Cultured Football #80
Leicester's Trouble., FIFA Founder, Transfer Window Winner & more
Unlike British football, Cultured Football has not taken the week off and hope that with these five articles we might plug a small part of the absence that the cancellation of this week’s programme has left in your lives.
Wrong call, Premier League: Cancelling football after the Queen's death benefits absolutely no one
By Jonathan Smith for Goal // 744 words
Whilst I totally respect the decision not to go ahead with games this weekend in respect to the Queen’s death, I feel that it is the wrong move largely for the reasons described here.
The mystery of Robert Guérin, the man who founded FIFA
By Andy Mitchell for Scottish Sport History // 1,218 words
Was the man who founded FIFA really who he said he was? Fascinating research.
Why is it going wrong for Leicester?
By Grace Robertson for Grace on Football // 1,657 words
There is one club that probably won’t be too sorry that there’s no football this weekend and attention is elsewhere: Leicester (actually, there’s two with Liverpool being the other one). Brendan Rodgers’ side’s start to the season has been disastrous and even though everyone feels that they’re too good to be relegated, that does not mean the manager is safe. Indeed, the mood is increasingly veering towards the solution of a new manager who could get more out of this side.
Meet Nottingham Forest's 22 summer transfers
By Chris Wright for ESPN // 1,717 words
The free weekend will also be appreciated by Nottingham Forest’s manager Steve Cooper who will have some additional minutes for the club’s TWENTY TWO summer signings to get to know each other. And for us to get to know who they actually are.
Another Profitable Window For Jorge Mendes, The ‘Gatekeeper’ Of Portugal
By Ed Aarons for The Guardian // 1,000 words
There will always be debates about which clubs did better than others in the transfer window but no one would ever debate that agents do incredibly well from the same transfer window. That was certainly the case for Jorge Mendez, the ‘gatekeeper’ of Portuguese football who benefits so richly from that league’s ability to produce stars. And, whilst it is easy to belittle his work, the reality is that his ability to build a network that allows him to move players around is an impressive achievement.
Something Else We Loved This Week
Will we ever tire of Diego Maradona art? Probably not, especially if people like Yoni Wiesberg keep coming up with images as luscious as this one.
Last Week’s Most Read: The Best Penalty Takers In The Premier League
By Matt Furniss for The Analyst // 1,368 words
This is rather straightforward: who has been the best penalty takers in the history of the Premier League, statistically speaking? And who has been the worst? Often unsurprising, sometimes not.