Magazine of the week: World Cup Colors #90

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You’ll have figured I’m excited about the World Cup, and to mark the start of the tourmament tonight we celebrate with a very special edition of Colors. The Football issue is the perfect antidote to the madness that is FIFA, the worldwide body ‘responsible’ for running the sport.

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Grass green with gold foil highlights, the cover gives a good impression of a Panini sticker album…

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…and in fact inside the issue there is a sachet of stickers to be added at various points.

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There’s also a nice touch at the back of the issue, where a yellow card sticks out of a referee’s pocket. The card is actually a booklet giving absurd examples of players being yellow and red-carded for misdemeanours. So far, so fun then.

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But aside from the visual fun, the magazine couldn’t be further away from the glitz of today’s football. It features all apsects of  what gets called the grass-roots of the game – the amateur league footballers (above)…

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…blind football…

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…robots learning to play…

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…the massed ranks of Chinese football schools. And much much more, I don’t want to give it all away.

I’ve been looking forward to this issue ever since editor-in-chief Patrick Waterhouse mentioned its theme at the Facing Pages conference in April. And it doesn’t disappoint, it’s a really rich look at the wider world of this hugely popular sport.

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We’ll have copies available at our pop-up shop at this weekend’s Monocle Summer Fayre.

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