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The challenges of coaching in the 4th division w/ David Lindholm
David Lindholm, who worked in the front offices of several MLS teams, was last on the podcast to discuss his essay for Howler on why the best American goalkeepers tend to be bald. Now he returns as the head coach of the NPSL’s Stockade FC of Kingston, NY, to describe the special challenges of coaching a team of aspiring amateurs. Then Edward Domain, a citizen of St. Louis, joins to discuss the particulars of St. Louis’s public financing plan for the proposed MLS stadium, which he says unfairly burdens the taxpayers of downtown St. Louis who would be better served if their money went to pay for basics such as health, safety, and transportation. (Here is his blog post that got George interested in speaking with him in the first place.)Win a set of these Umbro x Howler kits (short shorts included) for your team.Support the pod by subscribing to Howler and save 15% with the code ILISTEN.Sign up for the Dummy email list. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
David Peace talks Red or Dead
This week, Dennie Wendt and David Peace discuss his masterpiece, Red or Dead—the first selection of the Howler Book Club. We’ve published several essays about the book on the website.•Join the Dummy email list.•Dummy is supported by Futchi. Get $20 off a Futchi Rebounder with the promo code HOWLER. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1v1 with José Mourinho: “Man. United—the question is: why the last three seasons were so bad?”
This week on Dummy we have a special guest. You might call him the most special guest we could possibly book. In fact, he might even say that about himself. José Mourinho talks about the methods he uses to revamp a club when he takes over as manager--in this case, Manchester United. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Goldblatt on Russian hooligans, protests, and ticket prices, plus George and Bobby go gay 4 soccer
David joins on the eve of his trip to Marseille to talk about the unrest rocking France and the sky-high ticket prices at the Copa Centenario with George. Then George and Bobby speak with Chris Billig, the man behind @gay4soccer, to talk about how soccer communities can be more inclusive and try, even in small ways, to combat the bigotry that leads to unspeakable crimes like the one that recently took place in Orlando. In Tiki Talka, Bobby suggests a new look at hand balls and George talks about a man who can't seem to keep his hands off his balls even when he knows he on TV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Argentina’s Soccer Murders & What the U.S. Got Right Against Costa Rica
George and Bobby welcome Amos Barshad, who wrote in The Fader about the murders that have ripped apart the mafia-style barra brava of Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario, Argentina. George and Bobby also discuss the U.S. performance against Costa Rica—in particular, how the U.S. improved on its lack of movement versus Colombia, which was the topic of discussion in this week’s episode of The Play. Check out howlermagazine.com/podcasts and click on this week’s episode to see a gif of Bobby’s absolute golazo from the weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why American soccer is wealthier and whiter than other sports
On Wednesday in the Guardian, Les Carpenter published a story about the ways poor and marginalized youths are excluded from playing soccer and the implications for the professional game. Les joins Bobby, George, and Greg Howard of the New York Times, who has written extensively about race and sports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
PODCAST DEBUT: The Double Pivot
Introducing The Double Pivot, hosted by Mike Goodman and Michael Caley. The Double Pivot is for people who want smart commentary with a healthy dose of analytics to back it up. First up: the Copa América, and why Argentina’s 2 to 1 odds to win it is a tad, shall we say, crazy. Mike and Mike also discuss what they’ll be watching for in the early matches, what to make of the USMNT right now, and touch on a few predictions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BONUS DUMMY: Extra Dumb with Danny Karbassiyoon
Danny takes questions from Twitter (and George) covering topics like the first things he looks for as a scout, why even perfectly healthy Arsenal reserves find it hard to build their careers after leaving the club, and how do players communicate with each other when the stadium is too loud for them to hear what their teammates are saying. Also: we apologize for the relatively poor state of Danny‘s audio quality, but it’s definitely worth listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
DUMMY: Blackburn Rovers and Khalida’s Story
In the spirit of Leicester City’s current Premier League run, George and Bobby are joined by Kristan Heneage to discuss the 1994–95 Blackburn Rovers championship-winning season and the state of the English game at the time and now. We then hear from Khalida Popal, who shares her inspiring story about her time with the Afghanistan women’s national team, her move to Denmark, and her efforts in releasing a national team uniform with a built-in hijab. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Behind Enemy Lines
This week on DUMMY, George and Bobby discuss the everyday realities of searching for a club as an unattached player. They are then joined by renowned soccer journalist Grant Wahl, who shares what it was like to cover FIFA’s presidential election. Finally, George and Bobby speak with Aaron Gordon about ‘The Replay,’ a project that allows fans to review and re-live some fantastic games of the past. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
DUMMY: Anfield Protests and Olympic Qualifiers
On this week’s DUMMY, David Goldblatt makes a long-awaited return to discuss the 77th-minute walkout by 10,000 Liverpool fans last weekend at Anfield. They were protesting a rise in ticket prices announced for next season, a decision the club has since reversed. Next, Jen Cooper of the Mixxed Zone podcast tells George about the somewhat drastic changeover in the USWNT roster for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, which begins today in Houston. She also previews the group stages and projects the knockout rounds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can you write about soccer without writing about politics? Should you?
