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J UNE 2013


22 Top 10 comedy clerical errors How a mere slip of the mouse can ruin a season 24 Pepe Reina, Roman soldier... ...and a damn fine actor to boot. All is revealed 30 What can an autograph say about a player? Quite a lot: Keano is a “highly-trained sniper”. Scary 43 FFT columnist: Diego Forlan Our new signing’s explosive debut is a must-read 45 FFT columnist: The Player When assistant managers attack! 46 Letters Dortmund... the Football League... Finding Nemo?



One-on-One: Lee Dixon His terror upon joining Arsenal, setting up Michael Thomas for that goal in 1989 and beating Adrian Chiles at Scrabble – your top questions answered

50 COVER STORY Galacticos: Ten Years On A decade ago, FFT featured a quartet of genuine superstars on the cover: Zidane, Figo, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo. Now, the fab four look back fondly on Real Madrid’s glory years with the Galacticos – and reveal the inside story of how the team fell apart 74 Picture Special: Champions League finals Ricken’s lob! Solskjaer’s winner! Seedorf with hair! The best photos, goals and moments that mattered


Player burnout: The truth Why do some players retire in their early thirties while others are still going close to their fourth decade? Luck, desire and genetics, say the boffins


86 Around Paris with Lucas Moura PSG’s young Brazilian star takes us on a tour of the City of Light, while talking Neymar, Becks, flirting and whether Brazil can really win the World Cup 92 On the road (at home) with Gateshead A waterlogged pitch has seen the Heed play home games at away grounds since January. But how? Football 150 years ago The FA is 150 years old. We celebrate by looking at the game then, with its human goalposts and such

102 What’s it like to be a disabled fan? Not easy. A wheelchair-bound Man United fan tells us why that Camp Nou night was “soul-destroying” 106 Action Replay: The lunatics of Lazio Remembering the gun-toting, fist-fighting, ref-baiting nutters of Chinaglia & Co. in 1974. Crazy pLanet footBaLL

113 Celebrate with the players in a pitchside jacuzzi 114 Rene Girard on how his Montpellier trumped PSG 120 “He put his finger up my bum” victim tells all! Plus Brazil’s most loved side (are in Division 3); club president turned striker; go to sunny Rio!


123 Everton’s secret weapon a mobile staircase 126 Michu’s masterclass on bursting into the box 131 The Psycho team talk Stuart Pearce’s top tips Plus The Ramadan diet; Mikel Arteta shares his drills; Adebayo Akinfenwa on becoming a beast

8 June 2013

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