Bigsoccerhead Podcasts

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Episode 77 (10/20/16)

Eric Krakauer and Paul Farrell discuss the possibility of UEFA hosting the Champions League final outside Europe, dissect Pep Guardiola’s disastrous return to Barcelona with Manchester City, and debate whether Arsenal’s seven game winning stretch foreshadows silverware.

With the Supporter’s Shield up for grabs, the boys also look forward to Decision Day in MLS, and break down what it really means to be a world class player.

 

Episode 76 (10/03/16)

In a show about milestones, Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss whether Bob Bradley’s appointment at Swansea will mark a watershed moment for American managers in Europe, and evaluate Arsene Wenger’s twenty year career at Arsenal. The boys also talk about the tight La Liga race, and Gianni Infantino’s call for a forty-eight team World Cup.

 

Episode 75 (09/19/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell analyze Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola’s contrasting fortunes in Manchester, as the Portuguese appears to be repeating the same mistakes that saw him shown the door at Chelsea. The boys also discuss UEFA’s new president, Aleksander Ceferin, and his opposition to the new Champions League format, Zidane’s record at Real Madrid, the Derby d’Italia, and the hype surrounding Christian Pulisic.

 

Episode 74 (08/29/16) Season 3 Kick-Off

Eric Krakauer and Jason Le Miere kick-off Bigsoccerhead’s 3rd season by discussing what they learned during the opening weeks of Europe’s top leagues. From the Premier League to the Champions League, Eric and Jason analyze the biggest events in the early goings of Europe’s beautiful game.

 

Episode 73 (07/08/16)

On the last pod of the season, Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell analyze the Euro 2016 semifinals, and look ahead to the final between tournament favorites, France, and Dark Horses, Portugal, focusing on the history between the two nations as well as their tactical approaches. The boys also discuss the media hype surrounding the Premier League’s two Manchester teams, and Lloyd Sam’s New York Red Bull departure.

 

Episode 72 (06/28/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell discuss Lionel Messi’s announced retirement from national team duty with Argentina, as well as Chile’s Copa America Centenario triumph. The boys also look forward to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals.

 

Episode 71 (06/23/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell dissect the US men’s national team semifinal loss to Argentina in the Copa America, and look forward to the final at Met Life Stadium between last year’s Copa finalists. The boys also debate the expanded European Championship after the group stage conclusion, and analyze the round of 16 match-ups.

 

Episode 70 (06/13/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and a particularly prickly Paul Farrell welcome Kristan Heneage (Yahoo, The Guardian, ITV) back to the podcast to discuss Copa America and Euro 2016.

 

Episode 69  (05/23/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell discuss Manchester United’s FA Cup win and subsequent dismissal of Louis van Gaal. The boys also review the big cup finals in Germany, Italy, France, and Spain, and analyze the Hudson River Derby, after the New York Red Bulls thumped New York City FC 7 – 0.

 

Episode 68  (05/16/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell discuss the final round of games in the Premier League and La Liga . The boys also preview the Europa League final, the New York City derby between NYCFC and the Red Bulls, and speculate about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future.

 

Talking to Dax McCarty of the New York Red Bulls (05/11/16)

Eric Krakauer and Jason Le Miere welcome New York Red Bulls captain, Dax McCarty, to discuss the team’s early struggles and recent turnaround, as well as the upcoming games against staunch rivals, DC United, and New York City FC. Dax also discusses Jurgen Klinsmann and his omission from the US men’s national team.

 

Episode 67  (05/09/16)

Eric Krakauer and Jason Le Miere slug it out this week without Paul Farrell. With the Premier League title decided, Bigsoccerhead switches its attention to the race for a Champions League spot and the relegation battle. The boys also look forward to a title deciding weekend in La Liga, the Champions League final in Milan, and bid a fond farewell to two of their favorite players.

 

Episode 66  (05/02/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell try to come to terms with the Leicester City miracle, as the Foxes clinch the Premier League title. The boys also dedicate the Leftovers segment to the Champions League, the Copa America Centenario preliminary rosters, and enthusiastically mock the title race in Portugal.

 

Episode 65  (04/25/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell welcome Kristan Heneage (CNN, Yahoo UK, The Guardian, FourFourTwo) to discuss Juventus clinching its 5th Scudetto in a row, Tottenham’s slip-up in the race for the Premier League title, and the FA Cup and Champions League semifinals. The boys also talk about the contrasting fortunes of the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC, as well as the Super Clasico between Boca Juniors and River Plate.

