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A podcast about soccer from Howler Magazine
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July 29, 2014 05:30 AM PDT

This week on DUMMY, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi talk about the recent signings of Frank Lampard and DaMarcus Beasley (and re-signings of Matt Besler and Graham Zusi) by MLS and what they mean for the league’s identity. Danny reports back from his weekend with Arsenal and its fans in New York City, and the panel discusses the profitable summer tours that currently have major European clubs shuttling across the country. DUMMY reporter Ryan Catanese talks with actor Gabriel Luna about his new soccer-themed spy show “Matador” on the El Rey Network, his training methods, and the importance of being a young, Latino hero on TV. Finally, the guys Tiki-Talka about bamboo shinguards and a series of 1980s Brazilian documentaries about the country’s player market.

July 22, 2014 07:56 AM PDT

This week on the World Cup Hangover Edition of Dummy, author and journalist Daniel Alarcon fills in for George to talk with Danny and David about their takeaways from the World Cup. We talk about some transfer news and Danny tells us what it’s like to hear you’re on the move. We discuss how recent world events affect the next World Cup, Russia 2018, and FIFA’s role in social and political conflicts. Teju Cole joins the show to tell us about his crowdsourced art project “The Time of the Game,” and talks about how Twitter ruled the World Cup. Finally, we reveal the winner of our latest contest with EA Sports to go play FIFA with Bayern Munich and the MLS All Stars in Portland.

July 14, 2014 07:53 AM PDT

In the this episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi break down Germany’s astonishing extra-time win over Argentina, take a quick tour of the Maracanã with Alex Abnos, and award the Dummies, a selection of listener-nominated World Cup honors. Our resident curmudgeon Alan Black waxes poetic on the some of his not-so-favorite World Cup moments, and then we wrap it up with a few reflections on social media, VIPs and honey

July 11, 2014 06:59 AM PDT

In this episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi sift through the aftermath of the semifinals and probe the effect of the 7–1 loss on Brazilian soccer, then talk about national soccer identities like jogo bonito, total football, and catenaccio, and discuss whether they’re still relevant. This tournament has seen a few dangerous head collisions and possible concussions, including Javier Mascherano’s scary injury and epic performance in the semifinal. Our roundtable discusses FIFA’s response to head injuries. We then talk with Matt Negrin, freelance journalist and founder of the website Away and Home, about his experience covering the only indigenous professional team in Brazil. Finally, we hear a submission from our call for World Cup poems.

July 08, 2014 07:30 AM PDT

On today’s episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi talk Dutch diving and gamesmanship as well as the rumors that a couple members of Team USA impressed European scouts. Alex Abnos sends in his dispatch from a bus station in Rio, a final look at the US team as they said goodbye to Brazil. Sean Jacobs, New School professor and founder of the blog Africa Is A Country, joins to talk about the behind-the-scenes conflicts faced by some of the African teams at this World Cup. Finally, the group discusses the fact that the crowds at World Cup stadiums have not been representative Brazil's typical soccer-watching demographics.

July 02, 2014 08:23 AM PDT

On today’s episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi break down Team USA’s loss to Belgium in the Round of 16, focusing on the epic performance of goalkeeper Tim Howard. Later, they’re joined by Dr. Emilio Bruna, an ecology professor at the University of Florida, to discuss how the Brazilian government is failing to meet the promises it made about protecting the environment as part of its World Cup bid. And Alan Black, Howler’s resident curmudgeon, sends in a lament for fans whose countries didn’t make it to Brazil this year.The podcast ends with Tiki Talka, in which the group discusses celebrations and curious trash talk. Note: This episode contains explicit language (blame Kyle Beckerman).

June 30, 2014 09:58 PM PDT

In today’s episode of Dummy, George and guests preview today’s U.S. Round of 16 match against Belgium. Former U.S. youth international Bobby Warshaw, who now plays for GAIS in the Swedish league, discusses Michael Bradley’s recent form and some of the implications of his more advanced role. George Brown, who played for the U.S. national team in 1957, tells the story of his father, Jim Brown, who played for the United States back in the 1930 World Cup, a run to the semifinals that included a 3–0 win over Belgium. And Alexander Abnos reports from Salvador on the U.S team.

June 28, 2014 09:55 AM PDT

One of the biggest surprises at this World Cup was the 5-1 thrashing Holland gave Spain in the first round, an embarrassing moment for one of the biggest teams in world soccer. But even that doesn't stand up to some of the beatdowns of World Cups past. On this episode of Howler Radio, we hear the stories some of the biggest ever World Cup blowouts—from a 10–1 rout in the finals to a 31–0 blowout in a qualifier—from people who have had to live through the pain on the field. In part two, we have the story of a group of unlikely winners, from right here in the U.S. We’ll hear from the only living members of the 1950 World Cup team about the day they played giant-killers against mighty England in the 1950 World Cup.

June 27, 2014 09:00 AM PDT

In today’s episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi talk about the USA advancing to the knockout stages of the World Cup. Alexander Abnos, who is with the team writing for, reports from the stadium following the U.S. loss to Germany in Recife. The panel chews on the Luis Suarez incident, the best and worst of the group stage, and what is ahead in the tournament. With Ramadan and the knockout rounds beginning on Saturday, George speaks with Shireen Ahmed, an advocate for Muslim athletes, about some of the challenges faced by Muslim players.

June 24, 2014 12:32 PM PDT

In today’s episode of Howler’s World Cup podcast David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi break down the USA-Portugal draw: the goals, the defensive errors, and the scenarios for advancing through the group stage. Alexander Abnos reports from Manaus as he continues to follow the American camp on assignment for US Soccer. The panel shares a few observations on the U.S national team’s biggest rival: Mexico. George talks to Dr. Christopher Gaffney, a college professor and journalist in Rio de Janeiro, who shares an update on the protests and social movements across Brazil. The panel discusses racism and homophobia in World Cup stadiums. George also talks to two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash about his love for the beautiful game ahead of the 7th annual Showdown, his foundation’s charity soccer match in which Nash is joined on the pitch by NBA and international soccer stars.

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