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CONTENTS

HALF TIME
THE OFFICIAL FFC JUNIORS MAGAZINE
ASHKAN DEJAGAH
WORLD CUP AWAITS
DAN BURN
RISE TO THE TOP
PATRICK ROBERTS
BRIGHT YOUNG THING
PLUS MUCH MORE
GAMES, COMPETITIONS, QUIZZES

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CONTENTS

JUNIOR WHITES BITES

The next few pages contain some interesting facts about your favourite Fulham stars. Click on the info button on each page to see a fact about that player.
INFO

Woof Woof

If Buomesca Tué Na Bangna - or Mesca as he's better known - was an animal, he'd be a dog. He revealed: "They relax a lot, it's a very easy life and everyone cares for them!"
INFO

Ban The Bread

Don't offer Giorgos Karagounis a sandwich if he comes round your house. "I try and avoid sandwiches - at my age I have to be careful because they have so many calories!" he laughed.
INFO

Scooby Steve

Steve Sidwell still loves to watch cartoons. "Scooby Doo is my favourite. My three boys like it too," he says.
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Hair Apparent

Scott Parker has revealed the secrets behind his lovely locks. "I get it cut every month and a half and I just put a little bit of product on it. I don’t use any conditioner."

ZONE IN

Make sure you visit the Kids Zone section of Fulham’s official website – it’s the place to go to for all your Whites news. Head to the Kids Zone at fulhamfc.com/kids-zone

Fans can also send in their drawings by emailing billy@fulhamfc.com
INFO

(Not So) Little Chef

If Maarten Stekelenburg wasn't a mighty fine goalkeeper, he'd probably have been a chef. "I trained to be a cook but then I had to make a choice between that and being a professional footballer."

SCOTT PARKER FACTFILE

Age: 33
Date Of Birth: 13.10.1980
Place Of Birth: Lambeth, London
Nationality: English
Height: 180cm
Weight: 70kg
Debut: Arsenal (h)
24.08.13

WHEN MAX MET SCOTT!

Fulham fan and Formation Member Max Browning won a competition to come down to the Club’s Training Ground to grill Whites star Scott Parker recently. As it’s Christmas, he even squeezed in a festive-based question. Click video opposite to watch the interview.
VIDEO

MEET VICK
& IVAN

You may have noticed a couple of new faces at the Cottage this season! The Club began a search for two presenters to assist David ‘Diddy’ Hamilton at home games. Ivan and Vick were the successful duo so we had a chat with the pair to get to know them a bit better.
VIDEO

HALFTIME

How did your role at Fulham come about?
VICK
IVAN

VICK

I was told about the role by a guy who runs a channel I’ve presented for in the past, as he knows I’m into football. I sent over some examples of my presenting work, before having a phone interview, followed by the next stage of the process which was to come to the Club and chat through what I’d bring to the role. A week later, they offered me the job!

IVAN

I’ve been a Fulham fan for going on 18 years so regularly check the official website and saw a video from the legend that is Diddy saying that the Club were looking for a couple of matchday presenters to work alongside him. As a presenter I jumped at the chance. I sent my audition tape and a few weeks later got the call I’d been hoping for!

HALFTIME

What were you doing before?
VICK
IVAN

VICK

When I’m not presenting for FFC, I work at ITN, interviewing music and film stars on the red carpet, and producing and presenting The Breakfast Fix (morning entertainment news on 4Music) and 5* Access (Channel 5’s entertainment news). I’m also over on AiredOutTV twice a week, hosting their music news. Before this, I worked for MTV, Peninsula Films and Pioneer Productions.

IVAN

I've been presenting for a few years now. I do a lot of music TV and quite a bit of stuff for adidas. It's a great mix of things and keeps my job very exciting. One day I can be interviewing Jessie J or Ollie Murs and the next I'm with Alan Shearer.

HALFTIME

What's the best thing about a matchday at the Cottage?
VICK
IVAN

VICK

The main thing is the fans. In spite of the ups and downs since I’ve been here, what I’ve loved most has been the feeling of solidarity. There are so many young fans and the feeling that anyone and everyone is welcome means those youngsters will grow with the Club.

IVAN

Craven cottage is one of a kind! The atmosphere at home games is always huge. It's such an intimate ground and you feel like you’re almost on the pitch with the players. The stroll through Bishops Park along the Thames also has to be the beautiful walk to any football ground.

HALFTIME

What have been your highlights so far?
VICK
IVAN

VICK

My very first night working at Fulham - the Capital One Cup game with Everton when the Whites came from 2-1 down to win. Other highlights have been bubble football (half-time entertainment at the Stoke City match), not only because it was absolutely hilarious to watch and really lifted the spirits in the ground, but also because Ivan and I got to have a go before the game. Most fun ever!

