FourFourTwo UK

FourFourTwo UK

November 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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5 min.
me an while in…

1 “HOW WAS PRISON FOOD, RON?” When Ronaldinho drew up his New Year resolutions for 2020, ‘get locked up in a Paraguayan prison during a pandemic’ probably wasn’t on his list. The Brazilian was jailed in March for carrying a fake Paraguayan passport – easier to slip under the radar when you’re Joe Bloggs, rather than a living legend. Ronaldinho insisted he’d got the passport from a sponsor and didn’t know it was fake, but he spent a month in jail – playing for a prison futsal team and netting five goals in a tournament to win a roast pig. The 40-year-old then endured four months under house arrest before returning to Brazil, having been ordered to pay a $90,000 fine. He’s got to claw that money back somehow, so he recently travelled to…

3 min.
games that changed my life anderson

Nautico 0 Gremio 1 November 26, 2005 Serie B play-off “This game is everything in my life. It’s known as the ‘Battle of Aflitos’ [referring to Nautico’s stadium] for its insanity. It was my last match for Gremio, and we were down to seven men with 10 minutes of normal time remaining [after four late red cards resulted in a 25-minute delay]. Nautico had missed one penalty before that, then our goalkeeper saved another in the 15th minute of added time. The next minute, I broke away and scored the winner that secured promotion for Gremio! The club was going through a very tough spell, and its future would have been quite uncertain if we hadn’t gone up that day. I’d already agreed to join Porto, so winning that game meant a…

2 min.
merry arsemas!

Highbury may have been demolished 14 years ago, but it still lives on in Japan – thanks to an Arsene Wenger superfan. Kohei Ando was the man who arranged for a ‘Merci Arsene’ tribute banner to be flown over Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium for Wenger’s final game as Gunners manager in 2018, and also runs a bar in the Frenchman’s honour in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku district. Arsenal memorabilia adorns the walls – even the bathroom is an Aladdin’s cave of club paraphernalia, from shirts and scarves to programmes and hundreds of ticket stubs. Wenger had a spell in Japan himself with Nagoya Grampus Eight, but it was in 2001 when a teenage Ando’s obsession began – thanks to Arsenal’s purchase of national hero Junichi Inamoto. Almost overnight, all of the Gunners’ games…

1 min.
required reading

WHO ARE YA? Kevin Day (Bloomsbury, £14.99) Blending nostalgia, under the radar knowledge and popular culture, comedian Kevin Day reviews the idiosyncrasies of all current 92 League clubs, explaining why you shouldn’t support each of them. Day is at his best with more off-beat offerings, including the disputed origins of the terms ‘Mackem’ and ‘Geordie’, and Leicester’s ‘whirl and switch’ tactics during the freezing winter of 1962-63, which saw them dubbed the Ice Kings. He also paints an affectionate pen portrait of Birmingham’s bearded ’60s star Trevor Hockey, about whom ITV commentator Hugh Johns would invariably comment, “Hockey was letting him know he was there”, as he scythed down another foe. Day laments Brentford’s move from Griffin Park – with a pub on each corner – to their ultra modern “stadium campus”, and muses…

6 min.
jake bugg

What was the first game that you ever saw live? The earliest memory I have is being about four, going to Meadow Lane with my grandad – there’s a few Forest fans knocking about in my family, but we don’t speak to them. I couldn’t tell you who that match was against, though; we won it but I didn’t know what was going on – I just remember people standing up and going mad every two minutes. Football was exciting to me from that point onwards. Who was your childhood hero and did you ever meet them? My favourite player was Joe Cole – he was a bit smaller like me, and a skilful No.10 who made things happen. I’ve never met him, but he’s been doing some great punditry on television. What was…

5 min.
mircea lucescu

Did you always know you were going to become a manager? Yes, I knew that all along. I was always a ‘thinker’ of football. I liked to analyse it. It wasn’t by chance that I became national team captain when I was just 24. I used to get the players together in my room and talk about the games. What was it like to be the coach of Romania during communism? In the communist regime, every time I wanted to leave the country with my team there were problems with visas. The authorities were afraid that some players might leave and never come back. I used to go to politicians myself and ask them for support. At one point, I held talks with [former Real Madrid and Yugoslavia coach] Milan Miljanic regarding a…