Cultured Football #45
Everton, Real's new star, Adeyemi, German Advent Calendar, Forgotten Genius
As you most probably (hopefully!) noticed, last week no issue of Cultured Football made it to your inbox. Naturally apologies for that. Even though I always aim to write each issue through the week, most of the time I end up leaving it all for Saturday. Which is what happened last week. Only this time I simply could not find the time (typically each issue of Cultured Football takes around two hours to compile) to finish it. Once again, apologies and I hope that this week’s articles more than make up for that.
Can Everton ever build a coherent strategy?
#Everton #Transfers #Strategy
Injuries have hit Everton hard this season and results have often been disappointing. Marcel Brands has been the one to pay the price with the recently dismissed Sporting Director taking the fall for a number of bad transfers. Yet this does not really solve anything and with many key decisions being taken by people with little football experience, the question of how Everton can see an improvement is a very relevant one.
Reading Time: 8 minutes
How Vinicius Junior became Real Madrid's superstar
There has been so much focus on Barcelona’s collapse that no one has been paying too much attention to Real Madrid’s apparent revival. Yet they are well on top of the La Liga and comfortably won their Champions League group after a slip in their first game. A lot of the merit for their form goes to Vinicius Junior who is finally living up to his potential on a consistent basis.
Reading Time: 6 minutes
The Race for Karim Adeyemi Is Heating Up And Here’s Why Everyone Wants a Piece of Him
If you haven’t heard of Karim Adeyemi yet, you likely will be doing so very soon. He’s the latest star off the Red Bull Salzburg talent factory and many see in him as the next big thing. That probably explains why there are a number of big clubs making moves to sign him although, to truly know why he is so highly rated, it is best to read this.
Reading Time: 7 minutes
German Football Advent Calendar
#AdventCalendar #GermanFootball #Twitter
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Jack Gillies advent calendar where every day he tweets out an interesting fact from German football. For instance, for Day 9 I learned that “Ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an honorary member of Energie Cottbus and has attended a good few games at the Stadion der Freundschaft”
Reading Time: 1 minute per day.
Forgotten Genius of Italian Football
#Italy #Calcio #Management #History
Carlo Carcano led Juventus to four consecutive league titles, ushered a tactical revolution and helped Italy win a World Cup. Yet with his club on track to their fifth league title, he was summarily dismissed and found it hard to find another job in football. Why was that? It would seem that certain rumours about his sexuality were to blame.
Reading Time: 6 minutes
PS If you want to give yourself something this Christmas I'd love it if you could buy my book on Carlo Carcano. It only costs £2.40 and would help support Cultured Football.
Last Time’s Most Read
The biggest story this week was Manchester United’s appointment of Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager. On Twitter, I likened this to Liverpool’s appointment of Gerard Houllier; a good manager who was even better at building a structure within a football club. Whilst it remains to be seen what kind of an impact he will have, it does seem like a good appointment and at United he has the talent to implement his tactics (with one possible exception).
Reading Time: 9 minutes