IVAN

Bubble football was great. My favourite-ever match has to be the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final. When the final whistle went I’ve never seen Craven Cottage erupt in such a way. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.

HALFTIME

Have there been any mishaps or things going wrong on or off camera?
VICK
IVAN

VICK

I mentioned bubble football, which was ridiculously fun, but definitely worth pointing out that Ivan knocked me over after about five seconds and I couldn’t get up again! It didn’t help that he continued to kick me even once I was lying on the ground, rolling around in this massive bubble, screaming that I couldn’t get up! He claims that he thought I was joking, but I don’t believe him. The size of my coat in a recent video is a bit of a mishap as well. I look like I’ve been wrapped in a sleeping bag! They’ve got me a size small now…

IVAN

It takes quite a while to get in one of the bubble footballs and they're not easy to get out of either. We ran at each other and I knocked Vick down and she couldn't get back up again! It was very funny watching her roll about!

HALFTIME

What advice would you give to any youngsters looking to get into presenting?
VICK
IVAN

VICK

It sounds really simple, but the most important thing is to get on camera and practice as much as you can. Start a YouTube vlog, film yourself as much as possible talking about subjects you care about, what’s in the news, or just your day… you never know who’ll be watching, but online content is a great way of putting yourself out there. You can then start to work out what sort of programmes you could see yourself presenting (entertainment, sport, news, etc.) and hone it down to make a three-minute showreel of relevant content. Focus on what you’ve got to say that’s unique to you.

IVAN

Start a YouTube channel and get used to talking on camera and watching yourself back. Most people have camera phones these days and everyone can open a YouTube account. It's the best way to get your face out there. Talk about the things you love on it like Fulham and interview friends. It really is a great way to learn. Talk to the camera like it's your best friend - it sounds weird but it really works.

WIN FULHAM SOCCERSTARZ

Halftime has six sets of Fulham players to give away. The set includes Brede Hangeland, Bryan Ruiz, Dimitar Berbatov and Scott Parker.
Which country is Bryan
Ruiz from?
A) Costa Rica
B) Scotland
C) Australia
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For more information on SoccerStarz, go to www.soccerstarz.com

MY HOMETOWN

New to Halftime, our players discuss their hometowns, with forward Hugo Rodallega recalling his days growing up in El Carmelo, Colombia.

HUGO RODALLEGA FACTFILE

Age: 28
Date Of Birth: 25.07.1985
Place Of Birth: El Carmelo, Colombia
Nationality: Colombian
Height: 180cm
Weight: 71.2kg
Debut: Norwich City (h)
18.08.12

