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From the editor #59

As a fanatical football fan, there is nothing better than the World Cup. Coming around just once every four years, it is always a month of feverish excitement, lack of sleep and roller coaster emotions – even if my hopes aren’t particularly high for the Asian contingent in Russia 2018.

Still, just as the Olympic Games tends to attract global audiences to sports they would never normally watch, so too does the World Cup let you ride the highs and lows with teams you would never usually support.

After all, who didn’t feel for Lionel Messi as his Argentinian side fell agonizingly short of glory in the World Cup final in Brazil in 2014?

Four years ago WGM correctly tipped Germany to go all the way and this year, although the World Cup looks more open than ever before, it’s hard to go past the South American powerhouses of Brazil or Argentina to lift the trophy on 15 July.

In the meantime, our 44-page World Cup guide will give you all the information you need to soak up the action. Enjoy!


Ben Blaschke