The new WSC is out now, available from all good newsagents or dispatched on the day of order from the WSC shop. Including:
The Premier League is in denial
How football encourages online abuse and an inside view on super injunctions
Small crowds and faded grandeur in Belgium
Cast in bronze – the rush for stadium statues
Pre-season trips move from prawn crackers to "brand benefits"
A World Cup game on home soil for an improving Palestine
Plus, 25th Anniversary Special. Playing the game – from park football to the tactical revolution

Also in this issue:

Flamengo 0, Botafogo 0 Ronaldinho disappoints
"Typical. You go in search of some Brazilian football excitement, in a Rio de Janeiro derby featuring two-times World Player of the Year Ronaldinho, and you get the kind of 0-0 draw that makes you think about taking up golf. It is the first goalless stalemate of this year's national league, after nearly 50 games. A match so devoid of entertainment that Brazil's leading newspaper, O Globo, describes it as a 'melancholic spectacle' while, more prosaically, tabloid Marca accuses the two teams of trying to 'kill the fans with boredom'." Buy here to read the full article

Home valuation Why English players are proving costly
"There is a new phrase that has entered the football lexicon in recent times and it's threatening to dominate the summer transfer activity. It was a notion floated when James Milner and Joleon Lescott moved to Manchester City for astronomical sums – but this was City and, well, they do that sort of thing. The whispers continued when Aston Villa were prepared to chuck £24 million Sunderland's way for Darren Bent, and these turned to howls of derision when Andy Carroll also turned his back on the north-east, this time for £35m. By the time Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones became £20m men, even your average Russian oligarch was wincing. I'm talking about 'the English Premium'." Buy here to read the full article

25th Anniversary Special ~ Playing the game
Systems failure
How "tactics" have taken over
"Tactics are now a free-floating entity that it is deemed necessary to engage with, to take a stance on, and even to identify with emotionally, in the way aspirational adolescents might once have identified with strands of politics, or poetry, or music." Buy here to read the full article

Age concern
The amateur player has new tricks
"Nowadays, players risk a lambada just to dap the ball down with their upper body. I even caught myself doing it a few games back, albeit in the manner of George the Hofmeister Bear lowering himslef onto a lavatory seat." Buy here to read the full article

Playing a lottery No Scottish pyramid system
"The freakshow that was Gretna obscures the fact that their very admission was not justified by any on-field criteria." Buy here to read the full article

TV desperation; Derry's domestic problems; revolution at Hartlepool; Island Games 2011
Granada win promotion with help from Udinese
Jimmy Greaves travels north
The US is a perfect Concacaf Gold Cup host for another regional battle against Mexico
Memories of the Kops and the Banks – when away ends had character
The problems of big clubs in small leagues
Serious match-fixing hits Seoul; India's FA puts its faith in youth
Strange case of Andrew Watson, the Guyana-born stalwart of the "Scottish style"
Oddities of Berwick; Burnley's boom; a full-back's fear; giggles with Bobby Gould
Season in brief Bundesliga 1977-78

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hoto by Alex Cassiano, illustration by Neil Stevens

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