State Of Play

Your one stop shop for all things football in the top 5 european leagues and the MLS

About the show

On the State of Play, we're bringing you (mostly) awesome insight into the world of football. Hosted by avid Milan Fan & Football content guy Matt Santangelo, Football Content Award winner Pet Berisha, and Soccer Showdown Host Martino Puccio, the show analyses the top 5 leagues in european football, with a sprinkle of MLS related content in there as well!

The show also brings you a player profile in every episode, making sure you find those unearthed gems before anyone else!

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Episodes

  • Episode 79: Richard Webster: Marco Rose Hiring, State of Arsenal, Spurs and City! Plus, Young Up and Coming Stars in Football!

    February 23rd, 2021  |  1 hr 8 mins
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    Pet Berisha and Matt Santangelo are joined by Football Coach Richard Webster on the Marco Rose hire at Borussia Dortmund and how he can develop some of the talent at Dortmund. His thoughts on Mikel Arteta's progress with Arsenal. Spurs and Mourinho are still struggling, how much longer can the North London club continue with the Special One? Richard also gives us some his favorite talented players heading into the next few years!

  • Episode 78: Inter Milan in 1st Place, Upamecano to Bayern, Rose to Dortmund and MLS!

    February 16th, 2021  |  51 mins 32 secs
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    Pet Berisha, Matt Santangelo and Martino Puccio are here to break down all the top news in World Football! This week they cover Inter Milan's rise to the top of Serie A and how well positioned they are to win the title. They head to Germany to discuss Marco Rose to Borussia Dortmund and Dayot Upamecano's move to Bayern Munich this coming summer. Alexandre Pato is headed to the United States to play for Orlando City FC as he tries to revive his career once more. At the end of the episode Pet, Martino and Matt discuss who they think will move on from each Champions League Round of 16!

  • Episode 77: Roberto Rojas of Bein Sports: Premier League Title Race, Moises Caicedo, VAR and More!

    February 9th, 2021  |  53 mins 40 secs
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    Pet Berisha, Matt Santangelo are joined by Bein Sports Roberto Rojas to discuss all things football! First they jump into the Premier League where City dominated Liverpool over the weekend and how the race for the title is dwindling. Moises Caicedo is one of the most talented youngsters in South America and he joined Brighton this past month so Roberto gives an outlook on how great the signing truly is. The guys then transition on over to VAR and how well it is going in football plus some adjustments they can make. Finally they get to Messi and where he is going to be playing next summer! Erling Haaland possible release clause and where Dortmund's futures lie.

  • Episode 76: January Transfer Market Closes, Messi's Absurd Contract and AVB is Out at Marseille!

    February 2nd, 2021  |  54 mins 58 secs
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    Matt Santangelo and Martino Puccio are back for episode 76 of SOP, this episode they tackle all of the big news of the final day of the transfer market as some big clubs made some notable moves. After that they take a nose dive into the Leo Messi contract situation at Barcelona, what it means for Leo and the club moving forward. Then there's more drama but from France this time after the debacle that is happening at Marseille on top of Neymar's reported contract extension through 2025.

  • Episode 75: Football Coach Harry Brooks: Chelsea Sack Lampard, Tuchel Hired and more!

    January 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 18 secs
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    Pet Berisha and Matt Santangelo are back with Harry Brooks as they discuss the sacking of Frank Lampard from Chelsea and his supposed replacement Thomas Tuchel. Harry discusses how Spurs have done in their first full season with Jose Mourinho. Plus discussions on Fikayo Tomori and Emil Smith Rowe and the potential these players have!

  • Episode 74: Matteo Bonetti of ESPN on Serie A: Juventus Struggling, Chelsea Spiraling and Martin Odegaard's Future

    January 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 21 mins
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    Matteo Bonetti joins this long podcast for Episode 74 with Matt Santangelo discussing Juventus and where they sit at the halfway point of the season. Roma suffered another debacle in Coppa Italia with another embarrassing loss and the direction the Friedkin ownership group. Fiorentina are a talented squad but there seems to be some issues, the guys discuss the future for La Viola. Plus a fun player profile by Matteo! After the interview Martino and Pet join Matt to discuss some of the major games in the Premier League, where Real Madrids market lies with the likes of Martin Odegaard and much more!

  • Episode 73: January Transfer Market Talk: Mesut Ozil, Jadon Sancho, Moises Caicedo and Much More!

    January 12th, 2021  |  53 mins 13 secs
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    Pet Berisha, Matt Santangelo and Martino Puccio are back for another episode of The State of Play! This week they are discussing all of the developing rumors across the world of football, names like Ozil, Caicedo, Demebele and more are discussed! The guys discuss who would fit best with a certain club and how likely the outcome of success would be for each player!

  • Episode 72: Ligue 1 with Mo Ali: Pochettino to PSG, Saliba, Frank Lampard & Chelsea and Mohamed Simakan Profile!

