FourFourTwo July 2017 – Lionel Messi Guest Editor£4.99
“Hola and welcome to FourFourTwo (or should that be FourThreeThree?!). My first interview with the magazine was in 2006, and since then I’ve been interviewed a few times. But this is the first time I’ve been guest editor, and what a privilege it is.
“As well as the main cover interview in which I discuss a selection of my career highlights, there’s a piece on the other members of the 500-goal club (which I had the great honour of joining during the week that I edited the magazine) and a look back at the La Masia team I played in, featuring Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique to name but two of a host of team-mates who were brilliant both on and off the field.
“We also went over to Milan to speak to my former Argentina captain Javier Zanetti, while Ronaldinho picks his Perfect XI – here’s hoping I’ve made the cut…”
Lionel Messi, Guest editor
Best. Editor. Ever.
From being ‘a little nervous’ about his Barça debut, to the ‘beautiful memory’ of bagging Olympic gold with good pal Sergio Aguero and a ‘perfect night’ scoring his 500th goal to win El Clasico against Real Madrid, the new gaffer talks us through the most iconic moments of a stellar career – and then puts us back to work.
FourFourTwo June 2017£4.99
From Luis Enrique calling it quits midway through the season, to the court cases hanging over the heads of some of their leading players and their Jekyll & Hyde form in La Liga and the Champions League, it’s been a crazy season at Barcelona.
The best example of their erratic form was against PSG, encapsulating the agony and ecstasy, incompetence and inspiration of a mad campaign at the Camp Nou.
It could have been much worse were it not for Neymar. The 6-1 turnaround – inspired by the brilliance of the Brazil captain – was described by some members of the Spanish media as the greatest individual display in the Blaugrana’s history.
We speak to the Barça frontman and a host of his former coaches and team-mates to find out if this performance was a one-off or a sign of things to come. Can he really take over from Lionel Messi and be the player to carry the Catalans over the next decade? Legendary striker Romario thinks so – and who are we to argue?
You’re up, Neymar
The brilliant Brazilian’s displays this season suggest he’s ready to step out of Messi’s shadow and become the new King of the Camp Nou. And he owes it all to late-night sandwiches, leading from the front and one very lucky lemon.
Tony Pulis’ day-glo army
From dodging punches and police batons to ‘equal opportunities abuse’, why on earth would anyone be a matchday steward? We slip on a neon jacket to find out…
All hail Saint Manolo
Manolo Gabbiadini has become an instant idol at St. Mary’s after hitting six goals in his first eight matches since arriving from Napoli in January. But what does the silky Italian make of the carbonara on the south coast? Is the Premier League better than Serie A? And is Le Tissier really the Maradona of Southampton?
What’s in a name?
Can a moniker make or break a career? Why are so many Brazilian footballers called Lineker? And how did Mighty Mouse become the father of all German Kevins? We uncover the game’s bizarre and at times baffling nomenclature.
Former Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Spurs man Christian Ziege answers your questions in this month’s One-on-One, including: What really happened when he left Middlesbrough? What was he thinking when he decided to get a mohawk at the 2002 World Cup? And did he nearly die while he was playing for Tottenham?!
The June 2017 issue of FourFourTwo was brought to you by Christian Ziege, Faustino Asprilla, Neville Southall, Kasper Dolberg, Trevor Sinclair, Neymar, Antonio Lima, Muricy Ramalho, Elano, Romario, Manolo Gabbiadini, Lineker Augusto da Silva Matos, Overath Breitner da Silva Medina, Ciprian Marica, Steve Coppell, Lou Macari, John Motson, David Luiz, Robert Pires, George Boyd and Alessandro Costacurta.
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FourFourTwo May 2017£4.99
It’s sometimes easy to forget that Paul Pogba is 24, only one year older than Spurs striker Harry Kane and Everton hotshot Romelu Lukaku. While two of the Premier League’s finest young players have started to realise their full potential over the past couple of seasons, the Manchester United midfielder has already got four league titles, a global fanbase and a world record transfer fee to his name.
That’s not to downplay either the ability or the achievements of Kane and Lukaku, but to highlight how much Pogba has accomplished in his career to date and the pressure this brings. As we discover, all he has to do to be a success at Old Trafford is emulate Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Paul Scholes. Er, good luck.
‘A £90m problem? I don’t think so’
He’s the world’s most expensive player, a superstar meme whose every touch, tweet or trim is subject to scrutiny. If that wasn’t enough pressure, Paul Pogba is expected to spearhead a resurgence at Man United: bring back trophies on the pitch, be the face of the brand off it. Can he master the toughest job in football?
The making of Antonio Conte
Don’t be fooled by Antonio Conte’s incredible first season in English football – the former Juventus and Italy coach’s road to the top of the Premier League with Chelsea has been a constant battle with rejection, relegation and raging ultras.
Top 50 Football League Players
Roll up, roll up – it’s awards time! We asked fans to rate and rank the Football League’s finest performers this season. Has your club’s best player made the cut?
FourFourTwo April 2017£4.99
In this issue:
Top dog Dele: the world’s best young player on his epic rise to football’s A-list
When outfield players go in goal
“Better than Pogba” Sow hy isn’t Ravel Morrison football’s first £100M player?
Inside Dortmund’s talent factory – Pulisic, Weigl, Dembele, Isak, Guerrerio
FourFourTwo January 2017£4.99
So 2016 was weird. That’s why we’re celebrating 12 months of shocks, surprises and upsets with our Men of the Year roll call, which features everyone from Leicester City, Michail Antonio, Hal Robson-Kanu and even Donald Trump (courtesy of our Woman of the Year, Megan Rapinoe)
Less surprising is the inclusion of double European champion, Cristiano Ronaldo – also named No.1 in our annual FFT100 last week. We chat to Germany’s player of the year Jerome Boateng at his home, and also sit down with the hottest striker in the world right now, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
We hope you enjoy reading the issue over the festive period as much as we enjoyed putting it all together. Some might even say that getting a subscription to FourFourTwo would make the perfect Christmas present… after all, who else would go all the way to Lapland for a kickabout with Santa?!
Man of the Year
Champions League and European Championship medals in the bag make 2016 Cristiano Ronaldo’s most fruitful year to date. Next up, he says, is a plan to conquer Hollywood…
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