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A highlight from Argentina Back to Their Best?
"Jan Agatha, but let me start with you, Ali Moreno. It was a really bad start for Argentina. But fair play to them, they completely turned it around. Yes, I did. And today was potentially the best game they've had so far. Some changes that can only make that I thought made a whole lot of sense for a sense of Fernández started today that gave some freedom. In the midfield because he now became a now living, you had Rodrigo de Paul hire of the field that way if he was turning the ball over which he did again today he will turn the ball higher up the field. As the inclusion for Julian Alvarez, I also thought that made a difference for Argentina because of his movement, sometimes playing opposite of the Maria sometime playing down the middle. That ability of Juliana is to move the level of activity that he provides for this team and the final third also made a difference right in Dina and then Messi having the free road to pick his spots and his spaces where to pop in where to play the ball through sometimes with some message today, which we haven't seen a lot of him in this World Cup running with the ball running at defenders, final product wasn't quite there but from
A highlight from Futbol Americas: El Tri knocked out of the World Cup
"America. Live and underway here on ESPN+ as you see images. Stadium in the aftermath of a very, very dramatic conclusion. To action in group C, which is where we find Mexico and unfortunately, despite a victory over Saudi Arabia, by final score of two to one, three are going home out of this tournament, Argentina's through, Poland is through out of this group. Hercules Gomez give me a second just to collect myself. Say something to the camera so I can take a breath. I actually want to know more from you. I want to know if it's worse going out this way than if they just would have scored the goals and got it over with. We will get into that in just a few minutes here on football America. We are going to cover every angle of this Mexico game and the entire now because we can say it is over. Mexican performance at this World Cup, including the future of this team, which we know now will be without that Martina. We will also have some injury updates for you on the U.S. men's national team who are through to the round of 16 against Netherlands. We got the latest on both Christian politics health and Josh Sargent's health. But let's start with Mexico who fall two to one in this game. They are eliminated from the World Cup Hercules, your first reactions. Where was this alternative? Yes. Where was this? It's that easy Tata martino. Give them a fighting chance. That's what you have to do. Literally, a good 11. I dynamic 11. 11, that's not boring and retirement. With the purpose of attacking and look what could happen, some goals. That's what can happen. I know. I know. Saudi Arabia, okay? If that's what you want to go, they didn't look good. But this Saudi Arabia team beat Argentina. This Saudi Arabia team shouldn't be Poland. Honestly, you made them not look good. Take off the shackles, allow them to play, and this is what happens. They can respond. Give them a fighting chance. That's all you need to do doctor Martina, but it was too little, too late. Yeah, you know what's very interesting here is it felt like backed into a corner, desperate. Finally lost his stubbornness, right? The thing that has defined defined his entire time in charge of this Mexican national team, whether it's on the field, who they're playing, whether it's a tactics, how they're playing, or whether it's the personal stuff, like something with. That stubbornness has cost Mexico the entirety of Tata's time in charge. He lost it today. It's a shame that it took them going no wins in their first two games of the World Cup for him to finally understand that you can change. You can evolve as a manager. You can try different things. You can try different people and it was clear her that this was the Mexico, even without all the great players that aren't here and we'll get into that later on. You could have been seeing from jump. We could have seen this against Poland. We certainly could have seen it against Argentina. And I think now I look back at that argentino game with even more rage because I did have some doubts internally, whether if Tata martino had truly let Mexico go out to Portugal with this Argentina, what would have happened, even knowing that Argentina wasn't great in the opener against Saudi Arabia. Having now seen this, I think they could have got something from that Argentina match. I think they may be even could have won it playing like this. Again, again, this team beat Argentina. Whatever you're going to say, the gap between what we saw today from Mexico and what we saw not just in this World Cup, but in the entire buildup is an ocean. And to me, that's unforgivable. Again, we fall back to the manager. It is unforgivable that it, as you said, too little too late. Now we find out what this team is capable. Listen, Poland could say the same thing. Argentina could say that same thing. Saudi Arabia could say the same thing. That's how this group played out. You should let me that you didn't have a better showing versus Argentina. I will concede in that. But you lost it versus Poland. Yeah. That was the must win game. Poland. Not Argentina, Poland was the one you should have won, and you wouldn't be
A highlight from Men in Blazers 11/30/22 Do It Live! World Cup Instant Reax
"Stay 11 of the World Cup. I mean, Austin, Texas. And what a great day to be alive. To be alive and that American football fan. Gents. We're taking victory laps on every single morning television show this a.m.. I was lucky enough to be on morning Joe when my friend Tyler Adams jumped on at the end of my segment and I got to ask him how it feels in this moment after all of that sacrifice is a team, all that dreaming, this gently used to drive 5 hours a night 5 nights a week from his home and whopping his falls down to Red Bulls training and he was a brilliant. He said, playing in the World Cup. It feels like I've been cat for the very first time again, the excitement, the nervousness that they all feel it, playing his words for our entire nation of 330 million, being a positive model for all those watching a longer just feels scintillating. And I gotta say, listening to Tyler and watching the rest of the guys fan out across the morning shows this morning. I'm so bloody proud of them. And this time of chaos in our world and in our nation, the U.S. men's national team are a true ray of diverse and eclectic, a Julius face of the United States that we can all unify around, which is a rare thing in this day and age, and that it's football providing that just fills me with unbelievable joy. I have more to say about the United States team and the performance and what comes next in a moment as a sediment Austin. What a city. What a football culture. What a jar. It is a magnificent place where they show a show last night. I lost in city lights, Willie Nelson. Thank you for hosting us. I was up at 5 this morning for morning show. Well, I'm not going to lie. I'm barely hanging on. But we'll sleep in January, right? This is an amp and we are doing it live on amp or live audio platform that allows you to listen in as we pause and ask your questions on this very show coming up with us GFPs to do so, what have you got to do is request the call in and then we'll move you up onto the stage. We should stay on mute until we call your name, take your question, just a quick note we can only have 5 people up on the stage at one time. So you don't immediately get moved up. Please give us a moment. We'll try and get you there. Before I run to the airport and head back east, if you are not on the amp, and you listen to this as a podcast, what's in the chatter martinos? You're doing with yourself. Come join us. It's the only way you can participate in this show. We love hearing from you particularly in this World Cup hour, a link to download the app is all over our social and talking to social. You can also now listen directly live on Twitter, we'll have a tweet that you can just click play on and you can always just ask your Alexa, you real Alexa, not Alexa. Play men in blazers and when we're live, you'll hear us there. And I want to start with a toast. I want to raise my third first brother the day to news that the U.S. women are set toward 6 and a half $1 million from splitting prize when they were the men's team from this ongoing tournament because of the DL the equality deal, which is wonderful news, but less wonderful is the reality that that money dwarfs what they receive $6 million combined for going back to back as world champions in their own World Cup because FIFA, they pay out 440 million in prizes to the 32 men's World Cup teams and just 30 billion to the women's teams at the last tournament. So this is both wonderful that this is happening in the United States and terrible that the inequity is so stark that the numbers fall as they do. And thanks to everyone that's tweeted me. It's about marketing. If you don't understand the commercial side, you don't know what you're talking about. I'll say for an organization like FIFA that is creaming $7.8 billion from this cycle alone. Spare me. Spare me and it highlights FIFA's World Cup gender divided such a truly awful bloody way. I'm going to get to the U.S. in a second. We do need to touch upon today's action. That was me having a little bird excuse me. It was a bit bonkers. The final whistle has just gone on our afternoons games group C flat crap, what the hell just happened? A group of chaos, which began with so many permutations on who could go through. It would make John Ford Nash junior's mind hurt. There's a movement towards the end of the game where poor London Donovan was commentating. He goes, I didn't finish high school. My brain is aching and you are not alone. We have Poland Argentina Messi against Lewandowski, Argentina, trying to repress the memory of their false start, that humiliating loss against Saudi Arabia, Poland, trying to qualify for the knockout round for the first time since 1986. I'll say it was great to see MLS's caves with the Charlotte chosen to lead the attack instead of Juventus loom player millic that's an incredible accomplishment for MOS Argentina filled it through an MLS player today. These are signs of wonder for the league. In Argentina took the field in a slightly weird like inky bluey purpley creation that looked like something Tottenham would wear, which is why really the first half when they blasted wildly over. It was like watching Roberto soldado and von San Janssen play for Argentina, the Polish midfield. It was just like butter, messy, cut through it, plenty of room. He was afforded by the Polish slipped in players, left and right. But to begin with, the Argentine players and this will come to haunt them, did not seem to know what to do with the ball unless they deferred to lay it out. There's a lot of aimless crap. What your obsession is on fire. You had 9 first half saves. Take a drunken Polish copper blur that become like Warsaw Tim. Howard de Maria tried to score directly from a corner and chesney harried the shot and