HERO OR VILLAIN?

In the new packed issue of Australian FourFourTwo out today, we take you inside the signing of the season - and how it all turned sour in under a month.

Our special report on David Villa's controversial short stint at Melbourne City lifts the lid on why it all came to an end so soon and offers a glimpse of the player we all wanted to see so much more of.

Also we bring you the Next Gen of Next Gems: The young Aussies bypassing the A-League to sparkle at top clubs overseas. You might not know their names now...but you will when they turn up in the Socceroos  - or are lured away by the countries where they're now plying their trade.

Plus we speak to some of the new stars blazing a trail in the A-League as Aussies with African heritage. We speak to stars like Awer Mabil, Kwabena Appiah, Bruce Djite and Frances Aweretife and tell their stories of their journey to play in Australia.

New Sydney FC signing and A-League striking legend Shane Smeltz answers your questions in a frank and entertaining One on One, while former Socceroo turned Fox Sports analyst Ned Zelic gives us his all-time A-League Perfect XI.

Fellow former Roo Craig Moore also talks to us and pinpoints the moments in his life that changed everything for him...including his decision to put country before club which ultimately cost him his job at Rangers. 

And just weeks out from the biggest sporting event after the World Cup and Olympics, we ask local Asian Cup boss Michael Brown if we're actually ready for it yet...and how much are we relying on the Socceroos for it to be a success?

More? We've got it...Chelsea's Diego Costa is already this season's sensation - but all he wants to do is score goals and get a yellow card! We find out what makes him tick. 

Plus in the wake of the blockbuster derby start to the A-League season in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, we look at the world's greatest derbies to see how we compare...the biggest on the planet get picked apart and rated - you don't wanna miss this!

Get it at newsagents now, delivered to your door (before anyone else if you are a subscriber), and online very soon AT CUT PRICE (with tons of extra international content!) from iTunes, plus Google Play and Zinio too!