MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL EUROPE – FEBRUARY 1998

Peter Schmeichel is the cover star of Football Europe in the early months of 1998, as the magazine looks at the season so far across Europe.

There are four pages dedicated to the draw for Euro 2000, with all nine groups being previewed.

Getting just the three pages is Lillian Thuram, who will be joined at Parma by Faustino Asprilla, who returned to the club from Newcastle United this month.

There are six pages dedicated to the season so far in Europe, in all the major leagues.

Meanwhile in France, Basile Boli has been forced to retire as a result of a head injury while Sean Dundee wants to leave Kalrsruhe after a poor run of form.

Mouscron are making a complaint to UEFA after they weren’t allowed to play a home UEFA Cup tie against Metz in Lille.

As preparation for the World Cup nears, it has emerged that Scottish FA officials have booked flights home two days after their last group match, while Andy Hunt of West Bromwich Albion could be heading to the World Cup with Austria, after his Austrian Granny contacted Austria’s manager.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL EUROPE – MARCH 1998

Alan Shearer is the cover star of Football Europe as Europe’s three main competitions are set to return from Winter hibernation.

Fabrizio Ravanelli gets a four page profile as he aims to get into Italy’s World Cup squad.

The Quarter-Finals of the three main European competitions get previewed, with England being represented by a team in each competition.

The preview for Aston Villa’s tie against Atletico Madrid billed it as Brian Little’s toughest test in Europe as Villa manager. By the time of the first leg, he had resigned as Villa manager and was replaced by John Gregory.

Hoping to win the UEFA Cup, Lazio get a three page profile as they hope their big spending will be rewarded with trophies.

Off the pitch, figures at UEFA are fearful that Joao Havelange is planning to hold onto power at FIFA, despite announcing his retirement.

In Scotland, Alex McLeish has been appointed manager of struggling Hibernian, while Barcelona manager Louis Van Gaal has hit back at critics who say he is trying to turn Barcelona into Ajax.

Another Dutch manager outside his homeland will be Dick Advocaat, who has announced he will be leaving PSV Eindhoen to join Rangers next season.

As the countdown to the World Cup continues, Ciro Ferrera (Italy) and Juninho (Brazil) are facing a race against the clock to be fit for France.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL EUROPE – AUGUST 1997

New Liverpool signing Oyvind Leonhardsen is the cover star of Football Europe as they get set to preview the 1997-1998 season.

Newsmakers this month were Paolo Di Canio, in dispute with Celtic, Franco Baresi, who retired, and Esteban Cambiasso, billed as “The new Maradona” after helping Argentina win the World Youth Cup.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking forward to his first full season, and is looking to get rid of the “Boring boring Arsenal” reputation.

In Germany, reigning European champions Borussia Dortmund had had no big transfer arrivals, and this gets a full page profile.

There is a poster of Brazil defender Celio Silva, captioned as “Manchester United and Brazil”. He signed for Untied that summer but the move fell through when he was unable to get a work permit.

There is a full page profile of Ajax, who have lost star players under the Bosman Rule, and are now having to make use of the new arrangements, while there is a profile of Benfica’s new Brazilian star Paolo Nunes to end their three year title drought.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL EUROPE – JANUARY 1998

David Beckham is the cover star of Football Europe at the start of a World Cup year.

The editorial looks forward to the year ahead, predicting that an English club would win a European trophy, a prediction that would come true when Chelsea win the European Cup Winners Cup.

Diego Simeone, captain of Argentina, gets a three page interview as the gets ready for the Summer’s World Cup.

Talking of the World Cup, that gets a six page profile, with the draw for the finals having just been made.

Another draw, for the Euro 2000 Qualifiers, is on the horizon, and UEFA have announced that England would be a top seed.

Dynamo Kiev get a three page profile, described as a “dark horse” for the European Cup having beaten Barcelona home and away in the group stages.

