Cultured Football #122
Ramsdale. China. Future of Football. Bundesliga Split. Championship Return.
Welcome back to Cultured Football where the best football writing of the past seven days is carefully selected, just for you.
By Aaron Ramsdale for The Players' Tribune
Ramsdale’s reflection on his career and football in general grip you from the first sentences and never let go. Heartfelt and hard hitting, emotional and inspiring. A brilliant goalkeeper and, it turns out, an even better human being. Regardless of who you support; read this.
By Joe Rake on Medium
Before the Saudi league started hoovering ageing players, there was the Chinese Super League who did likewise. That experiment did not live long and today the quality of foreign player attracted to China is much more modest. With the exception of Oscar, a “relic of a bygone era”.
Future of Football: How will tactics evolve?
By Adam Bate, Nick Wright and Tim Thornton for SkySports
Fourteen coaches of different levels of experience and success talk about how they see football tactics evolving. A rare, insightful look at the game by those deeply involved in it.
By Matt Ford for DW
Only two German clubs embarked on overseas tours this summer, in contrast with ten from the Premier League. This is causing a rift in the Bundesliga, with the two giants hinting their disappointment at the lack of ambition shown by the rest of the league. "We can't just keep saying that the Bundesliga is lagging behind. We have to do something about it."
Championship 2023-24 Season
By Matt Furniss for The Analyst & James Law for the BBC
The Championship returned this weekend and, as always, it looks as if it will be a tightly contested league. Predictions can be tricky to make but perhaps it gets easier with the use of data. Alternatively, there’s this look at all the 72 clubs in the Football League to get you familiarised with what is happening there.
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Last Week’s Most Read: Brighton’s hidden aces
By Billy Carpenter for Scouted Football
Brighton have a remarkable knack for discovering talent in the most obscure places and adeptly turning it into record sales, leaving many wondering over the techniques they employ. If you are among the latter, well, wonder no more.