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Champions No21

Published: Tuesday 6 March 2007, 2.00CET
Issue No21 of the official UEFA Champions League magazine looks at the sacred No10's influence in European football and the mystery of why it has never featured in the English game.
Champions No21
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Published: Tuesday 6 March 2007, 2.00CET

Champions No21

Issue No21 of the official UEFA Champions League magazine looks at the sacred No10's influence in European football and the mystery of why it has never featured in the English game.

The latest edition of Champions, the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League, is devoted to No10 - the most sacred number in European football.

Packed issue
A packed issue boasts interviews with such luminaries as Raymond Kopa, Paul Van Himst, Zico, Enzo Francescoli, Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho, Luis García and Joe Cole. In a 34-page special, Champions talks to players who have revelled in that role while Diego Maradona puts forward his views on the greats who have, over the years, shone as playmakers.

Mexican starlet
Champions explores why the art of the No10 has never really featured in the English game, and introduces Giovanni Dos Santos, the 17-year-old Mexican prodigy who is being tipped as a future star, combining the qualities of Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho.

Solbakken's story
In addition, Champions travels to the Danish capital to witness the final, heroic act of FC København's first UEFA Champions League campaign and to meet their coach, Ståle Solbakken, whose own story is one of the most remarkable in European football. Meanwhile, PFC CSKA Moskva's Valeri Gazzaev admits he did not really want to be a football coach, originally hoping to be a public prosecutor.

Striking mysteries
One of Europe's most respected trainers, the much-travelled John Toshack, reflects on a life in football, the mysteries of a striking partnership and how to motivate players, in the magazine's regular What I've Learned feature. With goals ever harder to come by in international competition, Champions discusses the tactical subtleties of goalscoring with UEFA technical director Andy Roxburgh. The magazine also runs the slide rule over the UEFA Champions League's top 50 forwards with its updated rankings.

Glasgow and Sofia
On top of that, Celtic FC prodigy Aidan McGeady takes readers on a tour of Glasgow, Champions investigates whether the European game is becoming less competitive and discovers the football culture of Bulgarian capital Sofia which, for the first time, had a team in the UEFA Champions League this season.

In shops and stadiums
All of this and much more can be found in issue 21. Champions - a must for the discerning football supporter - appears in English and is on sale in shops and at Europe's major stadiums.

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