On an occasional basis, Futbol Papa will provide updates on the world of football with news shorts. These will be articles from around the world that might be of interest to the soccer fan. Today’s main pieces are on PSG and its transfer saga related to Neymar.
With the European club transfer season over the most interesting thing to report is the non-signing of PSG star, Neymar, by his former club Spanish Football’s Barcelona. For the best summary of the entire fiasco read Guillem Balague’s BBC piece. For a different perspective, look at Jonathan Wilson’s piece in Sports Illustrated’s Planet Futbol. Finally, for a group take on the saga, read ESPN’s team piece. Meanwhile Spain’s Marca had an interesting take on the resulting locker room feel at the Camp Nou after the failed Neymar affair.
The same Spanish outlet had a piece on the “revolution” at Real Madrid, arguing that after spending a truckload of Euros on transfer fees, even though they did not bid mightily for PSG’s Neymar, the club is still only half-way to its stated goals of an overhaul and a refresh.
For an interesting comparison of instant replay options in various sports, including soccer’s VAR, see Henry Bushnell’s piece in Yahoo sports.
The New York Times covered the Nicolas Leoz infamous legacy as he passed away last week.
An interesting article on passing in football can be found in this The Guardian piece.
French daily Le Monde, borrowing from Swiss daily Le Temps, reprinted an in-depth article on recent PSG acquisition, Keylor Navas.
Anticipating the upcoming Euro qualifiers, Four-four-two magazine featured Spanish national team coach, Robert Moreno, on his aspirations for the next qualifying matches.