Recommended Reading: A Feud Renewed and Klinsmann Hand-Wringing

by on 18 November 2016

As of now, the 2016 seasons for Minnesota United, the University of Minnesota Women, Minneapolis City and the Des Moines Menace have all come to a close. To help fill the space FiftyFive.One normally devotes to game coverage, a weekly collection of some of the better soccer writing our staff has recently come across will run on Fridays.

Southampton 2 Inter Milan 1: Saints enjoy greatest European night with unforgettable comeback
Jonathan Liew, The Telegraph
An example of what match reports should aspire to be.

Handcuffs, pitch invasions and fame: life as Pelé’s bodyguard in the 70s
Michael Lewis, the Guardian
The anecdote about Werner Roth being introduced in the starting lineup with his hands cuffed behind him is a particular highlight.

A feud renewed: Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger set for next showdown
Jonathan Wilson, Sports Illustrated
A brief look back at an antagonist and his voyeur.

Dos A Sorrow: The fact that Jurgen Klinsmann still has a job makes me sad
Bobby Warshaw, Howler
There have been many Klinsmann-out pieces penned as of recent. This is one of the better.

Learning to live with and without soccer
Bobby Warshaw, Howler

An introspective look at the writer’s own professional soccer career.

A Coach Is Forging a New Path in Danish Soccer
Rory Smith, the New York Times
The tale of SonderjyskE manager Jakob Michelsen’s surprising ascent of the Superliga.

Your favorite soccer team is just like Red Bull Leipzig
Jack Sargeant, SB Nation
Perhaps Germany’s most-hated club is a lot like the rest of the Bundesliga.

Dissecting Bruce: Inside Arena’s legend, from those who know him best
Scott French, FourFourTwo
A series of vignettes from those who know one of America’s most well-known managers best.

Aurélien Collin has a menswear line, and frankly we understand why he’s defensive
David Rudin, Howler
The most important piece of soccer writing you will read in what remains of 2016.

David Moyes: I often spend nights after defeats in a darkened room
David Moyes, the Guardian
David Moyes is the Nihilist Arby’s of managers.

How One Man’s Bad Math Helped Ruin Decades Of English Soccer
Joe Sykes, FiveThirtyEight
It’s not beer versus tacos unless you’re being served bad tacos.