MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL ITALIA – NOVEMBER 1997

To Russia With Love is the headline of this edition of Football Italia. It’s nothing to do with James Bond, but the fact that Italy will be facing a World Cup Play-Off against Russia after a 0-0 draw with England.

There are two England players celebrating on the cover – Serie A old boys Paul Ince and Paul Gascoigne.

In news, Silvio Berlusconi has ordered AC Milan’s players to learn Italian in order to improve results on the pitch.

In reviews, there is a review of the 3rd Round of the Coppa Italia and the three European competitions, which still have Italian interest.

There is a ten page review of the World Cup Qualifier between Italy and England, which is quite impressive for a 0-0 draw.

Strike partnerships is a theme in this issue, with a look at the duos leading the line for Juventus, Sampdoria, AC Milan and Parma.

There is a look back at the opening weeks of the Serie A season, with Inter Milan being the team getting all the attention in the early weeks.

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MANCHESTER UNITED – MARCH 1997

Andy Cole is the cover star of Manchester United’s official magazine in a month which sees United return to European action after a Winter break.

There is speculation about Alex Ferguson’s future at United, saying he has no plans to retire this side of the millennium.

United’s forthcoming tie against Porto gets a four page preview, with former Porto manager Bobby Robson expecting his former side to go through.

United’s recent games get reviewed, a period that saw progress in the League but an FA Cup exit.

Ray Wilkins gets interviewed as he is nearing the end of his playing career at the age of 40.

Cover star Cole gets a four page interview as he aims to recover from injury to help United’s bid for trophies in the final months of the season.

The magazine ends with a Q and A with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who reveals he likes living in Altrincham.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MANCHESTER UNITED – JANUARY 1997

Ryan Giggs, modelling United’s new third kit, is the cover star of the club’s official magazine, laying down the gauntlet to FC Porto, United’s opponents in the European Cup Quarter-Final.

As you open the magazine, there is an advert to buy a Manchester United branded Gameboy, if that’s your thing.

Pat Crerand’s column continues on a European theme, commenting that the main difference between United and Juventus – who beat United twice in the group stages – is that Juventus players are more experienced.

In news, Roy Keane is hoping to return to action this month after injury, while there is a new Norwegian at Old Trafford with Erik Nevland joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ronny Johnsen.

A breakout star this season, David Beckham gets a five page interview.

Also getting five pages is United’s recent game against European Champions Juventus, canvassing the viewpoints of those who witnessed it on TV, touchline and stands.

There is a review of United’s matches in November 1996, a month that brough mixed results.

United’s mixed form doesn’t concern manager Alex Ferguson as he gives a mid season report.

In ads, ASDA announce that you can now buy United merchandise at their stores.

The magazine ends with a Q and A with Ben Thornley, who reveals that he recently went to see Bryan Adams in concert.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL ITALIA – JULY 1997

It’s a special edition of Football Italia dedicated to the achievements of Juventus, who have just won their 24th Serie A title.

There is a review of Le Tournoi in France, a four team tournament that Italy finished bottom of. Despite that, there were still reasons for the Azzuri to be optimistic.

There is a profile of two of Italy’s best young strikers, Filippo Inzaghi of Atalanta and Vincenzo Montello of Sampdoria.

Juventus get a whopping thirty-five pages, looking at their two International trophies, European Cup Final defeat, Serie A title, as well as profiles of Marcello Lippi and Zinedine Zidane.

Having pushed Juventus close in the title race, Parma get a double page profile.

The magazine ends with listing all the results in Italy in the final weeks of the 1996/1997 season.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL ITALIA – MAY 1997

This edition of Football Italia previews the FA Cup Final. Confused? Don’t be, this year’s final featured Italians such as Fabrizio Ravanelli and Gianfranco Zola, who were the cover stars of this magazine.

In news, there is a two page report of Italy’s win over Poland in a World Cup Qualifier, which leaves Italy four points clear at the top of the group with only two games to play, although second place England have three games remaining.

Angry AS Roma fans went out to protest at the sale of Francisco Totti to AC Milan which was announced on local radio, only to discover they were victims of an April Fools prank.

There is a report on Juventus reaching the European Cup Final, while Fiorentina’s failure to reach the European Cup Winners Cup Final could see Gabriel Batistuta decide to leave the club.

