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 84: Champions League Quarter-Final Preview!

    April 6th, 2021  |  38 mins 25 secs
    bundesliga, football, la liga, ligue 1, mls, premier league, serie a, soccer

    Martino Puccio and Matt Santangelo are back for a Champions League Quarter-Final preview! They go through every single matchup as they try to figure out what team they think will end up advancing to the next round!

  • Episode 83: Champions League Quarter-Final Draw, Neymar Contract Extension, La Liga and Ligue 1 Title Races!

    March 23rd, 2021  |  51 mins 43 secs
    bundesliga, football, la liga, ligue 1, mls, premier league, serie a, soccer

    Pet Berisha and Martino Puccio are ready to lead you into the International Break for March 2021! First they discuss the draws in the Champions League and who they think will advance to the next round with all the possible matchups. Neymar is expected to extend his contract with PSG through 2026 and the impact it has for the club. Lastly they get into the title races in Ligue 1 and La Liga! Can Lille make a push to win a title or will Atletico Madrid crumble to Barcelona or Real Madrid?

  • Episode 82: Yunus Musah Chooses USA, Cristiano Ronaldo's Future at Juventus, Ballon D'or Favorite for 2021 And Champions League Round of 16!

    March 16th, 2021  |  52 mins 11 secs
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    Martino Puccio and Matt Santangelo are back for another episode of the State of Play Podcast! Youngster Yunus Musah has chosen Team USA to partake in his international career as the guys discuss the significance of his decision. They then dive into the Cristiano Ronaldo situation with Juventus and where his future lies with the club and beyond. They finally wrap up with potential Ballon D'or favorites and who the favorites for the second legs of the Champions League are.

  • Episode 81: Manchester is Red, Inter Move Closer to a Title, Erling Haaland is a Phenomenon and Joachim Low's Reign at Germany is Ending

    March 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 3 mins
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    Martino Puccio and Matt Santangelo are back for another episode of The State of Play Podcast. Manchester United had a massive win over City this weekend as they continue to solidify a top four spot in England. They then move on to discuss the tenure of Joachim Low in Germany as he has announced that Euro 2021 will be his last tournament with the country. They then discuss Inter Milan's continued dominance in Serie A as the Nerrazzuri move closer to their 19th title with a 1-0 win over Atalanta. Erling Haaland has reached 100 career goals already while Matt & Martino discuss his dominance they also transition to Bayern Munichs dominance as well. To wrap up the episode they discuss the upcoming fixtures in Champions League and what teams will be looking to move to the next round.

  • Episode 80: Cristiano Oliveira of Benfica Podcast: Benfica, State of Portuguese Football and Cristiano Ronaldo

    March 2nd, 2021  |  55 mins 28 secs
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    Cristiano Oliveira of The Benfica Podcast joins Martino Puccio and Matt Santangelo are here to discuss all things Portuguese football from Benifca and Sporting all the way to some of the top players like Joao Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Dias and more! Lastly they get to what the odds are looking like in terms of Portugal's chances of winning this summers Euros!

  • 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!