 p.m. – NWSL – Sky Blue vs Seattle Reign

Where: go90, NWSLsoccer.com

Sky Blue has now lost three straight as they attempt to push for a playoff spot while Seattle broke a two-game losing streak as they cling to fourth place, the final playoff spot.

7:30 p.m. – MLS – Montreal Impact vs Real Salt Lake

Where: DirecTV, MLS Live, KMYU Utah, ESPN 700

Despite a poor start to the 2017 season, Salt Lake is now undefeated in their last 6 matches. With a convoluted, uneven schedule, RSL is just 3 points out of the playoffs. Montreal is undefeated in their last three games and are also just outside playoff contention.

7:30 p.m. – MLS – Orlando City SC vs Columbus Crew

Where: DirecTV, MLS Live, WRDQ TV 27, CW Columbus – WWHO, Spectrum Sports Ohio, BCSN 2

Orlando City has hit a bit of hard times, going undefeated in their last 5 and plummeting to an 8-6-10 record for the season. They will take on a Crew side that is clinging to their playoff spot and have a very average 11-2-12 record this season.

7:30 p.m. – NASL Fall Season – NY Cosmos vs Indy Eleven

Where: fuboTV, beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports Connect USA, MSG, My Indy TV – WNDY, MSG Go

1-1-1 Cosmos will take on the 1-0-2 Indy Eleven in a game that can help propel one of these sides up the table and in a better position to chase the sole top playoff spot.

8:00 p.m. – MLS – Chicago Fire vs Toronto

Where: DirecTV, MLS Live, CSN Chicago, SiriusXM FC

While Chicago continues to struggle and tumble down the East, Toronto has managed to stay undefeated in 6 in their quest to win the 2017 Supporter’s Shield.

8:00 p.m. – NASL Fall Season – San Francisco Deltas vs North Carolina

Where: Twitter

The Deltas have the opportunity to keep pace with first-place Puerto Rico in the fourth round of the Fall Season.

8:00 p.m. – Liga MX Apertura Round 5 – Tigres UANL vs Pumas UNAM

Where: fuboTV, Univision Deportes USA, Univision USA, Facebook Live, Univision Now

This high-profile clash will see plenty of exposure as a struggling Tigres side will face a Pumas squad that has also struggled, starting the season 2-0-2.

8:06 p.m. – Liga MX Apertura Round 5 – Leon vs Monterrey

Where: fuboTV, ESPN Deportes USA, ESPN3 USA, ESPN Deportes+ USA, WatchESPN, Galavision, Univision Now

Monterrey, who have started the season in a blistering 3-1-0 form, will take on Leon, who have started 1-1-2.

8:30 p.m. – MLS – Sporting KC vs Dallas

Where: fuboTV, DirecTV, Fox Sports Go, MLS Live, Fox Sports Kansas City, KTXA Dallas

The West is clogged at the top and with two games in hand, Dallas can still stake their claim to taking the West. They will have to overcome their 0-1-2 stretch in their last three as they take on SKC, who are just ahead of them in points at the three-way tie for first.

9:00 p.m. – MLS – Colorado Rapids vs DC United

Where: DirecTV, MLS Live, NewsChannel 8, Altitude Sports

Both of these sides have struggled mightily in their respective conferences, but they can prove to their fan bases that there are some bright spots to be taken this season.

10:00 p.m. – MLS – Vancouver Whitecaps vs Houston Dynamo

Where: DirecTV, MLS Live, The KUBE, AFN Sports 2, SiriusXM FC

The Dynamo have had a breakout season, now going undefeated in their last six games. They have to keep it going as they are one of three teams tied atop the Western Conference.

10:00 p.m. – NWSL – Portland Thorns vs Houston Dash

Where: go90, NWSLsoccer.com

The Portland Thorns will need to keep a winning form going if they have any hopes of catching up to the North Carolina Courage for top seed in the playoffs.

10:06 p.m. – Liga MX Apertura Round 5 – Guadalajara vs Puebla

Where: fuboTV, Univision Deportes USA, Univision USA, Chivas TV, Univision Now

Chivas and Puebla have both had poor starts to the season and both sides will be itching to turn it around in the new season.

10:30 p.m. – MLS – SJ Earthquakes vs Philadelphia Union

Where: DirecTV, MLS Live, CSN California, NBC Sports California

The ‘Quakes are currently holding the last spot in the Western Conference Playoffs while the Union are some ways away from achieving a playoff spot in the East.

