Category Archives: Players

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: Season Finale / Episode 34 (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.

New York City FC vs New England Revolution: NYCFC Player Ratings

This article first appeared in Prost Amerika New York City FC inaugurated Yankee Stadium with a convincing win against Eastern Conference champions, New England. Player ratings and reactions below: Josh Saunders (7) Saunders didn’t have the busiest of nights, but strong winds – especially in the first half – and two New England scoring opportunities… Read More »

Videos of the Week: Messi’s ‘goals,’ David Luiz’ return, and a Brazilian bicycle

We all know that Lionel Messi won’t let anything stand in the way of his goals; however, few of us realized that the Argentine’s determination extends beyond the field of play. Below, Messi shows everyone just how to get ‘around’ those pesky autograph seekers: ____ David Luiz has a way of working himself into the… Read More »

Revisiting Balotelli after Roberto Mancini says the Italian may become another Adriano

There are few people who know Mario Balotelli better than Roberto Mancini. In a recent interview with Italy’s Courriere della Sera, the former Manchester City manager claimed that Balotelli risks ending his own career. According to Mancini, Balotelli “could go the way of [Brazilian] Adriano,” and adds he “has declined in every aspect of the… Read More »

2014 Ballon d’Or: David Luiz’ head-scratching inclusion in FIFA/FIFPRO World XI

The FIFA Ballon d’Or awards are never without controversy. The award ceremony is very much a reflection of the institution it represents, and often highlights the biases of players and managers alike. This year,  the inclusions of David Luiz and Andres Iniesta in the FIFA/FIFPRO World XI were certainly causes for some head-scratching, since neither had… Read More »

Portugal vs Germany: Analysis & Player Ratings

This article first appeared on Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny   Once you get past the dubious penalty call, and Pepe’s deserved red card, Portugal’s dismantling at the hands of Germany comes down to tactical ineptitude. Portugal’s friendlies against Greece, Mexico, and Ireland gave Paulo Bento the opportunity to experiment with different formations and… Read More »

Portugal vs Ireland: Analysis & Player Ratings

This article first appeared on Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny   Cristiano Ronaldo’s return and the dismantling of Ireland provided a much-needed psychological boost for Portugal. After underwhelming in their previous friendlies against Greece and Mexico, the Portuguese showed just how much of a threat they could be in the World Cup. With… Read More »

The World Cup: A Love Affair

This article first appeared on Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny It may not be a first memory, but every football fan is indelibly impressed by that one moment, or one sequence of arbitrarily strung events, that has fostered an eternal love affair with the World Cup. The alluring quadrennial has the memory-imprinting power… Read More »

Ronaldo Injury Sounds the Alarm

Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny This article first appeared on   For the superstitious, Tuesday’s thunder and lightning were bad omens. After a brief a press conference that saw Nani get inundated with questions about Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury, the press core was escorted to Portugal’s practice field, only to be shepherded back into the… Read More »

Fabio Coentrão’s Renaissance

Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny This article first appeared on If the report in Portugal’s Record newspaper is to be believed, Fabio Coentrão was left in tears at the close of last summer’s transfer market. Coentrão’s much anticipated loan move to Manchester United from Real Madrid was dead, with the Spanish giants having allegedly… Read More »