As a Fan.... Episode #25: COVID-19 virus fallout across the world, Boca is Argentina champion, USWNT vs. USSF, and more
Both hosts are in studio talking about the beautiful game. We start talking about the fallout of Corona Virus around the world and how that affects our sport. We give our thoughts and proposal about how FIFA should be proactive helping small teams and lower leagues as the organization moves towards the future. Boca is crowned champion of Argentina giving Daniele De Rossi his first and only Club League Title. With Roma he only got Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italia and 2006 World Cup. We talked about the US Women’s National Team and their title in the She Believes Cup. How this tournament was great for the team and how they have more tools to defend their lawsuit against the USSF. New development in the lawsuit have been made public and does not look good to USSF and its president Cordeiro. Here is the video about Colo Colo club walking on the pitch with dogs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ8ANL8amfs Our Mystery Kit was purchased from AwayDays. If you are interested in getting a mystery kit from a club, be sure to check https://awaydaysfootball.com. They have lots of different products that the B3 Network Podcast hosts definitely buy again. We review the most important games from the previous week before finishing with our MUST/MISS section where we suggest games that our listeners should follow during this international break... or not follow.
As a Fan.... Episode #24: International Women’s Day Celebration, She Believes Cup, Liverpool loss, and more
The guys start with celebrations of Women’s International Day, and in this country the US Women’s National Team is hosting their annual “SheBelieves” cup. This year US will face returning (and current champion) England, Japan, and debutant Spain. They talk about the Bayern Munich fans causing a game to be stopped because of protests against the Hoffenheim owner. To which the players from both teams decided to stop playing and just play keep up amongst all the players on the pitch….. given that the score at that time was a 6-0 for Bayern. We read news about USMNT keeper, Zack Steffen, playing for NYC FC (sibling team of Manchester City in EPL) is not confirmed to be Guardiola’s second keeper as Bravo is set to depart over the summer. Finally, most Cup competitions around the world are reaching their last 8, 4, or 2 teams with games set for late March early April to figure out the last 2 teams going to the final that would be in May. Dan and Jaime talked about the most notable transfers for the second week of MLS in the transfer talk. Week in review stated with the return leg of the game between LAFC and Leon for the 3-0 score that gave the MLS team the ticket to the semifinal, and to face one of Mexico’s big team… Cruz Azul and their curse. We also talked about Joseph Martinez injury that will end his 2020 season, or most of it, and the chances Atlanta now has looking at the 2020 season. We also talked about El Clasico and the poor performance from Barcelona after having a good first half, but then something happened and either Barcelona couldn’t find their rhythm or Real Madrid found the way to hurt them; and so they did by beating their eternal rivals at the Bernabeu 2-0. We briefly talked about the Carabao Cup final that gave Manchester City their first silverware of the year by beating Aston Villa 2-1. We also discussed the Everton vs. Manchester United VAR decision at the end of the game that removed a goal at the 90+ minutes to give the game a 1-1 draw. Also we have no more undefeated teams in European league competitions as Liverpool lost against Watford, making Dan a very happy fan; and Liverpool also got eliminated from the FA Cup at the hands of Chelsea. Last, but not least, was the games of week 1 in MLS. In which two new expansion teams made their debut: Nashville vs. Atlanta, and Inter Miami vs. LAFC. We finish the episode with our MUST/MISS section where we suggest games that our listeners should follow during this international break... or not follow.
Host Dan is out sick this week so is just Jaime flying solo this episode. Conversations about the Manchester City UEFA ban appeal that has been filed in CAS will determine if City can revoke the champs ban. Europa league has now eliminated about half to the team with Eintracht and Reb Bull Salzburg still to play, and in Concacaf Champions League there are key matchups later today for the last two tickets to the last 8. Jaime talked about the most notable transfers for the start of MLS, only focussing on players that will play in the 2020 MLS season, so far. Week in review was about Messi’s poker agains Eibar, Real Madrid loss to Levante, Bayern, Leipzig, and Dortmund in Germany stay strong, Lazio and Juve going at it in France, and PSG/Liverpool destine to get their domestic league trophies. Jaime still believes that City’s March schedule is more difficult than Liverpool, giving Liverpool a path to be the EPL Champs by last match day in March, and celebrate their first EPL title at the Etihad in April. Champ Leave gave us great games with Bayern destroying Chelsea, Napoli and Barcelona getting a vanilla draw, Lyon giving the surprise so far by wining 1-0 against Juventus, and City dominating royalty in Real Madrid. We finish the episode with our MUST/MISS section where we suggest games that our listeners should follow during this international break... or not follow
Both hosts return for this weeks episode. We start the episode with an update on the Worst Winter Transfer as Barcelona use their emergency transfer extension to trigger the release clause of Martin Braithwaite from Leganes. These two transfers, Ighalo to Man U and Braithwaite to Barcelona, are worst winter transfers. Probably the biggest news over the week was that Manchester City got a 2-year Champions League ban from UEFA as they looked into their Financial Fair Play (FFP), along with 30 M euro fine. What will this mean for the club, players, staff if the ban is not overturned? Has anyone seen two red cards given to the same player in the same game? Tune in to listen to the story from Spain’s 2nd division. Wayne Rooney, now at Derby, is coming back to Old Trafford to play against Man United in the FA Cup. As winter transfer is behind us in Europe, we now focus on the MLS transfers as MLS is set to start February 29. So far no much news from Nashville, and Inter Miami still looking to complete their Designated Players spots. LAFC keeps getting stronger, and LA Galaxy move to get Chicharito. Champions League is back and we discussed the 4 games during the week where Leipzig won away in London against Spurs. Atalanta destroy Valencia 4-1 at home. Dortmund wining at home against PSG 2-1 with Haland scoring both goals. And finally Atletico Madrid wining at home 1-0 against Liverpool, but also making Liverpool get 0 shots on goals for the first time in 13 month. We finish the episode with our MUST/MISS section where we suggest games that our listeners should follow during this international break... or not follow.
