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World Soccer Summer 2020

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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.

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
R 100,20
R 762,82
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
from the editor

What are you going to write about, they asked? With no football being played, what on earth will you do? Hopefully, this edition of World Soccer provides some answers. The global pandemic has confirmed that football is so much more than what happens on the pitch on a Saturday afternoon; that nothing exists in a bubble. A lack of football action in Spain has exposed Barcelona’s never-ending crisis (page 32) for all to see. In Brazil, there’s been the chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country’s 1970 World Cup victory (page 48) and to challenge the many myths that have arisen around that wonderful team. The federation crisis in Trinidad & Tobago (page 70) has served as a reminder that FIFA president Gianni Infantino is not averse to employing the dark arts…

3 min.
the world this month

“I’m sorry if I gave the impression I’m not taking coronavirus seriously. The reality is the exact opposite. I’m really worried about the people of Africa as health systems aren’t as good there as they are in Germany”Hertha Berlin’s Salomon Kalou apologises after breaking social distancing rules GERMANY Beckenbauer corruption trial ends without a verdict Franz Beckenbauer’s five-year-long trial for corruption charges ended without a verdict after a statute of limitations expired. The trial, which related to allegations of his involvement as the head of the organising committee in two transactions made to FIFA when the 2006 World Cup was awarded to Germany, was suspended due to coronavirus. The World Cup-winning player and coach was accused of paying former FIFA executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar £8.4million before the 2006 World Cup in…

5 min.
keir radnedge

THE INSIDER Football’s impotence Coronavirus has infected much of the planet at a venomous pace. And along the way it has also exposed the impotence of football’s governing bodies when society is in crisis. UEFA has been accused of being slow off the mark as COVID-19 accelerated across Europe. With hindsight, it appears naive merely to have prohibited pre-match handshakes before 90 minutes of physical contact, to permit Atletico Madrid and their fans to fly to Liverpool, and to permit Atalanta to go ahead with their game against Valencia. But no one else knew any better. Consider all the governments that were caught out by the sheer speed of the infectious assault. World football did harbour its own warnings. In February the Asian confederation called an emergency summit as health restrictions in the Far East…

3 min.
jim holden

AT THE HEART OF THE GAME American sports offer football a way out of this crisis Alan Hansen, the ball-playing defender for Liverpool and Scotland in the 1980s who later became an intelligent pundit on BBC television, always cut to the heart of the matter when he spoke about football. One of his favourite phrases was “speculate to accumulate”. If you wanted glory that was an essential ingredient. Financial outlay was necessary to deliver sporting reward. You could hardly disagree. Money has clearly bought success in football during the past 25 years. Triumph in the Champions League, for example, has been concentrated among the elite, super-rich few. Look at the major European leagues, too. Juventus have been champions of Serie A for eight years running. Bayern Munich have won the last seven Bundesliga titles. Paris…

2 min.
the world this month

“It’s a huge blow to us. We’d all have liked him to stay in charge for the play-off game and keep that continuity”Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis on Michael O’Neill“Football has been paralysed for a while and today it has lost its voice” Jorge Valdano on the death of Michael Robinson PEOPLE ON THE MOVE IN EUROPE BRUNO LABBADIA became Hertha Berlin’s fourth coach of the season, replacing interim boss Alexander Nouri who was in charge of the side for just four Bundesliga games. Bottom of the Premier League, Norwich City agreed a pre-contract deal to sign 23-year-old F91 Dudelange striker DANEL SINANI, who was top scorer this season in Luxembourg’s top flight before its suspension. Manchester City will sign right-back KLUIVERTH AGUILAR from Alianza Lima for £1.5m when he turns 18 in May 2021 in…

4 min.

PETER BONETTI (1941-2020) It is unfortunate that Peter Bonetti will be remembered above all for the costly and decisive errors which he made when playing for England in Mexico in the 1970 World Cup. What has largely been overlooked is that he was in an anything but happy and settled state, aware not long before he went on to play in place of Gordon Banks that his marriage was very much under threat. This had produced three daughters and a son, but was by then in a state of disintegration. With his second wife, Kay, he would subsequently have a son. His gifts as a keeper were undeniable and as important a judge as the legendary Brazilian attacker Pele once remarked: “The three greatest goalkeepers I have ever seen are Gordon Banks, Lev Yashin…