MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL ITALIA – AUGUST 1997

Ronaldo (the original one) is the cover star of this edition of Football Italia, having completed a big money move to Inter Milan from Barcelona.

In adverts, there was a full page avert for a Football Italia hotline, where you could get all the latest Serie A news for just 50p a minute.

Cover star Ronaldo gets a four page feature.

Also getting four pages is AC Milan, who have a familiar face in the dugout, with Fabio Capello returning as manager.

Capello appears in another four page feature, a profile of all the managers in Serie A.

Claudio Ranieri gets profiled, but he is an out of work Serie A manager, having just been sacked by Fiorentina.

The best goalscorers in Serie A get profiled – Sandro Tovalieri, Pasquale Luiso and Marco Negri. Negri won’t be scoring any goals in Serie A this year, as he had just signed for Rangers.

There are profiles of players who have been dubbed Heroes Of 97, including two players who would later play for Manchester United – Juan Sebastian Veron and Massimo Taibi, who was compared to AM Milan keeper Sebastiano Rossi. There was also a former United player profiled – Paul Ince, who was leaving Italy after two years to sign for Liverpool.

The magazine ends with the fixture list of the forthcoming season in Serie A and Serie B.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 19.5.1973

Action between Scotland and Northern Ireland is the cover image of this edition of Shoot, which is dominated by the Home Internationals.

Bobby Moore uses his column to state that England were out to avenge bad results to Northern Ireland (a 1-0 defeat at Wembley in the 1972 Tournament) and Wales (a 1-1 draw in a World Cup Qualifier at Wembley) in the previous year. Moore also stated that he is planning to write a tribute column in the next few weeks to the recently retired Bobby Charlton.

Scotland and Northern Ireland’s chances are put under the spotlight, with Northern Ireland Player/Manager Terry Neill believing his new look team can shock England, officially a home match for Northern Ireland but moved to Goodison Park due to Civil Unrest in Belfast.

There is a crosstalk feature between Mike England of Wales and Emlyn Hughes of England, with both players believing that the competition should not be scrapped.

Alan Ball uses his column to say that his 2nd place Arsenal side are as good as 1st place Liverpool, it was just that Liverpool got more points than them.

Archie Gemmill of Derby County is interviewed, declaring Johnny Giles of Leeds United to be “The master of midfield”

Frank Clark of Newcastle United takes questions from fans, revealing that Mike Summerbee is his toughest opponent.

Republic of Ireland are in World Cup action, facing a trip to the Soviet Union, hoping to keep alive their chances of reaching the finals in West Germany.

It isn’t all international football, as Leeds United’s European Cup Winners Cup Final against AC Milan, with Leeds hoping to keep the trophy in the UK for the 4th successive year after wins for Manchester City, Chelsea and Rangers.

The magazine ends with a poster of Pat Stanton of Hibs, but wearing a Scotland kit.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : 90 MINUTES – 9.3.1996

Gary McAllister is the cover star of 90 Minutes as Leeds aim to reach the FA Cup Final, having already reached the League Cup Final.

In news, Manchester United want to sign Fernando Couto from Parma, while Bradford City have announced plans to build a 4,500 seater stand.

There is a three page feature on newly promoted Middlesbrough, who are sliding down the table after making a promising start.

Also getting a few pages is a feature listing the best (or possibly worst) short stays by players at a club.

90 Minutes Live canvasses opinions outside Watford v Ipswich, asking if managers should return to their former clubs, after Graham Taylor has returned to Watford for a second spell.

Leeds get a double page spread, having reached their first Wembley final in 23 years, and are aiming to reach a second on in the FA Cup, while Steve Walsh of Leicester City is interviewed, as they aim for a quick return to the Premier League, adding that none of their rivals stand out.

In competitions, you could win a trip to see Sampdoria take on AC Milan.

The magazine ends with an interview with Scotland manager Craig Brown.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : WORLD SOCCER – FEBRUARY 1986

Michael Laudrup is the cover star of World Soccer as he faces a busy year, a World Cup in Mexico, but before that, a European Cup tie for Juventus against Barcelona.

AC Milan are in debt and out of Europe, but Silvio Berlusconi has made an offer to buy the club.

As you open the magazine, there is a feature on the fortunes of European and South American sides in 1985, with Soviet Union (82% win rate) and Uruguay (64% win rate) being the best of each continent.

There is a full page feature on Derry City, based in Northern Ireland but playing their first season in Republic Of Ireland’s League Of Ireland.

The article is written by Michael Nesbitt, a football commentator for the BBC. who you may recognise as future UUP leader Mike Nesbitt.

Beside that, there is a full page article about South Korea qualifying for the World Cup in Mexico, becoming the first Asian country to qualify for two World Cups..

There is a double page spread on Juventus star Michael Laudrup, which also mentions his younger brother Brian.

Their dad was also a football, and reveals that his love of all things English was why he gave his two sons English sounding names.

