Wherein Our Heroes are joined by Matt and Padraic to discuss our thoughts on Russia 2018. We chat about our favourite all-time World Cup memories, compete in some World Cup trivia, and provide our opinions on the all-time greatest World Cup players. Also, we reflect back on our biggest pre-tournament surprises.
Wherein Our Heroes recap the magic, drama, and shortcomings of the UEFA Champions League Final. Loris Karius offers up two legendary gaffes; will he recover for next season, or must Liverpool find a new first-choice keeper? Gareth Bale scores one of the greatest goals in tournament history. We are also joined by James Covey of the “Privateers 1882” supporters group in Halifax. He discusses the CPL announcement event, soccer culture in Nova Scotia, and how it feels to be Member #1.
This week, we celebrate the official unveiling of Calgary’s Canadian Premier League club, Cavalry FC. We also have a fantastic conversation with Sports & Entertainment Atlantic’s Derek Martin, who discusses the Halifax club and Wanderers Grounds, community, club identity, and building a world-class match day experience.
Wherein Our Heroes question the Argentine Football Association’s package for World Cup journalists – was it a poor prank, Easter egg, or tone-deaf? The FA Cup Final proves too tough to predict. Will Wayne Rooney make a difference in Washington with DC United (on and off the pitch)? Also, MLS club salaries reveal that league parity is on the decline! Lastly, it’s Cavalry not Calvary, people.
Wherein Our Heroes celebrate the rebirth of the music video. We catch up with Calgary Foothills FC captain Dominick Zator on the eve of the 2018 USL PDL regular season. FC Edmonton GM Jay Ball shares his thoughts on the path to professional soccer in Canada, Edmonton’s supporter culture, and Caesars. Canada Soccer officially approves four cities for membership in the Canadian Premier League. Also, does Vancouver’s recent loss to Minnesota United signal that it’s time for change?
Wherein Our Heroes heap sweet praise on the Canadian Premier League’s recently-unveiled logo and manifesto. Toronto FC come within centimetres of winning the CONCACAF Champions League, but now will have to grip their toques tightly to secure an MLS playoff spot. The recent Al Classico first leg in Edmonton proves that the Battle of Alberta is alive and healthy and bodes well for future derby matches. We (again) lament VAR use in MLS and (once more) make it known. Also, the wildest soccer fan in Brazil gets the craziest soccer tattoo imaginable – no more "shirts versus skins” for this guy!
Wherein Our Heroes are joined by Adam and Nathan from Loyal Company of the River Valley, an Edmonton-based soccer podcast. We discuss the upcoming two-legged derby between FC Edmonton and our own Calgary Foothills FC, the impending launch of the Canadian Premier League, and the overall state of soccer in Alberta’s two largest cities. And remember Edmontonians, there’s more than one way to skin a rabbit!
Wherein Our Heroes examine how Manchester City came to dominate the Premier League in 2017/18. It appears to be De Bruyne versus Salah in the quest to be PFA Player of the Year. Mario Balotelli looks set to land at DC United in the summer – would his presence be more beneficial on or off the field? Also, we look ahead to the CONCACAF Champions League Final.
We are joined this week by Tommy Wheeldon Jr., head coach of Calgary Foothills FC. Tommy shares his thoughts on coaching and player development, recounts his club’s recent pre-season trip to England, and looks forward to the coming PDL season.
Wherein Our Heroes revel in Zlatan’s MLS debut. Biggleswade Town hold a shooting competition after their trio of goalkeepers succumb to injury (or go AWOL). Olympiakos players receive fines and a “holiday” for the rest of the season for their poor performances. The latest attempt at a Ronaldo bust swings the pendulum too far to the Adonis side of things. Also, importantly, Canadian Soccer Business is announced, and we believe this can only mean great things.
Wherein Our Heroes review John Herdman’s first match in charge for Canada, dissect MLS Confidential (ESPN’s annual MLS player poll), and discuss UEFA’s new rules for European club competition. Also, Zlatan Ibrahimović lands in Los Angeles…are you ready?
Wherein Our Heroes weigh in on yet more controversy stemming from VAR in multiple MLS games this week. The provincial government in British Columbia declares it will not open the purse strings for the World Cup 2026 bid, pulling the plug on Vancouver as a potential host city. The CONCACAF Champions League grows evermore intriguing as MLS clubs evolve to compete with their Liga MX counterparts. Also, Montréal’s tactics allow them to see off Toronto in the 401 Derby.
Wherein Our Heroes celebrate another big name in Canadian soccer landing in Calgary, Steph Labbé. Jamie Carragher shamefully aims a gob at a man and his 14-year-old daughter, placing his reputation in tatters and future at Sky Sports in jeopardy. West Ham supporters “bubble over" and invade the pitch against Burnley, creating yet more dangerous scenes at the London Stadium. The great citizens of Atlanta continue to show up in droves at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and LAFC impress yet again – but can they last?
