The greats of the game: considered and reconsidered. on and off the pitch.
Each episode, Justin Olivier Salhani (Guerrilla FC) and Hani Jaber (Panna Creative) pick a legendary player, manager or other figure in football and discuss how their legacy echoes through the pages of history.
The streets will remember the audacious passes, the political stands, the gravity-defying goals, the marketing campaigns, the soul-snatching nutmegs and the swag to execute them all.
Juan Roman Riquelme
The last of the romantics. The last true #10. The end of the Era of the Individual.
Juan Roman Riquelme represents a lot of things in football. Nutmegs most of all. And a lot of young Brazilian footballers are named after him for all these reasons. Hani and Justin talk nutmegs, romance and nihilism in this one.
We are a complete mess. Hani left his space heater on for this one so a lot of it was unusable (Justin also forget to record an entire episode so he's not blameless either). But in between all this drama, Justin and Hani spoke a bit about the Cote d'Ivoire legend - Didier Drogba.
Among the most nightmarish of strikers, Justin didn't like Drogba at first (don't worry he does now). Drogba may not be the best African player of all time, or even the best striker for that matter (cough Eto'o), but he's arguably the greatest.
Hani ran into Nicolas Anelka at the mall in Dubai once.
Anelka was a ridiculous talent who burned a lot of bridges. He made a lot of headlines for incidents not related to his play: leaving Arsenal, the 2010 World Cup and the quenelle gesture.
There's so much to unpack here, but we try to peak into the complex mind of Anelka here - particularly concerning his desire to be adored. A common talking point on Anelka is that his career could have turned out different. Justin and Hani debate who is responsible for a respectable career that could have been legendary.
Hani also tells the story about meeting El Hadji Diouf at a club in Dubai. It's a better story than his Anelka one, anyway.
We're taking a midseason break. We'll be back with 5 more episodes in Season 1 before laying out a vision for Season 2.
In the meantime, please donate if you can to the people in Beirut who are reeling last week's blast.
There are just too many great stories to tell about Marcelo Bielsa. Our favorite is the one about Benjamin Mendy, though the Chilavert one on an airplane is good too. This is the person who found a way to combine Argentina's two diverging football philosophies and influenced Guardiola, Simeone, Pochettino and Sampaoli (among others!). Is he the most influential manager alive? Hani doesn't think so.
Also, new break and outro music from Julian Forte!
Abby Wambach has scored A LOT of goals. Some of them in training against Justin.
But this All-American great was a figure of complexity. Her greatness in scoring goals and social activism was just one part of her legacy. Substance use and problematic comments on nationalism are another. And Jess Malone joins TSWR as the show's first guest.
Finally - A different conversation about football
Absolutely fantastic podcast! A refreshingly unique point of view about the greats.
Clever and spot on with Futbol insights
Probably one of the best Futbol podcasts I’ve come across. The hosts Justin and Hani are two really charming Futbol enthusiasts who really know the game well. They speak on behalf of the millennial generation who grew up watching the some of the greatest players in the 90’s/2000’s and so forth into this modern era. What I love about their approach is they bring so much nostalgia to their stories. I just kick back with a beer and enjoy their story telling. Amazing stuff guys keep it coming! 5 stars 💯
A football time capsule
I love this approach to a footy pod. So often we talk about players for their teams but how often do we focus on a player and their legacy in great detail? Justin and Hani seem very considerate and well-versed in sharing their viewpoints on footballers so I’m excited to see their journey covering some of the game’s most prolific and underrated people. The streets will remember!