Our Flora Snelson has gone to the World Cup, but before getting on the plane to Australia she wrote this 20 page guide to the tournament that you can pick up around town if you’re in Leeds (thanks to our pals at Superfriendz and their distribution skills).
You can also download a pdf version, or if you want a printed copy, we’ll send you one for free — you just need to pay the postage. — click here to get your copy.
Inside you’ll find write-ups on all the groups, teams, players and Priscila Chinchilla in particular, an appreciation of the Lionesses Euros win, and an extract from Flora’s interview with Leeds United’s Abbie Brown in our Summer Special.
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(from Flora’s intro to the zine:)
If I’d written this six months ago, it would have been a gushing testimony to my love for the invincible Lionesses, an insufferable account of how buzzing I was to see Leah Williamson about to lift a World Cup trophy. Oh well.
If the poorly babe is doing things right, she won’t be lifting a single finger as she watches her besties thrive on the big stage in Australia and New Zealand this summer. And we should join her in making the most of it.
The captain wanted her Euro 2022 team’s legacy to be winning, but I’d be careful not to place TOO much emphasis on seeing that happen in August. You can (and probably should) choose to ignore my doom and gloom and anyway, this little zine is not a serious home for predictions or an exhaustive look at the tactics that will determine the tournament’s outcome.
Instead it’s a wee overview of what will be going down down under over the next four weeks — like a 30 minute Alessia Russo appearance, it should be just enough to pique your interest.
I was a football obsessive before Sarina Wiegman stepped on the scene, but if the Lionesses’ Euro win did anything for me it gave me a bigger hunger to discover the stories behind the gorgeous girlies who dedicate their lives to playing football, to competing, to entertaining us!
Doing this has been enriching to the point where I’m not fixated on England winning the thing (ok, maybe ask me again in the dying seconds of extra time in a knockout game) but simply delighted to enjoy the ride.
In this zine you can read all the fun things I’ve learned about this summer’s competitors. Not every team has an Ella Toone, but each nation will be flying stories, quirks, and ambitions of their own to Oceania this summer.
Hopefully reading about some of them will bring the World Cup’s 64 games to life for you.
And if you like it, good news! There’s plenty more to come. ⬢