Eight by Eight’s 9th issue presents 116 beautiful pages dedicated to the beautiful game: football. Inside, you’ll find long-form features penned by some of the world’s most acclaimed journalists; vibrant illustration and photography; and aggressive, modern design.
Cult of One: Zlatan Ibrahimović, football’s most and least important player, enters his final act. By Corley Miller & Wesley Bedrosian
A Boy Among Men: Robbie Keane, Ireland’s enigmatic striker nears the end of a long and winding road. By John Doyle & Patrik Giardino.
The Triumph of the Collective: Leicester City weren’t supposed to win the Premier League last season, but their tight-knit squad outperformed the richer sides. Can they do it again? By Simon Barnes & Yuko Shimizu
Alien Invasion: Despite the xenophobia behind Brexit, English football fans know that the most exciting players in the Premier League are the managers, and the best of them are bloody foreigners. By John Doyle & Ben Kirchner
Bragging Rights: Why is it still so important to beat your neighbor? By Will Frears & Peter Arkle
Split Ends: Italian football’s serious fan problem is especially rampant at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, where separated fans of AS Roma and SS Lazio are infuriated by the government’s severe match-day policing. By Colin O’Brien & Chris Buzelli
Toward an Imperfect Understanding of George Best: Alcohol. Women. Football. In that order. By Simon Barnes