We Came to Win

We Came to Win

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From Gimlet Media, the stories behind the greatest moments of the World Cup. Hosted by Nando Vila.


The Biological Bomb
May 28 • 45 min
When Atalanta defeated Valencia 4-1 in the Champions League, their fans celebrated the biggest result in the club’s history. But in the weeks after this match, the narrative quickly switched. The game that night appeared to be at the center of an outbreak…
1. How the 1990 World Cup Saved English Soccer
Jun 13, 2018 • 55 min
Today, the English Premier League is the richest and most watched league in the world. But rewind to the end of the eighties, and English football was in the doldrums. The national team were crap, the stadiums were crumbling, and there was the threat of…
2. How Soccer Made It in America
Jun 13, 2018 • 40 min
The year is 1989. The United States is a soccer desert, but it just won a bid to host the 1994 World Cup. If the U.S. is going to prove it deserves the honor, it’ll need to get its team to qualify for the 1990 World Cup—and they haven’t made it in nearly…
3. Zaire ‘74: The Most Misunderstood Team in History
Jun 13, 2018 • 47 min
In 1974, the first all-black team competed at the World Cup: the national team of Zaire, now known as D.R. Congo. They were remembered for one of the strangest plays in World Cup history: a botched free kick that led some commentators to speculate that…
4. The Rise and Fall of Diego Maradona
Jun 13, 2018 • 45 min
The retired Argentine midfielder Diego Armando Maradona is regarded by many soccer fans as the greatest player who ever lived. They’ll say he was creative, surprising, masterful—a gift to the game. But there are others who will tell you the opposite. That…
5. It’s a Red Card for David Beckham!
Jun 13, 2018 • 14 min
The year is 1998. 12 years have passed since archrivals Argentina and England last met in a World Cup, but the grudges that defined that last match—most notably, the legendary Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal—are still fresh. On June 30, 1998, a young Iain…
6. This Is Hope Solo
Jun 13, 2018 • 40 min
In soccer, the glory usually goes to the attacking players like Maradona, Pele, and George Best. These legends of the sport created endless highlight reels with their powerhouse performances and game-winning goals. But every so often a goalkeeper comes…
7. Dos a Cero: A Mexico-USA Rivalry Is Born
Jun 13, 2018 • 32 min
Every Mexico fan remembers where they watched the round of 16 match between Mexico and the United States in the 2002 World Cup. This was a defining game—one that carried the weight of past World Cup defeats and the promise of the Mexican team’s future.…
8. The Underdog
Jun 13, 2018 • 21 min
Making it to the World Cup had long been a dream of American defender Jimmy Conrad’s, and at the age of 29, he finally got his chance. U.S. coach Bruce Arena named Jimmy to the 2006 World Cup squad. Unfortunately, he spent the first game watching from the…
9. The World’s Most Hated Referee
Jun 13, 2018 • 47 min
Say the name Byron Moreno to any fan of Italian soccer and you’re likely to get the same response: that guy is the worst. It all stems from one game at the 2002 World Cup where Moreno was the referee. It was a match between Italy and South Korea that…
10. Mutiny at the 2015 World Cup
Jun 13, 2018 • 48 min
For years the Spanish women’s national team was treated like an afterthought by their coach and the Spanish Football Federation. The team’s most basic needs were ignored, they were paid almost nothing, and the coach regularly disrespected them. But when…
Coming Soon
Apr 18, 2018 • 2 min
A new show from Gimlet Media that tells stories behind the games that soccer fans can never forget—and that rest of the world couldn’t ignore. Premiers April 25th.