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

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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 rout of Saudi Arabia, dissect Vladimir Putin’s upstaging of the FIFA Congress, and talk with football journalist Tim Vickery about whether Lionel Messi and the rest of South America’s stars can restore the continent’s football glory. Finally, we hear from Shireen Ahmed about how the hopes of Toronto’s Muslim diaspora rise and fall on Mo Salah’s sore shoulder. And of course, we tell you what to watch this weekend.

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July 13th, 2018

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June 26th, 2018

25:15

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June 22nd, 2018

25:58

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June 19th, 2018

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1:53

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

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