In ads, Corinthian are bringing out a range of miniature figurines of Serie A star such as Paul Ince and Roberto Baggio.

Not to be left out, Inter Milan get a profile after reaching the UEFA Cup Final.

It’s a month of cup finals, as the Coppa Italia Final between Vicenza and Napoli gets previewed.

Juventus feature prominently in this edition, with profiles of Michele Padovano and Christian Vieri.

Juve’s French players, Zinedine Zidane and Didier Deschamps get profiled in a feature of French players in Serie A.

Roberto Baggio gets a double page feature as his form declines.

The is a five page profile of the FA Cup Final, with Italian interest aplenty in the line-ups of Chelsea and Middlesbrough.

This magazine is very black and white, with Udinese also getting a profile.

The magazine ends with a review of recent matches, as the 1996/1997 season reaches it’s conclusion.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MANCHESTER UNITED – NOVEMBER 1997

Peter Schmeichel is the cover star of this edition of Manchester United’s official magazine as the Winter months of 1997 approach.

In news, former United star Andrei Kanchelskis says he regrets leaving United and how he loved living in Manchester. In 2001, he would join City on loan.

Cover star Schmeichel gives a five page interview where he complains about the atmosphere at Old Trafford.

There is a look back at United’s recent European Cup game away to Kosice, looking at how football in Slovakia is coping in the years following a split from Czechoslovakia.

With the internet still in it’s infancy, there is a double page spread on the best football sites on the net.

Ronny Johnsen gets a three page interview, hoping for a Norway v England meeting at the following year’s World Cup, simply for the number of United players involved.

In adverts, Gary and Phil Neville appear in an advert for American sportswear firm Pony.

Brian McClair has his diary in a month where he gets a three page profile due to his autobiography being out, revealing that he wanted to be a punk as a teenager.

As usual, the magazine ends with a review of recent games, and a preview of upcoming games.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MANCHESTER UNITED – APRIL 1997

David Beckham is the cover star of Manchester United’s official magazine, ad the 1996-1997 season nears it’s final stages.

In adverts, you could be the proud owner of a Manchester United Visa Card.

There are interesting fortunes for United players on international duty. Peter Schmeichel has recorded a single to gee up his Denmark team-mates, while Phil Mulryne scored on his Northern Ireland debut.

In Reviews, there was a review of Premier Manager 97, while in promotions, you could get 24 cans of Red Tribe Lager for only £19.99.

Back to international football, Gary Neville and David Beckham do a diary while they were away on international duty for England’s World Cup Qualifier against Italy.

There are reviews of United’s recent games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Coventry and FC Porto.

As the season is entering the final stages, there is a preview of the title run-in, with United and all the other contenders being assessed.

The magazine ends with Peter Schmeichel taking questions from fans, and believes that recent Coronation Street plots are wild and out of hand.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 14.6.1997

It might be the summer of a non tournament year, but there is still plenty to occupy Shoot, as Ryan Giggs and Gary Speed are the cover stars in June 1997.

In transfer rumours, Alen Boksic is heading to Manchester United, while Dino Baggio is heading to Newcastle United or Liverpool.

Real Madrid offered Hercules players a bonus to beat Barcelona and help Real win the title, which they did, with Shoot wondering why Middlesbrough boss Bryan Robson didn’t think of doing something similar.

England’s recent World Cup Qualifier in Poland turned out to be a nightmare for marketers, as the referee wouldn’t let England wear their new away kit, while Umbro sponsored Alan Shearer was photographed in a Nike Poland kit after swapping at the end of the game. To top it all off, pitchside advertising at the ground had adverts for Sky’s coverage of England games in France that summer. Poland v England was broadcast in the UK on Channel 5.

Crystal Palace’s Bruce Dyer has got the Adidas logo shaved into his head, saying it stands for “All day I dream about scoring”

Ryan Giggs gets a two page interview, where he speaks of his relief that David Beckham was taking a lot of the attention and spotlight he previously had.

Also getting two pages, is Tottenham Hotspur launching their new kit, with model Sophie Anderton, no relation to Darren, joining players. One player not there, was Teddy Sheringham, who had handed in a transfer request.

