The Patterns Of Play Podcast
By Greg Margolis
Soccer podcast covering the top leagues from around the world, providing tactical analysis, breaking news, and breaking down the best games every week. Shows featured: The Sunday Soccer Show with Schmidt & Greg, Fulham Friday's, with more in development!
Ep 67: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 24: Fulham Promoted, a Spurs Must Win & Wrexham to the Moon?
Schmidt and Greg return to the airways after a hiatus to discuss Fulham's promotion back to the Premier League, Tottenham's need to win against Leicester to have a chance at top four, and ponder whether Wrexham might find their way to the Premier League in the coming years.
April 26, 2022
Ep 66: The Four Horsemen of Futbol Ep 3: Inconsistent USMNT and Hammer's Spicy Hot takes!
In this episode of the Four Horsemen of Futbol, we discuss the recent World Cup qualifiers for the USMNT, as well as some surprises in European World Cup qualifiers. Hammer brings some hot takes about Arsenal and Portugal to round out the show!
November 20, 2021
Ep 65: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 23: Managerial Turnover and Newcastle Takeover
In our return to the airwaves, Schmidt and I discuss various coaching moves, including Antonio Conte in at Spurs and Xavi in at Barcelona. We also discuss how Newcastle have been taken over by a country and start getting philosophical about all the money that is flooding soccer in Europe.
November 08, 2021
Ep 64: The Four Horsemen of Futbol Ep 2
In the second episode of The Four Horsemen of Futbol Ep 2, we discuss the USMNT poor start to World Cup Qualification, the bedlam in the Brazil/Argentina match, Ronaldo's transfer back to Manchester United and finish with Hammer's Hot Takes!
September 09, 2021
Ep 63: The Four Horsemen of Futbol Ep 1: Summer International Recap and Hammer's Hot Takes
In the first episode of The Four Horsemen of Futbol, presented by The Patterns of Play Podcast, Greg, Schmidt, Hammer, and Ben discuss the big International tournaments that took place over the summer. We highlight the need for the USMNT to take another step forward and win against top teams, recap some of the highlights and surprises from the Euro's, touch on where the USWNT needs to go now after taking home the Bronze Medal at the Olympics, and finish off with some hot takes surrounding the Messi drama.
August 18, 2021
Ep 62: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 22: Brentford Sting the Gunners and Spurs Dethrone City
In this week's episode, we discuss the highlights of a wild opening weekend in the Premier League, touch on a few games in the Bundesliga and discuss the difficulties happening at Arsenal.
August 15, 2021
Ep 61: Fulham From Across The Pond Ep 2: Wilson Is Wonderful
In this episode, Greg recaps Fulham’s opening tie against Middlesboro, previews the upcoming game vs Huddersfield and discusses transfer dealings in and out.
August 13, 2021
Ep 60: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 21: Community Shield Recap and Messi Madness!
In this week's episode we recap the Community Shield match between Manchester City and Leicester City. We discuss the madness surrounding Messi's eminent departure from Barcelona, and preview some of the Premier League's opening weekend matchups.
August 09, 2021
Ep 59: Fulham From Across The Pond Ep 1: Season Preview!!
In the very first episode of Fulham From Across The Pond, present by The Patterns of Play Podcast, I discuss Marco Silva, transfers in and out, and how Fulham must make Craven Cottage a fortress once more
August 06, 2021
Ep 58: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 20: Prem and Bundesliga Previews!
In this week's episode, we return to the pod to preview the Premier League and Bundesliga, while also discussing which teams had the best summer transfer window thus far, and who might make be leaps this season.
August 02, 2021
Ep 57: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 19: European Soccer Leagues Finish Play
In this week's episode we discuss the completion of the major European Leagues, highlighting the race of Champions League spots, relegation surprises in Germany, and the success of Atletico Madrid and Luis Suarez in La Liga.
May 23, 2021
Ep 56: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 18: Schmidt Smashes Spurs
In today's episode we discuss the rise and fall of the Super League, the poor management of Tottenham Hotspurs, and touch on some of the top teams around Europe.
May 09, 2021
Ep 55: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 17: Derby Day and Fulham/Spurs Check In
In this week's episode we discuss the matchup between Fulham and Spurs, along with their matches today against Liverpool and Crystal Palace respectively. We also dive into the Manchester Derby where United came out victorious, ending City's long unbeaten run.
