MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : FOOTBALL ITALIA – OCTOBER 1997

Alessandro Del Piero and David Beckham are the cover stars of Football Italia, as Italy face in England in a match that will determine automatic qualification for the 1998 World Cup.

In news, Aldair has been given Italian citizenship, meaning that Roma can now play and extra non EU player.

There is a review of the Supercoppa Italia Final where Juventus beat Vicenza 3-0.

Italian sides in Europe get reviewed with Juventus winning their opening group match in the European Cup while Parma could only draw theirs. Vicenza (European Cup Winners Cup), Inter Milan and Lazio (UEFA Cup) had first leg leads while Udinese trailed Widzew Lodz 1-0 from the first leg of their UEFA Cup tie.

The match between Italy and England gets a twenty-four page preview, focusing on the battle between the two managers, and the two young stars – Del Piero and Beckham.

There is also a guide for any England fans who are visiting Rome for the match.

There is also a profile of the four newly promoted sides to Serie A – Brescia, Empoli, Bari and Lecce.

The opening two weeks of the Serie A season (the season started in late August) get reviewed, with Fiorentina and Inter Milan being the only two teams to win their opening two games.

The magazine ends with an advert for the next month’s edition, which will review the World Cup Qualifier between Italy and England.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 22.7.1989

Mo Johnston is the cover star of Match as Match asks how good he is.

This was prompted by a claim by Rangers manager Graeme Souness that Johnston was the best striker in Britain, so Match organised a poll to end the arguement once and for all.

Match also revealed that Johnston predicted in 1982 that one day he would sign for Rangers.

Another big summer signing was Chris Waddle of Marseille, who tells Match that money wasn’t a factor in his move.

Also moving to the Continent was Alan McInally, who hopes his move to Bayern Munich will earn him a place in Scotland’s squad for the 1990 World Cup if they qualify.

Match looks at the race for promotion to Division One, asking players from clubs promoted in 1989 (Chelsea, Manchester City, Crystal Palace) who they think will go up in 1990, the general consensus being Leeds.

Some footballers are without a club, and Match writes about those top flight players looking for a club.

If they end up at another top flight club, you’ll know how much it will cost to watch them, as Match does a chart of admission prices at Division One clubs, apart from Southampton and Liverpool, who didn’t provide information.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MANCHESTER UNITED – AUGUST 1995

Lee Sharpe is the cover star of Manchester United’s official magazine during what would turn out to be an eventful summer at Old Trafford.

As you open the magazine, there is a poster of Paul Ince and Mark Hughes, who left United that summer.

Meanwhile, Eric Cantona would have an eventful return from suspension, an Old Trafford date against either Liverpool or Manchester City, depending on wether Sky Sports would move the game against Liverpool back to October 1st.

A United fan was fined £500 for producing Manchester United branded aftershave without the club’s consent.

Gary Neville was the subject of a brief interview after a breakthrough year where he broke into United’s team and made his England debut.

There was a fixture list for 95/96, while an advert appeared to reveal United’s new away kit would be unveiled on 1st August. It turned out the be the infamous grey kit.

There was six pages of coverage of Paul Ince and Mark Hughes departures, looking back at their time with United.

There is a four page profile of the forthcoming European competitions, as United aimed to win the UEFA Cup for the first time. They went out in the 1st Round on away goals to Rotor Volgograd.

There is a double page feature on United Supporters Clubs around the world, in countries such as Wales, USA, Germany and Belgium.

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 : 90 MINUTES – 15.6.1996

Alan Shearer, celebrating his goal against Switzerland in the opening match of Euro 96 is the cover star as England get set to face Scotland, in a match dubbed on the cover as “The Battle Of Britain”

In news, Leicester are linked with a move to sign Nigel Martyn, and Peter Shilton has applied for the manager’s job at Blackpool.

In competitions, you could win tickets to see Simply Red in concert at Old Trafford.

In other news, Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing Keith O’Neill, while Arsenal want to sign Warren Barton.

There is a double page report on the opening game of Euro 96, a 1-1 draw between England and Switzerland.

Talking of Euro 96, there is a full page article on how fans can get tickets for matches at Euro 96.

90 Minutes Live canvasses the opinions of shoppers in Carnaby Street on the possibility of hooliganism at Euro 96.

Also in Euro 96, there is an article on Supporter Embassies offering advice for fans at Euro 96.

In world news, Japan and South Korea have been awarded co-hosting status of the 2002 World Cup.

Teddy Sheringham recently appeared at a press event to play an online video game, suffering various technical glitches.

The magazine then ventures into pop music, interviewing Bristol City chairman Scott Davidson, who toured with Bros, while Lloyd Cole talks about his love of Chelsea.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : GOAL – 18.1.1969

Alan Ball is the cover star of this edition of Goal, in early 1969.

Johnny Giles is interviewed as Leeds get set to travel to White Hart Lane to face Spurs, a ground he has dubbed “White Heartbreak Lane” as Leeds haven’t won there since getting promoted in 1964, stating that Leeds are going there for the win.

In news, Rangers striker Alex Ferguson could be set for a move to England, with Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic interested in signing him.

In posters, you could get a poster of Coventry City player Tony Hateley.

With Liverpool aiming to win the double, Bill Shankly reveals the secret to their success, their team ethic.

There is a profile of Blackburn star Bryan Douglas, with the headline warning to beware whenever he has the ball.

In Dublin, Mal McDonnell has signed for St Patrick’s Athletic, with manager John Colrain revealing he tried to sign him when he was in charge of Glentoran.

There is also a profile of the FAI Cup, referred to as the Eire Cup, which Shamrock Rovers are looking to win for the sixth time.

This week’s Girl Behind The Man feature is Kathy Peters, wife of World Cup winning goalscorer Martin Peters.

