Simon Allen - The Dalai Lama of Soccer
Simon Allen grew up in the shadows of Stamford Bridge, Craven Cottage and Plough Lane. As a young boy in South West London, he experienced the various footballing cultures and fell in love with the beautiful game and everything it encompassed.
In the late Eighties, Allen moved to the baron soccer wasteland of the United States. In Los Angeles, he discovered the ultimate melting pot of soccer where he embraced every international flavor that soccer had to offer. Allen worked briefly for the Glendale NewsPress as a beat writer where he learned how to write properly and fast. Something he promises to do at Football.com.
After years of being a spectator, Allen and his brother formed Elephant & Castle Football Club in 1999. There he honed his skills as a General Manager and Assistant Coach. In 2003, Simon formed Elephant & Castle FC Ladies and became the head coach. It was while coaching the women's team that Simon discovered the true beauty of the beautiful game.
In 2005, after seeing a lack of quality soccer programs anywhere in the United States, Allen decided to buck the system and create a show that spoke intelligently and honestly about soccer. The first-ever soccer show for the people. The new medium of podcasting afforded that opportunity and after a trial run of “Soccer Bros,” he created “World Soccer Wrap.” The original American soccer show took on a grass roots following that spread to five continents. The show garnered many admirers in the soccer business, created a new found respect for American soccer punditry and spawned many imitators.
The listeners of the show dubbed Simon Allen “the Dalai Lama of Soccer” due to his positive messages and universal outlook on the subject matter. A name he embraced whole heartedly.
In 2011, after surveying the soccer landscape once again, Allen saw that soccer podcasts had littered cyberspace with eurosnobs, sycophants and airheads. He decided to go solo and raise the bar on honest soccer talk. With The World Wide Soccer Podcast, Allen upped the ante.
Allen has supported The Los Angeles Galaxy and Major League Soccer since day one. He is also a life-long Liverpool fan and has supported the USA National team since 1990.