In the mag: Real Madrid vs Barcelona special! Champions League! Conspiracy theories!
Luis Suarez will conveniently return to make his competititve debut in El Clasico later next month (October 26) – but that's only the start. Barcelona's new boss Luis Enrique has to find a way to make his side lovable again after an ill-fated spell under Gerardo Martino, and all with a transfer embargo hanging over his head too (he's done alright in the market so far, mind).
Then there's Lionel Messi: will he ever be the same again after his hamstring injury? How can Neymar prove the boo-boys wrong? Where on earth does Suarez fit in? Will Ronaldo vs Bale develop into something a little tastier this season?
How on earth did James Rodriguez get so good? Well, wonder no more on that one as FFT's South American expert Martin Mazur guides you through the story of how a painfully shy boy from Cúcuta ended up costing a combined €125m over two summers, via a headline-grabbing World Cup for Colombia. The lad done good.
Both clubs will be desperate to get their hands on Ol' Big Ears again this season, but the road ahead looks trickier than ever. England's contenders look better prepared for the challenge, for starters; is an upset on the cards this time out? Our thorough Champions League dossier looks ahead to Europe's glitterball showpiece, providing the lowdown on the managers, clubs and hot prospects you need to look out for this season. What will Pep do next? Can Liverpool stamp their mark? Who are the minnows? And what does Jurgen Klopp have in store for us this time?
Elsewhere, whether you think they're a pile of tosh or otherwise, we all enjoy a good old conspiracy theory. From tapped-up refs to coded Messi messages (oh, and the 1966 World Cup was rigged, don't you know), FFT brings you 28 of the craziest claims to have crept into consciousness.
Gigi Meroni won't be a familiar name on English shores, but his story needs telling nonetheless. The maverick Italian was a breath of fresh air for 1960s football until his fascinating life was cut short at 24 in a tragic road accident. His penchant for dribbling was mirrored by an unpredictable lifestyle off the pitch, earning him his nickname 'The Butterfly' and a host of admirers. Not to be missed.