MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : INSIDE UNITED – JUNE 2007

Cristiano Ronaldo is the cover star of Manchester United’s official magazine having just won both PFA Player Of The Year awards.

United are going for a League and Cup double, with Chelsea standing in the way in both competitions, and both meetings get previewed. The FA Cup Final between the two sides will be the first one held at the newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium.

In news, it has been announced that United’s pre-season tour in 2007 will be in Asia.

Gabriel Heinze is invited to write a column and reflects on United’s 7-1 win over AS Roma in April.

Brian McClair scoffs at the idea that Sunderland manager Roy Keane noticed Jonathan Evans (as he was known then) through his performances for Northern Ireland, and not to do with the fact that Keane was a recently departed United player.

Cristiano Ronaldo gets a six page interview, with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson comparing him favourably to Maradona and Pele.

As United will be playing their first game at the newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium, there is a ten page look at United’s history at the previous incarnation of the ground.

Guiseppe Rossi gets interviewed as he has had an interesting year away from Old Trafford, an unsuccessful loan spell at Newcastle terminated early before a more successful loan spell at Parma.

As the magazine nears it’s end, there is the usual review of recent matches and stats, while the youth round-ups feature future Premier League stars James Chester and Danny Drinkwater.

The magazine ends with Pete Boyle discussing his favourite United memories.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL ITALIA – APRIL 1997

Youri Djorkaeff of Inter Milan is the man of the moment towards the end of the 1996/1997 season, and this is reflected with being on the cover of Football Italia.

The editorial focuses on the good vibes in Italian football – the national team are storming to the World Cup while their clubs are aiming for a clean sweep of European trophies.

There is a review of the League Cup Final in England. Why? Fabrizio Ravanelli and Middlesbrough were aiming for glory. The game between Middlesbrough and Leicester finished 1-1 and would need a replay.

In news, Inter Milan manager Roy Hodgson announced he would be leaving the club to join Blackburn Rovers, to replace Sven Goran Eriksson, who accepted the job but changed his mind before taking charge.

There is a review of the Quarter-Finals for all three European competitions, as Juventus face a European Cup Semi-Final against Ajax, in a repeat of the previous year’s final.

There is a review of the Coppa Italia Semi-Finals, which will see Napoli take on Vicenza in the final.

There is an advert for Chelsea’s official magazine, partly due to the Italian trio of Vialli, Zola and Di Matteo.

Cover star Youri Djorkaeff gets a five page profile, billed as “The New Platini”.

There is a three page feature on what Italy’s team for the 2006 World Cup would look like. The only one they had was Gianluigi Buffon.

Gianluca Festa gets profiled having signed for Middlesbrough, who says he is up for a relegation scrap even though Paul Ince says they are too good to go down.

Ken Wolstenholme’s column predicts that Juventus will face Manchester United in the European Cup Final.

Previews of upcoming matches predict that Juventus will be champions within the next month.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 2.9.1989

Bryan Robson is the cover star of Match as the race the reach the 1990 World Cup reaches the final stages.

Match reviews games involving the home nations, noting that England have traditionally struggled in September during the 1980s.

The recent Old Firm game gets a double page spread, a 1-1 draw which saw Mo Johnston jeered throughout by Celtic fans.

John Gregory has just been appointed Portsmouth manager, and is determined to take them back to the top flight, and might even come out of retirement to play for them at the age of 35.

Joe McLaughlin has recently left Chelsea to join Charlton, and is hoping the move will earn him a place in the Scotland squad.

In world news, Feyenoord manager Pim Verbeek has threatened to resign after a violent pitch invasion by fans, just two weeks into his reign.

This magazine is ad heavy, with products being advertised by Nigel Clough, John Aldridge and Steve McMahon.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 14.5.1994

Roy Keane is the cover star in a weekend that Manchester United face Chelsea in the FA Cup Final.

It is his fellow Corkonian and United team-mate Denis Irwin who is interviewed, getting a double page feature.

Across Manchester, Garry Flitcroft shows Match around his house, showing off his Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey CDs. His dad is a builder and has told him to invest his money in property.

Arsenal’s win over Parma in the European Cup Winners Cup Final gets a double page spread.

There is a pull out of World Cup Group A, featuring USA, Switzerland, Romania and Colombia.

David Elleray gets a profile, as he gets ready to referee the FA Cup Final, revealing that Carrow Road is his favourite ground.

Alan Moore of Middlesbrough gets a profile, being predicted as a star of the future.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL ITALIA – JUNE 1997

Roberto Baggio is the cover star of Football Italia this month, having made a return to the Italy team in a recent World Cup Qualifier.

