From Buenos Aires to Barcelona, meet our men in the know
A successful product of FourFourTwo's fabled youth academy (i.e. he was good at making the teas when he was here on work experience, so we took him on full time), James has been a member of the FFT.com team since June 2008. He has also previously written for Sport magazine.
His career highlights to date have included beating Chris Kamara at table football and discussing the wonder of Jaffa Cakes with Ledley King.
Jamie Sanderson is a Football Writer who specialises in youth football. Founder and editor of Young Guns, the dedicated talent hunting Gooner refuses to let club biases stand in the way of acknowledging a potential star. Separator of wheat from chaff, Jamie is convinced he was the first to discover Jack Wilshere and will fight anybody who says otherwise. No really, he will.
A Yank in all connotations of the word, Jason writes entirely too many words that somehow occasionally make sense at his blog Match Fit USA, where he covers the American game in earnest.
Never one to overwork his fingers, he also babbles about various topics on the aptly-named American Soccer Show, a weekly podcast.
Spending more time thinking about football (and not the American kind) than most believe healthy, he unfortunately has yet to found a way to support himself doing it.
Nevertheless, he soldiers on, waving an over-sized version of Old Glory wherever he goes, hoping for an American World Cup victory before he's too old to realize it happened, and dreaming of the day a washed-up Yank heads to England to finish out his career rather than the other way around.
A development in the ever-growing FFT academy, Joe spends most of his time dodging tax as a student at the University of Brighton. When not aggravating the English tax-payers and telling the world Anthony Knockaert is better than sliced bread he can be seen ground-hopping across the Championship following his beloved Leicester City. Follow him on Twitter.
After four years in Spain, Joel Richards decided to swap the tapas of Madrid for the steaks of Buenos Aires. A freelance sports writer and producer, he follows the fortunes of emerging wunderkids, former Albiceleste stars and Diego Maradona, while trying to avoid conversations involving the Mexico 86 quarter-finals or a group of small islands in the South Atlantic.
Every week, ESPN football commentator Jon Champion will preview the weekend’s football action
Jon Cotterill lives in São Paulo and is the English football commentator for Globo TV’s coverage of the Campeonato Brasileiro. As well as the live games, he works on the weekly magazine show FootBrazil. Jon also runs his own site on Brazilian football called Pitaco do Gringo (The Gringo's Opinion). Follow him on Twitter Pitacodogringo
Jonathan Fadugba is a world football enthusiast with a particular fondness for African football. Creator and editor of Just Football, he remains convinced that, but for the magic of Baggio, Nigeria would have won the 1994 World Cup. French football analyst for Football Radar and a contributor to When Saturday Comes and various other publications, he finds talking about himself in the third person slightly awkward. Follow him on Twitter at @JustFootball and @JFfutebol
Jonathan Wilson writes regularly for the Guardian, Independent, Independent on Sunday, FourFourTwo and anybody else who waves money in his direction. He has written several books including Behind the Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football and the award-winning tactical history Inverting the Pyramid.
Commenting on Kris Heneage's love for the game, his Dad once told him "You'd watch the Nagasaki Warriors against The Raggy Arse Rovers if it was on TV." Based up north near Newcastle, Kristan is predominantly a fan of both
English and Italian football. However he also enjoys writing about MLS, and even contributes a monthly piece with Luke Rodgers of the New
York Redbulls. To read more of his work (and hear him speak) you can visit his website www.krisheneage.tumblr.com or get in touch via Twitter @KHeneage.
Ever since he finally accepted he wasn’t good enough to play football, Liam has been writing about it. He contributes to FourFourTwo.com and Goal.com UK, as well as running his own blog. He has also shamelessly jumped on the
Louis Massarella is FourFourTwo magazine's Commissioning Editor.
After banging in the goals for Shrewsbury, Crewe, Port Vale, Yeovil and Notts County, Luke Rodgers moved to New York Red Bulls in January 2011.
Mark Booth is a writer for hire and a regular freelancer for Champions Magazine, also of this parish. His blog can be found - read, even - here.
