The World Game

15 June 2018 #564

Cover Story: The World Game


Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Olé! Olé! Olé!

Will the planets align for the Socceroos in their fourth consecutive World Cup? Sport writer Patrick Mangan looks back at the team’s storied history, including shoplifting, John Safran and “Iran 97”.

Anastasia Safioleas hits the pitch with Street Soccer players in inner-city Melbourne and discovers how people are using soccer as a way to make positive changes in their lives.

In Big Picture, a photographer captures the uniting force of football across the African continent.

And as Russia prepares to welcome soccer fans from around the globe, our friends at a street paper in St Petersburg reflect on what the World Cup will mean for the nation’s most vulnerable.

More in this winning edition:

  • Elvis Costello on his look, his mum and hating Elvis Presley in Letter to My Younger Self.
  • Veteran actor Lynette Curran talks about her role in new film Brothers’ Nest – a dark comedy from the creators of box-office hit Kenny.
  • Learn to cook popular Ethiopian dish Atkilt Alicha – a delicious, healthy and simple vegetarian recipe featured in Tastes Like Home.
  • In Living Homeless, Big Issue vendor Phil explains why it’s sometimes safer to sleep on the streets than in crisis accommodation.

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