Welcome to Behind The Badge, Issue Two of the Box To Box magazine. Since we launched the first magazine plenty has happened in the footballing world. Countless high profile transfers, a myriad of pointless pre-season tournaments and of course Portugal’s astonishing victory at Euro 2016. Not to mention Wales and Iceland enthralling the neutrals and England’s predictable collapse. This latest edition provides a deep look at some of the most compelling footballing stories ahead of the new season. An in-depth guide to a number of clubs around the world.
While season preview style publications are hardly a new feature in the world of sports media - copious amounts have been written about the coming Premier League season in this increasingly saturated field - they often give little thought to those outside the elite. Instead recycling tired debates about the arrival of Guardiola and Mourinho in Manchester. The lower leagues, Scottish leagues and those further afield, are rarely covered. At best, supporters of those sides see the story of their club compressed into a tiny paragraph.
Our guide is something a bit different, we look at a wealth of interesting stories from across the footballing landscape, giving stories the attention they deserve. We have an update on the drama unfolding in Sofia, the controversy in Leipzig as well as a handful of tales from the Football League and the renewal of the Old Firm rivalry.
Digital PDF, 74 pages, full colour, 210 x 148.5mm.
Full list of teams covered in the issue: Dinamo Zagreb, Benfica, Schalke 04, Huddersfield Town, Portland Timbers, St. Pauli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Aberystwyth Town, Paysandu Sport Club, CSKA Sofia, RB Leipzig, Villarreal, Montpellier HSC, New York Cosmos, Yokohama F Marinos, Brentford FC, Walsall, Burnley, Celtic, Rangers and FC Basel.