Featured Interview Podcasts

EIF Soccer’s interview podcasts are longer Q&A-style podcasts featuring major figures from the world of football. We try to bring in a variety of voices, from journalists and authors, to club officials, players and referees.

New England Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez2017 #2 MLS draft pick Miles Robinson | FC Dallas rookie midfielder Jacori Hayes | Borussia Dortmund winger Joe Gyau | NYCFC #1 Draft Pick Jack HarrisonU.S Men’s National Team U20 Jeremy EbobisseSports Illustrated soccer writer Grant Wahl |  FIFA Soccer commentator Martin Tyler | ESPNFC Pundit Shaka Hislop | NBC Sports Analyst Robbie Earle | ESPNFC Senior Writer Gab Marcotti | Fox Soccer Pundit Rob Stone | beIN Sports’ La Liga Expert David Cartlidge | MARCA Journalist Euan McTear | Goal.com Chelsea Columnist Nazaar Kinsella | Ligue 1 Journalist Mohammed AliU.S. Men’s National Team Star Eric Wynalda | U.S. Club Soccer CEO Kevin PayneBestselling Author Robert Beasley | ESPNFC writer Tom Marshall | Former MLS player Mike Chabala | Seattle Sounders beat writer Ari Liljenwall | Former OPTA & MLS Fantasy writer Ben Jata |  Maryland soccer star Jake Rozhansky | Football Manager Youtuber TheFMHub | Atletico Madrid youth star Jaime Martinez | Two-time Sportswriter of the Year Michael Calvin | VICE Sports soccer writer Brian Blickenstaff


New England Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez

In conjunction with our New England Revolution 2017 Season Preview, we are delighted to bring you an EiF Exclusive Interview with New England Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez. The Revolution signed Fagundez at the tender age of 15 as their first ever homegrown player, and he went on to become the youngest player in MLS history to reach 100 appearances and the youngest player to score 25 goals. Hawk and Marc speak with the Uruguayan maestro about his career, the upcoming season, and much more…


2017 #2 MLS draft pick Miles Robinson

Ahead of his debut season in MLS, Atlanta United FC defender and 2017 MLS Draft #2 pick Miles Robinson took time to chat with Hawk and Thomas about how he and the team are progressing in preseason.


FC Dallas rookie midfielder Jacori Hayes

FC Dallas midfielder Jacori Hayes works to make his mark in Dallas after being selected with the 18th pick in the MLS SuperDraft. He sat down with EIF Soccer to talk about the upcoming season, Dallas coach Oscar Pareja, and which USMNT star plays just like Jacori.


 Borussia Dortmund winger Joe Gyau

Joe Gyau joined us for one of our interview podcasts. Hear what he has to say about his return to play as well as his relationship with the national team coach, Jurgen Klinsmann. Does he feel a difference between Klopp and Tuchel? Hear about his transfer from Hoffenheim to Dortmund.


Sports Illustrated soccer writer Grant Wahl

Grant Wahl called in for a chat with the EiF team. What does he make of the USWNT Lawsuit? Should Jurgen Klinsmann be fired and who should be his replacement? We asked Wahl all these questions and more; listen in to find out his answers. You can find Grant’s SI column here.


Upper 90 Soccer Manager, former OPTA and MLS Fantasy writer Ben Jata


Jata, a manager at Upper 90 Soccer, speaks with the EiF team about the new elements of the Upper 90 Soccer Stores in New York, as well as his time at Opta and MLS.


Commentator and Voice of FIFA Martin Tyler


The EiF boys interview the world-renowned commentator, Martin Tyler. He is famous for his incredible calls and for being the voice of FIFA. Hear what he has to say about his career and the makings of one of the most popular video games in the world.


U.S. Club Soccer CEO Kevin Payne

The EiF team interview the CEO of US Club Soccer, Kevin Payne. Hear his thoughts on the new academies, the development of the MLS, and the USMNT. What does he think of Abby Wambach’s comments?


NYCFC #1 Draft Pick Jack Harrison

Jack Harrison, NYCFC’s #1 overall pick in the 2016 MLS Superdraft, tells Everything is Futbol that he feels at home and ready to make an impact in New York.


Bestselling Author of Jose Mourinho: Up Close and Personal Robert Beasley

Hawk, Thomas, and Joaquin chat with former journalist Robert Beasley about his close relationship with José Mourinho, his decades of work in British football journalism, and his recently published book, Jose Mourinho: Up Close and Personal. Have a listen to the interview, and take a look at EiF’s book review of Jose Mourinho: Up Close and Personal.


ESPNFC Mexican Football writer Tom Marshall


Tom Marshall, ESPN Mexican football specialist, joins Hawk and Joaquin to discuss Liga MX, Mexican National Team, MLS, which young Mexican player to watch for in 2017, and much more.


Former MLS Player and Founder of Sphere Mike Chabala


The EiF team interviews ex-DCU and Dynamo player, Mike Chabala. Chabala also is intending on launching a new fitness routine call Sphere. Listen to hear about his new business venture and also about his playing days and his views of the MLS. His answer to the best player he has played with will surprise you! Sphere can be found here.


