The first ever cover of Independent Media’s SPORT magazine.

The FIFA World Cup is one of the greatest events in sport. To honour this magnificent spectacle, Independent Media have produced a special World Cup magazine for our loyal subscribers.

The first issue of the new quarterly 64-page SPORT magazine will be freely available to all subscribers of The Star, Pretoria News, The Mercury and Cape Times on 8 June.

The magazine features a bumper 21-page FIFA World Cup extravaganza, with a special focus on the five African teams that are set to do battle in Russia for the most coveted trophy in football.

“Independent Media prides itself on the tradition of high-quality sports writing and this inaugural SPORT magazine is a proud moment in our company’s history.

“In partnership with our experienced and talented magazine division, SPORT will provide subscribers of our premium morning newspaper titles with a memorable 2018 FIFA World Cup special edition, as well as superb writing on some of the most topical recent sport events,” Jermaine Craig, head of the Independent Media Solutions Sport business unit, said of the new publication.

“A must read is the great tribute to the mercurial AB de Villiers, as well as a look at South Africa’s current sprinting boom.

“This is an exciting new product offering we are confident will be well received, and we have a few more special SPORT editions planned this year for our valued subscribers and advertisers,” said Craig.

The cover feature, expertly written by former professional footballer and vastly experienced correspondent Rodney Reiners, takes a look at the freaks of footballing nature that are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup.

It asks the question, for all their club feats, can they truly join the pantheon of real football greats such as Diego Maradona, Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer and Zinedine Zidane if they don’t lead their country to World Cup glory?

The first ever cover of Independent Media’s SPORT magazine.

SPORT also pays tribute to recently retired Proteas maestro AB de Villiers and Bok legend Bryan Habana.

No SPORT edition would be complete without our critical rugby scribes’ coverage, especially with a new dawn for the Springboks under coach Rassie Erasmus upon us.

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