REVIEW: The Surreal Football Magazine

by Neil Sherwin

Surreal FootballThe weird and wonderful folks behind Surreal Football now have their own magazine and you should read it.

It’s hard to know how many people are actually behind Surreal Football, though it wouldn’t be too outlandish to assume that it’s just one individual with a number of personalities.

Whoever it is does a mighty fine job of entertaining via their website and Twitter account so it’s no surprise that a more structured dose of the insanity lives up to expectations.

Now in its third edition, The Surreal Football Magazine is both ridiculous and sublime in equal measure thanks in large part to an excellent line up of contributors from the mainstream Jacob Steinberg and Agony Uncle Rob Smyth to the less well known but equally talented Bearded Genius and Paris Angel, whose frank assessment of other sports is difficult to argue with.

There’s also North American input from Richard Whittall of thescore.com who goes all controversial by questioning the role of the Internet when it comes to watching football. “How dare he” I hear you say.

The ‘My favourite formation’ piece with contributions from ‘various hacks’ is a standout for me and has the potential to be a regular feature (hint hint) such is the circle jerking over tactics these days.

Football isn’t the only order of the day though so not only will you feel more learned about aspects of the beautiful game after reading the magazine, you will also be a better person, well versed in important issues of modern society such as the hoarding of toilet paper.

With 19 different articles to get through, there’s plenty of variety and, to use a well worn review cliche, something for everybody so give it a read then nod or shake your head in approval/disapproval accordingly.

You can pick up your copy of the magazine on iOS, in PDF and hard copy format or on Kindle.

Author Info

Neil Sherwin

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com and BackPageRugby.com. Writes mostly on Premier League, A-League and MLS with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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