Cultured Football #36
When Jordan Henderson’s stare made Diego Costa sh*t bricks
Is there anything in football that feels better than a last minute winner, especially in a game that your team could have lost? None come to mind. That’s what came to mind when Ronaldo put them ahead against Villarreal with the final kick of the game. And whilst it is easy to mock Manchester United for the paucity in their play, with the striking talent at their disposal a habit for last minute winners is an ominous sign.
Romelu Lukaku – What Was It That You Said About Slow and Clumsy?
When Romelu Lukaku left Manchester United for Inter, many saw it as a step backwards and the end of the Belgian striker’s Premier League experience. However, Lukaku continued to mature in Italy and this summer returned to Chelsea as pretty much a complete striker. His evolution has answered many of his early critics who felt that he just wasn’t good enough.
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The African who’s ahead of Europe’s best strikers
Speaking of strikers, which footballer has the best minutes-per-goal ratio in Europe? I’d bet that not many would opt for this Bayern Munich striker. Additional hint: no, it isn’t Robert Lewandowski. Side note: beware what statics you listen to.
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The ‘punk rock’ football club that lives six miles and light years away from Paris Saint-Germain
Paris offers plenty of sights for those who visit it and catching a Paris St Germain game can now be added on to the list. Unlimited funds has seen them put together a stellar side including the trio of Mbappe – Neymar – Messi upfront so there is plenty to attract people to their games. Yet, if football is your thing, a trip to Paris should also include a visit to the city’s other side Red Star Paris.
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Why U.S. Investors Are Pouring Money Into Italy’s Serie A — And Why It’s Actually A Risky Play
Late last month, the Miami based private investment firm 777 Partners acquired Genoa CFC, one of Italy’s oldest clubs. This brought the total of Italian clubs owned by North American investors up to nine and going through the list of clubs it is easy to spot a trend: most of them are clubs with a rich history that have fallen on hard times. Which often means undervalued assets. That is probably what made them attractive but whether these new owners will manage to unlock the potential – and what happens to these clubs if they don’t – remains to be seen.
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Revisiting when Jordan Henderson’s stare made Diego Costa sh*t bricks
There have been plenty of memorable moments during Jordan Henderson’s time at Liverpool but one of the most iconic – and probably the moment when people started to appreciate him – was a stare down of Chelsea’s Diego Costa. In hindsight, it was indicative of his strong character that has seen him overcome criticism to become one of the club’s best captains.
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Last Week’s Most Read
If there’s one player in the world who I’d love to see my team sign, then that’s Erling Haaland. He is a beast of a striker; a goalscorer supreme who can find the net from the most ridiculous of angles and who will surely break goalscoring records wherever he goes. And, on top of that, it seems that he’s now improving other aspects to his game to become an even more complete player.
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