Football is the quintessential communal experience. Across the world - in stadiums, bars and living rooms - countless milions of people experience collective emotion through the teams they support. Every day, football does with ease what art constantly tries to do: it makes people feel.
The incredible painting on the front of this issue is 'A Sweet Lob from 25 Yards' by London icon Caroline Coon. It's one of eight football-inspired paintings from her 'Arena' series, all of which are included in this issue. This issue also includes curator George Vasey discussing the ecstatic emotions in old football photos, Eddy Frankel diving deep into the relationship between Watford legend Luther Blissett and the QAnon conspiracy theory, and the amazing Swedish football writer Fredrik Ekelund opening up about Zlatan's great betrayal.