Top Class Finish Podcast

Sinopse

Bottom shelf takes make for a Top Class Finish. We're a weekly soccer podcast from four brash Americans bringing you a fresh and energetic show where nothing is off limits. We cover the biggest leagues and news, and provide sharp analysis, irresponsibly hot takes, and plenty of banter. You can find us on Twitter @topclassfinish and at www.topclassfinish.com

Episódios

  • Episode 60 - Tiger King Starting XIs

    Episode 60 - Tiger King Starting XIs

    05/04/2020 Duração: 01h08min

    The TCF boys have a wild, wild episode here.  Andy, Oliver, Quinci, and Nate each create their own starting XIs using only characters from Netflix's Tiger King, plus 1 coach and 1 sub.  Carole Baskin as a left-back, Joe Exotic in goal, Joshua Dial as manager, Jeff Lowe and Allen Glover as defensive mids...the possibilities here were endless and each of the guy's teams varies.  Even Doc Antle's wives slot into a couple of positions. 

  • Episode 59 - Interview with Siad Haji, Midfielder for San Jose Earthquakes

    Episode 59 - Interview with Siad Haji, Midfielder for San Jose Earthquakes

    04/04/2020 Duração: 01h19min

    The boys regroup in the middle of a pandemic for a nice surprise for the fans! Siad Haji, the 20-year-old midfielder for the San Jose Earthquakes and 2nd round draft pick of the MLS Superdraft sits down with Quinci, Andy, and Oliver for a long and super awesome chat about all things his journey, MLS experience, favorite players, ambitions, and more! Siad was awesome; he's wise beyond his years, ambitious, humble, and honest...and the conversation was fantastic. He was also nice enough to stick around and participate in TCF's signature Over/Under This or That. 

  • Episode 58 - Coronavirus and the Future of Footy

    Episode 58 - Coronavirus and the Future of Footy

    16/03/2020 Duração: 01h34min

    You knew it was coming. We were going to have to talk about it. So on this episode, Andy, Oliver, and Nate sit down to discuss just WTF is happening in the footy world with coronavirus bringing sports to their knees.  -Each of our ideal Premier League outcomes. Should Liverpool be crowned champions? Should the league reset? Should the league finish out in the summer? -What this all means for the Euros, promotion/relegation, who should qualify for Champions League and Europa League? -Discussing possible solutions for all the above -Discussing the (temporary) future of the podcast

  • Episode 57 - Working For Your Rival Club, the Ndombele Issue, Oles Job Safety, and the PL Hall of Fame

    Episode 57 - Working For Your Rival Club, the Ndombele Issue, Ole's Job Safety, and the PL Hall of Fame

    10/03/2020 Duração: 01h19min

    The full squad gets together to discuss: -Would you take your dream job but doing it your rival club? Could Quinci scout for Spurs? Could Andy and Oliver coach at City? Could Nate head marketing for Arsenal? -Ndombele and the fitness issue.  Should Spurs be concerned? -Discussing Ole's job safety and the expectation that United finish top 4/qualify for Champions League -A few thoughts on Premier League's impending Hall of Fame -An over/under this or that featuring MythBusters vs Top Gear, overrated holidays, and more. 

  • Episode 56 - Liverpools Loss, Arsenals Crash, 90th Minute Subs, MLS, and Plants

    Episode 56 - Liverpool's Loss, Arsenal's Crash, 90th Minute Subs, MLS, and Plants

    03/03/2020 Duração: 01h44min

    After a 2 week hiatus, the boys are back, fired up, and ready to get into: -Liverpool's shock loss to Watford -Arsenal crashing out of Europa League -The value of subbing on a forward in the final minutes -FA Cup thoughts -Will this be the season the boys watch MLS? -and much more

  • Episode 55 - Premier League All-Star Teams Weekend

    Episode 55 - Premier League All-Star Teams Weekend

    12/02/2020 Duração: 01h20min

    With most of the Premier League clubs on holiday this past weekend, the TCF boys decide to do a Monday night special: Premier League All-Star teams.  2 conferences (East and West), 10 clubs in each conference, each of the guys puts together their best full matchday team from each conference, including a starting XI, 7 subs, and a coach.  1 player from each club needs to make the squad, but no more than 3 players from the same club. Let the games begin.

  • Episode 54 - Meat Pies, Transfers, a Chaotic Table, and the Decade of Liverpool

    Episode 54 - Meat Pies, Transfers, a Chaotic Table, and the Decade of Liverpool

    03/02/2020 Duração: 01h03min

    With Quinci under the weather, Nate, Andy, and Oliver regroup after the EPL weekend to discuss some pressing topics: -Meat pies and the disparity between stadium concession costs in the UK and the US. -The biggest transfers at the close of the window. Spurs activity, Minamino, and a very quiet Chelsea.  -The state of the table from 4th to 14th. Prepare for chaos. -Will the rest of the decade be Liverpool's to dominate? -More VAR madness. -An empty stadium at US vs Costa Rica. -and more. 

