Strachan, Spain, South Africa & Skol

The new issue of FourFourTwo is in the shops now. There are many ways in which it will enrich your knowledge and life.

Firstly, columns by experts. Don't miss the new regular column by football's most quotable manager, Gordon Strachan. This month, Strach explains how the 4-2-3-1 system works – and why it frequently doesn't.

Also writing columns this month: Jamie Carragher on why September can be the toughest month, plus Football Against The Enemy author Simon Kuper on why Fabio's England are just the same as Shteve McClaren's.

Then there's the features section. It kicks off with a 14-page analysis of the most newsworthy rivalry in football: big-spending Real Madrid and double champions Barcelona.

Will Florentino Perez's 'Galacticos II' policy bring back the glory? Or will Pep Guardiola's unstoppable "Dream Team II" pass their way to more success?

FourFourTwo collected analytical testimony from the experts – Simon Talbot, Guillem Balague, Tim Stannard – and conducted exclusive interviews with Kaka, Andres Iniesta, Florentino Perez, Joan Laporta, Raul, Carlos Puyol, Fernando Hierro, Hristo Stoichkov and Michael Laudrup. 

Meanwhile, Serie A is in the doldrums. Why? FourFourTwo investigates the bankruptcy, corruption, violence and plummeting attendances – and suggests ways for the former "most beautiful league in the world" to recover.

Also in the features section this month: Q&As with Alberto Aquilani, Phil Collins and You Are The Ref artist Paul Trevillion; More Than A Game visits the beer-drenched Viking derby between Sweden and Denmark; the 49 Reasons We Love Football (warning: may contain nuts); and a guide on How To Rebuild A Club, which may well be of interest to folks on Tyneside.

And as ever there's much much more. There's a look back to football in apartheid-era South Africa. There's the usual comprehensive look at life outside the Premier League, with interviews from Newcastle to Eastbourne.

There's the global vision of World Football, from an interview with Juventus playmaker Diego to Ajax's best-ever XI via a Bluffer's Guide to the Bundesliga.

And there's Ossie Ardiles patiently explaining why he doesn't want to be a cowboy and why he doesn't keep his World Cup winner's medal in a sock drawer.

FourFourTwo: making sense of football.

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