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

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Goals, tragedies, victories, politics—and, yes, songs. Host David Goldblatt is back to guide you through football's biggest tournament! Season 2 starts June 8, 2018.

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To the Victor Goes the Umbrella

July 17th, 2018

33:19

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

27:46

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

28:09

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

25:11

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

25:39

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

23:01

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

25:15

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

25:58

“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

30:37

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

34:07

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

32:45

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

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

April 26th, 2018

35:12

“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

31:42

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

18:29

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

31:11

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

25:36

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

25:38

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

27:46

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

1:53

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

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