FourFourTwo is a football magazine published by Future. Issued monthly, it published its 300th edition in May 2019. It takes its name from the football formation of the same name, 4-4-2.

FourFourTwo 2018 Awards Issue cover.jpg
2018 Awards Issue cover
Total circulation
(June-Dec 2015)
First issue1994
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inTeddington

In 2008, it was announced that FourFourTwo had entered into a three-year shirt sponsorship deal with Swindon Town, which commenced in the 2008–09 season.[2]

Although based in the United Kingdom, the magazine is also available in 16 other languages.



The following people are amongst the regular contributors to FourFourTwo (UK edition):

  • Uli Hesse
  • James Horncastle
  • Martin Mazur
  • Michael Cox

Past columnistsEdit


Notable editors of FourFourTwo have included Mat Snow, Hugh Sleight and Hitesh Ratna. The founding editor was Karen Buchanan.


The magazine is split up in the following sections: Upfront, Features, Action Replay and The Mixer.

Rankings and awardsEdit

Argentine legend Lionel Messi has won the award a record 8 times, 4 of which in consecutive years (2009-12).[3]

FourFourTwo has a number of annual rankings and awards. In 2007, the magazine put together its first FFT100, a list of the 100 best footballers in the world - according to them.[4][5] At the end of the 2012–13 Premier League season, FourFourTwo announced its first Stats Zone Awards.[6] In May 2015, the inaugural list of the 50 best Asian players in world football was announced.[7] They also do a top 50 of players from the Football League.[8]

The 100 Best Football Players in the World
Year Player Club
2007   Kaká[5]   Milan
2008   Cristiano Ronaldo   Manchester United
2009   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2010   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2011   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2012   Lionel Messi   Barcelona
2013   Cristiano Ronaldo[9]   Real Madrid
2014   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2015   Lionel Messi[10]   Barcelona
2016   Cristiano Ronaldo   Real Madrid
2017   Lionel Messi[11]  Barcelona
2018   Lionel Messi[12]   Barcelona
2019   Lionel Messi[13]   Barcelona
2020   Robert Lewandowski[14]   Bayern Munich
2021   Robert Lewandowski[15]   Bayern Munich
Wins by Player
Player Wins
  Lionel Messi 8
  Cristiano Ronaldo 4
  Robert Lewandowski 2
  Kaká 1
Win by Clubs
Clubs Wins
  FC Barcelona 8
  Real Madrid 3
  Bayern Munich 2
  AC Milan 1
  Manchester United 1

Greatest Player of the 21st CenturyEdit

In April 2022, FourFourTwo magazine ranked the best footballers of the 21st century. Argentine ace Lionel Messi was ranked as number #1.[16]

Other editionsEdit

The launch publicity ran with the tagline of "It's footy, but not as you know it," a reference to the popularity of Australian rules football and rugby league and the fact that association football is referred to as soccer in Australia. This also referred to the launch slogan of the A-League: "It's football, but not as you know it" — part of the work Football Australia is doing to rebrand and relaunch the game. Further to this, the first edition's frontpage contained the motto "Goodbye Soccer, Hello Football." The current editor is Kevin Airs.[17] The magazine closed in August 2018.

  • Brazilian edition - First published in 2009,[citation needed] by Brazilian publishing company Cadiz.
  • Bulgarian edition - First published in April 2010,[citation needed] having pre-World Cup information about the England national football team and coach Fabio Capello for its cover story.
  • Croatian edition - First published in October 2010.[citation needed]
  • Dutch edition - First published in November 2018, by F&L Media[18]
  • Egyptian edition - First published in June 2010,[citation needed] by Egyptian publishing company Omedia.
  • Hungarian edition - First published in March 2010.[citation needed]
  • Indonesian edition - First published in 2009, by PT Tunas Bola.
  • Italian edition - First published in December 2013. Editor Xavier Jacobelli.
  • Korean edition - First published in June 2007, by Korean publishing company MediaWill. Articles on domestic football normally take up about half of the 190-pages.
  • Malaysian/Singapore edition - In 2009, Measat publications took over the license of the Malaysian edition, which is also on sale in Singapore. On 11 August 2009, a weekly FourFourTwo TV Show began on affiliated television station, Astro SuperSport, hosted by former ESPN anchor Jason Dasey.[citation needed] There are now two weekly editions: FourFourTwo EuroZone and FourFourTwo EuroGoals, as well as a monthly version, FourFourTwo Performance.
  • Nigerian edition - First published in 2006, relaunched May 2008 with Samm Audu as the editor. It is the biggest-selling soccer magazine in West Africa.[citation needed] It also sells in South Africa.
  • Polish edition - First published in May 2010, by Arskom Group.
  • Portuguese edition - First published in November 2013, by the company 'Goody S.A.'.
  • Swedish edition - First published in April 2008.
  • Thai edition - First published in November 2009, by Plus One Media Co., Ltd., on 3rd day of the month. Now, FourFourTwo are published by Siam Sport Syndicate Co.Ltd, on early of the month.
  • Turkish edition - First published in April 2006.
  • Vietnamese edition - First published in May 2010.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Full 2015 UK magazines ABC circulation breakdown: 60 out of 442 titles grow sales – Press Gazette". Archived from the original on 15 October 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Swindon clinch sponsorship deal". BBC Sport. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  3. ^ "The 100 Best Football Players in the World 2019: full list revealed". 20 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  4. ^ "100 Best Players in the World". FourFourTwo. 1 December 2014. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b "FourFourTwo's Top 100 Soccer Players List «". Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  6. ^ "FFT announce Stats Zone Awards 2014/15". FourFourTwo. 26 May 2015. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  7. ^ "The FourFourTwo 50 Best Asian Players 2015". FourFourTwo. 13 May 2015. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Ritchie takes top spot in Football League Top 50". FourFourTwo. 1 April 2015. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  9. ^ Brewin, Joe (28 November 2013). "FourFourTwo's Top 100 Players in the World 2013: 10-1". Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  10. ^ Horncastle, James (4 December 2015). "FourFourTwo's Best 100 Football Players in the World 2015 No.1: Lionel Messi". Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  11. ^ "FourFourTwo's 100 Best Football Players in the World 2017: No.1, Lionel Messi". 15 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  12. ^ Murray, Andrew (21 December 2018). "FFT100 2018: No.1, Lionel Messi (Barcelona)". Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  13. ^ "The 100 Best Football Players in the World 2019: full list revealed". 20 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Robert Lewandowski voted Player of the Year in FourFourTwo Awards". 7 December 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  15. ^ Pope, Conor (31 December 2021). "Ranked! The 50 best players in the world, 2021". Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  16. ^ White, Alasdair Mackenzie Contributions from Mark; Pope, Conor; published, Greg Lea (8 April 2022). "Ranked! The 100 best players of the 21st Century". Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  17. ^ "Kevin Airs (@KevinAirs442) - Twitter". Archived from the original on 8 April 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Wereldberoemd Voetbalmagazine FourFourTwo Komt Naar Nederland,, 9 October 2018

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