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World Cup: Episode 10: Approaching Endgame - Voices Across Russia

Former Colombia forward Juan Pablo Ángel recalls moving into now England-coach Gareth Southgate's house when they were playing in the English Premier League and he looks ahead to the World Cup round of 16 meeting between their countries. Also on the show: AP soccer writer Rob Harris talks you on a tour around Russia speaking to the supporters and AP journalists at the heart of the soccer showpiece and reviews the stunning progress of the host nation.

00:41:08 7/2/2018

Past Episodes

Jim Litke and guest co-host Rob Harris suss out how a tiny nation became a soccer superpower while previewing Croatia's World Cup final against mighty France. Former Croat hero and 1998 star Davor Suker and FIFA boss Gianni Infantino also make appearances on the World Cup review segments of the show. On the menu: The never-ending cup of coffee.
00:42:10 7/15/2018
Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg worry whether England has gone bonkers ahead of its World Cup semi against Croatia, then assess the Three Lions' chances to advance with former English star and FOX analyst Warren Barton and the AP's Rob Harris. Also on the show: an interview with Sir Geoffrey Hurst, hero of England's 1966 Cup triumph, and a wrap-up of France's 1-0 win over Belgium in the first semi with Chris Lehourites. On the menu: R.I.P. Pillsbury Dough Boy.
00:33:37 7/11/2018
Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg recall the wackiest World Cup celebration they've seen before being joined by FOX analyst and former US national team member Aly Wagner to preview France vs. Belgium and talk about the audience response to women broadcasters calling the games. Also on the show: AP soccer writer Steve Douglas from St. Petersburg on the semifinal matchup. On the menu: What dunderhead at Costco banished polish sausages from the menu?
00:31:51 7/10/2018
Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg pay their respects to the late Jim O'Connell, a giant of college basketball, then bring on newly minted U.S. citizen and "Men in Blazers" co-host Roger Bennett to demonstrate soccer really can explain the world. Also on the show: AP's Chris Lehourites recaps/previews the games and then the hosts recap a week's worth of eating in the City of Big (Pork) Shoulders.
00:33:43 7/7/2018
Two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo talks about Neymar's credentials to be crowned world player of the year and calls for his fellow Brazilian to get more protection from referees at the World Cup. Another former world champion, Lothar Matthaus, talks us through the quarterfinal matches in Russia. We also discuss the female pundits and presenters shaking up the male-dominance of World Cup broadcasts. FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani gives an insight into what a member of soccer's ruling executive does at the World Cup and whether the United States is missed at the World Cup. On the road in Russia, Rob Harris goes deep into Stalin's bunker in Samara. And we hear how the AP's Ron Blum is finding his eighth World Cup.
00:34:38 7/6/2018
Welcome to the knockout stage of the World Cup, with eight great matches over the next four days. Guest host Tim Reynolds is no fan of penalty-shot shootouts to decide anything, especially a World Cup, and he rants about this with Stuart Holden of Fox Sports and AP colleague Chris Lehourites. Much more importantly: The guys talk about the pressure on Argentina, Mexico and others, who might emerge as the champion and they even break down the mind game between striker and goalkeeper in critical moments of matches.
00:42:41 6/30/2018
Guest host Tim Reynolds breaks down how your World Cup bracket is busted, now that defending champion Germany has been sent home even before the knockout round. We talk with Fox Sports analyst and longtime U.S. goalkeeping great Tony Meola about this tournament, about defense and what the Americans have to do before they can compete for greatness on soccer's biggest stage. AP Sports Writer Chris Lehourites calls in from Moscow to sum up all of Wednesday's action, look ahead to the group-play finales on Thursday and drop a little Rolling Stones knowledge on the pod. Plus, a shoutout to the team that finished third in the 1988 Old Forge Columbus Day Soccer Tournament.
00:32:03 6/28/2018
Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg trace Mexico's soaring World Cup hopes to the top of a pyramid, then ask ESPN's Hercules Gomez and the AP's Carlos Rodriguez what will happen if El Tri lost their footing. AP international deputy sports editor Chris Lehourites boils down the last-minute action that saw both Spain and Portugal survive in a lightning recap/preview segment. On the menu: Who's got the tab?
00:34:36 6/26/2018
Co-host Jim Litke examines soccer's reluctance to deal with concussions, asking why Moroccan star Nordin Abramat was allowed to violate FIFA's guidelines and return to play just days after being hospitalized with a severe bout of temporary amnesia. Joining him are AP global sports editor Michael Giarrusso, European columnist John Leicester and soccer writer Rob Harris. On the menu: Uzbek hot stone chicken and belly dancing.
00:46:44 6/24/2018
Former U.S. National Team captain Marcelo Balboa and filmmaker Michael Zimbalist join co-host Jim Litke to recount the sequence of events that led to the tragic "own goal" in the 1994 World Cup and the murder of Colombian defender Andres Escobar. Also on the show: a recap/preview of important games with deputy international AP sports editor Chris Lehourites and an NBA draft segment by Tim Reynolds. On the menu: a 14-year-old shall feed them.
00:42:57 6/22/2018

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