then just winked and gave his Argentinian opponent the thumbs up a beautiful moment, saved the penalty for Messi, a bullshit penalty. That we should never have been given and it wouldn't if it was Solomon Rondon. It was a very messy penalty 31st penalty miss of Messi's career. He's got about a 78% conversion rate. I don't know how you say ball Bill Lyon Polish. It may be pill. She knew media. Or maybe ball skirt don't like, but that was a another fine moment for chess and he was having the tournament of his life. And you kind of felt that the weight of the Argentinian jerseys were going to drag them down like chainmail, but it was lanced early in the second half while nexus mcallister, the Scott Argentinian 47 minute, got back on the edge of a pullback and he didn't connect sweetly, but he did so unerringly. First goal pull and the conceited or tournament, first goal, mcallister it's good for his nation, the World Cup of Brighton and hove Albion continues, Apollo had to work out whether to stick and twist. There were so many bloody permutations, gold difference, yellow cards and have separated them in Mexico, which I'll get to in a minute, but it was remarkable. It almost immediately offer us thundered home things run a knife edge, which does bring us to the Mexico against Saudi Arabia. Mexico kicked off with one of the two teams along with Uruguay who had not scored autonomous. They were not dead, but had been toothless as chicharito sat at home twitching is gaming live. They had no choice but to be aggressive league of MX is hungry Martin lined up ahead of an attacking three Vega Pineda Chucky lazzaro and London said that the stadium was just loud as sporting event he'd ever experienced just for the national anthems alone and remember, do this play the azteca. And then agony from Mexico and that first half controlled the game combination play acts of could not get close to finishing and I felt an agony for their fans. And agony, just God, what is the impotence of the whole campaign, but joy that minutes at the start of the second half corner of flick on, Martin finished with DCL range,
A highlight from Men in Blazers 11/29/22 Live in Austin
"The heart of downtown Austin. It's the men in blazers. This cup's for you. World Cup tour. Austin, Texas, you beautiful city. Oh, what Julia is to be with you on this night of nights? Tuesday now you light. Suck is coming home. And we are with you on the most glorious night for men's football in this nation in nearly a decade. And I can't tell you what an incredible mix of emotions this feels. It's like, it's like a darkness, a fog is lifting across the country. A long years. We've waited to feel good about our men's team again. And to see their joy to revel in their glory, to see that tenacity, and to allow ourselves to raw full throatedly, I was totally calm all the way through the game. David Kelly, crap. Not true. To crap or pencil little in the process, I'm not ashamed to admit a little. But to dream to hope to feel the surging wonder of forward momentum and the old word. Optimism. What? So word that often is followed quickly by doom, but I'll stand tonight is that night. We came here to do two things to celebrate the baby eagles screech
A highlight from Pulisic Delivers for the USMNT
"World Cup head to discuss it Craig Burley and Stevie nickel and we also welcome to the show. Sebastian Salazar, Hercules Gomez, Casey Keller, what a way to celebrate your birthday. Super excited for the Team USA, making it happen. So yeah, I mean, look, you come into this tournament, you have one goal. You have one goal and that's to get out of the round. When you know you're drawn against in England side that had been struggling against a well side who are not world beaters. And their best two players really needed to qualify for this tournament four years ago. And an Iranian side that is more of a geopolitical nightmare than really a football foe that the team wanted to play against. So when you saw the draw, you looked at Greg burr holdser side, you said, look, they have a really good chance of coming out of this group. I felt all along. Get something against Wales. Don't take a number against England and then everything was going to be pivotal. Pivotal on that Iran match. And sure enough, it was. They know they knew they needed three points. John strong told us time and time again during the broadcast that they needed three points and they got it. And look, got a little interesting there at the end. No question about it is Iran knew they were looking for an equalizer and they threw a lot of numbers at it and a lot of free kicks the team had to defend, but give the side a lot of credit for seeing out the clean sheet. Keeping the one nil win and completing the goal or at least the first goal of getting out of the first round. And now they have the opportunity to go against a Dutch side that we've talked about on the show guys in that first round. This isn't a Dutch side of years past. So I think the U.S. will match up pretty well against this team. Sam hug, how are you for that 9 minutes of added time? I was fine. You were struggling a little bit. You were very upset when you saw the next slide. Just in general in the World Cup, I don't understand why we're seeing 9 minute stoppages every half. So you're increasing the game by a good 20 minutes. So that's a little hard to understand. But yeah, it definitely made for some angst moments, especially because this is a very young team. And they will make naive mistakes. Yeah, Casey mentioned it on our show earlier that it's Haji Wright who comes on as a sub and he's going to opportunity to kill some time off and take the ball to the corner, but he sees a little opening so he has to go a very weak go and it goes right to the goalkeeper and it's right down your throat and then it's a controversial maybe. Penalty is an a penalty. It's a weak position to put yourself in. It's a very naive position in those final moments. Yeah, I feel like we're nitpicking here on how a very young team, the second youngest team at this World Cup handled an incredibly difficult situation. Absolutely. For me, the big story is how they handle the emotions in this game. We heard about it. Everybody's talked about that in 1998 game and how the U.S. didn't match Iran's emotions, great Warhol talked about in the press conference. He clearly shared that with his team. And I think there was two ways. Actually three ways that this could have gone for the U.S.. They could have not matched Iran's emotions. They could have been two jacked up and instead they were right where they needed to be and it was the guys that you needed to do it. It's your captain Tyler Adams. So again, is extremely young, 23 years old. And it's Christian Pulisic, and it's not just the goal, but it's everything that he does in those first 45 minutes. 60 seconds into the game, he goes on a 40 yard run with the ball right at the Iranian defense. I think that sends a message to the opponent and it sends a message to everybody else on his team. I'm the guy. Don't worry, I got us. And in the end, it's his goal to get to your point about nitpicking at 6 halves of football and we're talking about a bad 45, the second half versus wells, and you're talking about the last maybe 9, ten minutes and stoppage time of this game where Greg were halter, pretty much sits in deep and you're just absorbing Ben do not break. That's what we're nitpicking with. This just means national team because they've been very good at moments, dynamic, fluid, vertical, at speed, really dangerous, really fun to watch at times. Yeah, if there's anything you can pick at, it's maybe the fact that eventually they don't get a second, right? They probably could have closed this game out, but still, it's a very difficult task to go against Iran. We know everything that's happened in the last week kind of politically, the tension leading up to this game. It's a huge three points, not just for this group, but I think for American soccer. We can't forget what happened four years ago missing out on the World Cup. And now here they are in the round of 16 with a matchup that I don't think, you know, in terms of what you could have had, what you might expect to have being second out of your group, you'll definitely take an accessible Dutch team in the round of 16. They deserve to you. Oh yeah, 100% and they'll take a whole and older you may be a few years ago. And we'll get to them later. But yeah, it's a good young team. It's just a lot to like about it. A lot of good young performers. Shall we just say Taylor Adams again? Yeah. Robinson from Fulham and the list goes on, Aaron's in coming on and taking the ball for a car and taking some pressure off, winning some free kicks. And yeah, they did make it difficult for themselves, and they did that against Wales. But it's got the job done. And you know, it's not the only one in this competition. Argentina, changing the team, Belgium, a clear what they're doing, Germany and hands you flick, and you can throw the USA in. But they'd already over the lane. You know, if we sit here and say, what's his team against hall and with no idea. I mean, tamriel wasn't even meant to be in the squad. Not the team, the squad, he hadn't played a started, I think, for over a year around the boat. And yet, he plays every game. So it's kind of found a way to get there and get
A highlight from Casemiro's Brilliance Carries Brazil
"Welcome to latest edition of ESPN FC live here on ESPN+ I'm Dan Thomas, from my shack in his Frank Labeouf and ally Moreno, lots going on, of course, today later on on the show a bumper preview of that must win class for the U.S. as they take on Iran. We'll discuss the rumors of messy going to enter Miami plus strange goings on at Juventus will break down everything you need to know about the board resigning. We'll kick things off though the favorites. To win the World Cup, Brazil in action against Switzerland, they mean it two wins out of two. It looked like they were going to be frustrated by the Swiss but in the end a brilliant goal from casimiro would prove to be the difference between the two sides, Brazil then make it through to the knockout stages, Switzerland still very much alive in the group. They went on the final day, they will be joining Brazil in the round of 16. I suppose the big question Ali going into this was how would Brazil cope without Neymar. What answer did they give us? But the first answer had to be given by teaching. And what his reaction was going to be. And what his decision was going to be. And I didn't like it. Coming in. Well, Pakistan was playing, but Fred came in. So Fred now is dropping in and playing with Casa made on Pakistan sort of playing the role of Neymar. I would have left Pakistan right alongside
A highlight from Futbol Americas: USMNT in a must-win situation
"Go USA, let's go. I believe that we will win. Excuse me. Where is gate three? All right, getting a little help from our Friends at the USA night before party with the intro here on up with America. What do you think, Kirk? Did they do better than me or what? Yes. Thank you for the vote of confidence there. Speaking of the night before party, we will be going live there a little bit later in the show with Alexis Nunez, I believe you saw in some of those shots.
