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FourFourTwo UK July 2018

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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12 Edities


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editor’s letter

Here’s what we’ve been asking ourselves in the final few weeks before the World Cup kicks off. How would Nigel de Jong react if we asked him to pose with a child’s lawnmower? Rather well, as it turns out. The Dutch destroyer relives his greatest hits, specifically on Xabi Alonso – ‘I’d like to take him for a beer’ – while playing up to his nickname (p10). How important is Paul Pogba to France? Once upon a time the golden boy for Les Bleus, the Man United midfielder will be hoping to put a patchy season behind him and prove to the world that he’s still the main man for Didier Deschamps’ side (p32). Roberto Firmino – can he flick it? Yes he can. We caught up with the…

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played a blinder

Martin Bowyer: Mancunian illustrator Martin – based in Denmark – brought to life our list of the World Cup’s worst ever villains. “It was really good fun to work on. I was laughing as I was drawing, especially when it came to the Brazilian water bottle incident. Poor old Branco!” Stefan Grey: Persuading a notorious hard man to show his playful side isn’t easy, but expert snapper Stefan was able to get former Man City and Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong to pose with a toy lawnmower. “He’d had a long week, but was more than willing to play along.” Felipe Rocha: The Brazilian journalist chatted with the man credited with turning around the fortunes of the Selecao – head coach Tite. “He’s done…

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the beautiful game

LEO’S UNEXPECTED EARLY BATH Go to any market in Shanghai and you can expect to find a myriad sellers with the ‘latest’ Nike trainers, Louis Vuitton handbags and Rolex watches. The same seems to be the case if you happen across small factories on the outskirts of the world’s most populous city. On one industrial estate, you’ll find a huge Lionel Messi bobblehead (freshly cleaned and in Argentina strip), plus two figures with the Blue Steel stare of Cristiano Ronaldo, but in ‘England colours’. One is labelled ‘Gerrar No.7’, the other ‘No.4’. Nah, us neither... ■…

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one-on-one nigel de jong

“I WAS ALWAYS COVERING EVERY BLADE OF GRASS, SO CITY’S FANS CALLED ME THE LAWNMOWER” WOULD HE GET THE BETTER OF ROY KEANE?DOES ‘THE LAWNMOWER’ MOW HIS OWN LAWN?HAS HE EVER SPOKEN TO ALONSO ABOUT THAT TACKLE? It’s a roasting hot day in Mainz, the small German city sat cozily on the banks of the Rhine that’s home to around 200,000 people, and FFT has just asked Nigel de Jong to clamber aboard a giant lawnmower and look moody for the cameras. “I can do that,” he says with a smirk, before jumping on top of an orange mower and gripping the steering wheel. The choice of garden machinery is deliberate – it’s a nod to the nickname he was given by Manchester City…

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highs & lows

HIGH: 2004 Lifts the Eredivisie title with Ajax at end of first full season in the Amsterdam side’s first team LOW: 2006 Loses place in Ajax midfield, opts against signing new contract and moves to Hamburg HIGH: 2009 Signs for Man City in £18 million deal on four-and-a-half-year contract at Etihad Stadium LOW: 2010 Becomes pantomime villain after tackle on Xabi Alonso as Dutch lose World Cup final to Spain HIGH: 2012 Part of City side who dramatically win the Premier League title on the final day of the season LOW: 2014 More World Cup agony – this time in the semi-finals as Dutch lose to Argentina on penalties HIGH: 2018 Helps Mainz avoid relegation from the Bundesliga after joining the German…

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around the world in 12 stories

1 “WHAT DO YOU MEAN, I’M BANNED FROM THE STADIUM?” Turkey DenizliOne Denizlispor supporter knew exactly what to do when he was slapped with a one-year stadium ban: hire a massive crane and park it outside the ground for the next home match.He was soon towering over his fellow fans at the Ataturk Stadium – attaching a giant green and black flag to the end of the crane, the scarf-twirling fanatic even conducted chants as Denizlispor beat Gaziantepspor 5-0. He’ll be selling tickets up there next. 2 BORAT’S A PLZEN FAN Czech Republic PlzenViktoria Plzen have made it back to the Champions League group stage for the first time in five years: the excitement has clearly got the better of some fans.During a win over Karvina, one chap…