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Soccer, life in the US, and everything in between. Germans, Julian Gressel (Vancouver Whitecaps) and Fabian Herbers (Chicago Fire), first competitors now friends, share their weekly experiences on and off the field as they manage their way through the Major League Soccer season. Get an inside perspective of their personal lives, cultural challenges, and their German view of the beautiful game - pragmatic, honest & direct.

Zee Soccer Podcast Julian Gressel & Fabian Herbers

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    • 5.0 • 54 Ratings

Soccer, life in the US, and everything in between. Germans, Julian Gressel (Vancouver Whitecaps) and Fabian Herbers (Chicago Fire), first competitors now friends, share their weekly experiences on and off the field as they manage their way through the Major League Soccer season. Get an inside perspective of their personal lives, cultural challenges, and their German view of the beautiful game - pragmatic, honest & direct.

    You Really Never Know

    You Really Never Know

    The last Zee Soccer Pod Episode of the year starts starts with some questions for Fabi to see if he would pass the civics test of the naturalization interview Julian just had to answer.
    Obviously we cover some MLS playoff action, talk about the post season training plans for the Chicago Fire and Vancouver Whitecaps (and how we respectively feel about that), and to finish up give our Best XI of the MLS Season.
    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to all listeners for a fun year here and especially to all who donated to Zee Soccer Fund! We appreciate your support and will try and make it even better next year.. Ciao Ciao!

    You can continue to follow and support the Michael Azira Youth Foundation here: https://www.aziramichealyouthfoundation.org

    • 43 min
    Golden Pineapple

    Golden Pineapple

    Out and over - no post-season play for ZeeSoccerPod. For the second year neither Fabi nor Jules were able to make the playoffs. In Minnesota, Vancouver couldn’t beat the “wonderwall”, and missed their last chance. The Fire played for the “golden pineapple” against New England in a 1:1 tie. 
    Fabi explains why Gazdag should have been the winner of the Golden Boot. We also pick our predictions for the MLS Cup and give a quick recap of Der Klassiker. 
    Non-soccer related, Gressel is on his way to becoming an American. He describes the process and how he studies for the test! 
    Lastly: thanks to everyone that donated to ZeeSoccerFund. Joe Ziemer you’re the lucky winner of a signed GaGa jersey. Enjoy!
    The ZeeSoccerFund 2.0 2022 fundraiser is for the Azira Michael Youth Foundation: https://gofund.me/4f70180a
    More info on the foundation can be found here: https://www.aziramichealyouthfoundation.org

    • 48 min
    Win and You’re In

    Win and You’re In

    The Whitecaps are still alive and have everything to play for next week in Decision Day!! We recap how they got that chance and how Chicago put a bit of a dent in Cincinnati’s playoff hopes with a Win there. Congrats to LAFC on winning the supporters shield, we discuss how Philly’s season could turn sour really quick, and wish Gonzalo Higuain happy retirement! On a quite shocking note, we also discuss the newly released report of the findings regarding the abuse and sexual misconduct in the NWSL and USSF.

    P.S. Donate to Zee Soccer Fund to win a signed Gaga Slonina jersey!!

    The ZeeSoccerFund 2.0 2022 fundraiser is for the Azira Michael Youth Foundation: https://gofund.me/4f70180a
    More info on the foundation can be found here: https://www.aziramichealyouthfoundation.org

    • 39 min
    International Break? This calls for a Q&A Episode

    International Break? This calls for a Q&A Episode

    It’s international break, so we decided to do something different. Instead of us doing all the talk, we let you guys ask questions on social medial and we answered them on the Pod. Thanks to the listeners for all the spicy questions. Among the questions: What would Fabi change as a GM for the Chicago Fire next season? What do the players look out for when watching from the bench? And what is Jules‘ high/low point of the season…
    These and many more will be answered!

    P.S. Fabi‘s favorite Netflix show is "Selling Sunset"

    The ZeeSoccerFund 2.0 2022 fundraiser is for the Azira Michael Youth Foundation: https://gofund.me/4f70180a
    More info on the foundation can be found here: https://www.aziramichealyouthfoundation.org

    • 43 min
    Poop in Hand

    Poop in Hand

    Successful surgery, 2 wins for the Whitecaps and a goal and an assist for Jules sounds like a pretty good week for our two pod hosts. Unfortunately, the Fabiless Chicago Fire couldn’t keep winning in order stay in the playoff race and are now eliminated from playoff contention. With 2 wins, Vancouver lives to fight another day and stays in the playoff races for now.
    Besides winners and losers, we also discuss an incident including Taxi Fountas (DCU) and Damion Lowe (Inter Miami) that doesn’t have any place in sports or this world in general.
    Jules’ opening story about him and his daughter is probably the best thing about this episode though!!

    The ZeeSoccerFund 2.0 2022 fundraiser is for the Azira Michael Youth Foundation: https://gofund.me/4f70180a
    More info on the foundation can be found here: https://www.aziramichealyouthfoundation.org

    • 39 min
    Time to get right

    Time to get right

    With 30 games played the Fire (6pts behind playoff line) and the Whitecaps (9pts behind) only remain with small playoff chances. While the Fire beat Inter Miami 3:1 without Fabi (no he was not scared of Higuain), Jules and the Whitecaps lost 3:1 at Colorado including a questionable PK call. Jules gives some update about his contract situation and Fabi provides an injury update on his adductor. Don’t miss the winners and losers, and the difficult situation of Josef Martinez in Atlanta.
     
    The ZeeSoccerFund 2.0 2022 fundraiser is for the Azira Michael Youth Foundation: https://gofund.me/4f70180a
    More info on the foundation can be found here: https://www.aziramichealyouthfoundation.org

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

Yakbeard9 ,

Great soccer pod

Love hearing from current MLS players about what it is like being a professional soccer player in the US.

Samsquamptch97 ,

Lost 3 times to Chicago this season

That must be a record for a MLS player in recent times. Nice work Jules! 😉 Awesome show guys! Love it!

Fhrhsjjjsjsjdn ,

Welcome to Vancouver Gressel!

These guys give insight into the players life and what the ups and downs of the game can bring players and their families. Great interviews and a must listen for anyone who likes soccer. Even more excited about Gressel coming to the Whitecaps! Welcome to Vancouver and I hope your transition to the team is smooth.

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