A highlight from Men in Blazers 11/28/22 with Jesse Marsch
"About 6 months in my life, but I am filled with joy today to welcome ahead of our nation's epic, definitive rumble against Iran tomorrow afternoon a trailblazing American. The pride of Racine Wisconsin violates a gently became only the second American born human in our nation's history to take the reigns of the Premier League club when it became manager of mighty legion united. And I admire him so much. He doesn't want to hear any of this. He hates all the time to stop. I invite you as a leader. As a gentleman, who is making the most of this time of Premier League pause and global footballing wonder, it's a joy to welcome. You've just heard them. It's mister chessie marsh. Thanks, pal. How are you doing? Great. And you look great. Considering that you landed, I think at 2 a.m. this morning, lease time back from Machu Picchu, that inconsiderate high in the Peruvian and these bucket list trip for you. What was the highlight? My best friend from college, Lee tobar, got married. So he's a 50 year old man getting married for the first time. So that was a true rare moment in life. So I was really happy for him and his wife, so we had a nice time and then we got to spend some time as a family going to Machu Picchu and cruising around Peru, beautiful country, really wonderful people. So yeah, yeah, my 75th country roger, 75th that I've been to. So yeah, keep knocking on 75 nations this man has managed football clubs in that. It's so cool. As I say, as they say, muscle tough league. And while there was a Premier League manager, are you ever able just to shut the phone off and not worry about, you know, everything, or even when you are off in the middle and they were getting lit up with messages. I wouldn't say lit up, I mean, we're keeping in contact for some important themes that need to take place for preparation when we get back together. But, you know, I made it everybody was kind enough when the Tottenham game was over to say to me, go get away. Especially with how that match ended, I think everybody knew that some little bit of free time for all of us was a good thing. But, you know, we're trying to move the needle here every day and today was our first day of training back and guys were great. Really good, really good energy. A lot of guys still in really good form. So I expect us to be able to pick off from where we left off. And then you've kept up with the World Cup. How was the Peruvian coverage? What was Peruvian lalas like? Well, we were watching the U.S. England match and I know a little bit of Spanish. I would say broken. But at one point in the broadcast and the Peruvian broadcast they said, leech manager Jesse marsh is in Peru going to Machu Picchu with his family. So somehow the word got out somehow the word got out. But yeah, I mean, you know, the Peruvian people were like everywhere. You go and where football is so big. I think they're really disappointed that they didn't qualify. But still, I think a lot of people were rooting on Argentina and Messi. They are not alone. Jesse, when you watch World Cup football, how would you watch it? Watch it as a fan, just taking it in and you're trying to glean tactical insight innovations over the January transfer window, are you looking as a perspective shopper of talent? Yeah, I'd say it's a little bit of everything. You know, I mean, international football is so different than club football. It's so much harder for coaches to really implement a style of play and put it all out there. But, you know, I mean, the one thing that I really like watching is just how different cultures interpret how the game should be played and how they use the emotion and their nationalism to affect their way of playing. So, you know, like watching the Germany, Japan game was amazing, or the Argentina Mexico game. I thought also with everything that it means for messy, that was pretty amazing. I am fascinated by your point. International football is so different to club football, the teams, they're not trained together as much. They've got built in weaknesses, that can't be overcome in the transfer market. When you watch it, you know, can you articulate the difference between club football at the elite level and this international football that we're watching? Yeah, I mean, I think I would probably say the biggest difference is just the tactical nuances, most teams have a structure of how they play with the ball and how they play against the ball, right? But even the games sometimes in the later portions of the match, it gets a little bit open and you see more transition moments. But it's almost like a team will have the ball and one team will be defending. And then when they win the ball, they play backwards and they start to get into their build up phase and the other team starts to get a little bit more into their defensive phase. And you know that it's the fluidity of the game that is lacking a little bit. And then the tactical nuances of what that means to the fluidity of the game. And it's understandable because these players all come from their club teams playing different ways. Sometimes they play different positions than or formations than what they play with their club teams. So you get, you know, you get a little bit of these inconsistencies, which means that especially in the initial phases of the tournament, you get more cautious tactics and more cautious play. And it'll be interesting to see, you know, in this last phase here where teams now need results, what that will look like in those matchups. And in those open moments that you describe as the games progress, does seem in this World Cup that the teams who were truly excelling are the ones with the pure goal scorers. Do you watch international football and see it really as a game ultimately where talent leads? Yeah, well, you know, so for, I mean, I've had a special interest in Cody gakpo because we really tried to get him here. We may try in the future to bring him here as well, but it's been I'm happy for him that he's scored a couple of goals and showed
A highlight from Men in Blazers 11/27/22
"From the men in blazers, makeshift studio in the crap part of Austin, Texas, it's a men in blazers podcast rods. Oh, we back. Like Croatia baby. We're smiting. Biblical level degrees of vengeance, and we are. In Austin, Texas, I've been here for about three hours, and I've eaten like all attackers. How are you holding up, Dave? I've just got the biggest smile on my face. Because, I mean, we've been doing these live shows with each other where we sit across the table. But I can't remember the last time we did a podcast sitting across, well, this is the tiniest table we've ever sat at, but we are sitting across from each other, doing a pod and I've got the biggest smile on my face. We don't have headphones on either. And I've just learned potting with David for 47 years. He has ears. I've never seen them before. One of them sticks out a little bit further than the other, but there you go. I think you can tell by the high level of conversation that we are currently engaged in. We're a tiny bit loopy, got to bed about two 30 last night in D.C. and I love that area. I love that city. I love the football culture, so bloody much. To take the stage with such a raucous, joyous packed audience of GFPs to make World Cup memories together. I found it so personally moving last night, David. I could barely sleep. Yeah, it was a really lovely show. Actually, two nice shows in a row in Philadelphia on Friday night in Saturday night went down, drove it down in the sprinter, down to D.C.. And lovely venues, lovely crowds, lovely post match drinks, good atmosphere. So much joy on this tour. I'll say, to Twitch with Matthew McConaughey, then take the stage with such Julius wise human beings as Johnny weir. Ron klain, Michelle Kang and more and more and more. I mean, who else, what else connects this random and remarkable scattering of human beings, David? All of them remarkable in their own spheres other than just a true shared Julian passion for football. It's the connective tissue. Yeah, I'm not sure how much passion for football Johnny weir has, but he has a lot of passion, and he has a lot of passion for sport, and he really was able to explain. So well, like just the way that athletes feel about things. I loved it. I loved every moment of that interview. I will just tell you when he talked about his Latin Ibrahimovic. Like a horse on the carousel that is freed itself of its moorings. I just adored that human poetry. And that's what's making this tour. I mean, you can hear just the levels of fatigue and exhaustion. I'd say you're about an 11th right now, but it's so bloody meaningful. And it goes on and on and on. We are bracing ourselves to twitch, the epic rumble with destiny, AKA Iran. On Tuesday, with my mate, John Green, with a real warning, what a joyous human being. For his candidate today as we will discuss and the great Frankie Hager, who actually played Iran back in that first game when we crapped the bed, woke up 1998, then we'll take the stage that night here in Austin at the city limits with the black pumas, possibly arguably the greatest Tracy Chapman cover band of all time and James van der beek pronouncing his name in a post on the van der beek way. We need to get Derek ray on the phone. We're going to talk about that. It's Donnie van der beek's long lost Dawson's creek brother. What is this life twisted? I love it. It's crazy. Everything you need to know about auteur and our Twitch, roger is on our pledges at men and blazers dot com or you can go to twitch.tv slash men in blazers, go there, subscribe, follow, get involved in the chat. During our live stage shows, we read out comments occasionally about that. What I remember, I've got an iPad with the comments on it.
