With Michael Davies away, Rog goes solo, welcoming USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann to the pod. Fresh from the March of the Penguins win against Costa Rica, and a gutsy draw in the Azteca thunderdome, Klinsmann candidly discusses his own identity, management style, change strategy, and vision for American soccer’s future. He is also willing to broach the big topics: the heroic role Kyle Beckerman could play for the US team at World Cup 2014 in Rio.
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The Men in Blazers go global in this week’s pod as Roger Bennett reports live from the most violent city in the world (in 2011) ahead of the United States’ World Cup qualifier against Honduras. Merry Hexmas one and all!
Meanwhile, over on the other continent, the Blazers recap a weekend of Premier League football marred by dropped points for Manchester City, Chelsea, and Everton. The pod’s dual attractions include an update on the Men in Blazers National Team, and a no-holds-barred interview with one of football’s most powerful men, a representative of football park staple Pukka Pies. Michael and Roger then offer listeners a chance to win their very own case of pies — the last obstacle to America becoming a true football nation will soon be a thing of the past.
Fox Soccer’s Rob Stone corrupts the competition… Hipster Sir Ian Darke.
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In light of today’s World Cup qualifying clash between the U.S. Men’s National Team and mighty Antigua & Barbuda, Michael Davies and Roger Bennett were graced by the dignified presence of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer on this morning’s SiriusXM program. His Excellency surveys his own national side, explains the whole Barbuda thing, and soothes the Blazered Ones’ concerns for piddling England.
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Meet the endangered armadillo that will serve as the official mascot of the 2014 World Cup. FIFA will soon hold a vote to decide the mascot’s name. How do you say Toilet in Portuguese?
In this week’s Men in Blazers podcast, Roger interviews legendary referee Abraham Klein about the 1970 World Cup, his days in the NASL, and how he’d deal with today’s petulant players. For more on Klein and his incredible personal narrative, check out Rob Smyth’s recent feature in the Guardian.
Regular listeners know how enchanted we are with the work of The Fox Soccer Report’s Michelle Lissell. Her clipped tones and careful choice of words are an enigma. Does care she about football? Does it even matter? Precious new clues to her inner self have been unearthed with the launch of her new website. We present a taste with a gallery we call Michelle Lissell At Play.
As we mentioned in the latest pod… Long before he was WWI flying ace, Scotty Parker was slinging burgers for McDonald’s.
Silky skills. Silky hair. It was a preview of the fine career to come.
Ever since FOX won the broadcast rights to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, their dancing robot has haunted my dreams. Let’s hope they ditch “Cleatus” before Russia.
The Poet Laurette of American Soccer, Ian Darke, joined Men In Blazers on SiriusXM Radio last week to discuss the public’s reaction to his dulcet tones.
Recording new Grantland podcast in a matter of mere hours. We’ll discuss at length the greatest soccer movies of all time. Any suggestions?
We know Equatorial Guinea women’s national team’s favorite. Ladybugs.