Welcome to the latest World Soccer newsletter. With the recently-concluded Nations’ Cup having raised the profile of the African game, we bring you a timely interview with African Footballer of the Year, Frederic Kanoute. Also, we speak to Real Madrid’s Malian midfielder, Mahamadou Diarra, about the twin demands of club and international football. Plus, there’s an in-depth study of the problems facing Liverpool’s owners as they struggle to recoup the costs of their takeover of the Anfield club.
The new issue of World Soccer is dominated by a special feature on Brazil and in particular the phenomenal influence exerted by Brazilian players across the globe. There are exclusive profiles on Werder Bremen’s Diego and Milan’s Alexandre Pato, as well as a report into the cost to the Brazilian domestic game of exporting the country’s young most promising talent.
Elsewhere, Brian Glanville questions the wisdom of Newcastle appointing Kevin Keegan, while Keir Radnedge argues that despite disbanding, the G14 group has won its battle with UEFA and FIFA, and football may never be the same again.
With the 16 Euro 2008 finalists now in place, we’re also continuing our countdown to the finals with in-depth features on Portugal and Poland.
This month’s travel feature looks at the delights on offer in Istanbul, while our country spotlight focuses on the state of the game in Russia. Our Memories section turns the clock back to 1995 and looks at the triumphant Ajax side that momentarily stunned Europe’s big guns.
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