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One Man’s Lonely Quest to End Penalty Shootout

One Man’s Lonely Quest to End Penalty Shootout

From 8by8mag.com: Tim Farrell thinks he has the perfect replacement to the penalty shootout. He just needs someone to listen. After Spain’s shocking Round of 16 loss to Russia last Sunday, manager Fernando Hierro was quick to blame an unexpected culprit for his team’s early exit. No, it was not his side’s poor finishing, circuitous passing, […]

The Gift of the Magyars

The Gift of the Magyars

From 8by8mag.com: Hungary’s “Golden Team” was so good it took Russian tanks to stop it. Illustration by Ben Kirchner Certain football teams can linger in memories as vivid and bittersweet as any love affair, claiming a lifelong hold on the emotions. And when the club is Hungary’s legendary national team of the 1950s—the “Golden Team,” which […]

The Save

The Save

From 8by8mag.com: When goalkeeper Gordon Banks magically denied Pelé’s explosive header during England’s World Cup match with Brazil, he launched a 47-year debate about why this extraordinary save was the best ever. Illustration by Mark Ulriksen June 7, 1970 Guadalajara, Mexico: World Cup, Group three match Brazil 1, England 0 Goalkeepers don’t look at football the […]

Welcome to Kaliningrad, the World Cup’s Weirdest Host City

Welcome to Kaliningrad, the World Cup’s Weirdest Host City

From 8by8mag.com: Inside the history of the Russian city that best explain why Putin wants to host the World Cup Over the next few days, traveling England supporters in Russia will load onto airplanes to head to the Three Lions’s final group stage match against Belgium. At some point, a few of the less soused supporters will […]

The Greatest Game Ever Lost

The Greatest Game Ever Lost

From 8by8mag.com: At the 1982 World Cup, only one team could beat Brazil—and it wasn’t Italy. Shock and Awe: Italy’s Paolo Rossi stunned heavily favored Brazil with an improbable hat trick that left the Seleção’s hapless goalkeeper, Waldir Peres, in despair and its cerebral captain, Sócrates, in an existential funk. Illustration by Joe Morse   Once […]

Gov. Phil Murphy Still Believes in American Soccer

Gov. Phil Murphy Still Believes in American Soccer

From 8by8mag.com: New Jersey’s soccer-mad governor Phil Murphy opens up about the 2018 World Cup, the future of soccer in the U.S., and how the beautiful game can bridge the broad divides in American politics. Governor Phil Murphy places his first two bets at Monmouth Park during the first day of sports betting in New Jersey […]

Why Innocence Is Antoine Griezmann’s Secret Weapon

Why Innocence Is Antoine Griezmann’s Secret Weapon

From 8by8mag.com: The French star could maraud the pitch like football’s haunted elite, but instead Griezmann plays the game with a delightful brand of footballing innocence. It could cast him as the surprise French star of the World Cup. Photograph by Vivien Lavau In 2012, Antoine Griezmann, then 21 years old and already a regular goal scorer […]

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

From 8by8mag.com: The mystery of why the Soviet Union’s greatest player, Eduard Streltsov, was sent to the gulag instead of to a meeting with Pelé at the 1958 World Cup. Illustrations by Asaf Hanuka A warm, clear morning, July 23, 1997. An old man in a slack gray suit walks through the gates of the Moscow […]

Eight by Eight Comes to Apple News

Eight by Eight Comes to Apple News

From 8by8mag.com: Follow the World Cup with Eight by Eight, now on Apple News! With the World Cup kicking off today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re bringing the tournament to life on your iPhone or iPad with Apple News*. In the Spotlight tab on Apple News, you can now read Eight by Eight’s exclusive team, […]

RocknRolla

RocknRolla

From 8by8mag.com: Manchester United’s David De Gea has become the undisputed no. 1 goalkeeper. Can he help lead Spain to a second world cup victory in eight years? Photographs by Roger Neve It’s said that Sir Alex Ferguson missed just three matches during his 27-year tenure as manager at Manchester United. The first was for a […]

Hope and Heartbreak Building the Qatar World Cup

Hope and Heartbreak Building the Qatar World Cup

From 8by8mag.com: A conversation with Adam Sobel about his documentary, The Workers Cup, which tells the hidden stories of Qatar’s migrant workers. The question at the heart of Adam Sobel’s documentary The Workers Cup is simple: What is it like to love football when you’re living in the shadow of  the game’s worst corruption? The 2022 […]

Gods in Canary and Sapphire

Gods in Canary and Sapphire

From 8by8mag.com: When the magical and mononymous men from Brazil appeared from another world in 1958, they played football in a way no one ever knew it could be played. Illustrations by Anthony Gerace There are two kinds of sporting history. The first is the factual kind: what actually happened, what the athletes actually did, what they were really like. The […]

American Fiasco: The Inside Story of America’s First World Cup Disaster

American Fiasco: The Inside Story of America’s First World Cup Disaster

From 8by8mag.com: Men in Blazer’s Roger Bennett previews American Fiasco, a new podcast from WNYC Studios about the United States’ calamitous 1998 World Cup campaign The following post is a paid partnership between Eight by Eight and WNYC Studios. Two of the worst results in American men’s soccer history were both 2-1 losses. All U.S. soccer fans […]

How to Build a Champions League Contender

How to Build a Champions League Contender

From 8by8mag.com: Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonas Boldt discusses his plans to break into Europe’s elite Jonas Boldt will be glued to the television this Saturday for the Champions League final. Though he’ll be watching to see if his countryman Jürgen Klopp and his Liverpool side can keep Real Madrid from winning a third consecutive title, he’ll also be evaluating the competition […]

Download Eight by Eight’s 2018 World Cup Bracket

Download Eight by Eight’s 2018 World Cup Bracket

From 8by8mag.com: Post it proudly at work, at home, your favorite footy bar, or wherever you’ll be watching the biggest sporting event on the planet   With only a few weeks to go until the World Cup kicks off in Russia, it’s time to start making your bold predictions. Will Lionel Messi finally win an international tournament? Can Cristiano Ronaldo […]

Introducing the World Cup issue of Eight by Eight!

Introducing the World Cup issue of Eight by Eight!

From 8by8mag.com: The best writing, art, and design in the football world is here just in time to get you ready for the world’s biggest sporting event. The wait is over. After four years, the World Cup is just around the corner. And Eight by Eight is here to get you ready for the world’s biggest tournament […]

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