Lee Bradbury gets a profile after a successful season at Portsmouth with earnt him a big money move to Manchester City. Simon Grayson gets asked who he would like to be stranded on a desert island, choosing his teamamte Steve Walsh, Ian Botham, U2, Princess Diana and Sandra Bullock.

In posters, you could put promising teenagers Michael Owen or Nicholas Anelka on your wall.

Gary Speed gets a double page interview, reflecting on a season that saw Everton battling against relegation, to the point that Speed was constantly checking the league table on Teletext.

Speed credited survival to youngsters such as Richard Dunne, John Hills and Michael Ball.

In competitions, there were two seperate Eric Cantona videos – one looking back at his time at Manchester United, and the other being his cinematic debut, a French movie called Le Bonheur ….. Est Dans Le Pre.

Tim Sherwood gets a double page interview, looking forward to meeting new manager Roy Hodgson in order to secure his own future at the club, and hoping that Hodgson can help attract top English and foreign stars to Ewood Park.

World Cup Qualifying gets a round-up with the headline “WE’RE GOING TO ITALY” – I’m not sure why, as the 1998 World Cup was in France, though England’s next away game was in Italy. England, Scotland and Republic of Ireland’s chances are profiled, with Wales and Northern Ireland being footnotes, due to both teams being as good as out.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 17.5.1997

Juninho and Gianfranco Zola are the covers of this edition of Shoot, previewing the 1997 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Middlesbrough, with the headline ‘Battle Of The Mighty Midgets’

Italians Gianfranco Zola and Fabrizio Ravenelli get double page spreads previewing the game, as do Juninho and Mark Hughes, as well as player profiles of the two line-ups.

Shoot’s pull-out results magazine rounds up the 1996-1997 league season. It was a season when the top five titles were all won by clubs from the North West of England. Manchester United won their 4th title in 5 years, Bolton Wanderers marked their last season at Burnden Park with an instant return to the Premier League, Bury pipped League Cup Semi-finalists Stockport County to win Division Two, Wigan won Division Three on Goal difference from Fulham, while Macclesfield Town won promotion to the Football League, where they remained before relegation in 2012.

For Fulham, it took four years, and Wigan, it took eight years for them to get promoted to the Premier League, where they have been ever since. Swansea City, now in the Premier League, lost the Play-Off Final to Northampton Town. Hull City finished 17th in Division Three, before getting promoted to the Premier League in 2008.

There was an advert for a magazine called Babe Hound, with a tagline of ‘More Big Girls Than Juventus v Dortmund’ (Those two sides were to contest that season’s European Cup Final)

The cover star for the current edition was Jo Guest, which featured posters of Dannii Minogue, Gina G, Victoria Adams (you may know her now under her married name of Beckham), Jennifer Aniston and Gillian Anderson.

You couldn’t have a more 1997 lad mag if you tried.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 22.2.1997

Roy Keane is the cover star of this edition of Shoot from 1997, as Shoot does a feature on the in-form Manchester United player, listing facts about him and comments from team-mates and opponents.

England’s recent World Cup Qualifying defeat to Italy got a double page spread with the headline “IT AIN’T ZOLA YET” – A pun on the Italian goalscorer, Gianfranco Zola.

With failure to reach USA 94 still fresh in the mind, with only one team in the group guaranteed to qualify, there was a serious risk that England might fail to qualify for the 2nd successive World cup.

Despite being level with England with a game in hand, Italy fluffed this lead with 0-0 draws against Poland and Georgia to hand the initiative to England, who qualified by drawing their last group game 0-0 …….. against Italy, of course. Italy also qualified, beating Russia 2-1 in a play-off.

Shoot’s results service begins by focusing on recent internationals for England (v Italy) and Scotland (v Estonia, in a re-arranged game after the infamous abandoned game the previous October) in World Cup Qualifying action, and friendlies for Wales (v Republic Of Ireland) and Northern Ireland (v Belgium)

In Transfer News that now looks silly : Arsenal want to sign Beppe Singori, Blackburn Rovers want Bobby Robson as manager, and Chelsea want to sign Paul Ince.

Meanwhile, Derby County defender Paul McGrath has put his recent upturn in form down to not drinking alcohol any more.

Jamie Redknapp is now a pundit for Shoot, where readers write letters to him. One reader suggests a European football team. Redknapp dismisses this suggestion but champions a Britain football team.