SELECT A QUESTION TO REVEAL HUGO'S ANSWER

Hugo, you were born in a place called El Carmelo in Colombia. Can you tell us what it’s like there?
It’s a very beautiful place - it’s where my life started. As I got older, playing football has taken me to both Mexico and England, but El Carmelo has always been my home. It’s where most of my family and friends are, so I try to go back as much as I can - usually at the end of a season. It’s a small town, situated just outside of one of Colombia’s main cities, Cali. It’s a very friendly place and the people are always really welcoming.
Does El Carmelo celebrate any exciting events or festivals?
There are a lot of different festivals and events in Colombia. One of the most popular that El Carmelo has, though, is called Feria. It’s a big party for the town and everyone is outside playing games, dancing and enjoying themselves. It’s always a lot of fun - I suppose it’s like a carnival. I haven’t been to one for a while, though, as it takes place in October which is during the football season.
Colombians are known to love their music. Describe the musical tastes of the people of your hometown...
I think every Colombian is into their music, and the musical tastes differ depending on where you’re from. In El Carmelo, salsa music is the favourite - it’s very popular. It’s all about dancing, and you have to really concentrate on your footwork - it’s very fast! Am I any good? I’ve been known to hit the dancefloor every now and then.
Is there a traditional dish made famous by the locals?
We really like a dish called sancocho, which is kind of like a soup. It has so many ingredients, like fish, chicken, beef, potato, cobs of corn and lots of veg. You usually eat it with rice, so it’s quite a big meal to eat.
Is football the main sport and are Colombians passionate about the game?
Football is the number one sport, and the people absolutely love it. We’ve qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and already that’s what everyone is talking about. It’s been a little while since we played at a World Cup - I think the last time was in 1998. So it’s a big chance for us and everyone is really excited. The Premier League and La Liga are really popular in Colombia - the people follow every match! Apart from football, I’d say that basketball and baseball are two other popular sports. I used to be quite good at basketball, but baseball, not so much - I struggled to hit the ball!
How about the local football teams - are they any good? Who’s the best team in Colombia?
Well, in El Carmelo, the teams play at amateur and youth levels - we don’t have a professional team. But the standard is still really good. The main team for us would be Deportivo Cali who I played for at the start of my career. They’re very popular. We also have America de Cali too, so that’s the big rivalry. Elsewhere, Millonarios have won the most titles, while Atletico Nacional have enjoyed a lot of success in recent seasons.
How are you finding the recent cold weather in England?
It’s not as hot as it would be back home in Colombia, that’s for sure! I used to enjoy weather of anywhere from 25 to 35 degrees. It’s usually always sunny in Colombia, but in January I will have lived in England for five years, so you could say that I’m used to the weather here now. It was very difficult at first - I arrived in the winter so you can imagine that it came as a shock!
Colombia has beautiful beaches, plains, rainforests, deserts and glaciers - that’s a bit of everything isn’t it?
There’s so much, which means there are lots to see. It’s one of the best things about Colombia, because I don’t think there are too many countries that can boast such contrasts. My favourite place to go is the beach in Cartagena, where it’s very relaxed. I go there when I can to chill out, perhaps for a weekend with my family. It’s quite a tourist attraction, so you’ll find people from all over the world there.
The famous Amazon jungle stretches into Colombia - have you ever visited and how would you describe it to our younger fans?
The jungle is so vast it stretches through a number of countries, including Colombia. And wow, it’s such a big place! Again, it’s a popular destination for tourists and you can understand why. The Amazon rainforest is fascinating. It’s the biggest in the world, and I’ve been lucky enough to go there a few times. It’s home to hundreds of different mammals, birds and reptiles. The snakes and spiders don’t bother me!
How does life in London compare to life back home?
Well I’m very happy here in London - it’s one of my favourite cities in the world. I enjoy visiting all the different sights with my family and friends when they come over. They always like the London Eye and Big Ben. There’s so much to do in the capital, and it’s very easy to find Colombian culture - I’ve found places to eat and drink, to dance and to play Colombian billiards.
FACT
Colombia can be found in the north west of South America.
FACT
Colombia’s capital city is called Bogota.
FACT
Colombia is the 26th largest country in the world.
FACT
Colombia’s population is more than 46,000,000 - the second-largest in South America and the 29th largest in the world.
FACT
Spanish is the official language of Colombia.

BILLY'S
BOOTY-LICIOUS QUIZ

Billy the Badger wants to test your FFC knowledge again! Can you match the correct boot to the player. Over the next few pages click on the boot you think belongs to the player in the picture.

BILLY'S XMAS SHOPPING LIST

Everyone’s favourite badger has been sniffing around to find out what he thinks Fulham’s stars would like to receive for Christmas. We’re not sure they’ll agree...
INFO

Kieran Richardson

A big, colourful scarf - not that he doesn’t have enough already. I don’t think I could pull off Kieran’s choices of head and neckwear; I’d get laughed at down the mascot clubhouse. I’m still trying to keep a low profile in there after I celebrated a Dimitar Berbatov goal too loudly by the tennis courts.
INFO

Brede Hangeland

I’d buy Brede a giraffe. I like buying people animals and a giraffe is the only one that would be as tall as our Captain fantastic. Brede and the giraffe will get along perfectly; they can discuss the best way to fit through doors. I’ll have to find a Norwegian giraffe though, otherwise they won’t understand each other.
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Philippe Senderos

I went to Switzerland once for a mascot training course (it’s where I learnt to breakdance), and the chocolate there was out of this world. I’m sure Philippe misses his home country’s confectionary so I’ll be buying him a few tasty chocolate bars to remind him of home.
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Maarten Stekelenburg

Maarten has played in a World Cup Final so it’s hard to top that. The next best thing after playing in a World Cup Final would be a Billy the Badger cuddly toy, I reckon. So Maarten can have a little cuddly version of me.
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Scott Parker

I think Scott will be going to the World Cup in Brazil with England next summer, so I’m buying him his plane ticket now to save time. I just hope after splashing out that much he doesn’t get me something like a Christmas jumper in return.
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Bryan Ruiz

I love Bryan’s hair - have you seen how smooth and shiny it is? You’ve probably also noticed that I style my hair on his. In fact, I’ve been told before we look like brothers - which is some compliment. I’ll be wrapping up some combs for Bryan so he can make sure his hair remains perfect at all times.
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Dimitar Berbatov

The next coolest man at Craven Cottage after myself, I would have got Dimitar some shades and a leather jacket (my choice of attire when I’m not at work) but it’s Christmas and you’ve got to get someone a DVD, haven’t you? Berba loves The Godfather so it’s the boxset for him.
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Patjim Kasami

A copy of the Crystal Palace game on DVD so he can watch his goal over and over again. I’d give him my copy but I’ve worn it out.
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Damien Duff

Me and Duffer often play FIFA on the PlayStation when we have spare time in our busy schedules, but he always wins. And I mean always. It’s partly because he’s really good and partly because my hands are too big to hold the controller properly. But I’m getting him a blindfold that he has to wear when we next play to make it a more even game.
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David Stockdale

David absolutely loves fishing, so it’ll be a speedboat for him so he can cast his rod from right in the middle of the lake. I just hope he lets me borrow it on Sundays when I do my water-skiing.