A liberal soccer journalist (George) speaks with a conservative soccer journalist (Dave Martinez, formerly of Empire of Soccer) about Bryan Curtis’s essay in The Ringer about how sports journalism has become the domain of lefties. But first, Will Parchman discusses his story about Bayer Leverkusen from the new issue of Howler and details what American teams could learn about how the club goes about scouting local talent, developing community ties, and spending limited resources.Subscribe to Howler and save 15% with the code ILISTEN. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Clint Irwin steps into the time machine
First, we catch up with Clint Irwin, starting goalkeeper for Toronto FC ahead of Saturday’s MLS Cup final, aka the Biggest Game of His Life. Then, we hop back to the summer of 2015, when George was passing through Denver and dropped in on the Colorado Rapids starting goalkeeper, Clint Irwin. Same guy! In that interview, Clint tells his amazing story of bouncing around the lower leagues of American and Canadian soccer before finally making it in MLS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
David Beckham enters Cuban exile politics
This week, George chats with Robert Andrew Powell, who has been writing about Beckham and Miami for Howler for several years. (Read his profile of Beckham’s business partner, the Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure, here.) They discuss the announcement, on Monday, that MLS had accepted the Beckham group’s bid to join the league—outside of the ongoing expansion process. The announcement closely mirrored a similar press conference four years ago: no team name, colors, or locked-down stadium location. What’s new? The addition to the ownership group of the Mas brothers, sons of an iconic Cuban exile who left behind a controversial legacy as one of Miami’s most prominent anti-Castro figures. Read Robert’s latest update for Howler here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Possible outcomes for the the USSF election
Jason Davis spends 10 hours a week talking in public about American soccer on his Sirius radio show. Now that the field has been narrowed to eight candidates, he and George discuss what could happen, what’s likely to happen, and what they hope will happen. They also discuss what a Wynalda or Carter presidency would mean for Major League Soccer and more broadly for the future of the game in the US.We released the cover of our new issue today. You can save 15% on a subscription (or a gift) with code GIVEAHOWLER at fifa.wtf/gethowler.Support the show for as little as $3 per month and you can send in questions and comments for the new “Ask a Dummy” segment at the end of each episode. fifa.wtf/supportdummy. Thanks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Some perspective on our current “crisis”
My scheduled interview fell through, so when my dad stopped by, I made him sit down and answer my questions about how American soccer has changed since he arrived from England in the early 1970s to play college soccer and then in the old NASL. It was a nice reminder that even though we might think we’re in a moment of crisis, things actually seem quite stable and positive to someone who was around back then. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Soccer Team
Today, two very emotional interviews about the prospect (possibility? probability?) that Anthony Precourt, owner of the Columbus Crew since 2013, will move the team to Austin, Texas. First, George speaks with lifelong Crew supporter Morgan Hughes. Then he discusses the possible relocation with Josh Jackson, a member of MLS to Austin.Enter our annual full kit wanker contest to win a free jersey from SoccerPro.com. Send a picture of yourself wearing the socks, shorts, and shirt of any team. You must be holding a copy of Howler and use the hashtag #fullkithowler. (Here are some of our submissions from last year.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
USA EPIC FAIL WTF
Howler editor George Quraishi is joined by Bobby Warshaw and Cole Grossman (former player for Real Salt Lake and Stabaek) to work through the USMNT’s loss to Trinidad and failure to make the World Cup. They discuss the short- and long-term failings of the US Soccer Federation and how they could be fixed. There is some foul language in this episode. You've been warned.George’s more considered take for Quartz is here. It begins like this:“With one half of the United States on fire and the other under water, I’m trying to avoid the use of words like “catastrophe” and “disaster” to describe what is going on in the realm of American soccer right now. But the United States men’s national team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986, and every fan is currently coping with some degree of cognitive and emotional meltdown.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Clarence Goodson on qualifying for the World Cup
