A Kick In The Grass

Dan Riccio and Jeff Blair discuss the biggest matches and most significant news in international and club soccer. They are joined by guests from around the globe for insight into what is happening on the ground in Europe, the Americas and anywhere else stories develop.

Recent Episodes
Is The Handball Rule Ruining Football?
Sep 28, 2020
Sep 28, 2020
Is The Handball Rule Ruining Football?

Dan and Jeff start the show by setting up the final week of the transfer window and looking at what teams could make another move and who is on the market. They discuss the impact the handball rule has had on the game so far and why managers, referees, players and fans alike all dislike the change to the rule and what a possible fix could be. The guys are joined by Canadian international and Chelsea FC midfielder Jessie Fleming about her transition to the pro game. Finally, the guys wrap up the show by taking your questions in Injury Time!

This episode is produced by Cam Barra and hosted by Dan Riccio and Jeff Blair.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 

Sep 21, 2020
Ranking the Transfers

Dan is joined by guest co-host Manuel Veth as they dive into the big moves on the transfer market and rank which clubs did the best with their money spent. They also look back at the matches from the week and talk about what to expect the rest of the season. Closer to home, they’re joined by Forge FC manager Bobby Smyrniotis as his club picked up their second straight Canadian Premier League Title by winning the Island Games tournament. Finally, they finish off the show by answering your questions in Injury Time!

This episode is produced by Cam Barra and hosted by Dan Riccio and Jeff Blair.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 

Sep 14, 2020
Matchday 1 Takeaways and Previews

Dan and Jeff start the show looking back at a busy opening day in the Premier League and La Liga and dissecting what we saw on the pitch and what we can expect going forward. They also get you set for the start of the Bundesliga with radio co-commentator Chris Williams. They discuss if anyone can challenge Bayern’s dominance and what Alphonso Davies might have in store for an encore performance this season. Finally, the guys wrap up the show taking your questions in Injury Time!  

This episode is produced by Cam Barra and hosted by Dan Riccio and Jeff Blair.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 

Sep 8, 2020
Premier League Preview

Dan and Jeff get you set for the start of the Premier League as they go through all 20 teams and give their opinions on the moves made for each team and how it will all translate into the new season. They’re joined by The Athletic’s Liam Twomey to go more in depth on the Chelsea’s transfer market moves and how it made them “winners of the transfer market.” Finally the wrap up the show taking your questions in Injury Time!

This episode is produced by Cam Barra and hosted by Dan Riccio and Jeff Blair.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 

Aug 31, 2020
Cleaning Up a Messi Situation

Dan and Jeff open the episode discussing the latest surrounding Lionel Messi leaving FC Barcelona. They give their takes on what’s next for the superstar and what kind of deal might happen. They’re joined by ESPN Senior Writer Gabriele Marcotti to break down the break-up and talk about how a Messi move could help or hurt La Liga and FC Barcelona. They also look at the latest moves on the transfer market with ESPN’s Mark Ogden and dive more into the Messi situation. The guys give an update on Canadians making an impact internationally as well and take your questions to wrap-up the show in Injury Time.  

This episode is produced by Cam Barra and hosted by Dan Riccio and Jeff Blair.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.