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FourFourTwo UK

October 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

Following Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United was always considered one of the hardest jobs in football. As it turned out, it wasn’t just a difficult task for his successor David Moyes, but also two of the game’s all-time greats in Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge, however, the tide finally appears to be turning. A ‘new’ Manchester United are on the rise. Exciting academy graduates like Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have blossomed into key first-teamers, while international class has burnished the Reds’ squad in Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek. As Solskjaer continues to build a United squad capable of claiming Premier League glory for the first time since 2013, we go behind the scenes at Old Trafford and speak with a string…

21 min.
alex mcleish

As a player with Aberdeen, a young Alex McLeish was nurtured by Alex Ferguson – under whom he lifted three Scottish titles and the 1982-83 European Cup Winners’ Cup, the Dons vanquishing Real Madrid in that final. After 16 years as a hero at Pittodrie, McLeish claimed a stack of silverware in the dugout. Having cut his teeth at Motherwell and Hibernian, the Scot was responsible for two final-day title wins at Rangers, one in their Treble-winning campaign of 2002-03. He spent several years as a Premier League gaffer, too, and stunned Arsenal to capture the League Cup with Birmingham before moving to the Blues’ rivals, Aston Villa. McLeish also managed Scotland in two different spells, having already represented his country at three World Cup finals – and yet he’d had to…

5 min.
meanwhile in…

1 “WHEN I SAID WE NEEDED A NEW STRIP, I DIDN’T MEAN...” If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to rile UEFA, it’s a bunch of random German blokes stripping off and playing football in the nude. That’s what the chaps in question decided, holding a naked match to protest against money in football. The clothes-shy gang visited the Stimberg-Stadion in Oer-Erkenschwick, just north of Dortmund, and shed their threads to fight commercialism. “The football system is sick – that’s why we all get naked,” said film director Gerrit Starczewski, 34. It’s always the arty types behind things like this, isn’t it? “Everybody wants to have authenticity,” he added. “But I think you’re only particularly authentic if you do without everything, from the advertising banners to the clothing.” Shirts and shorts were banished, with numbers painted on…

3 min.
games that changed my life lukas podolski

FC Köln 1 B Mönchengladbach 0 January 31, 2004 Bundesliga “I’d made my Bundesliga debut at home to Hamburg, aged 18, then scored my first goal with a header at Hansa Rostock. You never forget those moments. But the derby against Borussia Mönchenglabdach a few months later was special – we won 1-0 and I scored. The renovated RheinEnergieStadion had just opened, and I managed to score one of the first goals there to beat our rivals. In those first years as a professional, everything was new to me. I loved every match and every practice; every away trip and every hotel. Ever since, Cologne has been my home and always will be. Maybe I’ll play for them again one day – who knows?” Germany 2 Poland 0 June 8, 2008 European Championship “This was…

2 min.
the new ali dia

In one year, Dutch striker Bernio Verhagen signed for clubs in Moldova, South Africa, Chile and Denmark – and didn’t play for any of them. In August, he made a confession. The 26-year-old was briefly an academy player with Willem II during his younger days, before spells with a number of amateur clubs – including RKVV Velsen, where he once rocked up for training without his boots, claiming the neighbour’s dog had swallowed the keys to his house. (Seriously: nothing better? – Ed.) In 2018, Verhagen turned up in Denmark, dating a local girl after telling her that he was a pro footballer in Georgia. Suspicious, the girl’s mother queried why he never seemed to do much exercise. “He said that periods of complete relaxation were actually really important,” she revealed. Verhagen’s penchant…

3 min.
best&worst fulham

XI BEST: Edwin van der Sar, Steve Finnan, Brede Hangeland, Alain Goma, Jerome Bonnissel, Tom Cairney, Danny Murphy, Mousa Dembele, Zoltan Gera, Luis Boa Morte, Aleksandar Mitrovic. WORST: Gabor Kiraly, Kay Voser, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Richard Stearman, John Arne Riise, Ahmad Elrich, Michael Brown, Mark Fotheringham, Andre Schurrle, Eddie Johnson, Darren Bent. PLAYER B: The ‘dead snake’ himself, Boa Morte [right]. A magical player, blessed with great skill and a ferocious work ethic. He didn’t stop running and never gave up a lost cause. He often won matches by himself through his tenacity. W: Kiraly will always stand out. He may have been all right in his heyday, but the night he deputised in goal against Watford in 2014 – a 5-0 defeat – was a dark one. It looked like we’d found a 50-year-old builder…