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This an all soccer podcast hosted by Irfan Manji & Paige Culver. The two provide news, analysis and opinions with every episode. Powered by the Garage Door Sports Network.
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Episode 45 - Coaching Changes, NWSL Championship, and League Surprises

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Episode 47 - Ballon D'or, Winter Schedule, NWSL trades/expansion draft
Irfan & Paige chat about the Ballon D'or, the congested winter schedule's impact on players, and conversations on the NWSL's trades & expansion draft. Off the Bench covers the five major storylines from this past week.  Land Acknowledgement - 0:00 Starting 11 - 5:12 Ballon D’or - 5:16 Winter Schedule (EPL) - 15:03 Who’s better : Mbappe or Dembele? - 19:49 Who’s the next manager to be fired this season? - 22:43 NWSL trades and expansion draft - 28:53 Off the Bench - 37:48 (Jude Bellingham, Julia Grosso, RB Leipzig & Jess Marsch, CPL and MLS News) Final Thoughts - 39:53 Recorded Dec 6, 2021 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, would like to join us on the show, or anything on your mind, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Sponsor: @jjcr_eation Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
45:09
December 7, 2021
Episode 46 - United's interim manager, NWSL coaches, COVID and sports, & Champions League
Paige & Irfan speak on United's interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, another coach in the NWSL coming under fire, COVID impacting sports again (Benfica v Belenenses), and Champions League (men) match-week 5. Starting 11 - 2:52 United’s Interim Manager - 3:02 NWSL Coaches under fire…again - 12:20 Benfica v Belenenses & COVID - 27:06 Champions League (mens) - 32:18 Final Thoughts - 49:01 Recorded Nov 28, 2021 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, would like to join us on the show, or anything on your mind, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Sponsor: @jjcr_eation Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
54:31
November 28, 2021
Episode 45 - Coaching Changes, NWSL Championship, and League Surprises
Irfan & Paige are back to cover the coaching changes, NWSL Championship, and league surprises (women and men) so far in the season.  Starting 11 - 3:39 Xavi - 3:50 Gerrard - 5:30 Everton’s (FAWSL) new coach - 6:49 NWSL Championship / Playoffs - 8:46 Hamraoui and Diallo story - 17:30 OGS and Manchester United - 20:14 Off the Bench - 34:32 Women’s League Surprises - 34:34 Men’s League Surprises - 47:50 Final Thoughts - 1:04:59 Recorded Nov 21, 2021 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, would like to join us on the show, or anything on your mind, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Sponsor: @jjcr_eation Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
01:11:47
November 21, 2021
Spot Kick - Inside the 18, Interview Series: Katja Snoeijs
The third installation of the Spot Kick - Inside the 18, Interview Series episode sees Katja Snoeijs of FC Girondins de Bordeaux and the Netherlands National Team join Paige & Irfan. If you know someone in the soccer world you would like on our series or would like to be interviewed yourself, please shoot us a message and we will get them/you on our Interview Series. Katja Snoeijs: @katjasnoeijs (IG) & @Ksnoeijs (Twitter) Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige Instagram: @touchlineth
27:50
October 31, 2021
Episode 44 - A Tough Conversation
*POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING* Paige & Irfan speak on a few topics in this week's episode. In the Starting 11, a farewell and congratulations are in order for Carli Lloyd, the #CANWNTGold Tour, followed by a conversation on the topics of sexual abuse, assault, and consent in the soccer world. Off the Bench sees an intriguing conversation surrounding vaccination statuses of professional players and a roundup of the matchups from the weekend.  Starting 11 - 3:04 Farewell and Congratulations to Carli Lloyd - 3:14 Canadian Women’s National team tour in Ottawa & Montreal 4:38 Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Consent - 5:24 Off the Bench - 39:31 Joshua Kimmich’s Vaccination Status - 39:41 Weekend matchup roundup - 44:09 Chelsea v Norwich - 44:17 Roma v Napoli - 48:06 Inter v Juventus - 49:19 PSG v Marseille - 51:07 Barcelona v Real Madrid - 54:09 Manchester United v Liverpool - 1:00:50 Final Thoughts - 1:14:35 Recorded Oct 28, 2021 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, would like to join us on the show, or anything on your mind, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Sponsor: @jjcr_eation Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
