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I like World Soccer, it is a magazine for people who want to get past the dreary world of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool and find out what is happening in the whole world of football rather than simply knowing who John Terry beat on Call of Duty 2 last week.
The magazine follows most world leagues with respected and informed journalists in each country. For me the magazine is probably the best journalistically for sheer coverage of football, although Four Four Two is the best overall and Champions is the most interesting for in-depth coverage of top European teams.
With respected journalists including the ancient but brilliant Brian Glanville, the writers go into great detail on Asian Football, African Football, a lot of depth to European Football and Latin America and general trends within the game.
If you want to know what Ledley King´s favourite bar to get kicked out of is, you won´t find it here, but if your interested in why Racing in Argentina, Atletico Madrid and Spurs share more than a penchant for snazzy football shirts, this is your magazine.
I subscribe one an annual basis for 37.05 and I feel it is worth it as the magazine takes a good while to read. It lacks the adverts of Four Four Two and fills each page full of information, its not as visually attractive as some of its rivals but for content and writing is excellent. Looking beyond results to talk about social issues involving clubs and competitions and to really review how the game is developing globally.
It is an expensive magazine, but really good for real footy anoraks and people who like to delve below the surface of World Football (Note to self, the use of Soccer in absolutely any context is wrong and should be abolished!!!!).
I have been a regular reader of World Soccer for over 20 years now. When I first started to get the magazine the football world was indeed very different. Almost all the national leagues of Europe had players from within that country playing in the league. International transfers did happen but they were very rare and usually consisted of world class players moving to Italy. Nowadays World Soccer could be a working title for a magazine which only covered the English Premiership.
World Soccer magazine was many years ago a specialist magazine for the limited number of people who had an interest in the foreign leagues. Of course there are now regular broadcasts of Dutch, German and Italian league matches on terrestrial British TV and the satellite and cable broadcasters find it financially attractive to fill their schedules with football from all over the world. For the most part World Soccer still does what it has always done and gives coverage of football played outside the UK.
However it is not only the broadcasting of football which has changed. Where there very few soccer magazines 20 years ago there are now a huge number including those which cater for the interests of only one club. The issue for World Soccer is simple, is there a market for such a specialist magazine. My view is that World Soccer is a very good, well written magazine. It is a good read but without wishing to denigrate the average football fan or average football magazine reader is a good read what these people are looking for.
In particular World Soccer faces immense competition from newer magazines like 4-4-2 which strike a balance between popular football stories and serious football journalism. There are a myriad of 'tabloid' level football magazines which are to football what 'Smash Hits' is to pop music. There is a market for these certainly but they progress little beyond a players favourite meal and pet hates. The broadsheet newspapers do now cover world football in some depth and the question for World Soccer must now be how much more does the football enthusiast wish to know without becoming an almanac for the anorak.
World Soccer does cover football in greater depth including an appreciation of the administration and running of the game. Issues for example about political interference in Greeces domestic football or Olympic football have been well covered recently. A regular contributor is Keir Radnedge who is probably with Brian Glanville the best writer in football journalism. The magazine also has sections like Libero which is a news section about international transfersas well as regular reviews of books published about football. The magazine continues to publish the international football tables but as many broadsheet newspapers do this now the lack of 'up-to-date-ness' of the World Soccer tables is a disadvantage.
I do not get World Soccer every month. I tend to get it occasionally to catch up with major events like the World Cup 2002 or Euro 2000 or for the Champions League. The increased coverage of football overseas is diminishing the effectiveness of World Soccer. Well written it might be but I think it faces a tough future.
World Soccer Magazine (WSM) is a long running (perhaps longest) international football magazine. The title reflects pretty much its aim except that they annoyingly use the word 'Soccer' instead of football despite the publication being British and having little to do with the U.S . Oh well, it's a corporate world we live in I suppose we just have to accept that fact.
I began buying this magazine around the turn of the millenium when avid football fans may realise, that Italian league football (Serie A) was taken off our screens. Being in the pre-sky digital era I was forced to keep up to date on the latest happenings by course of this excellent monthly publication.
The magazine always profiled a singular player at the front. This would usually be the player who was the most famed or publisiced player at the time of printing. Hence going down the years almost every great player of any era had appeared on the front World Soccer Magazine. The first page as I remember it always contained a small introduction by the Editor (esteemed writer Gavin Hamilton) outlining the focus of the current edition of the magazine.
The great thing about this magazine is that it has every inch of the globe covered. If there is a meaning football match played anywhere at any time you will find it somewhere in the WSM. Of course the magazine gives greater emphasis on the more established leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany etc..). The whole purpose of the magazine is to go look at football with a more strategic and anylitical look. We get many interviews from major footballing stars who are always quizzed on more serious issues of the game (and not on stuff like hairstyles and cars).
One of the main features was team of the month, when the magazine's experts would get together and judge the best 11 players from all of the leagues (across Europe). Why is this a good feature? Well ask any football fan and they will tell you they know better than any manager about team selection. However we often think we know more than we actually do, so this feature has a lot of us eating humble pie.
The quality of journalism is really high and there are few colomns that you read that have you thinking 'what is he on about?'. The magazine has a feature profiling young footballing prospects.I can remember many of todays top players (Ronaldinho, Messi etc..) appearing in this section before I had ever heard about them.
There are a few critcisms that can be made of WSM, however many of the drawbacks of the magzine do not lie within their control. As with nearly all series publications the internet has made magazine such as this lose much of its appeal. Why wait for a month when you can get instant information from around the globe and for free all on the net. The content can seem a bit outdated in particular the reviews of particular tournaments. Which often appeared a month after they had been completed and usually were long forgotton (Like World Cup 2006, anyone still remember that? Oh yeah England lost!).
