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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.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Appointment By Cardiff Could Be A Disaster For His Reputation

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We’ve spent a great deal of time the past few weeks on this site discussing the eccentric behavior of Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan. It seems Tan, having railroaded the well-respected Malky Mackay, needed to buy some credibility. He seems … Continue reading

Manchester City Showing Tactical Pragmatism That Was Lacking in Early Season Defeats

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Manchester City failed to win five of its first six away matches in the Premier League this season. Much of that was down to the naivety in how new manager Manuel Pellegrini, whose entire managerial resume was previously in South … Continue reading

Who Your Premier League Club Needs to Buy in the January Transfer Window

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The 2013 January transfer window has opened and closes on January 31 in England, while the window stays open through Febuary 2 in Spain, France, Germany and Italy. With this season being one of the tightest Premier League races in … Continue reading

Tottenham Manager Tim Sherwood’s Tactical Changes Outwit David Moyes

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Tim Sherwood’s management style is evolving game by game. Today with the inevitable onslaught expected from Manchester United, the untested Spurs boss made two very curious tactical changes that perhaps showed his growth and bravery as a manager. Ahead by a … Continue reading

Manchester United 1-2 Spurs: Devastating Loss to Tottenham Calls Into Question United’s Progress

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For the second consecutive season, Tottenham Hotspur held off a furious Manchester United rally to claim three points at Old Trafford. But unlike last season when the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson would cruise to the league title, this … Continue reading

Future Of Stevan Jovetic At Manchester City Is Unclear After Pellegrini Adds to Mystery

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Speculation that Stevan Jovetic is either homesick or has a mystery mental ailment has been sweeping the message boards and other supporters forums that Manchester City fans frequent. I myself as a City supporter, who presumably knows what is going … Continue reading

Norwich City Are Taking A Calculated Risk By Sticking With Chris Hughton

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Chris Hughton is by all accounts one of the nicest men in English football. His demeanor and actions as a gentleman have made neutrals like I root for his sides whenever the clubs we support are not playing against a … Continue reading

Aston Villa Suffering An All Too Familiar Slide Down the Premier League Table Under Paul Lambert

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At the beginning of the season, I tipped Aston Villa to push its way into the top half of the table. All started well with an improbable victory at the Emirates and a highly controversial 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge. … Continue reading

Jose Mourinho’s Cleverly Narcissistic Mind Games Prove A Winning Formula For Chelsea

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On paper, Chelsea have arguably the strongest and deepest squad in the Premier League and one of the best squads in Europe. The quality in the squad is unmistakable. Yet Jose Mourinho, driven largely by narcissism and the need to … Continue reading

World Soccer Talk’s World Best XI Footballers Of 2013

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World Soccer Talk has selected its best starting XI featuring the best-of-the-best world footballers from the 2013 calendar year. There were many difficult choices all around the pitch for us but this is the team we’ve come up with using … Continue reading

Can Liverpool Break Jose Mourinho’s Cynical, Anti-Football Tactics At Chelsea?

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While everybody is raving about the competitiveness of this Premier League season, it is entirely possible a single team will run away with the league still, as half the fixtures remain to be played. That side is Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. … Continue reading

Tony Pulis Proving Doubters Wrong With Improved Results at Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace’s decision to appoint Tony Pulis, as I discussed last month, was the only realistic possibility the club had of staying in the Barclays Premier League. Palace’s squad is short on quality and had been stretched by a summer … Continue reading

Manchester City-Liverpool Game Provides Chelsea With Important Lessons of How to Defend Against Luis Suarez

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Manchester City defeated Liverpool 2-1 on Boxing Day in a match shrouded in controversy. Much like the League Cup semi-final second leg in 2012 where Liverpool emerged the victors in a controversially referred match between these two clubs, much of … Continue reading

UK-Based Supporters of Premier League Clubs Deserve More Respect From Foreign Owners

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Every time the subject of foreign ownership comes up in the Premier League, the term xenophobia comes up. As an Indian-American who has spent much time in the UK, I have used the term myself, something I now am ashamed … Continue reading

Remembering the 1971-72 Season: Another Tight Race In English Football

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After today’s Boxing Day results, a five team log jam sits atop the Premier League table. This is the most competitive the top flight has been in the Premier League era. But in the 1970s, an era when each win … Continue reading

Don’t Sleep on Manchester United’s Premier League Title Chances

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David Moyes has been the subject of much derision this season. But as the epic Boxing Day comeback against Hull City indicates, the reigning champions have plenty of fight in them. The character demonstrated by the Wayne Rooney captained side … Continue reading

World Soccer Talk Names Its Premier League Team of the Season For 2013/14 So Far

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After careful consideration, World Soccer Talk has selected a squad of 18 players as the best footballers so far during this 2013/14 Premier League season. We tried to balance the side though obviously we’ve gone heavy in central midfield (with … Continue reading

NBC Sports Scores A Winner With Its Unprecedented Coverage of Arsenal-Chelsea Game

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NBC Sports Group gave American viewers on Monday afternoon a little taste into how comprehensive soccer coverage is in the UK. In the process, they perhaps permanently left ESPN and FOX Sports in their wake. With all of English football … Continue reading