 

What 2 Watch – 8/19/17 Midday – La Liga, Premier League, Bundesliga, Liga NOS, NWSL, Liga MX, Ligue 1, Serie A

12:00 p.m. – Serie A Round 1 – Juventus vs Cagliari – Allianz Stadium, Turin

Where: fuboTV, beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports Connect USA

Defending champions Juve will open the season with a manageable game against Cagliari.

12:15 p.m. – La Liga Round 1 – Celta De Vigo vs Real Sociedad – Estadio de Balaídos, Vigo

Where: fuboTV, beIN Sports en Espanol, beIN Sports Connect USA

Celta opens up the season against Sociedad coming off a strong 2016-17 season.

12:30 p.m. – English Premier League Round 2 – Stoke City vs Arsenal – bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent

Where: fuboTV, NBC USA, NBC Sports Live, Universo, Universo Now, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Arsenal Player, TalkSport Radio World

Arsenal are coming off an unconvincing opening game against Leicester and will look to prove that fans can be confident under Arsene Wenger.

12:30 p.m. – Bundesliga Round 1 – Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig – Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen

Where: fuboTV, Fox Sports 1 USA, Fox Sports Go, Univision Deportes USA, Fox Soccer Match Pass

Leipzig surprised many with their 2016-17 debut in the Bundesliga and will now look to continue to impress in both the league and Champions League.

12:30 p.m. – English Championship Round 4 – Sunderland vs Leeds United – Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Where: ESPN3 USA, WatchESPN

A high-profile matchup is in store for the Championship as Saturday’s main event sees Sunderland look to make an early statement for re-promotion against Leeds, who were in constant conversation for promotion last season.

1:15 p.m. – Liga NOS Round 3 – Vitoria Guimaraes vs Sporting CP – Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães

Where: fuboTV, GolTV USA, GolTV Espanol, Antena 1 – RTP

Sporting have opened the season with two wins and will look to keep pace with Porto and Benfica in the league title race.

2:00 p.m. – Ligue 1 Round 3 – Nice vs Guingamp – Allianz Riviera, Nice

Where: fuboTV

Nice is coming off a disastrous loss to Napoli in the Champions League Playoff First Leg and will look to regain momentum going into the Second Leg.

2:15 p.m. – La Liga Round 1 – Girona vs Atletico Madrid – Estadio Municipal de Montilivi, Girona

Where: fuboTV, beIN Sports en Espanol, beIN Sports Connect USA

Girona will be welcomed into La Liga by the mighty Atletico Madrid.

2:45 p.m. – Serie A Round 1 – Hellas Verona vs Napoli – Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona

Where: fuboTV, beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports Connect USA

Hellas Verona will return to Serie A with a daunting task against a Napoli side that looked impressive in their Champions League Playoff Round First Leg matchup.

3:30 p.m. – NWSL – North Carolina Courage vs Washington Spirit – WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary

Where: fuboTV, Lifetime, NWSLsoccer.com

The Courage are now undefeated in their last three matches and will take on last-place Washington. The Courage can extend their first-place lead to 8 points with a win.

3:30 p.m. – Liga NOS Round 3 – Benfica vs Belenenses – Estádio da Luz, Lisabon

Where: fuboTV, GolTV USA, GolTV Espanol, Benfica TV – BTV 1, BTV Online, Benfica TV Live Match

Benfica are now undefeated in their last 17 matches in the league and will look to keep that run going in Lisbon.

4:00 p.m. – NWSL – Boston Breakers vs Orlando Pride – Jordan Field, Boston

Where: go90, NWSLsoccer.com

Orlando comes into this one just 1 point off a playoff spot and are undefeated in their last three. They will face a Boston side that hasn’t won in 6 and is tied for last place.

4:15 p.m. – La Liga Round 1 – Sevilla vs Espanyol – Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla

Where: fuboTV, beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports en Espanyol, beIN Sports Connect USA

Sevilla, who faded towards the end of 2016-17, will look to start strong against Espanyol.

6:00 p.m. – Liga MX Apertura Round 5 – Cruz Azul vs Atlas – Estadio Azul, Mexico City

Where: fuboTV, Univision Deportes USA

Two sides that are clinging to playoff spots in this early season, Atlas and Cruz Azul will look to build on their six points from the first four games.