Looking back at that group stages, there is a three page review of the group stages.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL EUROPE – JANUARY 1999

Ian Wright is the cover star of Football Europe as the final year of the 20th century is about to start.

There is a look at demanding schedules and club’s abilities to balance domestic and international commitments, prompted by the fact that Arsenal, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid all lost on the weekend prior to Matchday 5 in the group stages of the European Cup.

In news, Ronaldo of Inter Milan is suffering injury problems, while Jean-Pierre Papin has announced his retirement from football, and Peter Schmeichel has announced he will be leaving Manchester United at the end of the season.

There is a profile of German football, with the national team struggling, as the country aims to bounce back to the top of European football at both club and international level.

There is a look at Qualifying for Euro 2000, with Belgium, who will co-host the tournament, and Norway both having bad form in friendly games, while Pippo Inzaghi has finally got his first goals for Italy.

After a successful World Cup, the focus is now on France’s domestic game, with the top flight getting a four page feature.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL EUROPE – APRIL 1999

Michael Owen of Liverpool is the cover star of Football Europe as the 1998-1999 season enters it’s final weeks.

There are potentially big changes in Europe coming up, with club football now taking place from February to November across Europe, while the Spanish FA has suggested that cup winners get a place in the expanded Champions League.

In France, Bernard Lama has called for unity in PSGs squad, as the club are battling against relegation.

Benfica get a double page profile as they continue to struggle under new manager Graeme Souness.

Also getting a double page profile is Marcelo Salas, who is riding on the crest of a wave after a successful World Cup and a big money move to Lazio.

There is a feature on both Madrid clubs, title Mayhem in Madrid, as both Real and Atletico have been trigger happy firing managers.

The clubs making up what is known as G14 are profiled, as well as predictions for their future.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL EUROPE – NOVEMBER 1998

David Beckham is the cover star of Football Europe as 1998 nears it’s end, but the 1998/1999 season is already in full swing.

As you open the magazine, there is a double page review of how Euro 2000 Qualifying has gone so far. Most teams have played three games, and the picture as to who will go to Holland and Belgium is anything but clear.

Headliners getting profiled include Artur Jorge, who is returning to manage PSG, and Mark Bosnich, likely to leave Aston Villa, but to Roma, who were put off by some of his behaviour on the pitch. He ended up signing for Manchester Untied in the summer of 1999.

Jose Antonio Camacho is the new manager of Spain, and Football Europe looks at the first battle he must win, against the Spanish media.

Someone else who has the media on his back is Alessandro Del Piero, after a poor run of form, and he gets a double page profile.

There is six pages of coverage profiling the group stages of the European Cup so far.

That final would be played in Barcelona, having just been announced by UEFA.

UEFA were also in the news as they tried to avoid a European Super League by getting rid of the European Cup Winners Cup and expanding the group stages of the European Cup to 32 teams.

There is a look at the season so far in Germany, and the question is asked if anyone can stop Bayern Munich.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL EUROPE – MAY 1999

Paul Scholes is the cover star of Football Europe, in an edition that looks at England’s chances of qualifying for Euro 2000.

Headliners this month include Pep Guardiola, who doesn’t share the opinion of some of his Dutch team-mates that the La Liga title race is over and that Barcelona will stroll to the title.

Meanwhile, Kevin Campbell is also labelled as a “Headliner” having gotten off to a goalscoring start to his career at Everton, having returned to English football following a short spell in Turkey.

Inter Milan get a profile amid a turbulent season where they had three managers, but look set for no trophies.

Henrik Larsson gets profiled, having signed a four year deal with Celtic, with Football Europe asking why he doesn’t consider a move to England’s Premier League.

There is also a profile of football in The Balkans and the potential affect of Civil Unrest in the region, which has already seen various Euro 2000 Qualifiers postponed.

There are then four pages dedicated to the latest progress in the Euro 2000 Qualifiers.

There is a feature on the best football websites on the web, with UEFA’s official site getting a mention for having a section dedicate to the bids to host Euro 2004.