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
Chelsea parts ways with Lampard
Jan 25, 2021
Jan 25, 2021
Chelsea parts ways with Lampard

Dan and Jeff react to the news of Chelsea sacking Frank Lampard. What led to this? Dominic Fifield of The Athletic gives a closer look at how the relationship with Lampard and the club had deteriorated.

This episode is produced by Derrick Brandao 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.

Jan 18, 2021
A Big Year Ahead for Canada Soccer

Dan and Jeff welcome the men’s national team manager John Herdman for an update on how he is preparing for the big year ahead with World Cup Qualifying and a Gold Cup around the corner. They are also joined by new Toronto FC manager Chris Armas, who details his plans for keeping the club at the top of MLS, and what he’s looking for in a new designated player. The show closes with their thoughts on a goalless draw between Liverpool and Manchester United and how the race for the Premier League remains tight.

This episode is produced by Derrick Brandao 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. 

Jan 11, 2021
Mid-Season Check in on the Premier League

Dan and Jeff look at how the Premier League is shaping up as we approach the midway mark of the season. They discuss what lies ahead for some teams and what some contenders need to add to their roster. The guys also look around European soccer starting with an update on Ligue 1 and Jonathan David’s season with writer Robin Bairner. Later, they’re joined by Eurosport’s Siavoush Fallahi to break down the season in Serie A and discuss if there could be a new champion of the Italian league. Finally, they wrap the show with some news surrounding Canada Soccer and MLS.

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. 

Jan 4, 2021
What to make of Messi's Future

Dan and Jeff are back with their first episode of 2021! They kickoff the year by looking at Manchester United’s recent success and if its sustainable. They’re joined by ESPN’s Samuel Marsden to discuss the latest surrounding Lionel Messi’s future with FC Barcelona and if a move to the MLS might be a possibility. They’re also joined by Rob Harris of the Associated Press to talk about how the Premier League has struggled to deal with pandemic protocol rule breakers and how that could affect the rest of the season. Finally, they touch on Alphonso Davies return to action as Bayern picked up another impressive win over the weekend.  

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. 

Dec 14, 2020
The Year-End Roundtable

Dan and Jeff wrap up the year in soccer with a roundtable featuring Joshua Kloke of the Athletic and Manuel Veth of TransferMarkt. The four of them dive into the biggest topics from world football in 2020 including Alphonso Davies’ year to remember, how he fits into the national team and the challenges that Canada Soccer faces as they look to take another step forward toward a World Cup berth. They also look at how European soccer handled the pandemic and what comes next for them. Finally, they wrap-up the show discussing MLS and the future of the Canadian teams.

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.