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It’s that time again. An exclusive look at what’s inside the new issue

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As Eight by Eight enters its second year, we are thrilled to announce the release of our fifth issue.

If you’re a subscriber, we thank you for your continued support; if you’re not, we hope that this issue convinces you to take the plunge. This magazine is a labor of love, constructed by people with a passion for football, journalism, illustration, and design—and, though we may be biased, we think it’s our most compelling issue yet.

So, what’s inside?

By now, you’ve seen that Chelsea’s Diego Costa is our coverboy. Costa was a natural selection: The brazen striker, who looks and plays beyond his years, has made the Premier League interesting again, terrorizing defenders with his ruthless antics and hunger for goals. A powerful illustration by Nigel Buchanan reminds us that winning doesn’t have to be pretty, and sets the stage for Jonathan Wilson’s meditation on the re-emergence of that particularly British phenomenon, the ferocious center forward.

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05_3D_sample_klopp_loMuch of the issue is dedicated to those managers and coaches who occupy the hazardous position of club dictator: he who decides. It’s a departure from our first four issues, but one that we’ve quite enjoyed. Oliver Kay reports on the tumultuous, trophy-laden, career of José Mourinho; Corley Miller takes a deep-dive on Arsène Wenger, the “martyr of Islington,” who values beauty over glory; and Uli Hesse evaluates Jurgen Klopp’s (now slightly better) nightmare season at Borussia Dortmund.

And finally we ask how Tottenham Hotspur managers have fared over the last six decades or so. Spoiler alert: It ain’t pretty.

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We then turn our lens to the growth, and growing pains, of football in the United States. MLS celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and American fans will be treated to a bevy of new stars with the arrival of Kaká at Orlando City, David Villa and Frank Lampard (or so they say)  at NYCFC, and Liverpool’s talisman, Steven Gerrard, at L.A. Galaxy.

But of course it’s not just men who capture our imagination. As we build up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Gwendolyn Oxenham looks at the USWNT’s resident badass, Megan Rapinoe, and Zach Dundas investigates the developing National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns and their efforts to create a sustainable club, with a supportive culture to match.

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There’s more, of course: Rory Smith unlocks the tragedy of Fernando Torres; Andy Brassell tells us why Alexandre Lacazette is Europe’s most wanted man; Dominic Bliss speaks with Manchester United legend Denis Law; Paolo Bandini explores the wild world of Italy’s owners; and NBC Sports’ lead football commentator, Arlo White, and his BBC Radio Newcastle colleague Nick Barnes, share their articulate match notes for an inside look at how your football match gets called.

Now, that’s just a taste of what’s to come. With this fifth issue, we’re excited to embark on our second year of Eight by Eight. Football fans are a passionate lot, and that passion extends to the steadily growing support of this magazine. Thank you for spreading the word, over pints or on Twitter, and please do let us know what you think. We value and appreciate your feedback.

-The Eight by Eight team

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