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Sony Crackle to Launch Soccer Series From ‘Men in Blazers’ Duo Ahead of 2018 World Cup

Sony Crackle is getting ready for some (non-U.S.) football: The streaming network next month will launch a short-form series hosted by the two soccer fanatics behind the “Men in Blazers” ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The “Rog & Davo’s Guide to Russia” series of 10 original shorts will air from June 11-13 on Crackle, the free, ad-supported service available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and 18 countries in Latin America. The shorts will be hosted by Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, the British duo known for the “Men in Blazers” series on NBCSN and podcast.

Each of the episodes (running 4-6 minutes) will feature a specific country along with Bennett and Davies’ predictions for that team and their trademark high-brow humor. The episodes will highlight the following countries: England, Argentina, Portugal, Iceland, France, Belgium, Brazil, Spain, Germany and Mexico.

Davies is the president of Sony’s Embassy Row production company, which is producing “Rog & Davo’s Guide to Russia” for Sony Crackle. Bennett, prior to co-hosting “Men in Blazers,” was a football columnist for ESPN and has made a series of documentaries on the U.K.’s Premier League football for NBCSN. Bennett also created “30 for 30” series “Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil” for ESPN.

To many Americans, Bennett and Davies represent the voice of soccer fandom, said Eric Berger, GM of Sony Crackle and Sony Pictures Television Networks’ chief digital officer. “As America prepares to embrace an incredible summer of soccer, we couldn’t be more pleased to connect Michael and Roger with our sports-minded audience,” Berger said in a statement.

“Rog & Davo’s Guide to Russia” is executive produced by Bennett, Davies and Embassy Row’s Jen Simons.

Watch the teaser trailer for the series:

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