A highlight from Fllkrug Rescues Germany
"Rental with us, but before we get a Spanish and German perspective on all of this. It was a good game. Yeah, it was a really good flow. It was a lot of fun. One one, right? You know what, I think Germany were good for calling their way back in. I mean, it's not a surprise the possession starts, right? Because I've been always been a probably going to do that to almost every team in the children. They might even do it to Brazil after what they played Brazil. That's how good they are on the ball. But I think the changes were kind of expected for Germany, though the extra midfielder and in goretzka. I think they have got a problem. Well, maybe the problem solved now with Silk Road coming down in scoring, but I think Miller through the medal as well as forward really what for them. And sunny coming on with that little bit of peace. Gave him an edge as well. So
A highlight from Futbol Americas: Canada bounced from the World Cup
"Football. America. Live and underway here on ESPN+ from the capital of Qatar. On what is Hercules Gomez? Day 8 of the 2022 World Cup one week down just about three to go. How are you doing? I'm doing well doing better than some of my friends. I should say. Oh yeah, where those friends from. Canada, Mexico border. Anywhere in Concacaf other than Costa Rica right now. They're usually such great people, such docile people. What's that on your shirt? I would not say docile. I would say polite as the word that I would just not offend any of our Canadian viewers. Great people, great people. And honestly, for moments of this tournament, yes. Great exhibition of football. Absolutely. But we will get into it. Yes. So you got your Canadian shirt on, I got my Costa Rican shirt on. Bingo. We're looking for any success here from the car. I know, I know. Thank you for pointing that out here on television. But that kind of day for your boy, Seth. So we had two cock of caf teams in action today. We're going to cover that in just a little bit. We've got the latest on the U.S. men's national team, including as best as we can explain what's going on between Georgia and Greg berhalter because there's been a lot of talk about their relationship in the last 48 hours. We've got more on Mexico, Argentina, and the fallout from that game, including Tata martino, kind of sounding off work on the Mexican media. And of course, as always here on football America, we will answer your questions towards the end of the show. But let's start with Canada against Croatia in group action, Canada, of course, coming off that one zero defeat against Belgium or hook. As you say, they exhibited some great football Croatia coming in off a scoreless draw against Morocco in their tournament opener.
A highlight from Men in Blazers 11/26/22: Live in Washington DC
"It's a banger, banging series, roger. Very nice. But anyway, just barely alive at this point in the tournament journey live from the capital turnaround in Washington, D.C.. It's the men in places this cups for you. World Cup tour. Suck is coming home. And home is Washington D.C., AKA. The number one ratings market in the U.S. for the Premier League. Yeah. Shout out to Nielsen. A city of two loves politics and football. And to be honest, FIFA has those exact same love, Steve-O.
A highlight from ESPN FC Daily: Messi Magic, Mexico Turmoil?
"ESPN FC daily, narcotic Marie lme and after possibly the worst 45 minutes we've seen in the tournament so far Argentina came alive in the second half and got the job done with a two nil win Messi on the Scarborough that never in doubt LMA never in doubt at all for this Argentina team. Never in doubt. Never in doubt, everybody knew it. Everybody knew it. Now, listen, the first 45 minutes to your point, I mean, it's unrecognizable from Leonard scaloni's side, to be honest with you. But fair play to Mexico in the first 45 minutes. They were just frustrating them. But you just knew that those legs were not going to last 90 minutes. And obviously in the second half, little by little, step by step, Argentina came in stronger. You can't go 70% when you're trying to block a Lionel Messi shot. You've got to go a hundred, even if you're going to foul them. And they didn't, you know, messy found the whole boom, and ends offenders. My God, his first goal for Argentina was an absolute beauty. Two nothing for Argentina will serve for the South Americans. Yeah, we'll get to him in just a moment. Even magic memo World Cup edition, gab could not stop that strike from Messi. No, I mean, I think he saw the strike late. I think the strike was a great strike because of the drama and so on. But I think Messi scored what nearly a thousand goals in his career. I'm guessing this probably in terms of the technical feat itself is probably not in the top half. But the scene, the way it came, how quickly he got it shot off, all of that makes it. I think one of his most memorable roles. By the way, I have some breaking news right here on my phone. I had a message and it's a message from my FIFA guys. My FIFA guy who loves passing me on bits of information. And you know it's been an issue with attendances in this World Cup. Are they real or are they not real and tonight? And I'm just going to read this to you verbatim. This is really fresh. Breaking news. Breaking news. Tonight's attendance, 88,000 966 is the highest in FIFA World Cup history since when. Let's turn into little quiz. 88,969 166 highest give you a hint. A study of 1986. Sorry? Estadio stacker in 1986. Close no, there was one more recently than that. Oh, ring small recently. Well, the Women's World Cup. No, not the Women's World Cup. I'll give you a hint K your husband is probably very sad on that day. Oh, okay. Oh. 1994, the rose bowl final. Against Brazil. The highest attendance since then, which to me sounds weird because the stadiums are big, but they don't feel enormous, but I guess they are. Well, the atmosphere was great. That was a wonderful and we have seen some strange things with the figures, but looking at the screens tonight with the atmosphere from both of those sets of funds. I think that's one thing. We probably could believe from gabs sources, although you get FIFA text in you, Jules gets Olivier Giroud. He's like, I just got a text from Giroux and he told me this. So I get me dear from Lima just complaining. Meanwhile as well. We've mentioned Messi but Endo Fernández has just put that price tag way up because by the way, many people were talking about him as a backup for Jude Bellingham if they can't get you Bellingham the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid, even Barcelona. And now he's just said, okay, but it's going to cost you. Yeah, it's agent. It's going to be like this. It was funny because for him to come on and just take that responsibility. It's 21 years old. Let's not forget. And you can say, I won a lot, worst thing that happens. You know, the ball goes out and whatever, and it's late in the game. But he's got the personality. I mean, we see this, we've seen a weekend we got with Benfica. This season, they've been so tremendous with that run and whatnot. This kid has so much personality. And I think the Bellingham parallel is an after and I'm not going to say, you know, he's on belly and level now or whatever. Millions had more time in Europe. But when you see somebody who combines the athleticism with the personality and the intelligence in that role, somebody who also offers you all this work rate, that's pretty special. And I was surprised to see Guido Rodriguez start today because I feel like I don't really need to see that guy much more ever. And yet, you know, there he is. And this is the thing which took me the most. And I want to ask you guys what you think because we made the jokes about San paoli, whatever. None of us really believe I didn't believe it, right? But then after gaming against Argentina, we're consulting, where yeah, you lose. But every metric, if you're analytics, from expected goals to shots to whatever suggests that you actually dominated that game, what message does it make when you go and you make 5 changes from that game? How do we explain that? The silence. Is that to me? I've seen it. Because I think about it the other way, it could you say, you can look at the in game management there, but could you also say, at the end of the day, you're just going to look at the result is all forgotten after that Saudi Arabia results with a result like this. Is this the turning point for them? Because there were stages in this game, particularly in the first half, guys, where it looked as though that opening result for them had really knocked their confidence. It's like they were playing scared. They just weren't looking themselves this Argentina team and you just wonder if now that's just going to change everything, change the chip. Okay, we've got this and we can get through this because obviously it's not done yet. The group is actually it's more complicated than a Facebook relationship status right now and we'll try and get down to it as it comes in. But I think it could be the turning point. Yeah. I agree. Let me just jump in here for a second. The first 45 minutes, I saw something very unrecognizable from Leonel kehlani's side, but to everybody's point, I think actually it was just the permutations of what would happen after Saudi Arabia. However, I think kehlani's changes where smart and he was basically thinking to himself, look, I was just being reactive in the first half. I want to see what Mexico is going to bring. And they had that trio of arena and guarello and Chavez and Alexis Vega, just like killing himself for every single ball. And I think at that point scaloni said to himself, all right, look, I'm going to start with wheel, because even though he's not going to give me like, you know, electric highlights at the very least, he won't completely mess up the Maria was switching wings, et cetera, et cetera. And then the 5 changes, I think it was kind of led this Muhammad Ali to George Foreman thing, where it's like, all right, we're just going to let them get tired. Let them keep pressing. And then boom, we're going to hit them with our brilliance minute by minute, which is kind of what you saw in the second half. So fair play to escalona for the changes and the second half. And of course, as gab was saying, just players like Enzo Fernández showing his absolute magic and Leona Messi, of course. Okay, but then here's my question. You start out with 11 players in your first game. You play well and lose. Because they did play well. In the second game, I love
A highlight from Messi's Mexico Masterclass
"Of ESPN FC. I'm Dan Thomas joined by Shaka here, some ally Moreno. Yes, you thought he went back to France, but no, he's back again. Frank Laura. In the end. Well, according to what I saw with friends, till the end. All right, okay, well, we'll talk about France a little later. We also welcome the show nadim and a very upset Sebastian Salazar as Mexico of lost. One zero, of course, against Argentina. Don't turn out. I forgot about Fernández's goal late on. We will talk about Mexico and where it went wrong for them later on, but there's really only one place to start. And that has got to be Lionel Messi, who was the difference today. He was. In a game that up until that point, let me just tell you, had it not been a World Cup game, everybody in the studio and everybody watching at home would have turned the channel. Because he had been awful. The tension and if ambience in the state and sort of broke the level up if you will or the level of interest, but the game itself, the quality simply was not there. And it wasn't there from Argentina. It wasn't there from Mexico who simply were trying not to lose. As for the message, up until that point, the rhetoric would have been he's walking around. He has been an effective. He has been an efficient. He's not impacting the game. And then Mexico has a brilliant idea and that is, let's
A highlight from ESPN FC Daily: Kylian Mbappe To The Rescue
