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World Soccer August 2021

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
in pictures

2 min
from the editor

International football continues to strive by captivating audiences and resonating with supporters, and the brilliant Euro 2020 tournament was the epitome of that. Those who predicted the decline of international football all those years ago couldn’t have been more wrong. While club football has been tarnished by the recent rise of the Super League, and gets caught up all too often in the pursuit of wealth, football on the international stage retains a purity that is cherished by devoted fans, journalists and pundits alike. The only motivations at this level are passion and pride. And with that shared philosophy, footballers and supporters share a symbiotic bond. You need only witness the emotional rollercoaster that Denmark rode; the whole nation uniting behind a galvanised national team following Christian Eriksen’s on-pitch collapse, leading to…

2 min
theworld this month

“The impact of the rule now runs counter to its original purpose as it now dissuades home teams from attacking…it is fair to say that home advantage is nowadays no longer as significant as it once was” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirms that the away goals rule will now be scrapped from UEFA club competitions ENGLAND Sancho eyes Manchester United’s historic No.7 shirt Jadon Sancho has reportedly requested Manchester United’s iconic No.7 shirt after completing his £73 million move from Borussia Dortmund. Edinson Cavani, who signed a one-year extension at Old Trafford towards the end of last season, is the current incumbent of the shirt famously worn by the likes of George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, and will need to be persuaded to give it up for Sancho. The deal for the…

3 min
heroes & villains

BEN BRERETON For Chile fans, their Stoke-on-Trent-born striker came quite literally out of nowhere. Virtually nobody in Brereton’s adopted country had heard of him, until fans of the Football Manager computer game observed that the Blackburn Rovers striker was eligible for the country through his grandfather. Brereton’s call-up was stunning enough in itself, but the 22-year-old added to his heroics by netting the winner in Chile’s 1-0 victory over Bolivia. SIERRA LEONE In June, the West African country made history by qualifying for their third Africa Cup of Nations, and their first since 1996. Since that first-round exit 25 years ago, further qualifications have been barred by civil war, an Ebola epidemic and a FIFA suspension, but a1-0 win over Benin (a match originally postponed over a COVID-19 row) saw them clinch Group…

5 min
the question without an answer

THE INSIDER To play or not to play? The insoluble question haunted Euro 2020 after Christian Eriksen’s traumatic onpitch collapse. Sad sports history indicates no easy answers, no simple formulae, no satisfactory response. Denmark’s playmaker needed extensive treatment on the pitch at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen in that tormented Group B match against Finland. The 29-year-old had been at the centre of the action in a goalless first half when he collapsed while running forward towards a throw-in. Team-mates immediately summoned medical help, English referee Anthony Taylor halted the game and sent the Finns back to the dressing rooms while the distraught Danish players provided a shield around their stricken team-mate as he received CPR and defibrillator treatment. Thankfully “we got him back,” as team doctor Morten Boesen said in understatement, and Eriksen…

1 min
books this month

THE WORLD AT YOUR FEET By Tim Hartley (Pitch Publishing, £9.99) Tim Hartley goes on a footballing tour of the world, meeting fans in Hong Kong who refuse to bow to China, helping clear goats off a pitch in Africa and kicking off the chanting at a bizarre game in North Korea, before coming home to visit all 92 Football League grounds and watching a prisoners’ team desperate to play a competitive match. Using wry observation and detailed research, The World at Your Feet unfurls the good, the bad and the ugly in its search for the soul of the beautiful game. FOOTBALL IN A PANDEMIC By Sam Hudson (Pitch Publishing, £12.99) With empty stadiums, COVID tests and falling revenues, the 2020-21 football calendar was like no other. Football in a Pandemic takes an in-depth…