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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.

Portugal Name 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014

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Portugal, one of the group stage opponents for the United States, has released its final 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup. The shock cut was that of Ricardo Quaresma who made the squad for Euro 2012 but did not … Continue reading

An American-Style Salary Cap Would Be a Fairer System For European Soccer Clubs Than FFP

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Last week, UEFA levied severe Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions against Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain, among several clubs. In the wake of the settlement that averted a potential court case for the governing body of European football, much … Continue reading

Ryan Giggs Thank You Letter to Manchester United Fans Gives a Taste of What is to Come

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Ryan Giggs retired from professional football Monday penning a letter to Manchester United fans thanking them for their support. Giggs’ retirement coincided with the appointment of Louis Van Gaal as manager and Giggs taking on a new role as assistant … Continue reading

Louis Van Gaal Appointing Ryan Giggs As No. 2 Will Pave Way For Future At Manchester United

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As Louis Van Gaal begins to poke his way around Manchester, he will have the best assistance that could be offered. According to published reports, Ryan Giggs will take a role as Van Gaal’s number two while the Dutch head … Continue reading

Samuel Eto’o Takes Parting Shot At Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho’s odd comments about Samuel Eto’o’s age were ignored by the striker while he continued to play for Mourinho at Chelsea. But now with the season over and Eto’o seemingly headed for the exit, the three-time European champion Eto’o … Continue reading

Netherlands Name 30-Man Provisional World Cup Squad

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On loan Premier League defenders Karim Rekik (Manchester City) and Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea) headline Louis Van Gaal’s 30-man Netherland World Cup preliminary squad. While the exclusion of Gregory Van der Wiel got the most headlines, the willingness of Van … Continue reading

Why Samir Nasri’s Omission From France’s World Cup Squad Makes Sense

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Samir Nasri’s omission from the France World Cup squad caused great surprise among many fans and pundits during the past 24 hours. However, for a nation that has had its share of player revolts and theatrics over the course of … Continue reading

Spain Names Its Provisional 30-Man Squad For World Cup 2014

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Spain has named its provisional 30-man squad for World Cup 2014. Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado and Real Madrid starlet Isco are the most glaring omissions as the World and European champions announced their squad today. Fernando Torres, who has been … Continue reading

Belgium Names Its Squad For World Cup 2014; Januzaj In, Thorgan Hazard Out

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Belgium released its 24-man squad for World Cup 2014 today. The squad will be reduced to 23 before June 2. Depending on the fitness of goalkeeper Koen Casteels, one player will drop out of the final squad to meet FIFA’s … Continue reading

Rio Ferdinand’s 12 Years of Service at Manchester United Won’t Be Forgotten

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Rio Ferdinand has been a titan of English football and of Manchester United for the last twelve seasons. Yesterday it was announced that he will be leaving the club this summer at the same time as his long-time central defense … Continue reading

Michel Platini Is Playing Favorites With UEFA’s Heavy Financial Fair Play Fines

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UEFA President Michel Platini’s pet Financial Fair Play (FFP) project has this week reportedly been responsible for a £50 million fine directed towards Manchester City. Platini and his cohorts are determined to make FFP the cornerstone of the former France … Continue reading

Manchester City’s Ability to Unlock Aston Villa’s Defense Bodes Well For Game Against West Ham

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On a rain-soaked pitch, Manchester City found breaking down Aston Villa Wednesday evening very difficult. In the first half, the Blues were reluctant to shoot from distance, and the 4-2-3-1 formation Manuel Pellegrini set up created lots of pressure but … Continue reading

Manchester City Launches Its Own Digital Sticker Collection

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The soccer sticker craze has hit digital formats, highlighted last week by Manchester City’s launch of a new digital sticker album in various formats including tablets and smart phones. The album is a partnership between Manchester City and online collectible … Continue reading

The Neutral’s Guide to the Premier League Title Race

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Three teams still have a mathematical shot at lifting the Barclays Premier League trophy on May 11th. Let’s look at each of the three from a neutral perspective. Liverpool Why neutrals should support Liverpool 1. The most traditional club of … Continue reading

Chelsea’s Bigger Budget Doesn’t Mean That Jose Mourinho’s Team Should Play With Less Pragmatism

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Jose Mourinho and Chelsea came in for another round of criticism for playing what has been dubbed “anti-football” by critics this past Sunday at Anfield. The Blues won 2-0 to keep their league title hopes alive. This came after similarly … Continue reading

The Jose Mourinho, Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis Way: Pragmatism is Not Cynicism

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Soccer is all about results. It’s a results oriented business, not an entertainment first oriented charity. All too often supporters and many in the media seem to forget this reality.  Obsession with style and aesthetic elements of soccer has always … Continue reading

World Soccer Talk’s PFA Team of the 2013/14 Premier League Season

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Editor’s note: The Professional Footballers’ Association Team of the Season will be released this weekend, so here at World Soccer Talk, our Kartik Krishnaiyer has put together his list of the best team of this memorable 2013/14 season. Goalkeeper Tim … Continue reading

Sir Alex Ferguson Is Right When He Says Ryan Giggs Should Be Permanent Manchester United Manager

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Sir Alex Ferguson says Ryan Giggs should be offered the permanent job as manager of Manchester United, according to report in The Guardian newspaper. Giggs understands the ethos of the club better than any living person save Ferguson himself, and as the … Continue reading