Cultured Football #54
No cats were harmed in the choosing of five articles for this week’s Cultured Football.
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Christian Eriksen on returning to Premier League with Brentford
By Dan Roan for BBC
When Christian Eriksen suffered a heart attack during the European championship, many thought it meant the end of his playing career. Yet, he’s back in the Premier League, determined to pick where he left off and claiming in this in-depth interview that he’s “not scared of the challenges”
Reading Time: 12 minutes
Why Stadium Visits Mean So Much More After COVID-19 Closures
By Euan Burns for The Set Pieces
A pleasant evening on the eve of a first time trip to the San Siro was shattered by a tweet from Fabrizio Romano. The man usually confined to transfer news had let the world know that Inter-Sampdoria, as well as two other Serie A matches, had been cancelled due to the developing coronavirus situation in Italy. One of the group was in the toilet when I broke the news to the group. And as he so succinctly put it, “I went for a sh*t, came back, and the entire world changed.”
Reading Time: 8 minutes
The First Colombian to Sign for Liverpool FC
By Ben Bocsak for Liverpool.com
Whilst Luis Diaz is the first Colombian to play for Liverpool, he is not the first player from that country to join them. Four years ago Anderson Arroyo was signed from Fortaleza C.E.I.F. but has spent all that time out on loan trying to simultaneously prove himself and earn a work permit. Progress has been slow but over the past two seasons there have been signs that he could well achieve his ambition of “"establish(ing) myself in European football and hopefully one day stay at Liverpool."
Reading Time: 5 minutes
The Greatest Match I Ever Saw – Newcastle United 4-4 Arsenal
By Jonathan Andersen for Back Page Football
Reading Time: 6 minutes
Brighton’s Brussels Blueprint: Union Saint-Gilloise
By Luke Bissett for The Analyst
When Union Saint-Gilloise won promotion to the Belgian First Division for the first time in forty eight years, not much was expected of them apart from a struggle to avoid relegation. Instead, they have surprised everyone by storming to the top of the table and staying there. What a story it would be if they managed to stay there.
Reading Time: 8 minutes
Last Week’s Most Read
As someone who actually enjoys the drama of the final day of the transfer market, I’m also someone who greatly appreciates a piece like this which summarises the transfer dealings of every Premier League team. (Part Two of that article has since been uploaded)
Reading Time: 7 minutes