FROM THE EDITOR
As is so often the case, football is much more than just the players and teams who feature on the pitch
Cover stars Ousmane Dembele ( page 55) and Jadon Sancho ( p44) are just two of the exciting young players featured this month, along with coaches (Thierry Henry, p26), teams (Braga, p25) and countries (Madagascar, p65) who are making waves around the world.
But as is so often the case, football is much more than just the players and teams who feature on the pitch.
As we went to press with this edition, FIFA appeared to have kicked proposals for an expanded, Saudi-funded Club World Cup into the long grass. But the issue is unlikely to stay away for long. The world may have expressed outrage at the Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but for UEFA the financial threat posed by FIFA’s plan was far more distasteful.
Similarly, Germany’s defeat of Turkey in the race to host Euro 2024 ( p38) could be framed as a victory for human rights when in reality UEFA has opted to follow the money.
Not all stories are about cold, hard cash. In Iran ( p32), the campaign by female fans is fascinating, while the allegations facing Cristiano Ronaldo ( p24) could prove to be the moment when football came face to face with #MeToo movement.