Clarence Goodson was a center back for the U.S. men’s national team during two World Cup qualifying cycles. He joins to discuss his compatriots trying to make it to Russia, his career, his work with the MLS players union, and why he built a 5-aside soccer court at his old elementary school. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A UCLA law prof on NASL vs. USSF
The U.S. Soccer Federation recently demoted the North American Soccer League from division two to division three status, and now the NASL is suing the USSF not only over this designation but over the governing body’s right to designate pro leagues at all. UCLA law professor Steven Bank joins to discuss the suit.Save 15% on your Howler subscription with code PODSUB15 at fifa.wtf/gethowler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Dirty Tackle podcast goes studs up into your eardrums
Last year, Dirty Tackle joined up with whatahowler.com, and now the dudes have their own hilarious podcast. In this episode of Dummy, George and Dirty Tackle impresario Brooks Peck talk about why players in Europe are funnier than those in America, why covering FIFA will never be boring, and how Brooks came to own a pink Palermo jersey. Also: Does Zlatan feel empathy? Is Bastian Schweinsteiger bored? And Gigi Buffon has kind grandpa eyes, don't you think? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mountain of Fire and Miracles FC w/ Goldblatt
David Goldblatt just got back from Nigeria, where he watched A LOT of soccer, including Lagos’s entry in the Nigerian top flight, Mountain of Fire and Miracles FC. He and George also talk about the Madrid vs. Munich Champions League quarterfinal and disagree about whether we should start using instant replay to officiate soccer matches. And he weighs in on the CANUSAMEX 2026 and offers a more hopeful verdict than either George or Jamil could come up with last week.Next, George interviews Austin da Luz of North Carolina FC about his initiative Playing for Pride. He and a bunch of other professional players have pledged to donate small amounts for each match they play in order to support the Human Rights Campaign’s fight to extend equal rights to LGBQT people. You can support Playing for Pride here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
CANUSAMEX ’26 and the future of the World Cup
Jamil Chade is a sports business journalist for O Estado de Saõ Paulo who is based in Switzerland, where he covers FIFA and the IOC. On this episode he chats with George about the internal politics that make the joint North American WC bid for 2026 likely to succeed, and what the changes it entails mean for FIFA and for the future of the World Cup.Check out The Goalmouth, our five-minute daily morning podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Meet Cyril the Swan, outlaw mascot
Jeff Maysh wrote one of Howler’s best-loved stories, about the West Ham fan who heckled his way onto the field for his favorite team in a pre-season friendly back in 1994. Now he’s back to discuss his latest story for Howler, about an equally colorful character: Cyril the Swan and the man behind the beak. Cyril may have helped save Swansea City when it was on the brink of dropping out of professional football in the late 1990s, and his antics made him a bonafide celebrity. Then he was arrested. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Do soccer stats pit quantity vs. quality?
After Minnesota United’s Jeb Brovsky wrote about the shortcomings of statistical analysis for whatahowler.com two weeks ago, our friend Oliver Miller-Farrell emailed George and Bobby to say that while Jeb wasn't wrong, he might have been “stats-abused.” (Oliver works for Opta in New York.) So on today’s episode, Jeb and Oliver join Bobby and George to talk about how we quantify soccer and soccer players and how statistical analysis can benefit teams and fans.This week’s episode is a co-production of Dummy and The Play.Save 15% on a Howler subscription with the code ILISTEN. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Podcast Details
Started
Nov 10th, 2015
Latest Episode
Sep 20th, 2018
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
113
Avg. Episode Length
42 minutes
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