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The thinking fans football magazine
Member Name: Zenith
Date: 30/06/00, updated on 30/06/00 (73 review reads)
Advantages: It really has a worldwide perspective
Disadvantages: There is only one copy per month
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.
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.