Six new contributors will be joining football publication Leopold Method for the 2014-15 A-League season. The new contributors have written and presented for SBS, Guardian Australia, FFA and FourFourTwo; and include experienced journalists, an academic and Australia’s top football statistician.
Andrew Howe, Richard Parkin, Vince Rugari, Ian Syson, Gilbert Albertson and Will Stratmann join award-winning analyst Kate Cohen as well as Doug Kors and Riccardo Marchioli.
Last week Leopold Method announced the appointment of feature writer Joe Gorman as editor. Gorman’s appointment, along with the announcement of new contributors, is part of the major changes for the online publication, as it moves from being collaboration of football writers to a publishing company.
Publisher, Shaun Mooney, is excited about Leopold Method’s new appointments.
“Last season we were a victim of our own success,” said Mooney. “Brett Taylor took up the role of Performance Analyst at Melbourne City. Joe Gorman and Kate Cohen became regular contributors for the Guardian Australia. Also Tim Palmer was a weekly analyst for FourFourTwo.
“Providing a platform for our contributors to get meaningful roles in football and the media is something I am very proud of, and we will continue to do.
“However, Leopold Method needs to ensure we have a consistent stream of quality content as we move towards becoming a publishing company. Increasing our writing team and hiring an editor are the first steps to achieving this”
Howe is Australia’s leading football statistician. His collection of national team, league statistics and history is treated as the official record by FFA. Howe will be joined by respected academic Syson, who specialises in pre-World War II football history.
“We want to educate the football community more about our past. To take Australia’s football history out of the academic and anorak archives and into the public’s hands,” said Mooney.
Parkin has just finished being the co-host of SBS’s World Cup show ‘The Full Brazilian’. He also works for SBS Radio and World News, and is a regular A-League columnist for Guardian Australia. Rugari, also a contributor for Guardian Australia, is currently a sports reporter for regional newspaper, The Cairns Post.
“Richard Parkin and Vince Rugari will analyse key issues within the game – player development, the challenges for regional and women’s football – to the public’s attention,” said Mooney. “We only want the game to grow; and unless these issues are part of football’s debate about its future, they will be forgotten, and the game is held back.”
Leopold Method has also strengthened the depth of its renowned tactical analyst team. Albertson was A-League analyst for FourFourTwo. Stratmann caught the eye of Mooney with his engaging analysis in football blog Licence to Roam.
“Our plan is to identify talented contributors who can add to the discourse in an intelligent way. I am very excited with these very talented writers joining Leopold Method,” said Mooney.
Leopold Method was launched in December 2012 by Shaun Mooney, along with a group of like-minded football writers. Within five months Leopold Method was finalist for 2013 FFDU ‘Football Website of the Year Award’, pitting it against SBS’s The World Game and FourFourTwo Australia. In 2014 the site would also again be finalist for the same award.
Andrew is Australia’s leading football statto and has been collecting stats on the game since he got home from watching his first NSL match, at Sydney’s Lambert Park, in 1988. His work has been used extensively by governing bodies, media outlets and many other football-related organisations since the mid 1990s.
Andrew’s collection of national team, national league statistics and history is treated as the official record by the FFA. Equally passionate about ‘old’ and ‘new’ football, Andrew likes to tell his stories through his numbers and data visualisations.
Richard is a Sydney-based football journalist. He was the football analyst and co-host of SBS’s World Cup show ‘The Full Brazilian’. Richard is a regular A-League columnist for Guardian Australia, he hosted the 2010 World Cup for SBS Radio, and has reported on world football for the past four years for SBS World News.
Vince is a writer for Leopold Method. Currently a sports reporter for The Cairns Post, he is the former sports editor of The Area News in Griffith, NSW, one of Australian football’s most passionate regional outposts, and is the former Gold Coast/Brisbane correspondent for Sportal. A regular columnist for The Roar, he has also been published by Guardian Australia, The World Game, AAP, Goal Australia and more.
The round ball game has always been Vince’s master, but these days, his curiosity extends beyond the mainstream, in the areas where it is yet to take complete hold.
Ian is a senior lecturer in literary studies and professional writing at Victoria University and he runs the Vulgar Press, an independent Melbourne publishing company. Despite this he is also a football historian interested in the deep dark histories of the football codes (particularly association football) in Australia. In Ian’s mind, if it happened after the Second World War it’s too fresh in the memory to bother with.
Gilbert is a match analyst for Leopold Method. Whilst emotions can get in the way when Liverpool are playing, he prefers to understand how and why a team won, not just the final score. His love of statistics and data means he is always looking for new ways they can contribute to analysis for fans and clubs.
Gilbert has previously written analysis for FourFourTwo, managed to collect far too many football kits, and sees his finest footballing moment as trying to turn the school team he coached into a replica Benítez 4-2-3-1.
Based in Melbourne, Will was initially drawn to football by the free-flowing play of Arsenal. He now writes regularly about the on-field aspects of the game, with a particular focus on tactics and analysis.
In addition to Leopold Method, you can also find Will’s work at Licence to Roam, a football blog he started with his brother in 2013.