March 08, 2021
Ep 54: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 16: Manchester City Runaway is On
In this week's episode we cover prominent league races in Europe, highlighting Manchester City's runaway in the Premier League and how other league races have started to tighten up.
February 22, 2021
Ep 53: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 15: Get Right Spurs!
In this week's episode, we discuss Spurs get right game against West Brom, Fulham's inability to turn 1 point into 3, as well as the Liverpool v Man City matchup. We also talk about player moves that haven't quite worked out and what may need to be done for the likes of Van De Beek, Pulisic, and Werner to find long term success.
February 07, 2021
Ep 52: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 14: European League Check-Ins and Schmidt's Winners/Losers
In this week's episode, we discuss the big European Leagues and how the tables look at the midway point of the season. Schmidt discusses his winners/losers in the Premier League and we talk about some of the coaching changes, highlighted by Thomas Tuchel taking over for Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
February 01, 2021
Ep 51: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 13: Fulham and Spurs Face-off!
In today's episode of The Sunday Soccer Show, we discuss how our favorite teams, Fulham and Spurs, matchup will far after a short notice reshuffling of the Premier League schedule. We also chat about Manchester United's rise to the top of the table and how the relegation battle is starting to grow.
January 13, 2021
Ep 50: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 12: The Season of Believing!
In this week's episode we catch up on Spurs incredible run to take the top spot in the Premier League, we check in on how the group stages finished up in both the Champions and Europa Leagues, discuss how Lucien Favre's sacking at Dortmund triggers the beginning of the yearly coaching carousel, and embrace the season of believing with Fulham's big results against Leicester and Liverpool.
December 13, 2020
Ep 49: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 11: Spurs are on a Roll!
In this week's episode we discuss the incredible run that Spurs are on and how the Premier League is anyone's at the moment. We also talk about the need for Barca to make a decision on Messi and the return or AC Milan.
November 23, 2020
Ep 48: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 10: The young bucks have arrived for the USMNT
In today's episode we discuss the two international games for the US Men's National Team and how Berhalter has plenty of young talent to choose from now. We also look ahead to the big league games coming up this weekend as players return from international duty.
November 17, 2020
Ep 47: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 9: Lookman, that's downright irresponsible!
In this week's Sunday Soccer Show we discuss plenty of highlights from the Premier League and get into that nonsense that was extra time in the Fulham v West Ham match. We also cover Der Klassiker in Germany and discuss what teams are rising and who may be falling.
November 09, 2020
Ep 46: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 8: Which mid-table teams are moving in the right direction?
In this week's episode we talk about teams in the middle of the Premier League table and who's results this weekend may push them forward the rest of the season. We also discuss what may be needed to fix Barcelona's difficult start in La Liga.
November 02, 2020
Ep 45: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 7: Pep, you've been found out, and so have you Barcelona!
In today's episode we discuss the top of the Premier League table, movement in the Bundesliga, and El Classico.
October 26, 2020
Ep 44: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 6: WHY VAR WHY!
This week's episode covers the nonsense that is VAR, how the Premier League is very wide open this year and we also touch on Serie A, La Liga and the start of Champions League.
October 21, 2020
Ep 43: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 5: Milinkovic-Savic is a Savage!
In today's episode we cover the big money moves on Transfer Deadline Day, discussing the Euro Qualifiers, the USL Knockout round of 18, and look ahead to the big league games coming up this weekend. Check out our new website patternsplaypod.wordpress.com
October 13, 2020
Ep 42: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 4
In today's Sunday Soccer Show w/ Schmidt and Greg, we cover the straight forward matchups and the anarchy that was Spurs v United and Liverpool v Villa. We also announce the launching of our website, PatternsPlayPod.wordpress.com, which launches tomorrow! Check out the continued articles and find all new episodes of the podcast there as well!
October 05, 2020
Ep 41: Fulham Friday. Where does this club go next?
In today's Fulham Friday episode presented by the Patterns of Play Podcast, I discuss how the club is in shambles and how they need to save the season or pack it in for the future.
October 02, 2020
Ep 40: The Sunday Soccer Show Ep 3
VAR strikes again! We cover the Bundesliga's shocking start to the season and dive into all the wild Premier League games from the weekend. We also vent our frustrations about Spurs and Fulham as always. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow on Twitter @PatternsPlayPod
September 29, 2020
Ep 39: The Sunday Soccer Show - Gareth Bale has Returned!
