Tag Archives: Portugal

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: Episode 94 (03/06/17)

Eric Krakauer and Paul Farrell are back after a two week break to discuss Manchester United’s dependence on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester City’s defeat at Stamford Bridge, and the ongoing debate about foreign managers in the Premier League. Eric and Paul also analyze Jorge Sampaoli’s recent run of bad form in Sevilla, Simone Inzaghi’s quiet success… 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 »

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 »

Eric Krakauer joins ESPN’s Over the Ball to talk Portugal v Wales and NYCFC v RBNY

Bigsoccerhead Podcast host, Eric Krakauer, joined ESPN’s Over the Ball to discuss Portugal’s Euro 2016 campaign and the forthcoming semifinal clash with Wales, as well as New York City FC’s first Hudson River Derby win against the New York Red Bulls. Interview starts at 28:00 Click:  ESPN’s Over the Ball    Follow Eric Krakauer on… 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

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 »

Portugal needs to make changes in order to beat Hungary

  By Eric Krakauer A win against high-flying Hungary will guarantee Portugal’s presence in the knockout stages of Euro 2016. And that is certainly not too much to ask from Fernando Santos and his men. Nevertheless, despite an improved display against Austria, Santos may have to do some further tinkering to his lineup, lest Portugal… 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 »