FourFourTwo UK

FourFourTwo UK July 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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

I was lying in bed awake at 4.30 on a dark Tuesday morning when this photograph of Diego Maradona WhatsApped its way into my life. I spent a long time laughing and punching the air because we’d just sent Andy Mitten off to the most dangerous part of Mexico the night before, on the off chance he could get to the infamous footballing legend. I didn’t expect to see Diego lying around on a pitch at Dorados 24 hours later, reading our Marcelo Bielsa feature. As Swansea full-back Dylan Thomas once said, ambition is critical. Andy’s story is on page 64 and it was a thrill to publish it. Manchester United fans might be delighted with Diego's ambitions for their club. The Women’s World Cup is upon us and we’ve interviewed five…

21 min.
paul robinson

CLUBS 1998-2004 Leeds 2004-08 Tottenham 2008-15 Blackburn 2016-17 Burnley COUNTRY 2003-07 England Daleks get everywhere these days – even Harrogate. FourFourTwo hadn’t expected to see a Doctor Who villain patrolling the pavement this Thursday morning. Dodging the local antiques shop’s star attraction, we walk on towards the Hotel du Vin and our rendezvous with Paul Robinson, who spent a career trying to exterminate the hopes of opposition strikers. It’s been two years since a back injury forced the former England goalkeeper to hang up his gloves, and he’s looking relaxed as he greets us. He has recently returned from one of his regular trips to Qatar, where he works on beIN Sports alongside Richard Keys and Andy Gray. Retirement has also allowed Robinson to spend more time with his family. Tonight he’s going to watch a cricket match featuring…

1 min.
star question

Did you feel for Ben Foster when you scored against him from your own half for Tottenham against Watford? Luke Barrow, via Instagram I didn’t want to run off celebrating in case the referee said, “No, it was an indirect free-kick…” It wasn’t until the lads jumped on me that I realised the goal had been given. I felt for Ben as it was a fluke – goalkeepers very rarely score from their own half and they don’t mean to. It was because we had Mido up there, who didn’t move very far, so it missed him and bounced in!…

6 min.
the mixer the best of football

FRANCE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP KITS N/A store.nike.com The eagle-eyed among you will remember that we included a France shirt marking 100 years of the country’s FA in our last issue. This month it’s the turn of the women’s team. Les Bleues’ sleek World Cup kits are a sign of Nike’s commitment to women’s football in 2019. Tailor-made for the first time, they are retro-tastic, the polkadot away effort in particular. If you don’t want to see this France side, in these ace strips, tearing up the World Cup this summer, we fear for your sanity. Just look at them... YELRA DOODLES – ADRIANO £5 etsy.com/uk/shop/YelraDoodles Six tinnies for a fiver, an unnecessarily large pizza and one more game of Pro Evo 6 – the best Friday night in the world? Probably. Adriano’s career may have…

3 min.
football notebook

1 DUTCH COURAGE Denmark Esbjerg It’s seven months since former Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart announced his retirement, but he’s now embarking on a new career as a darts pro. Van der Vaart ended his playing days in Denmark, where his girlfriend plays handball for Team Esbjerg. He’s now made his darts debut at the Denmark Open, emerging victorious against Thomas Andersen before losing in the second round, presumably after pulling up with a hamstring problem mid-match. 2 RISE OF THE SMURFS Bulgaria Plovdiv Lokomotiv Plovdiv won their first trophy for 15 years during 2018-19, but it was off-field officials who took the headlines. First, club owner Hristo Krusharski turned up at a league match in a referee’s shirt and offered to officiate (this was refused, obviously). Then they beat rivals Botev Plovdiv in the Bulgarian…

5 min.
what the fuchs?!

1 ZENIT 1 NIGHT KING 0 Lokomotiv Moscow hatched a last-gasp plan to salvage their Russian title hopes: scare the bejesus out of the opposition with the creepiest tifo FourFourTwo has ever seen. The club are obviously massive fans of Game of Thrones, so they got an ultra to dress up as the Night King, complete with a face full of icy thorns, then sat him on an Iron Throne in the middle of the stand for their home match against Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. They even draped a green and red Lokomotiv scarf over the throne: a nice touch. Despite a 2-1 home victory over relegation-bound Siberians Yenisey though, the Night King spent the match looking thoroughly miserable, staring vacantly across the pitch. Either he was pining for the days of Dmitri Loskov, or…