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Touchline Thoughts

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The all soccer podcast hosted by Irfan Manji. With news, analysis and opinions every week. Powered by the Garage Door Sports Network.
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Episode 23 - Bundesliga mid-season review

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Episode 25 - GOAT Starting 11 for Manchester United
Nick, Braden, and Luke return for another episode. They join Irfan in creating their GOAT Starting 11 for Manchester United. Four United fans, four potentially different lineups. Which one do you like? Who would be in your GOAT Starting 11?  The Starting 11 is brought to you by the Shenzi Shack (https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/). Place an order and taste Chef Sab's amazing cooking :D #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusinesses https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism On Twitter: @TouchlineTh, @GarageDoorsSport, @IrfanManji, @NickMcVicar, @_ls_11 Website: garagedoorsports.com
49:59
April 15, 2021
Episode 24 - Best Footballer for every jersey #s 1-20
Irfan is joined by former Oakville Soccer Club teammates Nick McVicar (Owner/Host/Producer of Garage Door Sports), Braden Culver (former Uof Buffalo player), and Luke Sewell (former Western player). The three share stories about their playing time together. Inspired by Football Daily, and in the return of the Fanatics segment, the guests and Irfan take their picks for who they think is the best player(s) in jersey numbers 1-20. Plus, the four, do the same for the best Manchester United players to don numbers 1-20. A couple of legends and a couple of recent stars make their lists.  The Fanatics segment is brought to you by the Shenzi Shack (https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/). Place an order and taste Chef Sab's amazing cooking :D #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusinesses https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism On Twitter: @TouchlineTh, @GarageDoorsSport, @IrfanManji, @NickMcVicar, @_ls_11 Website: garagedoorsports.com
01:07:21
April 12, 2021
Episode 23 - Bundesliga mid-season review
Matthew Fodey is back for the first time since Ep 3. Him and Irfan, do a mid-season review of the Bundesliga, covering their season predictions, coaching changes, and the young emerging talents + their values. They also touch base on the struggles the talents have had once they leave for other leagues.  The Starting 11 is brought to you by the Shenzi Shack (https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/). Place an order and taste Chef Sab's amazing cooking :D #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusinesses https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism On Twitter: @TouchlineTh, @GarageDoorsSport, @IrfanManji, @FodeyMatthew Website: garagedoorsports.com
37:18
March 28, 2021
Episode 22 - Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals
Paige Culver re-joins Irfan for another episode of Touchline Thoughts. The two cover the Champions League (Women/Men) and the Europa League. They also make their predictions... Which team(s) do you think will make it through to the Semis?  What two words/phrases do Paige & Irfan use a lot in this episode? @ or Send us a message on Twitter with your guesses; everyone with the correct answers will get a shoutout next episode :)  The Starting 11 is brought to you by the Shenzi Shack (https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/). Place an order and taste Chef Sab's amazing cooking :D #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusinesses https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism On Twitter: @TouchlineTh, @GarageDoorsSport, @IrfanManji, @culver_paige Website: garagedoorsports.com
57:13
March 23, 2021
Episode 21 - Covering the major leagues around the world
Niko Giantsopoulos joins Irfan for Episode 21. The two discuss the major leagues in Europe (La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1, & EPL). They also discuss CPL's potential start date, plus bid a happy retirement to Marcel De Jong. Finally, they look forward to the start of the MLS season and the outlook for the three Canadian Clubs, TFC/Montreal/Vancouver.  The Starting 11 is brought to you by the Shenzi Shack (https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/). Place an order and taste Chef Sab's amazing cooking :D #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusinesses https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism On Twitter: @TouchlineTh, @GarageDoorsSport, @IrfanManji, @NikolaosGiants Website: garagedoorsports.com
56:26
March 23, 2021
Episode 20 - Life Lessons with Rachel Avant + Women's Champions League and SheBelieves Cup
Paige Culver (#5) and Rachel Avant (#3) of ASJ Soyaux join Irfan Manji for this episode. We get to know Rachel in the Starting 11, and then we wrap up the show with a Women's Champions League preview and also do a SheBelieves Cup recap. The Starting 11 is brought to you by the Shenzi Shack (https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/). Place an order and taste Chef Sab's amazing cooking :D #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusinesses https://blacklivesmatter.com / https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism
49:10
February 28, 2021
Episode 19 - EPL and Champions League Recap
