Cultured Football #98
Sporting Lisbon's rebirth and more...
Sporting CP : The balance between tactical identity and business model sustainability
By Martin Juillard for Medium // 2,735 words
Ruben Amorim has revitalized Sporting Lisbon, implementing a 5-2-3 structure with a double pivot to create a new identity for the club. Perhaps more importantly, he is developing players that excel as soon as they move elsewhere, a not minor consideration for them. This in-depth piece looks at how he has managed all off this in just over two years.
Why Are Liverpool Conceding So Many Goals?
By Sam McGuire for The Analyst // 1,494 words
Style over Substance- The Fashionable Fall of Venezia FC
By Casey Evans for Played on Paper // 1,846 words
In the summer of 2021, that of Venezia suddenly became everyone’s favourite second club through a mix of creative player transfers and a fantastic launch of equally fantastic looking football kits. But whilst Venezia FC has been successful in creating a lifestyle brand that transcends the limitations of a football club, they haven’t really managed to find similar success on the pitch. Increasingly it is looking as if they’ve created a “crown but the diamond is set in fools’ gold”
As Good as Erling Haaland Is, Has He Made Manchester City Worse?
By Alex Keble for The Analyst // 1,672 words
Can a player as good and devastating as Erling Haaland possibly make any team worse? It is sounds improbable but it is also the kind of question that data is best placed to answer.
Neuer, Tapalovic and the role of the goalkeeper coach
By Jonathan Harding for DW // 748 words
For the first time in ages, there is a real title race underway in Germany. Bayern Munich still lead the table but they’ve been dropping loads of points and seem catchable. They certainly haven’t been the same since the World Cup break and, particularly, the controversy over the sacking of goalkeeper coach Toni Tapalovic. Which makes you wonder: is a goalkeeper coach that important?
Something Else We Loved This Week
Abandoned football pitches evoke a sense of nostalgia for the memories and emotions that were once shared on its field. The overgrown grass and dilapidated goal posts serve as a reminder of the passage of time and the impermanence of human endeavors. Robert Willemse photographed abandoned ground in Galicia in the North West of Spain and Terrace Edition have captured them in a series titled Campos Abandonados.
Last Week’s Most Read: Set Piece Analysis: Newcastle United and Brentford
By Mohamed Mohamed for Analytics FC // 1,453 words
Two clubs have been exploiting set pieces better than most this season: Newcastle and Brentford. This is a break-down of how they do it.