Category - La Liga

Interview With Phil Schoen: Part One

The Yanks are joined on the show this week by Phil Schoen of beIN sports to talk about the art and science of soccer broadcasting. Phil Schoen has over 15 years of experience calling the game and we hope to take a peek behind the curtain on how the world’s most popular game is presented. On this week’s episode:

  • How Phil got into soccer broadcasting
  • Working with Ray Hudson
  • Onsite vs offsite commentary
  • Is there a lack of American voices?
  • And much more!

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Interview With Phil Schoen

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Spring In Our Step

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Spring is here and the Two Daft Yanks have a spring in our step. As usual there is much to get to this week so sit back relax and listen to what spring has to offer. On this week’s episode:

  • Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham win in this week’s pick of the litter matches.
  • Bristol City win Football league Cup
  • El Clasico
  • Premier league European failure, what does it mean?
  • Champions League quarter-final draw
  • Klinsmann names this week’s USMNT roster.
  • And More!

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TDY: Spring In Our Step

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Too Ugly For Real?!

In one of the stranger transfer theories ever conceived, former Barcelona coach Carlos Rexach has claimed that Real Madrid sold Angel Di Maria to Manchester Untied because, are you ready for this? HE WAS TOO UGLY. That’s right. Too ugly. Nothing to do with cashing in on a talented player but rather the boy was just too ugly to be a Galactico. No feos in Madrid, Angel! Solo guapos! #Galactiguapos!

Suffice it to say this is just an excuse to throw in a jab in the eternal Barca v Real rivalry, but admittedly this has to be viewed as a bit beyond the pale. But it was humorous and certainly daft and with the MLS strike looming on the horizon this week, adds some needed levity to the soccer landscape.

So, what do you guys think? Should Real have swiped right in a Tinder app to keep Di Maria or was he really gotten rid of for his looks? Maybe just a business deal that had nothing to do with Di Maria’s looks? I mean after all there is more to life than just being really, really, riduclously good looking! Besides we all can’t be as dashing as Olivier Giroud (trademark Giroud finger waggle).

 

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Real Madrid and Barcelona Summer Arms Race Hits Full Speed

With Barcelona failing to win a trophy for the first time in six years and Real Madrid being crowned the champions of Europe we all knew changes would be made at Camp Nou. After securing the services of Neymar last summer in a deal that has been highly scrutinized for potentially dodgy behind the scenes financing, Barcelona has kicked on this summer signing four high profile players in Luis Suarez (€81m), Ivan Rakitic (€18m), ter Stegen (€12) and Claudio Bravo (€12m). While at the same time the club giants have shifted out Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal for €37.8m and Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea for €33m. This has all been done by the way after Barcelona received a transfer ban for illegal youth signings and successfully postponed the ban through appeal.

Real Madrid have not sit idle to this. After bringing in Gareth Bale for a world record fee last summer the club has secured just one high profile transfer to date in World Cup champion Toni Kroos but an even bigger signing is reportedly on its way. That player? Colombian star James Rodriguez currently of Monaco who just stepped onto the world stage this summer but those who follow European football closely have known about him for a few years. If Real Madrid are successful in this transfer (for a reported €80m) they may have one of the best attacking trios in recent history with Bale and Ronaldo flanking James. Do they need James? They certainly don’t but Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has to keep up with the Jones’ and he is not afraid to spend massive amounts of money. It helps that Barcelona and Real Madrid get sweetheart loan deals from the Spanish government and get a majority of the La Liga television revenue to fund these deals. These two facts allow the two clubs to stay out of FFP trouble (but that’s a topic for another day). The La Liga arms race has hit full speed and we better hope that both Real Madrid and Barcelona win trophies this year or the transfer activity next summer will trump the current summer window leaving the talented players at the clubs we follow at the mercy of thick Spanish wallets.

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Episode 40: Draw The Line

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Another week of soccer matches and news from north to south and east to west has passed us and the Two Daft Yanks are back to give their take on all the action. The Yanks aren’t sure if they can match the wonder goal exploits of Rooney and Tettey but they will sure try! On this week’s episode:

– The Mayor of Hannover, Steve Cherundolo retires

– Bayern Munich youth star Julian Green commits to play for the USMNT

-Not Ray Hudson stops by again

– After Chelsea v Arsenal, is it time for leagues across the globe to embrace replay? Where do you draw the line?

– Champions League Quarterfinal Draw

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Two Daft Yanks: Episode 40

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