  • January TCF Lost Tapes

    January TCF Lost Tapes

    29/01/2020 Duração: 01h16min

    With the holidays, vacations, and crazy schedules, a lot of recorded content from January never made it out the cutting room and onto the Internet.  Until now.  What follows is rough-cut compilation of January's lost content that includes: -If Lukaku ever came back to Manchester United, could he do what he's doing at Inter? -Oliver explains what in the hell a hamroll is -Phrases or words that we say now from watching UK soccer -Liverpool dethroning Arsenal's Invincibles  -Breaking down the 4-4-2 and its merits (or lack of)  -Rivaldo vs Totti -Chicago vs NYC -Disney live-action remakes  -How do you order your wings  -and much much more

  • Episode 53 - Hello 2020 and Welcome Back!

    Episode 53 - Hello 2020 and Welcome Back!

    20/01/2020 Duração: 01h19min

    The TCF boys are back! Happy New Year to all! After a month-long sabbatical, TCF has recharged, regrouped, and are ready.  While Quinci is oceanside in Panama on vacation, Oliver, Andy, and Nate sit down to tackle some league topics.  -Manchester United's not-too-bad-of-a-loss to Liverpool. -The Marcus Rashford injury controversy. Who is to blame? With Rashford and Kane injured, plus Vardy's retirement from England, what does this all mean for the English national team going into the Euros? -Liverpool will surely win the league, but CL and Europa League spots are all up for grabs. How will it shake out? Is it possible Manchester United and Spurs don't qualify for CL let alone Europa League? -The transfer window is still open but sheesh it's been quiet. Are any of the big 6 clubs going to buy big players?  -Ranking each of the big 6's best young talent and debating the cut-off age for what "young" means. Is it 25? 24? 23? The boys discuss.  And much, much more.   

  • Episode 52 - EPL Drama and Get Rich Quick Schemes

    Episode 52 - EPL Drama and Get Rich Quick Schemes

    18/12/2019 Duração: 01h33min

    The boys are back in a jam-packed episode covering the following: -Key points from the weekend and discussions around Arsenal, Moise Keane, zonal marking vs man-marking, the holiday hell run, and what the table will look like after the New Year -The boys devise a get rich quick scheme involving millions of dollars and slapping Jay-Z in public -Answering important life questions such as: does sex exist in the Dragon Ball Z universe and would it be cooler to be Neo or Tony Stark?

  • Episode 51 - The Neymar and Aub Snubs, Leicester Winning the League, and Chelsea in the Transfer Window

    Episode 51 - The Neymar and Aub Snubs, Leicester Winning the League, and Chelsea in the Transfer Window

    12/12/2019 Duração: 01h05min

    After last week's decade in review episode, the boys address some listener comments about two big names that were left out of the pod's best XI discussion: Aubameyang and Neymar.  Also discussed is the potential for Leicester to win the league, their squad depth, and what it could mean for Brendan Rodgers to upset his former club and current European champions.  In addition, Chelsea's transfer ban is up--are they gonna spend big on an impact player to try to secure top 4 and UCL? All this and plenty more!

  • Episode 50 - Our Best XI of the Decade, Best Manager of the Decade, and Best Actual Team of the Decade

    Episode 50 - Our Best XI of the Decade, Best Manager of the Decade, and Best Actual Team of the Decade

    04/12/2019 Duração: 01h33min

    We hit the big 5-0 with our 50th episode. With the decade closing out, we decide to skip on current events and go into the following: 1. Our combined best world XI of the decade.  2. Best manager of the decade. 3. Best actual team/club of the decade.  We live-pick all of these, plus: Quinci's top 10 soccer moments of the decade, plenty of banter, laughs, yelling, and discussion.

  • Episode 49.75 - Vardys Pre-Match Routine, Contes Sex Advice, Mourinho So Far, and Fan Questions

    Episode 49.75 - Vardy's Pre-Match Routine, Conte's Sex Advice, Mourinho So Far, and Fan Questions

    28/11/2019 Duração: 44min

    Oliver, Andy, and Nate run a 3-man weave while Quinci is away and cover the following topics: -Jamie Vardy's insane pre-match routine -Antonio Conte gives cautionary sex advice to his team -Continued racism in Serie A -The boys discuss Mourinho so far and Nate goes all-in on the Jose era -Fan questions get answered! & more

  • Episode 49.5 - Poch Out, Jose In

    Episode 49.5 - Poch Out, Jose In

    21/11/2019 Duração: 48min

    The soccer world was hit with a one-two combo of insane news as Tottenham sacked Mauricio Pochettino and hired Jose Mourinho the next day as the club's new manager.  This called for an emergency, in-the-moment, raw and uncut episode from the boys, who speculate on the future of the club and ask Nate, the resident Spurs supporter, some tough questions. 

