Australian FourFourTwo August 2018

FourFourTwo is Australia’s only soccer magazine! If you live, sleep and breathe football you’ve come to the right place… With access, insight and passion, we take you deep inside the game delivering world class, entertaining content on the English Premier League, the world’s best players, top European club sides and leagues, the Socceroos and the A-League.

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in this issue

2 min
straight from the stands

I was wrong. Russia was amazing. Utterly, utterly amazing. Perhaps it was the low expectations, maybe it was the stereotypes and cliches I had unwittingly bought into. But Russia was pretty much nothing like what I had primed myself for. Let’s get this out the way, right at the beginning though. Politically, Russia still sucks. Its record on human rights is appalling, as is its murderous foreign policy. Its views on same sex relationships and racism are archaic and outrageous. It isolates and vilifies others who stray from its concept of “normal”, even down to largely ignoring the needs of the disabled. And the fact the only beggars I saw were very frail old women makes me wonder what happened to its fundamental beliefs that once sparked a revolution. That said though,…

1 min
the beautiful game

WE WILL FOLLOW... We drank Kazan dry. We burned up Tinder. We painted Russia 2018 green and gold. We may not have won a game but we won over the world...again. Wherever the Socceroos went, an army of glorious gold-clad fans followed, immersing themselves in the community wth good humour and inflatable kangaroos. From teaching the French to sing Aussie Aussie Aussie to getting Russians to wear Mile Jedinak beards, Australian fans set the bar for the fans of other nations. The Colombians came close, but Australia, take a bow. You won the World Cup of fans.…

18 min
one-on-one tomas brolin

“THE ENGLISH PRESS DID THE SAME THING LEEDS WERE DOING – BULLYING. IT’S THE FIRST TIME I’VE EVER SAID IT. I’VE WAITED 20 YEARS” CLUBS 1984-86 Nasvikens IK 1987-89 GIF Sundsvall 1990 IFK Norrkoping 1990-95 Parma 1995-97 Leeds 1996 FC Zurich (loan) 1997 Parma (loan) 1998 Crystal Palace 1998 Hudiksvalls ABK COUNTRY 1990-95 Sweden On the list of weird gifts FourFourTwo has been given down the years, this is definitely up there. Tomas Brolin has just reached into a bag and revealed something very unexpected: a vacuum cleaner nozzle. Even as he hands it over to us, we’re imagining the conversation with airport security as we explain why we’re taking such a bizarre item back to London as hand luggage. “Er, Tomas Brolin gave it to us? Yes, THE Tomas Brolin…” Forget star names like Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic: only one Swede has been…

1 min
highs & lows

HIGH: 1990 Joins Parma after impressing at World Cup, scoring against Brazil HIGH: 1992 Shares Euro 92 Golden Boot with Denmark midfielder Henrik Larsen HIGH: 1993 Tastes European Cup Winners’ Cup glory with Parma at Wembley HIGH: 1994 Named in World Cup All-Star Team after helping Sweden to third place LOW: 1994 Spends long spell on sidelines after breaking foot in Euro 96 qualifier LOW: 1996 Dropped by Leeds after clashing with manager Howard Wilkinson LOW: 1998 Calls it quits three months after relegation with Crystal Palace…

5 min
around the world in 12 stories

1 “BLUE RINSE, PLEASE” England London It wouldn’t be a World Cup summer without David Luiz causing amusement by blowing it in style. Thankfully, this time Luiz wasn’t reliving Brazil’s 7-1 defeat to Germany: he was blow-drying hair in deliberately comic fashion. Luiz tended to a Chelsea fan’s perm to promote the west Londoners’ deal with Hyundai – if it was anything like 2014, he probably looked like he could cut it at first, then got too adventurous and left it horribly short at the back. 2 FELINE LUCKY Russia Saint Petersburg All World Cups need a psychic animal, and Russia didn’t disappoint. It’s unfair to expect any creature to match the feats of Paul the Octopus, very much the Maradona ’86 of clairvoyant beasts, but Achilles the Cat gave it a go. The Saint Petersburg tabby…

1 min
six of the best fixtures

FFA Cup Round of 32 With theA-League clubs joining the fray, who are this year’s giantkillers and who are their victims? Perth Glory vs Chelsea Look, it may not be the World Cup final at Luzhniki Stadium – but it’s close enough Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal Unai Emery’s first game as boss is in Singapore against the Gunners’ Europa League conquerors Aberdeen vs Burnley The Clarets’ first European tie for 51 years is a Battle of Britain in Europa League qualifying LAFC vs LA Galaxy The first derby between these two clubs turned into The Zlatan Show – what will he do this time? Man United vs Liverpool Rivals clash at Michigan’s ‘Big House’, where 109,000 saw United play Real Madrid in 2014…