The World Cup kicks off in Moscow in 21 days. For all the changes the world has undergone since the World Cup began in 1930, the quadrennial international football tournament continues to capture the imagination. For those fanatics unwilling to shell out truckloads of cash to complete a World Cup Panini sticker album, there is a small-ticket alternative that is considerably chicer. Look no further than the Spring / Summer 2018 issue of Vogue Hombre, the cover of which by photographer Daniel Clavero features a formidable Starting XI that includes Arthur Kulkov and David Agbodji. The cover broke earlier this week and is comprised of an international cast in clothes by Dolce & Gabbana, whose own country Italy failed even to qualify for the tournament. Other notable absences from this year’s World Cup include the United States and the Netherlands. Never mind which nations won’t be competing next month, revel in the moment afforded by this Vogue Hombre cover.

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Credits include: Publication, Vogue Hombre Spring / Summer 2018; Photography, Daniel Clavero; Styling, Angelo DeSanto; Hair, David Colvin; Makeup, Bo Satayakul; Casting, David Chen.

Arthur Kulkov & David Agbodji | Vogue Hombre Spring / Summer 2018 (Photography: Daniel Clavero)

Arthur Kulkov & David Agbodji | Vogue Hombre Spring / Summer 2018 (Photography: Daniel Clavero)