Gallery: What's in the new issue? Plus behind-the-scenes shots

In the mag: Next generation issue! 23 under 23: Gotze, Pogba, Barkley and more...
1 of 15

Mario Gotze exclusive

A brand new year means a brand new edition of FourFourTwo magazine, folks – available in print and on iPad from Wednesday January 7. And our February 2015 issue is a corker, featuring exclusive interviews with Mario Gotze, Koke, Ross Barkley, Aymeric Laporte, Antoine Griezmann, Marco Verratti and Ryan Gauld in our star-studded 23 under 23 segment.

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

Ross Barkley's favourite things

We also stopped by at Everton for a chat with the Toffees' 21-year-old sensation Ross Barkley, who told us what makes him tick on and off the pitch. Sunday roasts with his mum? Check. Plus his first Everton goal, Merseyside derby, Three Lions match and much more. 

See the next couple of slides for some behind-the-scenes shots of FFT's photoshoot with the rising star.  

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

"Soon all of this will be yours"

FFT's Ben Welch shows the England man what he can expect to see in the magazine. 

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

"Oi, you!"

Photographer Jill Jennings doesn't just tell Barkley what she wants from him...

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

"I've got Pirlo's shirt..."

FFT sits down for our chat with the Toffee. 

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

Upfront

In this month's Upfront we bring you Rochdale's ingenious solution for grass growing, AFC Wimbledon's Adebayo Akinfenwa answering silly questions (he's not ashamed to say he songs along to Disney movies), Games That Changed My Life with Trevor Brooking, football's possible sitcoms, what happened to football's lottery investors and more...

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

Shearer One-on-One

This month's One-on-One saw FFT sit down with former Newcastle favourite-turned Match of the Day regular Alan Shearer in a Manchester BBC cafe. Here, the Geordie legend allows readers to dissect his career, shares his finest Bobby Robson tale and criticises Neil Lennon for, er, "headbutting his foot". There's more where that came from.

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

What's in a medical?

With the January transfer window open, it's likely your club will have its doctor busied by a new face or two. So we thought we'd get the inside track on what a medical's really like, looking in detail at the last barrier between a club and a new signing. Along the way FFT discovers a few dirty secrets... and take one ourselves (see next slide). Gulp.

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

Run!

FFT's Ben Welch again, being put through his paces. But did he pass or fail? 

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

What the hooligans did next

Ever wondered what some of football's most fearsome hoolies did once their fisticuff days were over? No, probably not. But maybe there's more to it than you think. From the actor to the lecturer, the chaplain to the coach, former casuals tell us their fascinating tales of redemption.

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

Brotherly love?

Then it's over to Whitstable Town in the Ryman League Division One South. With a mixture of sibling rivalry and brotherly love, Danny and Jim Ward are making a decent fist of co-managing in England's eighth tier. Could this be football's future? FFT finds out...

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

Truth about the Taylor Report

Twenty-five years ago this month, meanwhile, Lord Justice Taylor presented Parliament with his full report into the events that followed the Hillsborough disaster. At the heart of his enquiry was a call to replace the terraces with all-seater stadia – a recommendation that would transform British football. Yet, as hard as it is to believe now, many clubs opposed the changes. FFT revisits the controversy.

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

The road to undersoil heating

Amid Britain's chilly season, our Action Replay tracks the rise of undersoil heating and how the relatively new system helped clubs beat the freeze – after flame-throwers, straw and a lot of failures. Brrr!

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

Planet Football

Planet Football provides an exclusive interview with Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic, the Polish Portsmouth, the chucklesome tale of an Argentine 'legends' game, Napoli's sexy calendar, Great Goals Retold with Lars Ricken and the usual batch of expert regulars. 

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P) 

Tim Howard's tips

In the new issue's Performance section, Everton shot-stopper Tim Howard tells FFT how to boss the box with maximum authority. Plus there's other pro tips from Tottenham's Christian Eriksen and Villarreal star Giovani dos Santos, the 10 things we've learned this month, the winter kit you need to buy and expert advice from Futsal World Cup-winning coach Javier Lozano. 

Subscribe today: buy one year, get a second year free... (quote offer code M0215P)