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Champions No20

Published: Wednesday 6 December 2006, 2.00CET
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi speaks about the biggest mistake of his career, club president Joan Laporta explains his master plan and captain Carles Puyol talks about his rise to fame.
Champions No20
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Published: Wednesday 6 December 2006, 2.00CET

Champions No20

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi speaks about the biggest mistake of his career, club president Joan Laporta explains his master plan and captain Carles Puyol talks about his rise to fame.

Issue 20 of the official UEFA Champions League magazine Champions - which is out now - has a Catalan flavour.

Barcelona in depth
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi tells Champions how he regrets the biggest mistake of his career, while club president Joan Laporta explains his master plan. Captain Carles Puyol talks about his rise to fame, and coach Frank Rijkaard mulls over space, tactics and pressure.

Robben and Podolski
Elsewhere, we hear from English Premiership talent such as Chelsea FC's Dutch flier Arjen Robben, as well as Germany's hottest young striking prospect - FC Bayern München's Lukas Podolski. Champions draws up a definitive list of Europe's chic stars, and Manchester United FC goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says homegrown is best, wonders what happened to the Netherlands' 27-year-olds, and contemplates going on safari.

Eboué excellence
If Thierry Henry isn't firing, Arsenal FC always have right-back Emmanuel Eboué to fall back on. Find out how Arsenal's assistant coach Pat Rice helped turn the Ivory Coast youngster into an attacking force. Liverpool FC full-back Fabio Aurélio discusses Brazilian football dogma, being given the runaround by Luís Figo, and why he never shows off.

Inter legend
Furthermore, don't miss an evening with Sporting Clube de Portugal, some quirky understandings of the term 'fair play', what Sir Alex Ferguson has learned, and following the sad loss of Giacinto Facchetti, the story of an FC Internazionale Milano legend who changed defending as we know it.

In shops and stadiums
All of this and much more can be found in issue 20. Champions - a must for the discerning football supporter - appears in English and is on sale in shops and at Europe's major football stadiums.

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