Launched back in 2014, English soccer subculture magazine MUNDIAL took up arms against the sterility of statistics and armchair opinions that surround the beautiful game. Instead, they gift us with the kind of stories that you’d chat about at the pub, and remind us why we fell in love with this stupid game in the first place.
The magazine’s sixth issue drops just in time for this summer’s European Championship and features photo stories on the unseen side of the 1966 World Cup, the reality of women’s football in London in 2016, and how football is saving countless young lives in northern Iraq.
Elsewhere, there’s tales of the ex-con Deep South bluesman who inspired fans in Bristol to sing his song from the terraces, why kits always look better in orange, an exploration into the darkest hours of Pep Guardiola’s life, and a thrilling write-up on the English legend that is Paul Gascoigne.
And that’s all without mentioning the excellent cover story interview with the dashing future England star John Stones.
MUNDIAL Issue Six is out June 2 and is available to order now.
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