Each week, Guerrilla Magazine’s EIC, Justin Salhani, will bring you links to the best writing about football from around the internet.
The Horror of Petr Cech’s Head Injury
Ed Hawkins, Bleacher Report
Ten years ago, Reading’s Nicky Hunt crashed into (then Chelsea keeper) Petr Cech, ending his match and his hair’s freedom. Since that unfortunate incident, Cech has donned his protective helmet. A brilliantly written recounting of the incident with some fascinating details (did you know Cech is a triplet?!), this story also follows Hunt’s career since the incident (he’s not sorry for the challenge).
The unique frustrations of rooting for Southampton FC
Kevin Alexander, Howler
I’m sure fans of Southampton in England have their own frustrations, but Alexander follows the team from Minnesota. He tells the story about how he settled on supporting a team that was in League 2 as recently as 2012. A clever account of the disgruntlement felt over buying jerseys of players repeatedly sold to more successful clubs (basically Liverpool).
Jack Losh and Sebastien Rabas
This is actually a documentary, not an article, but the story of Kurdistan’s participation in the CONifa World Cup captivates. Kurdish people inhabit Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran but the closest thing they have to a state is the autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq. Some members are former Iraqi national team members. Others fight with a group opposing ISIS called the Peshmerga (English: Those who face death). No borders means no Fifa membership, so Kurdistan participates in the CONifa World Cup with teams including former Soviet states unrecognized by any country other than Russia, Koreans in Japan, Romani people (often called gypsies), and right wing separatists from northern Italy.
- Our friends at Bled FC went to Thailand and played soccer on a floating field. Included is a short doc on the story behind the field which is a lot of fun.
- Here’s an ode to the beauty of Paolo Maldini (those eyes). He also played football pretty well, you know.
- A breakdown of Claudio Bravo's role at Man City and why Guardiola shipped out Joe Hart for the Chilean by a former England goalkeeper
- The U.S. Women’s National Team is quite good. The men are not as good. Match attendances reflect that, but pay doesn’t.
- Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal a long time. For some of us, he’s like our dad.
- For the lovers of a strong tactical read, here’s one on Juventus’ 3-5-2 formation and how it continues to evolve
- African national teams took the world by storm in 1990. Today, however, their national teams aren't reaching the heights they once did.