The musings of Messi, the development of Dortmund & how to beat Barca

The season’s underway and the Champions League is gathering speed – so what else would you expect from FourFourTwo’s October issue other than a Champions League special and an exclusive interview with that man Messi?

On the back of pretty much a perfect season, we asked Lionel Messi if he’s ready to sit back and soak it all in. His response? “We didn’t win the Copa del Rey.” One of football’s greatest ever players reveals his motivations, his success and his all-new snazzy dress sense in an in-depth exclusive to FourFourTwo.

Continuing our Champions League special, we attempt to answer the impossible: how to beat Barcelona. From Jose Mourinho and other conquerors of the Catalans to Xavi himself, experts reveal how Barça can be toppled.

Plus, we have the ultimate guide to Europe’s premier competition in our ‘Champions League Most Likely To...’, and if that’s not enough, we delve deep inside David de Gea’s psyche and speak to Vincent Kompany about Manchester City’s chances.

And in the third installment of our Youth Development series, Borussia Dortmund open their doors to FourFourTwo to explain how a team of unknowns with an average age of 24 can win the Bundesliga, and why Germany have the future in their hands.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is probably unique among Premier League managers: he’s teetoal, can’t swim and wears shorts on the touchline. He reveals all (not literally) in an absorbing interview. Turns out he doesn’t think much of tactics blogs...

The Scottish disciplinarian wouldn’t have though much of Wimbledon’s antics either if he’d been their gaffer during the ‘80s. But how did The Crazy Gang get so crazy? Here’s the story of their origins, and how an era of carnage began to unfold.

Elsewhere the October edition is crammed with fascinating features. In Fans vs Players, we take in all manner of confrontations, from pitchside scuffles to a supporter kidnapping a striker and forcing him to limbo dance (no, really). It’s a must-read.

It’s all much friendlier in the English Midlands, home to the Nottingham derby. Why do Forest and County fans like each other? Where’s the aggro? Our intrepid reporter investigates.

Ever heard the story of Charlie Davies? You will. He’s the man behind football’s most incredible comeback, making an extraordinary recovery from a death-cheating car crash. Face fractures, broken bones, a lacerated bladder... but he’s back.

And naturally, that’s not all. Also crammed into the new issue: top 10 player revolts, Franz Beckenbauer answers your questions, Hugo Sanchez talks us through the greatest bicycle kick of all time, we reveal the secrets of why it’s so hard to play away from home, there’s an England Performance masterclass with John Terry, Theo Walcott, Andy Carroll and Joe Hart and we take you inside FourFourTwo’s very own football theme park. Don’t miss out.

The October issue of FourFourTwo was brought to you by... Franz Beckenbauer, Andrew Cole, Stuart Lewis, Jody Craddock, Richard Money, Lionel Messi, Matthias Sammer, Owen Coyle, Karl Duguid, Scott Sutter, Esteban Vigo Benitez, Lars Ricken, Adam Gemili, Phil Brown, Garry Birtles, Michel Salgado, Xavi, Michael Frontzeck, Mark Le Tissier, Joe Hart, John Terry, Deco, Victor Munoz, Sepp Maier, Kurban Berdyev, Damian Scannell, Hugo Sanchez, Jay Bothroyd, Peter Taylor, Andy Carroll, Abel Resino, Javi Chico, Lawrie Sanchez, Kevin Blackwell, Juanma Ortiz, Gary Mabbutt, Theo Walcott, Pepe Mel, Jurgen Klopp, Ron Noades, Carlton Fairweather, Mark Lawrenson, Jason Manford, Gareth Southgate, Charlie Davies, Vincent Kompany, Manolo Jimenez, Jose Mourinho, Phil Neville, Brian McBride, Quique Sanchez Flores, Martin Lasarte, Leonardo, Dave Bassett, Emmanuel Adebayor, Chris Kamara, Messrs Dolce & Gabbana themselves and a lot of love.

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