Argentina! Italia 90! Real WAGs! Chaka Khan!

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This month in FourFourTwo (the magazine, that is) we continue our series telling the inside stories of previous World Cups with Italia 90: a tournament that smoothly slips a pair of rose-tinted glasses onto the face of every Englishman but which to everyone else was… well, a little bit dull.

Fortunately there’s nothing dull about a free 36-page supplement that features Roger Milla dancing, Toto Schillaci scoring, Frank Rijkaard gobbing, Saint & Greavsie in leather, plus Pavarotti, the Pope and Colombia’s birdman.

Thanks to our sponsors, Coca-Cola, we’ve also got the opportunity for 10 lucky readers to win tickets to see the real-life, actual World Cup as part of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour which comes to London on March 11.

Click here for your chance to win tickets

The only thing is that to get your hands on the free magazine, you need to buy the new issue of FourFourTwo – which is on sale now.

It’s no great hardship, mind. It does, after all, feature all this…

The Bonkers World Of Diego Maradona

He’s got the world’s best player but does he know his first XI? Well, put it this way, he’s used another 99 players in his first 12 months in charge. And he’s fallen out with his mentor.

And employed his best mate as assistant (although he’s got no experience). And he thinks everyone’s out to get him (which they probably are).

Our experts on the ground reveal the full, mind-boggling story of the internal strife that’s ripping apart the Albiceleste and ask: How do you solve a problem like Argentina?

+ Argentinian extras including:
• Incredible photos from football in Buenos Aires
• Gabriel Batistuta answers readers’ questions
• Gonzalo Higuain on Real Madrid, answering the critics and the World Cup
• Win Messi & Maradona signed shirts and prints

Inside the MilanLab

It’s football’s version of the Holy Grail, the giver of footballing immortality to the ageing stars of the world game. And you need a Very Special Pass to get in.

FourFourTwo gained exclusive access to the MilanLab to find out how the men in white coats squeeze every last drop out of Maldini, Becks & Co.

Meet The Administrator

A vulture picking over the carcass of a dying business? Or the saviour of football clubs?

We meet Gerald Krasner to find out what an administrator really does. “It’s like being a virgin led to the slaughter,” he says. Sounds like fun…

Exclusive interviews

Samuel Eto’o… on Chelsea, Barcelona and Mourinho
Liam Gallagher… on Cit-eh, Mancini and the Neville brothers
Darren Bent… on the North Sea, the World Cup and his fear of spiders
Jimmy Jump… on scoring human goals
Chris Sutton… on his favourite strike partner (it’s not Shearer)

Real WAGs

You can’t get Toni Terry and Cheryl Cole out of the headlines at the moment but what’s life like for your average WAG? We went to League One to find out…

“I can’t feel my legs”

The inside story of Blackburn’s Premier League triumph… including Jack Walker’s knack of winning £50 bets with the players, the time they played half-drunk and why they said no-no to Zizou.

+ Things you didn’t even know you wanted to know
• What does Shaka Hislop think of Chaka Khan?
• Which French World Cup winner is treading the boards in Paris?
• What does Roberto Mancini’s scarf say about him?
• What was the loudest football crowd ever recorded?
• Which Premier League team once used monkey glands to treat injuries?
• And who really put the ball in the Germans’ net?

This month, FourFourTwo spoke exclusively to: Gabriel Batistuta, Shaun Custis, Gordon Strachan, Frank Leboeuf, Delon Armitage, Frank McAvennie, Scott Loach, Rob Elliot, Leighton Baines, Simon Kuper, Charlie Austin, Frank Nouble, Shaka Hislop, Claudio Caniggia, Jose Sanfilippo, Gerald Krasner, Jimmy Jump, Samuel Eto'o, Liam Gallagher, Darren Bent, Mrs Lee Peacock, Mrs Peter Shirtliff, Mrs Craig Easton, Jason Wilcox, Tony Gale, Chris Sutton, Tom Williams, Adam Chambers, Jay DeMerit, Jimmy McNulty, Raj Singh, Steve Morison, Dexter Blackstock, Chris Hall, Martyn Rogers, Jim McInally, Andy Ritchie, Gonzalo Higuain, Leonardo and Paulo Sousa. 

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