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FourFourTwo UK March 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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1 min.
welcome

Tuesday, March 9, 2004 – the day that the cult of Jose Mourinho was born. The day that Porto’s firebrand manager emerged from the brick dugout at Old Trafford to sprint down the touchline and celebrate his team’s 90th-minute equaliser. The day his legend began. Porto went on to win the Champions League that year, leading to his startling self-proclamation as a ‘Special One’ and vindication of such hubris with victory at Inter in 2010. But where does Mourinho sit now? A decade on from his last triumph in the tournament, Jose is still desperately seeking win No.3 – but are his best days gone? We spoke with those who truly know him, to find out the reality. Elsewhere, Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta answers your posers, we speak to three-time Champions League winner…

21 min.
andres iniesta

CLUBS 2002-2018 Barcelona 2018- Vissel Kobe COUNTRY 2006-2018 Spain Andres Iniesta’s face is all over Kobe. Across Japan’s sixth-largest city, he stares from posters advertising J1 League fixtures, as well as from Tube tickets and packets of biscuits. Kobe is a compact port city, situated between the sea and the mountains. However, FourFourTwo soon finds out that Vissel Kobe’s training ground is an hour away from the central core. Some 30 hours after leaving Europe for our meeting with Iniesta, we take the last leg of a journey that has involved plane, train, subway, another train and then taxi, turning up 10 minutes before the end of Vissel’s training session. It’s a cold, sunny day and we’re the only media here. David Villa trots past, then Lukas Podolski. Vissel acquired some stellar names to fill their foreign…

1 min.
star question

I’m a Celtic fan and I won’t ever forget our win over Barça in 2012. What was the players’ reaction to losing with 84 per cent possession? Stephen Malcolm, via Twitter I remember that well: one goal from a corner and another on the counter. Football is wonderful for reasons like these – the team who has the ball or the better players doesn’t always win. I’ll never forget playing against Celtic, either: the atmosphere is one of the best in the world. I was fortunate to play there several times and it was always so intense. It was an honour to play amid such incredible noise.…

4 min.
the best of football

OUTLINE STUDIO X INTER MILAN N/A outlinestudio milano.com Why is it that the best things are always those money can’t buy? Sadly, these glorious creations from Milanese graphic design maestros Outline Studio aren’t for retail. Instead, they form part of an unofficial artistic project, celebrating the city’s fine street football culture and its revered Nerazzurri. Nevertheless, look at them. Each piece is unique, using colours to represent both “the growth and multi-ethnic development of Milan”. FINAL THIRD SOCKS $20 thefinalthird.football Right now, old is the new… well, new. Clubs are engaged in a rapacious battle to re-release retro strips, but others are doing things differently. Sock connoisseurs The Final Third – in partnership with Classic Football Shirts – have picked 20 iconic jerseys as the basis for these stylish foot-warmers, honouring the likes of Nigeria…

5 min.
mean while in…

1 CAFU: BRAZIL’S BEST EGYPTOLOGIST Everyone knows how an Egyptian walks: they bend their elbows and do a pointy motion, crabbing sideways. Popular culture tells us that, despite a lack of actual evidence; after all, Mohamed Salah has never scored a goal that way, dismayingly. But Cafu kept the notion alive on his visit to Giza, going full pointy arm while challenging for a header in an early contender for 2020’s most random game. In front of the Pyramids, Cafu teamed up with Nuno Gomes and Juan Sebastian Veron to promote Africa’s Footballer of the Year awards. The trio were in a World Legends XI, while Africa’s Legends XI had Nwankwo Kanu alongside, er, Hidetoshi Nakata and, wait, ex-Fulham reserve keeper Pascal Zuberbuhler? The World XI triumphed, presumably because most of the home team…

2 min.
games that changed my life djibril cisse

Rennes 0 Auxerre 5 July 28, 2001 Ligue 1 “As a young player who was just getting started as a professional, this match gave me sky-high confidence in France’s top division. I scored four goals for Auxerre and we won 5-0. I also scored a really good goal against Paris Saint-Germain, and I carried on scoring for Auxerre from there. I was on a real streak after the match at Rennes. I think I ended up with about seven goals after my first month of that season, which was a big boost. It all started for me with that away game at Rennes, though.” Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0 May 3, 2005 Champions League semi-final “The Champions League semi-final was the only game I’ve ever played in where the noise was so loud that you could…