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Game of Our Lives

20 EpisodesProduced by JettyWebsite

Whether you call it football or soccer, you can’t understand it without understanding the modern world — and you can’t understand the modern world without understanding its most popular sport. Join host David Goldblatt for conversations about politics, culture, economics, immigration, religion, cine… read more

20 Episodes | 2018

To the Victor Goes the Umbrella

July 17th, 2018


France took home the trophy, but we all know who really won the World Cup: Vladimir Putin (who somehow ended up with the only umbrella in Moscow). In their Season 2 adieu, David, Tony, and Kanishk share their top …

Three Lions and a Funeral

July 13th, 2018


All right… maybe we jinxed it. But now that he’s ripped off the Band-Aid, David’s ready to take a hard look at England’s last game (and anyway, his money is on France). Misery loves company, so he calls up journalist …

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Havelange

July 10th, 2018


England is divided, but in the midst of political upheaval at home comes a moment of destiny on the pitch. David’s a mess, Kanishk Tharoor is back to …

Shhhh … Don’t Jinx It

July 6th, 2018


David goes to the mat for England as he dares to dream of a World Cup victory for the Three Lions; meanwhile, his guest, writer Kanishk Tharoor, hopes they lose — call it payback for a couple centuries of empire. With …

From Russia With Pride

July 3rd, 2018


Are penalty kicks any way to decide a match? David and Tony disagree — but we know how Russia feels. And as fans chant freely in stadiums from St. …

What If...?

June 29th, 2018


On the verge of packing their bags for home, Mexico got a reprieve when South Korea beat Germany in a stunning upset. Now the country’s fans are …

Operation Double Eagle

June 26th, 2018


Surprise! Despite FIFA policy, political provocations abound at the World Cup. This week we talk about rumors of Mo Salah’s impending exit from Team …

It’s All Fun and Games Until the Nationalists Show Up

June 22nd, 2018


“If football nations were rappers, Brazil would be Tupac.” Guest Musa Okwonga from the New York Times blew up on Twitter last week with his arch …

Iran v. Nike, Iceland Rising, and the Goal That Shook the Earth

June 19th, 2018


And we’re not even a week into the World Cup. From Iceland’s unexpected draw with Argentina to Mexico’s seismic win over Germany, David & crew revel in the opening weekend’s action. Plus, Iranian journalist Mani …

Russia’s Big Win, the NAFTA World Cup, and the Future of South American Football

June 15th, 2018


It’s on! Preening pop stars, a surprise home team blowout, and a handshake seen ‘round the world. Host David Goldblatt and crew break down Russia’s …

Everything You Don't Understand About Russia: World Cup 2018

June 8th, 2018


Vladimir Putin: we've seen him shirtless on horseback, wielding a hockey stick, and maneuvering for global domination. But how does Putin's Russia …

COMING SOON: Game of Our Lives Season 2 — World Cup

June 6th, 2018


Goals, tragedies, victories, politics—and, yes, songs. Host David Goldblatt is back to guide you through football's biggest tournament! Season 2 …

Italy: Football, Fascism, and the World Cup — with John Foot

April 26th, 2018


“We have made Italy; now we have to make Italians,” Massimo d’Azeglio famously stated. Has football made Italians? And how do the country’s anxieties …

India is In the Game — with Supriya Nair

April 19th, 2018


When the World Cup begins, the absence of just two countries will mean that over a third of the global population will not be represented. India and …

Liverpool: Rebellion and Resilience

April 12th, 2018


Liverpool is a political football city like no other. It’s also swimming in just as much money as the rest of the game. This week, Goldblatt heads to …

After Escobar — with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

April 5th, 2018


In the 1980s and 90s, Colombian football was some of the best it had ever been. The price: near-total control by the country’s drug lords. This week, …

Playing the Game, Wearing Hijab — with Shireen Ahmed

March 29th, 2018


All Shireen Ahmed wanted to do was play — but college officials kept her off the pitch because she wanted to wear her headscarf, or hijab. This week, …

Mountain of Fire and Miracles — with Godwin Enakhena

March 22nd, 2018


One of the top teams in Nigeria is Mountain of Fire and Miracles FC, a Pentecostal club in Lagos. It’s a team that provides stability for its players within the fraught world of Nigerian domestic football — and also …

Cinema of The Pitch — with Werner Herzog

March 15th, 2018


If Werner Herzog made a football movie, what would it look like? Host David Goldblatt talks football (soccer) and cinema (movies) with the celebrated …

COMING SOON: Game of Our Lives

February 28th, 2018


David Goldblatt revels in the cheeky culture of English football chants. Season 1 starts March 15, 2018.

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