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Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.

Heading to Europe…

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Greetings fellow bloggers. In the coming weeks I will be visiting the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg for leisure and hope to bring you all some local flavor from the World Cup. I cant promise much more than that, but certainly … Continue reading

Waldo’s World

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Eric Wynalda is a breath of fresh air on ESPN and ABC American soccer is still in its growth stages and throughout the evolution of our national team, ESPN and ABC have essentially employed yes men and rally around the … Continue reading

Stand Up Speak Out Against Racism

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Today ABC’s Brent Musberger had an excellent feature on the World Cup telecast about Stand up and Speak Out an effort started by Arsenal and France Striker Theirry Henry and Nike to counter the racism that is prevalent in many … Continue reading

A Milestone I Never Thought I’d See

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France/Slovaquie - Match amical

Today France’s Vikash Dharasoo became the first player of Indian descent to ever play in a World Cup match. He entered the match in 84th minute and almost scored the game winner in the 89th minute. France and Switzerland drew … Continue reading

American Spirit? Where is it?

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There was one aspect of yesterdays game versus the Czech Republic that I didn’t see, and that was passion. The players didn’t seem to have a passion to play today. As Americans, we are a very proud country. Remember Lake … Continue reading

As Bad As It Has Ever Gotten: The USA and the World Cup

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Soccer: World Cup Qualifier-Mexico at USA

I consider myself an avid follower of the US Men’s National Team. No, I don’t follow the team around like Sams Army, but I have watched just about every meaningful game for our national team since we qualified for the … Continue reading

France’s Starting 11 for Tomorrow’s Match

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This will be the starting eleven for France’s match tomorrow against Switzerland. They will more than likely play a 4-2-3-1 formation, which will look like this: Fabien Barthez William Gallas, Lilian Thuram, Willy Sagnol, Eric Abidal Claude Makelele, Patrick Vieira … Continue reading

USA-Czech Post Game Analysis

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Soccer: World Cup Qualifier-Mexico at USA

I have decided to watch the game which I taped a second time before commenting on individual player performances and coaching. Today was a very frustrating, humiliating and disappointing day for all of us who have watched the positive growth … Continue reading

If I were Bruce: The US Lineup For the Opener

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Keller Onyewu Pope Cherundolo Lewis Mastroeni Dempsey Reyna Beasley Donovan McBride First subs of the bench: Convey Johnson O’BrienI would employ a 4-5-1 or more truly a 4-4-1-1 formation that utilizes Landon Donovan’s playmaking by using him as a withdrawn … Continue reading

Trinadad’s Beenhakker is One of a Kind

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The offficial FIFA World Cup site has this excellent article on Leo Beenhakker, whose Trinidad and Tobago side surprised just about every observer with an excellent performance in a draw with Sweden yesterday. The Dutch born Beenhakker who has coached … Continue reading

Portugal – Angola Open Thread

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On of the first ‘blood matches’ of the World Cup. Will former colony Angola beat their former occupiers Portugal? Put your remarks on the match here.

Iran – Mexico Open Thread

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Another match where an underdog can have a good result. Who will American fans support…their soccer rival, Mexico, or one of their arch enemies Iran. I say Mexico. Game is at 11:55 PM EST. Put your remarks on the game … Continue reading

Holland – Serbia Open Thread

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This will be the first match between two European teams. Game at 9:00 AM EST. Put your remarks on the game here.

Got to Feel Good About the US Chances. CONCACAF and the MLS Look Good

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Gold Cup US Honduras Soccer

A great moral victory for CONCACAF, the MLS and Trinidad & Tobago After watching a marvelous display of defensive football by Trinidad’s “Soca Warriors,” I feel really good about the chances for both the USA and Mexico to have a … Continue reading

Gregg’s World Cup Predictions

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Soccer - 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany - Quarter Final - Germany v Argentina - Olympiastadion

  Group A 1) Germany 2) Ecuador 3) Costa Rica 4) Poland Group B 1) England 2) Sweden 3) Paraguay 4) T & T Group C 1) Argentina 2) Netherlands 3) Ivory Coast 4) Serbia Group D 1) Portugal 2) … Continue reading

Picks

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Yes, I had the advantage of seeing the games yesterday before I made these picks. June 24th Germany beats Paraguay Mexico beats Holland June 25th England beats Ecuador Portugal beats Argentina June 26th U.S.A. beats Australia France beats Ukraine June … Continue reading

Argentina-Ivory Coast open thread

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This could be one of the great games of the first round. Game time is 2:55 EST, or close 9 pm German time. Post your thoughts, before, during and after the game here.

England-Paraguay Open Thread

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Post your comments before, during and after the game on this thread. Game Time is 9 am EST, which is 3 pm German time. Wayne Rooney will not play for England, but Roque Santa Cruz may play for Paraguay.