FourFourTwo - - EDITOR’S LETTER - @Four­fourt­woed Hitesh Ratna Edi­tor

The trick when putting to­gether a Four­fourtwo cover story is to try to pre­dict who and what you, the reader, will want to know about roughly three months down the line. Ob­vi­ously this is eas­ier said than done, with the myr­iad of prob­lems that can de­rail a cover story in that time. This is dou­bly dif­fi­cult when the is­sue in ques­tion is set to come out mid­way through a World Cup, like this one. Not only do we not know how, for ex­am­ple, Eng­land will be get­ting on as we come out (strolling serenely to the semis, right?) the World Cup has a way of putting all the trans­fer ac­tiv­ity on hold un­til Florentino Perez buys the tour­na­ment’s star player and the dust set­tles on all the sub­se­quent trans­fer ac­tiv­ity. So we can’t even look past the goings-on in Rus­sia un­til next month.

Luck­ily for us – and not for the first time in his ca­reer – David Beck­ham has stepped up to save the day. Turn to page 34 to find out how his quest to step into foot­ball own­er­ship has be­come a fas­ci­nat­ing mix­ture of pol­i­tics, foot­ball and fame, be­fore re­liv­ing the story of his sea­son af­ter France 98, when he be­came pub­lic en­emy No.1 af­ter his red card against Ar­gentina. Cheers, Becks!

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