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Rio Ferdinand: Play with the ball and to your strengths

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The former Manchester United and England legend was generally regarded as the best centre-back since the start of the European Premier League.  The ball-playing defender that changed the way backs were thought of talked to FourFourTwo to impart some knowledge. Bravery “You have to be willing to put your foot in when you need to […]

Tim Cahill: Train hard, unwind hard

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Australia’s goal scoring hero, Tim Cahill, will be the first to say that he wasn’t born to be a professional.  It took a whole lot of hard work and determination. Timmy talks to FourFourTwo about how he has trained himself to the top of the game. Best the first to training “I always like to […]

David Luiz: Transitioning from defence to midfield

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The Chelsea and Brazilian ball playing defender is equally comfortable at the back or in midfield.  David Luiz talks to FourFourTwo about how the two roles are not that different anymore. Role changes as per teams system “[The role of defender] has definitely changed because football as a whole has changed as well. But at […]

Rio Ferdinand: How to become a world-class centre-back

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The Manchester United legend changed the way defenders played with the ball. Rio pulls up a pew with FourFourTwo to outline the key attributes of the modern centre-back.  Consistency “There are some guys who reach 8 out of 10 once every few games. They’re good players, but great ones perform at that level and beyond […]

David Luiz: Forget everything away from football

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The Chelsea and Brazilian “attacking-centre-back” looks like the calmest man on the field at times, willing to take risks and remain in control.  However, in an interview with FourFourTwo it turns out that maybe his relaxed demeanour is not always the case. Look calm, even if not “I’m anything, but relaxed! When you play at […]

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Power in the legs to boost explosive speed

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The England and Arsenal speedster explains to FourFourTwo the benefits of weight training on acceleration and its value across the pitch. Acceleration is one of the best parts of your game. How did you work on your speed off the mark? When I was younger, I worked on building power and strength in my legs […]

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pre-season power training

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The Arsenal winger talks to FourFourTwo ahead of the Gunners trip to Australia and explains why pre-season can be the launch pad for your best season yet. How important is pre-season in getting you ready for the new campaign? Having those six weeks before the start of the season are important for getting the team […]

Alex Iwobi: A man’s game

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Arsenal youngun tells FourFourTwo about his powerful mindset and how it’s key to get to the top. Any pointers to give to a young player who wants to become a professional? The advice I’ve always been given is to just express myself and play the game with a smile on my face. You also have […]

Tim Cahill: How to score from midfield

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Australia’s record marksman built his local and global reputation on his knack of popping up with a crucial goal from a midfield or no.10 starting position. Cahill talks to FourFourTwo on how to time your runs from deep and hit the back of the net Desirable Goals “You need to have two things: desire and […]