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Top 5 Soccer Magazines

A look at the best soccer magazines currently available

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Internet coverage of the sport has almost reached saturation point with a plethora of websites to quench the thirst of even the most obsessive soccer fan. But it’s unhealthy to be sitting in front of a computer screen 24-7, so here is a list of the best soccer magazines available.

1. World Soccer

World Soccer is regarded as a trusted authority on the game, with the publication launched way back in 1960. It boasts a pool of the best soccer journalists such as Spain correspondent Sid Lowe, South American expert Tim Vickery and veteran columnist Brian Glanville. Since 1982 the magazine has also organized "Player of the Year," "Manager of the Year," and "Team of the Year" awards. For a comprehensive monthly review of the game, look no further than World Soccer.

2. FourFourTwo

Having released over 180 issues, FourFourTwo is a staple for many soccer fans. As well as delivering top name interviews, it strives to provide a fly-on-the-wall look at the game, with ex-professionals regularly dishing the dirt on what a soccer dressing room is really like. The editorial team have clearly set out to produce an edgy publication, with front page teasers such as “Drugs in Football: Why a big star will be busted this season." A humorous and informative account of the sport each month.

3. Champions

This is Uefa’s official magazine to accompany the Champions League. A bi-monthly publication, Champions is unrivalled in the sheer number of in-depth interviews it contains with Europe's top players and managers. All protagonists featured in each issue will have taken part in the Champions League in that actual season. Like World Soccer, it utilizes the talents of some excellent writers, such as English-based Spanish journalist Guillem Balague and Marcela Mora y Araujo, an authority on Argentinean soccer.

4. Soccer America

Soccer America has been a reliable source of information on the sport in the United States since the early 1970s. It has built up a significant online presence, no longer available only through mail order. Soccer America has reverted from being a weekly publication to a glossy monthly magazine, and boasts the talents of Paul Gardner who also writes a regular column for World Soccer.

5. When Saturday Comes

A cheaper alternative than most of its rivals, WSC started in March 1986 and features content from journalists, fans, and readers. Renowned authors such as Nick Hornby and Simon Kuper have also made contributions to a magazine that predominantly covers British soccer but also contains a section on the world game. WSC places a big emphasis on features, and claims to take “both a serious and humorous view of the sport.”

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