Irfan is joined by Josh Dadjo. The last time Josh was on, episode 13, the two discussed the use of language, kneeling, the protests during COVID-19, and the potential implementation of sensitivity training, as well as increased screening of professionals in the game.  This time, however, the two speak about the EPL, conceding the title to Man City and some disappointing results for the teams under them in the current standings. They then recap the first batch of matches of the Champions League Round of 16. Do you agree with their takes? Let us know @TouchlineTh (Twitter)  The Starting 11 is brought to you by the Shenzi Shack (https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/). Place an order and taste Chef Sab's amazing cooking :D #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusinesses https://blacklivesmatter.com / https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism
52:34
February 21, 2021
Episode 18 - Women's GOAT Player & Team
Paige and Braden re-join Irfan as they talk about the greatest of all time (GOAT) Women's player and then provide the listeners their GOAT Starting 11. Have a listen and let us know if you agree with the selections.  On Twitter: @TouchlineTh, @GarageDoorsSport, @IrfanManji, @culver_paige Website: garagedoorsports.com The Starting 11 is brought to you by the Shenzi Shack (https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/). Place an order and taste Chef Sab's amazing cooking :D #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusinesses https://blacklivesmatter.com / https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism
53:45
February 7, 2021
Episode 17 - New KC Team in the NWSL and Arsenal's improved performances
Hayley McGoldrick is back for another episode. She and Irfan talk about the new KC team in the NWSL and, refer to the problem that forced the sale of the team: the toxic racist and sexist environment previously created by then owner Dell Loy Hansen and chief business officer Andy Carroll. Their behaviour ultimately changed the culture for Real Salt Lake, Monarchs, and Royals. A new endeavour led by Angie and Chris Long provides as a fresh start for a fan base and the player/personnel that deserve another chance at a better culture!  Irfan also asks Hayley about the turnaround in Arsenal's play with 8W2D2L (updated) in all competitions since the Chelsea win. The loss of Ozil will be felt but both agreed that Arsenal are building a team for the future that is truly Arteta's to coach and no longer carries the imprint of Wenger.  On Twitter: @TouchlineTh, @GarageDoorsSport, @IrfanManji, @GoldieonSports Website: garagedoorsports.com The Starting 11 is brought to you by the Shenzi Shack (https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/). Place an order and taste Chef Sab's amazing cooking :D #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusinesses https://blacklivesmatter.com / https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism
50:19
January 30, 2021
Episode 16 - Culver Reunion | La réunion de la famille Culver
~Français à suivre~ Ep 16 - Culver Reunion! 🚨  Irfan is joined by ASJ Soyaux defender Paige Culver and friend of the show Braden Culver. The show starts off with a mini interview with Paige and, ends with the trio providing their hope, as fans, for United Women's & Men's teams in the coming months.  Ep 16 - La réunion de la famille Culver🚨 Irfan est rejoint par le défenseur ASJ Soyaux Paige Culver et Braden Culver. L'émission commence par une mini interview avec Paige et, se termine avec le trio qui donne espoir, en tant que fans aux équipes féminine et masculine de United.  On Twitter: @TouchlineTh, @GarageDoorsSport, @IrfanManji, @culver_paige Website: garagedoorsports.com The Starting 11 is brought to you by the Shenzi Shack (https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/). Place an order and taste Chef Sab's amazing cooking :D #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusinesses https://blacklivesmatter.com / https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism
39:41
January 24, 2021
Episode 15 - Braden Culver on his match vs Frosinone Calcio
Braden Culver is back with Irfan. He shares his memory of a friendly match he played vs Frosinone Calcio in 2018, when he was with the Oakville Blue Devils. He also gives us his prediction for an EPL winner...is it the same as his favourite Manchester United? Have a listen and find out! On Twitter: @TouchlineTh, @GarageDoorsSport, & @IrfanManji Website: garagedoorsports.com  The Starting 11 is brought to you by the Shenzi Shack (https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/). Place an order and taste Chef Sab's amazing cooking :D SheaCreams is local and they are committed to Renew, Reuse, Refill and Recycle!; Sourcing and profits go back to West African Farmers; Natural skincare products and not tested on animals; And their products are organic. Check them out :) (https://sheacreams.com) #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusinesses  https://blacklivesmatter.com / https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism
40:33
January 15, 2021
Episode 14 - Mid-season EPL Review with Nick McVicar
The New Year's first episode is out today! Irfan is joined by Nick McVicar. The two do a mid-season EPL review and they also discuss the FIFA award winners. The Starting 11 is brought to you by the Shenzi Shack (https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/). Place an order and taste Chef Sab's amazing cooking :D SheaCreams is local and they are committed to Renew, Reuse, Refill and Recycle!; Sourcing and profits go back to West African Farmers; Natural skincare products and not tested on animals; And their products are organic. Check them out :) (https://sheacreams.com) #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusinesses #SayNoToRacism