 

Episode 64  (04/18/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss Leicester City’s controversial home draw against West Ham United, as well as the relegation battle in the Premier League. The boys also analyze Barcelona’s slump after the Catalans suffered their third defeat in a row, evaluate Atletico Madrid’s La Liga and Champions League chances, and assess IFAB’s decision to end the triple punishment law and test video technology.

 

Episode 63  (04/11/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell discuss Leicester’s seemingly unstoppable run towards the Premier League title, as well as Tottenham’s pursuit of the Foxes. The boys also talk about Barcelona’s perceived slump, the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, and an MLS weekend filled with controversy.

 

 Episode 62  (04/04/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell dissect El Clasico, after Real Madrid’s unlikely triumph in Barcelona. The boys also assess Antonio Conte’s confirmation as Chelsea manager, the Premier League title race, and discuss a very controversial weekend on the domestic front, with the US women’s national team filing a lawsuit against US Soccer, and New England’s controversial goal against the New York Red Bulls.

 

Episode 61 – El Clasico Preview (03/28/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell preview El Clasico, as Barcelona entertain Real Madrid shortly after the death of one of its greatest Blaugranas, Johan Cruyff. In the Leftovers Segment, Eric, Jason and Paul also discuss the US men’s national team loss to Guatemala, Wayne Rooney’s place with England, and Periscoping during Euro 2016.

 

Talking to Felipe Martins of the New York Red Bulls (03/23/16)

On this special episode, Eric Krakauer welcomes Felipe Martins of the New York Red Bulls to the show in order to discuss his winning performance against the Houston Dynamo, RBNY’s difficult start to the season, Jesse Marsch’s influence on his career, and the journey that landed him in the MLS. Eric also talks about the much discussed anonymous MLS player poll published by ESPN FC, and the impact of the recent European terror attacks on Euro 2016.

 

Episode 60 (03/21/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell start this week’s show by discussing where Gianluigi Buffon ranks among the world’s best goalkeepers, ever. The boys also analyze the fallout from the Manchester derby, the Champions League draw, and how European competition reflects league strength. The Leftovers segment also examines counterfeit jerseys, four substitutions at the Olympics and Tim Howard’s return to the MLS.

 

Episode 59 (03/14/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell are back together, discussing the improbability of Leicester City’s Premier League title challenge, and Rafa Benitez’ return to the league at the helm of directionless Newcastle United. The boys also discuss the FA Cup quarterfinals and the BPL’s player of the year hopefuls, as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future and Gianluigi Buffon’s Serie A goalkeeping record.

 

Episode 58 (03/07/16)

Eric Krakauer welcomes Gianfranco Panizo of SBIsoccer.com to discuss the MLS opening weekend, as the defending Supporters Shield champs, the New York Red Bulls, start their season with a defeat at the hands of Toronto FC, while New York City FC starts its season with a feast of goals. The podcast also welcomes Alfredo Fumaças of the Benfica Podcast to discuss the Lisbon derby between Sporting and Benfica.

 

Episode 57 (02/29/16)

Eric Krakauer and Jason Le Miere discuss FIFA’s presidential election, as Gianni Infantino becomes the world soccer governing body’s newest president. Eric and Jason also discuss Arsenal’s disastrous loss to Manchester United, Tottenham and Leicester City’s wins, Manchester City’s League Cup Final win, as well as Real Madrid’s loss and Cristiano Ronaldo’s subsequent controversial comments. Finally, the boys preview the new MLS season, and welcome Eric Gonçalves from MLS soccer to discuss his social media work with the league’s players and teams.

 

Episode 56 (02/22/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell analyze the Copa America Centenario draw, which placed the USMNT in the Group of Death, once again. The boys also preview the Champions League round of 16, and discuss Totti’s troubles at Roma.

 

Episode 55 (02/15/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell analyze the two top-four match-ups in the Premier League (Arsenal v Leicester City & Manchester City v Tottenham), discuss the Serie A top of the table clash between Juventus and Napoli, and preview the Champions League’s round of 16.

 

Episode 54 (02/01/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss Pep Guardiola’s decision to manage Manchester City, and the repercussions for the rest of the Premier League’s big clubs. Eric, Jason, and Paul also run down the biggest deals of the January transfer window, including Ashley Cole’s move to the MLS, and analyze the US men’s national team win against Iceland.

