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World Soccer June 2021

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Kelsey Publishing Group
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4 min
from the editor

So, the wait is over. After being pushed back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the long-awaited, highly-anticipated European Championship is finally upon us. Still to be referred to as “Euro 2020” – a decision the UEFA executive committee made to “keep the original vision of the tournament, which was set to celebrate the 60th anniversary” and also to “serve as a reminder of how the whole football family came together to respond to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, and of the difficult times that Europe, and the world, had to go through in 2020” – this European Championship will make history for several reasons. At the time of writing, and at the risk of some cities’ host status being under threat as they had “yet to provide assurances…

1 min
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6 min
keir radnedge

An historic Euros beckons Each succeeding European Championship writes a new page in football history. Usually it’s the achievement of an outstanding player or team; maybe even a dramatic match. But Euro 2020, delayed for a year, is something else entirely: history without a ball even being kicked. Football’s European Championship stands at No.3 in terms of the world’s great sporting events. The World Cup and Olympic Games are on a faraway distant plane through their status as popular, social, political and cultural phenomena which transcend sport itself. Rugby union lays its own claim to slot No.3 in terms of “world” competition, but it cannot compete with the Euros in terms of global attraction: 851 million TV viewers for its own World Cup in 2019 compared with two billion for Euro 2016. The…

1 min
books this month

SILVER LININGS by David Hartrick (Pitch Publishing, £12.99) As England boss, Bobby Robson was celebrated, derided and Diego-ed. His team missed one Euros, self-destructed at another, were cheated out of Mexico ’86 and came within two kicks of a World Cup final. No England manager can equal the drama of his eight years in charge. Set against the backdrop of a vicious newspaper circulation war and the rise of hooliganism, this is the story of how Robson managed to deliver the seemingly impossible: hope. AN ODE TO FOUR FOUR TWO byJohn McNicoll (Pitch Publishing, £12.99) Formations continue to evolve since the birth of the game. From teams playing with four or five forwards, to the modern era of teams with just one, arguably the best formation is 4-4-2. Some of the greatest teams have used…

2 min
improvement needed

Since beating the United States 2-1 in their final game at the 1990 World Cup, Austria have appeared at three major tournaments – the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2008 and Euro 2016 – without winning a single match. Those nine games have produced four draws, five defeats and just five goals scored. The last time they got beyond a group stage at any tournament was back in 1982, and even then it was with the help of the infamous match in Gijon where their 1-0 defeat to West Germany sent both teams through at the expense of Algeria. So it is a low bar when it comes to improving on recent performances. This time around, the draw has been kind to Austria on paper, with Ukraine, Netherlands and rank outsiders North Macedonia…

2 min
franco foda

How do you reflect on the qualifying campaign and your team’s displays? After the two defeats at the start, we had our backs to the wall. But the team always believed in themselves. It was important we stayed calm and carried our ideas on. Then, it was extremely important that we won the next two games. You could see the team is able to handle high-pressure situations well. Where is David Alaba a better fit – at left-back or in midfield? David can play in several positions at the highest level, which is exceptional in international football. He is an intelligent, versatile player who can read a game very well. In the national team, David plays the position where it’s best for the team. I try to come up with a plan for…