Grant Wahl serves as correspondent-at-large for FOX Sports’ growing soccer portfolio, covering the wide array of stories. He is part of the network’s coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ this summer.
Wahl is one of the world’s leading soccer journalists. He is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and a major contributor to FOX Sports’ MLS broadcasts and coverage of the UEFA Champions League and U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches. Wahl also contributed to FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Canada. His first book, The Beckham Experiment (Crown, 2009), was the first soccer book to become a New York Times bestseller. His second book, Masters of Modern Soccer, was released in May 2018.
LEADING THE WAY
Wahl began his journalism career as an intern with the Miami Herald in 1996 before joining Sports Illustrated in November 1996 as a reporter and was promoted to his current position of senior writer in October 2000. Wahl has covered eight World Cups (five men’s, three women’s) and four Olympics for SI. Some of his most notable interviews include lengthy stories on David Beckham, Alex Morgan, José Mourinho, Luis Suárez, Mario Balotelli, Didier Drogba, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. He has written more than three dozen cover stories for SI over the years. With FOX Sports, Wahl has been a part of the network’s coverage for various U.S. Men’s and Women’s friendlies as well as the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament. In 2014, he was the on-site reporter for the FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil, following Team USA and filing reports for FOX Sports 1 signature programs AMERICA’S PREGAME, FOX SPORTS LIVE and FOXSports.com.
When he isn’t traveling for SI, Wahl spends his time cooking, reading, running, watching movies and traveling with his wife, Celine. He is conversational in Spanish. Wahl grew up in Mission, Kan., and attended Princeton University, where he graduated with a B.A. in politics in 1996. He fell in love with soccer in Buenos Aires, where he wrote his college senior thesis on politics and soccer in Argentina.