01:17:01
October 28, 2021
Episode 43 - Off the Bench continues with more weekly stories
Paige & Irfan speak on the quick thinking from Dier/Reguilón, Steve Bruce, Benzema's chances at a Ballon D'or, Bundesliga and Serie A round-up, the offside(?) in the Nation's League final, and NWSL's Players Association and playoff picture.  *WARNING COURSE LANGUAGE IN THE FINAL THOUGHTS* Land acknowledgement - 0:00 Off the Bench - 2:57 Quick thinking from Dier/Regulion + Steve Bruce - 3:03 Ballon D’or for Benzema? - 8:11 Bundesliga thoughts on Leipzig, Bayern, and others. - 10:23 Serie A round up - 14:08 Nation’s League: Was that an offside? - 17:45 NWSL: Creation of PA and Playoff Picture - 26:28 Final Thoughts - 37:01 Recorded Oct 20, 2021 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, would like to join us on the show, or anything on your mind, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Sponsor: @jjcr_eation Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
47:09
October 20, 2021
Episode 42 - Ballon D'or, Messi Salary, & Newcastle United Takeover
Irfan & Paige speak on three storylines from this past week; Ballon D'or nominees for both the women's and men's sides, Barcelona President Laporta's claim of trying to have Messi play for free, and a short conversation on the Newcastle United takeover.  Land acknowledgement - 0:00 Off the Bench - 4:52 Ballon D’or (women) - 5:00 Ballon D’or (men) - 11:10 Messi saga still continues - 19:45 Newcastle takeover - 25:58 Final Thoughts - 27:19 Recorded Oct 10, 2021 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, would like to join us on the show, or anything on your mind, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Sponsor: @jjcr_eation Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
34:12
October 10, 2021
Episode 41 - Top News Stories (NWSL, Glen Kamara, Man City WFC, FC Sheriff Tiraspol, and Barcelona)
Paige & Irfan speak on the major news stories surrounding the soccer world in the past week. The two hosts cover Man City WFC's slide to start the season, the wonderful story of FC Sheriff Tiraspol, the trouble in Barcelona and potential coaching changes, Glen Kamara, Rangers, Sparta Prague, & the continued racism, and finally, the NWSL's sexual coercion 'cover-up'.  Land acknowledgement - 0:00 Off the Bench - 2:55 Man City WFC - 3:06 FC Sheriff Tiraspol - 10:13 Barcelona - 12:50 Glen Kamara - 23:50 NWSL - 31:52 Final Thoughts - 1:11:10 Recorded Oct 3, 2021 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, would like to join us on the show, or anything on your mind, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Sponsor: @jjcr_eation  Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
01:16:11
October 3, 2021
Spot Kick - Inside the 18, Interview Series: Nara Da Costa
This Spot Kick - Inside the 18, Interview Series episode sees Nara Estefania join Paige. Hear what Nara has to say about her journey from Brazil to the US and now to her playing career in France.  If you know someone in the soccer world you would like on our series or would like to be interviewed yourself, please shoot us a message and we will get them/you on our Interview Series. Nara Estefania: naraestefania Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige Instagram: @touchlineth
51:43
September 19, 2021
Episode 40 - NWSL Championship timings and turf debacle, UWCL Draw, & EPL
Paige & Irfan speak on the NWSL announcing their new timing and playing surface for the Championship game on Nov 20. They also look into the recent UWCL draw and cover some weekend highlights from the EPL.  Land acknowledgement - 0:00 Starting 11  NWSL - 4:49 UWCL - 23:57 EPL - 39:13 Final Thoughts - 50:40 Recorded Sept 13, 2021 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, would like to join us on the show, or anything on your mind, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
57:14
September 13, 2021
Episode 39 - Choosing a Team for New Fans of the game
Irfan & Paige are joined by Hayley McGoldrick to chat about how to choose a team for new fans of the game. We cover areas of interest when choosing a team, such as ownership, players, kit colours, style of play, history of the Club, Accessibility, and more. What team would you suggest a new fan should start following?  Fanatics Segment - 3:45 How we picked our teams - 4:22 How do you go about choosing a soccer/footy team based a variety of factors - 12:36 Potential teams to cheer for - 37:13 Transfers and Rumours - 50:28 UEFA Award winners - 1:02:53 Final Thoughts - 1:07:56 Recorded Aug 29, 2021 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, would like to join us on the show, or anything on your mind, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