Bobby Moore has opened up a clothes shop, and has a celebrity customer in the shape of Jimmy Tarbuck.

Having began with an Everton player, the magazine ends with an Everton player, a poster of Colin Harvey.

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 : 90 MINUTES – 23.3.1996

It’s the 300th edition of 90 Minutes, and it’s the League Cup Final between Leeds United and Aston Villa, but 90 Minutes cover image is of who 90 Minutes has compiled as the ultimate footballer.

In news, Mick Harford is in trouble with the FA for making rude hand gestures to Chelsea fans.

Macclesfield Town and Kidderminster Harriers have had their grounds approved to play in the Football League, should they win the Conference.

There is a three page feature, compiling the best attributes of Premier League players to create the best and worst footballer possible.

England are warming up for Euro 96 with a friendly against Bulgaria, and this game is previewed, including an interview with Bulgaria’s formerly bald but now hairy goalkeeper Bobby Mihailov.

There is a full page profile on Jan Molby, newly appointed as manager of Swansea City, playing in front of 2,000 people in the lower leagues, and the culture shock having spent most of his career at Anfield.

There is a double page feature on the League Cup Final between Leeds United and Aston Villa, focusing on the key battles that will decided the game.

90 Minutes Live is at West Ham v Middlesbrough, asking fans which footballer they would like to live next door to.

There is an advert for another football magazine, a monthly title called Goal, whose April edition has Stuart Pearce as it’s cover star.

The magazine ends with an ad for the forthcoming edition of World Soccer, which has a Euro 96 preview.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : WORLD SOCCER – AUGUST 2003

Ronaldinho is the cover star of World Soccer with the headline “THE TWO RONNIES”, not a reference to him doing a sketch show with Ronaldo, but the differing on and off-field life he leads.

The recent transfer of David Beckham from Manchester United to Real Madrid gets four pages of coverage, and what it will mean for player and club.

Summer transfers are the main topic in this magazine, with Italian clubs shopping in the bargain basements.

Manchester United are armed with cash after the sale of Beckham and are linked with either Damien Duff or Harry Kewell, as well as Eric Djemba-Djemba and Tim Howard.

In Germany, Bayern Munich are eyeing up moves for Roy Makaay and Martin Demichellis.

There is a Q and A with Deco of UEFA Cup winners Porto, who considers Portugal his home now having played there for six years, and got a call-up to the national team despite being born in Brazil.

At Napoli, there is an interesting name at their youth team, Diego Maradona Jnr, the estranged son of the Napoli legend.

There is a double page feature on cover star Ronaldinho, then of Paris Saint Germain, but set to be a Manchester United player in a matter of time according to World Soccer.

The monthly Soccer Cities feature does a region instead, The Ruhr in Germany, home of Schalke and Borussia Dortmund.

There is a six page review of the recent Confederations Cup, a tournament marred by the tragic death of Marc Vivien Foe, a tournament which was described by Keir Radnedge as cheap and demeaning before Foe’s death.

There is a full page report on Real Madrid winning La Liga thanks to a win over Athletic Bilbao, a result which ironically helped Barcelona to sneak into the UEFA Cup.

In England, Michael Owen became the youngest player to win 50 caps, while Northern Ireland got a creditable draw against Spain, but it meant they continued a scoreless run of 972 minutes.

Porto added a domestic double to their UEFA Cup, but he local council chairman wouldn’t meet the team as he supports Boavista. There was more good news for Porto as manger Jose Mourinho committed his future to the club until 2006.

Staying with Porto, there is a profile of Helder Postiga, who has just left Porto for Tottenham Hotspur.

In South America, there is a profile of Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez, who has attracted the attention of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but a clue to his future destination could come in the shape of him describing his post treasured possession as a Manchester United shirt given to him by David Beckham after a friendly between United and Boca the previous summer.

In Africa, Nigeria reach the finals of the African Nations Cup, while there is a profile of Aruna Dindane.

The magazine ends with Brian Glanville’s column, which states that David Beckham deserved better from Manchester United than the manner of his departure to Real Madrid.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : GOAL – 17.5.1969

Billy Bremner and Gary Sprake, holding the league title, are the cover stars of this week’s edition of Goal, with Leeds United having just won the title for the first time.

Bobby Charlton uses his column to say that Manchester United can get goals against who he considers to be the world’s best defence in AC Milan in the Second Leg of their European Cup Semi-Final.

They managed one, but it wasn’t enough, as a 2-0 defeat in the First Leg saw AC Milan go through 2-1 on aggregate.

There is a profile on Crystal Palace, newly promoted to the top flight, with manager Bert Head saying they have the players to survive.

Leeds title success gets a double page feature, including a look at the success so far in Don Revie’s seven years in charge.

There is a review of the Home Championship, won by England who won all three of their matches, with it being suggested that England can win back to back World Cups the following year in Mexico.

There is more Leeds coverage, with Mick Jones believing the club can win the European Cup the following year, while there is also a poster of the title winning team.

There is a profile of Neil Young of Manchester City, who came through City’s youth system and has had to face off competition from big money signings.

In competitions, there were nominations to enter to be the Goal Girl Of 1969.

Scotland were hoping to join England in Mexico next summer, and their match against Cyprus got previewed, with them being advised to go for goals, with goal difference being a potential decider between them and West Germany.

Elsewhere in posters, there was one of Everton and Northern Ireland star Tommy Jackson.

There is a profile of Thea Desforges, who dreams of being a football commentator. Her application to work for the BBC at the 1970 World Cup was turned down, but she is currently covering Bolton Wanderers for Bolton Hospitals Radio.

This week’s The Girl Behind The Man is June Quinn, owner of a Hairdressers in Sheffield, and wife of Rotheram player Johnny Quinn.