Australian FourFourTwo March 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

Almost every decision the FFA makes is usually howled down in derision by at least some quarters of the Twitterati and media – which makes the appointment of new Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk all the more remarkable. Okay, so there might have been a touch of disappointment that we didn’t get to see the mad Argentine genius of Marcelo Bielsa up close and personal, or the Teutonic efficiency of Thomas Tuchel or Ralf Rangnick (the parents of German coaches really love those alliterative names, eh?) But the almost complete approval of van Marwijk’s appointment is something of a masterstroke for a beleagured FFA that has been under fire from all corners for the past year. He may only be a short-term fix to steer the ship through the World Cup before…

22 min
one-on-one steve mcclaren

“THERE WAS THIS FA UMBRELLA LYING AROUND SO I THOUGHT, ‘I’LL USE THAT, SUPPORT THE FA AND KEEP MYSELF DRY!’” CLUBS 1979-85 Hull 1985-88 Derby 1987 Lincoln (loan) 1988-89 Bristol City 1989-92 Oxford MANAGER 2001-06 Middlesbrough 2006-07 England 2008-10 FC Twente 2010-11 Wolfsburg 2011 Nottingham Forest 2012-13 FC Twente 2013-15 Derby 2015-16 Newcastle 2016-17 Derby There’s a big queue snaking along the High Street in Yarm, a few miles west of Middlesbrough. A celebrity’s in town and all the locals are determined not to miss him. However, the man they are waiting to see isn’t Steve McClaren – it’s Rick Stein, signing some cookery books at the local Waterstones. Instead, McClaren greets FFT a couple of doors down at the smart Italian eatery Cena Trattoria, turning up virtually unnoticed. That suits the former England manager just fine: after a spell as coaching consultant at Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel…

6 min
around the world in 12 stories

1 DEAR LORD... Chile The mountains There was only ever one way that Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner could celebrate his 30th birthday – posing topless while riding a horse in the Andes. With Rosenborg’s new campaign not due to start until March, Lord Bendtner enjoyed some time off by posting snaps of himself out in Chile, including his best impression of Vladimir Putin. It’s unclear whether Nicklas intends to follow this up by interfering with the US election or invading Ukraine. We’ll see... 2 GRAY GOES PINK England London Andre Gray’s time at Watford didn’t get off to the greatest of starts – only two Premier League goals in the first half of the season – though he has established a fetching new look since moving south. Gray’s girlfriend is the Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock, who revealed…

2 min
my greatest goal

SHANGHAI SIPG 2 DALIAN YIFANG 2 Shanghai Stadium, July 31, 2013 THE LEAD UP We were at that stage in the season where we were still fighting to qualify for Asia which the club hadn’t done at the time. Daniel Mullen was actually playing for the opposition and it was good to catch up with another Aussie before the game because you don’t get to see them much over there. THE MATCH We dominated the game before I scored the goal. There was no real relevance in the game but earlier on, I noticed the keeper was staying off his line and I had it in my head that I’d check to see where the keeper would be and he would stay right outside of his box. I thought I’d keep it in mind. THE GOAL One…

1 min
talentspotter franck kessie

COMPARED TO: Yaya Toure. Kessie is a box-to-box Ivory Coast midfielder with an imposing physique and good technical skills. THE STORY SO FAR: The midfielder proved a standout performer in the Elephants’ run to the quarter-finals of the Under-17 World Cup in 2013. He moved to Atalanta aged 18 and, after a season on loan at Cesena in Serie B, impressed for his parent club in the top tier. Milan won the race for his services in June 2017, recruiting him on what is actually a two-year loan with an obligation to buy. While the San Siro side have struggled this season, Kessie has already become a key player for them and starred in December’s Coppa Italia win against city rivals, Inter. SOCIAL MEDIA: He has been showing off his dancing prowess…

1 min
fan vs player

CARLISLE UNITED Malcolm Roger Law lecturer, 48 Danny Grainger Defender, 31 Q: In which season did Carlisle appear in English football’s top division? MR: Has to be 1974-75 – a long time ago. 3 DG: It was 1974-75. 3 1-1 Q: Who scored the club’s first goal in League Two this season? MR: Danny Grainger? 7 DG: It was Luke Joyce at home to Swindon. 3 1-2 Q: True or false: Carlisle once beat Milan at the San Siro? MR: False – we beat Roma at the Stadio Olimpico, though! 3 DG: Definitely false. 3 2-3 Q: Before this term, in which season did Carlisle last reach the FA Cup Third Round? MR: 2015-16. 3 DG: I’m pretty sure it was 2015-16. 3 3-4 Player wins…