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".
Angel Di Maria never lived up to legendary Manchester United no.7 status
Angel Di Maria never lived up to legendary Manchester United no.7 status

Some numbers in soccer are iconic at certain clubs. Gradually, and often over the course of several decades, these numbers have grown in significance. Admittedly, there may be a few lacunae or outright failures disturbing the otherwise smooth rise to prominence, but they are never enough to question the iconicity […]

Ander Herrera is the biggest loser In Manchester United’s new 4-3-3 under Louis Van Gaal
Ander Herrera is the biggest loser In Manchester United’s new 4-3-3 under Louis Van Gaal

The arrivals of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin plus Louis van Gaal’s thinly disguised admiration for Michael Carrick seem to have resulted in a slight, but nevertheless significant tweaking of the Dutch Iron Tulip’s favored 4-3-3 formation. Another factor behind the tweak, somewhat more surprising than the abovementioned arrivals, is […]

5 crucial Alex Ferguson decisions that are still haunting Manchester United
5 crucial Alex Ferguson decisions that are still haunting Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson, probably the most legendary manager in soccer history, did not become legendary out of nothing. Twenty seven years running the biggest club on earth is perhaps not enough to secure such a status, but when you combine this kind of unprecedented longevity with winning the amount of trophies […]

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

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 Rooney as captain of Manchester United. Fans and, perhaps especially, […]

Analyzing The Differences Between Louis van Gaal And Sir Alex Ferguson
Analyzing The Differences Between Louis van Gaal And Sir Alex Ferguson

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 in Amsterdam, the country’s most prestigious and traditional club, and […]

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

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 miserable last season. The signs were there in their 4:0 […]

Daniel Agger Is The Last Of A Dying Breed
Daniel Agger Is The Last Of A Dying Breed

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 to leave for practically nothing. The main reason for this […]

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

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 by a philosophy akin to the Dutch “Total Football” but […]

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

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 last two decades – in some countries even longer – […]

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

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, they have all played a crucial role in making number […]

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

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 late 1990s France began to dominate the European and World […]

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

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 best defensive anchor in midfield, while Mesut Özil – despite […]

Why Europe Will Eventually Beat South America at Brazil 2014
Why Europe Will Eventually Beat South America at Brazil 2014

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. They still are. Apart from that, it is no surprise […]