#167 The FIFA video game series and its lasting legacy
Soccer 101
by TSS
2d ago
Graham and Taylor are here to discuss a topic 21 years in the making: the FIFA video game series. How long has it been around? How have the games evolved over time? What are the different options to play and why you don't just have to fear mean teens on the Internet! Plus, the role the games have played in developing the game here in the US, and the future of the series with FIFA (the governing body) going their own way ..read more
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#166 What is the Copa Libertadores and why are Brazilian clubs suddenly so dominant in it?
Soccer 101
by TSS
1w ago
Graham and Taylor head to South America to discuss one of the longest-running, most prestigious club competitions in world soccer: the Copa Libertadores. What is it, how does it work, who can play in it, and how do they qualify? Plus, which clubs have been the most successful historically, and how have Brazilian clubs come to dominate it more recently ..read more
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#165 What are match programmes and why do they exist?
Soccer 101
by TSS
2w ago
It's a Ripped-from-the-headlines-of-the-life-of-Graham Special! What are match programmes and why are they still around? Do they exist in other sports and in other countries around the globe? How long have they been a thing? What are some of Graham's favorites, and will anything ever top the one with John McGinn on the cover? Answer: no ..read more
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#164 What does a captain actually do?
Soccer 101
by TSS
3w ago
On this week's episode, Graham and Taylor don their respective armbands to discuss captains in soccer. What do they actually do? For how long has the role existed? What are the different types, and styles? Who are some of the most notable captains in soccer history? And, perhaps most importantly, who is the best Scotland captain to ever roam the pitch? Graham has thoughts ..read more
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#163 What are parachute payments, why do they exist, and what are their positives and negatives?
Soccer 101
by TSS
1M ago
MONEY PLEASE! On this week's episode, we're discussing Parachute Payments! What they are, how they work, and why they exist. Plus, the benefits and drawbacks to their usage in England, the role they've played in further stratifying the English football pyramid ..read more
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#162 What is doping and how prevalent is it in soccer?
Soccer 101
by TSS
1M ago
On today's episode, Graham is fresh from some injections and ready to join Taylor in discussing doping in soccer. What is it? How many different forms of doping are there? How do players get tested and what happens if they get caught? How prevalent has it been in the history of the sport? And how widespread might it be in the present day? All that and more in a somewhat depressing but mostly enlightening conversation ..read more
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#161 Hooligans and Football: where does the term come from, when did hooliganism first come to prominence, and how prevalent does it remain today?
Soccer 101
by TSS
1M ago
This week, Graham and Taylor avoid fisticuffs to instead talk out the history of hooligans (and hooliganism) in football! We answer a variety of questions on the topic, including... 1) What does the word "hooligan" mean, and from where does it originate? 2) When were the peak years for hooliganism in football? 3) What are the most famous examples of hooligan activity in history? 4) How are hooligans and hooligan groups portrayed in media? 5) How big of a problem does it remain today ..read more
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Bonus episode! The Can I Kick It podcast discusses the new joint Anti-Discrimination Policy by MLS, MLSPA, and Black Players for Change
Soccer 101
by TSS
1M ago
A bonus episode this week! We're cross-posting an episode from our friends over at the Can I Kick It podcast. Host Elliot Bar sits down with Greggo from For the Culture to discuss the new joint Anti-Discrimination Policy by MLS, MLSPA, and Black Players for Change. They get into how the policy came to be, why it was necessary in the first place, how other leagues should take note, and much more!  --- Can I Kick it is a podcast built on telling the stories of Black athletes, coaches, and owners that have impacted the game of soccer on and off the pitch. With all the wonderful footballers f ..read more
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#160 Everything you need to know about The Designated Player Rule in Major League Soccer
Soccer 101
by TSS
1M ago
This week, Graham and Taylor discuss a topic that they somehow haven't yet discussed on the podcast... Designated Players! What is a DP? Why does the concept exist in the first place? How has the reliance on DPs evolved over time? Who are the most notable Designated Players in MLS history? What does the future hold for the DP rule? Plus, Graham helpfully runs through the list of DC United's all-time DPs while Taylor silently weeps. Enjoy ..read more
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#159 What is an interim manager, and who are the most successful examples in soccer history?
Soccer 101
by TSS
2M ago
On this week's episode, Taylor (who could be sacked at any moment) and Graham (waiting to take over as Interim Podcast Host) discuss Interim Managers. When should a club appoint one? Are there different types? Is it always a bad sign when one comes in? And who are the most successful examples in soccer history? Graham also manages to get in multiple shots at Manchester United, much to Taylor's chagrin. Enjoy ..read more
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