"In ESPN FC daily, Kay Marie and lme, the defending World Cup champions, France, through to the knockouts first team to make it through in this World Cup after two wins in the group stages, the latest win a two one victory over Denmark. Thanks to that man Killian Mbappé Luis. Yep, happy to be wrong here, Kay Murray. Hi, everybody. Welcome ESPN FC daily. This is a group and I'm sure we're going to talk about it that I so far gotten horribly wrong, but I'm happy about it because you want to see the stars shine and like you said France the individual stardom of France Killian Mbappé delivers. Okay, that's 14 goals in his last 12 matches for Friends. Absolutely wonderful stuff from him in three and two in this World Cup as well. And it was going to always be interesting to see this game because obviously there have been formidable opponents for them in those recent Nations League games and Friends hadn't been able to beat them, but they beat them on the biggest stage of all today in the World Cup and managed to secure their tickets and their spot into the last 16. So it does make the group interest in, but also watching for us today. We had made him a newer. Joining us here on ESPN FC daily. And I think it might be, especially on my watch anyway, nadim's first appearance on the daily. All right. Yay. It's good to be here. I've made it. I've officially made it. Thank you. What did you take away from that game made? I think it was a good match. Obviously, fancy France has the favorites within it, but then Denmark really came into it once they went one nil down, but then France had just had that quality at the end. And you know, it's exactly what the tournament needs, someone like in BAPE scoring another goal. So it's always going to be a big talking point and the French. They've qualified. They've done their job within the group. And now they can start to think about sort of their progression towards the final, which they want to get to to defend their title. Yeah, that's the biggest advantage there, king Murray what Nate just said at the end that they can relax and they'd get this champ. One of the biggest problems issues, I guess I had for Leblanc heading into this tournament was there were so many outside issues for the French national team. And a transitional midfield, et cetera, but now they can relax a little bit and sort of rotate against their final game against Tunisia. And this was really about individual brilliance against collective will from the dance because I had a lot to say for Denmark and I've been a little bit disappointed for them. They showed a little bit more fight today, but well done, France, you just sort of all the credit and now ran the 16 for you. I think that the World Cup Jenga, do you know where you keep seeing how many more pieces you can take out without it filing and so far so good. Those injured players keep falling. We've even had our French journalists change their minds on where the friends can go all the way because of the pieces that have been filed and Killian Killian and buffet. Now, please don't let me curse him. Please, please, please, we want to be very careful. I know, I know. Caribbean debar, Korean Pennsylvania on the eve of the tournament did make jewels think twice about where the Friends were going to go all the way even though he had predicted that with what you've seen so far Nadine would you bet against them? I think the fact they've qualified first is very significant and in the fact that they're scoring goals, that's a really exciting, there's something that you want to see from them. I think Jules Julian Laurent is a bit tense because he thinks defensively they're not as good as they could be. And maybe at times a day there was kind of caught out, but realistically, they got to fancy their chances. They've been there. They've done that. And now they can sort of focus on the later rounds. And that's a real privileged position to be in. And losing some of my crew and Benzema, the reigning Ballon d'Or is obviously a huge concern, but they're so deep sometimes that you forget that they won the World Cup four years ago without him. You know, it's mind-blowing to think about and obviously they're silly might be a bit lower because he's not there. When you look at the likes of them BAPE, you've seen someone like dembele, you know, you've got the potential all time top goal scorer for France and Jude playing up there and some depth behind it. You know, they've got a fun set their chances and it's not necessarily feeling like why is money to bet against them at this moment in time? Denmark LMA is a team that you've been pushing all the way from the very beginning. And now things could be a bit more difficult for them. So how do you see it for them going forward? You still have faith in them? The first thing I want to say, which is part of this argument K is that full credit to Australia, apologies, Australia. I didn't think you would get anything in this World Cup. And you got to win against Tunisia, very resilient wind. So that makes it even more interesting for Denmark because they have to face each other.
A highlight from Men in Blazers 11/25/22: Live in Philadelphia
"U.S. showdown since the battle of Germantown. It's the men in blazers, this cups for you, World Cup chore. We love Philadelphia. The city of brotherly love, is named after the IUs. What a great honor it is to be here with all of you tonight after one of the single greatest zero zero wins. In U.S. football history. Wow. I've got to say. Suck is coming up. Baby. One nil nil drawer at a time. By
A highlight from USA Spoils England's Party
"We saw. Here's the statistics of it all in the end just to four shots on target, the U.S. were better than England for much of the game, England started, well, U.S. though got some confidence throughout Christian ballistic, hitting the crossbar the closest they went to opening the scoring what it means overall well, it means England still very much in the driving seat to finish top of the group, but they need to avoid a massive defeat against Wales for the U.S., it is simple. After Iran beat Wales earlier today, they have to beat Iran to make it through to the knockout stages, anything else, and they're out. Well, let's welcome to the show, shall we? Sebastian Salazar made him a manure and Steve mcmanaman are all with us. Casey, I suppose I have to start with you from American perspective. Neil Neil? Happy? It's okay. I think we said that after the whales that it was a missed opportunity, but still it's okay. I felt from the moment the draw was made in the way that the matches align themselves. You needed a point going into the Iran game and knowing that beating Iran gets you through. And you got two points going into the final game and then you still have to beat Iran. I just felt that that was going to be the key matchup regardless of what happened. It's going
A highlight from ESPN FC Daily: USMNT Hold England To Draw
"ESPN FC daily Kay Marie Ella me here to look back on the England USA game and joining us is come on France also World Cup winner. Well, so goalless in this game. Can we just kick straight off with you, Mark hoggan? We're England lucky to come away with a pint in this clash. I think the absolutely will look at what the U.S. dominates it. I thought every department of the pitch, you know, image field tropical excellence and the annual really poor. Midfield was poor, Harry Kane was anonymous. This was a real surprise. England was so good against Iran. I thought England would win this quite easily tonight. Anything but signal were very lucky to come away with a little draw. Frank, let me ask you this specifically. Just picking up from what you just said regarding the U.S. M and T and how aggressive they were off the ball, et cetera. England or U.S. M and T, England or USA. Who's more disappointed with the result? Would you agree with Mark? I do have to agree with Mark. I mean, that's obviously that we were expecting much more from England. You know, after the first game that we saw and from the from really the beginning of the game, you know, to the end, I found it very disciplined American team, especially when they didn't have the ball, how they tried to put the pressure on the English team, giving the stones and Maguire to pass the ball to each other without creating anything. It was pretty slow from England, it became quite boring because nothing has been tried, you know? From much more the English side where the U.S. did what they had to do. According to the strengths of both teams, you know, you have to accept the fact that the U.S. team did better than English team because they get the draw and we all know that England with the best team at the best cape and the best mentality will have won that game. And it's why it's disappointing from that English side. You feel as well, guys. And obviously we're going to talk over some of the moments in the game, but right at the end of the game, Luis Miguel, U.S. had a free kick, and it was a real wasting opportunity when they could have made something of that, especially at that stage in the game. Yeah, our producers were saying, okay, how like there was booing at the end of the game. And I was trying to figure out why from the English perspective because it was so dreary or from the American perspective because it's like, that was a golden opportunity to just put it in the mixer and get a goal for the Americans. Look, I just want to say two things. Number one, massive credit to the U.S. M and T. This is a young side, the youngest of the World Cup, you know, many of them, aside from maybe one, you know, it's their first time truly in such a big game like this against England and they delivered possession doesn't mean control, right? England had their most procession, but the U.S. have to control of this game, specifically in the first half. And England were very South Gate ish. You know, very timid. Bridging. Reactive. He coaches like how he used to defend. I'm sorry, like, you know, when he was Aston Villa's captain, it was exactly the same thing. I just want to first start with full credit to the U.S. MMT. Well done, I'm getting a point, and you root the chance of really putting your shot at the free kick. And when Harry Maguire is your man of the match for England, you know, it's saying a lot about this English team for sure. So the U.S. men will qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup if they beat Iran in their final group stage game a loss would mean they are eliminated. Frank, who were you most disappointed with from England and I include Gareth Southgate in this? Well, it would be the first to be a targeted for me because you prefer the team, you give the what you want them to do, if you want them to play high on the field, if you want to pressurize the opponent. So you give all the details of the scenario that you want to see, being put, and you realize that, I guess, for me, what sounds good asked for his team is to be well organized, but don't take any risk. If we get a draw, it's more than enough for us because we'll have a third game with a lesser team to play against. That's what he thinks. That's the has to be proven. But for me, from him to some other players, maybe, because I think the level was average. It's a real disappointment because they didn't try to get their chance and get the 6 points that'd be at the end of the qualified. So yeah, I think sounds good as to be the first to blame. Yeah, I think he might be the first to be happy now right lm. After the way it went, but you wonder, you were talking about him being Southgate ish. Our colleague James Ollie actually put a tweet out. He's watching him on the touchline. He said that he was in a lengthy conversation with Steve Holland needing to make a decision to change it. This is just past the hour mark because things weren't going to plan. So maybe he's come away from that few. We actually managed to come through that with a point. But you had a feeling you mentioned this South Gate ish. Was he trying this slow pace? Was he trying to just, I don't know, a bit of a smash and grab in just dreary, RiRi, and then let's get a goal and that will be enough for us. I think so. I mean, let's use the comparison to how Brazil dealt with Serbia, right? Because we're talking about the top contenders for this World Cup. Serbia, you know, obviously a little bit more aggressive from a physical standpoint than the U.S. M and T's game plan, especially in the first 45 minutes, but Brazil kept going, kept knocking at the door, coaching to change some things, and Brazil were trying to be faster. England, on the other side, were slow, reactive. If something wasn't going one way, one would they would bring it all the way back to Jordan Pickford. And it's kind of alarming that it takes Southgate to the 60th minute to be like, oh, hold on a second, Steve. And something's not working. You think something's not working. Phil Foden should have started from the get go in the second half, because it just wasn't working. Mason Mount was poor. I'm a big fan, Franklin, both of Chelsea's Mason Mount, but he was poor today. And I thought he needed to really do a few things. Let me ask you, Frank, pulisic. Christian Pulisic. I thought he was very good today. A few minor things, but he was very good. What did you make of him? I'm very amplified. He had to prove that he understand that many people in the U.S. want to give him the Captain America and what he has to prove that the place for chassis so he's one of the rare players to be able to in America to be able to play in a big big team. And he proved it proved that some people had the right to believe in him and they did what they had to do today. I mean, they shot on the crossbar was absolutely fantastic because he had no space whatsoever to take to take the shot and he still managed to do so and to do very well. His composure, the noise passes is dribbling. They were very spot on at the right time. He didn't too much he didn't do too much. He didn't he did what he had to do the moment he had to do the thing. And it's what you are expecting from a leader from the guy who organized everything in the team offensively. And he did his part defensively as well, talking to his estimates as well to make sure they are in the right position. He had a nobody has a perfect game, but he had a very good game. Talking about players that can make a difference that has been a lot of talk understandably about Phil Foden after the final whistle has gone. He created as many chances against the USA as Raheem Sterling Mason Mount and Harry Kane. Did not play. Great burleigh has been a bit annoyed about it as well.
