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

Here are a se­lec­tion of my per­sonal high­lights from 2017, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der: get­ting a dog onto the cover (thanks Dele), see­ing Gabriel Je­sus pull wheel­ies on a child’s bike, be­ing re­placed by Li­onel Messi for an is­sue and see­ing five of Borus­sia Dort­mund’s best young play­ers at­tempt to tackle a space hop­per. It’s been some year, and the high­lights keep rolling.

Start­ing with two of foot­ball’s nice guys, Peter Crouch and Juan Mata, who both fea­ture in this is­sue cel­e­brat­ing the best of 2017. Mata’s Com­mon Goal ini­tia­tive is truly com­mend­able for a cur­rent player, while Crouchy is the undis­puted Peo­ple’s Cham­pion and is lauded as such on p12. We also have a chat with Emma Hayes, the most suc­cess­ful young English man­ager in the coun­try, find out how Tom Brady’s in­spired Harry Kane and re­live the suc­cess of Eng­land’s Young Li­ons.

To top it all off, we’ve launched a free kids’ magazine, Goal! It’s cur­rently at the pi­lot stage, so we would love to hear your thoughts: what do you like, what don’t you like and how of­ten would you like to get a copy? The more we know, the bet­ter it will be. All of this is just one more rea­son why you might want to gift a sub­scrip­tion of FFT this Christ­mas, be­cause how else do you get the above for less than the cost of an av­er­age replica kit? En­joy the is­sue and have a fan­tas­tic fes­tive pe­riod.

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