Mark Gilbey was expelled from school in Peterborough when he was 18, and was promptly exiled to Ukraine by his parents to live at the top of a tower block in Kyiv with a former general of the Red Army. Since 2001 he’s visited 52 countries and one breakaway republic, and has called Budapest, Chisinau, a tent in the Gobi Desert and, less exotically, Hull, home. Mark has written for newspapers and magazines in Eastern Europe and the UK.
Michael Cox runs ZonalMarking.net, a website about formations, tactics, and anything else deemed geeky enough for inclusion.
Michel Salgado is a former Celta Vigo, Real Madrid and Spain legend, with almost 350 La Liga appearances and more than 50 international caps. A confirmed Anglophile, he now plays for Blackburn Rovers and writes a monthly column in FourFourTwo .
The world of Dutch football entered Mo's psyche after being mesmerised by Louis van Gaal’s Ajax in the mid-90s. From then on it became a love affair, often ending in heartbreak with penalties. Mo regularly contributes to other websites talking solely on all things Voetbal and pretty much nothing else. Like many, he can be contacted via Twitter.
Nick Govier is the editor of Footballistically.co.uk., which is well worth a follow on Twitter. He's on there too, albeit with less of a football focus.
Nick Moore started his journalistic career working for his boyhood heroes, Liverpool FC, on their programme from 1999 and 2001. It's been mainly downhill for both Nick and Liverpool since – he briefly edited a pamphlet about youth hosteling – but he occasionally manages to contribute to Q, Army and various newspapers. He's a regular feature writer for FourFourTwo and has been doing Ask A Silly Question for four years, once making national news when Peter Crouch confessed that he regularly dreamt about being a dwarf. He combines journalism with drumming for cult psychedelic Welsh rock heroes Howl Griff.
Owain Jones is a journalist for hire. See OwainJones.net or follow him on Twitter.
Paul Hansford was the launch editor of
the Australian FourFourTwo and now works as a freelance sports and travel writer. Having also worked for 90 Minutes and Shoot! when he had more hair, his footballing adventures include caravanning with Jonathan Pearce, swiping Alan Shearer's England sock at a photoshoot, giving Michael Owen his first interview and being mistaken for a German pro while working on a pre-season training feature (Player: "Is he the German guy? He's not very good, is he...?"). Paul is particularly proud of his contribution to the Tottenham Hotspur Opus - a book he will never be able to afford - and is still in disbelief at how many Socceroos turn up for shoots with 'unfurnished basements'.
Paul Simpson has edited Champions, the official UEFA Champions League magazine, since its launch in 2004. Before that, he launched FourFourTwo as editor in 1994, wrote the acclaimed Rough Guide To Elvis and formulated the influential HR theory that everyone in your office has an equivalent character in Dad's Army. He supports Nuneaton Borough and Jimmy Bloomfield's Leicester City.
Paul Wilkes is a freelance writer specialising in Spanish football and editor of LaLigaUK.com.
Paul Winslow is on Twitter at @winslowjourno. He doesn't say much at the moment but will if you follow him.
Despite the name, Richard Whittle is so at home in Italy that some call him Riccardo Rossi. He has lived and worked in Italy for the last 15 years as a football journalist and works as Italian soccer commentator for the English-speaking world covering Serie A, Champions League, Europa League and Italian Cup matches as well as Italy internationals. With Paul Visca, Richard concocts the regular Calcio & Coffee podcast.
Behind Alan Shearer, Rob is hoping to become England’s second most famous son of a sheet metal worker. He spent most of his childhood worshipping Kenny Dalglish, running around muddy pitches, collecting Panini football stickers, and drawing the weekend’s football highlights in stickmen form.
Today he can be found in California worshipping the sun, hobbling through an over-30s’ match, collecting injuries, and drawing the weekend’s football highlights in stickmen form. He certainly wouldn’t say no to anyone offering him enormous sums of money to turn his blog One Pound The Large Flag into a book.
Rupert Fryer (on Twitter: @Rupert_Fryer) is the co-founder and editor of SouthAmericanFootball.co.uk.
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