FROM THE EDI­TOR

World Soccer - - From The Editor - Gavin Hamil­ton, 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.

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