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FourFourTwo UK Autumn 2019

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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Monthly
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1 min.
welcome

Which club did the first ever Ballon d’Or winner play for? Barcelona? Real Madrid? No, it was Blackpool. Stanley Matthews took the award in 1956, pipping Alfredo Di Stefano. Only four Englishmen have ever won the Ballon d’Or – now Raheem Sterling wants to be the fifth. That’s what he tells FourFourTwo in an exclusive interview in this issue, and why not be ambitious? A big nine months lie ahead for Sterling. Manchester City are bookmakers’ favourites to win the Champions League, and England are second favourites behind France to win Euro 2020. If he can lead club and country to success, he starts to put himself in the conversation for global honours. Sterling tells us how he’s defeated the doubters to become arguably England’s most influential footballer, on and off the field. For…

20 min.
ronald de boer

CLUBS 1988-91 Ajax 1991-93 Twente 1993-99 Ajax 1999-2000 Barcelona 2000-04 Rangers 2004-05 Al-Rayyan 2005-08 Al-Shamal COUNTRY 1993-2003 Netherlands For a man with 67 Netherlands caps, Ronald de Boer’s choice of location for our interview is very on-brand. The 49-year-old asks FFT if we can meet in Edam, a village just outside Amsterdam and home to the famous Dutch cheese. We briefly wonder if he’ll arrive wearing clogs, picking tulips and pointing at a windmill. Like Edam cheese, De Boer became a popular Dutch export, winning the Champions League with Ajax and more silverware with Barcelona and Rangers. Having flourished thanks to the Dutch philosophy of attacking football, he is now part of Ajax’s academy, inspiring and nurturing the next generation. Ronald is also half of one of football’s best-known double acts. He is a whole 10 minutes older than his twin brother,…

5 min.
the best of football

LOVERS FC X TOO HOT £40 toohotlimited.com When Nigeria unveiled their now iconic zig-zag home shirt back in 2018, the football world’s jaw collectively dropped. It not only represented a triumph of football kit architecture, but signalled that fans were ready for something more exotic. Enter Lovers FC – from kit savant Neal Heard – and cool-kids clothing label, Too Hot. The pair’s collaboration is loud and jazzy, and will leave you with a banging headache if you stare at it for ages. It gets a big thumbs-up here. Long live lairy strips. NEW BALANCE PITCH CONTROL X BIG ZUU X MC EYEZ £180 newbalance.co.uk New Balance have linked up with DJs Big Zuu and MC Eyez to create the ‘Pitch Control’ version of its Tekela v2. The boots feature a metallic fade aesthetic and…

5 min.
what the fuchs?!

1 “JUST PLONK IT NEXT TO THIS TRACTOR” The tiny Romanian town of Scornicesti was the birthplace of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, so it’s a fitting venue for a bust of another madman, too. Gigi Becali has developed a reputation as something of an eccentric as owner of Steaua Bucharest, now renamed FCSB. The last time he featured in FFT, we were telling you of his plan to ban his players from owning smartphones (“Use a phone with buttons”). He isn’t exactly shy and retiring, so he probably wasn’t embarrassed at all when a Steaua-supporting businessman hired a sculptor to create a bizarre bust in his honour in Scornicesti – even if it does resemble something you’d find on top of a novelty cake. But Becali will surely be unhappy with its location. While Ceausescu’s…

6 min.
rick astley

What was the first game you saw live? It was at Everton. I was in the Everton end, against United, and everyone was standing – I remember being up on my dad’s shoulders all game and, to be honest, I was a bit frightened. I started supporting United as a kid because my brothers were big fans, then I really got into supporting them properly later in life, after I took my break from music. I had some real time then. Who was your childhood hero, and did you ever meet them? George Best. He was the hero for a lot of people, even if you didn’t support United. He was in Mick Jagger territory – the first footballer to cross over and become a household name. Best was a god. Sadly, I…

2 min.
berlusconi is back

Located less than 20km from Milan, the city of Monza has been home to Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix for nearly 70 years. Now it’s seeking fame for football, too, thanks to one Silvio Berlusconi. Monza has had a football club since 1912 and they won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1976, defeating Wimbledon in the final following glorious triumphs over Scarborough and Stafford Rangers, way back when the competition was semi-professional (and in existence). Patrice Evra had a brief spell there at the beginning of his playing career, around the turn of the century, but the city has never been represented in Italy’s Serie A. Monza narrowly missed out on promotion from Serie B in 1970 and 1977, then most notably in 1979, squandering a big lead in the table before losing…