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Howler editor George Quraishi interviews soccer journalists, managers, players, and activists. Dummy is about everything except what happened on the field last week: the business, politics, history, personalities, and social issues that touch the world’s favorite game.

Latest Episodes

The Editors converse

New editor Dennie Wendt and founding editor George Quraishi discuss the contents, creative process and—incredibly, and at long last—the completion of Howler 15. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34 MIN2018 SEP 21
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The Editors converse

The Complex Life and Career of Socrates

Andrew Downie is back to discuss his new book, Doctor Socrates, in more depth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46 MIN2018 MAR 17
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The Complex Life and Career of Socrates

How Iceland Does It

Iceland has been one of the best stories in world soccer over the last few years—a tiny nation that is riding a golden generation to its first ever European Championship and then World Cup in the span of just two years. (We published a big feature on Icelandic soccer by Davis Harper that came out in the first half of 2016—so we were either ahead of the hipsters or super duper hipsters, depending on your point of view.) For this episode, George traveled to Iceland to speak with the technical director and president of the Icelandic FA—plus the president and first lady of the country itself. Next week, Andrew Downie will return to discuss his book Doctor Socrates. Pick up a copy here (Howler gets a small cut when you purchase with this link). And then drop any questions or comments you’d like Andrew to address into this form. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46 MIN2018 MAR 10
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How Iceland Does It

What to make of the Players' Tribune

Amos Barshad last came on Dummy to discuss his story about a spate of soccer murders in Argentina. Now he's back to talk about his story in last week's New York Times Magazine about the Players' Tribune and where it lives in the modern sports journalism ecosystem. What Happens When Athletes Do the Sports Writing? by Amos Barshad Doctor Socrates is the latest Howler Book Club selection—pick up a copy here (Howler gets a small cut when you purchase with this link). Andrew will be back in about a month for a more expansive conversation about the life of Socrates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34 MIN2018 MAR 3
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What to make of the Players' Tribune

Why do friends let friends become referees?

Wepublishedabigol’packageonrefereesinthelatestissueofHowler,andinthisepisodeofDummy,Georgespeakswithoneofthewritersabouthissurveyoftheacademicliteratureandwhatit tellsusaboutthepsychologyofpeoplewhoarebraveenoughtobecomereferees.Diveinwithus (but not too obviously) to learn more about an under-covered and vital facet of the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

18 MIN2018 FEB 23
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Why do friends let friends become referees?

Doctor Socrates

Andrew Downie’s new book Doctor Socrates tells the story of one of the most interesting players in soccer history. Socrates trained as a physician but chose to become a professional footballer, and he was captain of the wonderful Brazil side that was expected to win the 1982 World Cup but fell to Italy, the eventual champion. He was a heavy drinker, smoker, and philanderer who was nonetheless beloved by fans of Botafogo and then Corinthians because of his incomparable abilities as a playmaker and finisher. He also led a movement called Corinthians Democracy that brought a social and political consciousness into the locker room, putting him at odds with the way business was done in Brazilian soccer and eventually with the dictatorship that ran the country. Doctor Socrates is the latest Howler Book Club selection—pick up a copy here (Howler gets a small cut when you purchase with this link). Andrew will be back in about a month for a more expansive conversation about the life of Soc...

26 MIN2018 FEB 16
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Doctor Socrates

Eden Hazard, Tobin Heath, and Ryan Bailey

GeorgeandRyan (host of the Dirty Tackle podcast and an occasional writer for the mag)areinLondonatabigNikemarketingevent,andofthemanyplayerspresent—includingAlexisSanchez,Neymar,ChristianPulisic,andMarcusRashford—theygot two very short interviews with Eden Hazard and Tobin Heath. In this episode, a discussion about how commercial events like this one have come to drive so much of the soccer media, a quick look at the very funny piece Ryan wrote for the latest issue of Howler, and, of course, three minutes each with Hazard and Heath. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31 MIN2018 FEB 9
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Eden Hazard, Tobin Heath, and Ryan Bailey

David Beckham enters Cuban exile politics

This week, George chats with Robert Andrew Powell, who has been writing about Beckham and Miami for Howler for several years. (Read his profile of Beckham’s business partner, the Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure, here.) They discuss the announcement, on Monday, that MLS had accepted the Beckham group’s bid to join the league—outside of the ongoing expansion process. The announcement closely mirrored a similar press conference four years ago: no team name, colors, or locked-down stadium location. What’s new? The addition to the ownership group of the Mas brothers, sons of an iconic Cuban exile who left behind a controversial legacy as one of Miami’s most prominent anti-Castro figures. Read Robert’s latest update for Howler here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

15 MIN2018 FEB 2
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David Beckham enters Cuban exile politics

Dummy/TSS Live in Philadelphia!

On Thursday, we hosted a live show with the gentlemen from the Total Soccer Show. Tab Ramos and Alexi Lalas were our special guests, and Brooks Peck of Dirty Tackle made a cameo at the end during the Wikipedia Game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53 MIN2018 JAN 22
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Dummy/TSS Live in Philadelphia!

