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FourFourTwo UK

December 2020

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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1 min.
welcome

Lionel Messi stunned football when he told Barcelona that he wanted to leave in August. His move was more than a transfer request: it was a major political act that exacerbated the many issues plaguing life in Catalonia. In this issue, we get to the heart of what really happened in a stormy summer, speaking to those behind the scenes about the root of his unhappiness. What does the fallout mean right now? And then that big question: will Messi be a Premier League player in 2021? He’s not the only Argentine in focus this month, however. Love him or hate him, you can’t ignore Diego Maradona or his colourful existence on and off the pitch. As he turns 60, we celebrate one of the game’s greatest ever entertainers in the form…

21 min.
claude makelele

He landed top-flight titles at Nantes, Real Madrid and Chelsea, hoisted the Champions League trophy and played in four major tournaments with France – but Claude Makelele’s greatest accolade is more lasting than all of those achievements. More than 17 years after he swapped the Bernabeu for Stamford Bridge and perfected the art of unselfish midfield destroying, Makelele still has a position named after him: football’s universal benchmark for grafters at the coalface. However, it wasn’t the Frenchman, understated as ever, who trumpeted his value to the world. Peers regularly pointed in his direction when asked to reveal their indispensable team-mates. Famously, Zinedine Zidane responded to Real Madrid’s recruitment of David Beckham in 2003 – tied to Makelele’s exit that summer – with the words, “Why put another layer of gold paint…

6 min.
meanwhile in…

1 “WHAT’S YOUR BEEF, PAL?” With an axe-wielding maniac setting up stall on the edge of the penalty area, it’s little wonder that Real Sociedad have been so tough to beat in the opening stages of the new La Liga season. Well OK, he’s not actually a maniac – his name is Jon Gorostiaga, president of the Iruki beef firm, and he’s come up with a scheme that helped fire the San Sebastian high-fliers to Spain’s summit early on. Txuleton steak is a delicacy in the Basque country – Real Sociedad used to award the prized meat to their man of the match and John Aldridge became known as ‘The King of the Txuleton’, tucking in after each of his 40 strikes from 1989-91 following a £1 million move from Liverpool. If you thought…

28 min.
a broken home

The World Cup may have eluded him, but Lionel Messi can console himself with four Champions League crowns, 10 La Liga titles, six Copas del Rey, three UEFA Super Cups, three FIFA Club World Cups and eight Spanish Super Cups. No one has matched the Argentine forward’s six Ballons d’Or among a list of major individual prizes that stretches into three figures. The firsts keep on coming by the month, too: the first player to net in 16 consecutive seasons in the Champions League; the first player to contribute 1,000 goals and assists in his senior career. In June, he scored the 700th goal of his professional career with a Panenka penalty against Atletico Madrid. But despite the trophies and the accolades, Barcelona’s greatest ever player – still the best in La…

13 min.
of the biggest transfer bust-ups ever!

DAVE BASSETT’S LEAGUE OF CATS When Pierre van Hooijdonk left a club, he generally didn’t go quietly. A spell at Celtic ended acrimoniously after a wage dispute – the Dutchman was quoted as saying that £7,000 a week “may be good enough for the homeless, but not for an international striker”. He later claimed he was misquoted, but things were no calmer when he joined Nottingham Forest. After the East Midlands side reneged on a promise to let him leave after promotion, the angry frontman went on strike amid dissatisfaction at boss Dave Bassett. “We were doing f**k all in training,” he later told FFT. “People say we became champions, but so what? It’s about players as well. If you were to change all of the managers in the league for…

25 min.
maradona the untold stories

FFT celebrates the joy, destruction and downright madness of football’s most entertaining figure – via two Scudetti and an incredible World Cup Hugo Gatti won’t forget November 9, 1980. It was the day Argentine football saw the real character of its shimmering new star for the very first time. The day when he made Diego Armando Maradona angry. The pint-sized prodigy had carried his tag of wonderkid since a bright breakthrough in 1976, then guided Argentina to their maiden Under-20 World Cup win three years later. Even still, he remained at Argentinos Juniors, a small club with few aspirations. Until then, Maradona had only amassed praise. That week, aged 20, he discovered his first enemy: Boca Juniors’ eccentric keeper. Maradona’s famous vindictive spirit, the fuel to fulfil his greatest deeds, was soon about…