Tag Archives: Italy

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

Expectations are low as Italy heads to Euro 2016

Usually regarded as a perennial tournament contender, Sean Sedacca explains why Italy is a shadow of its former self. If social media chatter is anything to go by, no Italian national team has ever entered a major competition with such staggeringly low expectations from both the fans and media alike. Dismal showings in the last… Read More »

Paul Farrell holds no fear as Ireland finds itself in a tough Group E

If you go to the European Championships as a player surely you want to test yourself against the best.  That’s the logic I came up with when Ireland were drawn against Spain, Italy and Croatia in 2012. That was a different time. A time when the turgid soccer played by Giovanni Trapattoni instilled neither emotion in… 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 »