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Champions No9

Published: Wednesday 9 March 2005, 1.17CET
With the UEFA Champions League knockout phase on the horizon, Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Cesc Fàbregas discuss their ambitions, while Alfredo Di Stéfano takes a trip down memory lane.
Champions No9
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Published: Wednesday 9 March 2005, 1.17CET

Champions No9

With the UEFA Champions League knockout phase on the horizon, Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Cesc Fàbregas discuss their ambitions, while Alfredo Di Stéfano takes a trip down memory lane.

Issue No9 of the official UEFA Champions League magazine, Champions, is out to herald the start of the competition's knockout phase, and in it you can meet the new 'galácticos' - the latest crop of talented footballers destined to emulate David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo. Champions sits down with Deco, Ricardo Carvalho, Cesc Fabregas, Juninho Pernambucano and Adriano, among others, to talk about their hopes and ambitions.

Di Stéfano remembers
Meanwhile, the original 'galáctico', Alfredo Di Stéfano, looks back on a legendary career, and recalls his extraordinary journey from South America to Real Madrid CF via FC Barcelona, blazing a trail through the pioneering days of the European Champion Clubs' Cup five decades ago.

Benítez's vow
In an absorbing interview, Liverpool FC's new manager, Rafael Benítez, discusses a career that has seen him graduate from working in a gymnasium to masterminding the Anfield revival in the space of just ten years. He also reveals his vow to win the Champions League for his wife, who is kept awake by Benítez shouting instructions to his players in his sleep.

X factor
Champions also investigates football's role at the heart of the global celebrity machine, asking who benefits from the fame game, and who decides which players have got the X factor - and which have not.

Ferdinand and Robben
Rio Ferdinand and Arjen Robben both speak exclusively to Champions in this issue. Ferdinand, the Manchester United FC and England defender, talks about the heartache of his eight-month ban, while Chelsea FC's Dutch winger Robben belies his quiet man image with some straight talking.

Roberto Ayala, Gabriel Heinze and Walter Samuel are just three world-class Argentinian defenders plying their trade in Europe. Champions discovers why the biggest European clubs are all beating a path to Argentina to strengthen their defences. And England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson and France's 1998 FIFA World Cup-winning coach, Aimé Jacquet, tell us about the art of playing in the hole.

Total football
The magazine also features interviews with FC Shakhtar Donetsk's colourful coach Mircea Lucescu and Juventus FC's Swedish international forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Dutch coaching legend and UEFA technical adviser Rinus Michels, meanwhile, recalls the birth of 'total football', which captivated the football world in the early 1970s, and Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas takes us on a guided tour of the Spanish capital.

* Champions magazine appears in English and is on sale in shops and at Europe's major football stadiums

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