There is a report of the Serie A title race, where Juventus won the title, but lost the European Cup Final.

In Rome, Zdenek Zeman has been appointed the manager of Roma, just months after being sacked by Roma, while Jurgen Klinsmann is returning to Serie A after five years away by signing for Sampdoria.

There are reviews of the European and UEFA Cup Finals, which saw defeats for Juventus and Inter Milan.

Domestically, there is a review of the Coppa Italia Final, where Vicenza beat Napoli 3-1 on aggregate.

Parma get a four page profile, mainly focusing on their young stars Gianluigi Buffon and Hernan Crespo.

Atalanta also get a club profile, with one of their youngsters who went on to bigger things, Filippo Inzaghi.

Italy have a busy month coming up, taking part in Le Tournoi in France, a warm-up tournament in France for the following year’s World Cup featuring England, France and Brazil, while their recent World Cup Qualifier against Poland gets reviewed, a match which saw a goal for Roberto Baggio.

There is a review of the FA Cup Final, while saw Roberto Di Matteo score in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Middlebrough, led by Fabrizio Ravanelli.

Sven Goran Eriksson gets interviewed as he leaves Sampdoria for Lazio, and broken a promise to Blackburn Rovers to take their job.

The magazine ends with a look at Genoa’s bid to win promotion back to Serie A.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : 90 MINUTES – 24.2.1996

Dennis Wise and Dan Petrescu are the cover stars of this week’s edition of 90 Minutes, which has declared Chelsea as the season’s surprise package.

In news, Manchester United have taken Mark Fish on trial. United have also signed a new kit deal with Umbro worth £40m – £65m.

Leeds United have been ordered bu UEFA to upgrade their dressing rooms for Euro 96, at a cost of £500,000.

There is a three page spread on Chelsea, with 90 minutes describing it as their finest team since the 70s.

Clyde are facing Rangers in the Scottish Cup, and 90 Minutes has an interview with Clyde’s ageing Celtic legend Charlie Nicholas.

Also getting a feature is Blackpool, after it is claimed that their stadium is being haunted by the ghost of Admiral Nelson.

In competitions, you could spend a night with Paul Merson.

As Euro 96 approaches, there is a full page profile on the French team, so good, that David Ginola and Eric Cantona can’t get a game.

90 Minutes Live canvasses supporters at Coventry City v Manchester City for the worst refereeing decision they have ever seen.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : WORLD SOCCER – JANUARY 2012

Lionel Messi is the cover star of this edition of World Soccer, which looks back at football in 2011.

The magazine begins with two obituaries, a full page for Socrates, while Gary Speed surprisingly gets a small mention on the following page.

Algerian internationals from the 1980s have demanded an inquiry into possible doping by the Team Doctor after it emerged that eight players from that era have fathered disabled children.

Manchester United’s elimination from the European Cup gets focused on, with one columnist suggesting that the team lacks flair.

Jaiyah Saelua of American Samoa made history as the first transgender footballer to play in an international.

Brian Glanville uses his column to bemoan the number of dead rubber games in the group stages of the European Cup.

The draw for Euro 2012 has taken place and there is a full fixture list, as well as a look at the goalkeepers who will be taking part in Ukraine and Poland.

In Spain, Real Madrid looked to have blown their chance of winning La Liga.

Qatar are struggling in their bid to reach the 2014 finals, as they aim to reach the World Cup before hosting it in 2022.

Hoping to take part in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers in Gibraltar, and their application to join UEFA is given a full page profile.

With the African Cup Of Nations near, there is a profile of Morocco, now under the management of Eric Gerets, and aiming to win the competition,

There is eight pages dedicated to looking back at 2011, as well as a look at stars of the future, with Eden Hazard, Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Jack Rodwell and Christian Eriksen predicted for great things.

There is also six pages looking back at Lionel Messi’s year.

There is also a tactical look at how Chelsea’s high line is costing them dear.

Istanbul is the subject of a two page feature called Soccer Cities, offering advice to anyone wanting to travel there to watch football.

There is three pages reviewing how each European national team performed in 2011, while the focus of the club round-up is of both Manchester clubs crashing out of the European Cup.

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 : MATCH – 15.4.1989

Nottingham Forest are the cover stars of this week’s edition of Match, having won the League Cup. They’re in cup action this week in the FA Cup, facing Liverpool in the Semi-Finals, a match that would sadly be remembered for the tragic events that happened in the Leppings Lane terraces.

That match got a double page preview, with Match columnist Emlyn Hughes predicting a 2-1 win for Liverpool. For the record, when the match was rearranged, Liverpool won 3-1.

