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 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

  • Episode 2: Kroenke and Kepa

    August 11th, 2018  |  59 mins 53 secs
    arsenal, basketball, bundesliga, chelsea, denver nuggets, football, fulham, josh perez, kepa, kepa arizabalaga, la liga, lafc, ligue 1, mls, nba, premier league, serie a, soccer, stan kroenke, transfers, wolves

    Stan Kroenke's majority takeover of Arsenal hit the headlines in the UK and discuss it's potential implications, and we had help from a US based Denver Nuggets expert Billy Marshall

    We also discuss Transfer deadline day in the premier league, Josh Perez joining LAFC as well as bringing you a special player profile of new Chelsea keeper Kepa Arizabllaga with the help of Marca contributor Justin Sherman

  • Episode 1: Financial Trouble in Italian Football, Higuain, Martial and Moise Kean

    July 31st, 2018  |  57 mins 12 secs
    ac milan, alphonso davies, bari, bayern munich, bonucci, caldara, cesena, football, higuain, jose mourinho, martial, mls, moise kean, reggiana, ronaldo, soccer, transfer news

    On the genesis episode, we discuss the Financial situations Italian clubs seem to get themselves in. Why have Bari, Reggiana and Cesena all declared bankruptcy? Why have Milan hung on to a Europa League spot by the skin of their teeth? We also discuss the dramatic Higuain, Caldara & Bonucci love triangle, Martial & Mourinho's situation at United and also the shining MLS light Alphonso Davies who's just made a big move to Bayern Munich. That's not all though, a Moise Keen player profile was obviously forthcoming...