Within the magazine: the return of Marcus Rashford! Plus, Ted Lasso talks, 100 years of Wembley, Alan Sugar at Spurs and an unique chat with Tammy Abraham
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First a message from our editor, James Andrew:
The yr 2020 was a wierd one for everybody throughout the globe – a pandemic sweeping the world over, international locations being plunged into lockdown, life grinding to a halt.
The speedy future was bleak and unsure. College PE classes have been led by Joe Wicks, whereas a 99-year-old walked round his backyard to boost cash for the NHS.
Then there was Marcus Rashford, a younger footballer from a working class Manchester background who was an everyday on the again pages, however crossed over to the entrance pages after taking a stand. With faculties shut, youngsters couldn’t entry any free meals – Rashford challenged the federal government and was rightfully lauded for his efforts.
Now, following a troublesome interval on the pitch, the England ahead is within the type of his life and has guided Manchester United again into the winners’ circle. On this situation, we check out his outstanding restoration.
If Rashford is inspirational in the actual world, so Ted Lasso is in a fictional one. With the award-winning sitcom’s third season now airing, we meet these behind a soccer present executed effectively.
Elsewhere, we current our annual rundown of the Soccer League’s high 50 gamers, voted for by YOU. As ever, it was hotly contested…
Benefit from the magazine.
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Marcus Rashford: The Return
Since CR7’s Manchester United exit in November, a revitalised Marcus Rashford’s kind has gone stratospheric. The journey up to now hasn’t been simple, although, through penalty shootout heartbreak and a brush with Boris. Andy Mitten takes a have a look at this unbelievable transformation.
EFL High 50 Gamers
Because the season’s run-in approaches, it could possibly solely imply one factor: with assist from our readers, it is time for FFT’s annual record of the best stars outdoors the highest flight. We communicate solely to Leyton Orient keeper Lawrence Vigouroux, Northampton City’s Sam Hoskins, Derby County’s Conor Hourihane, Sheffield Wednesday’s Barry Bannan, Burnley’s Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Sunderland’s Amad Diallo, Watford’s Joao Pedro and Coventry’s Viktor Gyokeres.
Unique Tammy Abraham interview
He has beloved life beneath Mourinho since transferring to Roma in 2021, and whereas the striker is in no hurry to go away Serie A – or pesto – behind, he’s not ruling out a Chelsea return…
It is time to discuss Ted
Adore it or detest it, seen it or saved it, we have to discuss Ted Lasso. The award-winning present kicks off a 3rd – and sure ultimate – season having captivated TV audiences in each the UK and US, even for those who may fill two internets with what Ted doesn’t learn about soccer. We communicate to the solid to seek out out what makes Ted tick.
The tragic story of Valencia
They gained two Ligas, the UEFA Cup and reached two Champions League finals on the flip of the century, however a half-built stadium, Gary Neville within the dugout and Peter Lim’s poisonous possession threaten Los Che’s very existence.
100 Years of Wembley
England’s nationwide stadium celebrates its centenary this month. Ever because it opened in 1923, it’s hosted nice soccer historical past, from the enduring to the downright bizarre…
The WSL Haaland
Manchester Metropolis boast this season’s deadliest strikers within the males’s and ladies’s high flights. Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw tells FFT how carrots, peri-peri rooster and plenty of endurance have taken her from Jamaica to a attainable Golden Boot…
Gimmie Some Sugar
Alan Sugar confronted El Tel in courtroom and offended followers within the stands throughout an eventful nine-year spell as Spurs chairman, it featured loads of possibilities for him to hone his “You’re fired!” catchphrase…
Round The Grounds
Our devoted part for all issues EFL, non-league and Scotland finds us chatting former Golden Boot winner Kevin Phillips, whereas he chases promotion within the seventh tier of English soccer at South Shields. Former Fulham and Scotland midfielder Kevin McDonald tells the extraordinary story of his life-saving kidney transplant. Cambridge United podcasters Owen Kiernan and Jordan Worland, from Underneath the Abbey Stand talk about the membership’s Irish Messi, Beckball and Lionel Perez’s perm. Rangers’ on mortgage Bayern star Malik Tillman goes beneath the radar in ‘Boy’s A Bit Particular’, and York Metropolis do time for package crimes (that includes an outstanding shot of Graham Potter). Keep in mind the Champions League winner who turned out for Walsall in 1998? We profile him in The Unlikely Lads. Wigan 8 (eight) Hull 0 is revisited for The Recreation’s Gone part, and Kilmarnock’s claims to fame get an airing, together with their hyperlink to Marie Osmond.
Pippo Inzaghi solutions YOUR questions
Pippo Inzaghi insists he was born a metre onside as he addresses these Alex Ferguson taunts (and a jab from Johan Cruyff) plus he reveals he retains an image of himself enjoying at Fratton Park beside his mattress, and discusses a transfer to Watford that nearly materialised.
The point of interest of this month’s FourFourTwo reveals Donny Canine’s violent streak, Charlie Adam’s Scotland gripe, an Egyptian who hates robots, and Jules Breach introduces herself forward of an unique FourFourTwo collab. There’s additionally information of a play about Gareth Southgate, whereas we chat solely with Marcos Rojo who holds again the tears when discussing a £300k superb he was handed by Louis Van Gaal.
Pull up a pew, on this month’s Gamers’ Lounge you may discover Stilian Petrov, Chris Hughton, Sunday Oliseh and Tony Dorigo all holding courtroom. Dressing room scraps, poisoned chalices, Maradona and Howard Wilkinson are all up for dialogue.
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