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    Out Now: World Soccer December 2022

    The latest issue of World Soccer is now available to buy online and in shops.

    Four years ago, Karim Benzema watched on from home as France lifted the trophy. This time around it was supposed to be different; this time, the newly-crowned Ballon d’Or winner was supposed to be front and centre of the French campaign.

    Yet football has a habit of cruel twists. Or, in this case, a cruel tear, right through a muscle in Benzema’s left thigh, an injury that would cost him his place in the holders’ squad in Qatar. In some ways it seems fitting that the story of Karim’s international career should take another dramatic turn. It has already been a rollercoaster journey, as we recount in this latest issue.

    With all eyes on Qatar, we’ve also indulged in some World Cup nostalgia in this issue: Chris Evans tells the story of USA v Iran at France ’98, Ryan Baldi looks back at how Ronaldo fired Brazil to the trophy four years later, plus we also remember some of the most famous penalty-shootout moments in World Cup history.

    Before the tournament began there were plenty of other trophies handed out across the globe, and we’ve got reports from the domestic competitions of Argentina, the United States, Mexico, Japan and South Korea, plus Flamengo’s victory in the Copa Libertadores.

    As for the World Cup, we’ll recount the full tale of Qatar 2022 in the January 2023 issue, featuring every match, team and star player, plus an EyeWitness report from inside the host nation. Don’t miss it.

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    Jamie Evans, Assistant Editor

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    CONTENTS

    THE WORLD THIS MONTH
    People in the news…on and off the pitch

    9 The month in numbers
    10 Keir Radnedge
    Super League looms
    12 Jonathan Wilson Is Xavi up to the Barca job?
    13 Obituaries
    14 Ins & Outs
    16 World Cup 2022 squad watch

    18 ESM XI September’s Team of the Month

    EYEWITNESS

    20 Indonesia The Kanjuruhan Stadium disaster
    24 England
    The FA’s Elite Performance Plan
    30 Catalonia 
    Football and Catalan nationalism

    FEATURES

    34 Player Biography Karim Benzema
    40 Turn Back The Clock
    USA v Iran at France ’98
    44 Turn Back The Clock
    How Ronaldo fired Brazil to the 2002 World Cup
    50 The Long Walk Charting the history of World Cup penalty shootouts
    62 Special Report The Union of European Clubs

    FACE TO FACE

    54 Kasper Hjulmand
    56 Carlos Queiroz
    58 Roberto Martinez

    WOMEN’S FOOTBALL

    66 NWSL review

    WORLD SERVICE

    70 Copa Libertadores Final review
    72 Argentina Primera Division season review
    74 United States MLS Final review
    76 Mexico Liga MX Apertura review
    78 Japan J. League season review
    80 South Korea K League season review
    82 Africa CAF Champions League qualifiers
    84 India Women’s Under-17 World Cup review
    86 Guadeloupe Outside FIFA’s family
    88 La Liga 2022-23 squads
    90 Serie A 2022-23 squads
    92 Results, tables, fixtures

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