USSF candidate Kathy Carter

As president of Soccer United Marketing, Kathy Carter has helped US Soccer earn megaprofits in recent years. Now she is running to be president of the federation. Among the topics she discusses in this episode: potential conflicts of interest (MLS owners also own SUM), how she plans to manage the technical staff, solidarity payments and pro/rel, and why she thinks there are suddenly eight candidates when Gulati ran unopposed in the last three elections. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

27 MIN2018 JAN 18
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USSF candidate Kathy Carter

Latest Episodes

The Editors converse

New editor Dennie Wendt and founding editor George Quraishi discuss the contents, creative process and—incredibly, and at long last—the completion of Howler 15. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34 MIN2018 SEP 21
Comments
The Editors converse

The Complex Life and Career of Socrates

Andrew Downie is back to discuss his new book, Doctor Socrates, in more depth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46 MIN2018 MAR 17
Comments
The Complex Life and Career of Socrates

How Iceland Does It

Iceland has been one of the best stories in world soccer over the last few years—a tiny nation that is riding a golden generation to its first ever European Championship and then World Cup in the span of just two years. (We published a big feature on Icelandic soccer by Davis Harper that came out in the first half of 2016—so we were either ahead of the hipsters or super duper hipsters, depending on your point of view.) For this episode, George traveled to Iceland to speak with the technical director and president of the Icelandic FA—plus the president and first lady of the country itself. Next week, Andrew Downie will return to discuss his book Doctor Socrates. Pick up a copy here (Howler gets a small cut when you purchase with this link). And then drop any questions or comments you’d like Andrew to address into this form. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46 MIN2018 MAR 10
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How Iceland Does It

What to make of the Players' Tribune

Amos Barshad last came on Dummy to discuss his story about a spate of soccer murders in Argentina. Now he's back to talk about his story in last week's New York Times Magazine about the Players' Tribune and where it lives in the modern sports journalism ecosystem. What Happens When Athletes Do the Sports Writing? by Amos Barshad Doctor Socrates is the latest Howler Book Club selection—pick up a copy here (Howler gets a small cut when you purchase with this link). Andrew will be back in about a month for a more expansive conversation about the life of Socrates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34 MIN2018 MAR 3
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What to make of the Players' Tribune

Why do friends let friends become referees?

Wepublishedabigol’packageonrefereesinthelatestissueofHowler,andinthisepisodeofDummy,Georgespeakswithoneofthewritersabouthissurveyoftheacademicliteratureandwhatit tellsusaboutthepsychologyofpeoplewhoarebraveenoughtobecomereferees.Diveinwithus (but not too obviously) to learn more about an under-covered and vital facet of the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

18 MIN2018 FEB 23
Comments
Why do friends let friends become referees?

Doctor Socrates

Andrew Downie’s new book Doctor Socrates tells the story of one of the most interesting players in soccer history. Socrates trained as a physician but chose to become a professional footballer, and he was captain of the wonderful Brazil side that was expected to win the 1982 World Cup but fell to Italy, the eventual champion. He was a heavy drinker, smoker, and philanderer who was nonetheless beloved by fans of Botafogo and then Corinthians because of his incomparable abilities as a playmaker and finisher. He also led a movement called Corinthians Democracy that brought a social and political consciousness into the locker room, putting him at odds with the way business was done in Brazilian soccer and eventually with the dictatorship that ran the country. Doctor Socrates is the latest Howler Book Club selection—pick up a copy here (Howler gets a small cut when you purchase with this link). Andrew will be back in about a month for a more expansive conversation about the life of Soc...

26 MIN2018 FEB 16
Comments
Doctor Socrates

Eden Hazard, Tobin Heath, and Ryan Bailey

GeorgeandRyan (host of the Dirty Tackle podcast and an occasional writer for the mag)areinLondonatabigNikemarketingevent,andofthemanyplayerspresent—includingAlexisSanchez,Neymar,ChristianPulisic,andMarcusRashford—theygot two very short interviews with Eden Hazard and Tobin Heath. In this episode, a discussion about how commercial events like this one have come to drive so much of the soccer media, a quick look at the very funny piece Ryan wrote for the latest issue of Howler, and, of course, three minutes each with Hazard and Heath. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31 MIN2018 FEB 9
Comments
Eden Hazard, Tobin Heath, and Ryan Bailey

David Beckham enters Cuban exile politics

This week, George chats with Robert Andrew Powell, who has been writing about Beckham and Miami for Howler for several years. (Read his profile of Beckham’s business partner, the Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure, here.) They discuss the announcement, on Monday, that MLS had accepted the Beckham group’s bid to join the league—outside of the ongoing expansion process. The announcement closely mirrored a similar press conference four years ago: no team name, colors, or locked-down stadium location. What’s new? The addition to the ownership group of the Mas brothers, sons of an iconic Cuban exile who left behind a controversial legacy as one of Miami’s most prominent anti-Castro figures. Read Robert’s latest update for Howler here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

15 MIN2018 FEB 2
Comments
David Beckham enters Cuban exile politics

Dummy/TSS Live in Philadelphia!

On Thursday, we hosted a live show with the gentlemen from the Total Soccer Show. Tab Ramos and Alexi Lalas were our special guests, and Brooks Peck of Dirty Tackle made a cameo at the end during the Wikipedia Game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53 MIN2018 JAN 22
Comments
Dummy/TSS Live in Philadelphia!

USSF candidate Kathy Carter

As president of Soccer United Marketing, Kathy Carter has helped US Soccer earn megaprofits in recent years. Now she is running to be president of the federation. Among the topics she discusses in this episode: potential conflicts of interest (MLS owners also own SUM), how she plans to manage the technical staff, solidarity payments and pro/rel, and why she thinks there are suddenly eight candidates when Gulati ran unopposed in the last three elections. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

27 MIN2018 JAN 18
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USSF candidate Kathy Carter
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