Hosted by Musa Okwonga alongside Rabona editor-in-chief Michael Da Silva, Rabona brings you the first of a series of World Cup podcasts. This first episode is called ‘The Uninvited’ as we look at the perennial attendees such as Italy, the Netherlands, Chile and the USA, who all missed out this time. And Musa and Michael will give you their tips for the tournament.
It's been almost a year since Nike launched the Hypervenom Phantom 3 at a glamorous event in Munich, starring Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Marcus Rashford, Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani . The boot's reputation for grip, traction and durability have made it the boot of choice for some of the world's best strikers. This is the Hypervenom's latest incarnation - part of the Fire & Ice collection - launched by Paris Saint-Germain's Cavani in the French capital.
Given the roaring success that was the adidas X 16+, the latest version was always likely to be an evolution rather than a revolution from its predecessor. That's proven to be the case, with the 17+ PureSpeed continuing to provide the comfort and touch that made the 16+ so popular. The version we tested were the striking Black Solar, a visually striking release and proof that adidas are still on top of the game when it comes to laceless.
With its laceless design, barefoot feel, wrapped support and responsiveness, the NEMEZIZ is as promised: a remarkable achievement in design and performance. adidas have spent the past two years creating the NEMEZIZ and its release makes a bold statement in today’s crowded boot market.
Paying tribute to a memorable colourway, the adidas champagne pack features not only the X, but the ACE and COPA silos while also marking the return of an icon to the beautiful game – the Predator. One of the most important releases of the year, the Champagne Adidas X16+ PureChaos will be launched with the rest of the collection on May 2.
Nike has embarked on new ground, bringing the legendary Air Max to the field for the first time from the road. In recent years, many manufacturers have taken their football shoe collections on the road in a daring step. With the new Revolution Pack Nike has done the exact opposite. The pack, consisting of four different boots, honours the legendary Nike Air Max models.
In Sir Alex Ferguson’s final days as Manchester United coach, he recommended that the club keep faith in one of their academy kids. English football’s greatest ever coach talked of a player with searing pace, a strong work ethic and fantastic skill, even though he was considered too small and weak to rub shoulders with the big boys during the Scot's reign. The player he was talking about was Jesse Lingard.
Leon Bailey is hard to hold on to. Bundesliga defences have struggled all season, and on Matchday 20 in the Bundesliga Mainz were no different.
One of Deli Alli’s perceived weaknesses is a lack of a fixed position. But it's also one of his greatest assets.
Chinese football has been making headlines but despite the arrival of the big name stars, the country still has to build a football culture and get people actually playing the game. Efforts are underway but it is going to take time.
Paris Saint-Germain and Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has a big season ahead. Having recently made his debut for the national team, he is has his eye on a place in Joachim Löw's World Cup squad. He talks exclusively to Rabona about battling for the #1 jersey at PSG and the changing role of the goalkeeper.
His pre-teen skills harnessed on the mean streets of suburban Sao Paulo made him an internet sensation over a decade ago, now Neymar is set to dazzle in the French capital for wannabe European power Paris Saint-Germain as the world's most expensive player.
The Chinese Super League has made headlines with insane offers for some of the world’s top players. But what happens when the players finally arrive at their new clubs? Get a behind the scenes look at the growing football culture in China and see how the players are handling this new challenge.
With one of the smallest stadiums in Ligue 1, Monaco still has trouble filling its seats. The fans of Les Monégasques live and support the team from all over France. Hot prospects Kylian Mbappé, Thomas Lemar, and Tiemoué Bakayoko are the talk of the footballing world and alongside seasoned veteran Radamel Falcao, they are leading the club on the road to domestic and European success. In a collaboration with KICK, we explore what it’s like being a supporter of the club in this incredibly unique principality.
Everybody is talking about the Chinese Super League. Among the flurry of big-name stars now plying their trade in the world's fastest-growing league is Oscar. A bonafide world class talent approaching his best years at Chelsea, his move shocked football. So does he regret it? And is China's football revolution the real deal or just hype? We also have an interview with PSG & Germany star Julian Draxler, we take a look at 1860 Munich's restart in the fourth tier of German football and the campaign to save Millwall's Den stadium.
Derbies are the games us football fans live for. There's nothing quite like the tribalistic battle for local supremacy and, for fans, it doesn't matter if you're fighting for a league title or against relegation – you just need to win that derby. In this issue, we explore 5 derbies in depth: River Plate vs Boca Juniors, Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke, Roma vs Lazio, Galatasaray vs Fenerbahce and the lesser known Brazilian derby, Sport vs Santa Cruz. There is also a cover interview with Paris Saint-Germain and France star Blaise Matuidu, and his French team-mates Raphael Varane and Mamadou Sakho, plus we talk exclusively to Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino, England women's coach Mark Sampson and go behind-the-scenes at Raul's final game as a professional for New York Cosmos.
265 x 200mm, 148 pages