Tag Archives: World Cup

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 »

Bigsoccerhead Podcast: Episode 76 (10/03/16)

In a show about milestones, Eric Krakauer, Jason Le Miere, and Paul Farrell discuss whether Bob Bradley’s appointment at Swansea will mark a watershed moment for American managers in Europe, and evaluate Arsene Wenger’s twenty year career at Arsenal. The boys also talk about the tight La Liga race, and Gianni Infantino’s call for a… 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 »

Portugal vs Germany: Analysis & Player Ratings

This article first appeared on Soccerly.com Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny   Once you get past the dubious penalty call, and Pepe’s deserved red card, Portugal’s dismantling at the hands of Germany comes down to tactical ineptitude. Portugal’s friendlies against Greece, Mexico, and Ireland gave Paulo Bento the opportunity to experiment with different formations and… Read More »

Portugal vs Greece: Analysis & Player Ratings

Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny This article first appeared on Soccerly.com Portugal’s first preparation game en route to Brazil served mostly to test out a new system, as well as some of the players who are vying for the last few spots in Paulo Bento’s starting eleven. One of those players could very well be… Read More »

Fabio Coentrão’s Renaissance

Follow Eric Krakauer on Twitter @bigsoccerheadny This article first appeared on Soccerly.com If the report in Portugal’s Record newspaper is to be believed, Fabio Coentrão was left in tears at the close of last summer’s transfer market. Coentrão’s much anticipated loan move to Manchester United from Real Madrid was dead, with the Spanish giants having allegedly… Read More »