France’s Kylian Mbappé and the U.S. Men’s National Team Highlight Dual Covers of Sports Illustrated’s World Cup Preview Issue
Inside the December issue of Sports
Illustrated, available at SI.com and on newsstands today: Can the
U.S. Men’s National Team, led by Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie
and Tyler Adams, make a name for itself in Qatar?; Will France,
with global superstar Kylian Mbappé, repeat as World Cup champion?;
Everything you need to know about the world’s biggest sporting
event. Plus, inside the NFL’s long-snapper subculture; looking back
at the Memphis Grizzlies’ rocky franchise origins; the story of an
inspiring high school football star, and more.
It’s been eight years since the U.S. Men’s National Team
competed in the World Cup, and the youngest team in this year’s
tournament is to establish itself as a power in Qatar and for years
to come. In Young and Hungry, Brian Straus examines the tight-knit
and ambitious culture manager Gregg Berhalter has created around
the U.S. program. With the second cover of its World Cup Preview,
Sports Illustrated spotlights global megastar Kylian Mbappé, who is
determined to make France the first repeat World Cup champion in 60
years. In The Champ Is Here, also by Brian Straus, Mbappé reflects
on how being the first teenager since Pelé to score a goal in a
World Cup final catapulted him to superstar status in 2018 and
ushered in a new level of expectations for him and his country. The
World Cup Preview issue is on sale at newsstands today and at
SI.com/issues, with more features below.
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Qatar 2022: World Cup Preview
- Young and Hungry: The U.S.’s recent World Cup history
has not been pretty, but the current USMNT represents a chance for
a fresh start with a young roster lacking experience but full of
talent. Their performance in Qatar will be a referendum on our
world soccer standing and this country’s increased focus on
developing soccer talent, according to Brian Straus.
- The Champ Is Here: After leading France to the 2018
World Cup title, Kylian Mbappé became a global superstar. He’s the
world’s most expensive player, arguably its most talented—and on
the cusp of bringing his complicated country a rare World Cup
- The Road to the World Cup: A timeline of Qatar’s
complicated path to hosting. Plus, Sports Illustrated breaks down
the favorites, the wild cards and the matches to watch for each of
the eight World Cup groups. Plus, SI’s predictions for the knockout
stage. SI’s call for the final: Brazil over France.
- The [Not Always] Sweet Science of Penalty Kicks: Ben
Lyttleton examines the World Cup penalty kick and how it might be
the most dramatic moment in sports. Match-deciding shootouts might
look like they come down to dumb luck, but the psychology and
preparation behind them are deep.
- The Upside Down World of Long Snappers: Long snappers
might be the most overlooked players in football but—as a handful
of NFL teams have discovered this season—they’re essential to
success. Inside the economy and evolution of these NFL specialist’s
specialists, from Alex Prewitt.
- Northern Lightweights: Jon Wertheim details the Memphis
Grizzlies’ origin story—they’re the darlings of the NBA, with a
cult-like following and a young superstar in Ja Morant. But the
franchise’s start in Vancouver two decades ago wasn’t nearly as
exciting. Wertheim examines the NBA’s learning experience of having
a team in Vancouver, and how many fans there dream about the
league’s potential return to their city.
- Same As Always, And Like Never Before: When Brandon
Thomas, a talented high school linebacker in Eastern Washington,
was diagnosed with cancer, a leg amputation gave him his best
chance at survival. Two years later, Thomas is more than surviving:
the senior is thriving as a student and a player, dominating on the
field, weighing his options to play in college and reflecting on
how his love of football powered his inspiring recovery. By Greg
- When Bo Chose Baseball: We all remember Bo Jackson as
the ultimate two-sport star, but he might not have made it to MLB
if the hapless 1980s Buccaneers hadn’t mucked up his NFL ambitions.
In an excerpt from his new biography, Jeff Pearlman explores a
forgotten fork in Bo’s path to baseball and football stardom.
Also in this issue:
- Leading Off: A snapshot of the Heisman race, contender
by contender: Blake Corum, C.J. Stroud, Stetson Bennett, Caleb
Williams, Hendon Hooker and Bryce Young.
- Scorecard: Alex Prewitt on Qatar and the art of
greenwashing, which is sports organizations claiming to be more
eco-conscious than they really are.
- SI Gameplan: Mark Bechtel reviews Netflix’s Redeem Team
- SI Eats: Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio discusses his
fandom of the North Carolina Men’s Basketball Team and what meal he
would make for the entire team if requested.
- SI Full Frame: The U.S.’s last strong World Cup run from
- MLB offseason forecast: The Top 25 free agents this
- The World At His Feet: Bert Patenaude is highlighted as
the USMNT’s shining star at the very first World Cup.
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