World Soccer – March 2023
English | 104 pages | pdf | 48.79 MB

Welcome at World Soccer Magazine March 2023 Issue

After a breathless few months – the World Cup, end of the South American domestic season and culmination of league campaigns in East Asia and Eastern Europe – we attempt to take stock in this issue. Keir Radnedge looks at the landscape of the world game post-Qatar, Glenn Moore tackles the issue of player burn-out in the women’s game, and Jamie Evans reviews the trends of the latest January transfer window – along with highlighting the biggest and most intriguing deals.
But the relentless machine that is the football calendar continues full steam ahead. Nick Bidwell poses the bigquestions ahead of the UEFA Champions League last 16 – as well as focusing on the players to watch in the Europa League and Europa Conference League knockout rounds – while Jonathan Wilson analyses Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge and John Duerden looks at the impact Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival might have in the Middle East.
The new Major League Soccer, League of Ireland Premier Division and J. League seasons kick-off in February too, with James Nalton, Sean Creedon and Mike Plastow providing insightful previews, while on the international stage congratulations go to Iraq, Thailand and Senegal, who won the Arabian Gulf Cup, Southeast Asian AFF Championship, and African Nations Championship respectively – all of which are covered in detail in World Service.
Finally, we reflect on the life of the late, great Gianluca Vialli, who made an indelible impact on the lives of many Italian and English football fans, with Paddy Agnew writing a glowing tribute inmemory of the Italian icon. Vialli’s final, and fitting, contribution to football was to help guide Italy to Euro 2020 glory as part of the Azzurri’s backroomstaff in 2021, and the countdown to the next Euros, hosted by Germany in 2024, will provide the focus of our next Magazine issue. Continue to enjoy riding the football juggernaut.

Stephen Fishlock, Group Editor

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