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FourFourTwo UK January 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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12 Issues


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editor’s letter

Life is never dull at FFT and 2018 has been case in point. We have spent the last 12 months travelling far and wide to bring you the best stories and biggest names, occasionally putting ourselves in harm’s way in the process. We went to Israel for one of the country’s most heated matches between Beitar Jerusalem and Bnei Sakhnin, and almost got kicked out of the stadium. Over at Milan’s Milanello training ground, we listened to manager Gennaro Gattuso recount the time he stabbed former team-mate Massimo Oddo with a fork, and risked life and limb by heading to Belgian club OH Leuven to talk ostriches, among other things, with Nigel Pearson. We also asked Mo Salah to pose with a crown (before his now famous chant had caught on), Glenn Murray…

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played a blinder

Anthony Moore Our Geordie Art Editor spent a lot of time and love on this month’s issue. “Our ‘Photos of the Year’ feature was a treat to design, and I could have filled the entire magazine with great football photography... hang on, I’ve just had a great idea for a future issue of FFT!” Harriet Drudge The London-based scribe grilled England and Lyon star Lucy Bronze. “Lucy was a great person to interview; eloquent, confident, yet also incredibly humble. I couldn’t believe she called her volley against Man City ‘flukey’! Hopefully we see more ‘flukes’ next summer!” Andrew Murray FFT’s staff writer spent 10 hours negotiating Britain’s motorways to chat with David Silva. “I’d just got back from a week in Gran Canaria with my other half and we’d stayed really close to where David…

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the beautiful game

WAYNE’S WORLD FAREWELL When it was announced that Wayne Rooney would return to the England squad for a 120th, and final, appearance in November against the USA, debate raged about whether Wazza warranted a farewell cap. But Rooney’s 32-minute cameo was a nostalgic reminder of the former captain’s stellar Three Lions career. There was even the odd tear as Harry Kane presented Rooney with an award as England’s record goalscorer. Thanks for everything, Wayne. Party on! “EYES RIGHT, EVERYONE...” ...unless you’re right up against the perimeter fencing and somehow distracted during a first Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate. It certainly lived up to the billing. Twice the visitors came from behind to seal a 2-2 draw at La Bombonera, even equalising immediately from the kick-off after going 1-0 down…

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one-on-one michael carrick

“I MET WENGER AT HIS HOUSE AND THOUGHT ARSENAL WAS A DONE DEAL. THAT WAS A BIG CROSSROADS MOMENT FOR ME” CLUBS 1999-2004 West Ham 1999 Swindon (loan) 2000 Birmingham (loan) 2004-06 Tottenham 2006-18 Manchester United COUNTRY 2001-2015 England HOW CLOSE WAS HE TO JOINING ARSENAL? WHAT WENT WRONG FOR MOYES AT UNITED? SHOULD HE HAVE GOT MORE ENGLAND CAPS? “I’m just a lad from Wallsend in the North East, nothing special, no better or worse than anyone,” the typically self-effacing Michael Carrick tells FFT . But plenty would disagree, including Alex Ferguson, who brought Carrick to Manchester United from Spurs in 2006 and watched him develop into what he once hailed “the best central midfielder in English football… I think he’s the best English player in the game.” During 12 decorated campaigns with the Red Devils, Carrick lifted five Premier League…

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highs & lows

HIGH: 1999 Lifts FA Youth Cup as West Ham annihilate Coventry in the final LOW: 2003 Relegated from Premier League with record-high 42 points tally HIGH: 2004 Named in PFA First Division Team of the Year before joining Spurs LOW: 2006 Denied Champions League place on final day after ‘Lasagne-gate’ HIGH: 2008 Wins Premier and Champions League titles with Man United LOW: 2009 Champions League final loss to Barcelona – his lowest moment HIGH: 2013 Bags fifth league title and voted United Players’ Player of the Year…

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around the world in 12 stories

1 HONDA’S HAMMER HORROR Australia Melbourne You have to be pretty tough to play for Melbourne Victory, coached by former Millwall menace Kevin Muscat, but even he wouldn’t have expected Keisuke Honda to turn up wielding a hammer. Melbourne play some of their games at the newly-renamed Marvel Stadium, so Honda – who combines A-League playing duties with a role coaching Cambodia – dressed as Marvel’s Thor in tribute. Muscat still probably two-footed him as soon as the cameras were off. 2 IL VENOMENO Italy Milan Even the tifos are a strategy game at the Milan derby. Inter are nicknamed Il Biscione, or ‘The Big Grass Snake’, so their fans unveiled a huge snake tifo (pictured) in the Curva Nord. But Milan knew it was coming and had a response ready: their own tifo in the…