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The UEFA Champions League season is in full swing, and issue No13 of Champions magazine focuses on UEFA Champions League coaches - from the stellar up-and-coming generation to those who have been there and done it – and speaks to European Champion Clubs' Cup playing legends past and present.
Ferguson, Rijkaard and Capello
Champions picks the brains of three of Europe's most revered coaches. Fabio Capello talks about his ambitions to be a fighter pilot, Frank Rijkaard remembers his one-on-one street football duels and Sir Alex Ferguson explains why you can't beat Scottish side Greenock Morton FC playing 4-6-0. Plus, meet ten young UEFA Champions League coaches who've made slick transitions from boots to overcoats.
The new miracle of Maradona
Argentina great Diego Maradona says his diet of soup and purées has restored him to good health, but claims nothing in football can compare to the stress of playing golf.
John Terry used to clean the toilets at Chelsea FC and earn a pittance wiping Dennis Wise's boots, but a stint on Roman Abramovich's yacht – and the odd winner's medal – makes it all seem worthwhile.
Silvio Berlusconi's right-hand man is one of European football's boardroom heavyweights. Here, AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani recalls a life in which he has hidden a player's contract in his trousers, wept for the Rossoneri and taken refuge in a television gantry.
"I played in the European Cup for 15 years and won six finals. I'm satisfied with my contribution. I don't think my smoking had much to do with it," says lightning winger Paco Gento of his golden years with Real Madrid CF in the 1950s and 1960s.
It's been a turbulent year for LOSC Lille Métropole, but they have made it to the UEFA Champions League group stage. Champions finds out how president Michel Seydoux and coach Claude Puel have turned the Bulldogs into an emerging force despite the players having to get changed in tents.
From Red Square to Stamford Bridge, football is experiencing its own brand of perestroika. Champions discovers how roubles and power are changing the face of the game forever.
Armani suits and vibrating socks
Elsewhere Champions holds a mirror up to the UEFA Champions League's best dressed, uncovers the connections of 'super-agent' Pini Zahavi, muses on the art of zonal defending, picks out a great hat-trick or ten and agrees with Danish referee Kim Milton Nielsen that, while you can buy vibrating socks, you can't buy refereeing experience.
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