FourFourTwo UK

FourFourTwo UK

July 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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1 min.

Rejoice! By the time you read this, football will be back in England. And while many questions about its future remain unanswered, its return is a hugely positive step. For this issue, though, we’re focusing attention elsewhere. Regardless of your age, you’ll have at least one Brazil team that you look back on with fondness – whether it’s a young Pele winning in 1958, Garrincha’s snake hips of 1962, the technicolour kings of 1970, or more modern sides featuring Cafu, Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Neymar. Over the following pages, we hail the mighty Selecao 50 years on from their 1970 triumph. Rivelino talks us through that glorious tournament first-hand, while we evaluate why Socrates & Co. didn’t succeed in 1982, speak exclusively to Roberto Carlos and Marta, remember when Rivaldo ruled…

21 min.
jaap stam

CLUBS 1992-93 Zwolle 1993-95 Cambuur 1995-96 Willem II 1996-98 PSV 1998-2001 Manchester United 2001-04 Lazio 2004-06 Milan 2006-07 Ajax COUNTRY 1996-2004 Netherlands MANAGER 2014-16 Jong Ajax 2016-18 Reading 2018-19 Zwolle 2019 Feyenoord 2020- FC Cincinnati Jaap Stam never made an appearance for the Netherlands at youth level, but it didn’t stop him being considered the world’s best defender by his mid-20s. For almost a decade, the monstrous former stopper dismantled the deadliest attacks in England and Italy. Besides his on-pitch achievements, Stam’s career was intertwined with intriguing events: his Manchester United career began in a Dutch flat and then ended in a petrol station in Cheshire. In Milan, the Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi – who also happened to own the Rossoneri – would sometimes fly in by helicopter to make guest appearances at training. It would have all been very confusing for a 19-year-old Stam, who snubbed second…

5 min.
meanwhile in…

1 PHANTOM MENACE You’ve probably heard of the ghost goal – at Borussia Monchengladbach they have ghost fans, too. With the Bundesliga restarting behind closed doors, supporters created cardboard cutouts and put them in the stands at Borussia-Park. Take-up surpassed 17,000, filling entire sections of the stadium. Cutouts brazenly ignored social distancing rules and huddled together in the Nordkurve, the traditional home end. Some fans eschewed selfies and opted for a famous face instead – among them, club icons Gunter Netzer and Berti Vogts, plus current goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who was confusingly watching himself play. Others were much sillier. Cutouts of guard dogs and an unfortunate-looking blobfish were situated on the stadium gates; in the stands was a cat in a Roma kit. With behind-closed-doors fixtures labelled as ‘ghost games’ in Germany, two supporters made…

2 min.
games that changed my life les ferdinand

Coventry 4 QPR 1 April 20, 1987 First Division “I came off the bench to make my senior debut for QPR at Coventry, about a month before they went on to win the FA Cup. I was up against one of my heroes in Cyrille Regis, who scored twice that day. We were 3-1 down when I was brought on – I got so nervous, and because of that I can’t remember who I replaced! Even though we suffered a heavy defeat, the chance to make my league debut was the realisation of a dream.” Fenerbahce 0 Besiktas 1 June 21, 1989 Turkish Cup Final “I got the winner in the first leg of the final during a season-long loan with Besiktas, after weaving through a few bodies. We won 3-1 on aggregate. My season…

2 min.
scotland: greatest team ever

With five World Cup victories, Brazil can justifiably claim to be the most successful country in football history – but according to one ranking system, they still lag woefully behind Scotland. The Unofficial Football World Championships were originally unveiled in FourFourTwo by Paul Brown back in 2003, and have continued online ever since using the system employed in boxing: to become the world champions, you have to beat them. Given England drew 0-0 against Scotland in 1872’s first-ever international, then won the rematch 4-2, the Three Lions became unofficial world champions, before the Tartan Army bagged the bragging rights thanks to a 2-1 Scotland win in 1874. No fewer than 49 nations have now held the title as it has passed from country to country. Brazil grabbed it in 1952 – beating Chile,…

3 min.
best & worst southampton

XI BEST: Peter Shilton, Jason Dodd, Claus Lundekvam, Mark Wright, Mark Dennis, Adam Lallana, Matt Le Tissier, Terry Paine, Mick Channon, Rickie Lambert, Ron Davies. WORST: Ivan Katalinic, Ray Wallace, Pele, Jannik Vestergaard, Scott Marshall, Alan McLoughlin, Jason Euell, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Emmanuel Mayuka, Guido Carrillo, Dani Osvaldo. PLAYER B: One choice for young and old: Matt Le Tissier [right] – or ‘Le God’, as people still bow to him. He not only had talent, but was a one-club man who stayed in the city when he retired. W: Many people would say Ali Dia and his blagged cameo, but there have been worse performances from players who classed themselves as professionals. I’ll go with Dani Osvaldo for his hefty price tag, relative output and utter petulance. MOMENT B: The final minute of the final league game at…