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FourFourTwo UK

September 2019

Every month, our team deliver the biggest names, the finest features and the most respected columnists in football. FourFourTwo is the only magazine that truly reflects football in all its extremes. Spectacular, dramatic, hilarious, opinionated, authoritative, intelligent, quirky - from the grass roots up, if it's in the game, it's in FourFourTwo.

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United Kingdom
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English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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the season starts here

If the new domestic season is anything like the last one, FourFourTwo can’t wait. At the top, the highest-quality title race in Premier League history – Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City 98 points, European champions Liverpool 97 points. In the Championship, the remarkable promotion race, featuring the roller-coaster ride of Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds. In Scotland, competitive Old Firm matches: Celtic two wins, Rangers two wins. In Birmingham, someone threw a cabbage at Steve Bruce. So how do you follow that? In the nine months of mystery that lies ahead, we’ll find out. How will Frank Lampard fare at Chelsea? He’s the first Englishman to manage one of the ‘Big Six’ since Tim Sherwood at Spurs – for his sake, let’s hope he lasts a little longer than Sherwood did. Lampard will be anticipating big things…

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harry redknapp

CLUBS 1965-72 West Ham 1972-76 Bournemouth 1976 Brentford 1976 Seattle Sounders 1976 AP Leamington 1977-79 Seattle Sounders 1980 Phoenix Fire 1982 Bournemouth MANAGER 1983-92 Bournemouth 1994-2001 West Ham 2002-04 Portsmouth 2004-05 Southampton 2005-08 Portsmouth 2008-12 Tottenham 2012-15 QPR 2016 Jordan 2017 Birmingham FFT has just rung the doorbell outside Harry Redknapp’s Dorset home, and it’s produced a familiar tune. If Portsmouth’s relationship with their former manager has been complicated over the years, his love for them remains undiminished. The chimes of ‘Play Up Pompey’ are ringing out and soon he appears at the front door with a smile, welcoming us inside. Harry has long lived on the exclusive peninsula of Sandbanks, just a few miles from Bournemouth, and when we enter the living room, we’re treated to a lovely sea view. On a summer’s morning like this, you could confuse it for the French Riviera, if it wasn’t for Barney the…

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the mixer the best of football

ADIDAS ‘HARD WIRED’ PACK N/A adidas.co.uk The new season means one thing – the annual argument with your other half after splurging a month’s food budget on some football boots. Relationship saboteurs Adidas’ new Hard Wired pack features the Copa, Predator, X (left) and Nemeziz 19 – which all sound a bit like wannabe Gladiators – lively colours from ocean blue to fuscia and a distinct lack of laces across the entire collection. Hard Wired pack, you will go on my first whistle! Money, you will go on my second whistle! Three, two, one... NIGEL CABOURN X TIMEX WATCH £139 cabourn.com British designer Nigel Cabourn has looked back to his 1950s childhood love of the beautiful game for his latest watch’s inspiration. The 45-minute, red-shaded ode to referee timepieces of yore is a nice touch,…

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football notebook

MOST ILL-ADVISED SPONSOR 2016: Romania’s football federation suspends three coaches and 14 players at a second division club because of match-fixing allegations, after previously making a decision to ban betting on matches. 2019: Romania’s second division unveil a new logo – ‘Liga 2, the home of betting’ – after agreeing a shiny new sponsorship deal with gambling firm Casa Pariurilor. BEST CROSSOVER SPORT Do you like football? And do you like motorbikes? If so, we have just the sport for you: motoball. The sport follows largely the rules of football - apart from the fact the ball’s a bit bigger and everyone’s riding motorbikes, except for the goalkeepers. The European Championships took place recently in Germany, and Russia (in action, right) lifted the title for the fourth year in succession, at a sold-out stadium in Morsch. The…

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required reading

Position of Trust Andy Woodward (Coronet, £17.99) ●●●●● “It was all I ever wanted to do,” writes Andy Woodward, reflecting on his formative years as a young footballer. Upon meeting youth coach Barry Bennell, Woodward’s life dramatically changed. He was part of Crewe’s famed youth team, later turning out for Bury and Sheffield United. But this isn’t really a book about football; rather how Bennell groomed and sexually abused the young defender over several years, before entrenching himself further into Woodward’s life by marrying his sister Lynda. Bennell’s systematic abuse has cast a long shadow on Woodward, and Position of Trust lays bare the panic attacks, flashbacks and trust issues which have blighted his life. In 2018, Bennell was jailed for 31 years. Woodward’s willingness to tell his story has already been a catalyst for other…

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what the fuchs?!

1 CARABAO CUP DRAW IN MORRISONS? HOLD OUR IRN-BRU... Forget the UEFA Cup, here’s the Wafer Cup. The Scottish Challenge Cup was already weird: clubs from outside Scotland’s top flight face Scottish Premiership U21 teams, teams from the Highland League and Lowland League, teams from Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, plus Wrexham and Solihull Moors from England’s National League. Now it’s got weirder. Formerly the Irn-Bru Cup, the newly renamed Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup kicks off this month, so the SPFL did the only sensible thing: they mocked up the draw to make it look like it was being held in a confectionery shop. Suddenly, the EFL’s decision to hold the Carabao Cup draw in Morrisons seems sensible by comparison. While Billy Dodds gamely plucked out his balls, an…

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