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UEFA President Michel Platini and Manchester United FC winger Ryan Giggs are among those who take pride of place in the latest issue - No22 - of the official UEFA Champions League magazine Champions.
Michel Platini gives his viewpoint on a variety of topics and explains some of the ideas that he would like to put into place. Giggs, meanwhile, admits that his bland front is merely a façade, talks about his celebrity lifestyle and why he is driven by the fear of losing.
Dutch strike force
Two Dutch goal-getters also hit the headlines in Champions. Real Madrid CF striker Ruud van Nistelrooij reveals why he is like a "lion waiting in the sun", and how he has a photographic memory of his goals. Liverpool FC forward Dirk Kuyt emphasises that his game is not just about goals - he can play a bit too!
Pirlo and Gattuso
AC Milan's Andrea Pirlo is seen as the natural evolution of the No10 playmaker. His team-mate Gennaro Gattuso makes such artistry possible, and the duo discuss their footballing relationship. In addition, Champions goes in search of the coaching Holy Grail: the recipe for crafting a great team. Sevilla FC coach Juande Ramos and South American manager of the year Claudio Borghi put forward their opinions.
Eastern European tales
Looking back at matches behind the Iron Curtain, Champions tries to imagine legendary Liverpool FC boss Bill Shankly unscrewing his hotel lampshade in search of listening devices, and hears about other unlikely scenarios from another time. Plus ... you can't scout footballers with a laptop - or can you? An American baseball team begs to differ, and the interest of some football coaches has been aroused by the thought.
All this and more ...
On top of that, you can read about the secret history of dressing rooms, the men who moulded AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti, the recent epic UEFA Champions League clash between Liverpool and FC Barcelona, the UEFA Champions League's success story in Asia, and a day in the life of referee Mike Riley. Champions - a must for the discerning football fan - appears in English and is also available in French, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, and Japanese. It is on sale in major shops and at Europe's major stadiums.
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