MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : WORLD SOCCER – AUGUST 1986

It’s the summer of 1986, and Diego Maradona, holding aloft the World Cup is the cover star of World Soccer, with Mexico 86 still a recent memory.

As you open the magazine, there is a tribute to former FIFA President Sir Stanley Rous, described as “The Father Of Football”, who was taken ill in Mexico, and died a few weeks later on his return to London.

World Soccer views Mexico 86 as a success, but the tournament was not without flaws. Having 24 teams in the finals and allowing some 3rd placed teams to qualify, in their view, encouraged Bulgaria to employ negative tactics against Argentina, as a narrow defeat would put them through.

Azeglio Vicini is the favourite for the Italy job, should Enzo Bearzot leave his job as manager of the recently dethroned champions.

There is a double page profile of Argentina’s winning squad.

France get a post-mortem, having reached the Semi-Finals for the second successive tournament, where it is declared that their glorious midfield is a thing of the past.

Denmark get previewed, but are looking forward, not back, to an upcoming friendly against West Germany as they aim for revenge against a team they beat in Mexico. Why revenge? West Germany manager Franz Beckenbauer described their style of play as primitive.

England’s post-mortem focuses om the future of Bobby Robson, with writer Eric Batty saying he must stay in the job.

Bayern Munich get a double page feature as they aim to win the European Cup. They came close, losing to Porto in he final that season.

There is a feature on two young Scottish managers in big jobs, Kenny Dalglish who won the League and FA Cup in his first season as Liverpool manager, and Graeme Souness, given his first job at Rangers, and caused a stir by calling them the biggest club in Britain.

In Yugoslavia, Partizan Belgrade have been stripped of the league title as a result of alleged match fixing.

The draws for the 1st Round of the three European trophies are reviewed, with the tie of the round being the meeting of PSV Eindhoven and Bayern Munich in the European Cup.

There is a feature about club football in Canada, or rather, the lack of, something which World Soccer says is vital is they want to capitalise on reaching their first World Cup.

2 thoughts on “MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : WORLD SOCCER – AUGUST 1986

  1. Love these scans. Have you got any of the South American articles from this edition? Argentina/Brazil mainly. Thanks 🙂

    The article on Denmark was quite prescient in one way, Flemming Poulsen and Lars Elstrup were important in 1992, and Henrik Andersen would’ve played in the final but for his awful injury against Holland.

    But there seemed to be an inference that the Dutch football boom was over, and no clue that they were about to embark on 30+ years of competing at the very highest level… they’d only miss one tournament between 88 and 2012, and were serious contenders for many of them.

    The idea of Anderlecht being serious contenders in European club competition must be preposterous to anyone under 30! Rangers did get back up with the European elite like Souness said, but by then had already left to dismantle Liverpool. And like Anderlecht, Rangers today are unlikely to reach a European semi-final ever again.

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