What we’re reading this week!
Although we’re proud to publish plenty of articles by our talented network of writers and contributors here at AFR; we also keep an eye out for work which is being written elsewhere. Here are a few articles out there that we recommend, in no particular order:
Who is the ultimate big-game scorer in football history?
Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) compiles a consolidated study to determine who are the most decisive footballers to decide a big games, who is most likely to score and who scores the most goals in the big games. Let the crunching numbers surprise you.
In 2020, the European Championship will travel to 13 cities. Football fans will pay the price
(@cbracholdt) addresses and analyses the issue of UEFA’s latest groundbreaking decision to host the Euro 2020 in 13 different cities.
Tiny Cape Verde is Africa Cup of Nations’ Cinderella story
Africa is the current centre-stage of world football with the vibrant 2013 AFCON, hosted by South Africa, entertaining us on a daily basis. This year’s surprise has certainly been Cape Verde, one of the smallest nations in the world, are writing their very own ‘Cinderella Story’. SI’s Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils) unravels the fairytale.
Newcastle’s French Fancies - Player Analysis of Newcastle United’s Ligue 1 Signings
It’s been a busy transfer window for Alan Pardew, who’s re-enforced his Premier League side with 4 new signings, who have all arrived from the France’s Ligue 1. Jonathan (@JustFootball) provides insight on all new recruits, looking at the value for money paid and whether they’ll make it in the league or not. Complete.
Those who will be cheering: the evolution of WOSO and their fans
Second Touch, a new site run by female fans of the game, launched with a bang as it examined the current state of women’s soccer, not to mention the state of its fans.
Bob Bradley - the American who stayed
There’s no hyperbole in saying that Egyptian football has descended into utter chaos once again. But despite having so many reasons to walk away from the Pharaohs, Egypt’s American manager Bob Bradley sticks to his morals and continues to serve as a uniting figure for those who welcomed him in such a foreign land.
Josep Guardiola’s Greatest Achievement: BARÇA B
And last, but by no means least, Spanish youth football expert Caleb Cousens (@FootballCantera) has written a 4-part masterpiece on Guardiola’s work and success with Barcelona B. We’ve made it easy for you, here’s also part 2, part 3 and part 4. Find some peace, sit down and enjoy.
We’ve read them and now we recommend that you do, too. A selection made by Dom and Eric.