Today's Sunday Soccer Show episode discusses the Bundesliga's opening weekend, goals a plenty across the Premier League and Gareth Bale's triumphant return to Tottenham. Email email@example.com and follow @PatternsPlayPod on Twitter.
September 21, 2020
Ep 38: The Sunday Soccer Show with Schmidt and Greg!
In today's episode we introduce the first Sunday Soccer Show Episode featuring Mike Schmidt and Greg Margolis, a weekly show covering games and storylines from the Premier League and Bundesliga! Today we cover Fulham v Arsenal, Leeds v Liverpool and Spurs v Everton.
September 13, 2020
Ep 37: Tactical Tuesday: Arteta's Arsenal Assembles!
Today's tactical Tuesday episode covers the Community Shield. I also discuss the women's community shield and champions league final. Follow on Twitter @PatternsPlayPod and email firstname.lastname@example.org with listener questions.
September 01, 2020
Ep 36: Black Lives Matter
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August 28, 2020
Ep 35: The Champions Have Been Crowned!
In today's episode I cover the tactics involved in some of the goals scored over the past week in the Champions League Final, Europa League Final, and the Women's Champions League Quarters. Email the podcast at email@example.com and follow on Twitter @PatternsPlayPod
August 25, 2020
Ep 34: Fulham Friday! Welcome Antonee Robinson to FulhAmerica!
Today's Fulham Friday episode covers the signing of USMNT player Antonee Robinson. I also discuss the Premier League Schedule and some more transfer rumors.
August 21, 2020
Ep 33: Champions and Europa League check in and Talking Spurs with Mike Schmidt
Today's episode covers the past week's Champions and Europa League games, the rumors flying about Barca, big moves for Mewis and Lavelle, and I speak with Mike Schmidt about his beloved Tottenham Hotspurs. Follow on Twitter @PatternsPlayPod
August 18, 2020
Ep 32: Fulham Friday Transfer Rumors and Getting off to a Smooth Start
Today's Fulham Friday episode covers the latest transfer rumors, the comments from Tony Khan and how Fulham should approach the first five games of the Premier League season.
August 14, 2020
Ep 31: The Europa League quarters, MLS is Back Final and predicting Champions League matchups!
In today's episode I look back at the quarter final Europa League games, discuss the MLS is Back Final between Portland and Orlando and predict the winners of the upcoming Champions League matches. Follow on Twitter @PatternsPlayPod, email firstname.lastname@example.org
August 12, 2020
Ep 30: Fulham Friday! Khan's comments, transfer rumors and my suggestions for players to add
Today's Fulham Friday episode of podcast features a breakdown of the comments by Owner Shahid Khan, the transfer rumors already swirling and my thoughts on players who would fit well at Fulham. Email the pod email@example.com and follow on Twitter @PatternsPlayPod
August 07, 2020
Episode 29: Fulham are Back in the Prem!
Today's episode covers the EFL Championship Playoff Final between Fulham and Brentford. I also discuss the finish of the Premier League and Bundesliga. Email the pod firstname.lastname@example.org and follow @PatternsPlayPod on Twitter!
August 05, 2020
Tactical Tuesday Ep 18: Chelsea helps Liverpool claim the Premier League Title!
In this week's Tactical Tuesday episode, I cover Man City v Chelsea and discuss how touch tight defending is so important in the 18 yard box. Follow on Twitter and Twitch @PatternsPlayPod and email email@example.com with feedback and questions.
June 30, 2020
Tactical Tuesday Ep 17: Bruno Fernandes is Brilliant and How an Extra Pass Leads to More Goalscoring
In this week's Tactical Tuesday episode I cover the Man U v Spurs game and talk about goals scored from around the leagues in Europe. Follow on Twitter and Twitch @PatternsPlayPod and email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and feedback
June 23, 2020
Tactical Tuesday Ep 16: Coppa Italia Semi-Finals and Effective 2nd Ball Goals
In this week's Tactical Tuesday episode, I discuss the Coppa Italia Semi-Finals and how teams used incredible 2nd ball setups to score goals over the weekend. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @PatternPlayPod and email questions and feedback to email@example.com. Check out this week's sponsor, The Perfect Brew, at www.perfectbrew.com.
