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FourFourTwo UK December 2018

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


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editor’s letter

Even for FFT, flying to Los Angeles to interview Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a pretty big deal. For staff writer Chris Flanagan, this epic encounter came a few days after a draining 18-hour round trip to the Scottish Highlands to watch Britain’s worst team, Fort William. So it probably makes sense for him to tell you about this month’s issue and his week of two halves… Chris, what was it like coming face to face with Zlatan? Entertaining. He was unleashing classic Zlatanisms even before the interview began, and his eyes lit up when I said I was from near Manchester. “Red or blue?” he asked, ready to make a quip. He was disappointed when I said Bolton. How did LA and Fort William compare? I went straight to the airport after returning from Scotland,…

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played a blinder

Gavin McBain The artist illustrated this month’s Between The Lines with Bruce Grobbelaar. “It was fun to illustrate a character like Bruce, who I’m old enough to have seen play. I even included a few homages to my favourite Vietnam war movies.” Jon Shard The ace lensman snapped Ibra for our cover. “Zlatan was a dream to work with - he had the presence of a friendly giant. We had a good old natter, comparing the weather in LA with Manchester. He certainly isn’t missing the rain back in England, that’s for sure!” Hunter Godson The youngest (and therefore ‘hippest’) member of the FFT team oversaw the first outing of our shiny new gear section, The Mixer. “It may have taken a few thousand emails to pull this section together, but it was definitely worth…

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the beautiful game

A BIT OF BRAZILIAN FLARE The Mineirao in Belo Horizonte holds a unique place in the hearts of Brazilian football supporters as the setting of that 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany in 2014. For Cruzeiro fans, however, it still just feels like home. Before A Raposa’s (the Fox’s) Copa do Brasil final first leg against Corinthians, the hosts’ team bus received quite the welcome from a flare-heavy throng. An inspired Thiago Neves’ goal in a 1-0 win set Cruzeiro on course to the title. Picture Douglas Magno/AFP/Getty HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, KID Synchronised swimming has long fascinated us at FFT. Has anyone ever really been so happy upside down underwater that they’ve felt the need to gurn their nut off for minutes on end? It’s strictly doggy paddle in the shallow end…

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one-on-one jermaine pennant

CLUBS 1998-99 Notts County 1999-2005 Arsenal 2002-03 Watford (loan) 2003-04 Leeds United (loan) 2005-06 Birmingham City 2006-09 Liverpool 2009 Portsmouth (loan) 2009-10 Real Zaragoza 2010-14 Stoke City 2012-13 Wolves (loan) 2014 Pune City 2015 Wigan Athletic 2016 Tampines Rovers 2017 Bury 2017 Billericay Town “I FELT THE VODKA BOUNCING AROUND IN MY STOMACH AND YOU COULD SMELL IT ON MY BREATH... I DID OK TO SCORE A HAT-TRICK” WHAT’S LIFE LIKE FOR A FOOTBALLER IN PRISON? HOW CLOSE WAS HE TO JOINING REAL MADRID? AND, COME ON: IS HE REALLY A PORNSTAR? “I have had a good career – I’m not unhappy – but I could’ve done more, I know that. I could have made more of myself and my ability.” This is what Jermaine Pennant allows himself to think in his more reflective moments. But he is also very grateful to have enjoyed the career he did, after…

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highs & lows

HIGH: 1999 Joins Arsenal for record £2m fee a week before his 16th birthday LOW: 2000-2002 Suffers from homesickness and frustration at lack of playing time HIGH: 2003 Scores a hat-trick in his first Premier League start for Arsenal LOW: 2005 Imprisoned and then given ankle tag after drink-driving charge HIGH: 2007 Plays 90 minutes of Liverpool’s Champions League Final in Athens LOW: 2010 Leaves Real Zaragoza following repeated disciplinary action HIGH: 2011 Impresses at Stoke and starts in the club’s historic FA Cup Final…

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around the world in 12 stories

1 “HELLO, IS THIS ED WOODWARD?” England London He’s one of history’s greatest footballers and won the Champions League three times in two and a half years as a coach – but Zinedine Zidane showed on a trip to London that he loves a tourist cliché. While speculation was rife about Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United future, an unemployed Zizou entered a classic red phone box and pretended to make a call, to the delight of football’s gossip columnists. The Frenchman did ignore their requests for him to lurk ominously behind Jose Mourinho’s waxwork at Madame Tussaud’s, however. Spoilsport. 2 THE VEINS IN SPAIN... Spain Zamora Say what you like about lower-league Spanish side Zamora, but they always show heart. That’s because Los Viriatos have unveiled a new Kappa kit showing the human circulatory system, albeit with…