01:12:42
August 31, 2021
Episode 38 - Contenders, Pretenders, & Champions
Irfan & Paige are joined by Josh Dadjo! The trio talks about the contenders, pretenders, and potential champions in the five major leagues for the upcoming season. Episode details: Starting 11 - 9:15 Ligue 1 - 9:26 La Liga - 16:21 Bundesliga - 23:40 Serie A - 34:50 EPL - 40:50 Final Thoughts - 1:02:54 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, would like to join us on the show, or anything on your mind, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
01:10:34
August 23, 2021
Episode 37 - Big Announcement + CWNT Gold + Messi & PSG
Irfan & Paige bring you another episode where they share a big announcement re: the show, go over Canada's Gold medal win over Sweden, and talk about Messi & PSG's new relationship.  Episode details:  Big Announcement: 2:05 Starting 11: 4:42 Gold Medal Win for Canada 5:00 Messi & PSG 16:44 Early season Champions League winner prediction: 38:41 Final Thoughts: 46:42 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, would like to join us on the show, or anything on your mind, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
52:42
August 16, 2021
Episode 36 - MOCKDRAFT!
Paige & Irfan create a mockdraft from the top 3 teams based on last year's standings from the EPL, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1. They were inspired by the recent expansion draft by the Seattle Kraken of the NHL.  Complete your own mockdraft from the lineups we post and let us know what team you've built.  Rules:-  Choose from the list of unprotected players (i.e., bench players) from the top 3 teams of each league; a total of 15 teams. A list of protected players were chosen based on previous played games, transfermarkt, and recent signings. Coaches are fair game. One player or coach must be chosen from each team.  In all, choose 11 players for your starting lineup, 1 coach, and 3 bench players.  Have fun! :)  Episode details: Fanatics:  Rules of the mockdraft: 4:57  Protected and unprotected players: 6:20 Mockdraft: 29:04 Final Thoughts: 57:37 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
01:01:34
August 1, 2021
Episode 35 - The Olympics have started!
Join Paige & Irfan for another episode, as the two cover the start of the #Olympics2020 and the racist incidents that followed the #Euro2020 final. Enjoy! Starting 11: Olympics Soccer: 3:43 Other Olympic events we are looking forward to: 43:20 Euro Cup Racism: 50:45 Final Thoughts: 1:04:00 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, regarding footy, please reach out to us on our socials located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
01:09:43
July 26, 2021
Episode 34 - Transfer News and Euro Semis
Paige & Irfan are back for another episode where they cover the start of the women's and men's coaching/transfer news. Plus, they preview the semi-finals of the #EURO2020.  Starting 11: 3:39 - 53:41 min 3:52 - Women's Transfer and Coaching News 10:45 - Men's Transfer and Coaching News 22.38 - Euros Semi-Finals  Final thoughts and wrap up: 55:13 min If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, regarding footy, please reach out to us on our socials, located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com Our segment sponsor, Shenzi Shack, can be found on IG, where you can place an order or see their menu #SupportLocalBusinesses #SupportLocal https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
01:00:35
July 4, 2021
Spot Kick - Inside the 18, Interview Series: Coach Maria Procopio
Our first interview in our Spot Kick - Inside the 18, Interview Series with Coach Maria Procopio brings to you a perspective like none other. Coach Maria shares with us her journey as a three year-old, a lover of the game of soccer, all the way to her current coaching credentials. Her life from outside the touchline translates to a plethora of experience and knowledge into the game, which has shaped her immensely.  If you know someone in the soccer world you would like on our series or would like to be interviewed yourself, please shoot us a message and we will get them/you on our Interview Series.  Coach Maria: https://coachmariasoccer.com / IG: coachmariasoccer Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige Instagram: @touchlineth
45:05
June 24, 2021
Episode 33 - Matchweek 2 of the Euros
