Cultured Football #93
The homeless World Cup player and more...
How did a World Cup star end up homeless on the streets of London?
By James Sharpe for the Mail on Sunday // 2,203 words
There are not many surer ways of sobering up after the celebrations of the festive period as this story of a former player who represented his country at the World Cup but who has ended up living on the street.
Gianluca Vialli spent his life winning trophies but he also won hearts
By Nicky Bandini for The Guardian // 1,140 words
Well, actually, there is a surer way of sobering up. Gianluca Vialli’s passing at just fifty-eight has united the world of football in their praise for a great footballer and an all round wonderful human being.
Golazo 50: Argentina's Best Young Players
By Pedro Coates for Golazo Argentina // 5,700 words
With Chelsea failing in a bid to sign Enzo Fernandez for £120 million six months after he moved to Benfica for a fraction of that fee, and with Argentina being the newly anointed world champions, it is worth knowing more about the top fifty Argentine talents of the moment.
Crypto chaos: how Crawley crumbled under owners’ reckless leadership
By Will Unwin for The Guardian // 819 words
Crawley are looking to appoint their third permanent manager of the season. Yet not even that begins to explain the dysfunction enveloping the club since a take-over by a “cryptocurrency sports company” (whatever THAT is).
Sony and Manchester City are building a metaverse, but they need to prove why we should visit
By Jay Peters for The Verge // 854 words
Speaking of concepts that I don’t understand, Sony and Manchester City are building a Metaverse. Well, actually, I do understand what it means especially after reading this piece. Not sure it will be as exciting as they think it will be, though.
Last Week’s Most Read: Using Transition Metrics To Scout For Liverpool's Midfield
By James Nalton for Analytics FC
If you have a Liverpool fan in your life you’ll probably have been subjected to a rant or two about how desperately they need to add a midfielder. But, Liverpool being Liverpool, they don’t buy any player without taking a deep look at their stats. So it is rather fortuitous that James Nalton has done just that to identify possible candidates. Share this with your Liverpool supporting mate so they can drop some of the names mentioned in their next rant.