Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

Roy Keane Names His Manchester United Dream Team; Features Glaring Omissions

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Roy Keane has continued to make headlines recently by taking shots at his old boss Sir Alex Ferguson and the club he captained for years, Manchester United. Now Keane has revealed his all-time Manchester United XI from the Premier League … Continue reading

Roy Keane’s Grudge is That Manchester United Thrived Without Him

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Sir Alex Ferguson was “hit” yesterday by former club captain Roy Keane’s claims that he will continue to meddle in Manchester United’s affairs. In his recently released autobiography, Sir Alex addressed Keane’s psychology. “Roy’s an intelligent guy. I saw him … Continue reading

Could Former Chelsea Washout Nemanja Matić Help Save Manchester United’s Season?

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Nemanja Matić is best remembered in England as being a virtually anonymous Chelsea midfielder who was quickly moved out on loan to Vitesse and then sold to Benfica as part of the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge. … Continue reading

England Must Get Its Head Out of the Sand With Relation to Match-Fixing

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British authorities are uncovering more and more evidence of potential match fixing in English football. The latest arrests stem from alleged match-fixing in the Championship, England’s second tier league. Just days ago many pundits were dismissing the previous round of … Continue reading

Freezing Weather Conditions and Clashes With College Football Mar MLS Cup Again: Monday Soccer Insider

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MLS Cup 2013 was a great spectacle for the top flight league in the United States. But the below freezing temperatures made the match difficult to play and reinforced why despite constant pressure from fans and FIFA, MLS has chosen … Continue reading

Will Manchester United’s Current Woes Force the Glazer’s Hand?

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Much of the frustration and analysis of casual observers regarding Manchester United’s dip in form this season has been around new manager David Moyes. But the analysis has failed to recognize the slip in competitive position in the transfer market … Continue reading

Portugal, Not Germany, Will Be Greater Threat to United States at World Cup

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The United States have been drawn into a “Group of Death” in the 2014 World Cup. The storylines are plentiful. The USA faces Ghana yet again, this time in its opening match of Group G. The previous two World Cups … Continue reading

England Has What It Takes To Emerge From Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica Group

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England manager Roy Hodgson didn’t want to go to Manaus, but he will in the first group game against Italy (Saturday, June 14, 9pm ET). The Azzurri under Cesare Prandelli have to be considered a strong contender to advance deep … Continue reading

RIP Nelson Mandela, A Great Ambassador for World Soccer

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Yesterday, the World Soccer Talk team was assembled in Bristol CT as guests of ESPN. During pre-production for Thursday’s ESPN FC show previewing the World Cup Draw, an ESPN staffer shouted “Nelson Mandela died.” Suddenly everyone on the set led … Continue reading

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Highs and Lows From This Past Weekend In World Soccer

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Let me start on a personal note. I have received intense criticism from some in the local southeast Florida community about my column written last week about a possible disaster scenario for local soccer if David Beckham mishandles his MLS … Continue reading

Bloody Weekend for Championship Managers in the North Ends in Three Sackings

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This past weekend’s Championship action saw the end of the line for three managers at clubs with varying expectations. Barnsley were humiliated at home by fellow strugglers Birmingham City on Saturday leaving the Yorkshire club six points adrift from safety … Continue reading

West Ham’s Sam Allardyce Decries Andre Villas-Boas’s “Immaturity”

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West Ham Manager Sam Allardyce has told talkSport that he felt Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas acted “immaturely” in his post match comments toward reporter Neil Ashton of The Daily Mail newspaper. Allardyce said: “You have to use the criticism as a motivational … Continue reading

Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez Gives Rare Interview in English [VIDEO]

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Luis Suarez rarely, if ever, gives interviews in English. Watch this interview given in English with in-house LFC channel Liverpool TV on the occasion of being awarded the Reds Player of the Month for November. This is the second month … Continue reading

Fulham Boss Rene Meulensteen Gives First Interview After Taking Over At Craven Cottage [VIDEO]

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New Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen spoke to Sky Sports late Sunday about his appointment and his surprise at the sacking of Martin Jol. Meulensteen lasted only 17 days earlier this year at Anzhi after replacing Guus Hidinnk. In that role, … Continue reading

Tottenham Manager Andre Villas-Boas Lashes Out at Reporter During Press Conference [VIDEO]

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Andre Villas Boas went crazy lashed out during today’s press conference after Spurs 2-2 draw with Manchester United. Watch as he singles out a reporter (Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail, as well as Martin Samuel of the same paper) … Continue reading

Micah Richards, John Guidetti and the Death of Manchester City Holism

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When Manchester City sacked Roberto Mancini after defeat in the 2013 FA Cup Final, the club spoke of instituting a “holistic” approach to management. On Mancini’s watch no former Elite Development Squad (EDS) player had been integrated into the first … Continue reading

Manchester City Defensive Woes Continue

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Manchester City’s defensive record was the best in the Premier League each of the past three seasons. Under former Manager Roberto Mancini, the club may not have played the most attractive style of football but tactical shape and defensive organization … Continue reading

Arturo Vidal: Hat Trick Hero Poised For Juve Stay

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Entering Tuesday, Juventus Champions League campaign hanging by a thread, Arturo Vidal came through with his first career hat trick in a 3-1 win over FC København. With the victory Juve jumped from 4th to 2nd in the competitive Champions … Continue reading