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Any coaches, players or fans wondering how to win this season's UEFA Champions League could do worse than pick up the latest issue of Champions, the competition's official magazine, which finds that European club champions are disproportionately likely to play in white, score first in the final and buy Clarence Seedorf.
The edition that kicks off a new campaign of continental football includes previews of all 32 teams in the group stage, a feature on the perils of playing abroad and player profiles of the legendary Real Madrid CF side of the 1950s and early 60s.
When retirement comes
Talking to the magazine are both coaches from last year's Champions League final: José Mourinho, now at Chelsea FC, and AS Monaco FC's Didier Deschamps, who reflects on how a player should know it is time to retire and what he looks for in a young footballer.
Champions traces Mourinho's rise from protégé to prodigiously successful coach, looking at the tactics, organisation and determination which have helped him win five of the last seven tournaments he has entered. And there are words of encouragement for Chelsea's new boss from the late Brian Clough, the managerial great who caused a similar stir in English football.
Cissé, Larsson and company
Other interviewees include Djibril Cissé, admitting he is no match for Thierry Henry, Swedish striker Henrik Larsson on playing alongside Ronaldinho at FC Barcelona, and Portuguese goalkeeper Vítor Baía on the medical scare that – as a youngster – nearly cost him his career and his life.
AFC Ajax wunderkind John Heitinga takes readers on a tour of his favourite haunts in Amsterdam, Jérôme Rothen discusses his move to Paris Saint-Germain FC, while FC Bayern München custodian Oliver Kahn's influences and inspirations – from golfer Tiger Woods to German goalkeeping predecessor Harald Schumacher – are explored.
Promising stars The magazine is now available on newsstands or you can subscribe by clicking here.
If you want to know the 25 most promising youngsters in European football, which striker's form was turned around when his club gave him a new heater, and which Real Madrid great won most of the card games on the team bus, it's all in the latest Champions.
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