 

Episode 53 (01/25/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell welcomeBigsoccerhead.com contributor, Sean Sedacca, to discuss the Serie A weekend, as Juventus emphasize their title credentials with a win over Roma. The boys also discuss the newest chapter in Manchester United’s dysfunctional season, and address the rumors about a new European soccer league.

 

Episode 52 (01/11/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss Lionel Messi’s fifth Ballon d’Or, and why soccer fans are becoming ever more obsessed with the award. The boys also debate whether the FA Cup has lost most of its appeal in recent years, and analyze the first round of Serie A, as Napoli are crowned “winter champions” for the first time in decades.

 

Episode 51 (01/04/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell are back to discuss Rafa Benitez’ dismissal at Real Madrid, as well as Zinedine Zidane’s subsequent appointment. The boys also make their predictions for 2016’s biggest stories, and share their soccer resolutions for the year.

 

Episode 50 (12/21/15)

Eric Krakauer and Jason Le Miere welcome Kevin Flynn of ESPN’s Over the Ball to discuss Europe’s managerial musical chairs game, as well as Abby Wambach’s controversial comments about Jurgen Klinsmann and the US national team. Eric, Jason and Kevin also count down the year’s biggest stories, and talk about Real Madrid’s demolition of Rayo Vallecano.

 

Episode 49 (12/14/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell analyze the Euro 2016 draw, the first knock-out round of the Champions League, and discuss Chelsea’s latest Premier League loss to Leicester City, as well as Jose Mourinho’s subsequent post-match interview. The boys also talk the clashes between Serie A’s table-topping teams.

 

Episode 48 (12/07/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell welcome MLSsoccer.com’s Eric Giacometti to discuss the MLS Cup final between the Columbus Crew and the Portland Timbers. The boys also discuss the inconsistent forms of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, Bayern Munich’s first league defeat, Gary Neville’s appointment at Valencia, and FIFA’s latest indictments.

 

Episode 47 (12/01/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell discuss the Ballon d’Or and whether team form should have any influence on what is essentially an individual award. The boys also discuss Jamie Vardy’s record setting goal against Manchester United, Diego Costa’s temper tantrum, and the MLS Cup Final.

 

Episode 46 (11/23/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell analyze El Clasico and predict the fallout of Real Madrid’s dreadful showing in front of their home fans. The boys also discuss the Premier League weekend, as Leicester City (led by record setting Jamie Vardy) top the table in astonishing fashion. There’s also some chatter about the MLS playoffs.

 

Episode 45 (11/09/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell analyze Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure at Tottenham, after the Spurs stole a point from their trip to the Emirates. The boys also discuss Andrea Pirlo’s future with the Italian national team, the Basque only policy at Athletic Club Bilbao, what Dimitri Payet’s injury means for West Ham, and whether Neymar is a legitimate contender for the Ballon d’Or. If that weren’t enough, there’s also some talk about the MLS and European Qualifier playoffs.

 

Episode 44 (11/02/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell revisit the Mourinho crisis, as Chelsea drop its sixth game in the Premier League. The boys also discuss Jurgen Klopp’s first Premier League win, Manchester United’s scoring troubles, whether Roberto Mancini gets enough credit for his work at Inter Milan, and the firing of Jason Kreis at NYCFC.

 

Episode 43 (10/26/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss whether Jose Mourinho has reached the end of the line at Chelsea, after the club’s fifth loss of the season in the Premier League. The boys also talk about Keylor Navas’ excellent performances for Real Madrid, analyze Roma’s title chances in Serie A, and preview MLS playoffs with special guest, Eric Giacometti, of MLSsoccer.com.

 

Episode 42 (10/22/15)

On this Thursday edition, Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss this week’s biggest clashes in the Champions League, and preview the Premier League derby between Manchester United and Manchester City. The boys also welcome Manhattan Soccer Club Associate Director, Neri Amaducci, to talk Jurgen Klinsmann and player development in the United States.

 

Episode 41 (10/12/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss the fallout of the US loss to Mexico, including Jurgen Klinsmann’s future in US soccer. The boys also analyze the last match days of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, and the current power vacuum in international soccer.

 

Episode 40 (10/05/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell discuss the firing of Brendan Rodgers, Jose Mourinho’s growing crisis at Chelsea, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s place among the world’s best after tying (or breaking) Raul’s all time scoring record at Real Madrid. The boys also look forward to the best games of the international break.

 

Episode 39 (09/21/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss Diego Costa’s role in Gabriel’s sending off during Chelsea – Arsenal, analyze the quality of Europe’s top leagues, and talk about FIFpro’s lawsuit against FIFA, which seeks to abolish soccer’s current transfer system.

