Tag Archives: France

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 »

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 »