UEFA's official magazine explains the reasons behind last season's record overall 380-goal haul in the UEFA Champions League - and reflects on why positive football is back in business...
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Attack is back in fashion in Europe’s major club competitions – a refreshing development revealed in the latest edition of UEFA Direct.
UEFA’s official magazine highlights how high-tempo football and lightning-fast counter-attacking brought 380 goals in last season’s UEFA Champions League – a record rate of 3.04 goals per game.
Fans were offered one goal per 31 minutes of play. Added to this, the UEFA Europa League goal tally reached a five-year high of 565 strikes.
A wealth of facts, figures and opinions have been compiled by UEFA’s experienced technical observers for the 2016/17 Champions League and Europa League technical reports – and are previewed in the article, which appears in the coaching supplement, The Technician.
The new UEFA Respect campaign, #EqualGame, also takes pride of place. #EqualGame was launched in Monaco last week, and highlights football’s fascinating diversity across Europe.
UEFA Direct focusses on #EqualGame’s background and objectives, and features Welsh grassroots player Eddie Thomas, who came to Monaco to help launch the campaign. Eddie’s fascinating take on his life in football is the first of a series in which people across the continent explain just what the game means to them.
The Netherlands hosted an outstanding UEFA Women’s EURO this summer – with the country celebrating in style when the home team captured the European title for the first time.
UEFA Direct looks back at a memorable three weeks that proved that women’s football really has arrived.
Elsewhere in this edition:
• UEFA’s first vice-president Karl-Erik Nilsson talks about his football journey
• Doping control officers and their crucial role
• Reviews of the UEFA U21, U19 and Regions’ Cup finals
• The final furlongs of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
• The 2016/17 season captured through the photo lens