Zinedine Zidane & 10 reasons to buy MUNDIAL Issue 23

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MUNDIAL reminds you why you love football. Founded in 2014, the print magazine has just sent its twenty-third issue to the printers, and there’s a very special person on the front: Zinedine Zidane. 

Inside, MUNDIAL’s writers explore Zizou’s career through ten games that defined him as a person and as a footballer. From World Cup finals with France to Champions League finals with Real Madrid to big comebacks with Bordeaux and even a five-a-side indoor game he played back in a gymnasium in La Castellane, the area in Marseille that Zidane grew up in.

MUNDIAL magazine is always split into three sections. The front section is full of shorter bits of writing that can cover everything from facts about Zico’s direct freekicks to Divock Origi being kissed by someone in the crowd and how good the burgers are at non league grounds.

The middle section is where the long form articles are, with MUNDIAL telling stories about football from across the world. Alongside the Zidane cover feature, there are longer pieces about non league heroes South Wales, the joy of J.League, and a piece from the frontlines in Ukraine—all accompanied by amazing photography, illustrations, and design.

Finally, the back section is all kits, boots, travel, and other bits that surround the game.

Here are 10 reasons you should buy MUNDIAL. And if you're already sold, you can buy it by clicking here!

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    1ZINEDINE ZIDANE V PEP GUARDIOLA AT EURO 2000

    With Zinedine Zidane wearing 10 and Pep Guardiola wearing 4, this EUROs quarterfinal in Bruges provided one of the most dominating Zizou performances of all time. Amongst flicks, tricks, changes of pace and surging runs, Pep couldn’t get near Zizou all game. “I suffered,” he said years later. “I suffered a lot.”

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    2THE BEST COLLECTION OF ADIDAS PREDATORS WE’VE EVER SEEN

    They’re one of the most recognisable pieces of design in football history, have scored some of the game’s most important goals, and definitely made you feel like you could take freekicks better as soon as you put them on—the adidas Predator is a football icon. Hinson, also known as The Predator Pro on Instagram, takes us for a David Beckham-inspired journey of his life collecting the boot that was initially, and brilliantly, labelled 100% legal, 0% fair.

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    3THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE 1930 WORLD CUP

    Did you know that it was snowing in Montevideo, Uruguay, when French striker Lucien Laurent volleyed home the first ever World Cup goal in a 4–1 defeat of Mexico? Well, now you do. From ships to Kings to hat-tricks, there are five more things to learn about the first ever World Cup.

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    4THE PHOTOS OF FRANCE WINNING THE WORLD CUP

    A beaming Zidane holding the trophy above his adoring teammates? An open top bus tour through the streets of Paris? The Arc de Triomphe lit up with “Zidane Presidente” beamed onto it? The celebrations when France beat Brazil 3-0 to win the World Cup on home soil in 1998 were amazing. Sit back and enjoy six pages of the best photos.

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    5EDGAR DAVIDS AT BARNET

    Edgar Davids’ managerial / head coach / centre-half / centre-midfielder / striker role at Barnet between 2012 and 2014 is the stuff of legend. A relegation, five red cards, and an assertion that he’d wear the number one shirt—this was a period of madness from the former Champions League winner and Netherlands international. 

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    6JUVENTUS V RIVER PLATE IN JAPAN

    In 1996, Zinedine Zidane’s Juventus played an Intercontinental Cup match against that season’s Copa Libertadores winners River Plate. Wearing number 10 for River Plate was Enzo Francescoli, one of Zizou’s heroes and the person he named his first son after. A dreamlike scenario for one of the generation’s greatest players saw him try harder, maybe, than he’d ever tried before.

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    7FERENC PUSKAS’ SAUSAGE FACTORY

    You might know Ferenc Puskas as one of the world’s greatest ever players, a legendary goalscorer who won three European Cups with Real Madrid and spearheaded Hungary’s national side who became one of the greatest football teams of all time. You might know him as the man who FIFA named the Puskas award after for the most beautiful goal each year. But did you know he owned a sausage factory? He did, you know...

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    8UKRAINE’S ANTI-FASCIST HOOLIGANS FIGHTING PUTIN

    Jake Hanrahan is the founder of Popular Front, the world’s biggest grassroots conflict journalist platform, and in Issue 23 he takes us to the frontline to bed-in with the anti-fascist football hooligans fighting Putin’s aggression. It’s a piece not for the faint-hearted, and shows how the relationships forged through football can take you to places far away from where any football is being played.

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    9ZIZOU’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WINNING VOLLEY

    The goal voted Real Madrid’s best of all time was also the goal that led Zidane to his first and last Champions League title. A left-footed, top-spinning volley hit with his ‘weaker’ foot as the ball dropped down from the heavens (a fluffed Roberto Carlos cross), it made everyone who saw it lose their mind. What a goal. What a man.

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    10WAKANDA FC IN PARIS

    From Kylian Mbappé to Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté the Parisien banlieue are one of the world’s most fruitful conveyor belts of footballing talent. Emile-Samory Fofana heads out to Saint-Denis and Bois L’Abbe to tell the stories of the kids whose talents are being crafted on the pitches in the suburbs.

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