My New Favorite Futbolista

My New Favorite Futbolista

Who should you root for at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup? Get to know soccer’s most inspiring players and the causes they champion. Season 6: My New Favorite Futbolista hosted by World Cup champion Meghan Klingenberg Season 5: My New Favorite Futbolista hosted by soccer legend Juan Pablo Ángel in English and Spanish Season 4: My New Favorite Olympian hosted by Apolo Ohno, Team USA's most decorated Winter Olympian Season 3: My New Favorite Olympian hosted by Olympic trailblazer Ibtihaj Muhammad Season 2: Sports Uncovered hosted by Michele Tafoya Season 1: Sports Uncovered hosted by Mike Tirico Named "Best Podcast Series" at both the 2022 and 2023 Cynopsis Sports Media Awards Presented by the storytellers at NBC and Telemundo in partnership with Lemonada and On Her Turf


November 22, 2022 13 mins

Ferran Torres (Spain and FC Barcelona), a proud advocate for rescuing stray dogs, is determined to get dogs off the streets through adoption and education

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Ferran Torres (Spain, FC Barcelona)

Nikki Tibbles (Founder Wild at Heart Foundation)

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The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team used its platform to demand that Congress do something about gun violence in America

Hear from:

Chris Murphy (U.S. Senator from Connecticut)

Alejandro Bedoya (USMNT)

Gregg Berhalter (USMNT)

Mark McKenzie (USMNT)

Chris Richards (USMNT)

DeAndre Yedlin (USMNT)

Walker Zimmerman (USMNT)

Dr. Amy Bass (Manhattanville College)

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DeAndre Yedlin (USMNT and Inter Miami CF) is a proud LGBTQ ally who is determined to make soccer more inclusive after hearing homophobic slurs on the pitch

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DeAndre Yedlin

Landon Donovan (USMNT legend and San Diego Loyal SC head coach)

Collin Martin (San Diego Loyal SC player)

Hudson Taylor (Athlete Ally founder)

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Mark-Anthony Kaye (Canada and Toronto FC), who was raised by a single mother, is partnering with Single Mothers Outreach to provide single mothers with resources to successfully raise their families

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Mark-Anthony Kaye

Novelette Kaye (Mark-Anthony’s mother)

Yorleni Sapp (Single Mothers Outreach)

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José Cifuentes (Ecuador and LAFC), who had to choose between pursuing soccer or a formal education, wants to make it easier for future generations of soccer players to finish their studies

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José "Cifu" Cifuentes

Cristian Reinoso (Fútbol Estudio)

Monserrat Creamer (Former Ecuadorian Minister of Education)

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November 8, 2022 26 mins

Paul Arriola (USMNT and FC Dallas) shares what he learned about maintaining mental health during a two-year stretch in which he lost two loved ones, had a third diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and suffered a major injury.

Hear from:

Paul Arriola

Akela Banuelos (Paul’s fiancée)

Dr. Stephany Coakley (Sports psychology, Temple University)

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November 1, 2022 21 mins

Chris Richards (USMNT and Crystal Palace), who grew up in the city (Birmingham, Alabama) that Martin Luther King, Jr., once called “the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States,” is using his platform to fight racism in soccer  

Hear from: 

Chris Richards

Mark McKenzie (USMNT and Genk)

Chris Gloster (New York City FC)

Ken Richards (Chris’ father)

Laurent Dubois (University of Virginia history professor)


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November 1, 2022 22 mins

Julián Araujo (Mexico and LA Galaxy), who comes from a family of farmworkers, is using his voice to advocate for more equitable policies in the agriculture industry

Hear from:

Julián Araujo

Lupe Araujo (Julian’s mother)

Jorge Araujo (Julian’s father)

Diana Tellefson Torres (Executive director of United Farm Workers Foundation)

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My New Favorite Futbolista will introduce you to the World Cup’s most inspiring soccer players and the causes they champion. New episodes hosted by former Colombian striker Juan Pablo Ángel and LX News host Eric Alvarez will drop November 1 in English and Spanish. Watch the trailer HERE.

