Summer tales
The second half of the European summer is underway, heralding the approach of another football season across the continent. France’s Ligue 1 kicks off on 8 August, with rising star James Rodriguez due to make his debut for Real Madrid in Spain two weeks later. Our seven-page summer report samples the atmosphere in three major Mediterranean football nations.

Sepp Blatter
Ahead of the start of the U-20 Women’s World Cup on Tuesday, the FIFA President emphasises the importance of both this tournament and women’s football as a whole: “We will experience the future of football in Canada.”

German Holger Obermann has worked in football on four different continents, and over the next four weeks we will be publishing extracts from his memoirs. This week, Obermann details his tireless work in Pakistan’s crisis-hit areas.

The World Cup in Russia
“Football is part of Russia’s soul,” says 2018 World Cup CEO Alexey Sorokin in an interview about enthusiasm, money and football stadiums.

Costa Rica
The euphoria sparked by Costa Rica’s incredible World Cup journey continues across the small Central American nation. Henry Duarte, Director of Technical Development at the country’s national football federation discusses Los Ticos’ surprising success and sets out their next targets.