MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : WHEN SATURDAY COMES – DECEMBER 2002

Having just broken into the Everton team, teenage sensation Wayne Rooney give an interview to When Saturday Comes. Well, sort of.

A blank speech bubble represents the fact that Everton manager David Moyes has blocked media requests to interview his young player.

The editorial focuses on racism in football, most notably at the European Championship Qualifier between Slovakia and England, but warns that football authorities in England need to address concerns closer to home.

There is a profile of former Belgium goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff, now forging a new career as a Reality TV star in a Flemish version of The Osbournes.

There is a feature on four clubs at differing ends of the football pyramid who are looking to move out of their current ground to a new one – Wimbledon, Chelsea, York City and Brentford.

In Scotland, there is a feature on the race for one of the more invisible honours, 3rd place, aka The Best Of The Rest after Rangers and Celtic, looking at those clubs aiming for that spot.

A more curious phenomenon in recent years was Masters Football, which WSC likened to ageing rock stars only playing hits from 20 years previously.

There is a feature on “lost footballers”, big money signings on high wages. The poster boy of this feature is Mark Bosnich, earning £40,000 in Chelsea’s reserves.

This edition focuses on young players, with a look at the number of French coaches at underage level in England.

Cover star Wayne Rooney is part of a feature looking at the history of hype of young players in English football.

There is also a feature on club football in Czech Republic, due to improved perfomances in Europe this season, with many teams boosted by Euro 96 stars coming home to play their club football.

Yeovil Town get a feature, so long a famous Non League giantkiller, and now on the verge of joining the giants they used to kill.

The rivalry between Cardiff City and Swansea City gets a feature, being described as becoming a poisonous affair in recent years.

The magazine ends with a brief look at the history of Cheltenham Town’s highlights and lowlights.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : WORLD SOCCER – MARCH 2005

This edition of “The Magazine Archive” takes a look back at March 2005 when Adriano was “The King Of Siere A”, according to World Soccer, who had bagged an interview with Inter Milan’s Brazilian striker.

The editorial focuses on a match fixing scandal, and wether Wayne Rooney can have the same impact at the 2006 World Cup as he did at Euro 2004.

Ivory Coast’s national team was featured as they aimed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Former French international Basile Boli, born in Ivory Coast says in the article that they could emulate Senegal’s success in the 2002 World Cup in 2006.

As it turned out Ivory Coast did qualify, but were eliminated after defeats to Argentina and Holland.

Franco Carraro, President of the Italian Football Federation was interviewed as Italy unveiled their bid to host Euro 2012.

Italy eventually lost out in the bidding process to a joint bid from Poland and Ukraine.

Italy tried to bid for Euro 2016 but were unsuccessful, with the tournament being awarded to France.

Meanwhile, the big story from Croatia during the monthly round-up was Nico Krankjaer’s sensational transfer from Dinamo Zagreb to Hadjuk Split.

Northern Ireland’s round-up consists of Linfield signing Shea Campbell, Newry City being thrown out of the Irish Cup, the launch of the Setanta Cup and Alan Dornan being sacked as manager of Crusaders. Quiet month then.

Meanwhile in South America, the player involved in the most expensive transfer between two clubs in that continent, Carlos Tevez, made his debut for Corinthians.

The recent South American Under 20 Championship allows for a feature on the 12 best young players in South America. Top scorer in the tournament Hugo Rodallega gets a lot of attention, alongside Lionel Messi.