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FourFourTwo UK December 2019

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Hated, adored… sometimes even ignored: Rafa Benitez has been subjected to all of the above and plenty more in a remarkable coaching career spanning more than 33 years in four countries – though suffice to say, there’s been plenty more love than loathing on English shores. It takes a saintly figure to spend over three years working under Mike Ashley, but Rafa finally reached breaking point last summer, as he let his contract run down at St James’ Park. In an exclusive interview with FourFourTwo – part of our exciting managers special – he tells us the truth about what happened behind the scenes, and why he had to leave Tyneside under a cloud. The Spaniard also reflects on a terrific life in management which has now taken him to Dalian…

21 min.
louis saha

CLUBS 1997-2000 Metz 1999 Newcastle (loan) 2000-04 Fulham 2004-08 Manchester United 2008-12 Everton 2012 Tottenham 2012-13 Sunderland 2013 Lazio COUNTRY 2004-12 France If you want to see celebrities, hang around with Louis Saha. The former Manchester United and Everton striker has suggested meeting FFT at a plush private members’ club in London’s Soho district, and American actress Rose McGowan is chatting with friends at the next table. When we head out to the street for some pictures, our photo shoot is momentarily gatecrashed by a true A-lister: former Crystal Palace striker and manager Dougie Freedman, who walks past obliviously while talking on his Bluetooth headset. Get out of the way, Freedman! Saha lives down in the south of France these days, but he has made a brief trip back to England as part of his work with AxisStars, the firm he founded after…

5 min.
the best of football

PUMA FAST RIDER OG $49 eu.puma.com Yes, it’s November. Yes, you should probably be thinking about sensible shoes. No, these won’t protect your feet from the months of driving rain. But do we really care? Nope. These bad boys look like they were taken straight from the set of City of God. The Fast Rider OG kicked off a new era as Germany’s first ever ‘jogging’ shoe 40 years ago, and now it’s returned with some samba vibes to brighten up those dingy winter evenings. Yes please. GOLDEN CABANE ANNIVERSARY SHIRTS N/A goldencabane.com By the time you finish reading this, these shirts will almost certainly be sold out. So why include them? Well, look at them – then look out for the next lot from Golden Cabane. The French studio upcycle classic football shirts into…

1 min.
xmas gift ideas

FIRMA STELLA AUTOGRAPHED MEMORABILIA £9.99-£2,499.99 firmastella.com Few do signed football memorabilia better than Firma Stella, who deal only in 100 per cent authentic signed shirts, balls, boots and photos. All of their items also come with a Certificate of Authenticity and, in most cases, a picture of the stars signing the memorabilia. Their vast collection ranges from gloves signed by Gigi Buffon to a Champions League-winning jersey signed by the whole Liverpool team. These are gifts that will leave a lasting impression, not least after all the socks. YOUR FOOTBALL PROGRAMME £2-£850 yourfootballprogramme.co.uk Treat a football-mad family member to some classic football memorabilia. Your Football Programme isn’t a dealer or trader; just a bloke who decided the time has come to sell his incredible collection. Over the years he has gathered everything from framed shirts…

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meanwhile in…

1 HARRY, IS THAT YOU? Euro 2020 is just seven months away now, and that can mean only one thing: Skillzy on tour. The tournament’s official mascot was unveiled back in March. He’s a curious humanoid character with a name a bit like a rapper’s and a head even bigger than Harry Maguire’s. Essentially he’s the modern-day Frank Sidebottom, with bonus ball-juggling prowess. Skillzy is now making his way around the Euro 2020 venues, watching Ireland play in Dublin and jetting to Saint Petersburg to greet Russia midfielder Aleksandr Yerokhin, Euro 2000 winner Christian Karembeu and Southend United manager Sol Campbell. The mascot then flew to Rome, where he did a spot of ball-juggling outside the Colosseum, lobbed a coin into the Trevi Fountain and, exhausted, sat down to tuck into some spaghetti. Next…

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games that changed my life luiz felipe scolari

Criciuma 0 Gremio 0 June 2, 1991 Copa do Brasil Final “This match began my path of winning important titles. We, Criciuma, were at home to Gremio in the second leg of the Copa do Brasil final. Gremio were very strong but we drew 0-0: that won us the title because we’d scored an away goal in the first leg, drawing 1-1. We were undefeated from beginning to end [10 matches] and winning the tournament without losing a game was a historic achievement. It was also the first important title won by a team from the state of Santa Catarina, and my first ever major title as a coach.” Palmeiras 2 Deportivo Cali 1 June 16, 1999 Copa Libertadores Final “It was the second leg in the final of the Copa Libertadores, the most important…