House of Champions: A CBS Soccer Podcast

House of Champions: A CBS Soccer Podcast

A podcast for diehard and casual fans of elite men’s soccer alike, covering the biggest storylines from the world’s game with passion, personality and expertise. CBS Soccer host and insider Ian Paul Joy is joined by a crack team to bring you the latest from Europe and beyond with in-depth analysis, strong opinions and exclusive interviews. And the peerless Fabrizio Romano provides the inside scoop from the transfer market. House of Champions is your one and only stop for your soccer fix.


January 30, 2023 58 min

With Deadline Day looming large, Ian Paul Joy, Michael Lahoud and Nigel Reo-Coker get the latest transfer news juice from Fabrizio Romano including Joao Cancelo's shock move to Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal's efforts to reinforce their midfielders, Weston McKennie's proposed move to Leeds, and Tottenham's attempt to sign a left back. Plus, James Benge joins to discuss Pep Guardiola's man-management style, M...

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Ian Paul Joy, Nigel Reo-Coker, Jonathan Johnson and Michael Lahoud look ahead to a weekend that kicks off with a clash between the Premier League frontrunners and includes some mouth-watering ties in Italy, Germany and beyond.

ahead to the weekend's marquee ties in the FA Cup, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.

(02:04) -- Man City v Arsenal: Is something wrong in Manchester?

(09:47) -- Brighton v Liverpool: Seagulls buoyed by ...

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Weston McKennie is inching closer to the Premier League, Christian Pulisic's injury could keep him rooted at Chelsea, but the guys kick off the show with the breaking news that Arnaut Danjuma has completed his shock loan move to Tottenham. Fabrizio Romano provides the latest updates from the final few days of the transfer market before Ian Paul Joy, James Benge and Michael Lahoud focus on the doom and gloom surrounding Everton ...

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The Italian giants have been hit with a 15-point deduction following an investigation into the club's financial practices that could also complicate matters for Tottenham. Fabrizio Romano and Matteo Bonetti join the crew to discuss the short- and long-term implications for both clubs on the field and in the transfer market. Plus, the latest on Enzo Fernandez's future, Jude Bellingham's Dortmund situation, and the outloo...

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Ian Paul Joy, Nigel Reo-Coker, Michael Lahoud and James Benge discuss the biggest fixtures and storylines ahead of a weekend of marquee matchups in the Premier League and Bundesliga. Can the Casemiro-less Red Devils close the gap on the league leaders? How will Bayern Munich look after the winter break? And are Leandro Trossard and Danny Ings good midseason signings? All that and more on the latest House of Champions. This episode ...

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Fabrizio Romano joins Ian Paul Joy, James Benge and Nigel Reo-Coker to discuss Barcelona's continued book-balancing and squad-building efforts, Arsenal's midfielder search, and the British billionaire looking to buy Manchester United. Plus, Luis Garcia returns to unpack Liverpool's challenging season. 

(01:17) -- Kessie-Brozovic swap deal talk, fighting for Pestrianni

(06:31) -- Raphinha & Ferran want to stay, Memphi...

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Mykhailo Mudryk wanted Arsenal and Arsenal wanted Mykhailo Mudryk. So how did he end up signing for Chelsea? And what does it say about the two London clubs' strategies? Fabrizio Romano joins the crew to discuss those very questions and the other big transfer stories brewing during the final few weeks of the January window.

(01:26) -- Chelsea's "unbelievable" Mudryk acquisition

(05:58) -- Arsenal's squad-buildin...

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Ian Paul Joy, Nigel Reo-Coker and Michael Lahoud unpack Barcelona's emphatic Spanish Super Cup Final victory over their eternal Clasico rivals. Has Xavi finally cracked the code to get the best out of his team? And after so much success has this Real Madrid squad lost its appetite? Plus, Napoli put the smackdown on Juventus, Arsenal ransacked the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and a controversial decision contributing to Man City l...

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It's a weekend stacked with derbies and grudge games and Ian Paul Joy, Nigel Reo-Coker, Jonathan Johnson and Michael Lahoud are here for all of it! Can Spurs close the gap in the North London Derby? Has the pendulum of momentum swung towards the red half of Manchester? Will Juventus cause more anguish to the people of Naples? And who on earth is Enigma 69? All that and more on a bumper edition of House of Champions.

(02:21) -- T...

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Ian Paul Joy, Nigel Reo-Coker, Jonathan Johnson and Fabrizio Romano sink their teeth into Joao Felix's loan move to Chelsea and the reports suggesting that the Diego Simeone era could be coming to an end at Atletico Madrid. And with Qatar Sports Investments inquiring about a minority stake in Tottenham, the guys discuss fan expectations at the north London club. Plus, breaking news out of France as Noel Le Graet reign as FFF pr...

