What we’re reading this week

We’re always freshly squeezing plenty of articles and content by our talented network of writers and contributors at AFR; but we also read quality work which is being written throughout the football world. Here’s a selection of articles we’ve been reading, in no particular order:

Maradona, Then and Now

The virtuoso Brian Philips (@runofplay) is a favourite of ours (and many others), and this time he writes about the life of Maradona as a player and in the present, which transformed into a rollercoaster of affairs. After many years, the 1986 World Cup champion returns to Italy to dispute tax issues. And now is the ideal time to read about one of football’s most iconic characters.

Luis Suarez and the prelusory goal

Our friends at The Football Ramble have been thinking deeply, contemplating the effect cheating has on football. The author, philosophy professor Charlie Robinson, poses an excellent question: When players cheat to gain an advantage in a game, are they even playing a game at all?

Alan Black: From Clyde to California

It’s long but certainly worth the read. Dominic Bliss (@Dominic_Bliss) sits down to interview Alan Black, author of Kick The Balls, a Scottsman living in the US who has dozens of fascinating tales to share with us all.

Xavi is wrong: Barça have lost far more than the least important title

Mourinho’s Real Madrid masterfully outplayed Barcelona to knock them out of the Copa del Rey in another exhilarating El Clásico at the Camp Nou. Humiliation or meaningless? La Liga expert Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) contradicts Xavi’s words in a consolidated match analysis and looking into how the local (eccentric) media staged the unexpected blow.

Chabolah - a new hope for Chelsea?

Another manager has been making a name for himself in the Championship, Gianfraco Zola - a name which all Premier League fans will always remember. A key player in his side is Chelsea’s young prospect Nathan Chabola, a future star in the making for Stamford Bridge? An article by Michael Moruzzi (@Regista_Michael

Mainz-stay of Bundesliga

AFR Senior Writer, Ross Dunbar (@rossdunbar93), has made his debut for ESPN! Ross dives deep into the success FSV Mainz are enjoying in Germany’s top tier, a league which fascinates our young writer. Congratulations!

Footballers With Astoundingly Crap Wikipedia Profile Pictures

And now to tone it down a little, our friends over at Who Ate All The Pies constantly deliver light-hearted, yet interesting content. Their latest piece shows us a selection of footballers with truly awful Wikipedia profile pictures. Enjoy.

We’ve read them and recommend that you do, too. A selection made by Dom and Eric.

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