FourFourTwo Alternative awards: the winners and losers of 2023

Jude Bellingham celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid against Real Betis in December 2023.
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2023 was the year of Manchester City, of Unai Emery, of Spain women lifting the World Cup and of VAR making more of a beast of itself than usual.

But that's not all the last 12 months had to offer. While we've covered the big stories of the year in our awards special, paying tribute to those who defined 2023, there will be others who don't receive too much of a look-in. Or maybe they will… and we just want another 100-200 words to rave about 'em some more. 

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White is the Digital Content Editor at FourFourTwo. During his time on the brand, Mark has written three cover features on Mikel Arteta, Martin Odegaard and the Invincibles, and has written pieces on subjects ranging from Sir Bobby Robson’s time at Barcelona to the career of Robinho. An encyclopedia of football trivia and collector of shirts, he first joined the team back in 2020 as a staff writer. 

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