A sneak peek at what’s inside issue 09.
The electric first contests of the new European season promise a campaign of unrivaled intensity and drama. And there’s no better partner to the action than the best stories, artwork, and design in the football world — the new issue of Eight by Eight.
This year, it’s the players in the technical area that matter most. The arrival of several elite foreign bosses in England—some new, some back for revenge—promises a “world championship of managers,” in the words of Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger. Pep Guardiola, José Mourinho, and Antonio Conte each bring their own eccentricities to the touchline, although, as John Doyle concludes, they all share a superiority over their British counterparts who are often “literally out of their league.”Of all the new arrivals to the Premier League, Zlatan Ibrahimovic promises to bring the most drama. England represents the final frontier of the enigmatic Swede’s great European conquest. It also presents the opportunity to humiliate those who have wronged him, especially Guardiola, his coach during an unhappy spell at Barcelona. Corley Miller explores Zlatan’s unusual standing in the football world, arguing that Old Trafford’s new No. 9 may be simultaneously the most—and least—important player alive.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Leicester City are looking to repeat the greatest story in sports history. Sadly for fans of the foxes, Simon Barnes explains why that probably isn’t going to happen. But if they are going to capture Cinderella’s slipper twice, they’ll need another monster season from Austrian fullback Christian Fuchs. We caught up with Fuchs in his adopted hometown of New York City where he showcased his distinctive brand of off-kilter cool to first-time contributor Jonathan Williamson.
Elsewhere in the issue, Neil Atkinson delivers a burning, eloquent assessment of Jürgen Klopp’s first 10 months in charge of Liverpool, and Uli Hesse sits down with Bayer Leverkusen’s star striker (and starter, finally) Javier Hernández. Stateside, John Doyle examines the strange career of Robbie Keane, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Republic of Ireland striker, and Jack Williams speaks with Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley, who has a moonshot idea to transform the U.S. football pyramid by founding a fourth-division team in rural New York.This issue also marks the introduction of a new section, showcasing the most technologically advanced—and downright coolest—football equipment on the market: “The Beautiful Gear.”Of course, that’s just a taste of what’s inside. We hope you’ll subscribe or pick up a copy of the new issue from one of our stockists. Thank you for continuing to support Eight by Eight and for spreading the word about us over pints, pies, and Twitter. We hope you’ll enjoy reading the new issue as much as we enjoyed making it.
-The Eight by Eight team