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
12 期号


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…

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…

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…

“edu’s in prison!”

MIDNIGHT TALKS WITH SOL When Arsenal recruited Sol Campbell from rivals Spurs in 2001, they had to be careful how they went about it. Wenger reveals they’d meet for talks at David Dein’s house at 11pm, then walk around the neighbourhood until midnight while nobody was about, to keep things quiet. Campbell joined Arsenal on a free that summer. PASSPORT WOES The first time Edu arrived in England from Corinthians, the midfielder got held at Heathrow for unwittingly holding a fake passport. Compatriot Sylvinho phoned Wenger and said, “Edu’s in prison!” Fearing the same might happen to Sylvinho, Wenger always stood next to the full-back at passport control during away trips. THE (NON) RETURN OF RVP Robin van Persie topped the Premier League goal chart in 2012, before finances forced Wenger to sell him to…

pass and move: it’s thiago’s groove

When a star dies, it takes a few million years to burn through any remaining fuel – swelling in size to a red supergiant, before blowing itself apart in a sudden, supernova explosion. All that remains is a small, dense black hole until, eventually, new matter forms planets and fresh life scatters across space. When a football team grows old together, its death is similar – albeit a few hundred million years shorter. The curtain call is imperceptible at first: they manage however they can and perhaps still win the odd trophy through little more than muscle memory, almost without anyone noticing they’re on their last legs. Then, when it’s too late to do anything, they destruct before your eyes. Left behind is a mere husk; memories of what was once…

razor ruddock’s 25 hardest players ever!

25 KEVIN MUSCAT REPUTATION: In his Wolves days, the Aussie punctured Craig Bellamy’s kneecap and was sued by Matty Holmes for a challenge that almost led to the midfielder having his leg amputated. Muscat was sent off 12 times during his career, which ended not long after he was banned for eight games while playing for Melbourne Victory. This year, he became the manager of Belgian outfit Sint-Truiden. RAZOR SAYS: “I never played against him, but he’d have got it if I had – he was in my little red book. Muscat, you’re a bully: I’ve seen you do people and hurt little wingers – you’re at No.25, but you’re only on this list so you know I haven’t forgotten you. I hope to bump into you one day…” [Evil laugh] 24 DAVE…