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FourFourTwo UK

FourFourTwo UK April 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


1 min.
editor’s letter

“A great attack wins you games, a great defence wins you titles.” That was the mantra of Alex Ferguson, a man who, lets be honest, knows a thing or two about winning major trophies. It’s a theory that was surely in Jurgen Klopp’s thinking when he dropped a cool £75 million to take this month’s FourFourTwo cover star to Liverpool last January, and the signs are that it was money very well spent. We suspect most at Anfield would agree. Virgil van Dijk has brought solidity to the Reds’ previously porous backline, and if they do go the distance and finally win the Premier League this season, his contribution will have been the difference. We headed to Merseyside to meet the totemic defender, who told us how street football, a mouthy coach, and…

1 min.
played a blinder

Jon Enoch We sent the London-based snapper to Liverpool’s famous Melwood training ground to shoot this month’s colussus of a cover star. “Virgil van Dijk was an absolute breeze to work with, giving me the kind of powerful poses that would match his defensive displays.” Chris Evans The writer went to the East End to watch a non-league outfit with a difference. “It was raining and freezing – not exactly a day on Copacabana. Then I met the players and staff of 10th-tier Fire United, made up entirely of Brazilians. O Jogo Bonito, indeed!” Will Cornelius “Dion, do you mind smashing up this house with a hammer?” This was lensman Will’s request to Homes Under The Hammer host and former England striker Dion Dublin, as he captured this month’s One-on-One star. “It’s not a phrase…

1 min.
the beautiful game

GIVE US A SMILE, GARETH It’s not all been plain sailing for Gareth Bale at Real Madrid this season. There’s been the odd injury, occasional loss of form and Los Blancos’ own indifferent domestic results to worry about. Dubbed ‘The Golfer’ by his team-mates for the amount of time he spends with a nine-iron in tow, he’s even been dug out by Thibaut Courtois for not coming to a team meal because it was too late in the evening. Floored in the first leg of the Copa del Rey Clasico, Bale must bounce back. YOU’VE BEEN TANGO’D... You know the Tango adverts from the early-90s? Fun fact: comedian Hugh Dennis, Ray Wilkins and, er, jazz maestro Gil Scott Heron all provided voiceovers. The slappy-happy, chubby chappy’s distant relative – complete with shades on…

19 min.
one-on-one dion dublin

CLUBS 1988 Norwich City 1988-92 Cambridge United 1988 Barnet (loan) 1992-94 Manchester United 1994-98 Coventry City 1998-2004 Aston Villa 2002 Millwall (loan) 2004-06 Leicester City 2006 Celtic 2006-08 Norwich City COUNTRY 1998 England On these pages down the years, we and our One-on-One interviewees have answered the biggest questions – questions that are on the lips of football fans across the world. What did Rafa Benitez say at half-time in Istanbul? What exactly happened to Ronaldo before the 1998 World Cup Final? Did George Best really prefer blondes? Now, though, it’s the biggie: how on Earth did Dion Dublin end up hosting Homes Under The Hammer? It’s simply a fact that any UK resident with cause to be sat at home at 10am on a weekday will have watched the renovation-and-auction-themed show. Since 2015, then, tens of millions have seen the former Manchester…

1 min.
highs & lows

HIGH: 1990 Fires fourth-tier Cambridge to the first of two FA Cup quarter-finals LOW: 1992 U’s lose in play-offs to miss out on three consecutive promotions HIGH: 1992 Moves to Manchester United amid interest from several clubs LOW: 1992 Breaks leg and has to watch Eric Cantona arrive to take his place HIGH: 1998 Finishes joint-top scorer in the Premier League with Coventry LOW: 1998 Makes England’s provisional World Cup squad but misses out HIGH: 2002 Scores his 100th Premier League goal as Aston Villa beat West Ham…

5 min.
around the world in 12 stories

1 THE THIGH OF GOD Mexico Culiacan Dorados goalkeeper Gaspar Servio had a cunning plan to curry favour with manager Diego Maradona: he got a tattoo of the legend on his thigh. Servio’s tattoo features a smiling Diego with the phrase, ‘I believe in God’. The club started 2019 poorly, though, so a sequel tattoo may be in the offing – maybe one of an angry Diego flipping the bird, with ‘I believed in God but then he lost the plot’ written in Spanish. 2 “WON’T THESE PEOPLE JUST LEAVE ME ALONE?” Italy Reggio Emilia Cristiano Ronaldo is a magnet for pitch invaders – he’s still cursing that fan who thwarted his attack in Real Madrid’s Champions League final victory against Liverpool – and Italy provides no respite. As Juventus led Sassuolo, one CR7 fan had an…