Tag Archives: Cristiano Ronaldo

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: Episode 85 (01/09/17)

In the first show of 2017, Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell discuss Cristiano Ronaldo’s most recent award (FIFA Best Player), reminisce about Michael Owen’s Ballon d’Or win in 2001, and explore what it means to be an aging player in the modern game. The boys also talk about the futures of Mesut Ozil… Read More »

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: Episode 84 (12/19/16)

On the final podcast of 2016 Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and guest host, Sean Sedacca discuss the biggest soccer events of the year. From Leicester City’s unlikely Premier League title to the growing influence of the Chinese Super League, Bigsoccerhead explores the stories that mattered the most.   Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny… Read More »

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: Episode 81 (11/28/16)

Ian Joy (Fox Sports/Yes Network) joins Eric Krakauer and Jason Le Miere to discuss this season’s topsy turvy Bundesliga, including misfiring heavyweights, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, as well as surprise package, RB Leipzig. The boys also discuss Patrick Vieira’s first season in New York City, look ahead to El Clasico, as Real Sociedad put… Read More »

Three names for eternity in Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph

This article first appeared in Portugoal.net 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 »

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 »

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 »

Wholesale changes unlikely when Portugal plays Austria

By Eric Krakauer Before Euro 2016 kicked-off, the general consensus was that Portugal had more than enough arguments to reach the latter stages of the tournament. That sentiment faded almost entirely, and quickly gave way to pessimism, after the Seleção failed to beat Iceland. This has been somewhat of a pattern in major tournaments. Expectations… Read More »

Euro 2016 Podium: First round of group matches

With the first round of group matches concluded, Eric Krakauer looks at best and worst of Euro 2016, so far.   Gold: Italy Much has been said about the dearth of talent stymieing the current crop of Italian players. When Antonio Conte announced his tournament squad, the overall consensus from fans and the soccer punditry,… Read More »

The European Championships are the Dark Horse tournament

According to reports at the time, some of its players were already enjoying their summer dips when Denmark was suddenly thrust into Euro 92, after Yugoslavia’s disqualification. Generally expected to bow out in the group stage, the Danes eventually won the tournament, and cemented their place in the annals of footballing history. Championship runs, like… Read More »

Tactical Notes: Portugal’s weaknesses exposed in loss to England

This article first appeared on Portugoal. In keeping with historical precedent, Portugal was incapable of defeating England on English soil, losing 1-0 to the Three Lions. With eight changes to the eleven that easily dispatched a largely experimental Norwegian side on Sunday, Portugal’s trip to Wembley was more about fine-tuning tactics and nailing down a… Read More »