Cultured Football #73
Culture yourself on Justin Fashanu, Valuing Everton, Burnley's Kompany Risk, Women's Euro 2022 & Dorking's Dream
There’s a real mix of contemplative and upbeat articles in this week’s issue of Cultured Football. Just how we like it.
Pride Month: Justin Fashanu, his time in Canada and redefining masculinity in soccer
By Eoin O'Callaghan for York United FC
Justin Fashanu was one of the brightest talents of his generation. Sadly he was lost to the game but, more importantly, those who loved far too early after being driven to depression because of his sexuality. We’ve just exited Pride Month but his story is important regardless what time of year.
A 7 minute read
Buying and valuing a football club, Everton FC
By The ESK
It seems that the deal that could have seen a consortium led by Peter Kenyon take over Everton has broken down. Even so, this extremely detailed article analysing what the club could be worth is very interesting.
An 11 minute read
Burnley and Vincent Kompany: Will the risk bear fruit?
By Fraser Spinney for Post and In
I feel that not enough attention has been given to Vincent Kompany’s appointment as manager of Burnley. There was a lot to admire of Kompany the player and it was evident that he had plenty of abilities that would transfer well to football management. However, his first experience at Anderlecht was hardly a success to it is intriguing to see what kind of manager he is and what he can offer the newly relegated side.
A 9 minute read
Women’s Euro 2022: your complete guide to all 368 players
By Various for The Guardian
We should be talking about the World Cup but since some bright sparks at FIFA who were in no way paid to vote in a certain manner decided to give the hosting rights to a country where players would have literally melted had they played any football in the summer, it has been postponed to the traditional World Cup season of Christmas. It isn’t all bad, however, because at least it allows proper spotlight to fall on the Women’s Euro 2022 which you can properly prepare for by going through this exhaustive guide to ALL players.
A 30 minute read
The rise of Dorking Wanderers – from the very bottom to the top of the non-league pyramid
By Jack Patmore for Backpage Football
Formed in 1999 by a disillusioned Wimbledon supporter, Dorking Wanderers have enjoyed a meteoric rise through the amateur and semi-pro leagues. They will start next season in the National League, the highest division outside of league football. What. A. Story.
A 6 minute read
Something Else We Loved This Week…
With FFP proving to be a toothless and unenforceable set of rules, UEFA quietly withdrew them and, this week, replaced them with new Financial Sustainability rules. If you want to learn more about these you can read through the rules themselves. However, we recommend that instead you read through SwissRamble’s excellent thread on this very subject.
Last Week’s Most Read: English Premier League 2021-22 Stats
By Peter McKeever for the Analyst
The 2021-22 season might already be old news but there’s still plenty to analyse. And, with data like that released by the Analyst it is possible to get some interesting insights.