Issue 02: Heart & Soul

GAFFER Issue 02: Heart & Soul honours the way football cultivates community spirit, empowers the next generation and gives fans, teams and players something bigger and more beautiful to believe in. To celebrate the launch of the new issue, we’re introducing you to our five cover stars; a special collective of people who are driving the culture to new heights and changing the face of the game forever.


“My music is my voice.”

No time to talk. We go inside the creative mind of one of the UK’s maverick musicians: MoStack, as the UK artists tells you everything you need to know through his lyrics alone.

Andre Gray

“You always have to be hungry. Right now, I’m hungry for more success and, more importantly, hungry to be a better person.”

Andre Gray speaks exclusively to GAFFER about falling into trouble growing up in Wolverhampton, including becoming embroiled in gang culture, racism in modern football, the importance of Raheem Sterling, his goals for the new season and his ongoing quest for professional and personal growth. The Watford striker has made a more than unconventional route to the top – he’s the first to admit that.

Andreas Pereira

“We’re moving in the right direction and everyone has the same mindset so I think we can achieve great goals this season. I love this club. I love this city.”

The 23-year-old Belgian-born, Brazilian international and adopted Mancunian is ready to claim his place in the heart of the Manchester United midfield. Sitting down with GAFFER, Andreas opens up about big breakthroughs, personal style, the first time he met Alex Fergusson and his new lease of life under current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Ada Hegerberg 

“Even though it was an individual trophy it had such a great importance for the sport, for women in general. It was a symbol of the way modern football should be in 2019.”

As a forward for Olympique Lyonnais Ada Hegerberg has averaged more than a goal a game at every level of club competition. She’s the record holder for most goals in a UEFA Champions League season, the current holder of the Ballon D’or & this year’s BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year. The 24 year-old is, justifiably, the most celebrated female footballer of the moment. Ada shares her inspiring story from growing up in Sunndalsøra, a village tucked between mountains in Norway, to now standing at the pinnacle of world football. 

Christian Pulisic 

“I grew up watching Frank Lampard and all of them guys at the top of their game in the Premier League and in the Champions League. To me, Chelsea were always one of the biggest teams and now to be playing here it’s really come full circle. It feels amazing.”

To commemorate the long-awaited arrival of Christian Pulisic, we introduced Chelsea’s latest signing and the next big US superstar athlete to his new hometown of London as he opens up on his life outside of the game and how he is preparing to take the Premier League by storm. 

Maya Jama

“Brazil and Sweden were in the quarter- finals of the World Cup. I had the Swedish flag hanging outside the house and had face paints. I hadn’t even watched that much football before but it made me so upset when they lost just because I got so stuck into it. I cried and I think my Mum let me have school off the next day.” 

When it comes to modern icons who sit at the crossroads of fashion, music, football and popular culture, none have made a bigger impact in the last two years than Maya Jama. The TV and radio presenter opens up to GAFFER about big career breaks, finding success on her own terms and the power of pep talks. 

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