Order before Christmas

We just can’t get enough of Ronaldo (the better one), so we put him on our cover – twice.

For our latest edition, Issue 5: 2002, pick between two brilliant front covers, with either Adam Forster’s retro Panini-album-inspired front to back collage of 2002’s best players on all single copies of the magazine or Christopher Nash’s pencil-crayon portrait of the tournament’s top goalscorer – O Fenômeno – on all yearly subscriptions.

A single international tournament is sometimes all it takes to completely fall in love with football and define your perception of the world’s most popular sport. Fifteen years on from the tournament’s conclusion we have decided to give the summer of 2002 the attention it deserves. Revelling in the moments, games and players that made the tournament so enjoyable along with the culture and lasting impact of the 2002 World Cup. An issue full of glorious upsets, superstar players and electric football.

With a talented team of writers and illustrators who have previously contributed to The Guardian, The Blizzard, These Football Times, The Football Pink and In Bed With Maradona, we take a look at these stories, making sure to pay tribute to the stories outside the sporting mainstream.

Order the magazine now to be one of the first to receive the issue through your letterbox when it is dispatched. Or, to get the Box To Box mag to your door every quarter, get a yearly subscription here.

Printed & gifted

Still looking for that special gift for that special football geek in your life? Or just want to treat yourself?

Check out our new collection of prints from Matthew Wood‘s simplistic stadium designs, Christopher Nash‘s sharp pencil crayon portraits, Van Hong (Soccer In Sepia)‘s unlikely stories with Kingsley the mascot and a match between Bhutan and Montserrat and that’s not even mentioning work from the brilliant Keisuke Yamada (City Boys FC) and talented anti-clickbait Look What It Means To Him.

Check out the full selection here and order easily in A3 or A2 on high quality museum-worthy 350gsm paper or get in touch if you are interested in any larger (or smaller) sizes.

We made a card for you

The 4-3-2-1 formation, or ‘The Christmas Tree Formation’ as it was coined by Colin Welland writing for The Observer in March ’94, rarely enjoyed global mainstream success in football, but was memorably used in the last four decades by four different teams – a struggling Crystal Palace side in the ’70s, a fluid Den Haag team in the ’80sTerry Venables‘ Tottenham side of the ’90s and most recently Carlo Ancelotti‘s formidable AC Milan side of the noughties.

Whilst it is not often used today, it’s influence on modern football can’t be denied and we select the best players to fit into this formation in 8-bit greeting card form just in time for Christmas.

And who’s to say that with the explosiveness of Carlos & Cafu topped with the genius of Eusébio & Cruyff that this formation couldn’t be successful once again?

View the full line-up and get your own here.

Don’t know what we do?

If you’re not sure what we’ve been doing over the last 24 months, why not check out our entire back catalogue in digital form for free using the discount code RONALDO2002 here.