Every four years, the world’s best soccer players come together to try and help their home countries vie for the title of World Cup champion. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will begin with the group stages on June 14 in the host nation of Russia. The tournament consists of 32 teams, with 20 of those teams making back-to-back appearances in the World Cup. Germany is back to defend its 2014 title, while the U.S. failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1990. Although the U.S. won’t be in action, the World Cup will features some of the greatest players in the game. Whether you are looking for a team to root for or are looking to learn more about the world of soccer, here are some podcasts to get you ready for the 2018 World Cup.
The Game World Cup Daily
Host Natalie Sawyer hosts The Game World Cup Daily podcast, helping soccer fans get caught up on the latest results and stories surrounding the World Cup. The podcast features studio guests and interviews with soccer writers in Russia. The podcast publishes every night after the final whistle on every matchday during the tournament.
Find it: https://www.acast.com/timesthegame
Total Soccer Show
Co-hosted by Taylor Rockwell and Daryl Grove, the Total Soccer Show podcast focuses on analyzing soccer and explaining how things happen on and off the pitch. TSS will feature new episodes daily during the tournament, and listeners can also find previews and reviews of every game.
Find it: https://www.totalsoccershow.com/worldcup/
Joe Picks A World Cup Team
Joe is a big soccer fan and is a big fan of the U.S. Men’s National Team, but since the U.S. failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Joe is looking for a team to root for. Hosts Joe and Dan go through every country in the tournament trying to pick a rooting interest.
Find it: https://www.joepickspod.com/
Stoppage Time: World Cup 2018
Stoppage Time’s World Cup podcast is just a few days old, but is now in its daily routine of covering the 2018 World Cup. The podcast starts with eight group preview episodes and then will follow with an episode every day of the tournament.
Find it: https://apple.co/2sEpecm