Alexi Lalas, one of the more recognisable US footballers, is the cover star of World Soccer, as Major League Soccer, the national league of the United States, is about to launch.

The creation of a national league was a condition for USA hosting the 1994 World Cup.

Lalas got a move to Serie A after the 1994 World Cup, and was one of the headline signings as the league was about to launch, signing for New England Revolution.

Four pages get dedicated to the launch, with a team by team preview, with most of the players being American, including players such as John Harkes and Roy Wegerle, returning from Europe.

Kier Radnedge, the editor, uses his column to pay tribute to the recently deceased Bob Paisley and Helmut Schoen, and suggesting that the signing of Faustino Asprilla might derail Newcastle’s title bid, similar to how signing Rodney Marsh did for Manchester City in the 1970s.

Japan and South Korea are battling to host the 2002 World Cup, with the decisive vote coming up on 1st June. Eventually, both countries would co-host the tournament.

Radnedge also writes about Pay Per View football, stating that it is inevitable in English football. It eventually happened in 1999, as a one-off, when Oxford United played Sunderland (followed later that season by Colchester United v Manchester City), before becoming a regular occurrence from the 2001-2002 season, with the launch of dedicated channel, Premiership Plus.

In news, Manchester United signed Britain’s biggest kit deal, with Umbro, believed to be around a total of £40m until 2002.

South Africa fans at the recent African Cup Of Nations have been honouring defender Mark Fish by taking fish to matches.

Ahead of Euro 96, Kier Radnedge interviews Spain manager Javier Clemente, where he declines to answer if he intends to call-up Barcelona’s Dutch born but Spain eligible Jordi Cruyff, and declares England as favourites for Euro 96, but that the standard of club football in England has decline in the past decade.

Faustino Asprilla, who also appears on the cover, gets a double page profile.

World Soccer gives two pages to the recent Bosman Ruling, which has seen various clubs offer stars long-term contracts to protect their transfer value.

In Iberia, Atletico Madrid are aiming to win their first La Liga title since 1977, while a moustached Carlos Queroz has been sacked by Sporting Lisbon.

Oliver Bierhoff, just broke into the Germany squad, gets a profile. Little did he know, he would be Germany’s hero at Wembley three months later.

In Northern Ireland, Crusaders are on course to win the Irish League title. They didn’t, Portadown did. Bangor were struggling to avoid relegation, while the national team have arranged friendlies against Norway, Sweden and Germany.

Across the border, there are rumours that the League Of Ireland is planning to move to Summer Football.

Sami Hyypia, who attracted interest from Oldham Athletic, has moved to Willem II in Holland.

Brian Glanville uses his column to criticise UEFA’s proposals to allowing some countries to have more than one club competing in the European Cup.

On the final page, there is a feature called “Soccer Cities”, profiling football in a different city. This edition, was Glasgow.

THE SOUND OF 2014 : 26-50

26. Lorde – Team
27. Chvrches – Recover
28. Weird Al Yankovic – Word Crimes
29. Ella Henderson – Ghost
30. Manic Street Preachers ft Nina Hoss – Europa Geht Durch Mich
31. Sia – Chandelier
32. Black Keys – Fever
33. Johnny Marr – Easy Money
34. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – True Faith
35. Wonder Villains – Golden Five
36. U2 – Invisible
37. Chvrches – Dead Air
38. U2 – The Miracle Of Joey Ramone
39. Jake Bugg – Messed Up Kids
40. Manic Street Preachers – Walk Me To The Bridge
41. Ting Tings – Wrong Club
42. The Pierces – Kings
43. The Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows
44. Kasabian – Eez-Eh
45. Pollaponk – No Prejudice
46. Alexi Lalas – Rio
47. George Ezra – Cassy O
48. Take That – These Days
49. Cher Lloyd – Sirens
50. Labrinth – Let It Be


Well, we’re now officially halfway through the year, it’s time to look back at some of the best songs of the year.

At the end of the year, I do a Top 100, but as it’s the halfway point, here’s the Top 50 Songs Of 2014 So Far.

1. Vance Joy – Riptide
2. Beck – Blue Moon
3. Wonder Villains – Marshall
4. Ella Henderson – Ghost
5. One Republic – Love Runs Out
6. Jimi Goodwin – Oh! Whiskey
7. Lea Michele – Cannonball
8. Lorde – Team
9. James – Moving On
10. Fiona O’Kane – I Can’t Help Myself
11. Courteeners – Summer
12. Ellie Goulding – Goodness Gracious
13. Pollaponk – No Prejudice
14. Embrace – Follow You Home
15. The Vamps ft Demi Lovato – Somebody To You
16. Kasabian – Eez-Eh
17. Chvrches – Recover
18. Tove Lo – Habits
19. Florrie – Seashells
20. Coldplay – Magic
21. U2 – Invisible
22. Nina Nesbitt – Peroxide
23. Grouplove – Ways To Go
24. Broken Bells – Holding On For Life
25. Merrymouth – I Am The Resurrection
26. The Pierces – Kings
27. Alicia Keys ft Kendrick Lamar – It’s On Again
28. Foxes – Let Go For Tonight
29. Manic Street Preachers – Walk Me To The Bridge
30. Sia – Chandelier
31. The Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows
32. Bombay Bicycle Club – Feel
33. Kaiser Chiefs – Coming Home
34. Ed Sheeran – Sing
35. The Horrors – So Now You Now
36. Alexi Lalas – Rio
37. Cher Lloyd – Sirens
38. Bastille – Bad Blood
39. Paloma Faith – Can’t Rely On You
40. Nick Mulvey – Cucurucu
41. Thiago Thome – Brazil Brazil
42. Foster The People – Best Friend
43. Foxes – Holding On To Heaven
44. Luke Sital-Singh – Greatest Lovers
45. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life
46 Tiesto ft Matthew Koma – Wasted
47. Ting Tings – Wrong Club
48. Tinie Tempah – 5 Minutes
49. Katy B – Crying For No Reason
50. DJ Cassidy ft Jessie J and Robin Thicke – Calling All Hearts


Lee Sharpe is the cover star, having just been signed as a columnist by Match.

This edition, came with a free wallchart ……. and Team Tabs.

Sharpe’s team-mate Mark Hughes is the subject of a competition, where one lucky reader could win a VHS of ‘Hughesie : The Mark Hughes Story’

Le Sharpe’s column gets a double page spread, which begins with him talking about his holidays, a week in Portugal with his girlfriend, then a week in Crete with 16 (SIXTEEN) of his mates.

He also speaks about Pre-Season, and who would be United’s biggest challengers in 94/95. He said that Blackburn would be United’s biggest challengers that season, and so it proved, with Blackburn winning the league.

He also addresses transfer speculation, stating that he has signed a five year deal with United, so “I’m not leaving any time soon”

He was sold to Leeds in 1996.

In news, Ian Wright has signed a new contract at Arsenal, worth a whopping 7,000 pounds a week, Coventry wanted to sign Alexi Lalas, and Leeds want to sign Thomas Skuhravy.

Bryan Robson, newly appointed Player-Manager at Middlesbrough is a poster, as is Dean Saunders, in full page form.

Meanwhile, John Fashanu is interviewed saying he wants to help, as a middleman, African players get moves to English clubs. Awooga.