The magazine has increased in size of the years and unsuprisingly in cost aswell. Some may see the magazine as quite small given its cost (around 3 pound a copy) but it only concentrates on high quality articles and features so this is not suprising.
Regardless of the impact of the internet, this magazine has stood the test of time and has still managed to stay popular. It has high quality features every month and keeps you up to date with the latest happenings in world football.
Readers: Male 90%, Female 10%
Average Age: 30
Circulation: 45, 497
I first came across World Soccer magazine by sheer coincidence, I was near the white cliffs of Dover waiting to board the ferry to Calais I think was the place, when I stopped at the last petrol station to pick up a few snacks and reading material, World Soccer was the only football mag available so I decided to try it. I was not disappointed. The magazine's most advantageous point that separates it from many other competitors is its vast knowlege and resources of not just english football, or not just european, but the whole world football scene. From the dizzy heights of Seria A to the not so well known Australian National soccer league, every table is present in the formidible World Service section. Internationals, domestic leagues and champions leagues are all present with the most well known leagues also having top goalscorer and individual matches reported on. The magazine shows main news topics via it's regular Libero section located at the front. This is where articles written by the very knowledgable reporters appear and make interesting reading with their unbiased approach. A month in pictures flowing across the top of the pages in the Libero section also help to make reading this section more enjoyable. From here, the magazine concentrates on news specific to a particular country or confederation. Again, the most common leagues such as Spain, Italy, Germany, and England recieve at least a page to report on the events from the past month, with the smaller countries appearing in smaller columns dependant upon the amount of important information that arises from the country. Dotted throughout the specific league news is short reports on up and coming players or players that seem to have a large amount of potential which I find particulary nice as a hardened Championship Manager gamer. On to one of my favourite sections, the crossword. I enjoy the crossword because it requires you to think
whilst also improving your knowledge as many of the questions require you to research for the answer. For example, a typical question is, Yugoslav striker in Malta with Sliema Wanderers (6) Hard but more fun than something you already know. Finally, the magazine finishes with Last Word, this looks at the more topical subjects associated with football such as drug abuse and deaths of former great players. All I can is try it, because if you enjoy not just domestic football, but football as a whole, this is the magazine for you.
Cool Mag, It gives an in depth view of the footballing world, a must buy! The mag is full of comments from managers of the world. I buy this amg every month and i reckon that it is the bset football magazine in the world. The price ususally is £2.50, so it is quite pricey, which lets it down. You get a free pull out in which you get league table, fixtures, and much much more. Smark1985 refered me to the magazine saying that it was really good. I hope that they drop the price of this as it rally is a good mag, but the price lets it down. adios!
World soccer gives the reader a general overview of whats happening in the worlds football. You get a free pull-out in the middle which gives you league tables fixtures, and results etc.. I have a subscription on this magazine and I would say that it is probably the best football magazine in the country if not the world. =========================================== The price does let it down a bit, but ar'nt all magazines over priced? Look at a blooming womens mag, RED, its over £3! So if people are critising this, they should look at pokemon cards! The mag gives in depth interviews with a whole host of stars, they have poles, competitions and even a crossword. Every month they have sections on each country and then it gives a lot of information on each of the teams in the top division. I would reccommend this magazine to any football fan. This year is going to be a cracker for the world soccer team and mag! ============================================ I would prefer it though if the price was a little lower, say £2, this also would encourage old buyers who have gone away to come back and buy it again. If you want a mag for a divison 1 or 2 team, then this is really not the mag for you as it only has details on the high flying clubs that are in the premier league etc..
This is another very good, but very dear football magazine. The content is very good, and they also have some very good pictures of the players, as well as some good interviews with top players like Beckham, Figo etc. It is a very glossy magazine, and often has additional feeatures like last week they had some history of World Soccer guide. They also give away some good stuff from the magazine, and they attract som good advertisers, from whom I have bought things. It is a good magazine but expensive for what you get- however, you get a view of soccer in the world as opposed to just in England.
World Soccer Magazine is one of my favourite football mags. Unlike many of the genre it has been about for years and is without a doubt the France to 442's Scotland. It has a sense of depth and quality of article which just isn't matched by any of its competition. Regular features: A two page commentary on the major football issues of the month by Keir Radnedge; Libero - an extensive news section detailing international transfers, coaches on the move, injuries to star name players, high profile international football stories (for example the recent cup final appearance by Calais was very well covered) and regular reviews of new football books; Opinion columns from commentators who understand the game ( a rare breed but they do exist ); the excellent World Service section which details the results from leagues and internationals all over the world; and a closing word each month from Brian Glanville. Allied to this impressive backbone of regular features every issue looks in detail at the football goings on in almost every country in the world. Want to know what's happening in Argentina football? Page 84. Curious as to how Feyenoord will cope without Leo Beenhakker? Page 74. Looking for a detailed profile on Simone Inzaghi? Page 63. Turn a page and you will find a half page profile of the latest hot player from countries as far apart as Canada to Fiji. If you claim to know something about the game and you don't read World Soccer then you are kidding yourself on. Now is an excellent time to start reading WS - each issue is due around the 16th of the month and the next issue will review the current Euro2000 tournament - this will not be the usual tabloid match reports but detailed analysis of the relative strengths and weaknesses of each of the 16 teams. Go have a look at worldsoccer.com to get a feel for the mag. At 2.50 an issue or 32.50 for a 13 issue subscription you owe it to yourself to try it. It'll make y
ou the most knowledgeable football fan in the pub.