A sneak peek at what’s inside.
After a long wait, we’re thrilled launch Issue 10 of Eight by Eight. From the neck-to-neck title races across Europe to the do-or-die U.S. World Cup qualification campaign, the new issue is full of must-read material on the biggest storylines and players in world football, alongside the unexpected and less-well traveled stories that make the game worth watching (and, in our opinion, make the magazine worth reading). So, what’s inside the new issue? Here’s a sneak peek:
“Zidane’s real language is power,” writes Eight by Eight contributor Corley Miller in this searing essay that constructs a universal theory of Zidane from the seemingly incongruous fragments of his life. For Miller, Zidane’s grace and elegance on the pitch belies a burning need to dominate, a trait that can be seen in his ruthlessly effective Real Madrid side as much as in his most notorious moment on the field, the 2006 World Cup final headbutt-heard-round-the-world.
In Germany, Bayern Munich sit perched atop the Bundesliga and are poised to cruise past Arsenal into the Champions League quarterfinals. A major driver of their success is Chilean midfield enforcer Arturo Vidal, known as much for his prowess on the pitch as his antics off it (booze, brawls, and all). But Eight by Eight contributor Uli Hesse caught up with Vidal in Munich recently and found that his tough reputation did not match the person sitting in front of him.
In the United States, the U.S. men’s national team is now looking to recover from its disastrous 2016 campaign under new manager Bruce Arena. Arena’s first major test will be two World Cup qualifier matches in March, but a battle is still raging over the legacy of recently fired manager Jürgen Klinsmann and his bold vision to remake U.S. Soccer. Eight by Eight senior editor Andrew Helms argues that Klinsmann never possessed the capacity to translate his ideas into reality, and, more damningly, that the German refused to accept his own responsibility for poor results. “In Klinsmann’s mind, his vision and ideas remain infallible,” Helms contends. “He was never wrong; just not right, yet.” Also stateside, John Doyle evaluates the tumultuous life and career of former U.S. women’s national goalkeeper Hope Solo — a player whose prodigious talents were dogged by her off-the-field actions.
Looking back, Jon Spurling reconstructs the life of Dainton Connell, better known as The Bear, who in the 1970s and 80s was the most recognizable face in the Highbury terraces. But unlike other well-known hooligans from the period, Connell never cashed in on his Arsenal notoriety, and after his death while on tour with the Pet Shop boys in Moscow in 2007, his story remains shrouded in mystery.
There’s so much more inside, and 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, being struck by the vastness of the design and art, 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