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.

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