In the mag: Season Preview! Your ultimate guide to the new campaign
If you're asking FFT, this season is the Year of the Boss: part II. Last year was obvious; Sir Alex Ferguson had just retired to be replaced by David Moyes, Jose Mourinho was back at Chelsea and Manuel Pellegrini had taken the reins at Manchester City.
This time there's a new character in the picture – and he certainly won't stand for seventh place. Moyes' dismal showing has paved the way for Louis van Gaal to grab the Manchester United controls. The job is huge, but so is the 62-year-old's character, as we expand upon in our in-depth feature charting the former Barcelona boss's transformation of Bayern Munich in 2009. Think you know Van Gaal? Think again.
Also joining the fray of UEFA Champions League chasing bosses in the Premier League is the new Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino. Although the former Southampton gaffer is some of the youngest managers around, he is admired by the Pep Guardiola and cannot be taken lightly, as FFT discovers...
One thing that we're really looking forward to see more in the new season is goal celebrations. From the wild to witty, FFT lauds the great goal reactions and speaks to the stars who made them famous. We even got former British gymnast Beth Tweddle to rate and slate the acrobats.
While the Premier League has returned to hog your TV, one must not forget about local football, especially with the Malaysia Cup having already kicked off. For this month's Tiger of the Month, we talk to Yong Kuong Yong, who is no longer the winger that we used to know, as he is now playing at the back for new club Penang. He also gives us his thoughts on the lack of Malaysian Chinese footballers in the country.
That's not all, of course; we have a 40-page season preview on the Premier League, Steve Kean answering questions from our readers, an interview with the legendary Ottmar Hitzfeld in the returning Planet Football section, and all of your pre-season needs catered for in our regular Performance section, including a six-week guide to the summer and how to build team spirit. Plus, the brand new spanking issue come with an awesome Malaysia Cup 2014 wall chart.
The September 2014 issue is available from August 22 with the lite edition coming to Apple App Store and Google Play soon.