A highlight from World Corrupt Episode 6
"Disabled today, I feel a migrant worker. One person has the courage to step forward, throw a punch back, someone else follows like, it could get real ugly for Gianni in 15 O real fast. But I feel like we're in a cold war stage of everything that's about to go down and I've got a feeling it's about to escalate. Welcome back to world corrupt, this is episode 6 Raj, this thing's happening, buddy. I don't know what this thing is, but is it ever happening, Thomas? It's all bloody happening. I've said this on many blazers as we podcasted daily, but as we take this, we are currently on day four of the World Cup and yet I feel like Tom Hanks about an hour and a half into castaway, but if only I look that good still. Fear not my friend. I am here to be your Wilson on this very special episode of our crooked media and men in blazers, mash up. A masher that goes together like, well, FIFA and corruption, Jeannie infantino, and they'll advise uses of the first person. An American victory. Over England. It's coming. It's coming. I hope. Rod, you've never sounded more like Kenny powers, but before we dive in, this is your first time listening to world corrupt welcome. We are thrilled to have you, but we would love to advise you to go back to the beginning of our audio el Camino de Santiago and make sure you listen to the first 5 episodes. Can I say not just welcome, but we are bloody thrilled at the response to this thing. When you make a podcast that is as curious and as Letty hard and as complicated and emotionally complicated for Tommy because he has to work with me which is intrinsically emotionally complicated, but it's been amazing. Your response is your ideas, your thoughts, your suggestions, your challenges. And if you do go back to the first 5 episodes, we do try and unpack exactly what a FIFA is and how that thing the FIFA goes so utterly bloody corrupt. Oh, so corrupt. We also spoke with some amazing brave, brilliant human rights activists and experts about the situation faced by migrant workers and guitar. It reported 6500 of whom have died since this tournament was awarded back in 2010. We tilt with footballers about the courage it takes to speak out against injustice to use their platforms for a force of good when the system in which you're playing as we'll discuss, all that can tell you is you just shut up and dribble. Yep. Yeah, that's right. And then ultimately we wanted to figure out what we could do with us as fans as listeners, as sports fanatics can do to ensure that a global sporting event like this never winds up in a place like guitar again, but Raj, you mentioned it up top and I just wanted to go back to it briefly. What have you been up to, man? This is like your presidential election for me. You're Super Bowl every day, four times a day. Have you slept yet? Yeah, I didn't realize how much of a human wreck I am. The World Cup is like, it's four games a day, which is unusual for this. And it doesn't tell getting up at 4 a.m. every morning. Just going, I didn't realize how much of a wrecker was till your face popped up for the first time in a couple of weeks since I've seen you. On this kind of zoom thing. And I almost started crying. It was just so overly emotional to see your face. I woke up is what you said. I do. Imagine it's probably like a month away from an election. When the schedule so compressed and the thing that's weird about this is does the football, which is just relentless, but there's also the geopolitics of it all. You have to watch both to a split screen, which means covering it is like a spigot. It's an out of control autocratically tinged spigot. And we are with playing show, we're going to cross America, doing live shows, from sea to shining sea. We're recording so many bloody podcasts. Too many podcasts probably. We're doing live game twitches this Friday, England, USA. With Matthew McConaughey. Physically and mentally. I feel like, God, surely we've reached the semifinals. But my wife left this morning, she went away with the kids for Thanksgiving. The worst part for me was when the dog sitter came to pick up my dog, that really broke me. And I now Tommy and I'll feel like I'm just I'm just married to the World Cup. I'm sorry, buddy. Well, listen, I think as a fan is a listener, we're all grateful to you and the men in blazers deemed for bringing this whole thing home for us. I feel like your midwife in the World Cup to the nation right now and we love you for it. And sleep at a second telling ourselves sleep is for January Tommy innit. I'm so happy to see you briefly because it's you told me a force of Julian my life, but so much has happened since we did speak, some of which we hope would happen. A lot of which we could never have predicted. There's been moments I should say of true poetic wonder. And there's been thumping bass notes of human darkness, relentless base. It's happening, Tommy, this World Cup in Qatar that this surreal soulless World Cup it is happening and there are should say before we get into this
A highlight from ESPN FC Daily: Richarlisons Double Leads Brazil to Win
"ESPN FC daily Kay Marie and Emily LMA here with you. Hey, Brazil two Serbia Neil richarlison teaches boy. You can see why Louise, two goals for him, the second one, absolutely wonderful. Absolutely magnificent goal of the tournament came Ari so far. Unbelievable stuff. This is why I wanted people to relax at halftime. I was reading a lot on Twitter, how all Serbia are awful right now in Brazil. You're too static or whatever. No, Serbia actually will do a pretty good job against a remarkable Brazilian side who basically what happens is because this happens all the time in World Cup qualifiers with Brazil. Teams go out up against them saying, look, we can't press high. We can't be too fast against them. We have to be very smart, be physical and try and win every single aerial battle. So what Brazil does is they become Muhammad Ali against George Foreman. They slowly round by round, start making you feel more tired, more desperate, and then boom in the split of a second, just like the pigeon man himself with charlison. You just get a go. And Brazil went to nothing. Unbelievable win. Unbelievable score. And to me, remains the fact Brazilian the favorites to win this whole thing. Yes, scarring two goals for Brazil and is World Cup debut here, but the downside is that Neymar came off and it looks as though he's injured. He was definitely upset on the bench. Obviously we'll wait to see what happens there. How big of a part will that play for his injured Luis? Yeah, it's a big one there, and obviously like you said, we have to wait and see what the actual reports are after his static and look at him. And it's a big one because as you can see, Neymar not only is a major leader in this Brazilian side, but he also drives so much of the good offensive play. He doesn't play up front. He doesn't play center mid. He plays kind of in between and he attracts so much attention from the opponent's side. Now, if there's a team out there, right? That can sort of say, okay, we don't have any more today, fine. We'll get on with it, which is exactly what happened at a certain Copa América when they won the whole thing without him. Then it is this Brazilian side. They can do it. It's not like Argentina when Messi leaves that squad. They are very different. This team with Brazil. Yes, they are different without name, but they have enough weapons, but obviously nobody wants that. We want to see, well, at least I do want to see Neymar junior lead the way for this Brazilian side. I'm really hoping that Stevie Nichols sound is better today than that. I'm praying, I'm praying. Let's bring him in because we need to laugh at Craig Burley as well and he's going to be the perfect person to do it. How are you doing Steve? What did you think of the game? It kind of went the way I hoped it worked. Because we were so disappointed with Argentina, the other day. They were one of the favorites and they just didn't produce. You think all the talk and all the hype and disappointed us Brazil didn't disappoint is what you were, as I said, the game was that we had thought it probably would. You know, we were never going to come out and attack Brazil, there were resilient and defiant, but we equality and the ability that Brazil have. You kind of felt we've got to be a moderate time. And that was. And actually, when I look at the score of two now, I'm thinking, did I miss a couple of calls? Because it's certainly felt a lot more than two now. And again, if you need any confirmation I would give Brazil up, yes, name my own offender, but then you bring it on Martinelli, depending on the video. You really need to know you definitely got back up knowledge backup, but one world class backups or a very does go along with your dozen when the MR. That's not going to be the team to be. So I enjoyed the game. I enjoyed watching Brazil. Every time we go forward, the whole plan essentially at sea. So yeah, enjoy that and turn down the way I thought it probably would. So Stevie, Stevie, your audio isn't the best again, but we just want to keep you on for a minute before we let you go. Because we wanted to show you a tweet from Craig Burley. Many people have been asking about this Brazil side because obviously there's so many options for teaching. Not too sure when he tweeted this, but he said, whatever happens, I'm taking Jesus over a Chalice and all day. Do you think he'll still be saying that afterwards in his defiance? Well, most normal in emphasize the world normal normal would feel a little a little humbled and maybe we change the mind, but we're dealing with a different animal and the problem is we show itself again and they will throw as well as only one game sort of line. So no, he ain't changing his mind. Stevie will let me go and enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving, great to hear from you. Hi, Stevie. These days, Stevie, and this is obviously Luis not to take anything away from Gabriel zoo, especially with what we've been seeing for us on this season. But when it does come to a Chalice and goal scoring for Brazil, he is on fire. When he puts up Brazil shirt on, magic happens. 