June 16, 2020
Tactical Tuesday Ep 15: Bayern Munich use a high line & high press & exploit Leverkusen's defense
This week's Tactical Tuesday covers one game from the German Bundesliga and highlights a major theme: playing with a high line. Follow on Twitter @PatternPlayPod and email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and feedback.
June 09, 2020
Tactical Tuesday Ep 14: Bremen compound Schalke's misery and Gladbach blaze by Berlin
This week's Tactical Tuesday cover two more games from the German Bundesliga. Follow the podcast on Twitter @PatternsPlayPod and email questions and feedback to email@example.com.
June 02, 2020
Interview Episode #5 with Julie Hubbard, DPT, CSCS: Owner of Just 4 Kicks Boston.
In today's interview episode, I spoke with Julie Hubbard who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. We discussed her soccer journey and what she is doing with Just 4 Kicks to help train and recover, as well as prevent injuries with soccer athletes. Find her on Instagram @Just4KicksBoston and check out her blog/site www.just4kicksboston.com. Follow me on twitter @PatternPlayPod, email questions and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. FIFA 11 Soccer Training: yrsa.ca/fifa-11.html
May 27, 2020
Tactical Tuesday Ep 13: RB Leipzig free flowing attack and Bayern's backs push new boundaries
This week's Tactical Tuesday covers RB Leipzig v Mainz and Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga. Follow me on Twitter @PatternsPlayPod for in game insight and stats analysis. Email questions and feedback to email@example.com
May 26, 2020
Interview with Dr Ben Reuter: Currently a professor at California University of Pennsylvania.
This week's interview episode was with Dr Ben Reuter, a professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies. We spoke about wellness, movement, and performance training for soccer athletes. Be sure to check out his Instagram @Fitlabpgh as well as his two podcasts: Fitness Lab PGH and Moving2Live. Follow this podcast @PatternsPlayPod on Twitter and email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and feedback.
May 20, 2020
The Bundesliga is Back! Dortmund and Leverkusen Put On Shows.
This week's Tactical Tuesday episode covers the return of the German Bundesliga, highlighting the tactical approach from Dortmund v Schalke and Bremen v Leverkusen. Follow on Twitter for live game tweets and tactical pictures @PatternsPlayPod and email email@example.com with questions and feedback.
May 19, 2020
Special Edition Promotion/Relegation Ep 5
Episode 5 brings the first series to a conclusion. I speak about the when for pro/rel in the US and how the USL could put pressure on the MLS by implementing the new structure first with their new collective bargaining agreement. Follow me on Twitter @GMargo7 and email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and feedback
May 15, 2020
Interview with film maker Joel Franco: Currently filming the documentary Where our Children Play
This week I spoke with documentary film maker Joel Franco, who is currently working on a film called Where Our Children Play, covering the challenges within youth sport. You can find him on social media @Docyouthsports, check the film's website out at www.chesfilms.com and see some of the Zoom interviews he has conducted on YouTube at Where our Children Play. Email your questions to the pod: email@example.com and follow me on Twitter @GMargo7
May 13, 2020
The Dinamo Derby and K-League Soccer
Today's tactical Tuesday covers the tactical approaches of two teams from the Korean K-League, while I dive into another Belarusian game. Follow me on Twitter @GMargo7 and send your questions and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please rate the podcast on Apple Podcasts, it would be greatly appreciated!
May 12, 2020
Special Edition Promotion/Relegation Ep 4
Episode four of the special edition series on promotion/relegation focuses on the structuring of a three division league, combining teams for the MLS, USL Championship, and USL League One. Follow me on Twitter @GMargo7 and email email@example.com with questions and feedback.
May 08, 2020
Interview with Susie Petruccelli: Author of Raised a Warrior, One Women's Soccer Odyssey
Today's episode features award winning author, Susie Petruccelli, who is also currently working on a documentary with Kely Nascimento-DeLuca, the daughter of Pele. Follow Susie on Twitter @sooozie, Instagram @susiepetruccelli, and email her: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm on Twitter @GMargo7 and email the podcast with questions and feedback: email@example.com. Enjoy!
May 06, 2020
World Cup Rewatch! USWNT Blank Holland and France Counter Croatia to Lift the Trophies
This week's Tactical Tuesday looked back at the men's and women's World Cup Finals. Theme of the week covered is framing the goal. Follow me on Twitter @GMargo7, email questions and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 05, 2020
Special Edition Series Promotion/Relegation Ep 3
This week's episode focuses on the finances behind promotion/relegation and how the profitability of teams in the MLS mirrors the EFL Championship. I dive into the numbers and how a merging of the MLS and USL could actually help profits skyrocket. Follow me on Twitter @GMargo7 or email email@example.com with questions and feedback.
