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A sneak peek at what’s inside our latest issue.

unnamed (7)It’s been a fantastic year for football from Leicester to Loretta. And with Copa America and Euro 2016 (and the Olympics, we guess?) around the corner, there’s plenty more still to come. Now is the time to arm yourself with the best stories, artwork, and design in the football world, and there’s no better place to start than the latest issue of Eight by Eight. It’s our eighth-ever issue, and we think it just might be our best yet.

08_3D_Verratti_shopTo kick things off, Paolo Bandini heads to Paris to determine whether Marco Verratti can be the next prince of Italy. What he learned, and what Roger Neve’s photographs capture: the young superstar is bursting with personality, and doesn’t take himself too seriously.

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Also on the Euro ‘16 beat: Raphael Honigstein suggests that Nationalmannschaft and its coach Joachim Löw might not be too disappointed if they don’t win it all, Philippe Auclair diagnoses the host nation’s problems heading into its biggest contest in two decades, Paul Doyle warns of overhyping an unproven Belgium side, Dan Friedman visits Robin van Persie’s sad watch party, and John Doyle tells us why this could be the “last great tournament.”

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Of course, you don’t need to travel to the banks of the Seine to witness world class football — stateside, we’ll be having a tournament of our own. Jonathan Wilson tells us why Copa America is one of the most enjoyable competitions out there, and why this year’s rendition could be especially interesting. And though the odds are stacked against Klinsmann’s recently hapless Yanks, a successful showing will demand an impeccable performance from the best American player out there right now, Fabian Johnson. We sent Uli Hesse to profile the goal-scoring Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder, who, while born and raised in Munich, is 100 percent committed to the Stars and Stripes.

In non-tournament news, we warmly welcome former Arsenal invincible Patrick Vieira to America as he begins his managerial career with New York City FC. Corley Miller finds Vieira to be polite and patient, a class act, but worries that this new outpost of City Football Group could present quite a challenge for the French legend.08_3D_Vieira_shopThis issue features three new contributors: Simon Kuper, author of Soccernomics, pens an engrossing profile of Roman Abramovich, the secretive Russian oligarch and owner of Chelsea FC; and Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, of NBC Sports’ “The 2 Robbies,” discuss the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo lining up at the Kingpower Stadium, and debate the merits of Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford.

Of course, that’s just a taste of what’s inside. We hope you’ll subscribe or pick up a copy of the new issue from one of our stockists. Thank you for continuing to support Eight by Eight and for spreading the word about us over pints, pies, and Twitter. We hope you’ll enjoy this summer of football as much as we will.

-The Eight by Eight team

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