Diego Maradona is struggling with injury, but it is too late for surgery, so he will play through the pain barrier in Mexico.

In England, it looked like Manchester United were going to win the league by a convincing margin, but their lead has now been reduced to five points.

In the Soviet Union, Neftchi Baku avoided relegation via a play-off.

The magazine ends with a poster of Frank McAvennie.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : GOAL – 21.12.1968

What appears to be Santa Claus on this week’s edition of Goal is actually Terry Neill of Arsenal, visiting Great Ormond Street Hospital in his role as Chairman of the PFA.

Bobby Charlton uses his column to discuss onfield violence, stating that football is not too violent.

Another Bob is featured, Stokoe, who has hit out after being sacked as manager of Charlton Athletic.

Derby County have discovered they have a growing fanbase across the world, with supporters emerging in Baghdad.

Frank O’Farrell, new manager of Leicester City, has claimed that Leicester can win the title. He would be proved right, albeit 47 years later.

With it being nearly Christmas, naturally, Goal asks some footballers what they want this year. Alan Ball, just wants Everton to beat Man City on Boxing Day.

The tie of the round in the European Cup Quarter-Finals is AC Milan v Celtic, with writer Leslie Vernon expecting the Italian side to win the tie and the competition. He would be proved right.

This week’s Girl Behind The Man goes to Scotland, to meet Anne Gemmell, wife of Celtic star Tommy Gemmell.

There is a look at gates in England, with the most notable figure being that Nottingham Forest have lost 123,000 fans over two seasons.

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.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 14.8.1993

The rhyming duo of Deane and Keane are the cover stars of this edition of The Magazine Archive as the 93/94 season is about to start, having made big money moves during pre-season to Leeds United (Brian Deane) and Manchester United (Roy Keane)

As you open the magazine, there is a double page spread of Shoot staff offering predictions for the forthcoming season. Manchester United were heavily predicted to win the league, though there were suggestions for Aston Villa, Arsenal and West Ham.

Shoot aims to find the best footballer in the world, and this week is a play-off between Ally McCoist and Dean Saunders. A penel of Denis Law, Gary Stevens, Terry Yorath, Tony Coton and Howard Kendall gave McCoist the decision by a score of 243 to 237.

Tony Cascarino of Chelsea is the subject of a Q and A on the theme of First and Last, revealing that the last concert he was at was Steve Harley in Motherwell, when he was living in Scotland as a Celtic player.

Neil Webb issues a warning for Roy Keane, who is hoping to avoid the fate of Neil Webb, Ian Storey-Moore, Garry Birtles and Peter Davenport, who all flopped at Old Trafford after joining from Nottingham Forest.

In competitions, you could win a trip to Italy to see AC Milan in action, as well as getting to meet their players.

In posters, there was a poster of Coventry City’s Roy Wegerle, Mick Quinn, Peter Ndlovu.

In news, Chelsea have won a trophy, The Makita Tournament, beating Tottenham 4-0 in the Final at White Hart Lane.

Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall voices his opinion on the price of football, by stating that admission prices are too expensive for supporters.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 24.5.1986

Bryan Robson, in action for England, is the cover star as the 1986 World Cup gets closer.

The magazine opens with rumoured tansfer activity by the Old Firm, with Rangers wanting to sign Richard Gough (he would eventually sign in 1987, after a year at Tottenham Hotspur) from Dundee United and Andy Goram (It took until 1991, from Hibs, for him to join) while Celtic want to sign Stevie Clarke from St Mirren. That is ex Chelsea player and West Brom manager Steve Clarke.

Another Scottish player potentially on the move is John Robertson of Hearts, who has been attracting attention from Tottenham Hotspur.

With the World Cup getting closer, there is a double page spread previewing Poland’s chances.

Canada also get a preview. UK fans will get a glimpse of them before the tournament as they play England in a friendly at a 16,000 capacity venue, due to England manager Bobby Robson insisting that the game be played on grass, and not artificial grass that is used in Canada’s bigger stadiums.

Bryan Robson uses his column to argue the case for England as World Cup winners, giving a brief profile of the 22 players tasked with taking the trophy home from Mexico.

Swindon Town won the 4th division, and this gets a double page spread, with manager Lou Macari giving most of the credit to defender Colin Calderwood.

Also promoted and getting a double page spread were Norwich City.

In World Cup news, Socrates was left out of Brazil’s friendly against East Germany, while West Germany manager Franz Beckenbauer says this World Cup has come too soon for his team, but they have a great chance of winning the trophy in 1990.

The centre page poster is of AC Milan’s English duo of Ray Wilkins and Mark Hateley, settling in in Italy, complete with family portraits. Former Motherwell player Tom Hately wasn’t pictured, because he wasn’t born until 1989.

Charlie Nicholas uses his column to discuss the vacant manager’s position at Arsenal, suggesting that his preference is Alex Ferguson or Billy McNeill.