Hughes also previews the other Semi-final between Everton and Norwich, predicting a 2-0 win for Everton. Everton won the game 1-0.

It’s also the Scottish Cup Semi-Finals, with Hibs facing Celtic. Hibs new signing Keith Houchen has cup pedigree, albeit in England, where he scored for Coventry in the FA Cup Final just two years earlier..

Celtic had just returned from Dubai, where they faced Liverpool in an unofficial British Championship, as both sides were defending champions, and Match does a joint interview with Andy Walker and Steve McMahon.

For the record, Celtic won that match on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

In ads, you could buy VHS tapes of League Cup Finals over the previous 15 years for just £9.99

Battling it out for the FA Cup, Everton have already won one trophy, with Match voting them Programme Of The Year.

Nottingham Forest’s win over Luton in the League Cup Final gets a double page spread, as well as a double sided poster.

Stuart Munro gets a profile, being a regular in the Rangers team despite being linked with moves for Tony Dorigo, Stuart Pearce and Colin Gibson.

On the verge of promotion to Division One, Chelsea get a full page profile, and interview with Clive Wilson.

As well as winning the League Cup, Nottingham Forest win another trophy, as Match gives them an award for having the best disciplinary record in English football.

UEFA 101 CLUB – UPDATE

It’s been a year, and the opening rounds of European competition are drawn tomorrow, with Irish League teams joining the action, so it’s a good time to update my pursuit to complete a rather pointless list.

You may have noticed the new title – further research has indicated that 101 clubs, not 100 have played in a European Final. It’s not my fault, I was basing it on the When Saturday Comes article that inspired it, which at the time of writing said 99 clubs had reached a European Final, with the next one being the 100th.

Turns out, there had already been 100 clubs. Since you ask, the honour belongs to Fulham.

So, what is the UEFA 101 Club? Well, 101 clubs have played in the final of one of European football’s three competitions (European Cup, European Cup Winners Cup, UEFA Cup) and there are people who try to see every team play live in person.

I’m doing it just for fun, but if I win the lottery, I might start taking it a bit more seriously.

Living in Northern Ireland, you’d think it would be hard trying to see some of these clubs, but tomorrow’s draw could see some clubs who’ve had greater European nights visiting Northern Ireland. It did last year.

In the European Cup, Cliftonville could have a rematch with Celtic. No use to me, as i’ve already ticked Celtic off my list.

Other possible opponents for Cliftonville include : Steau Bucharest, Dinamo Zagreb (already ticked off my list), Partizan Belgrade and Slovan Bratislava.

Frustratingly, Red Star Belgrade won’t be in the competition due to being thrown out due to Financial Fair Play. I would have loved to have seen them in the flesh, even though they’re now a shadow of their 1991 team, the mystique remains.

If they get drawn against Steau Bucharest, I might be tempted to go.

If Cliftonville get through, they could potentially face Red Bull Salzburg, Malmo or Dinamo Tblisi.

In the UEFA Cup, Linfield being seeded means they won’t be facing any members of the club, but there are opportunities for Crusaders and Glenavon.

By the way, i’m hoping the draw sends Linfield to Broughton (or Airbus UK, if you prefer)

Crusaders or Glenavon could face IFK Gothenborg, Aberdeen or Ferencvaros.

If any of the Irish League teams progress to the next round, there are no member clubs joining at that stage. Plenty of big clubs in the 3rd Round though.

This time last year, I was on 29 clubs, but I am on 31 clubs now, having added Dundee United and Everton to my list. I’ve applied for a ticket to the European Super Cup Final in Cardiff. If I get a ticket, that’ll be Sevilla ticked off the list. I’ve already got Real Madrid.

My list in full :

Team (Year first seen)

Aberdeen (2011)
Ajax Amsterdam (2012)
Arsenal (2003)
AS Roma (2007)
Aston Villa (1993)
Atletico Madrid (2011)
Barcelona (2011)
Benfica (2000)
Brimingham City (2010)
Celtic (2009)
Chelsea (1997)
Dinamo Zagreb (2008)
Dundee United (2013)
Everton (2014)
FC Porto (2011)
Feyenoord (1999)
Fulham (2001)
Leeds United (1993)
Liverpool (1994)
Manchester City (2000)
Manchester United (1993)
Marseille (1992)
Middlesbrough (1995)
Newcastle United (1993)
Nottingham Forest (1996)
Rangers (2002)
Real Madrid (2003)
SC Braga (2011)
Tottenham Hotspur (2010)
West Ham United (1997)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (2010)