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Author Archives: Søren Frank

About Søren Frank

Søren Frank is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern Denmark. He has written books on Salman Rushdie, Günter Grass, and Milan Kundera and articles on Herman Melville and David Beckham. His book Standing on the Shoulders of Giants published by Bloomsbury is a cultural analysis of Manchester United - the book made it into World Soccer Talk's Top 20 list "The Ultimate Guide To The Best Soccer Books".

The Best Manchester United Captains Have Always Had A Pact With The Devil

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People, especially soccer fans and soccer journalists, do have a short memory. We are reminded of this only too often. One of the latest discussion points in the world of (English) soccer has been Louis van Gaal’s appointment of Wayne … Continue reading

Analyzing The Differences Between Louis van Gaal And Sir Alex Ferguson

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Surely, Louis van Gaal and Alex Ferguson have many qualities in common. But their approach to soccer is also fundamentally different. The most obvious similarity is that they are both proven winners. The Dutch began his managerial career at Ajax … Continue reading

4 Things Needed Before We Can Say Manchester United Are Back On Track

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To Manchester United’s many fans, it must have been a long-awaited pleasure to watch their team with its many recently imported “Gaalacticos” demolish Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford after a poor start to the season and after a truly … Continue reading

Daniel Agger Is The Last Of A Dying Breed

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After eight-and-a-half injury-plagued, yet successful years at Anfield, Liverpool’s Danish vice captain Daniel Agger was allowed to leave this summer after finding himself dropping further down the pecking order. However, Agger was not only allowed to leave, he was allowed … Continue reading

Analyzing Louis van Gaal’s 3-5-2 Formation at Manchester United

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During the World Cup 2014 at Brazil, millions of soccer fans and thousands of experts saw the renaissance of the 3-5-2, the classical continental formation of the 1970s and 1980s. Louis van Gaal, who throughout his managerial career has stood … Continue reading

The End of the Winger and the Rise of the 3-5-2

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The evolution of soccer is not linear. Residues from the past sometimes rise again despite being deemed outmoded and elements never to be thought of as vanishing suddenly begin to fade. The evolution of soccer happens in waves. During the … Continue reading

Number 7: The Evolution Of Soccer’s Mythical and Lucky Shirt Number

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What do Billy Meredith, Stanley Matthews, Raymond Kopa, Manolo Garrincha, George Best, Allan Simonsen, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, Luis Figo, Raúl González, Andrei Shevchenko, David Villa and Cristiano Ronaldo have in common? Besides all of them being legends of soccer, … Continue reading

Why Germany Won the World Cup And Why They May Not Be Perfect

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Ten years. That’s how long the German team, their head coach, and the entire backroom staff have worked – worked hard and determined, that is – to reach the ultimate goal: World Champions. We have seen it before. In the … Continue reading

Why German Midfielder Toni Kroos is the Unsung Hero of World Cup 2014

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During the World Cup 2014 at Brazil, it has become more evident that Germany’s new maestro is Toni Kroos. Bastian Schweinsteiger is still a vital component in the team’s offensive configurations. Sami Khedira has proven that he is still Germany’s … Continue reading

Why Europe Will Eventually Beat South America at Brazil 2014

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It’s getting closer, much closer. Today and tomorrow will decide who will meet each other in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil. Four teams, four nations, are still in the race. Before the tournament, Brazil were red hot favorites. … Continue reading

What Future Have Manchester United Fans Glimpsed By Watching Netherlands Play in the World Cup?

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After a disastrous David Moyes nine months-reign, most Manchester United fans welcomed the pre-World Cup news that the new manager in the Old Trafford hot seat would be the experienced and title-winning Dutch coach Louis van Gaal. Based on the … Continue reading

David Moyes Is The Right Man, But Only If…

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When the news broke that Sir Alex Ferguson was stepping down as manager of Manchester United and the name of his successor was revealed the following day, I was one of those who claimed that David Moyes was the logical … Continue reading