Mundial #17

With 132 pages getting in and amongst all of the things you like most about football, MUNDIAL Issue 17 is here.

The front section features five mascots we’d like to go for a pint with, all chillingly illustrated by Zac Braithwaite, and a look at the mad, bad, and brilliant stickers found around the outskirts of Old Trafford. We speak to former ghost writer Chas Newkey-Burden about drunk-calling Dennis Bergkamp at midnight, seek out the best food-related football club nicknames, and Stuart Kenny tells us about the time he went to the Colombian jungle to find a huge statue of Carlos Valderrama. There’s bits of filth, a touch of Golaços, and a Subbuteo scoreboard off eBay.

And then, take a big full-of-oxygen breath, and let Grant Fleming take you by the scruff of your neck through the streets and souks of Casablanca. Grant, who you may remember from Issue 16 and his exploration of the Armenian football scene, travels to Morocco to document the Casablanca derby and ends up embedding with the Raja fans in and around their African Confederation Cup game against AS Vita Club from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It’s a piece full of colour and noises and smells and sights, and some extremely passionate people. We’re very excited for you to read it, and incredibly proud to publish a proper long format piece of reportage. It’s like being dragged around the city behind a moped by your hair.

Elsewhere, our Josh Millar heads back to Wales (his favourite place) to watch Caernarfon and hang out with their fans: The Cofi Army. Like a beer, them. Call each other Conts.

Sam Diss speaks to George Dowell, the 26-year-old owner of Worthing FC, about his recovery from a car crash and the subsequent revitalisation of his boyhood club, and James Bird travels to Ferrara to work out how SPAL went from the fourth tier to Serie A in the space of five years, and just what that means for the club. A lot, actually. It means a lot. 

In the back section, there’s a belting selection of Gerry Cranham’s pics, a gallery of kickabout images from Creagh Cross’ journey to the Guatemalan rainforest, and Owen Blackhurst gets a car through the Basque country to sample its bars, restaurants, hillscapes, language, and fourth division football. It’ll make you want to get the next plane there.