FOUNDATION COACHES SKILLS SCHOOL

Improve your close control and dribbling and learn to create space as Fulham FC Foundation coach Timo challenges you to learn his top three football turns.
VIDEO

FACTFILE
MOUSSA DEMBÉLÉ

Age: 17 | Date Of Birth: 12.07.1996
Place Of Birth: Pontoise, France
Nationality: French
Height: 183.1cm | Weight: 73.9kg
Previous Club(s): PSG

MOUSSA DEMBÉLÉ

BRIGHT YOUNG THING

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INTRODUCTION

Striker Moussa Dembélé has been turning heads since he arrived at Fulham from French side Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2012. A natural finisher, with pace to burn and undoubted skill, the starlet is highly rated by Fulham and made his First Team debut as a late substitute at West Ham United last month. Watch out for this boy…

QUESTION ONE

Hi Moussa! How did the move to Fulham first come about?

DEMBÉLÉ SAYS

I was at Paris Saint-Germain when my agent told me that Fulham were interested in me. So I came over to have a look with my family and I decided it was the place for me. It’s a real family unit here - everyone is together from the First Team to the Academy. The top players are very approachable and if you have a question, they will answer it.

QUESTION TWO

Was it hard when you first moved over?

DEMBÉLÉ SAYS

It was a tough decision - leaving my friends and family in France to come to England was hard but I’m really enjoying it. It’s a great set-up in the Academy. They’ve got a good record of bringing players through and have won lots of things over the years.

QUESTION THREE

He spelled his name slightly differently, but there was another Mousa Dembélé on the books when you first joined, too!

DEMBÉLÉ SAYS

That was funny but he soon left for Tottenham Hotspur. Now I am the only Moussa Dembele at Fulham!

QUESTION FOUR

Have you always been a striker?

DEMBÉLÉ SAYS

Always! I’ve never played anywhere else.

QUESTION FIVE

You must be pleased with how things have gone since you’ve been here? You’ve been scoring goals for fun?

DEMBÉLÉ SAYS

Not for fun - it’s my job to score goals because I’m a striker. When I go on the pitch, all I’m thinking about is scoring goals.

QUESTION SIX

How good a feeling is it when you find the back of the net?

DEMBÉLÉ SAYS

It’s hard to describe, it’s something special. There’s no better feeling!

QUESTION SEVEN

What do you hope to achieve at Fulham?

DEMBÉLÉ SAYS

Every young player here wants to play for the First Team and that’s my dream, too. I’m working with some great coaches in the Academy; they really push us to do our best. If I can keep working, progressing and listen to the coaches, hopefully I can make it to the top.

QUESTION NINE

What are your strengths as a player?

DEMBÉLÉ SAYS

I’m strong, fast and a good finisher.

QUESTION TEN

And what do you need to work on?

DEMBÉLÉ SAYS

I can still improve my finishing as I want to get even better. My hold-up play could be better, too.

QUESTION ELEVEN

Which players did you like watching growing up?

DEMBÉLÉ SAYS

Ronaldo, the Brazilian one, and Thierry Henry. They’re very different - Henry was about pace and finishing, Ronaldo was more about taking on defenders.

QUESTION TWELVE

And who do you admire now?

DEMBÉLÉ SAYS

Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He’s strong, technical and has a good mentality.

QUESTION THIRTEEN

Away from football, what do you like doing?

DEMBÉLÉ SAYS

Sleeping! I also like playing computer games - FIFA and Grand Theft Auto are my favourites.

STRANGE GOINGS ON AT CRAVEN COTTAGE

Scroll through the next few pages to see some of the weird and wonderful goings on at Craven Cottage.

ALEXANDER
Kačaniklić

Check out my saxophone skills!

Hugo Rodallega

I’ve just learnt the chords to Seven Nation Army!

Steve
Sidwell

Don’t stop believin’

Bryan
Ruiz

Check out my latest
yo-yo trick!

GETTING QUIZZY WITH IT

Billy the Badger likes a good challenge. Can you help him spot the 5 differences in the two images shown opposite?