Klopp’s Liverpool masterplan, our alternative Champions League guide & Joey Barton’s porn admission
The new season is well under way and European football is upon us once again.
When Jurgen Klopp took over as manager of Liverpool last October, not everyone was celebrating. “I’m worried,” said Alex Ferguson. “He’s got a strong personality and his career at Dortmund was a stellar rise to the top. I don’t like saying it, this being Liverpool, but I’m worried he’ll do well.”
Based on that assessment, if anyone is going to put Liverpool back on their perch, it’ll be Jurgen Klopp. The affable German has made clear progress in his time in charge at Anfield, demonstrating at times last season that when this Liverpool team are good, they are almost unplayable.
But titles and trophies are built on consistency, and our cover feature this month – written by Oliver Kay – looks at the challenges Klopp faces in turning Liverpool into real contenders.
Euro 2016’s headline makers! Copa America preview! Carlo Ancelotti One-on-One!
First Michel Platini, then Zinedine Zidane – now it’s over to you, Paul Pogba. France have tasted victory in their last two tournaments on home soil thanks to the performances of an attacking midfielder who plays for Juventus, and Pogba could continue that trend at Euro 2016.
FFT tells the story of this summer’s poster boy as part of our cover feature on the stars of Euro 2016 – the tournament that will be the greatest show on Earth (yes, even better than the World Cup).
Can Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic succeed in their final bid for glory? Are Germany still cool after problems on-field wobbles and an off-field scandal? And can Jamie Vardy light up the tournament? We think he can, as we explain why he’s much more than just a supersub.
We also reveal what Antonio Conte will bring to Chelsea – once he’s won Euro 2016 with Italy, of course – and we speak to Cesc Fabregas about Spain’s hopes for a third successive European Championship crown.