Dennie Wendt

This is what Issue 15 looks like.

It is beautifully designed. It features cool art, great photography, and a little bit of humor. It contains some of the best feature writing on our game you will find. Producing it was like preparing for a big game: It took hard work, teamwork, hope, sweat—and time. But we did it. And by we, I mean a …

Belgium Wins Bizarro Premier League, by Rob Kirby

Day 24 During the World Cup, Howler will feature a different writer each day reflecting on the action, their experience of the day’s games, or just offering a consideration of what they’ve seen and felt so far. Today, Matt Kirby wonders at the oddity of the Third Place game. As neighbors France celebrated Bastille Day …

Baptism by Sleeper Train, by J.M. Keath

The World Cup stadium experience is like an ornate ice sculpture specially prepared for a glamorous event. Except it turns out the sculpture wasn’t carved by hand. It was poured into a plastic mould. And it’s not even a solid block, but a hollow-centered shell designed to reduce the time and expense of freezing. The …

In Siberia, the World Cup is a Distant Dream, by Jamil Chade

Zhunmurino, Buryatia Republic – The Buddhist monk Anatoly Ayuvith can predict the future, to heal and even to tell if rain will come. But in one of the distant corners of the vast territory of Russia, he has no idea that the World Cup is happening. “I didn’t know about it,” he admits. “I know …

Move over Messi, it’s Musa Time, by Felicia Pennant

Day 9 Over the course of the World Cup, Howler will feature a different writer each day reflecting on the action, their own experience of the day’s games, or just offering a consideration of what they’ve seen and felt so far. Today, Felicia Pennant enjoys Nigeria’s triumph over Iceland. Hahahhahahhahhahhaha! 2-0 oh!! HEY! When the …

A Note About the Future.

Friends: Not so long ago, George Quraishi, Howler’s founder and editor, called and asked me if I’d be willing to be the editor of the greatest soccer magazine America has ever known. He’s too humble to have called it that, but when he said “Howler,” that’s what I heard. I thought he was out of …