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Howler editor George Quraishi interviews soccer journalists, managers, players, and activists. Dummy is about everything except what happened on the field last week: the business, politics, history, personalities, and social issues that touch the world’s favorite game.

Dummy: Interviews with smart people about soccer Howler Magazine

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    • 4.8, 203 Ratings

Howler editor George Quraishi interviews soccer journalists, managers, players, and activists. Dummy is about everything except what happened on the field last week: the business, politics, history, personalities, and social issues that touch the world’s favorite game.

    The Editors converse

    The Editors converse

    New editor Dennie Wendt and founding editor George Quraishi discuss the contents, creative process and—incredibly, and at long last—the completion of Howler 15. 
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    • 34 min
    The Complex Life and Career of Socrates

    The Complex Life and Career of Socrates

    Andrew Downie is back to discuss his new book, Doctor Socrates, in more depth.
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    • 46 min
    How Iceland Does It

    How Iceland Does It

    Iceland has been one of the best stories in world soccer over the last few years—a tiny nation that is riding a golden generation to its first ever European Championship and then World Cup in the span of just two years. (We published a big feature on Icelandic soccer by Davis Harper that came out in the first half of 2016—so we were either ahead of the hipsters or super duper hipsters, depending on your point of view.)
    For this episode, George traveled to Iceland to speak with the technical director and president of the Icelandic FA—plus the president and first lady of the country itself.
    Next week, Andrew Downie will return to discuss his book Doctor Socrates. Pick up a copy here (Howler gets a small cut when you purchase with this link). And then drop any questions or comments you’d like Andrew to address into this form.
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    • 46 min
    What to make of the Players' Tribune

    What to make of the Players' Tribune

    Amos Barshad last came on Dummy to discuss his story about a spate of soccer murders in Argentina. Now he's back to talk about his story in last week's New York Times Magazine about the Players' Tribune and where it lives in the modern sports journalism ecosystem.

    What Happens When Athletes Do the Sports Writing? by Amos Barshad
    Doctor Socrates is the latest Howler Book Club selection—pick up a copy here (Howler gets a small cut when you purchase with this link). Andrew will be back in about a month for a more expansive conversation about the life of Socrates.
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    • 34 min
    Why do friends let friends become referees?

    Why do friends let friends become referees?

    We published a big ol’ package on referees in the latest issue of Howler, and in this episode of Dummy, George speaks with one of the writers about his survey of the academic literature and what it tells us about the psychology of people who are brave enough to become referees. Dive in with us (but not too obviously) to learn more about an under-covered and vital facet of the game.
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    • 18 min
    Doctor Socrates

    Doctor Socrates

    Andrew Downie’s new book Doctor Socrates tells the story of one of the most interesting players in soccer history. Socrates trained as a physician but chose to become a professional footballer, and he was captain of the wonderful Brazil side that was expected to win the 1982 World Cup but fell to Italy, the eventual champion. He was a heavy drinker, smoker, and philanderer who was nonetheless beloved by fans of Botafogo and then Corinthians because of his incomparable abilities as a playmaker and finisher. He also led a movement called Corinthians Democracy that brought a social and political consciousness into the locker room, putting him at odds with the way business was done in Brazilian soccer and eventually with the dictatorship that ran the country.
    Doctor Socrates is the latest Howler Book Club selection—pick up a copy here (Howler gets a small cut when you purchase with this link). Andrew will be back in about a month for a more expansive conversation about the life of Socrates.
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
203 Ratings

203 Ratings

Jaredjike888 ,

This pod is in my top 3

Always informed, always easy to understand, and always fun to listen to.

bgq69 ,

Tried it....

Listened to the Blackburn 94/95 season. The host was garbage. Wouldn’t let the two people, who actually were adding very interesting context, speak. Not sure if the host is supposed to come
Across as a guy who doesn’t know the first thing about football, but that bothered the heck out of me. Won’t try it again unfortunately. Unsubscribe

mufcred_usa ,

Just found this podcast

Just started listening to this podcast. Can't get enough of it. I've gone back and listened to older ones as well.

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