May 01, 2020
Interview with John Wilpers; Founder and President of Hot Shots Soccer
In this very special, very first interview episode, I spoke with John Wilpers who founded Hot Shots Soccer, a unique program for young girls to learn soccer, build self-esteem and confidence, while having fun with their friends and parents. If you'd like to learn more please visit their website hotshotssoccer.org and feel free to send questions to me on Twitter @GMargo7 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 29, 2020
Belarusian Premier League: When Personnel and Style of Play Clash
This week's episode features two games from the Belarusian Premier League. Themes of the week are: build your game plan based on personnel, quick throw-ins, reshuffling of attacking runs, and checking your shoulder. Reach out on Twitter @GMargo7 or email email@example.com. Check out Liverpool's throw-in tactics: https://spielverlagerung.com/2020/01/31/liverpool-throw-in-analysis/?doing_wp_cron=1588075252.3245151042938232421875
April 28, 2020
Special Edition Promotion/Relegation Ep 2
Episode 2 focuses on the soccer leagues in the United States. How and when they were formed, how they are structured, the Americanized championship format, and how the fans pushed for a more European Champion. Please follow me on Twitter @GMargo7 and send your listener questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
April 24, 2020
Belarusian Premier League: Defeating the Low Block
This week's Tactical Tuesday episode dives into the Belarusian Premier League. Two games are covered with both having a pure possession team take on a defensively organized team using a low block. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @GMargo7 and shoot me an email with questions, recommendations or if you'd like to feature on a future episode: email@example.com
April 21, 2020
Special Edition Promotion/Relegation Ep 1
This new, weekly, special edition series will focus on pro/rel and how/when it can be implemented in the United States. Episode 1 covers what pro/rel is and how it has become such a staple in European soccer leagues
April 17, 2020
Championship Rewinds: A Look Back at the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final and the NWSL Championship.
This week's episode features a look back at the 2019 UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham, along with the NSWL Final between North Carolina and Chicago. Themes the week discussed are: execution in big moments and patterns of play from off ball movement.
April 14, 2020
The Varying Approaches of NCAA Men's Soccer: DII and DIII National Championship Finals
This week's episode focused on the National Title games for NCAA DII and DIII. These games were very different and full of tactical discussion points. Themes of the week are also highlighted and I continue to make upgrades to the podcast!
April 07, 2020
Natty Champs of DI, II, & III NCAA Women's Soccer!
This week's episode looks back at the NCAA Women's soccer National Champions games. I dive into how the winners were able to lift the trophy and how one team got robbed of a title! The episode finishes with my Themes of the Week and I'm excited to announce we are now on Apple and Google Podcasts! Please rate the podcast and leave a review, it is much appreciated!!!
March 31, 2020
W-League is GRAND as Australian Soccer keeps on rolling!
Both A-League and W-League soccer continue in Australia (yay!) and I talk tactics from the Al-League Sydney derby and the W-League Grand Final between Melbourne City and Sydney FC. Themes of the week focus on 1v1 opportunities against the goalkeeper and how goalkeepers roles offensively continue to grow.
March 24, 2020
The Blueprint for Taking on the USWNT
Today's episode focuses on the UCL game between Tottenham Hotspurs and RB Leipzig, the She Believes finale between the USWNT and Japan, while discussing how Japan may have created the blueprint for beating the USWNT and who the USWNT best 11 are moving forward.
March 17, 2020
Curlers and Top Bins a Plenty!
This week's episode focuses on games from the She believes Cup, EFL Championship, Bundesliga, as well as the opening weekend from the USL Championship and the ever entertaining Manchester Derby. Themes of the week are attacking from the high/wide space and finishing technique.
March 10, 2020
Goal Keeper Decisions and Set Pieces Exhibitions!
The very 1st episode of the Patterns of Play Podcast! I discuss tactics seen in the Leeds v Hull, Fulham v Preston North End, Montreal Impact v New England Revolution, as well as the Carabao Cup final between Man City and Aston Villa. Finally, I discuss themes of the week: gk decision making and set pieces!
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