100%. Maybe Craig Burley meant the son of God here, K Mario. And you can't argue with that, of course. No, come on. Come on. It's what you said, okay. What people need to understand is that during the work of qualifiers, it wasn't actually Neymar that was leading the way in goals. It wasn't Gabriel Jesus. It was richarlison. Coach chiche doesn't really. He's a bit like Luis Enrique like this. He's not particularly interested in how well a certain player of the national team is doing with their club. He just wants to make sure that they're ready to go for the national team. Richardson, when he puts on that Brazilian shirt, he becomes a romario. He really is that clinical. And he showed it once again today. But to your point, listen, not taking anything away from Gabriel Jesus, what a tremendous season he's having so far with arsenal, but Richardson is the number one selection for teacher out front. So do you think we're going to continue to see this from chicha going forward? It was an all out attacking option for him. He took that. There was speculation as to whether he would. You said a few weeks, a few months ago, maybe even Luis, when you'd seen this game, you called out that 11 for this game against Serbia. Is he going to continue doing this now that it's paid dividends in today's game? The only places where I would see a change is the number one is obviously Neymar junior because we have to see if he's healthy. If he's healthy, yep, I don't see a difference.
A highlight from Neymar's Injury Scare
"Korea. We'll talk about Brazil first, shall we? Who kicked off their campaign with a tuna win over Serbia. Slow first half really, from the favorites, got going though after the break, a couple of goals from richarlison the second one in particular very impressive as they kicked things off with all at three points. Well, we had him on after the Argentina defeat, so why not have Pablo on that after Brazil victory 40 8 hours later? It hurts. Not only that, I'm not going to start with you pavlov. We'll come into CDO first. Ali, how impressed were you with Brazil today? Oh, good. Well, I thought that first half, it was the classic performance of a team who's just getting going in the world, COVID was trying to figure some things out. Okay, we're going to be solid defensively. I thought that's the middle was really good, not only the first half of the course of the game. And then Brazil just slowly but surely started working their way through sedgwick now Serbia. Very well positioned defensively very well organized, spaces were tight. Physically very imposing going on the challenge, 50 50 challenges. You knew that they were there to compete, but eventually Brazil and Brazil's quality took over.
A highlight from Men in Blazers 11/24/22 with Herc Gomez
"It's roger. Your friend, the gent, who's married to the World Cup now. Happy Thanksgiving America. We're so thankful for so many things, football, avoiding relegation by a hairspray, Mikel Arteta, Tyler Adams, Brendan and Paxton's parents, that the real World Cup is taking place next year, 2023, and that the men's World Cup is coming back here at 2026 and soccer will be coming home. I'm in Philadelphia, just arrived in this magnificent city, gotta love it here. The smell of federal donuts wafting faintly over the entire city. A lonely guy Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, wait with my producers, JW and JJ, all the J's, but we got a lot of football to talk about. Day 5 of the World Cup. It feels like day 27. And no one there, but we at this point, the morning before the night before, if you kind of catch my drift, we're careening towards the big one. The one that when the World Cup draw went down and all the fixed hot balls were pulled out of the pots. What a surprise, but they'll gain that way you care about the growth of football in the United States. This was the one this. This was the one we circled on our calendars Black Friday tomorrow. We play chess with death or the football version of that. Our baby eagles take the field against the three lions, fresh off a 6 two stomp down of Iran. The question is, can I young gents pick themselves up after Monday's one one opening game drawer against passionate whales and face up to mighty mighty England with courage, World Cup 2080 semifinalist Euro 2020 finalist England bright new young diverse England, Gareth Southgate, England, a likeable England. There is so much to discuss about where our U.S. boys are right now, what we can expect, do we dare to dream, or should we just adopt the position to pick through the turkey bones of this game? It's such a joy to welcome my friend to me with smartest analyst working in television in the United States from ESPN and the mighty mighty football America's on the SPM plus live from Doha, solo malek M Hercules Gomez. Ride is going to be with you. Are you really alone on Thanksgiving? Are you not with your family? My family have gone away with my in laws, but Turk as we keep saying. I'm married to the World Cup now. Aren't we all? And we'll be bachelors on Thanksgiving together. I love you. One of these days, we will raise a turkey drum stick together, but you have been on the ground. You've been literally scooting around Doha for nearly a week now. How are you holding up and big question first? Have you been to the conquer cafe? You know about the conga cafe? That's possibly the greatest regional contribution. Oh, area have made you well football in a long, long time. Everyone there, everyone's buzzing about the conca cafe. How is it in real life? So it's funny, so I'm actually about a hundred now? Humble brag. No, hold on. So this is these apartments that ESPN has put us in. There is one here next to the Concacaf cafe. The rest of my production company and co host and everything because I'm a lot closer to the set. So they keep talking about this Concacaf cafe. And I had no idea what they were talking about until I came down here and I finally saw it. It's all the propaganda of Concacaf. But it's a cafe. And they named it that because of the World Cup. But I've not yet been inside, but I'm dying to go. Look, I need to know what propaganda could conquer calf unleash upon the world. When you order a flat white, does the barista just inexplicably fall away from grab his face? Well, someone extracts all the cash from your wallop and other people just suddenly just throw banks of piss and your general direction. Because I'm in for that. I'd love that. A blazer omelet that's supposed to be pretty good. We will kind of report back on this. You need to go there before we export. And I don't care what happens on the field. There's nothing more important than that. And by the next time we put, you've got to have got in, we need a full report to Leicester things. And by the way, I'm quite fascinated by the great dialectic you just phrased. Is it the conca cafe? Or is it the Concacaf cafe? I don't know how you pronounce it. I'm not comfortable with that word yet, but we'll go into lesser stuff. The football. And I want to talk to you about all things concrete cafe. Starting with yesterday, before we dive into the United States of America, we have to salute our neighbors in the north. Eugene Levy's boys, Canada, dominated number two in the world Belgium for huge stretches of the game, but somehow extracted only defeat from the experience, their coach John herdman, honestly, to me, the kind of tactical master that the United States Cray out for. And I did love his comments, postgame, I told them they belong here, and that we're going to go and F Croatia. I love it also how he Jesse marched it, had his team come out, back to the locker room, stand in a circle in the middle of the field together after the game to show the world that they weren't sad. They weren't broken. They weren't beaten. The heads were still high, but how will they feel postgame? Really, a loss and Canada still zero goals scored in men's World Cup history. Yeah, zero goes quarter men's World Cup history, but that was one of the S losses in terms of performance that I've seen in quite time. And I tweeted that they dominated Belgium and everything but the scoreboard. That was it. It was a John herdman just masterclass. Masterpiece. He's the best coach in cocktail for me. I go back to thinking about how he beat how Canada beat Mexico or how they performed against Mexico and NASDAQ, how they were able to go into the aesthetic and take it to them. It wasn't them sitting back. It was going to press Mexico. Their midfield isn't physical enough to say what does their players aren't at our level if we go at them with pace. Let's just run them to the ground. Yeah, they said, you can't run with us, Mexico, when he was right. He was right. And then against the U.S., he said, we're going to sit in a low block because we don't think you're creative enough to break us down. And he was right. And in Belgium, and you can ask anybody who was willing to listen to me, I've been as soon as the group came out, I've been raving about the Belgium versus Canada game saying that they were going to take it to Canada or to Belgium, and they were going to win. I put a two one score line in my pick them. I really believe that everything in my heart that they would do what they did last night, but I just didn't expect for that long. I didn't expect them to dominate Belgium for that entirety or that stretch of a game. It was insane. And the best way I can put it, Kevin De Bruyne was given the Budweiser man of the match award, okay? He asked why he was receiving it. He was like, I was terrible. He literally in his heart thought it should go to a Canadian. That's how bad Belgium was. Roberto Martinez after this game will
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A highlight from Germany Rocked, Spain Roll
