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FourFourTwo UK

June 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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Future Publishing Ltd
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in this issue

1 min.
welcome

Normally at this time of year, things start to become a lot clearer. Title races are reaching their conclusion, the relegation battle is coming to an end, and we begin looking forward to the domestic and European finals. But as I write this, things have never been more unclear. The COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the globe and changed life as we know it. Sport – like everything else – is on hold. Arguments over VAR and fretting over injuries ahead of Euro 2020 seem like distant memories. For our part, this issue of FFT has been put together by the team working tirelessly out of the office. And while such a scenario can be tough at times, it can also inspire new ideas. We have found that to be the case…

23 min.
shaun wright-phillips

Shaun Wright-Phillips hasn’t played peek-a-boo in years, and he’s loving every second of it. Yes, he may be 38 years old now. Yes, he may have a Premier League winner’s medal on his mantelpiece. Yes, he may have won 36 caps for England. But ask him, on FourFourTwo’s behalf, to hide behind a curtain and then burst out for a few photos, and SWP is bang up for it. “I’ll try not to pull the curtains down,” he says, chuckling, after FFT has made our odd request at the Hollywood Arms near Stamford Bridge, the home of his former club Chelsea. Several minutes of giggling ensues, as the ex-winger is fleetingly transported back to the innocent days of childhood, trying to sneak a peek without getting himself tangled up in the curtain. “It’s…

1 min.
h star question h

you ever a Harley to training and get yourself fined? Des Goh, via Facebook [Laughs] No, I was a bit too clever – if I did ride it, I’d park it out of sight and walk from there, so I never got fined! That was at Chelsea, although I think Mourinho would have just laughed at me. Mine were always trikes – it was Wayne Bridge who got me into them, because he had a bike. He said, “You should get one – I know you like your quad bikes.” I bought one, but by the time it gets to 4pm or 5pm in England, it’s too cold and your hands freeze up!…

1 min.
hyundai put fans upfront

Hyundai has put grassroots football first in 2019-20, partnering with Chelsea to offer some unforgettable experiences to young players and coaches. So far, the initiative has provided a variety of unique opportunities for 11 boys’ and girls’ teams from around the UK. On top of new strips and a Stamford Bridge pitch day, Chelsea laid on a special session at their Cobham training base for the grassroots coaches. They were also sent bespoke training plans for the campaign ahead, and received multiple visits from the Blues’ team of expert Foundation coaches. As a result, more than 150 youngsters from under-8 to under-16 levels have been making the most of the project, highlighting Hyundai’s 20-year commitment to putting the fans first. “Chelsea Foundation coaches have travelled up and down the country providing bespoke training sessions…

5 min.
meanwhile in…

1“DOES MY HARE LOOK ALL RIGHT?” The Belarusian Premier League was the only European division to continue into April – and didn’t just let fans in to see games. Giant rabbits got in, too. Rather than shutting the country down, president Alexander Lukashenko countered that citizens could ward off coronavirus by drinking vodka, also declaring that ‘tractors will cure everyone’. He described sport as ‘the best anti-virus remedy’, so football ploughed on – bringing the bonus of overseas television deals from countries eager to screen live football... any football. The Belarusian Premier League delivers such delights as FK Minsk vs Dinamo Minsk (El Minskico for short), plus Dynamo Brest vs FK Slutsk (no sniggering). Fans of many clubs opted to stay away for their own safety – at BATE Borisov, a group of…

2 min.
games that changed my life emile heskey

Leicester 3 Norwich 2 December 17, 1995 First Division “I was 17 and this was one of my first games. We were 2-1 down, but I came off the bench and set up Iwan Roberts, and then scored myself with 10 minutes left to make it 3-2. Rob Ullathorne played a back-pass, and I nicked it off him to score. About a year later, he joined us! I always backed myself to make an impact as a substitute, especially when I was younger – I was bursting with energy to play and didn’t feel any pressure. We were in between managers and Martin O’Neill was watching in the stands [having quit Norwich that morning, before taking over Leicester], but it didn’t matter to me.” Leicester 1 Middlesbrough 1 April 6, 1997 League Cup final “We’d…