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Champions No14

Published: Monday 5 December 2005, 3.58CET
Three of Europe's top midfielders, Patrick Vieira, Kaká and Michael Ballack, take centre stage as the group stage of the UEFA Champions League draws to a close.
Champions No14
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Published: Monday 5 December 2005, 3.58CET

Champions No14

Three of Europe's top midfielders, Patrick Vieira, Kaká and Michael Ballack, take centre stage as the group stage of the UEFA Champions League draws to a close.

Issue 14 of Champions, the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League, is out now and packed with the game's top names.

Outstanding midfield men
As the group stage nears its conclusion, Champions talks exclusively to three of Europe's outstanding midfielders. AC Milan's Brazilian wonderkind Kaká explains how he has toughened up in an effort to outwit Serie A defences, Patrick Vieira enthuses about life at Juventus and the debt he owes Arsenal FC coach Arsène Wenger, while FC Bayern München's Michael Ballack believes it is good to talk on the pitch.

Greatest goalscorers
Champions also celebrates the continent's greatest goalscorers, highlighting the exploits of 27 Golden Boot winners by remembering, among others, the genius of Stoitchkov, Van Basten, Müller, Puskás, Rush and revelling in the continuing excellence of Ronaldo, Henry and Larsson.

Portugal's Dutch connection
In two compelling interviews, Portugal's exiled Dutchmen Co Adriaanse - in charge at FC Porto - and SL Benfica's Ronald Koeman go head-to-head to reveal their mutual respect but individual methods. Bullish as a player, Koeman shows the same determination from the dugout, while Adriaanse reveals how once his work is done he must move on, never staying in a job more than a few years.

Drogba's dream
Elsewhere, there is an engaging interview with Chelsea FC's Didier Drogba, who tells us he is dreaming of meeting Olympique Lyonnais in next May's UEFA Champions League final in Paris, FC Schalke 04's Anglophile coach Ralf Rangnick admits to being a long-time fan of Arsenal, while Rangers FC boss Alex McLeish explains why European success has to be the next step.

Street football
In addition, the iconic Johan Cruyff enthuses about his mini-pitch project in the Netherlands which has seen the return of street football, and coaches of the young Andriy Shevchenko recall the Milan great's early days in Ukraine. And that is just the start. Plus, you can win a pair of boots signed by Kaká.

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