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Wout Weghorst has emerged as a serious striker option for Manchester United, Alex Moreno is inching closer to Aston Villa, and Shakhtar are holding out on the Mykhailo Mudryk asking price. Fabrizio Romano joins the crew to discuss the latest stories from the transfer market. Plus, Ian Paul Joy, Jonathan Johnson and Michael Lahoud sink their teeth into the backlash towards French Football president Noel Le Graet following his remark...

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Ian Paul Joy, Nigel Reo-Coker and Michael Lahoud tie a bow on an entertaining weekend of Serie A, La Liga and FA Cup third round action. Napoli and Juventus benefitted from the Milan teams dropping points, defeats to Madrid's two powerhouses saw Barcelona widen the gap at the La Liga summit, and there were banana skins aplenty for the FA Cup's Premier League contingent. Plus, tributes flooded in for Sampdoria, Juventus and ...

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James Benge, Nigel Reo-Coker, Jonathan Johnson and Michael Lahoud look ahead to a weekend of big European matchups including Barcelona's trip to Atletico Madrid, AC Milan hosting Roma, and Manchester City facing off with Chelsea. Plus, racism continues to rear its ugly head in Serie A, more developments in the unfolding U.S. Soccer soap opera, and Nigel relives the pain of losing in the FA Cup final.

[01:26] -- Atletico Madrid v...

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Fabrizio Romano joins James Benge and Michael Lahoud to unpack the latest stories out of Italy beginning with cash-strapped Juventus, who have decisions to make about the likes of Weston McKennie, Dusan Vlahovic and Angel Di Maria. Plus, reaction to the alleged blackmail attempt against Gregg Berhalter which has prompted an investigation by U.S. Soccer.

[01:13] -- Juventus's financial turmoil: McKennie, Vlahovic, pressure to se...

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James Benge, Jonathan Johnson, Michael Lahoud and Nigel Reo-Coker look ahead to Wednesday's Serie A fixtures as the Italian top-flight returns to action after the international break. Can Napoli pick up where they left off against an inconsistent Inter? What state is the rest of the Scudetto chasing pack in? And will the chaos in the Juventus boardroom affect what goes on on the field?

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Fabrizio Romano discusses the Gunners' continued efforts to sign Shakhtar sensation Mykhailo Mudryk amid reports Chelsea could encroach on the deal. Plus, the latest on Joao Felix's search for a new club, the Enzo Fernandez saga, Romelu Lukaku's wish to remain at Inter and much more.

[01:19] -- Mudryk negotiations: Arsenal's improved offer, Chelsea interested

[03:55] -- Joao Felix move complicated by Atleti's aski...

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Jonathan Johnson, Nigel Reo-Coker and Heath Pearce kick off 2023 by recapping the weekend's Premier League, La Liga and Ligue 1 action. Plus reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo's big money move to Saudi Arabia. 

[03:11] -- Arsenal end 2022 with seven-point cushion

[06:33] -- Ten Hag lays down the law at Man Utd

[14:09] -- Conte on shaky ground amid Tottenham slump

[20:13] -- What's eating Potter's Chelsea?

[27:58] -- Ronaldo c...

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Fabrizio Romano joins Jonathan Johnson to separate the fact from the fiction amid multiple Chelsea transfer rumors. Can the Blues prize Enzo Fernandez from Benfica? Does Reece James' injury require back-up at right-back? And how are the contract negotiations going for the likes of Thiago Silva and N'Golo Kante? Plus, a tribute to the late, great Pele, Juventus updates and Joao Felix's January options.

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James Benge, Jonathan Johnson and Michael Lahoud discuss the final fixtures of 2022 in the Premier League, La Liga and Ligue 1. Will Arsenal pass the Brighton test? What gives with West Ham's disappointing season? And how is Kylian Mbappe viewed by Ligue 1 fanbases outside of Paris? All that and more on the final weekend preview of the year!

[02:16] -- Brighton v Arsenal: Gunners showing backbone

[06:37] -- Newcastle v Leeds: T...

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Fabrizio Romano joins Jonathan Johnson to discuss the curious case of Cody Gakpo's move to Liverpool. Why did Manchester United let the Dutchman go to a rival? What does the move mean for Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz? And should fans of the Reds expect more January arrivals? Plus, Shakhtar want big money for Mykhailo Mudryk, Benfica are playing hard ball with Enzo Fernandez's release clause, Joao Felix is looking for a new star...

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