ZINIO logo

World Soccer February 2021

Your life made easier - every day. The unrivalled authority on the game of soccer around the world, World Soccer calls upon journalists from the globe's great soccer capitals. The best writers, analytical features and the ability to deliver the inside-track on domestic and world football have made World Soccer an institution. With stunning images and a website delivering up-to-the-minute global results and authoritative insights into the players, politics and power-struggles, the brand constantly looks behind the score-lines. Its insightful writing reaches to the heart of the triumphs, scandals and controversies that constantly emerge in the greatest international sport of them all.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
SPECIAL: Save 50% on your subscription!
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
in pictures

1 min
stay informed stay inspired.

3 ISSUES FOR£5 Try a subscription withour special sale offer Don’t miss this special subscription offer Pay just £5 for your first three issues of World Soccer Continue to save 35% after your trial – save on newsagent prices! Never miss an issue with FREE UK delivery direct to your door Save 72% GET WORLD SOCCER DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR! PAY £5 FOR YOUR FIRST 3 ISSUES* Subscribe online now shop.kelsey.co.uk/WSC221 or call 01959 543 747 quote code WSC221 Calls charged at your standard network rate. Lines are open 8am-5.30pm Monday to Friday. Terms and conditions: Offer available for UK Direct Debit customers only. You will pay £5 for your first 3 issues. Your subscription will then continue every 6 months at the rate of £24.99 – still saving 35%. For overseas rates please visit shop.kelsey.co.uk/WSC. Offer closes…

1 min
from the assistant editor

Last month’s issue ofWorld Soccer was all set and ready to go to the printers, before the seismic news of Diego Maradona’s death meant that a drastic re-write was in order. Sadly, the bad news didn’t stop there. Shortly afterwards, Argentina mourned their former national team coach Alejandro Sabella as well, before Italy lost their own World Cup hero, Paolo Rossi. A week later, Gerard Houllier passed away, and British football has since said goodbye to Jim McLean, Tommy Docherty and Colin Bell. We’ve done our best to celebrate the lives of these great men (page 18-19), while our man in Italy, Paddy Agnew, has his own tribute for Rossi on page 28. In amongst all the gloom, there are some beams of light, and none brighter than Marcus Rashford. Ryan…

2 min
theworld this month global football intelligence

“I am obviously very honoured to have been recognised by my peers around the world who vote for the FIFPRO World XI. At the same time, it did come as a surprise…I haven’t played since March”Megan Rapinoe questions her inclusion in the World XI, emphasising the need for more exposure of the women’s game ENGLAND Trippier case set to rumble on England defender Kieran Trippier’s ten-week ban for a breach of gambling regulations has sparked a debate about the validity of certain betting markets and football’s role in policing them. Trippier, who was also fined £70,000, was found guilty after transcripts of messages showed him discussing his move to Spain in the summer of 2019 with friends, who then placed bets on the transfer going ahead. The England defender even told one friend to…

2 min
heroes & villains

SADIO MANE In November, the Liverpool forward chatted via Zoom with Lee, a Liverpool fan and food bank volunteer. “You know me, I like to copy celebrations – if you have any celebrations show me now,” Sadio asked. Kissing his fingers and raising them to the sky, Lee replied: “For my Grandad.” Sure enough, when Mane next found the net, in the 7-0 win over Crystal Palace, he happily obliged. DEJAN LOVREN Following the devastating earthquake in Petrinja, Croatia, which killed seven people, the former Liverpool defender pledged to accommodate victims at his hotel on the coast. “Dear citizens of Petrinja, I ammaking my hotel in Novalja available to the16 most endangered families,” the Zenit centre-back wrote on Instagram. “If you need temporary accommodation, contact my team.” SKY Having been a vocal supporter of racial…

2 min
on the radar

“The energy was gone for a while. Then stopping will go through your head. But a little voice in my head kept me from doing that… I really want to play for the club, but of course it is all frustrating”Arjen Robben reveals he’s already contemplated retiring for a second time due to injuries Dominik SZOBOSZLAI (RB Leipzig) At the start of December, Szoboszlai and RB Salzburg seemed set for a January filled with straight-batting questions about the player’s future, with several of Europe’s biggest clubs – including Real Madrid, Arsenal and Juventus – all queuing up to sign him. But in mid-December, Salzburg announced that the playmaker would be joining their sister club, RB Leipzig for €20 million, and speculation over his future was ended – for now at least. The 20-year-old…