Paige and Irfan are BACK for another episode. This time they cover the second match week of the Euros and they give their thoughts on what has been going on so far.  Starting 11: 3:25 - 34:28 min 3:37 min - Euro Talk At the 15:03 min mark of the episode, Paige alludes to the MUST SEE video of Steven Caldwell's grand entrance into the TSN studios and of his bet with Luke Wileman. 26:55 COPA 29:56 back to Euro Off the Bench: 35:08 - 38:11 min Final thoughts and wrap up: 38:12 min If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, regarding footy, please reach out to us on our socials, located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com Our segment sponsor, Shenzi Shack, can be found on IG, where you can place an order or see their menu #SupportLocalBusinesses #SupportLocal https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
43:12
June 20, 2021
Episode 32 - Christian Eriksen, Euro Recap/Predictions, & England's Team
Irfan & Paige speak on the scary moments relating to Christian Eriksen. They recap days 1&2, England vs. Croatia's match, and predict the remaining matches in Group C. Download Touchline Thought's bracket, from Twitter, to predict your tournament winner...good luck! 3:22 - 40:03 - Starting 11 3:34 - C.Eriksen 18:12 - Recapping days 1&2 23:20 - England vs. Croatia 34:07 - Predictions for Group C on day 3 36:48 - Touchline Thoughts Bracket 41:28 - Off the bench 43:21 - Final Thoughts If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, regarding footy, please reach out to us on our socials, located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com Our segment sponsor, Shenzi Shack, can be found on IG, where you can place an order or see their menu #SupportLocalBusinesses #SupportLocal https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
45:48
June 13, 2021
Episode 31 - Part 2, Predictions and Players to Watch
Paige, Irfan, Kyle, & George conclude Episode 31 with their Predictions of the Winners (Favourites and the Underdogs) and which players might stand out throughout this Euro tournament.  If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, regarding footy, please reach out to us on our socials, located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport; @KyleLUZ14;  Instagram: @touchlineth; @georgesle Website: garagedoorsports.com Our segment sponsor, Shenzi Shack, can be found on IG, where you can place an order or see their menu #SupportLocalBusinesses #SupportLocal https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
29:14
June 10, 2021
Episode 31 - Part 1, Preview of Euro Groups A-F
Paige & Irfan are joined by Kyle and George, two avid soccer fans. The quartet preview the six Euro groups from A to F. Hear what they have to say about each team's key players, style of play, and any stats we need to know prior to the start of the tournament.  Looking for a specific group? Group A: 4:32 / Group B: 14:54 / Group C: 26:04 /Group D: 40:28 / Group E: 53:09 / Group F: 1:07:08 If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, regarding footy, please reach out to us on our socials, located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport; @KyleLUZ14; Instagram: @touchlineth; @georgesle Website: garagedoorsports.com Our segment sponsor, Shenzi Shack, can be found on IG, where you can place an order or see their menu #SupportLocalBusinesses #SupportLocal https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
01:23:19
June 9, 2021
Episode 30 - NWSL's early season thoughts & Arsenal FC/WFC
Irfan is joined by Hayley McGoldrick for Episode 30. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, Paige was unable to be there for this episode.  In the Starting 11 (4:24-45:49), Irfan & Hayley cover the early season of the NWSL. They give us their takes on Mal Pugh, Margaret "Midge" Purce, Tziarra King, Sophia Smith, and Trinity Rodman. Hayley also gives us her thoughts on the new expansion teams. Plus, the two admit who the leagues best team is right now.  As an avid lover of Arsenal, Hayley's teams are the topic of this week's Extra Time segment (47:23-1:10:12). The two talk about Arsenal FC (47:23-1:00:15) and Arsenal WFC (1:00:16-1:07:52). Big questions such as: what does Arsenal do to fix their team to stay competitive? How long does Arteta last at the club? Where does Viv Miedema end up or does she stay at Arsenal? Who could be the new Arsenal WFC coach?  If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, regarding footy, please reach out to us on our socials, located below. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport; @GoldieOnSports Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com Our segment sponsor, Shenzi Shack, can be found on IG, where you can place an order or see their menu #SupportLocalBusinesses #SupportLocal https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism #StayAware
