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24 Top 10 managers vs fans Verbals, fisticuffs and everyone’s favourite Big ’Ed 30 If footballers owned restaurants... What what happen if others followed G-Nev’s lead? 43 FFT columnist: Forlan Diego names the toughest opponents he’s faced 45 FFT columnist: The Player Christmas parties = white lies for many of the pros


12 One-on-One: Tony Pulis Football’s most divisive manager sets the record straight on long throws, Arsene Wenger’s hypocrisy and where England’s youth system is going wrong 50 COVER STORY Mesut Özil exclusive We delve inside the mind of the Premier League’s most marvellous midfield magician to discover his route to the top. Özil reveals all, from playing in the ‘Monkey Cage’ to choosing Germany over Turkey and Arsenal over Madrid, where “all hell broke loose”


Football on Christmas Day Looking forward to the Christmas rush of football on TV? Relive the days of watching two league matches either side of tucking into the turkey


Tifos: the incredible stories We’ve all wondered how fans get giant banners into a stadium. Wonder no more. We explain it all – plus politics, death and a £15,000 bedsheet


74 The Sunday league prison team Fancy playing against hardened cons? Thought not. But in Guernsey a team of convicts are using football to change their ways (and yes, they always play at home). FFT gets the bizarre tale from J Wing 79 COVER STORY FFT Top 100: the interviews In our annual event, we count down the very best players in the world and speak exclusively to 10 of them. Starring Cristiano Ronaldo, Marco Reus, Mario Gotze, three of the Premier League’s best Spanish imports and Jordi Alba on his Barça team-mates 96 Player ownership in football To make money from the game, you don’t buy a club – you buy a stake in a player. Revealed: how investors are getting rich on transfers such as Falcao’s move to Monaco, and why it’ll continue Action Replay: rock stars in the NASL Elton John, Rick Wakeman et al helped to launch football in the US of A – but it didn’t end well


111 Why the long face, Clarence? Protests in Brazil 112 Andre Ayew on l’OM, Ghana and dad Abedi Pele 114 The side with 24 loanees... all from one club! Plus The Jaws stadium; Maicon on his goal that beat North Korea; making a new team in Mongolia


125 Go fish to raise your mental game 128 Paulinho masterclass – control the midfield 132 Moules et frites with Marouane Fellaini Plus What makes Daniel Sturridge great; Vidic, Rodwell and Fred; the Ox and Bale workout

10 January 2014

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