Out now: World Soccer April 2024

Out now: World Soccer April 2024

Jamie Evans
Jamie Evans

The latest issue of World Soccer is now available to buy online and in shops

From the editor

Sometimes it’s hard to be a football fan.

Yet, as the sport increasingly moves away from its roots and feels consumed by greed and cynicism, this issue of World Soccer is filled with things to help restore your faith in the good of the game, including cup upsets and underdogs, a club built by its fans, a few conquering heroes returning to their childhood teams, a handful of rising starlets, and international football at its very best.

It feels like a long time ago now that Ivory Coast’s Max Gradel lifted the AFCON trophy high into the night sky, one day after Qatar had won their own continental title on home soil. These days, dismissing international football and complaining when it dares to interrupt the domestic calendar seems to be common. Yet this year’s Africa Cup of Nations and Asian Cup tournaments demonstrated that it is capable of hitting emotional heights that the club game — or arguably any other sport — just can’t quite reach. The stories conjured up by Ivory Coast, Jordan, South Africa, Palestine, DR Congo, Syria, Cape Verde and many others were sometimes uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking, but always compelling, and few more so than the main character in the AFCON final: Sebastien Haller.

Haller’s story transcends football. Ivory Coast’s match- winner in the final not only survived a cancer diagnosis but also injuries, rejection and downright bad luck to become a national hero in the country of his mother’s birth.

The good news for lovers of the international game is that there is plenty more to come this year. The upcoming March international break will include the Euro 2024 play-offs — a sure-fire guarantee of drama and emotion — and UEFA Nations League play-outs, as well as the CONCACAF Nations League finals and final qualifiers for this summer’s Copa America. In February, CONMEBOL confirmed which two men’s teams will represent South America at this summer’s Olympics, with a number of thrilling young stars emerging in the process.

For all of the above and more, pick up the April 2024 edition of World Soccer. Hopefully it’ll make you’ll feel a little better about the world’s best game.

Jamie Evans, Managing Editor



13 The month in numbers
14 Keir Radnedge The reign of Ceferin
16 Jonathan Wilson AFCON of the century
17 Obituaries Kurt Hamrin & Artur Jorge
18 Goals we’d like to see again
20 Jim Holden What does the future hold for Gareth Southgate?
21 Ins & Outs
22 Obituaries Andreas Brehme & Stan Bowles


24 Croatia Hajduk Split
28 Spain Unionistas De Salamanca


32 Player Biography Sebastien Haller
38 Spotlight on Manchester United starlet Kobbie Mainoo
42 6 Of The Best South American Under-23 starlets
44 Special Feature The magic of the Pokal
62 AFCON Tournament review
68 Asian Cup Tournament review


48 Face to Face Lee Casciaro, Gibraltar captain
52 Face to Face Pontus Jansson, Malmo defender
98 My Biggest Game Robert Prosinecki, ex-Croatia midfielder


56 NWSL preview

74 Europe Euro 2024 qualifying preview
76 CONCACAF Nations League finals & Copa America qualifiers
78 South America Olympic qualifiers review
80 Africa CAF Champions League Group stage review
82 Fiji Eyeing a spot at the 2026 World Cup
84 Africa AFCON squads
88 Asia Asian Cup squads
92 France Ligue 1 squads

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