Seattle Sounders beat writer Ari Liljenwall

Everything is Fútbol got the chance to interview Seattle Sounders beat writer Ari Liljenwall. We discussed the Sounders’ new star Jordan Morris, talked Obafemi Martins’ ‘questionable’ move to China and found out just how far Seattle can make it this season. Can they go all the way?


ESPNFC Senior Writer Gab Marcotti


ESPN FC senior writer and The Times columnist Gab Marcotti joins Hawk and Marc on the EiF Podcast to discuss the international break, Arsene Wenger, Christian Pulisic and much more.


ESPNFC Pundit Shaka Hislop

The EiF staff spoke with ESPNFC pundit Shaka Hislop. We discussed the Premier League title race, Shaka’s power rankings, and his playing career in England. Which pundit on ESPNFC does he disagree with the most? Is Bill Hamid in his top 3 goalkeepers?


NBC Sports Analyst Robbie Earle

The Staff at EiF talk with NBCSN analyst Robbie Earle. Earle discusses Manchester United’s win at the weekend, Rashford’s impressive performance, and LVG’s “swan dive” in front of the fourth official. He also touches on Kyle Martino’s hair and Rebecca Lowe’s banter. Earle also explains his “Movember Moustache”.


Fox Soccer Pundit Rob Stone


Hawk is joined by Fox Soccer’s Rob Stone. They discuss the 18-year-old Christian Pulisic as well as the current state of the USMNT. Can Pulisic keep up his impressive year? Can supporters start looking at plane tickets to Russia? And, why is Rob Stone annoyed with the New England Revolution, and what do MLS teams need to do in order to continue the growth of the league? All of this and more on The EiF Podcast.


beIN Sports’ La Liga Expert David Cartlidge


MARCA Journalist Euan McTear


Daniel and Joaquin are joined by Marca’s Euan McTear. We talk about his hometown team, Celtic, as well as the current La Liga Season. What makes Eibar’s success so incredible? Is Simeone the man for Atletico? Will Sampaoli stay at Sevilla? Is Ronaldo past his prime? All of this and more on The EiF Podcast.


Goal.com Chelsea Columnist Nazaar Kinsella


Thomas is joined by Goal.com’s Nizaar Kinsella to talk all things Chelsea. What has Conte done differently this year? Who should win POTY? Is Hazard elite? All of this and more on The EiF Podcast.


Ligue 1 Journalist Mohammed Ali


Joaquin Delmar and Ryan Huettel talk to journalist Mohammed Ali in a fascinating interview covering Olympique de Marseille, the current Ligue 1 season and the top young talents in French football, among many other subjects!


U.S. Men’s National Team Legend Eric Wynalda

The EIF team interviewed former U.S. men’s national team star Eric Wynalda, where he called for USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann to lend more credence to Americans playing in Major League Soccer.


USMNT U20 forward Jeremy Ebobisse

Daniel and Hawk are joined by Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse. They discuss Portland Timbers, the U-20 US national team, and whether or not athletes should “stick to sports.”

The team talks to Jeremy Ebobisse about his successful career at Duke and his future aspirations to play professionally.


Maryland soccer star Jake Rozhansky

Marc, Nick, Thomas, and Daniel chat with University of Maryland’s college soccer star, Jake Rozhansky, about his career and future plans.


TheFMHub, Football Manager Youtuber

The team has a fascinating talk with Football Manager enthusiast and legend Jamie “TheFMHub” as we discuss his tactics and most thrilling experiences. Make sure to check out his videos for some great FM content!


Jaime Martinez, former Atletico Madrid youth star and University of Delaware midfielder

The team talks to Jaime Martinez, who came to the United States to pursue a college education at the University of Delaware after coming up in the Atletico Madrid youth system. We discuss Jaime’s professional ambitions, the differences between a college and an academy playing environment, and transitioning to the American game.

“Ultimately, my goal is to make it to the MLS.” – Jaime Martinez


Michael Calvin, two-time sports writer of the year

The team interviews Michael Calvin about his experience writing his most recent book, Living on the Volcano: The Secrets of Surviving as a Football Manager. Calvin shares behind-the-scenes stories of his writing process and discussions with managers such as Alan Pardew and Garry Monk, including their personal backstories and their training sessions.

“Alan was the fan. At 17, he was clocking onto the scaffolding at 7 in the morning. He worked in the building sites in London, and he knows what it’s like to pay to watch a game of football and to be outraged as a supporter when you see a very highly-paid player not bothering.” – Michael Calvin


Brian Blickenstaff, football writer at VICE Sports

The team interviews Brian Blickenstaff, VICE Sports football writer, about his recent pieces involving currency fluctuations and the German model of coach training. We talk about his writing process as well as the specifics of currencies and coaching, as well as what they mean for the development of the game in the U.S.

“I’ve found that a lot of newspapers tend to report transfers in whatever currency the audience for the newspaper is going to be using, whether or not the deal was actually done in pounds.” – Brain Blickenstaff