Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl talks with the prominent figures in soccer.
After Lionel Messi's latest exploits, SI's Grant Wahl, Ben Lyttleton and Avi Creditor discuss his magic, the Champions League semifinals and if we'll see a first UCL Clásico final. Also, we talk Gedion Zelalem's place with the USA U-20s and Arsenal, and SI's Brian Straus joins to help name the RBNY-NYCFC rivalry.
The Champions League final is set: Juventus will play Barcelona on June 6 in Berlin, and SI's Avi Creditor, Grant Wahl and Ben Lyttleton discuss the semifinals, whether Juve can slay another Spanish giant and wonder if managers Luis Enrique and Max Allegri are getting enough credit. SI's Brian Straus joins the fray to pay tribute to the careers of Brad Friedel and Dwayne De Rosario, with both announcing their retirements this week.
Veteran reporter Jeremy Schaap joins Grant Wahl to talk about his E:60 documentary on Sepp Blatter and FIFA. As the FIFA presidential election approaches and with Blatter expected to win a fifth term, a cloud of corruption hangs above him and his regime. Schaap details his documentary and much more in a fascinating conversation.
How does Jozy Altidore's injury impact the USMNT's upcoming friendlies and Gold Cup? Who will step into his role? On the women's end, which of a deep forward corps should start in Canada? What does NASL's expansion to Miami mean for MLS's aspirations there? And how is RSL approaching Jason Kreis's return to Rio Tinto Stadium? SI's Avi Creditor, Grant Wahl and Liviu Bird supply the answers to all of those questions.
What's it like watching Barcelona and Bayern Munich advance in the Champions League at a Barcelona AND Bayern Munich bar? What do we make of the Montreal Impact's first-leg edge over Club America in the CCL final? SI's Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor discuss.
The Montreal Impact were close, but came up short of making CONCACAF Champions League history. SI's Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor make sense of the Impact's CCL run and ponder its big-picture ramifications.
The Planet Fútbol Podcast makes its long-awaited return prior to the USA's friendly vs. Mexico. What is Clint Dempsey's future with the national team? How does the USA shape up vs. El Tri? SI's Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor discuss, while also examining the Montreal Impact's surprise showing in the CCL.
SI's Brian Straus, Liviu Bird and Avi Creditor breaks down the latest edition of Dos-A-Cero, after Jordan Morris's surprise heroics lifted the USA to another win over Mexico. Also, can Barcelona's star trio be stopped in the Champions League?
The latest FIFA scandal has stolen the headlines, with the FBI, DOJ and IRS going at the world's governing body of soccer and making arrests to high-ranking officials. SI's Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor touch on the wide-ranging scandal, what comes next and how it could impact soccer in the USA, in addition to sharing a couple of first-hand stories that show what FIFA corruption is all about.
What was Sepp Blatter's motivation for announcing he would resign, and what does that mean for the future of FIFA? Is true reform actually on the way? On the field, the Women's World Cup and Champions League final take center stage. SI's Grant Wahl, Brian Straus, Ben Lyttleton and Avi Creditor break it all down during a landmark week in world soccer.