John Fashanu gets a full page profile, described as “articulate TV and radio star who listens to Dire Straits and Phil Collins”. His biggest ambition is to appear on The Cosby Show. Fashanu would be going to the World Cup in Mexico as a pundit for Nigerian TV. Fashanu describes himself as “Mean and nasty”

The magazine goes green for a few pages, with features on Northern Ireland and Plymouth Argyle.

There was an advert for the following week’s edition, which had a World Cup wallchart.

It was a World Cup that Trevor Francis won’t be playing. He tells Shoot of his disappointment of not being selected for England, and that he’s not planning on leaving Italy, where he is currently based.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 23.4.1994

It’s Derby Day in Manchester, and this is reflected with Paul Walsh and Andrei Kanchelskis appearing on the cover of Shoot.

As you open the magazine, there is a poster of Liverpool’s Rob Jones, Steve Nicol and Julian Dicks.

United’s recent FA Cup Semi-final Replay win over Oldham gets a double page spread, with most of the focus being on Andrei Kanchelskis and his goal.

Having just made his England debut, Darren Anderton is already worried that he might not be able to add to his number of caps in future, if Tottenham Hotspur are unsuccessful in their battle against relegation.

Over the page, there is a poster of Neil Webb.

With the World Cup approaching, Shoot does a double page feature focusing on Nigeria’s chances, having qualified for the first time.

In 1994, Shoot had a columnist called Metro, who was the reigning Nintendo UK Champion. He reviewed video games. This week, he reviewed Ryan Giggs Champions World Class Soccer.

In adverts, there were adverts for World Cup Cards, made by a company called Uppper Deck.

Paul Gascoigne had recently suffered a serious and potentially career ending injury. Shoot dedicates a page to this, with a host of footballers offering messages of support to him.

In foreign news, Inter Milan want to offload Dennis Bergkamp and replace him with Chris Sutton, while AC Milan want to buy back Ruud Gullit, a year after selling him after they thought he was too old.

Arsenal’s win over Paris St Germain in the European Cup Winners Cup Semi-Final gets a double page spread. It was a bittersweet night for Arsenal, as Ian Wright would miss the final through suspension.

With the World Cup approaching, Shoot has a series previewing it, with a comic book style full page look at past tournaments. This week featured the 1950 tournament.

Rangers and Dundee United have won through to the Scottish Cup Final, and this gets a double page feature, with Rangers aiming to make history by becoming the first team to win back to back trebles.

The Manchester Derby gets previewed on the final pages, with an interview with City’s Michael Vonk.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 19.5.1990

Not long to go now until kick-off at Wembley. Back in 1990, Manchester United and Crystal Palace drew 3-3, meaning a replay was required to decide who won the cup.

That won’t happen today, as it has to be played to a finish

Printing deadlines meant Shoot could only cover the original game in this edition.

That match at Wembley got four pages of coverage, with a lot going to wether Ian Wright, who came off the bench to score twice, would be picked in the replay.

In Scotland, they didn’t go to a replay, as they used a penalty shoot-out to decide it. Aberdeen beat Celtic 9-8 in the first Scottish Cup Final decided by penalties, but Aberdeen manager Alex Smith criticising the use of a penalty shoot-out instead of a replay, even though his team won.

Luton Town’s great escape against relegation gets covered with an interview with Kingsley Black, who announces he wants to stay at Luton despite interest from Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.

Shoot previews the European Cup Final, which Ruud Gullit is desperate to play in after a season blighted by injuries.

He did play in a match which finished 1-0 to AC Milan, just as predicted by Shoot.

With the World Cup coming up, Scotland face Poland in a friendly, with Shoot interviewing Stuart McCall, as he reflected on the moment he almost made a substitute appearance for England in an Under 21 international.

Leeds United are promoted back to the top flight of English football after an eight year absence, but Shoot says they should be kicked out of football altogether after crowd trouble at their final game at Bournemouth.

Ian Rush uses his column to pay tribute to Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who has just retired as a player, making a final appearance in the game against Derby.

There is a double page interview with Niall Quinn, who recently left Arsenal for Manchester City in a bid to get first-team football to ensure his place in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup squad.

In foreign news, Diego Maradona intends to stay at Napoli in an attempt to win the European Cup.

In ads, there was an advert for Esso’s World Cup coins of the England and Scotland teams.

Transfer rumours see Sampdoria want to sign Steve McMahon, Celtic want to sign Brian McClair, and Liverpool want to sign Wynton Rufer.

Previews of the forthcoming World Cup continue with United Arab Emirates, a squad who is very much disunited due to rows over money.

Dundee’s relegation from Scotland’s top flight was covered with an interview with Billy Dodds, who says he intends to stay at Dens Park.

There is another Wembley Cup Final this week, with Third Division champions Bristol Rovers taking on Tranmere Rovers in the Leyland Daf Cup Final.

Rovers were currently exiled at Twerton Park in Bath, with defender Geoff Twentyman saying the club will be the poor relations in the city until they get a new ground.

Tranmere won the match 2-1.