"Welcome into the latest edition of ESPN FC we have had another day of World Cup action. We've seen a big upset, a goal fes and some controversial calls as well. And came where he joined in the studio by Shaka hislop, Craig Burley, and Frank le both as well. We've also got arch here in joining us because we're going to start by talking about Germany's opening game in which they lost to Japan. We'll get the view from Germany in just a moment, but Craig on to start with you. Germany took the lead at that point, did you ever think it would end the way it did with Japan coming back? No, I didn't, and it's not because Japan are not a good side and they've got some pedigree and world cups. It's not, I don't think this is as big a shock as the Saudi Arabia Argentina game because Japan, if you look at the playing squad, I've got players playing in Germany. Playing in I think in Italy and in France, all over Europe in the Premier League, what shocked me was how by Japan we were in the first half. There was so tepid in the approach. And basically a low germinate you do at the one, but as soon as they come out in the second half and contested more balls and really pressured Germany a bit more, got runners and behind from white possession and deeper possessions and started asking some questions, then German had just the answer now well, their defensively very poor. Yes, but I think we saw the real Japan in the second half and maybe in some sense we saw the real Germany as well and the second half. This is not many people's favorites to go all the way in this competition and I think the way they defended when asked some questions probably tells you the story. What's the view then in Germany Archie after this loss? It's very gloomy over here. Not many people not as many people have been tuning into this World Cup as it is due to all the issues which have been surrounding it on a human level. But the view in Germany right now, particularly from someone like Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was on terrestrial TV over here. Was very damning of the way that they didn't take their chances in front of goal of the individual mistakes made by Nicholas Zulu, he went in very hard on Nicolas zula for the way that he defended for the first goal, letting attacker cut inside, but also then doing such a terrible mistake in terms of holding the off sideline a couple of meters by the looks of it on the wide angle that I've seen, allowing then it was Takuma Sato to run in on Nico schlotter, but who had already given away three penalties in his 6 caps for Germany. And I think that's very much playing on his mind. When he's challenging asano of I can't go in too hard here or else I'm giving away another penalty. Schlott about has been in terrible form of Borussia Dortmund and he was the big surprising inclusion in this lineup as well. So
A highlight from ESPN FC Daily: Germany Suffer Shock Defeat To Japan
"Another shocking result at the world called many not as big as Argentina's loss to Saudi Arabia, but still a magnificent victory for Japan as they win two one against Germany. Started the scoring with a penalty in the first half, but then in the second the pancake pushing and pushing Richard duan in the 75th minute and the winner. What a first touch and finish from Takuma asano, who take it to one for the samurai warriors unbelievable Ron Dawson will be talking to him in a second. He's in Qatar by Casey Keller. Your initial reactions from this game, another shocker in the World Cup. Yeah, really, big shocker. I mean, when you look at even on the, you know, the way the way the first half played out, where Germany and absolute, you know, ton of possession, probably pushing 75%. Really didn't do, I think, enough with that possession. Got the got the penalty, which was a little fortuitous. Yeah, it was a foul from the goalkeeper, but still, you know, not, you know, one of these situations where you're like, okay, it just kind of came out of nothing. And obviously they finish it well. The penalty down the middle, but still opportunities missed chances from Germany and it almost like there was an arrogance. Like it was so simple in possession, Japan had their moments before they scored the first goal, but I think Germany just again, just fell asleep defensively. And Norma makes a decent save on the first goal, but then recognizes that there's a player at the far post, so he's trying to push it somewhere and sometimes he's a goalkeeper when you make that play, you hope the ball just falls, you know, to your player, it didn't. Japan capitalized, and then it really just looked like it was all about, again, all about Germany. And how they were going to go on to find a winner, and they completely fall asleep on a set piece, play the long ball through, you mentioned earlier phenomenal first touch to take it to that angle, but look, I know I'm a card carrying member of the goalkeepers union, but lawyers definitely going to be disappointed with his kind of with the way he stood at that near post. Really difficult angle to score from an almost moved out of the way and gifted the opportunity to slide between him and that near post. And then obviously we knew from the game that the U.S. played against Japan in dusseldorf a couple months ago that Japan were organized. They were going to fight for absolutely everything. And I think Germany saw that, but just got a little bit arrogant and a little bit complacent. And paid the price for it at the end of the match. Yeah, I think there's something to be said, rob Dawson for, you know, we're so used to seeing an organized German side, but I think most importantly, and obviously the injuries are an issue team of earnest not here, Tony Cruz, et cetera. But when I look at this lineup, rob, it's very uncharacteristic in terms of experience, especially in the big stage, hansi flick's first major ornament obviously at the World Cup. What did you make of this German game against the Japanese side that Casey just said, you know, very collective, very organized and kind of bounce a title the last minute. What'd you make of this game? Yeah, obviously Germany will be very disappointed. It's a game that they all think that they should have won. In the first half alone, they've had 14 shots and they've only scored one through the penalty that there's a sense in Germany before this tournament that while the German team were organized and that they have got good players. There's no out and out center forward. There's no sort of traditional number. Number 9, the similar to sort of Harry Kane. And then they were worried about that. They were going to create some chances, but maybe not be able to finish teams off. There was a lack of ruthlessness and perhaps that's what we've seen in the first half today that again, it should have been put to bed very early as now sort of drifted late onto the game and Japan have been able to score too late goals. From Japan's point of view, I think it will help them. It'll help the coach as well mori asu he has a reputation in Japan have been a little bit cautious. Lots of their funds feel that the his teams play with the handbrake on a little bit, but he's made a tacking chains in the second half. He's put two players on who both scored goals in terms of his reputation and Japan's hope for the tournament. You'll do in the world of God. It's obviously a result that will be fantastic for them and in a tough group, probably the toughest group in this World Cup. They'll be looking now to be able to qualify from that. Yeah, if you're in that group and in your playing against Germany and Spain and no disrespect to Costa Rica, but you have to play a little bit with the handbrake on. If you don't, you're going to find yourself two, three goals down. And so what they were able to do was keep it at one nil. And yes, a lot of that falls on Jeremy and I agree with you a 100%. If that side had a miroslav closing in it, it probably would have been three nil or maybe Japan would have got to go back. It comes stage, but that lack of that ruthlessness in front. We saw moments from Musial where you thought, okay, is he going to, you know, stamp his name in this tournament and kind of had a little maisy run in the box came in on his right foot and then blazed it over and that was, that was a snapshot of Germany kind of throughout that match where when they did get themselves in good spots, they just weren't able to capitalize and they paid the price for it in the end with some with some lapse of concentration defensively. Quickly, back to you, Casey, as a former goalkeeper and as you mentioned, you're always going to be paying close attention to how the stoppers do in the tournament. Let's go back to Neuer. Was he at fault for either goal to the degree where had it not been because of noise performance, perhaps Germany could have gotten something out of this? Look, I understand the first goal. You know, I was a little bit critical of the Japanese goalkeeper on multiple times where you just kept pushing balls out into dangerous areas. I understand why Neuer didn't push that ball further wide because there was a Japanese player at that bar post and when he was trying to do is keep it away from him. And unfortunately, he just put it right in the path. Which allowed the first one. So that's just a little bit unfortunate, but the second one I expect more. I expect him to stand out. And look, if that ball is absolutely smashed. Over his head and he's unable to react, that's one thing, but because it kind of snuck in through his body, you see him turn and not be as big as he possibly could. You know, I mean, nobody wants to be a goalkeeper. It's such a bad position, but you know, at times, you understand what you have to do. You have to put your face places that you really don't want to do it. You don't want to stand there and get big and take one in the face from point blank range, but you know that's the job. And if that keeps it at one one, that's what I expect from a Manuel Neuer. And it just didn't happen. Yeah, and I'll tell you something. It's a massive reason why somebody like Jordan Pickford keeps being selected for England because he will do anything to stop any kind of stop, rob, but I'm reading a lot of comments from German fans on Twitter right now as everybody speaking.