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Champions No12

Published: Friday 5 August 2005, 1.02CET
Some stellar European champions of the past, including Celtic FC's Lisbon Lions of 1967, are featured, as is Liverpool FC's remarkable triumph in last season's UEFA Champions League final.
Champions No12
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Published: Friday 5 August 2005, 1.02CET

Champions No12

Some stellar European champions of the past, including Celtic FC's Lisbon Lions of 1967, are featured, as is Liverpool FC's remarkable triumph in last season's UEFA Champions League final.

Champions, the official UEFA Champions League magazine, provides an indispensable guide to club football's greatest competition, and issue 12 includes a free poster and 20-page special marking Liverpool FC's stunning against-the-odds triumph in Istanbul.

Great champions
As well as the 2004/05 winners, this month's Champions also pays tribute to some of the great European champions of the past. Celtic FC's Lisbon Lions of 1967 are remembered, while Hans Georg Schwarzenbeck recounts his role in FC Bayern München's successes of the 1970s - from behind the counter of his newsagent's shop. We also discover what became of the AFC Ajax squad that lifted the cup three years running in the same decade.

Stellar talents
In addition, Champions looks at 19 players - and one referee - whose unique abilities have changed the European game forever. You can read definitive profiles of some of football's great names - Roberto Baggio, George Best, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and even Italian match official Pierluigi Collina, who is termed "a treasure of world football".

Remarkable year
Among the personalities exclusively discussing a remarkable 2004/05 campaign are Chelsea FC coach José Mourinho - who reflects on why seven trophies in three years are not enough - and Fredrik Ljungberg, expounding on his burning ambition for more success with Arsenal FC. Sir Bobby Charlton, Xavi Hernández and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink are also featured.

Moyes mission
Manager David Moyes describes his novel methods for motivating his Everton FC team ahead of their mission into the Champions League, and explains why it is important to "give something back" to the game.

Scotland's future
Champions also ponders the state of Scottish football today, ranks the 100 top clubs in the European Champion Clubs' Cup/Champions League, and talks to Juan Valerón about hobbies, family, religion - and why footballers must always respect referees.

Liverpool mystery
All that, and an investigation into one of the enduring mysteries of football culture: why a bunch of 1980s musicians from Liverpool were obsessed by the Czech army side FK Dukla Praha? Find out in Champions 12.

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