    January 5th, 2021  |  52 mins 8 secs
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    Pet Berisha and Matt Santangelo are back for episode 72 of the State of Play Podcast with recurring guest Mo Ali! The gents discuss the signing of Mauricio Pochettino at PSG and what kind of impact he will be having at his former club. Frank Lampard and Chelsea are struggling mightily and the guys try to get to the root of the issue for the Blues. Kevin De Bruyne and David Alaba contract updates and what direction they might be headed in! Mo gives us his player profile breakdown of Strasbourg's CB Mohamed Simakan!

  • Episode 71: Top 10 U-23 Talents to watch in 2021!

    December 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
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    Pet Berisha, Matt Santangelo and Martino Puccio are back for episode 71 of the State of Play Podcast as they go through their list of two years ago with top talent predictions and see how they are doing as of today. Then Matt and Pet release their new lists of players that have caught their eye in recent times. They explain their choices and why they think they'll be rising stars very, very soon!

  • Episode 70: Zach Lowy of Breaking the Lines: Barcelona's Future, Leo Messi's Situation, Riqui Puig and Breakout La Liga Stars!

    December 22nd, 2020  |  59 mins 57 secs
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    Matt Santangelo and Martino Puccio welcome in recurring guest Zach Lowy of Breaking the Lines to discuss the mess at FC Barcelona and how Messi's future is looking bleak at the club. He then gets into the top young stars across La Liga and how many great talents there are. Finally he wraps up the episode with profiles on players like Brian Reynolds and how they can potentially fit at a club like Roma.

  • Episode 69: Champions League Draw, Arsenal Free-Falling, Dortmund Sack Favre and Papu Gomez's Future!

    December 16th, 2020  |  59 mins 3 secs
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    Matt Santangelo and Martino Puccio are back after winning the Gold Award for the Best New Content Creator for the FCA's! This week they discuss the highly anticipated CL draw, Arsenal getting too close to the relegation zone. They head to Germany where they discuss what lies ahead for Dortmund after they sacked their manager Lucian Favre and more drama out of Italy as Papu Gomez wants out of Atalanta!

  • Episode 68: Maxi Angelo of Football Elements: Paul Pogba Saga, Liverpool's Success, Milan's Emergence and the Future of Swedish Football!

    December 8th, 2020  |  1 hr 14 mins
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    Matt Santangelo and Martino Puccio are joined by Maxi Angelo to discuss Mino Raiola's comments on Paul Pogba, Mario Balotelli's future. They then take a deep dive into Liverpool and all the progress they have made since all of their injuries have occurred. After that they draw parallels between Liverpool and AC Milan on how they construct their business throughout the transfer windows and the profiles they look out for. Lastly Sweden is experiencing some exciting times as they have many talents emerging throughout the country!

  • Episode 67: The Legacy of Diego Maradona, Edinson Cavani and the Fountain of Youth and Juventus's Dependency on Cristiano Ronaldo!

    December 1st, 2020  |  1 hr 53 secs
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    Pet Berisha, Matt Santangelo and Martino Puccio are back for Episode 67! The Football world mourns the loss of the legendary Diego Maradona at the age of 60. The guys discuss his legacy, impact and overall football genius across his remarkable career. They then move onto Edinson Cavani and his fantastic impact off the bench for Manchester United over the weekend and what they expect from him throughout the rest of the season. Juventus have become dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo as they continue to drop points in Serie A, how big of an issue is this? Lastly they wrap up with discussions on Borussia Mönchengladbach and answer your questions!

  • Episode 66: Erling Haaland is on Fire, Ibrahimovic is Timeless and Spurs are atop the Premier League!

    November 24th, 2020  |  52 mins 22 secs
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    Pet Berisha, Matt Santangelo and Martino Puccio are back after International Break as they try to make sense of how good Erling Haaland truly is. They touch upon the impact of the ageless wonder that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic and what the impact of his injury could lead to. Sassuolo are playing some of the most attractive football in Europe and how De Zerbi has got them to that level. Spurs had a massive win over the weekend vs Man City and they sit on top of the table in the Premier League, would this be Mourinho's biggest achievement? Lastly, Barcelona are struggling to stay in the race for the title, how long can they keep playing like this before it becomes devastating?

  • Episode 65: International Break: Gareth Southgate, Euro 2021 Favorites, Joao Felix, Dominik Szoboszlai and Super Agents!

    November 17th, 2020  |  57 mins 40 secs
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    Pet Berisha and Martino Puccio are back for the State of Play Podcast this international break as they cover all of the action that has gone on during the break. They discuss Englands issues, Scotland Qualifying for the Euros and who the favorites for the tournament are. Then there are some fantastic young talents out there from Joao Felix to Ansu Fati and the guys cover them and where the futures are headed.

  • Episode 64: Ronaldo Returns, Arsenal Defeat United, Ibrahimovic Keeps Rolling and Bale Makes an Impact!

    November 3rd, 2020  |  51 mins 53 secs
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    Pet Berisha, Matt Santangelo and Martino Puccio are back for another episode to discuss all the intense results of the weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo made his return for Juventus and made an immediate impact, then Arsenal get a massive 3 points at Old Trafford after defeating Manchester United. Messi and Barcelona continue to go through some frustrating times as they continue to struggle overall. Ibrahimovic and Milan continue their unbeaten run as it reaches 24 straight matches and how Sassuolo is one of the more dominating teams in Italy early on in the campaign.