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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.

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.

Thoughts on Germany-Costa Rica

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Germany

Jurgen Klinsmann has taken lots of criticism for his attacking style and his decision to continue to live in California while managing the national team. . While the critics may continue to persist, Klinsmann’s Germany side scored 4 goals today … Continue reading

PICKS

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fifa-world-cup

Blogger.com was down yesterday so I apologize for not getting this on the site until this morning June 24th Germany beats Paraguay Mexico beats Argentina June 25th England beats Poland Portugal beats Ivory Coast June 26th Italy beats Australia France … Continue reading

Rooney Cleared to play; Returns to Germany

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wayne-rooney

A whole nation rejoiced when this picture was broadcast earlier today. Wayne Rooney has been declared fit and will play in Germany, though his status for Saturday’s opener versus Paraguay is still up in the air. With Rooney’s return England … Continue reading

GROUP H

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spain-team

I must apologize since I have been busy the past few days I was not able to fully research Group H completely enough to be comfortable to do a full preview. However I do like the Ukraine and Spain to … Continue reading

Weekend lineup with announcing teams for ABC and ESPN2

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ALL GAMES AVAILIBLE IN HD FRIDAY JUNE 9TH 11:55 am Germany vs Costa Rica ESPN 2 Dave O’Brien and Marcelo Balboa 2:55 pm Poland vs Ecuador ESPN2 Adrian Healey and Tommy Smith SATURDAY JUNE 10TH 9 am England vs Pargauay … Continue reading

LA Galaxy Fire Former U.S. National Team Coach

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Alexi-Lalas

In an ironic move, former U.S. National Team defender and current LA Galaxy GM, Alexi Lalas fired his former U.S. Men’s National Team Coach, Steve Sampson. I guess winning the MLS Cup last year wasn’t enough for Sampson. Yes, the … Continue reading

Today’s World Cup Features From Around the Web

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Eddie_Johnson_vs_Belgium

Yahoo Sports has a good feature on Eddie Johnson. How do you beat Brazil? SI’s Gabrielle Marcotti has some answers.

GROUP G PREVIEW

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10 - Zidane

France has experienced opposite extremes in the past two World Cup finals. In 1998 the French did double, both hosting the event and winning it. Two years later this the greatest generation of French Soccer won the European Championships. France … Continue reading

GROUP F PREVIEW

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kaka

Brazil is the only South American nation to have won a World Cup outside of the Americas with wins in 1958 and 2002. With World Champion coach Carlos Alberto Parreira back at the helm after stints in Major League Soccer … Continue reading

GROUP E: AN OVERVIEW OF THE USA’S OPPONENTS

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Will the USA advance or will we take a step back to our 1998 World Cup form? This question has troubled all of us since the draw was announced in December 2005, and we realized that the USA were to … Continue reading

GROUP D PREVIEW

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cristiano-ronaldo

Portugal were among the biggest disappointments at Korea/Japan 2002. From John O’Brien’s goal that put USA in the lead early in the opening match until the final whistle in a hard fought loss to South Korea, it seemed Portugal’s vast … Continue reading

GROUP C PREVIEW

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Messi

Group C is without question the group of death at Germany 2006. In fact, this group may be one of the all time toughest with four squads that in my estimation could win the group and could win just about … Continue reading

GROUP B PREVIEW

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england-san-marino

Group B originally looked like one of the toughest in the World Cup Draw. However in the past few weeks, arguably the most important player for each of the three serious contenders from this group has fallen with a serious … Continue reading

Ronaldo offered $120 million to play in MLS

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7 - Ronaldo

According to Fox Sports Net – Fox Soccer Report, Brazilian striker Ranaldo was offered $120 million over ten years to come play for the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. Ronaldo has expressed interest in playing in the … Continue reading

GROUP A PREVIEW

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

This article can also be found at www.kartiksworld.blogspot.com 22 months ago Former German great Jurgen Klinsmann was called back home from exile in Los Angeles to coach the national team. With Germany hosting the 2006 World Cup and the poor … Continue reading

Upcoming Group Capsule Previews on the site

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2006 World Cup - Teamgeist

Monday 5/29: Group A Wednesday 5/31: Group B Friday 6/2: Group C Saturday 6/3: Group D Sunday 6/4: Group E Monday 6/5: Group F Tuesday 6/6: Group G Wednesday 6/7 : Group H