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
Remembering Diego Armando Maradona
Nov 30, 2020
Nov 30, 2020
Remembering Diego Armando Maradona

Dan and Jeff look back at the life, legacy and controversy of Diego Maradona. They discuss why he connected so much to the people or Argentina and how despite his troubles off the pitch, his greatness on the field was unmatched. They look back at the day in 1996 when Maradona played in Toronto and speak about what it was like to play with him with one-time teammate and former Toronto Italia captain Marco Antonucci. Later they’re joined by Jimmy Burns author of ‘Maradona: The Hand of God,’ which was the first biography about the up and down life of Diego Maradona. They talk about Maradona’s upbringing, his lifestyle away from the game, and how he defied the odds to become a legend for all of Argentina.

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. 

Nov 23, 2020
Canadian Update Featuring Janine Beckie

On this week’s episode, Dan and Jeff look at the progress of a couple Canadians playing overseas. First, they chat with Jonathan Johnson of CBS to discuss how Jonathan David is settling in at Lille after he scored his first goal over the weekend. Later they’re joined by Canadian international and Manchester City forward Janine Beckie to talk about her season and how she and the rest of Canada’s women’s national team is handling playing during a pandemic. The guys also discuss Alphonso Davies being a finalist for the UEFA Golden Boy award and look at Jose Mourinho’s latest success with Tottenham.

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. 

Nov 16, 2020
Why Ryan Reynolds is Buying a Soccer Club

Dan and Jeff look at why Vancouver’s Ryan Reynolds decided to buy Welsh club Wrexham with Rob McElhenney. They’re joined by Bloomberg’s Alex Webb to discuss how the deal went down and why there is more and more collaboration between soccer and the entertainment industry. Dan makes an obvious choice as the guys also make their picks for favourites and dark horses at Euro 2020. They chat with Chris McLaughlin of BBC about the drama that lead to Scotland qualifying for Euro 2020 and why this meant so much for Scottish football fans. 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. 

Nov 9, 2020
The Future of MLS

Dan and Jeff start the show breaking down Der Klassiker and how Bayern was able to execute in the big moment. They also chat about news from the Premier League as we hit the international break in the schedule. They’re joined by Fox Sports’s Alexi Lalas to discuss some of the frustrations around VAR and how players need to adapt to the changes in the game. They also put a wrap on the MLS season after Sunday’s Decision Day. Later, they chat more about MLS and what’s next for the league with The Athletic’s Sam Stejskal. They finish the show answering your questions in another edition of 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. 

Nov 2, 2020
What to Expect from Der Klassiker

Dan and Jeff start this week’s show by breaking down another disappointing loss for Manchester United at Old Trafford. They look at how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deployed his team and if he actually knows how to best manage the pieces he has, especially Paul Pogba. They also discuss how Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s resurgence at age 39 and how his influence has A.C. Milan in top spot in Serie A. The guys are joined by ESPN Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae to get you set for a top of the table clash this weekend as Dortmund and Bayern battle it out in Der Klassiker. Finally, they answer your questions in another edition of 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.