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The 1st Half

The 1st Half

The 1st Half goes beyond the pitch, tapping into soccer's cultural pulse, from its influence on fashion to its power to bring people together. Join Paul Desbaillets as he interviews guests from the greater community each week, tapping into their shared passion for the world’s most beautiful game.


  • Apr 12

    This week on the 1st Half, Paul Desbaillets sits down with Terry DiMonte, who is a longtime Broadcaster, and former host of Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte on CHOM 97.7, to talk about becoming a fan of soccer later in life, being Married to a Manchester United fan, what life is like in the podcast space, living in Vancouver and more. Paul breaks down this week’s hot topics including, all the 1st leg games in the Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals, Chelsea being embarrassed by Sheffield United, Arsenal vs Aston Villa, Tottenham vs Newcastle, CF Montreal home opener vs Cincinnati The Soccer Tournament which will include legends like Sergio Agüero, Chad Ochocinco, Mario Balotelli and many others. Tune into The 1st Half Culture Show every Friday at 6pm where you can expect the unexpected with weekly guests, deep dives into soccer's heart, its influence on pop culture, and the kind of banter only Paul can deliver.

  • Apr 5

    1st Half with guest - Marinette Pichon

    This week on The 1st Half, Paul Desbaillets sits down with Marinette Pichon, First woman French football player to sign a professional contract, record-breaking scorer of the French national team, to talk about what it was like settling into Montreal, the new women's soccer league that is coming to Canada and why it will work and the importance of having fun on the field with soccer. Paul breaks down this week’s hot topics including Celtic vs Rangers, Liverpool vs Manchester United, AFC Wimbledon wearing a Princess Diana inspired kit, Arsenal vs Manchester City viewership in the U.S. and a much more. Tune into The 1st Half Culture Show every Friday at 6pm where you can expect the unexpected with weekly guests, deep dives into soccer's heart, its influence on pop culture, and the kind of banter only Paul can deliver. 

  • Mar 29

    1st Half with guest - Sterling Downey

    This week on 1st half, Paul Desbaillets is joined by Sterling Downey, ex-graffiti artist, former deputy Mayor of Montreal, city councilor, co-founder of the Under Pressure Urban Arts Festival to talk about starting off as a graffiti artist, getting into politics, working to help the community and more. Paul also breaks down this week’s hot topics including, Belgium’s Tintin kits, UB40’s Birmingham City song, Canada’s men’s national team qualifying for the Copa America, and Canada’s women’s team participating in the SheBelieves Cup, Arsenal vs Man City, CF Montreal vs D.C. United and more. Tune into The 1st Half Culture Show every Friday at 6pm where you can expect the unexpected with weekly guests, deep dives into soccer's heart, its influence on pop culture, and the kind of banter only Paul can deliver. 

  • Mar 22

    1st Half with guest - Patrice Bernier

    This week on 1st Half, Paul Desbaillets sits down with CF Montreal and MLS Legend Patrice Bernier to talk about Canada's big game against Trinidad and Tobago, Dwayne De Rosario being nominated for the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame the upcoming charity poker tournament and more. Paul breaks down this week’s hot topics including England's controversial kit for the 2024 Euro, the German National team being set to leave Adidas, Canada's latest kits, the upcoming international friendlies, the new Adidas and Bob Marley shoe and much more. Tune into The 1st Half Culture Show every Friday at 6pm where you can expect the unexpected with weekly guests, deep dives into soccer's heart, its influence on pop culture, and the kind of banter only Paul can deliver.

  • Mar 15

    This week on The 1st Half, Paul Desbaillets sits down with Kei Kamara, MLS legend who is 3rd on the MLS's all-time scoring list, to talk about the MLS, what he's been doing as a free agent, CBS Golazo, afrobeats, what he had to do to play for Sierra Leone, his foundation Heart Shaped Hands and more. Paul breaks down this week’s hot topics including the Champions League Draw for the quarter-finals, Arsenal vs Bayern Munich - Real Madrid vs Man City - Atletico Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund - PSG vs Barcelona, Loki Bambino's football related music and much more. Tune into The 1st Half Culture Show every Friday at 6pm where you can expect the unexpected with weekly guests, deep dives into soccer's heart, its influence on pop culture, and the kind of banter only Paul can deliver.

  • Mar 8

    1st Half with guest Nir Guzinski

    This week on The 1st Half, Paul Desbaillets sits down with Nir Guzinski, Actor, Comedian, Writer, and TikTok celeb to talk about his growth on social media, giving back to the community, the importance of conversation, his 10 years of playing NDG fútbol and more. Paul breaks down this week’s hot topics including the Lebron James & Liverpool FC collaboration - Liverpool vs Man City - Inter Milan vs Bologna - Arsenal vs Brentford - Inter Miami vs CF Montreal - Canada vs USA in the Gold Cup and much more. Tune into The 1st Half Culture Show every Friday at 6pm where you can expect the unexpected with weekly guests, deep dives into soccer's heart, its influence on pop culture, and the kind of banter only Paul can deliver.

  • Mar 1

    The 1st Half with guest Jon Still

    On the inaugural episode of the 1st Half Celtic fan no pyjama Jon joins Paul Desbaillets and Luca Scott to talk about: - Paul Pogba's 4 year ban - NSWL new jerseys - 12 questions - CF Montreal increasing ticket prices for Messi's arrival and more.