  • Episode 49 - VAR, Leicester, Saudi Arabia, and the US Soccer Take to End All Soccer Takes

    Episode 49 - VAR, Leicester, Saudi Arabia, and the US Soccer Take to End All Soccer Takes

    04/11/2019 Duração: 01h07min

    Episode 49 sees the whole crew return. Andy, Oliver, Quinci, and Nate keep it short this week but pull no punches as they dive into some heavy stuff. -VAR wreaks further havoc on the league and refs get put into compromising situations -Leicester and the Vardy Party show no signs of slowing down. Do they have the depth and resilience to secure Champions League? -The possible acquisition of Manchester United by Saudi Arabia and MBS gives Andy and Oliver a moral dilemma as fans. The boys weigh in on their personal moral thresholds and what it would take to stop supporting a club or competition.  -Andy drops a US Soccer take bomb in the final 20 minutes and the pod goes nuclear.

  • Episode 48 - Dest, Destruction, and Defiance Over the Weekend

    Episode 48 - Dest, Destruction, and Defiance Over the Weekend

    31/10/2019 Duração: 01h13min

    The boys regroup for their first pod in over 2 weeks to talk about the following: -Sergino Dest commits to the USMNT...was it a smart decision? -Quinci recites a poem about the USMNT  -Pulisic breaks the internet after scoring a hat-trick for Chelsea against Burnley. Will this quiet his doubters? -Arsenal blow a 2-goal lead and Xhaka breaks the internet with his drama -Over/Under/Best Of shenanigans featuring biggest movie busts, horoscopes, and more. 

  • Episode 47 - Sharing Misery, Ranking Club Crisis, Pulisic Drama, and Taco Chips

    Episode 47 - Sharing Misery, Ranking Club Crisis, Pulisic Drama, and Taco Chips

    09/10/2019 Duração: 01h44min

    After a hiatus, the boys are back to talk football and all the craziness that's been going on.  -Ranking clubs based on crisis level -Is City's 2-0 loss to Wolves a sign of the future? -What the HELL is going on in North London? -Are we all overthinking Pulisic and Lampard? and more.  The boys also talk best book-to-film adaptation, "taco chips" vs potato chips, and much much more. 

  • Episode 46 - Citys Top 5 Players, Ole and Poch Out?, the Sergino Dest Situation,  More

    Episode 46 - City's Top 5 Players, Ole and Poch Out?, the Sergino Dest Situation, & More

    23/09/2019 Duração: 01h36min

    This episode sees the boys covering some big (and not so big) talking points from the soccer world.  Bernardo Silva's Benjamin Mendy tweet investigated by the FA for racism. What gives with Lampard not playing Pulisic? Is he an improvement over Willian?  Who is Liverpool's MVP currently and is it too early to say they could go undefeated?  Picking Manchester City's top 5 players, and who their number 1 as well.  Ole out? Poch out? Are Manchester United and Tottenham fans delusional? Probably... Which Champion's League club should be worried the most after Week 1 (spoiler alert: they hail from London) The Sergino Dest situation: will he commit to the Netherlands and leave the USMNT? What would we do in that situation? An Over/Under Best Of featuring hot sauces, Dr. Suess book's, best martial arts movie star, best of The 27 Club, and more.  

  • Episode 45 - FIFA Rankings, PL Weekend, and Champions League Previews

    Episode 45 - FIFA Rankings, PL Weekend, and Champions League Previews

    18/09/2019 Duração: 01h17min

    Quinci makes his return to the pod riding the Arsenal complain train with him after their 2-2 draw to Watford. The boys also recap the other big matches of the week, give some Champions League previews, talk the controversial (or not) FIFA rankings, and get into a discussion about which comedian stays or goes: Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan, or Jim Carrey. 

  • Episode 44 - Tactics, UCL Draw, and Death to CONCACAF Nations League

    Episode 44 - Tactics, UCL Draw, and Death to CONCACAF Nations League

    10/09/2019 Duração: 01h05min

    The boys kick things off debating the merits of two popular tactical trends in soccer currently: playing out the back and the 4-3-3 formation. Also discussed is Pep and Klopp's influence on how the game is played in Europe, if there is any influence at all.  From there, the UCL draw is broken down: was this a good draw? Any groups of death? Early Golden Boot predictions? What structural tournament changes could make UCL better? And finally, the hornet's nest is kicked when the USMNT's loss to Mexico gets mentioned. Oliver dials things to 11, and the boys go scorched Earth on US Soccer, CONCACAF Nations League, and clash on what exactly is going to help the national team: better tournaments or better management? 

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