Australian FourFourTwo November 2017

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

It’s a big month for Australian football. As we go to press, the Socceroos will have their World Cup fate decided, either by now, or in the next few weeks. We may even have a new coach by the time you read this. The A-League also gets underway, with a host of shiny new stars, as profiled in this issue. What’s more, we could have a whole new leadership group in place at the FFA before the year is out. The FFA have just weeks left to get their house in order and a new congress in place before FIFA steps in to kick Steven Lowy and David Gallop into touch and put their own men in place. Given the way stagnation, stubbornness and arrogance have become the hallmark of the…

5 min
around the world in 12 stories

1 BANKS WOULD HAVE SAVED IT Mexico Guadalajara The Estadio Jalisco played host to one of the greatest saves in football history – Gordon Banks’ denial of Pele during the 1970 World Cup – and now it’s also seen one of the oddest postponements. Ravel Morrison was all set for his Atlas debut against Tigres UANL, only for the game to get called off as a big TV screen newly installed above the centre circle was hanging dangerously low. The Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman posed for pictures pretending to hold up the screen, though he couldn’t save the day: it needed Banks to turn up and improbably tip it over the stadium roof. 2 LION, HART England Ashford If Paul Gascoigne’s taught us anything, it’s that nothing can possibly go wrong when an England international…

1 min
six of the best fixtures

Victory vs City First three rounds, first three derbies and this one will decide who rules Melbourne – until Xmas... Sydney vs Wanderers Likewise, this clash at Allianz Stadium could help define the course of each side’s season AFC vs CONCACAF WCQ By the time you read this, we’ll know if we are even still in it – but if so, this is the big one... Liverpool vs Manchester United Jurgen Klopp is yet to secure a league win over the Reds’ rivals: will this be the German’s day? Derby vs Nottingham Forest Old pals reunite in the biannual East Midlands friendship match – not really, this will be feisty Real Madrid vs Tottenham Spurs lost 4-0 on their last visit: this time, at least Peter Crouch can’t get sent off after 15 minutes…

3 min
david villa

“VIEIRA HAS A GREAT KNOWLEDGE OF THE GAME AND IS AT THE CLUB SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. HE’LL BE A VERY SUCCESSFUL MANAGER” You have been in great form and have a good chance of winning this season’s Golden Boot in MLS. How different is scoring on the other side of the Atlantic compared to Spain? It is pretty much the same whoever you play for – I always do what I’m asked, which is scoring goals. It’s my job. I’m happy with life at New York City FC. With the help from my team-mates and the coach, Patrick Vieira, I can continue to play at a high level. What’s it been like playing for Vieira at NYCFC? He’s got a great knowledge and understanding of the game and a great personality, too. Everybody…

2 min
arsenal rocked again

An increasing tally of teams are missing a rock at the heart of the defence these days – so an Argentinian artist has helped out by giving them some rock at the heart of their club badges instead. Juan Lopez Moses has been able to mix football crests with rock logos in a series of artworks that unite his two great passions. “I’ve always been a massive fan of football and rock,” he tells FFT. “This idea came from something small. As a fan of Black Sabbath, for a while I’d been toying with finding some way to merge the badge of Aston Villa, who Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler both support, with the band’s flying devil mascot, Henry. “I found a picture of Ozzy Osbourne online where he was wearing a Villa…

1 min
jadon sancho

THEY SAID: “For those who don’t know Jadon Sancho, you need to know him – he’s that good,” said former Newcastle, Manchester City and Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy. COMPARED TO: Neymar: he usually operates from the left wing and uses his dribbling skills to cause mayhem. THE STORY SO FAR: Hailing out of Kennington, south London, Sancho joined Watford aged seven before being snapped up by Manchester City two years ago. He was named player of the tournament as England reached the finals of the U17 Euros in the summer – previous winners of that honour include Toni Kroos, Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas and, er, Connor Wickham. Sancho also helped Man City to last season’s FA Youth Cup final but has now joined Dortmund and been handed Ousmane Dembele’s No.7 shirt after…