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The latest edition of the official UEFA Champions League magazine, Champions, is an Italian-themed issue - and is out on the streets now. Champions interviews the great and good of Serie A, immerses itself in 'calcio' chic and finds out where Italian football was in the 1960s.
Beer and pizza
In a rare interview, defender Paolo Maldini reveals the secrets behind his two decades of success at AC Milan. Juventus FC's Alessandro Del Piero tells Champions what a great goalkeeper he was, and Roberto Mancini explains why he is the man to finally crack the FC Internazionale Milano conundrum. The truth about the birth of 'catenaccio' is uncovered in a retrospective of 1960s Italian football, and Juventus striker David Trezeguet talks about life in Turin.
Wenger and Gerrard
Champions this month also collects insights into Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger from those who know him best, and learns why Wenger the player was known as 'the Günter Netzer of Mulhouse'. Further north in England, Liverpool FC midfield player Steven Gerrard discusses his foreign coaching mentors, and how new Liverpool chief Rafael Benítez is making him a better player.
Ten out of ten
The world's most legendary football names all wore the No10 shirt and Champions profiles the competitors for the crown of top No10. Take your pick from the likes of Francesco Totti, Kaká, Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane and more.
Champions also explodes the football maxims that you thought were written on tablets of stone: Italians do not just play 'catenaccio', punching the ball is not bona fide proof of poor goalkeeping, you do not need a big man up front, and there are easy games in football.
Elsewhere, FC Shakhtar Donetsk captain Anatoliy Tymoschuk speaks about the cosmopolitan flavour of the Shakhtar squad, and UEFA technical director Andy Roxburgh talks tactics - 4-4-2, 1-3-5-1, 1-3-3-3 and even 4-6-0. The bizarre digits theme is continued as Champions considers weird and wonderful shirt numbers, while the great Champions League debuts are charted in the wake of Wayne Rooney's storming start to the competition for Manchester United FC.
Champions magazine appears in English and is now on sale in the shops and at Europe's major football stadiums.
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