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FourFourTwo UK September 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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editor’s letter

By the time you read this, the World Cup will be a fading memory. Whether you got your kicks from watching Gareth Southgate’s young England team punch above their weight, Luka Modric’s midfield mastery or Vladimir Putin inadvertently raining on France’s parade in the final, the festivities in Russia were a reminder of something we’re all guilty of forgetting as fans from time to time: that football is supposed to be fun. This is something worth bearing in mind as thoughts turn to familiar rivalries and tensions ahead of the new season.It’s with that sense of bonhomie we go into this issue. And what better way to commemorate the summer’s feel-good vibe than by speaking to England’s joker-in-chief, Jesse Lingard. The midfielder dances for the camera while reflecting on…

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played a blinder

Matheus Toscano (aka 8bitfootball on Instagram) produced the artwork for this month’s cover. “Drawing footballers as pixel art is always a challenge: there’s so much to capture in so few pixels! From Fellaini’s hair to Southgate’s waistcoat, I hope you can spot your favourites.” Gregg Davies: Our diligent Chief Sub worked from sunrise to sunset to perfect this issue and our Season Preview guide. “There were more than a few late nights spent in the office, but not even the World Cup rumbling on in the background could distract me from our biggest magazine of the year.” Jon Shard: The Mancunian snapper visited Melwood to photograph the not-so-boring James Milner for this month’s One-on-One. “Even when my assistant came through with the custard pie,…

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world cup 2018 review

GROUP STAGE OPENING CEREMONYWhy is Robbie Williams so popular in Russia? And when did he start looking like Morrissey after a cheese-pie binge? GERMANY 0-1 MEXICOFour years ago, Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa’s heroics turned him into a meme machine. It was no different in Russia. RUSSIA 3-1 EGYPTFrom May to July in Saint Petersburg, the sun hardly ever sets because Russia’s second city is so far north. The hosts’ defeat of Egypt delivered a warm summer glow on one such White Night. SERBIA 1-2 SWITZERLAND“We’ve got the whole world, in our hands…” Well, right up until Serbia lost to the Swiss, anyway. PORTUGAL 3-3 SPAINCristiano Ronaldo’s late leveller was a peach – and as inevitable as a beer shower after any of England’s…

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the world cup on tv

Jon Champion from the Kaliningrad commentary box: “I don’t wish to concern you, Ally, but this stadium is sinking. It was only opened in April, but it’s sinking into a swamp.” Ally McCoist: “So by the end of the match we’ll be pitchside?” ■…

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hannes halldorsson

In English, I think you would call it a ‘pinch yourself moment’. There I was, at a World Cup, in front of a huge crowd, waiting between the posts for a penalty. Taken by Lionel Messi. It felt almost surreal. It was the one thing that a lot of people said to me after we’d been drawn in the same group as Argentina. “What would it feel like to be at a World Cup and have Messi take a penalty against you?” I laughed it off, but then it actually happened. It was unbelievable. I knew it was a big moment – if he scored it would be a massive task for us to get back on level terms, having already had to come from behind once. Luckily…