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Champions No36

Published: Wednesday 5 August 2009, 10.52CET
Cover star Kaká speaks about his transfer from AC Milan to Real Madrid CF, while FC Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta reflect on a success-filled 2008/09 season.
Champions No36
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Published: Wednesday 5 August 2009, 10.52CET

Champions No36

Cover star Kaká speaks about his transfer from AC Milan to Real Madrid CF, while FC Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta reflect on a success-filled 2008/09 season.

A new edition of Champions, the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League, is on the newsstands and cover star Kaká speaks about his transfer from AC Milan to Real Madrid CF. With Kaká set to return to the élite competition next season with his new club, it is clear where the Brazilian's priorities lie: "I hope Milan win everything. No, not everything – I'll try to win the Champions League with Real."

Messi and Iniesta
Two of this year's European champions also feature in Champions No36. Goalscorer Lionel Messi gives his thoughts on that night in Rome in May, while Andrés Iniesta reflects upon his greatest season yet. Indeed, the quiet man of FC Barcelona fairly opens up as he discusses his team, his manager as well as his home town.

Dream Team
Staying with Barcelona, Champions examines the sometimes tortuous relationship between the Camp Nou outfit and the European Champion Clubs' Cup. We look at the original 'Dream Team', the club's player policy and how their status changed for ever in Rome.

Sacchi speaks
Former Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi established records of his own 20 years ago with Milan. The man behind the shades talks about taking the Rossoneri to the top, his famous pressing game and football's parallels with music. Champions also profiles three young trainers making their name in Serie A, all hoping to emulate Sacchi's success.

Putting myths to bed
As one season ends, so it is time to put some footballing myths to bed. Which manager has coached the most national teams? Who was the first holding midfielder? Did the Dutch really invent total football? And what did Jimmy Cagney have to do with Bill Shankly? Champions answers the questions you never knew you wanted asking.

Future stars
With one eye on the coming campaign, we also highlight 25 future stars. Some have already played on Europe's biggest stage, some are about to experience it for the first time. From PFC CSKA Moskva's Alan Dzagoev to Liverpool FC new boy Glen Johnson, these are the players to watch.

English stories
Champions also comes up against two of the English Premiership's most talented tyros. Twin Manchester United FC full-backs Rafael and Fabio tell us about Old Trafford's funny guys and their Brazil v Portugal dilemma. Chelsea FC's Frank Lampard reveals the identity of his boyhood hero – "he woke me at 3am to ask about climate change" – and Arsenal FC's Manuel Almunia stresses the importance of keeping focus.

Van Gaal looks back
As he takes his seat in the FC Bayern München dugout, coach Louis van Gaal reviews his colourful career and considers the mysteries of the offside rule. Another Dutch manager, Leo Beenhakker, says prejudice and the impossible are what drive him on; Spain winger Albert Riera makes a tour of his adopted English city; and we salute six one-time title winners. Plus much, much more in Champions, official magazine of the UEFA Champions League, on sale on newsstands across Europe.

Last updated: 29/01/12 4.41CET

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