Grant has two entertaining interviews in this episode. Matthew Hoppe checks in from Germany (30:33) and shares how he experienced his big-break season with Schalke, which he ended up leading with six league goals. Hoppe, 20, also discusses what he's looking forward to in his first camp with the USMNT this week ahead of the Switzerland friendly. Then Grant speaks to Chris Ivy (55:05), the co-founder and director of sports for Heritage Auctions, about the skyrocketing market in sports collectibles, including soccer cards. A 1979 Diego Maradona Panini sticker sold for a soccer record of almost $560,000 last month, and this month Ivy's house auctioned a 1958 Pelé Alifabolaget "rookie" card for $372,000, a 182% increase over the exact same card and grade sold just five months earlier.
To kick off the pod, Grant and Chris Wittyngham break down a wild final weekend of the European domestic leagues, including Chelsea and Liverpool beating out Leicester for Champions League berths, Luis Suárez giving Atlético Madrid the La Liga title, Juventus and Milan beating out Napoli for the top four in Italy, and Lille staving off PSG in Ligue 1. The guys also look ahead to this weekend's men's UEFA Champions League final between Man City and Chelsea and discuss the news on Sunday that U.S. Soccer and Soccer United Marketing will end their 20-year business partnership at the end of 2022.
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