Cultured Football #68
Surprising PL Stats. Questioning Loans. AS Roma's Lupetto. Portugal's Next Stars. Rise of Murals
You are receiving this week’s Cultured Football twenty-four hours later than usual because, frankly, I assumed that most people’s attention this Saturday was focused on a certain final being played in Paris. It is, however, written before that final so I hope it was a good game (and the right team won).
The 2021-22 Premier League Stats You Might Not Know
By Matt Furnis for The Analyst
A lot has been written over the past days about the Premier League season that just came to an end and, frankly, much of it covers the same ground. Not this one though, which puts into focus certain unusual facts like Watford probably being the worst home side in the history of the Premier League.
9 minute read
Why Short-Term Moves Aren't Always Good For Players
By John Nassoori for The Set Pieces
For most young players, the only route to first team football is via a loan - or a series of loans - to clubs willing to take a chance on them. But, whilst such loans offer the opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise get studies are showing that more often than not they are not the launch pad that many believe they could be.
5 minute read
The Birth of AS Roma’s Club Symbol
By Paul Grech for The Gentleman Ultra
In honour of AS Roma’s victory in the Europa Conference League, another push for one of my favourite ever interviews, that with Piero Gratton who designed the iconic Lupetto badge for the club.
5 minute read
The Primeira Liga’s Latest Stars: Who Will be the Next Export?
By Aaron Barton for The Analyst
We don’t often feature two articles from the same site in one issue of Cultured Football but this one deserves inclusion. The Portuguese league has proven to be incredibly successful at developing players that then move to more prominent leagues and with the transfer window opening up soon, it is particularly interesting to take a look at those who could be the next stars to come out of the Primeira Liga.
7 minute read
Murals are the New Statues
By Emma Smith for Goal
Football themed murals are popping up all over England and fans can’t seem to get enough of them. Their popularity is hardly surprising given how they are perfect backgrounds for the instagram photos. So much that murals seem to have replaced statues to commemorate players.
10 minute read
Something Else that we Loved…
The end of season does tend to bring about strong emotions and, with that, great photos. This one by Eddie Keogh is particularly brilliant, capturing as it does the exact moment when Sunerland finally achieved promotion from League One and transcendental joy that such an important result delivered to the club’s fans.
Last Week’s Most Read: 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.