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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  • Episode 18: Manchester City & The Rise of the EPL

    May 14th, 2019  |  1 hr 5 mins
    bundesliga, football, la liga, ligue 1, mls, premier league, serie a, soccer

    Matt and Pet were joined by Jordan-Luke McDonald, a Multimedia freelance football journalist and avid Manchester City supporter!

  • Episode 17: Say no to Racism.

    April 9th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins
    bundesliga, champions league, football, griezmann, la liga, ligue 1, lionel messi, mls, moise kean, premier league, serie a, soccer, tanguy n'dombele, var

    We're back again! Most of our conversation revolves around the unfortunate racial abuse that Moise Kean recently faced, and we discuss what can be done to put an end to racism in football.

  • Episode 16: Ronaldo vs. Messi, Football Colonialism & a Nicolo Barella Profile

    March 26th, 2019  |  47 mins 6 secs
    bundesliga, football, la liga, ligue 1, mls, premier league, serie a, soccer

    Matt and Pet return again to discuss the ongoing, raging debate that is Ronaldo vs. Messi, club partnerships & youth sytems as well as great Nicolo Barella player profile.

  • Episode 15: Roma, Juventus, Handballs & Chiesa

    March 12th, 2019  |  58 mins 53 secs
    allegri, bundesliga, calcio, football, juve, juventus, la liga, ligue 1, mls, monchi, premier league, roma, ronaldo, serie a, soccer

    Matt and Pet are joined by Italian Football TV's Marco Messina to talk Calcio, Joachim Low & Germany, Hanfballs and much more!

  • Episode 14: Kepa Vs. Sarri, Juventus' woes, Monchi to Arsenal & a Dwight McNeil Profile

    February 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins
    allegri, arsenal, bundesliga, burnley, chelsea, dwight mcneil, football, juventus, kepa, la liga, ligue 1, mls, monchi, premier league, ramsey, ronaldo, sarri, serie a, soccer

    We had a load of things lined up.....but then Kepa did a thing! We also discuss Juve's current situation, Ramsey's arrival next season, Monchi to Arsenal, VAR and up and coming Burnley star Dwight McNeil.

  • Episode 13: Sarri, UCL Preview and an interview with Scouted Football's Stephen Ganavas

    February 12th, 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins
    bundesliga, football, la liga, ligue 1, mls, premier league, serie a, soccer

    On today's episode, Matt and Pet discuss the ins and outs of Sarri's situation at Chelsea, a preview of the upcoming UCL fixtures and later on- Matt interviews Scouted Football's Stephen Ganavas.

  • Episode 12: The State of French Football with Jonathan Johnson

    January 15th, 2019  |  52 mins 12 secs
    bundesliga, football, la liga, ligue 1, mls, premier league, serie a, soccer

    Pet was joined by the Ligue 1/PSG correspondent for ESPN Jonathan Johnson ( to talk all things french football!

  • Episode 11: Top 10 u23 Players to Watch in 2019!

    January 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 11 mins
    bundesliga, football, la liga, ligue 1, mls, premier league, serie a, soccer

    On today's show, we don't have one player profile........we have 10! We profile 10 guys we think will have a breakout year in 2019

  • Episode 10: The State of US Soccer Ft. Jon Townsend

    December 18th, 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins
    atlanta united, football, gregg berhalter, josh sargent, mls, soccer, us soccer, usmnt, zack steffen

    Matt and Petrit are joined by the great Jon Townsend to discuss the state of US soccer!

  • Episode 9: Lucas Torreira is Still a Hero & a Nicolas Pepe Player Profile

    December 4th, 2018  |  1 hr 11 mins
    arsenal, everton, liverpool, lucas torreira, matt santangelo, mohammed ali, monaco, nicolas pepe, north london derby, thierry henry, zlatan ibrahimovic

    Matt and Petrit discuss Lucas Torreira's amazing impact at Arsenal and his heroics in the north london derby, the state of player contracts in European football & they're also joined by Mohammed Ali to discuss Nicolas Pepe!

  • Episode 8: Christian Pulisic to Chelsea, Sandro Tonali and Mason Mount Ft. Alex Goldberg

    November 18th, 2018  |  41 mins 33 secs
    alex goldberg, bundesliga, calcio, chelsea, christian pulisic, la liga, ligue 1, mason mount, matt santangelo, premier league, sandro tonali, serie a, the byline, willian

    We were joined by the one and only Alex Goldberg to talk about Christian Pulisic, Sandro Tonali, the European Super League.....oh and of course, Mason Mount!

  • Episode 7: Lucas Torreira is a Hero & a Cengiz Under Player Proflie

    November 6th, 2018  |  1 hr 4 mins
    arsenal, cengiz under, chelsea, fabian ruiz, football, fred, jao cancelo, jorginho, lucas torreira, manchester city, manchester united, paco alcacer, premier league, psg, roma, serie a, soccer, zlatan ibrahimovic

    Yep, Matt Santangelo gets his first chance to talk about Lucas Torreira in today's episode!

  • Episode 6: The Rise of Calcio, Real Madrid's Struggles & a Reiss Nelson Profile with Oli Price-Bates

    October 23rd, 2018  |  58 mins 32 secs
    ac milan, antonio conte, arsenal, atlanta united, bundesliga, football, inter milan, julian loputegui, kosovo football, luca jovic, miguel almiron, mls, oli price-bates, premier league, real madrid, reiss nelson, serie a, soccer, valon berisha

    In this episode Matt and Petrit summarise the nations league, but the more exciting stuff for most of us is the return of European football! We talk the resurgence of Serie A, Real Madrid's struggles, Arsenal target Miguel Almiron and a great player profile of Reiss Nelson with the help of Arsenal blogger and expert Oli Price-Bates!

  • Episode 5: The Power of Piątek with Janusz Michallik

    October 9th, 2018  |  1 hr 9 mins
    ac milan, arsenal, bayern munich, bundesliga, chelsea, eden hazard, football, ivan gazidis, janusz michallik, jose mourinho, julen lopetegui, krzysztof piątek, manchester united, niko kovac, paul pogba, premier league, real madrid, soccer

    Today, we talk about Ivan Gazidis leaving Arsenal for AC Milan, Eden Hazard anf big team managers at risk. We also have an incredible player profile: Krzysztof Piątek with the help of former USA player and current ESPN commentator Janusz Michallik!

  • Episode 4: Matt Miazga, Ethan Ampadu and Cucho Hernandez

    September 12th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min
    azzurri, brazilian football, chelsea, colombian football, cucho hernandez, douglas costa, ethan ampadu, football, italian football, matt miazga, paulo dybala, santi cazorla, sergio aguero, sid lowe, simon edwards, soccer, south american football

    On this episode, we start by complaining about the international break because, it sucks! We go off on many tangents, including discussion on 3 hot players right now: Ethan Ampadu, Matt Miazga and Colombian Cucho Hernandez!

  • Episode 3: An American La Liga

    August 27th, 2018  |  47 mins 21 secs
    bucaneers, fiorentina, giovanni simeone, glazers, la liga, manchester united, mls, mourinho, sergio ramos

    This time we discuss the current state of Manchester United, La Liga games potentially being played in the US and finally, we profile rising star Giovanni Simeone