Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso has earned plenty of distinctions in his storied career, but his latest sets him apart from the rest: He becomes the first men's World Cup winner to join the Planet Fútbol Podcast.
Alonso speaks with SI's Grant Wahl about the club's start to the season, the challenge that Borussia Dortmund poses to Bayern's quest for a fourth straight Bundesliga title, the all-star cast of managers under whom he's played at Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern, and the growth of MLS (a future option?) and the U.S. men's national team.
Wahl and SI's Avi Creditor and Brian Straus then shift gears to Alonso's teammate, Robert Lewandowski. His five-goal/nine-minute masterclass vs. Wolfsburg has been the talk of the soccer world. Does it compare to anything we've ever seen before?
The guys then riff on some of the more eye-raising developments that have come to light–Michel Platini admitting he "might have told" U.S. Soccer he'd vote for its 2022 World Cup hosting bid before doing a 180 and voting for Qatar and the proposal for a CONCACAF-CONMEBOL combined America's Champions League.
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