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.


New episodes every Wednesday, starting April 25.

About We Came to Win

Every four years, people all over the world turn their eyes, ears, and hearts toward the most exciting sports competition on the planet: The World Cup. We Came to Win tells the stories behind the tournament’s most memorable moments. Like, how did one player become a God, and a villain, after breaking the rules? How did the semi final of the 1990 World Cup save English soccer from falling apart? And how did one player turn a free-kick into an act of protest?

This series from Gimlet Media is an homage to the triumph and heartbreak, victory and defeat that we all experience from soccer (or football, or futbol, or whatever you call it). And it reminds us that so much of what we love about the beautiful game happens off the pitch.

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The Team

Nando Vila

Nando Vila is the host of "We Came to Win", a podcast from Gimlet Media that tells the hidden stories behind the most iconic moments of the World Cup. He is also the host of "Happy Ending with Nando Vila" on Fusion TV, and the executive producer of "Trumpland" and "Kill All Normies". He is a semi-ironic fan of Creed. 

Matthew Nelson

Matthew is a Development Producer at Gimlet. Prior to joining Gimlet, he reported and produced features for the BBC World Service, NPR, and CBC.

Emma Morgenstern

Emma is a contract producer at Gimlet. Previously she produced Tell Me Something I Don't Know, the live game-show podcast hosted by Stephen J. Dubner. She has also made audio documentaries about sports for ESPN and FiveThirtyEight.  She is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Emily Ulbricht

Emily is an associate producer at We Came To Win. Previously, she was a producer at RBB, Germany's public radio station in Berlin.

Ngofeen Mputubwele

Ngofeen is an associate producer at Gimlet. He comes to Gimlet from the legal world, where he worked as an associate attorney at K&L Gates LLP.