Joe Picks A World Cup Team
By Dan and Joe
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Joe, a massive soccer fan heartbroken by his USMNT's failure to qualify for the World Cup, sets out to find a replacement team to root for in 2018.
||ExplicitThe Finale||It all comes down to this. Just hours from the opening match of the 2018 World Cup, Joe works his way through the 4 remaining teams and fulfills the promise of the podcast by making his choice.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Quarterfinals||The second night of our three night finale focuses on the final 8 teams. If you want to get to the part where we talk about the 8 teams, skip ahead about an hour.||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Group Stage||After months and months of exploring these various teams and countries, we're making it through the group stage in 2 hours. Finally the teams will be pitted against one another and Joe will be forced into making some of his toughest decisions yet.||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGermany||The naysayers said we'd never finish all 32 teams, and they were only partially right! In our last regular season episode we finally give the defending champs their due, but undoubtedly this football powerhouse is going to have a much tougher path to Joe's knockout round than in the real tournament.||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColombia||Our second to last episode also comes in as our longest ever! But we have so much to cover both going through the email bag and spending time with a special guest with some great inside info about Colombia.||6/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEgypt||We finally get to the land of Joe's father, and his father's father, but apparently not his father's father's father. Will this intimately close relationship help or hurt Egypt's chances of making it into Joe's knockout round.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJapan||We finish out the Asian Football Confederation with with some special guests and we finally learn the answer to a long running podcast mystery. And also we do the thing where Joe rates Japan in many different categories.||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBelgium||We're finally doing the second half of our "doubleheader", the up and coming Belgium team. After our usual deep analysis, is Joe going to move them on into the knockout round or will he waffle and perhaps leave them on the outside looking in.||5/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEngland||We are back on track doing full country episodes, and what better place to visit than the birthplace of modern football. England should have so much going for it in Joe's ratings, but given that it's England, better not take anything for granted.||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMystery Episode||Some important business gets taken care of, live in San Francisco.||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSaudi Arabia||When you think of Saudi Arabia, you might think of oil reserves or sandy deserts, but how about the sport of football? This country has a surprising history of football success, at least within the middle east. But as they embarck on the World Cup they first have perhaps an even tougher test... Joe's rankings.||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSpain||For the second half of our doubleheader we venture to Europe and look at another elite team, Spain. After our own Spanish inquisition, Spain's fate will be entirely in Joe's hands. Will they move on to the round of 16 or will Joe expell them from the competition?||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMexico||Our neighbor to the south is also our biggest rival. But with the US out of the World Cup, what does that mean for the rivalry? Should Joe root for Mexico as the best hope from CONCACAF or root for our rival to fail? The Joe Picks system will be put to the test during this one-of-a-kind podcast.||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPanama||No time to waste in this description for our first speed episode: Panama. We would have loved to spend more time analyzing this team that is playing in the US's spot, but unfortunately their long odds and our lack of time didn't allow for it.||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPeru||This South American underdog is in the World Cup for the first time in a generation. But with this accomplishment comes the added scrutity of Joe's analysis. Will there be another Hollywood ending for Peru or will Joe's qualifying be harder than the brutal South American confederation?||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSouth Korea||After the long wait for the Soju shipment from South Korea, Dan and Joe break down this team live in Seattle. Having just hosted such a successful Olympic games, we'll see if South Korea can maintain their momentum and reach Joe's Round of 16.||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFrance||Trying to predict how France will do in the World Cup is just as much of a fool's errand as trying to predict when this podcast would be released. But will Joe's rating of this top tier team will be a little more predictable, or are there some surprises in store for Les Bleus?||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNigeria||Back to Africa for the 2nd of the 5 African teams. As the only African team to qualify for both the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, Nigeria has some momentum coming into the tournament. Will that carry over into Joe's ranking though?||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDenmark||For the second time we travel to Scandinavia, which depending on your definition of that term will either be our final or penultimate trip to the region. Not known as a footballing powerhouse, Denmark will need to hope for good scores in some of the other categories if they want to get into Joe's knockout round.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBrazil||When you think of football brilliance, you think of Brazil. And for good reason, they've achieved more World Cup success than any other nation. In the real World Cup, it's been over 50 years since they finished in the bottom half of the tournament. But in this podcast series, they'll need a good showing to make Joe's knockout round.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSerbia||In the first ever World Cup, this country competed as part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Eighty-eight years later, they'll compete for the 2nd time as the independent country of Serbia. Perhaps this year will be the first time Serbia qualifies for the Round of 16 in the actual World Cup, but we won't have to wait that long to see if they qualify for Joe's Round of 16.||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitArgentina||Coming off a runner-up finish in 2014, and with their sights set even higher in 2018, Argentina are our first truly elite team of the podcast series. But perhaps for a nation this good at football, making the knockout stage in Joe's rankings will prove more challenging than doing it in the actual World Cup.||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPoland||Other than the host nation, Poland has the longest odds to win the cup among the pot 1 teams. But they have one thing the other top teams don't have... an ancestral connection to Joe. Will this be enough to get them into knockout stage or will the odds catch up to them and leave them on the outside looking in.||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPortugal||The Ballon d'Or award for the best football player in the world has gone to Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese player, 4 out of the past 5 years. Will this star power help Portugal into Joe's Round of 16, or will Joe dismiss this top heavy team like the US (almost) did 4 years ago?||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMorocco||For the fifth straight episode we look at a team from a different confederation, this time our first trip into the Confederation of African Football. Will Morocco make it into Joe's Round of 16 or will this inaugural visit into the CAF end in disappointment for them?||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRussia||In this episode we cover the very controversial host nation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Will Joe will tear down this wall of anti-Russian propoganda and find a way to root for the host nation, or will he fall into line with the deep state and eliminate this geopolitical foe?||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUruguay||On our first trip into the South American confederation, we explore an often overlooked team that has an impressive history and a realistic chance at an impressive run in Russia. Is this the type of team that will score highly on Joe's scale, or will they be overlooked yet again?||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCosta Rica||For the first time we look at a team in the US's own confederation: Costa Rica. Will Joe find a rooting interest in this plucky fellow CONCACAF team, or will the 2 stinging defeats Costa Rica inflicted on the US during qualifying be too much to look past?||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAustralia||With the US absent, Australia became the only English speaking former British colony to qualify for the World Cup. With so much in common, will Joe find the Socceroos a familiar choice for his fandom, or will their hopes of moving on spin in the opposite direction into the rubbish bin?||12/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSweden||In our inaugural episode we look at Sweden, a highly prosperous country located in the Scandinavian peninsula. Will their Soccer team be the first to pass Joe's test and make it to the knockout round, or will they collapse under the pressure as so many IKEA tables have done before.||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIntro||What and why is Joe picking a World Cup team?||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
The real dilemma every US soccer fan faces finally has its own podcast.
Even better than season 1
So glad Dan and Joe made a second podcast! They have the same great sense of humor in this as their first season. It’s pretty informative, interesting & entertaining. Can’t wait to pick a World Cup team as I listen to Joe’s rankings too.
Funny, Light and Loose
There is a refreshing humility that Joe and Dan bring to an intentionally surface level analysis of this year's World Cup competitors and the countries from which they hail.
The attempt at a structured breakdown of each team is punctuated by inane tangents and playful bickering that always leaves you feeling like you're in on the joke.
Endlessly authentic, like meeting an old friend at the bar.
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