The best writing, art, and design in the football world is here just in time to get you ready for the world’s biggest sporting event.
The wait is over. After four years, the World Cup is just around the corner.
And Eight by Eight is here to get you ready for the world’s biggest tournament with our latest issue, celebrating the tournament’s present and past. We’re incredibly proud to bring our latest issue to you filled with great art, writing and design about the beautiful game, and we hope that you’ll consider subscribing to support the cause of original, independent football writing.
On the cover, we’re highlighting a player who is among the world’s best but — by virtue of his position — often gets overshadowed in the conversation: Spain’s David De Gea. In our cover feature, Kade Krichko ventured to Madrid to spend time with the Spanish No. 1 (“RocknRolla”). He’s been a star in England for years, but now De Gea must make his mark in his own country with La Roja as he emerges from the shadow of Iker Casillas.
Will the fan of heavy metal find his rhythm? Krichko traces De Gea’s rise from Spanish youth star to Manchester United and now his expectations for the future. “I want to help this team do as well as it can,” De Gea told Krichko. “I want to build my legacy now.”
Beyond De Gea, we’ve got profiles on some of the biggest stars of this World Cup, including Germany’s Leroy Sané, France’s Antoine Griezmann, and the man of the moment, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.
As much as the World Cup is about the present, the tournament provides us with a chance to look back on some of the greatest games and teams from the past. David Hirshey gives us a rollicking view of the 1982 Brazil team that crashed out of the World Cup in a thrilling defeat to Italy (“The Greatest Game Ever Lost”).
Despite our joy about the World Cup’s arrival, we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that the tournament’s presence in Putin’s Russia this year makes us a bit queasy. Jon Spurling (“War of the Worlds”) analyzes how other dictators have used the World Cup to their advantage, giving you the essential context to understand the propaganda you’ll be seeing on your television screens this summer.
And there’s much, much more inside, including a primer on all 32 teams that will compete in Russia this summer as well as a look back at the life of Eduard Streltsov, the best player ever to come out of the Soviet Union who was banned from the 1958 World Cup in response to a rape allegation.
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