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Freeskier Colby Stevenson is thankful to be back on the snow after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a life-threatening car crash

Hear from:

Colby Stevenson

John Michael Fabrizi (Colby’s friend and passenger)

Bobby (Colby’s father) and Carol (Colby’s mother)

Dr. Billie Schultz (Mayo Clinic Physiatrist)

Jimmy Flour (Colby’s architecture teacher)

Read more about Colby Stevenson on NBCLX and NBC Sports Boston

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January 26, 2022 23 mins

Winter athletes including Brock Crouch, Jessie Diggins and David Wise are determined to do something after seeing the effects—and consequences—of climate change first-hand

Hear from:

Jessie Diggins (Olympic cross-country skiing gold medalist)

David Wise (Two-time Olympic ski halfpipe gold medalist)

Brock Crouch (Snowboarder)

Michael Bennet (U.S. Senator from Colorado)

Amy Klobuchar (U.S. Senator from Minnesota)

Erik Paulsen (Former Congre...

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Hockey star Abby Roque will become the first Native American woman to represent the U.S. in ice hockey at a Winter Olympics

Hear from:

Abby Roque

T.J. Oshie (Washington Capitals right winger)

Jim Roque (Abby’s father) and Chief Larry Roque (Abby’s uncle)

John Ferroni (Abby’s youth hockey coach)

Ted Nolan (former NHL player and coach)

Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee (Indigenous hockey expert)

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Olympic champion John Shuster, Super Bowl champion Vernon Davis, USA Curling’s Monica Walker and other curling enthusiasts are teaming up to create pathways to diversify the sport

Hear from:

John Shuster (Two-time Olympic curling medalist)

Vernon Davis (Super Bowl champion)

Monica Walker (USA Curling national team)

Sara Carlsson (Swedish curler)

Adriana Camarena (Mexican curler)

Dr. Rich Norman (DEI expert)

Deb Martin (co-creator of USA Cu...

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Figure skater Timothy LeDuc (they/them), the first openly gay athlete to win a U.S. national pairs title, will become the first publicly out non-binary athlete to compete at a Winter Olympics

Hear from:

Timothy LeDuc

Ashley Cain-Gribble (Timothy’s figure skating partner)

Tara Lipinski (1998 Olympic figure skating champion)

Johnny Weir (two-time Olympian)

Hudson Taylor (Executive director at Athlete Ally)

Erica Rand (Professor at Bates Col...

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December 15, 2021 25 mins

Aerials skier Winter Vinecki, who is set to become the first Winter Olympian named “Winter,” raises money for prostate cancer research to honor her late father

Hear from:

Winter Vinecki

Dawn Estelle (Winter’s mother)

Dr. Jeffrey Karnes (Mayo Clinic Urology)

Read more about Winter Vinecki on NBCLXNBC Olympics and NBC Chicago

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Maia and Alex Shibutani already boosted representation on the ice, becoming the first ice dancers of Asian descent to earn an Olympic medal, and now the “ShibSibs,” as they are affectionately called, are determined to increase representation off the ice by writing children’s books with Asian American heroes

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Maia and Alex Shibutani

Alex Lee (ShibSibs’ literary agent)

Stacey Lee (New York Times bestselling author)

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The Winter Olympics season of My New Favorite Olympian will introduce you to the most inspiring members of Team USA and the issues they champion. New episodes hosted by Apolo Ohno, Team USA's most decorated Winter Olympian, and NBCLX storyteller Ngozi Ekeledo will drop Wednesdays beginning December 8.

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July 7, 2021 20 mins

Why Kareem Maddox left his dream job at 30 to pursue another dream—representing Team USA in 3x3 basketball at the Tokyo Olympics—and what he’s going to do now that his Olympic dream didn’t work out. Plus, find out how athletes fund their Olympic dreams.

Hear from:

Kareem Maddox

Iman Zaki (Kareem’s mom) and Kareem's younger brother Jay

Sara Nics (Kareem’s Podcast Producer at Universal Content Productions)

Lauryn Williams (Olympic champi...

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Beach volleyball phenom Alix Klineman is not embarrassed to talk about birth control and how she sustains peak athletic performance throughout her menstrual cycle

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Alix Klineman

April Ross (two-time Olympic medalist and Alix’s partner)

Teddy Purcell (former NHL player and Alix’s boyfriend)

Dr. Georgie Bruivels (Research Scientist and Female Athlete Lead at ORRECO)

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Surfing phenom Caroline Marks reveals how she went from a self-conscious 15-year-old rookie to an 18-year-old confident enough to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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Caroline Marks

Sarah Marks (Caroline’s mother)

Elizabeth Daniels (Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

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