Wherein Our Heroes channel their deepest foresight to deliver their picks for the MLS Eastern and Western Conference champions. Toronto and Vancouver appear to be on the right track, with Montreal lacking depth after having been bitten hard by pre-season injuries. Atlanta and the Cascadia clubs look to impress once again. The Bachelor finale proves to actually be the most dramatic ever. Also, is Canadian soccer fandom too insular a community? Should fans of the sport get all evangelical up in here? Tune in to hear our thoughts.
Wherein Our Heroes touch base with several players from Calgary’s own Foothills FC, of the USL PDL. Mauro Biello is named assistant coach of Canada’s Senior Men’s Team and we are very excited. Also, Héctor Bellerín calls out ArsenalFanTV and its creators for not being true “fans”. Tune in to see whether or not we are having it!
Wherein Our Heroes proudly acknowledge their membership in The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB. Four West Brom players decide to “borrow” a taxi during a sojourn in Barcelona, much to the chagrin of Alan Pardew and the local authorities. Wigan monumentally slay the giant that is Manchester City in fifth round FA Cup play and one costly mistake robs Chelsea of victory against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. Also, we just want you to listen to us the way Tessa Virtue looks at Scott Moir.
Wherein Our Heroes come down with a bout of Olympic Fever and reminisce about John Parr’s classic “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)”. Antonio Conte distances himself further from Chelsea by heaping praise on a potential replacement and Hope Solo doesn’t mince words when it comes to new USSF President, Carlos Cordeiro. Also, Newcastle United turn in their best team performance of the season as they see off Manchester United in The Toon.
Wherein Our Heroes deliver an episode as interesting and bizarre as Gregory van der Wiel’s inaugural press conference for TFC. The recent match between Spurs and Liverpool delivers two controversial penalty decisions and we enter the fray to offer our expertise and punditry. Also, Antonio Conte may be a dead man walking at Chelsea, but is his squad too thin to fit his long-time vision?
Wherein Our Heroes celebrate David Beckham’s efforts in finally being awarded an MLS franchise in Miami. Leroy Sané is set to miss 11 matches after being on the receiving end of a horror challenge against Cardiff in the FA Cup, and the debate for player protection rages on. Also, Antonio Conte is one of many managers who have little say in player moves, and The Gaffers aren’t having it.
Wherein Our Heroes discuss the recent appointment of Phil Neville as manager of England’s women’s team. The Leeds Salute becomes LUFC's new club crest, and proves extremely divisive. Marco Silva is unceremoniously sacked by Watford – had he become unsettled by Everton’s courtship? Also, a Boro supporter gives new meaning to “taking the piss” at Loftus Road.
Wherein Our Heroes discuss the recent lamentations over the inaction from VAR referee Mike Jones in Chelsea and Norwich’s recent FA Cup match. Chelsea face a potential transfer ban for signing underage players. Orlando City and Beşiktaş are poised to battle over the services of Cyle Larin, and Calgary Foothills F.C. announce Nik Ledgerwood as a massive addition to the club. Also, we recap the version of Episode 112 that wasn’t.
Wherein Our Heroes share thoughts on the latest season of The Bachelor; BAE is not a fan. John Herdman takes charge of the Canadian men’s soccer program after over six successful years in charge of the #CanWNT. Adam’s father weighs in on the change, as do we, and we are certainly having it. What we are not having is Sid Seixeiro’s recent rant on Tim & Sid. The Canadian Premier League names their first Chairman and Commissioner, a veteran of true Canadian icon: Tim Horton’s. The future bodes well for Les Rouges. This episode couldn’t possibly get any more “True North strong and free”.
Music by: Franklin D - FranklinD@shaw.ca
Wherein Our Heroes are back for 2018 with a new sound courtesy of Calgary-based musician and producer, Franklin D. Spoiler-laden reviews are delivered for both Godless and The Last Jedi. Former WWE superstar, Virgil, has a helluva time posing as Virgil van Dijk on Twitter. Harry Kane sets a goal-scoring record in 2017, but should he focus more on team-based accolades? We also take a look back at the calendar year that was, and some of the more interesting statistics in the Premier League.
Music by: Franklin D - FranklinD@shaw.ca
Calgary-based musician and producer Franklin D has been working in the Alberta scene since 2001. Over the last few years he has spent his time behind the kit as drummer and producer of local French-language based garage pop group The Synthetiques. Prior to that, he spent a decade as founding member, bassist and co-producer of local powerhouse Seven Story Redhead. You can catch Franklin D live in the coming months as two new projects unfold, an as-yet-unnamed analog electronic project as well as a new rock and roll band getting set to debut!