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FourFourTwo UK

Summer 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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in this issue

1 min.
welcome

With football still on hold, we’re turning back time to relive one of our favourite decades. So in the words of Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker: let’s all meet up in the year 2000. If the ’90s was the decade that truly changed football in this country and on the continent, then the noughties was the one in which everything got supersized. The clubs got richer, the players earned more money, the stadiums got bigger and the profiles of star names exploded. Manchester United and Arsenal were still the two teams to beat at the start of the decade, but Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho combined to make Chelsea a brand new threat to be feared in west London. By the end of the decade, the Blue Moon was starting to rise in Manchester. In…

21 min.
mikael silvestre

CLUBS 1996-98 Rennes 1998-99 Inter 1999-2008 Manchester United 2008-10 Arsenal 2010-12 Werder Bremen 2013-14 Portland Timbers 2014 Chennaiyin COUNTRY 2001-06 France The task that FourFourTwo has given Mikael Silvestre is a simple one. Or so we thought. “I’m struggling to choose a best XI of my team-mates,” he says, sighing. “Even my bench is crazy... it’s impossible. I can make two teams.” To be fair to Silvestre, even that is a tad cautious. For strikers alone, he can pick from Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka, David Trezeguet, Dwight Yorke, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole, Robin van Persie, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney. Not bad. It reflects well on the defender who turned out for Inter, Manchester United, Arsenal and France. He won 40 caps for Les Bleus, and lifted the FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and four league titles…

5 min.
meanwhile in…

1 “CAN WE HAVE OUR BALL BACK?” After the success of the Brazil airport advert before France 98, Nike had plenty more ideas up their sleeve for the noughties – and some were plain weird. The sportswear giants gathered the planet’s finest players for a cage football tournament ahead of the 2002 World Cup, then decided that there was only one team who could promote Euro 2004. They brought back Brazil, despite them not being in any way European... The Samba stars clashed with Portugal in a stadium concourse where Eric Cantona just happened to be hanging about, in the latest attempt to crowbar him into their ads (see ‘bemused man on plane’ in 1998). But while European audiences watched Ronaldo face Cristiano Ronaldo – featuring commentary from Brian Marwood – Asian viewers were…

2 min.
games that changed my life youri djorkaeff

PSG 1 Rapid Vienna 0 May 8, 1996 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Final “When I joined Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco in 1995, the club had reached the semi-finals of three European competitions in the previous three seasons, but lost them all. So it was a big moment to beat Deportivo La Coruna in the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals in my first season, and make it to the final. We then beat Rapid Vienna in Brussels, which was huge. It was PSG’s long-time objective to lift European silverware, and we did it. It’s been 24 years since that success, and they haven’t won another major European trophy.” Lazio 0 Inter Milan 3 May 6, 1998 UEFA Cup Final “On a personal level, it was very special – as both a former PSG player and a Frenchman…

2 min.
kilmarnock in korea

The 2002 World Cup was the first finals in Asia, and it was all down to Kilmarnock. Japan and South Korea secured co-hosting rights in 1996 – as the latter attempted to show FIFA that they could stage the World Cup, they held one of the most unusual football competitions in 1995. The Korea Cup was the official dress rehearsal, welcoming the best teams from across the globe – at least, that was the intention. What they actually ended up with was an eight-outfit tournament involving the national teams of South Korea, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Zambia, Belgian side Mechelen, Swedish team Trelleborg (who had just beaten Blackburn in the UEFA Cup), a Rio de Janeiro XI and the team who had come 7th in the Scottish Premier Division. “They wanted Rangers or…

1 min.
ranked

25 BEST FOOTBALL LEAGUE STARS OF THE NOUGHTIES FourFourTwo runs down the decade’s finest players outside of the Premier League, based on their stellar performances at that level between 2000 and 2009 25 LEE TRUNDLE 24 DAVID NUGENT 23 DEAN WINDASS 22 SYLVAN EBANKS-BLAKE 21 ROBERT PROSINECKI 20 ROBERT EARNSHAW 19 DARREN BENT 18 PETER WHITTINGHAM 17 LEIGHTON BAINES 16 MARCUS STEWART 15 DAMIEN DUFF 14 ANDY JOHNSON 13 SHAUN GOATER 12 STEVE SIDWELL 11 MATT JANSEN 10 JASON KOUMAS 9 GARETH BALE 8 KEVIN NOLAN 7 PHIL JAGIELKA 6 TIM CAHILL 5 EIDUR GUDJOHNSEN 4 KEVIN PHILLIPS 3 PAUL MERSON 2 LOUIS SAHA…