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FourFourTwo UK February 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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$5.70(Incl. tax)
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12 Issues


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editor’s letter

Watching Gigi Buffon daintily sipping from a doll’s tea set is definitely up there with one of the best (and most surreal) moments of my time at FFT. The Italian World Cup winner was more than happy to play along as we riffed on the idea of him being a giant of the game. For me personally, it’s a great way to sign off. You see, after 12 years here – the last four as editor – I’m off to manage a new team. But I can’t leave without acknowledging just how incredible my time at FourFourTwo has been. Whether it was sitting on the sidelines while Lionel Messi stepped into my shoes as guest editor, or winning an award for giving Zinedine Zidane a black eye, it’s been everything I…

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played a blinder

Martin Bowyer The Denmark-based artist illustrated our ‘maddest keepers’ feature. “The tales of William ‘Fatty’ Foulke kept me hugely entertained while I was bringing this article to life. He was a giant of a man with a personality almost as massive as his waistband...” Will Cornelius Londoner Will photographed Liverpool’s new No.1 Alisson. “After years of taking pictures of players in studio situations, it was certainly interesting to get one brushing his teeth in the mirror! Alisson was a gent, with all of the enthusiasm you would expect from a Brazilian.” Paolo Bandini The European football writer sat down with our cover star, Gianluigi Buffon. “I’ve been fortunate to interview Gigi a few times but don’t think I’ve seen him so contented before. If FFT were to rank the best laughs in world football, he…

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the beautiful game

“WE’RE THE HURRICANES!” And, much like their ’90s cartoon namesakes, the new Copa Sudamericana winners Atletico Paranaense’s champion spirit is here to stay. The Brazilian Hurricanes won the South American equivalent of the Europa League by holding their nerve in a penalty shootout, with a two-legged final unable to split them against Colombians Junior. Thiago Heleno’s decisive kick sparked wild celebrations in Curitiba, and they didn’t have to go to the Bernabeu for the privilege. Get in! CAUGHT IN MY SHADOW If Thierry Henry had hoped an emotional return to Monaco, 19 years after leaving the principality to sign for Juventus, would inspire a change in fortunes for Les Monegasques, he has suffered quite the shock. France’s all-time record goalscorer won two of his first 12 matches in charge, and questioned his own…

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one-on-one mark bosnich

CLUBS 1988 Sydney Croatia 1988-91 Manchester United 1991-92 Sydney Croatia 1992-99 Aston Villa 1999-2001 Manchester United 2001-03 Chelsea 2008 Central Coast Mariners 2009 Sydney Olympic COUNTRY 1993-2000 Australia Not many footballers invite you to their luxury apartment to conduct an interview. But then, not many riff on every question for minutes on end like an indulgent ageing rocker, unabashedly spilling their feelings. In the end, though, FFT doesn’t get to see Mark Bosnich’s oh-so-central Sydney flat, as our photographer decides on a launderette in the posh Australian suburb of Paddington to set up the ‘clean sheets’ gag. When ‘Bozza’ arrives, he hands over his iPhone, cigarettes and lighter (all white) and happily plunges in among baskets of laundry, asking for phone shots to send to his fiancée as evidence of the ridiculous life he leads. Almost immediately, Mark’s former Socceroos team-mate…

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highs & lows

HIGH: 1988 Agrees to join Alex Ferguson’s Man United as a 16-year-old LOW: 1991 Leaves United and England after being refused a work permit HIGH: 1994 Wins the first of two League Cups with Villa, beating his former club LOW: 1996 Fined and censured for doing a Nazi salute at White Hart Lane HIGH: 2000 Back at Old Trafford, wins Premier League and Intercontinental Cup LOW: 2002 Fails drug test and quits football having been released by Chelsea HIGH: 2008 Saves penalty for Central Coast Mariners in first game since 2001…

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around the world in 12 stories

1 ALAN SHEARER: SECRET TITCH USA New York Remember Alan Shearer, towering over top-tier defences to power header after header into the net? Turns out he’s not quite so towering when you stick him on a basketball court. Despite his aerial prowess, Shearer is only 6ft tall and he looked positively diminutive when he met 7ft 3in Latvian basketball star Kristaps Porzingis during a visit to Madison Square Garden. Back into him all you want Al, but this is one header you ain’t winning… 2 MILIBAND AND HOLGATE, TOGETHER AT LAST England Doncaster When AFC Bentley were searching for celebrities to open their new pavilion, two names sprang to mind: ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband and young Everton defender Mason Holgate, obviously. The bizarre double act actually had logic to it – Miliband is the non-league side’s local…