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:
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 number crunching surprise you.
(@cbracholdt) addresses and analyses the issue of UEFA’s latest groundbreaking decision to host the Euro 2020 in 13 different cities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.