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.

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 18.7.1998

Zinedine Zidane, holding the World Cup aloft, is the cover star of Match, as they review the 1998 World Cup. Printing deadlines must have been tight, as the final took place on July 12th 1998.

Match looks at Ariel Ortega, who had went into the World Cup hyped as “The new Maradona”, emulated him by being sent-off in his first World Cup as Argentina crashed out. Unlike Maradona, he didn’t rectify it four years later.

Readers were treated to a compilation of Kevin Keegan’s finest commentary moments.

Lee Hendrie gets asked who his favourite Spice Girl is. After much hesitation, he plucked for Sporty Spice.

Phil Neville does the taste test, where he gets asked his favourites between two. Unsurprisingly, he picks Spice Girls (David and Victoria would have been very unhappy) over All Saints, and he prefers McDonalds over Burger King.

France’s win over Brazil gets four pages, with most of the focus being on Zinedine Zidane, where he speaks about the key moments of the game, and how he felt at each time.

Ryan Giggs gets asked for his Hits and Misses of France 98, labelling Michael Owen, Christian Vieri and Rivaldo as Hits, and Faustino Asprilla, Raul and Alessandro Del Piero as Misses.

Michael Owen gets a double page interview focusing on his meteoric rise over the past eighteen months, offering advice for aspiring young footballers.

Premier League stars such as Gary Croft, Rob Savage (yes, that’s what it said), Don Hutchinson, Mark Schwarzer and Christian Dailly were asked for their best and worst moments of the World Cup. Christian Dailly, listed his favourite game as England v Romania, when Romania won 2-1 in injury time.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 8.7.2000

Didier Deschamps of France, lifting the European Championship trophy, is the main cover star of Match, as they review Euro 2000, the first European Championship of the 21st Century.

Match goes behind the scenes with BBC 1 show ‘Footy Fever’ as presenters Katy Hill and Matt Smith are joined by Lee Sharpe, to preview the Euro 2000 Quarter-Finals.

Patrick Vieira gets interviewed about his favourite music, stating he loves American Rap, and wouldn’t swap his football career for a music one.

The final of Euro 2000 gets four pages of coverage, in a countdown diary style, covering from both team’s Semi-Finals on the Wednesday (France v Portugal) and Thursday (Italy v Holland) all the way through to the climax of the tournament on the Sunday night.

To commemorate the final, there is a poster of the victorious France team.

There is also a double page given to the big debate ….. who is better between Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo, asking players who played in the tournament.

Three French players were asked and two Portugese. Unsurprisingly, the two Portugese went with Figo, but only one French player went with Zidane – Bixente Lizarazu abstained and Frank Lebeouf went with Figo.

Within a year, both Figo (2000) and Zidane (2001) would make world record moves to Real Madrid.

In this magazine, Figo admits he’s a big fan of the Premier League, and would love to move to England at some point in his career.

Match does an interview with Steven Gerrard, playing in his first major tournament at the age of 20 having just broken into the Liverpool team, where he mentions that he would like to be England captain one day.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 9.9.2000

Seven cover stars as the 2000-2001 Champions League group stages get underway, as a player from each of the four (one Scottish, three English) UK teams involved, and foreign stars such as Luis Figo (Real Madrid), Zinedine Zidane (Juventus) and Patrick Kluivert (Barcelona)

Match does a double page interview with Ryan Giggs about his experiences in the European Cup, before turning over for a double page spread on selected teams involved. The four UK teams (Manchester United, Arsenal, Leeds United, Rangers) are previewed on the left page, while the right page has teams listed under ‘Foreign Faves’ and ‘The Outside Bets’

Eventual winners Bayern Munich are in ‘Foreign Faves’, and the preview says “Watch out for young Owen Hargreaves, the British teenage whizzkid” while runners-up Valencia were listed under ‘The Outside Bets’

After three poor league seasons (though they did reach two FA Cup Finals) since finishing 2nd in 1997, Newcastle United were now revitalised under Sir Bobby Robson, and Match had a joint interview with Warren Barton and Steve Harper about this.

