Cultured Football #94
Why have Liverpool gone bad and more...
Inside Liverpool’s nightmare season
By Neil Jones for Goal // 2,897 words
Last season Liverpool came as close as any other English club has come to winning all major honours available to them. Five months on, they are struggling to find any sense on continuity and future looks bleak. What has happened?
The monumental task of unlocking Brazilian football’s potential
By Neil Jensen for Game of the People // 1,489 words
“Clubs in Austria, Turkey, Mexico and Portugal certainly earn more from commercial activity.” Brazilian football is a major player in the game but not the same can be said for its clubs. Improving the situation is not straightforward.
How RC Lens Are Punching Above Their Weight with a Midfield Diamond, Flexible Defensive Setups and More
Neel Shelat for Analytics FC // 3,017 words
Paris St Germain’s perma-dominance of French football has diminished somewhat interest in a league that didn’t attract much to start with. What’s sad about that - apart from the lack of competitiveness (that, it has to be said, isn’t restricted to France) - is that it detracts attention from some truly remarkable teams like that of Lens who have come out of nowhere to sit in second place.
Scunthorpe United need talk to stop and action to start if they’re to be saved
By Ian King for F365 // 1,389 words
Sadly, as fans of most clubs dream of the new signings that could be made over the coming couple of weeks, those at Scunthorpe are readying themselves for the possibility that their team won’t exist any more. And, despite a lot of talk, not enough is being done to prevent this.
Women's Super League Mid-Season Diary
By Yash Thakur for Grace on Football
The women’s super league returns this weekend after an extended break, one so long that it is almost impossible to recall where each team was. If you find yourself in that position, then, this is the article for you. Women’s football needs more writing as detailed and well written as this.
Last Week’s Most Read: 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.