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FourFourTwo is a football magazine published by Haymarket. Issued monthly, it published its 200th edition in February 2011. It takes its name from the football formation of the same name, 4-4-2, which is considered to be a basic, trustworthy and standard formation in English football.
The following people are amongst the regular contributors to FourFourTwo (UK edition):
- James Richardson, who presents the European Football Show on BT Sport and previously Football Italia on Channel 4, who used to give his views on Italian football before being replaced.
- Henry Winter — Leading football journalist.
- Brian Clough — Ex-player and manager, until his death in 2004.
- Bobby Robson — Ex-player and manager who briefly replaced Brian Clough.
- Stan Bowles — The ex-Queens Park Rangers and England player, who wrote an anecdotal column.
- Robbie Savage — The former Wales midfielder, who wrote about the game from a current Premiership footballer's perspective.
- Sam Allardyce — Ex-Newcastle United manager who answered readers' questions.
- David Platt — who wrote columns discussing tactics for particular matches or teams.
- Michel Salgado, footballer formerly of Real Madrid and Blackburn Rovers.
- Arsène Wenger — Arsenal manager. FourFourTwo's 5-a-side "guru" who is questioned by two people every month and gives tips on the 5-a-side game.
- Diego Forlán, International striker.
- The Player, a mystery columnist, with an article each month. His anonymity allows him to write about the unseen aspects of football - drink, drugs, mistresses, etc..
The magazine is split up in the following sections: First Section, Upfront (from about page 25 to 60), Features (usually from page 60 to 125), Planet Football (includes a report from James Richardson).
Rankings and Awards
FourFourTwo has a number of annual rankings and awards. In 2007, the magazine put together its first FFT100, a list of the 100 best footballers in the world - according to them. At the end of the 2012–13 Premier League season, FourFourTwo announced its first Stats Zone Awards. In May 2015, the inaugural list of the 50 best Asian players in world football was announced. They also do a top 50 of players from the Football League.
Current Rankings and Awards
The following table shows the FFT100 for 2014.
The launch publicity ran with the tagline of "It's footy, but not as you know it," a reference to the popularity of Australian rules football and rugby league and the fact that association football is referred to as soccer in Australia. This also referred to the launch slogan of the A-league: "It's football, but not as you know it" — part of the work Football Australia is doing to rebrand and relaunch the game. Further to this, the first edition's frontpage contained the motto "Goodbye Soccer, Hello Football." The launch party was attended by, amongst others, cricketer Ricky Ponting.