Newcastle would go on to finish 4th (2002) and 3rd (2003) in the following three seasons, before a decline which resulted in relegation in 2009.

In 2000, the internet was becoming more accessible for the public, and footballers were jumping on the bandwagon. Match met Jamie Redknapp and Rio Ferdinand at the launch of their own websites, though both players admit they’re not that internet savvy.

Redknapp says it’s a great opportunity to share his thoughts with the rest of the world, set the record straight about newspaper stories, and answer questions from fans. It’s basically Twitter, before Twitter.

Match then gives a guide to the best footballer websites, with players and managers such as Ben Thatcher, Harry Redknapp, Patrick Berger and George Boateng all having their own websites.

Patrick Berger’s website revelas that his first car was a Skoda.

George Graham gets interviewed about the state of English football, believing that English players should work on their technique, and try to be more like Germany or Holland.

Match does a double page spread on Sylvain Wiltord’s protracted transfer from Bordeaux to Arsenal, due to Bordeaux’s lack of willingness to sell, and his former club Deportivo La Coruna being entitled to a percentage of any future transfer fee.

In news, or more rumours, Paul Dalglish of Norwich City is supposedly dating Hannah from S Club 7.

Match does a double page interview with Eirik Bakke on his rise where he played a vital part in Leeds title challenge and played for Norway at Euro 2000, where it is revealed he is related to Monaco player John Arne Riise, who Leeds tried to sign that summer, but couldn’t agree a fee with Monaco.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 17.4.1999

As the 1998-1999 draws to a close, Match has three cover stars, a player each from Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, as Match attempts to predict who will win the Premier League.

Nigel Martyn is the subject of a feature called “My first ….”

His first record bought was by The Police, and his first concert was Status Quo in Cornwall.

In news, Michael Owen’s fame has reached America, with a feature of him appearing in ESPN’s monthly sports magazine.

Edwin Van Der Sar states that he would be interested in joining Manchester United. It only took him the six years.

Patrick Vieira, Gianfranco Zola and Dwight Yorke are interviewed about the title run-in, though Match doesn’t make any predictions.

Ryan Giggs and Zinedine Zidane are interviewed as Match previews the second leg of the European Cup Semi-final between Manchester United and Juventus, with the first leg at Old Trafford finishing 1-1.

In competitions, Match readers had the opportunity to win the new England kit.

Robbie Fowler and John Filan also get double page interviews, as well as Lee Mills and Ashley Westwood of Bradford City, as they aim to get promoted to the top flight of English football for the first time since 1922.

There’s more double page spreads, as Match interviews David Seaman, Michael Owen and Alan Shearer at the launch of England’s new kit, and have a full page feature on England kits through the years.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 15th JUNE 1996

The two Paul’s, Ince and Gascoigne, are the cover stars of this edition, ahead of the eagerly anticipated group match between England and Scotland.

Scotland are represented on the cover with an image of John Collins. You may need a magnifying glass, but he’s definitely on the cover.

Five pages are dedicated to the match at Wembley, including interviews with Colin Hendry and Paul Gascoigne.

In rumour news, Christophe Dugarry is on the verge of joining Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn were keen on Bordaux players, having a year previously seen Jack Walker infamously veto any move for Zinedine Zidane, stating “Why do we need Zinedine Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?”

Portugese Brian May lookalike Paolo Couto was supposedly at the centre of a tug of war between Rangers and Manchester United.

John Collins is interviewed about his move from Celtic to Monaco. He is pictured with a massive grin on his face, possibly because he’s leaving Glasgow to live in Monte Carlo.

There is a poster of Craig Burley. The only poster Craig Burley should be on is a pro brushing your teeth advertising campaign.

Meanwhile, there is an advert for the Euro 96 video game, available on PC CD-Rom and Sega Saturn, with commentary from Barry Davies

Roy Hodgson comes in for praise from Paul Ince, who says that he help him through a difficult first season at Inter Milan, while also talking about racist abuse he has suffered at away games, as he weighs up wether to stay in Italy for a second season.