We Came to Win

14 EpisodesProduced by Gimlet

Every four years, people all over the world turn their eyes, ears, and hearts toward the most exciting sports competition on the planet: The World Cup. We Came to Win tells the stories behind the tournament’s most memorable moments. Like, how did one player become a God, and a villain, after breakin… read more

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Introducing Three New Gimlet Shows

April 6th, 2018

New series premiering this April:
Sandra (April 18) 
The Habitat (April 18) 
We Came to Win (April 25)

Coming Soon

April 18th, 2018


A new show from Gimlet Media that tells stories behind the games that soccer fans can never forget—and that rest of the world couldn’t ignore. …

1. How the 1990 World Cup Saved English Soccer

April 25th, 2018

Today, the English Premier League is the richest and most watched league in the world. But rewind to the end of the eighties, and English football …

2. How Soccer Made It in America

April 25th, 2018

The year is 1989. The United States is a soccer desert, but it just won a bid to host the 1994 World Cup. If the U.S. is going to prove it deserves the honor, it’ll need to get its team to qualify for the 1990 World …

3. Zaire ‘74: The Most Misunderstood Team in History

April 25th, 2018

In 1974, the first all-black team competed at the World Cup: the national team of Zaire, now known as D.R. Congo. They were remembered for one of the strangest plays in World Cup history: a botched free kick that led …

4. The Rise and Fall of Diego Maradona

May 2nd, 2018

The retired Argentine midfielder Diego Armando Maradona is regarded by many soccer fans as the greatest player who ever lived. They’ll say he was …

5. It's a Red Card for David Beckham!

May 9th, 2018

The year is 1998. 12 years have passed since archrivals Argentina and England last met in a World Cup, but the grudges that defined that last match—most notably, the legendary Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal—are still …

6. This Is Hope Solo

May 16th, 2018

In soccer, the glory usually goes to the attacking players like Maradona, Pele, and George Best. These legends of the sport created endless highlight reels with their powerhouse performances and game-winning goals. But …

7. Dos a Cero: A Mexico-USA Rivalry Is Born

May 23rd, 2018

Every Mexico fan remembers where they watched the round of 16 match between Mexico and the United States in the 2002 World Cup. This was a defining game—one that carried the weight of past World Cup defeats and the …

8. The Underdog

May 30th, 2018

Making it to the World Cup had long been a dream of American defender Jimmy Conrad’s, and at the age of 29, he finally got his chance. U.S. coach Bruce Arena named Jimmy to the 2006 World Cup squad. Unfortunately, he …

9. The World’s Most Hated Referee

June 6th, 2018

Say the name Byron Moreno to any fan of Italian soccer and you’re likely to get the same response: that guy is the worst. It all stems from one game at the 2002 World Cup where Moreno was the referee. It was a match …

10. Mutiny at the 2015 World Cup

June 13th, 2018

For years the Spanish women’s national team was treated like an afterthought by their coach and the Spanish Football Federation. The team’s most basic needs were ignored, they were paid almost nothing, and the coach …

Introducing The Totally Football Show

June 14th, 2018


It’s World Cup time! And if you want a cheat sheet for this year’s competition, we’ve got you covered with a special episode from the gang at The Totally Football Show. Host James Richardson is joined by Michael Cox, …

Introducing Without Fail

November 28th, 2018


We Came to Win brings you WIthout Fail, a new podcast from Gimlet Media where host Alex Blumberg asks people who have pursued incredible things: what worked? What didn't? And why? On this episode, Alex talks with NBA …

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