Cultured Football #67
Unhealthy PSG. Private Football. Great Man Management. Football & Grief. Erling Haaland
This week’s Cultured Football is so good that it deserves a postmatch pitch invasion.*
*For the record, we feel that pitch invasions have become annoying.
Paris Saint-Germain’s excesses are just too great to be healthy
By Neil Fredrik Jensen for Game of the People
As rumours increase about what will happen to Kylian Mbappe and whether he will actually leave the French capital, one constant remains: Paris St Germain will keep on dominating French football. They are simply too wealthy for it to be healthy for the league - and themselves.
4 minute read
Inside the private school revolution offering Premier League academy stars an alternative route to the top
By Sam Cunningham for iNews
For a lot of young boys who happen to be talented at football, the choice has often been between getting an education in the game and an academic one. That, however, is no longer necessarily the case with a number of private schools stepping in to bridge the divide.
6 minute read
What's The Secret To Great Man Management
By Ben Welch for The Set Pieces
“Dealing with different personalities is the hardest thing about management,” So says the well travelled football manager Micky Adams and anyone who has ever had to manage others will surely empathise. Some managers, however, can get more from their players than others. What is their secret to great man-management?
8 minute read
Football, Grief, and Overcoming
By Jordan Rizzieri for The Culture Division
"There have been a few milestones in the four months since her passing that have signaled I may be “getting used” to my grief: when I started sleeping through the night again, or when my appetite went back to normal. But the one thing that has taken the longest to return is my capacity to experience any form of emotion, not just grief or sorrow. How did I know it had started to come back? That’s an easy one. Football."
7 minute read
Erling Haaland fit at Man City might require a total shift in Pep Guardiola's tactics
By Ryan O’Hanlon for ESPN
Anyone who has seen Haaland play will undoubtedly have been left in awe about his abilities to score from every angle and position. There is little doubt that he will be a success at Manchester City. But little is not the same as none.
5 minute read
Something Else That Caught Our Eye…
Giancarlo Antognoni was one of the stylish, cultured and creative midfielders that Italy seems to produce more than any other country. He was also a Fiorentina legend, opting to spend the bulk of his career there despite others offering him more opportunities of winning honours. Liam Stokes-Massey captured all of that in this beautiful portrait that was used in These Football Times’ Fiorentina issue.
Last Week’s Most Read: Europe’s Best Coaches
By Charlie Walker for the Daily Mail
As seasons all across Europe start to come to an end, club who haven’t been particularly satisfied by how they went begin looking at how to improve. Which, often, means looking for a new manager. For those where this is the case, it probably pays to look beyond the usual names and focus on a group of young managers who have been proven to truly improve their clubs.