41:12
January 7, 2021
Episode 13 - Josh Dadjo
Irfan is joined by Josh Dadjo for Ep 13. The two discuss #SayNoToRacism. They talk about the use of language, kneeling, the protests during COVID-19, and the potential implementation of sensitivity training and increased screening of professionals in the game.  Josh's article: https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/dadjo-welcome-to-the-fight-i-hope-you-stick-around Irfan's article: http://garagedoorsports.com/the-culture-of-racism-a-sliding-landscape/ Shenzi Shack: https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/ On Twitter: @TouchlineTh, @GarageDoorsSport, @IrfanManji, https://blacklivesmatter.com / https://blacklivesmatter.ca
46:39
December 18, 2020
Episode 12 - Brady Reid 2.0
Brady’s back!!  Episode 12 kicks off with a recap of the matches already played in the MLS playoffs. Next, Brady and Irfan preview the MLS final and also provide us with their winners and score predictions. Have a listen and let them know if you agree with their choices.  Shenzi Shack: https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/ On Twitter: @TouchlineTh, @GarageDoorsSport, @IrfanManji, @BradyReid_ https://blacklivesmatter.com / https://blacklivesmatter.ca  #SayNoToRacism
38:42
December 11, 2020
Episode 11 - Braden Culver
EPISODE 11 has dropped!! 🎤 *The show starts off with a moment of silence for #DiegoMaradona #RIP.* Braden Culver joins the show. He & Irfan talk about who their greatest player of all time is and set their greatest 11. Shenzi Shack: https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/ Braden Culver: https://www.instagram.com/bradenculver/ On Twitter: @TouchlineTh, @GarageDoorsSport, @IrfanManji
35:45
December 8, 2020
Episode 10 - Nick McVicar and Kyle Varty
EPISODE 10...we hit a milestone! Thank you to all the guests we have had on the show over the course of the first 10 episodes. Thank you to Nick McVicar, Matt Fodey, Hayley McGoldrick, Kieran Doyle-Davis, Shireen Ahmed, Gabe Ferraro, Brady Reid, and Kyle Varty. Here's to another 10 and more
36:58
December 3, 2020
Episode 9 - Brady Reid
Irfan is joined by Brady Reid.  Brady is an editor for Waking the Red and is a sports journalist. The two talk about the MLS playoffs, TFC, and make their Champions League matchweek 4 predictions. You can catch this episode and others on your favourite podcatcher :) The Starting 11 Segment was brought to us by Shenzi Shack. Chef Sab provides you with flavourful food and offers delivery or pick-up. For a more in-depth menu, look at their IG page/story. #FoodieLove IG: https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/ Place an order: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSex84zEtneFkIFuRIp0LtbVWI_--ViTkAFm5TpmFxjUPmzLhg/viewform
48:56
November 20, 2020
Episode 8 - Hayley McGoldrick and Nick McVicar
Hayley McGoldrick & Nick McVicar join Irfan as they discuss their Love it, Burn it, and Classic jerseys from this year's set of kits. The trio also comments on who they think of first when they see a specific National Team or Club kit.  Do you agree with their picks from Episode 8?  Your betting odds are provided by Betting House Pod and Kyle Varty.  The Fanatics Segment was brought to us by Shenzi Shack. Chef Sab provides you with flavourful food and offers delivery or pick-up. For a more in-depth menu, look at their IG page/story. #FoodieLove IG: https://www.instagram.com/shenzi_shack/ Place an order: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSex84zEtneFkIFuRIp0LtbVWI_--ViTkAFm5TpmFxjUPmzLhg/viewform 
59:15
November 14, 2020
Episode 7 - Gabriel Ferraro
Irfan is joined by Gabriel Ferraro, kicker for the Ottawa Redblacks. However, instead of talking football, Gabe talks about his first sports love...soccer. In our Starting 11, the two discuss the turmoil at Barcelona, the Serie A, and then they wrap it up with the major news stories from around the world of Footy.
53:37
November 4, 2020
Episode 6 - Shireen Ahmed
Irfan is joined by Shireen Ahmed of @BurnItDownPod. The two cover multiple topics in the Starting 11: Massey-Ellis/Aguero, her love for ArsenalWFC/Arsenal FC, her advice to young women athletes, & how people can actively learn/listen. Check out Shireen's website: http://www.shireenahmed.com Check out @GarageDoorSport; visit garagedoorsports.com
37:56
October 28, 2020
Episode 5 - Kieran Doyle-Davis
EPISODE 5 is out!!! Our resident Coach @KierDoyle shares his knowledge behind the most common soccer formations. He talks a bit about his experience as a player and coach. And, rounds it up with his thoughts on Chelsea’s summer additions. ⚽️
47:15
October 16, 2020
Episode 4 - Hayley McGoldrick
Irfan is joined by Hayley McGoldrick. The two discuss the NWSL's standings, the Canadian women's soccer talent, and breakdown why the players are going to Europe. As well, they recap the main stories from the past week.
35:53
October 7, 2020
Episode 3 - Matt Fodey
Irfan is joined by Matt Fodey in episode 3. The two discuss the Bundesliga. Then, they cover the top storylines from the world of soccer. Take a listen on your favourite podcatcher and don't forget to follow us on Twitter @TouchlineTH.
41:29
September 24, 2020
Episode 2 - Nick McVicar - Part 2 of the EPL Preview
Irfan is again joined by Nick! The two continue their preview discussion from Episode 1 and provide their final predictions for the EPL season.
46:34
September 17, 2020
Episode 1 - - Nick McVicar - Part 1 of the EPL Preview
OUR FIRST EVER EPISODE IS OUT! Irfan Manji is joined by Robert "Nick" McVicar as they complete a mini EPL Preview.
41:04
September 17, 2020