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Every four years, people all over the world turn their eyes, ears, and hearts toward the most exciting sports competition on the planet: The World Cup. We Came to Win tells the stories behind the tournament’s most memorable moments. Like, how did one player become a God, and a villain, after breaking the rules? How did the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup save English soccer from falling apart? And how did one player turn a free-kick into an act of protest? This series from Gimlet Media is an homage to the triumph and heartbreak, victory and defeat that we all experience from soccer (or football, or futbol, or whatever you call it). And it reminds us that so much of what we love about the beautiful game happens off the pitch.

We Came to Win Gimlet Media

    • Sports
    • 4.7 • 1K Ratings

Every four years, people all over the world turn their eyes, ears, and hearts toward the most exciting sports competition on the planet: The World Cup. We Came to Win tells the stories behind the tournament’s most memorable moments. Like, how did one player become a God, and a villain, after breaking the rules? How did the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup save English soccer from falling apart? And how did one player turn a free-kick into an act of protest? This series from Gimlet Media is an homage to the triumph and heartbreak, victory and defeat that we all experience from soccer (or football, or futbol, or whatever you call it). And it reminds us that so much of what we love about the beautiful game happens off the pitch.

    1. How the 1990 World Cup Saved English Soccer

    1. How the 1990 World Cup Saved English Soccer

    Today, the English Premier League is the richest and most watched league in the world. But rewind to the end of the eighties, and English football was in the doldrums. The national team were crap, the stadiums were crumbling, and there was the threat of violence from football hooligans. This is the story of how one summer, and one World Cup, changed English football forever.
    CREDITS: We Came to Win is hosted by Nando Vila. This episode was produced by Emma Morgenstern, Emily Ulbricht, and Ngofeen Mputubwele with help from Anna Foley and Jasmine Romero. Our senior producer is Matthew Nelson. Our editors are Caitlin Kenney, Devon Taylor, and Jessica Weisberg. This episode was scored, sound designed, and mixed by Bobby Lord. Check out more Gimlet podcasts at gimletmedia.com.
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    • 55 min
    Coming Soon

    Coming Soon

    A new show from Gimlet Media that tells stories behind the games that soccer fans can never forget—and that rest of the world couldn’t ignore. Premiers April 25th.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

EJNS1212 ,

For football fans, soccer moms, and everyone in between

I love this podcast so much! I am not a dedicated football fan, although I love the excitement of the World Cup. I listen to many, many podcasts, and there’s something magical about this one. Nando brings something for everyone.

KLandis41 ,

Great podcast

Thank you for a great podcast! The stories you told were totally new to me, but excellently told and fascincating. I hope we don't have to wait 4 years for more stories from you.

Endgame07 ,

Good stories but

Really missed out on an opportunity to do a second season for the women’s World Cup. Thought it might be a one off for the Men’s World Cup but then a new episode came out

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