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NBC Group Chat: ‘World Cup’ style Premier League return?

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Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe welcome the all-stars of the NBC Sports broadcast crew into a roundtable (via web) discussion of all things soccer in a socially-responsible social distance podcast.

Wednesday’s NBC Group Chat talks on reported plans for the Premier League’s return as well as staffs and players taking pay cuts for the health of their clubs.

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Rebecca Lowe, Arlo White, Lee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux, and Kyle Martino join The 2 Robbies to discuss reports of the Premier League’s potential plans to resume the season, including one which involves “World Cup-style” camps over June and July (1:00).

The team also shares their thoughts on players taking pay cuts to help clubs deal with financial problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (30:32).

Elsewhere, Rebecca takes center stage with a new show of sorts.

The PL morning hero takes a walk through the world of Premier League social media this week.

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LISTEN: NBC Group Chat talks responding to difficult situations

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You can take the soccer away from the NBC Sports Soccer broadcast crew, but you can’t take the crew away from the soccer.

Rebecca Lowe, Lee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux, Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe and Kyle Martino all got together for the second edition of the Premier League on NBC Group Chat.

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This episode each member of the team shared a challenging moment they went through during their careers and discussed how they handled those difficult situations.

For Robbie Mustoe, there’s a tricky tale of former Italy star Fabrizio Ravanelli and some locker room drama at Middlesbrough.

“The Italians would be in one corner, the Brazilians another, and the Brits stuck together and were the majority, but it wasn’t a great scenario. The season before we did alright and finished in the top ten. The following season we had all these runs to cup finals but we were relegated.”

 

U.S. owned Mallorca promoted to La Liga

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A handful of American soccer and sports stars have been celebrating overnight.

Big time.

Real Mallorca beat Deportivo La Coruna 3-0 at home on Sunday, as they fought back from a 2-0 first leg deficit to win the Segunda division playoffs and seal a return to La Liga after a seven-year absence.

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The owner of the Phoenix Suns, Robert Sarver, and his ownership partner Andrew Kolhberg, lead the American group that bought Mallorca, from Spain’s Balearic Islands, in 2016 for around $22.7 million.

NBA legend Steve Nash, plus former USMNT stars Stuart Holden and Kyle Martino (one of our PL on NBC analysts) also own a minority stake in the club, while Martino’s fellow NBC analyst Graeme Le Saux is also a team consultant.

Rafael Nadal, a Mallorca native, was at the second leg to witness the incredible comeback, as the goal which sent them to La Liga arrived in the 82nd minute from Abdon Prats as Mallorca led 1-0 at half time. A huge pitch invasion at the Estadi de San Moix then capped off a a memorable season as Mallorca finished fifth in Spain’s second tier, one place ahead of Deportivo who just snuck into the playoffs.

Martino revealed his delight in seeing Mallorca complete back-to-back promotions to get back to the top-flight of Spanish soccer.

“Last night was one of the greatest in my short life in football. Over past few years a truly great club fought odds to reach top tier of Spanish football once again. Humbled and grateful to be part of this club. Thank you to our incredible fans, honored to be one of you.”

Mallorca will now be heading to the Nou Camp and the Santiago Bernabeu next season to take on Barcelona and Real Madrid, as their incredible rise through the leagues will be rewarded by taking on the likes of Lionel Messi and Co. in 2019-20.

Look out for Martino, GLS, Nash and Holden in the directors box at the Nou Camp next season.

That’s A Dive podcast: Sarri’s Risky Move & Mourinho’s Punditry

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The latest edition of Kyle Martino’s “That’s A Dive” podcast has arrived.

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Kyle dives in on the controversial comments made by Maurizio Sarri after Chelsea lost 2-0 to Arsenal and what it means for the Blues moving forward (5:15). Plus, assessment of the current state of the Gunners after head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, leaves (21:00) and analysis on Jose Mourinho’s comments over the weekend as he put on his pundit hat (31:55).

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LISTEN: The 2 Robbies, Kyle Martino on Man City v. Liverpool, Pulisic

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle are joined by Kyle Martino to dissect Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Liverpool and what it means for the Premier League title race (1:00).

Plus, the boys give their thoughts on Christian Pulisic’s decision to join Chelsea next season (25:50).

To listen to more lively conversations and passionate debate from Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, plus Kyle Martin on That’s A Dive, subscribe to their Podcasts on Apple Podcasts or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

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