Loving Gigi, hating John Terry, and much more! Take a sneak peek inside our latest issue just in time for the holidays.
In an alternate (and more just) dimension, Gianluigi Buffon would be playing in this summer’s World Cup. Instead, his storied international career ended in very real tears after Italy lost its playoff match with Sweden. It will be the first World Cup in over 60 years without the Azzurri.
For Buffon, the loss marks the end of an international career that spanned three decades during which he became the most-capped Italian footballer of all time and an enduring icon of talent, style, and class. It’s this legacy that we’re thrilled to celebrating in issue 12 of Eight by Eight.
A few months ago in Turin, journalist Paolo Bandini sat down with Buffon for an interview. The result is an unguarded and revealing portrait of the goalkeeper as he approaches the end of his storied career. Alongside exclusive photography from Roger Neve, the feature presents Buffon as you’ve never seen him before: Bold, brash, elegant, and effortlessly cool.
Also inside issue 12, David Hirshey chronicles his lifelong hatred of John Terry, Eoin O’Callaghan reflects on the downward spiral of David Moyes, Jonathan Wilson argues that Premier League managers need longer leashes, Andrew Helms examines efforts to improve grassroots coaching in the United States, and much, much more.
We urge you to pick a copy. As more and more journalism moves online, we at Eight by Eight remain staunch supporters of print. There’s nothing greater than holding up the magazine, feeling the weight of its pages, and tucking into a few stories before the matches begin.
If you’re not yet a subscriber, we hope this issue will be the one that convinces you to take the plunge with us. We’re an independent magazine and depend on your support to continue producing the best stories and design in the football world.
The Eight by Eight team