01:10:26
June 5, 2021
Episode 29 - Premier League HOF, CWNT at the Olympics, and the return of 'Off the Bench'
Paige & Irfan start the episode by continuing to cover the questions and topics, you, the listeners wanted. In the Starting 11 Segment, they cover: - The Premier League Hall of Fame - FIFA WC potentially moving to every 2 years - The Canadian Women's National Team (CWNT) at the Olympics - Picking our early Olympic Gold Medallist The Off the Bench segment returns for the first time in a while. We uncover five major stories such as the UCL/UEL final losses for the Manchester clubs, the coaching carousel, one of the best young keepers in the game, Gianluigi Donnarumma, about to leave AC Milan, Barcelona's FA additions, & Luis Suarez winning a La Liga with...Atletico Madrid.  If you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, regarding footy, please reach out to us on our socials, located below.  Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com Our segment sponsor, Shenzi Shack, can be found on IG, where you can place an order or see their menu #SupportLocalBusinesses #SupportLocal https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism
46:30
May 31, 2021
Episode 28 - Listener's questions and Women's League Standings
Paige & Irfan start the episode by covering the questions and topics, you, the listeners wanted. In the Starting 11 Segment, they cover: - the American Talent playing in Europe v NA - Laporte playing for Spain - Harry Kane's future - Announced Euro teams and the potential GK/RB headache for England For the Extra Time Segment, they go over the women's league standings (Primera División, Frauen-Bundesliga, Division 1 Féminine, & Serie A Women) before they wrap up their seasons.  You may reach out to us if you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, regarding footy. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com Our segment sponsor, Shenzi Shack, can be found on IG, where you can place an order or see their menu #SupportLocalBusinesses #SupportLocal https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism
01:01:25
May 23, 2021
Episode 27 - Super Mom & Athlete Rachel Melhado
#SuperMom Rachel Melhado joins Irfan & Paige for Episode 27. Rachel shares with us her experience as a professional athlete, as a mom, and the importance of her family. She also gives us a sneak peak into her future goals relating to soccer, as well as, her next steps after playing, i.e., being a working professional. You can reach out to us if you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, regarding footy. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport; @LaRachiee Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com Our segment sponsor, Shenzi Shack, can be found on IG, where you can place an order or see their menu #SupportLocal https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism
01:04:18
May 17, 2021
Episode 26 - WE HAVE A NEW CO-HOST
Touchline Thought's new co-host Paige Culver joins Irfan Manji for another great episode. The two discuss the collapse of the Super League (yikes - what a mess), Racism in the game and in commentary, and finally, pick their winners for the upcoming UWCL, UCL, and Europa League finals.  You can reach out to us if you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, regarding footy. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @culver_paige; @Garagedoorsport Instagram: @touchlineth Website: garagedoorsports.com Our segment sponsor, Shenzi Shack, can be found on IG, where you can place an order or see their menu #SupportLocal https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism
01:01:42
May 10, 2021
*Special Announcement*
Hey listeners! We are going through a small revamp over the last few weeks. This means that our team over at Touchline Thoughts is preparing to launch three new items to continue our outreach to you, the listeners, and to the fans of the wonderful game itself. Over the next little while, we will unveil a new social media platform, a new logo, and joining the Touchline Thoughts family very soon, a new co-host. We will be back with some content, but in the meantime, you can reach out to us if you have comments, topics you’d like us to cover, and anything on your mind, regarding footy. Twitter: @TouchlineTH; @IrfanManji; @Garagedoorsport  Website: garagedoorsports.com Our segment sponsor, Shenzi Shack, can be found on IG, where you can place an order or see their menu #SupportLocal https://blacklivesmatter.com | https://blacklivesmatter.ca #SayNoToRacism
02:05
May 3, 2021
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