As a Fan.... Episode #21: Fallout of Winter Transfer, Clubs in flames, Champions League is back!!!, CONCACAF Women’s Olympic qualifier, and more
This episode Co-Host Dan is out of town so this episode will only have one host. The episode begins with the CONCACAF Women’s olympic qualifier games. These games were divided by 2 groups of 8 teams, with semifinal between the top two teams in each group. The USWNT took the first place by wining against Canada in the final 3-0. Episode talks about how the Spanish Copa del Rey has taken a very different turn for the big Spanish teams, now all eliminated. Semi’s are between Athletic Bilbao vs Granada (1-0 @ leg 1) and Real Sociedad vs Mirandes (2-1 @leg 1). Jaime follows up with Jugen Klinsman spell as manager of Hertha Berlin has come to an end after 76 days. Team is 6 points clear of relegation and plays bottom of league this weekend. Winter Transfer has been finalized and Jaime talks about the Best Transfer, Best Bargain, Sleeper Transfer, Worst Transfer, Team with Best Winter Transfer, Team(s) with Worst Winter Transfer. We finish the episode with our MUST/MISS section where we suggest games that our listeners should follow during this international break... or not follow.
This episode we pay our own tribute to Kobe Bryant and talk about his legacy in our sport, football/soccer. His drive to promote his love for the game after being an NBA and Lakers legend. Long live Kobe. This episode, the guys give the EPL teams mid-season grades. We are giving grades only to a few teams, that are either the big teams in England and/or were founders of EPL league. The teams we graded are: - Liverpool, - Manchester City - Manchester United - Chelsea - Arsenal - Spurs - Leicester - Wolves - Everton We continue our transfer talk where we saw the weeks’ highlight transfer, and possible best bargain of year, with the movement for Christian Eriksen from Spurs to Inter Milan. We finish the episode with our MUST/MISS section where we suggest games that our listeners should follow during this international break... or not follow.
The guys start the episode catching up on follow ups from last epidote. Talking about the current form of Liverpool and the records they are breaking in regards of wining games and unbeaten record at Anfield. We talked about our top 5 teams based on their current form. Jaime’s top 5 teams are: Liverpool, Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG Dan’s top 5 teams are: Liverpool, Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Man. City We talked about 3 teams that should look for a #9 (striker) as their main target men is injured. Man United’ Rashford, Spur’s Kane, and Barcelona’s Suarez. Whom could be a good candidate to fill in those shoes? Whom could those teams bring that can also play in their European games? We continue our transfer ramble about players coming and going and teams needing the boost. We finish the episode with our MUST/MISS section where we suggest games that our listeners should follow during this international break... or not follow.
After a week break, the guys are happy to be back and talk about the new year with new breaking news from the newly Winter break. FC Barcelona parted ways with their coaching staff led by Ernesto Valverde, shortly after replaced by Quique Setien. A manager that has not had a chance to manage such a big team and has only manage Las Palmas and Betis at the top Spanish league and was sacked by Betis at end of 2018/2019 season. Real Madrid won the Super Spanish Cup by defeating Atletico Madrid in PK’s 4-1 and claim the Spanish Super Cup. This year saw a new format for the Spanish Super Cup, as it has in previous year been a single match between the Cup winner and the Top League winner, but this year they are doing 4 team with single elimination, meaning winners of their respective games will face each other for the trophy. This year they have four teams, that are Winner and Runner-Up of both the Top League and Spanish Cup, but needs to be 4 teams so they will fill open spots from Top League Standings; Top League Winner: Barcelona Spanish Cup Winner: Valencia op League Runner-Up: Atletico Madrid Spanish Cup Runner-Up: Barcelona this then goes to next available team in top league and in this case is Real Madrid In Liga MX the Apertura 2019 season saw Monterrey beat America to be crowned the Champion getting the prediction from Dan about Monterrey winning the league. Now, in January 2020 the new Clausura 2020 season has started and we give our prediction for the season Champion. We also talked about the new FIFA rules regarding the Loan system the club use to buy lots of young talent and immediately loan them out multiple times, making big clubs bigger/richer and hurting revenues from small teams. We also talked transfer as we are in the middle of Winter Transfer window for 2020. We finish the episode with our MUST/MISS section where we suggest games that our listeners should follow during this international break... or not follow.
This New Years Special Edition Episode were talk about the our Best XI and their coach but with the challenge that no more than one player from the same country. We first started with our Current/Active players and coaches, and the formations that we each selected for these players. We then talked about our all time Starting XI players, their coach and our prefer formations. We finish the episode with our MUST/MISS section where we suggest games that our listeners should follow during this international break... or not follow.