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World Soccer January 2021

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

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in pictures

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from the editor

Sadly, Diego Maradona’s career came before my time – I missed his golden era. My first vivid memory of him was from the 1994 World Cup when he scored against Greece and ran towards the pitch-side camera with that infamous wide-mouthed celebration. My dad told me during USA ’94 that Maradona was the greatest player he’d ever seen, so I had to find out more about this “legendary” footballer. I delved through my uncle’s VHS collection and found videos of Italia ’90 and Mexico ’86. And it was only after watching those tournament highlights that I realised what all the fuss was about. Victor Hugo Morales’ famous commentary for Maradona’s once-in-a-lifetime goal for Argentina against England at the 1986 World Cup sums it up best: “Goaaaaaal! Goaaaaal! I want to cry! Holy…

2 min
the world this month

“I love you, Diego. My great friend, thank you very much for our entire journey. One day, in heaven, we will play together on the same team…and I can finally embrace you again”One football great in Pele recognises another with a touching Maradona tribute EUROPE 2022 World Cup qualifying groups revealed England have been paired with Robert Lewandowski and Poland in possibly the most eye-catching group of the European section of the 2022 World Cup qualifying draw. None of the big-hitters have been tasked with notably tough tests, with holders France drawn with Ukraine, whom they beat 7-1 in October. FIFA’s No.1 ranked side Belgium top a group featuring Wales and Czech Republic, Scotland will renew their rivalry with Israel after facing them five times since 2018, Northern Ireland will have to overcome Switzerland…

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heroes villains

MARCUS RASHFORD The Manchester United star’s latest act of charity has been to launch a book club to give disadvantaged children access to literature. “I only started reading at 17, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality,” he said. “I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child.” GARETH BALE Rashford isn’t the only star who’s been doing his bit for charity. Bale donated £15,000 to a project in Swansea that was set up to feed struggling families at Christmas. The Wales forward was asked to donate a signed shirt for auction, which he did, but then followed it up with a cash donation worth 300 food hampers. MARINE Every season needs a story of FA Cup romance, but this tale is better than most. From…

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on the radar

“A legend has left us…he was our guide to what football was. Maradona is football. He looked after me at Sevilla and showed me what it meant to play for Argentina. He was and is the best”Diego Simeone on the impact Maradona had on his football generation Theo BONGONDA (Genk) Signed by Celta Vigo in 2015 as a hugely promising 19-year-old, Bongonda has been touted as one to watch for several years. In 2017 he declared: “If Chelsea, Manchester United or Atletico Madrid call me in the near future I should be ready to make the step up to join them.” However, that career plan didn’t quite work out, and his next club turned out to be Trabzonspor in Turkey, where he made just three league appearances before returning to his first club,…