Category Archives: Euro 2016

Three names for eternity in Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph

This article first appeared in By Eric Krakauer (@bigsoccerheadny) From Cristino Ronaldo’s accusation that Iceland had a “small mentality” to Éder’s winner against France, Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph is replete with headline grabbing storylines. All 23 squad members are national heroes, but here are the three biggest individual stories thrown up by the tournament… Read More »

Portugal has found formula to end losing tradition against France

  By Eric Krakauer @bigsoccerheadny “We are not playing against tradition. We are playing against France.” In keeping with his style, that was how Fernando Santos succinctly addressed the issue of Portugal’s record against France. History weighs heavy It’s a torrid one. Make no mistakes about it. Thus, that the Portuguese keep referencing the wretched tradition… Read More »

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: 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… Read More »

Eric Krakauer joins ESPN’s Over the Ball to talk Portugal v Wales and NYCFC v RBNY

Bigsoccerhead Podcast host, Eric Krakauer, joined ESPN’s Over the Ball to discuss Portugal’s Euro 2016 campaign and the forthcoming semifinal clash with Wales, as well as New York City FC’s first Hudson River Derby win against the New York Red Bulls. Interview starts at 28:00 Click:  ESPN’s Over the Ball    Follow Eric Krakauer on… Read More »

England should follow Iceland’s soccer development model

By Scott Nicholls They came, they saw, they whimpered. England and international tournaments don’t mix well. This England team, remember, went 10-for-10 in qualifying, and never even looked like losing a game. As soon as the games mattered, though, England’s “Lions” turned into “Cubs.” England fans still have base expectations of a still-very-good set of… Read More »

Can Portugal overcome an identity crisis?

By Eric Krakauer This article was first published in Portugoal. Portugal’s game against Hungary was a reminder of just how emotionally exhausting it is to be a supporter of the Seleção. It also reinforced my belief that the team is struggling with its identity in the tournament. And, unless addressed, that could be Portugal’s undoing… Read More »

Portugal needs to make changes in order to beat Hungary

  By Eric Krakauer A win against high-flying Hungary will guarantee Portugal’s presence in the knockout stages of Euro 2016. And that is certainly not too much to ask from Fernando Santos and his men. Nevertheless, despite an improved display against Austria, Santos may have to do some further tinkering to his lineup, lest Portugal… Read More »

Euro 2016 Podium: Second round of group matches

With the second round of group matches concluded, Eric Krakauer looks at best and worst on display.   Gold: Spain Before Euro 2016 kicked-off, most pundits included Spain among the tournament favorites; yet, there was some doubt whether Vincente Del Bosque would be able to revive a team that left such a poor impression two… Read More »