Tag Archives: Cristiano Ronaldo

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 »

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: 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,… Read More »

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: 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… Read More »

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: 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… Read More »

Portugal have more than enough talent to top Group F

On paper, Portugal has more than enough talent to easily dispatch its Group F opponents. However, as the saying goes, and as Portugal’s embittered supporters have long experienced, games are not played on paper. There is no starker reminder of this than Angelos Charisteas’ final-winning header in Euro 2004. Greece’s only corner of the game… Read More »

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: 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… Read More »

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: 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.  

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.