ZINIO logo

World Soccer September 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
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
receive a pair of boompods zero buds when you subscribe

SUBSCRIBE TODAY Get 6 issues of World Soccer for only £26.99 – saving 31%, and we’ll send you a pair of Boompods ZERO Buds worth £29.99 • Save 31% off our standard shop price* • Receive a pair of Boompods ZERO Buds worth £29.99 • Never miss an issue with FREE UK delivery • World-class football content delivered straight to your door Subscribe online at shop.kelsey.co.uk/WSC921 or call 01959 543 747 quote code WSC921 Calls charged at your standard network rate. Lines are open 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday. *Terms and conditions: Available for UK Direct Debit customers only, offer ends September 3, 2021. No cancellations within the first12 months. Your free gift will be mailed separately and if we run out of stock, an alternative will be offered at the same value. Subscriptions paid for by Direct Debit…

1 min
from the assistant editor

It is said that there are five stages in the grieving process, starting with denial. In the week after the Euro 2020 final, I was sure that my wall planner must be mistaken – or lying. Surely there had to be another game? It couldn’t all be over? Plenty of England fans, it seems, then moved quickly on to anger, and then bargaining: a change.org petition demanding the final be replayed gained just under 150,000 votes in two weeks. Next comes depression – and the behaviour of many England fans both at Wembley and in the subsequent days definitely added to that feeling – before finally, acceptance. Now, with the 2021-22 European domestic season almost ready to begin, it is time to move on; the Euros were great, but there is…

2 min
the world this month

UK Fall-out from Euro 2020 final continues The FA has undertaken an official review of the Euro 2020 final, where thousands of ticketless fans gained access to Wembley leading to fighting breaking out inside the stadium. Mark Bullingham, head of the association, has described the final as a “six-hour siege” by “lawless yobs”. In a statement, he added: “We are determined to fully understand what happened outside and then inside Wembley Stadium. A key emphasis of the findings will be to ensure that lessons are learned and such disgraceful scenes are never able to be repeated.” UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings into the FA, hitting them with four separate charges with regards to fan behaviour, which also includes the semi-final win over Denmark. In spite of the trouble, Wembley will still host the Champions…

3 min
heroes & villains

CRUZ AZUL Two months on from winning their first league title in 24 years, the Mexican side have another trophy to add to their collection. In May, Cruz Azul ended their trophy drought by winning the Clausura, finishing three points clear of America, then followed it up by beating Apertura champs Leon in the Champion of Champions trophy. RAUL JIMENEZ The Wolverhampton Wanderers striker’s playing career looked in serious doubt after the horrendous head injury he suffered against Arsenal last season. But after recovering from a fractured skull, the Mexican star made his long-awaited return in a friendly against Crewe Alexandra. “He’s shaken it off like it never happened and it’s like he’s the same old Raul,” said Wolves’ captain on the day, John Ruddy. MOGADISHU STADIUM Somalia’s national stadium saw a full crowd inside…

2 min
on the radar

Albert SAMBI LOKONGA (Arsenal) Sambi Lokonga is yet to earn his first Belgium cap, yet was close to a place in their Euro 2020 squad in place of Axel Witsel. Ultimately, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder was fit enough to travel and Lokonga had to settle for a place on the standby list, but a full call-up is likely to come soon enough. In spite of his tender years (he turns 22 in October), he was named Anderlecht’s club captain at the start of last season, and started 33 games as a key cog at the base of midfield. Capable of playing as a defensive holder or in a box-to-box role with a good passing range, he has been heartily recommended by both Anderlecht’s sporting director Peter Verbeke and manager Vincent Kompany. Interestingly, his older…

4 min
jim holden

Mourinho’s appointment the latest step in Serie A’s revival The wild celebration that greeted Italy’s victory at Euro 2020 was not merely about the joy and glory of triumph at a major tournament. The songs, car horns and fireworks in Rome, Milan and Naples were more than that: they were also exuberant delight that Italian football is relevant again, that Calcio is back in the big time, and that players like Federico Chiesa, Leonardo Spinazzola and Gigi Donnarumma can charm the world. For too many years football in Italy has endured an inferiority complex, believing the best teams and finest players were elsewhere. When Italy played in dazzling style to beat Switzerland 3-0 among a crowd of Romans at the Stadio Olimpico, the locals were still full of doubt. They dared not believe…