Category Archives: UEFA

Portugal’s starting XI far from determined as Seleção prepares for Euro 2016

As expected, last week’s announcement of Portugal’s 23-man squad yielded no surprises. Even the inclusion of Renato Sanches, which was very likely due to Bernardo Silva’s ill-fated thigh injury, was far from unexpected, given the youngster’s impressive season with Benfica, and his pricey move to Bayern Munich. Anyone familiar with Portuguese coach, Fernando Santos’ career, knows… Read More »

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.

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: Episode 29 (05/05/15)

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… Read More »

Portugal concerned about scoring woes vs. Serbia

You can follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny With only two goals in three European qualifiers, Portugal’s main concern against a struggling Serbia will be how to put the ball in the back of the net. Even though Cristiano Ronaldo has consistently padded his scoring tally since breaking into the national team in 2003 –… Read More »

Only merciless approach will rid football of racism

 This article first appeared in This past week wasn’t a good one for football, as racism reared its ugly head, once again. On Monday, Arrigo Sacchi, the man who coached AC Milan to two consecutive European Cups and guided Italy to a World Cup final in 1994, claimed that there were “too many black… Read More »

When David Luiz does’t agree with the referee’s decision

Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny In an exciting Champions League battle between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes, it was David Luiz who stole the show. The former Chelsea and Benfica player wasn’t too happy with the location of a free-kick, and quickly remedied the problem – not only ensuring… Read More »

Assessing Champions League Contenders: Real Madrid and Chelsea

With the Champions League round of 16 kicking off on Tuesday, pundits around the globe have begun prognosticating how it will all unfold. Not one to miss out on premature selections, I’ve chosen my four contenders. Two of which are Real Madrid and Chelsea. Below are some reasons as to why one of those two… Read More »

Bigsoccerhead (BSH) Podcast: Episode 12 (12/8/14)

Eric Krakauer and Cristiano Oliveira welcome Jeff Carlisle of ESPN to discuss the MLS Cup, Landon Donavan’s climactic goodbye, and the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. Eric and Cris also analyze Kun Aguero’s latest injury and the final games in Champions League group play.