FFT Sneak Peek: Inside Bayern Munich, Roberto Carlos, Del Piero, Sturridge, 2014 AFC Cup...
In the new issue of the world’s greatest football magazine, we go where nobody else can, deep into the heart of Europe's most successful club: Bayern Munich.
Through interviews with key players – including Philipp Lahm, Arjen Robben, Mario Götze and Thomas Müller – together with important figures behind the scenes, we bring you a must-read 18-page exclusive with Pep Guardiola's all-conquering quintuple winners. What's more, we've got some ace photography to go with it too, including Pep himself. Who knew the world's greatest side could be so fun?
Liverpool are enjoying their best Premier League season for years, thanks in no small part to the early-season contributions of Daniel Sturridge. The 24-year-old has shrugged off his Chelsea nightmare in dazzling fashion under Brendan Rodgers, and, as he bids to land a place on the plane for this summer's World Cup, he tells FFT exclusively all about life at Anfield, his partnership with Luis Suarez and that dance celebration.
Oh, speaking of the World Cup, feast your eyes on FFT's spanking-new Destination Brazil section. Planet Football is officially on holiday for the next six months as we build up to the world's greatest showpiece, and to kick things off who better to chat to than former Seleção and Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos? We travel to Turkey to chat to the current Sivasspor boss who knows a thing or two about lifting the Jules Rimet. "It's football's most electrifying experience," he tells us. Our dial is officially set to excited.
In this month's One-On-One we sit down with former Juventus and Italy great, and current Sydney FC star, Alessandro Del Piero. The diminutive striker's career now spans over 22 years, boasting six Serie A titles and a Champions League winner's medal to boot. But it's not been all plain sailing for the 39-year-old – see three losing finals in a bid to land ol' "big ears" and heart-breaking Euro 2000 final defeat to France. But does that game still haunt him? Did Heysel really stop him from joining Liverpool years later? And what does he really make of the A-League?
Just slightly younger than Del Piero is the evergreen Jalalludin Jaafar. As the captain of the 2013 Malaysia Cup winning team, nobody is more deservingly to be February’s Tiger of the Month than Malaysia’s very own Paolo Maldini. Having made his professional debut way back in 1997, the 39-year-old Pahang defender is figuratively the Yoda of Malaysian football. We travel to Kuantan to catch up with ‘Abang Jalal’ and chat about his lengthy career, the secret to his longevity, and what he has in plans when he hangs up his boots once and for all.
According to Arsene Wenger, only South America is producing proper goalscorers right now. Given the goalscoring exploits of Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero & Co. in recent years (oh, and that little fella... Lionel something?), you can see the Frenchman's point. But why on earth should one continent prove such a hotbed of net-rippling action? And why isn't Europe producing the goods? FFT investigates...
Another year means another season of the AFC Cup. This year, both Selangor and Kelantan, having qualified as the league runners-up and the Malaysian FA Cup winners respectively, will be hoping to do one better than last year when they were knocked out in the Round of 16. If you are a big fan of either team, your support will be ever so important in their quest, especially in the away games. Should you plan to travel with them for those crucial matches, you might as well make a vacation out of it. With our handy travel guide to the 2014 AFC Cup for Selangor and Kelantan fans, you will instantly know the ‘whats’ and ‘wheres’ of each of their destination.
The new issue of FourFourTwo is brought to you by: Pep Guardiola, Alessandro Del Piero, Daniel Sturridge, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Diego Forlan, Jason Dasey, Rizal Hashim, Aysha Ridzuan, Neil Humphreys, Mario Götze, Thomas Müller, Alvaro Negredo, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Philipp Lahm, Thiago Alcantara, Matthias Sammer, Lucas Leiva, Simon Mignolet, Lauren, Samuel Eto'o, Jack Wilshere, Tom Ince, Sweden's Will Young, Uli Hoeness, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Jalalludin Jaafar, and a 20-month old child.