We Came to Win

The stories behind the greatest moments of the World Cup.

In the World Cup, sometimes the real drama happens off the field.

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1. How the 1990 World Cup Saved English Soccer

April 25, 2018

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Show Notes

Today, the English Premier League is the richest and most watched league in the world. But rewind to the end of the eighties, and English football was in the doldrums. The national team were crap, the stadiums were crumbling, and there was the threat of violence from football hooligans. This is the story of how one summer, and one World Cup, changed English football forever.


CREDITS: We Came to Win is hosted by Nando Vila. This episode was produced by 
Emma Morgenstern, Emily Ulbricht, and Ngofeen Mputubwele with help from Anna Foley and Jasmine Romero. Our senior producer is Matthew Nelson. Our editors are Caitlin Kenney, Devon Taylor, and Jessica Weisberg. This episode was scored, sound designed, and mixed by Bobby Lord. Check out more Gimlet podcasts at gimletmedia.com.