 

Episode 38 (09/14/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss Manchester United’s win against Liverpool, and what the result means for both teams. The boys also analyze Chelsea’s disastrous early campaign, and Inter’s title chances after beating AC Milan in the Derby della Madoninna, as well as Juventus’ struggles.

 

Episode 37 (08/31/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss the closing of the summer transfer window, and debate its winners and losers. The boys also analyze the Champions League groups, and talk about the contrasting seasons of the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC.

 

Episode 36 (08/24/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell analyze Liverpool’s trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal, discuss the early highs and lows in the Premier League, as well as the opening weekend in Spain and Italy. The boys also talk about New York City FC’s nightmare trip to Los Angeles.

 

Episode 35 / Season 2 Kick-Off (08/20/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell kick off the new podcast season by reviewing the first two match days in the Premier League, and analyzing their impact on the season. The boys also preview the starts to La Liga and Serie A.

 

Episode 34 / Season Finale (06/08/15)

Eric Krakauer and Jason Le Miere welcome Andrew Jarell Jones (The Intercept/The Guardian/World Soccer Talk/MSNBC) to the podcast to analyze the Champions League final. Andrew and the boys also discuss the soccer week that was, predict next season’s biggest stories, and divulge their best elevens of the season.

 

Episode 33 (06/01/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss the FIFA corruption scandal, review the weekend’s domestic cup finals, and preview the Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus. The boys also continue to build their European best elven.

 

Episode 32 (05/25/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell discuss Carlo Ancelotti’s sacking and Rafa Benitez’ potential appointment. The boys also discuss the last match days in the Premier League and La Liga, and continue to reveal their teams of the season.

 

Episode 31 (05/18/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure at Real Madrid, as well as David De Gea’s potential move to the club. The boys also discuss Steven Gerrard’s Anfield farewell, Raheem Sterling’s decision to leave Liverpool, Platini and UEFA Financial Fair Play, and Boca Junior’s punishment after their ill fated clash against River Plate at La Bombonera in the Copa Libertadores.

 

Episode 30 (05/11/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell welcome Eric Giacometti of MLSsoccer.com to discuss the Hudson River Derby between the Red Bulls and New York City FC. The boys also talk about Pep Guardiola’s unsuccessful return to Barcelona, Real Madrid’s second leg match against high flying Juventus, and the race for the Champions League in Italy.

 

Episode 29 (05/04/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss Jose Mourinho’s comments about Premier League strength, as well as John Carver’s explosive comments after Newcastle’s eighth defeat in a row. Eric, Jason, and Paul also analyze Pep Guardiola’s return to Barcelona for the Champions League semifinals, and talk pichichi race between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

 

Episode 28 (04/27/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell review the incidents in the Arsenal – Chelsea game, discuss the PFA Awards, crowd violence in Serie A and the retiring of Zanetti’s number at Inter Milan, as well as the Portuguese title deciding clash between Benfica and FC Porto. The boys also share their thoughts on the Champions League semifinals, and handout another Blatter Award.

 

Episode 27 (04/20/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell review the FA Cup semifinals, discuss Chelsea’s win over Manchester United, Jurgen Klopp’s decision to leave Dortmund, and preview the Champions League quarterfinal second legs. There’s also a new trivia question and Blatter award.

 

Episode 26 (04/13/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell dissect the Manchester Derby and discuss City’s collapse, pay tribute to the much maligned Alan Pardew, make their relegation picks, and preview the Champions League quarterfinals. Jason also attributes this week’s Blatter Award.

 

Episode 25 (04/06/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss the march towards the Champions League in the Premier League, talk Le Classique in France, as well as Dortmund vs Bayern Munich. Eric, Jason, and Paul also share their rankings of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League era, and crown another Blatter awardee.

 

Episode 24 (03/30/15)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell review and analyze the European Championship qualifiers and group standings, discuss Jurgen Klinsmann and the US national team, and comment on the impact of the international break on MLS.

 

Episode 23 (03/23/15)

Eric Krakauer is joined by new co-hosts, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell in a new look podcast. Eric, Jason, and Paul discuss Sunday’s El Clasico, the reinvigorated Liverpool – Manchester United rivalry, the state of the Premier League after  Euro competition failures, and the Red Bulls home opener. The boys also introduce the new Blatter award, crowning the week’s most foolish event or individual.