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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.

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

MLS Going Against Its Own Principles In Rush to Launch NYCFC

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At Monday’s press conference, New York City FC (NYCFC), who will begin playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2015, announced they will be housed at Yankee Stadium for three years. This comes less than a year after what seemed like … Continue reading

With a Side Made Up Mostly of British Players, Burnley Now Faces Its Next Big Challenge

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While a British manager was about to be sacked down the road at Manchester United, Burnley achieved a remarkable feat at Turf Moor on Monday – achieving promotion to the Premier League with a squad made up almost entirely of … Continue reading

Connor Wickham Leading Sunderland’s Fight to Try to Keep Club in Premier League

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Four years ago, Connor Wickham won the Golden Ball as the best player in the 2010 UEFA U-17 Championship. The striker followed that up with an outstanding year at Ipswich Town, and earned himself a £7.4million transfer to Premier League … Continue reading

Tony Pulis Has Built a Solid Foundation at Crystal Palace To Build Upon

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Tony Pulis’ consultation with Sir Alex Ferguson about taking the Crystal Palace manager job reveals how difficult of a proposition it appeared to be at the time. But with 36 points in 23 matches since Pulis was named Eagles boss, … Continue reading

Mike Ashley, Not Alan Pardew is to Blame For The Woes at Newcastle United

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In recent days, the fan movement in Newcastle against manager Alan Pardew has grown to a fever pitch. The obvious and galling lack of ambition of the club is down more to the ownership than any management situation. The club … Continue reading

LISTEN to an Interview With ‘Hillsborough’ Documentary Director Daniel Gordon [AUDIO]

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Listen to our interview with the director of ESPN’s ‘Hillsborough’ documentary, Daniel Gordon. The film will premiere on US television on Tuesday, April 15 at 8pm ET on ESPN. During the interview with Gordon, he discusses why he made the … Continue reading

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Perspective on Manchester City’s Loss to Liverpool

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“We’re not really here” is a mantra Manchester City fans sing with pride. That’s why, despite the pain of a loss to Liverpool that might very well end our title hopes this season, we will continue to enjoy the soccer … Continue reading

How Manchester City Lost the Tactical Battle Against Liverpool

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The buildup to Sunday’s mouthwatering title-impacting clash was largely about the players set with the backdrop of the 25th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster as well as talk about Liverpool’s desire to win a first league title in almost a quarter … Continue reading

Massimo Cellino Offers Leeds United Hope For the Future

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No question exists that the takeover of Leeds United by Italian businessman Massimo Cellino is controversial. Cellino’s attempt to acquire the club was initially rejected by the Football League, but that decision was overturned Saturday on appeal. Leeds United fans … Continue reading

Why Jose Mourinho’s Criticisms of Premier League Rescheduling Are Valid

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Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho says lots of provocative things in post-match comments that are simply mind games or emotional overreactions. But one place where he is correct is in the rather odd situation that the Premier League has once again … Continue reading

Jose Mourinho Makes Tremendous Gesture By Writing Letter to Family of Shawn Kuykendall

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Kudos to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for writing this letter to the family of Shawn Kuykendall, whose son — a former MLS and American University midfielder — passed away last month due to Thuymus Cancer. Kuykendall’s story has captivated the … Continue reading

Against Different Opposition, Chelsea’s Tactic of Playing Without a Striker Will Work

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In Chelsea’s 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, Jose Mourinho set up his Blues side without a recognizable striker in the starting XI. This tactic, while unconventional, worked for … Continue reading

Kyle Beckerman Deserves to be Named in USMNT World Cup Squad

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It’s been a long time coming for Kyle Beckerman. A player I personally watched closely as a youngster, when he was a “Nike Project-40” prospect that had just graduated from the Bradenton Academy and assigned to the Miami Fusion, is … Continue reading