Tag Archives: Germany

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 »

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: Episode 72 (06/28/16)

Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere and Paul Farrell discuss Lionel Messi’s announced retirement from national team duty with Argentina, as well as Chile’s Copa America Centenario triumph. The boys also look forward to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals. Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny

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 »

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 »

Euro 2012: Bigsoccerhead 1st XI

Line-up based on a 4-3-3 formation   Iker Casillas: While certainly not overlooked as the leader of the Spanish team, Saint Iker’s contribution to the team’s success is often overlooked. All the plaudits have been directed at Spain’s brilliant ball possession and exhaustive defensive pressure; yet, Casillas’ timely saves were integral to the team’s march… Read More »

Euro 2012 Previews & Predictions: Group B

The ‘group of death’ could completely overshadow the remainder of the tournament. Germany and Holland will start off as favorites, but Portugal may prove to be the tournament’s dark horse, and Denmark could be the perfect foil. Group B Germany Perhaps no team is more poised to win Euro 2012 than Germany. Since taking over… Read More »

The Return of the Number 10

Traditionally, the number 10 jersey has been assigned to a team’s most skilled and creative player, who is usually responsible for setting up offense, is given license to roam, and remains relatively free from defensive duties. However, the growing emphasis on tactics at the expense of individual expressiveness over the past fifteen years has rendered… Read More »