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Champions No38

Published: Friday 13 November 2009, 18.55CET
Champions No38
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Published: Friday 13 November 2009, 18.55CET

Champions No38

The UEFA Champions League boasts the biggest clubs, biggest stars and biggest surprises. The official UEFA Champions League magazine, Champions, travelled to Camp Nou with tournament debutants FC Rubin Kazan as they took the game to holders FC Barcelona and won.

Ibrahimović interview
Zlatan Ibrahimović scored the titleholders' only goal that night, and in a rare interview, the Sweden striker discusses his summer move to Barcelona, his burgeoning partnership with Lionel Messi and how finally, in leading the line at Camp Nou, he aims to silence his critics.

Barça perfection
Exploring the changing style of play at Camp Nou this season, Champions analyses how coach Josep Guardiola is attempting to improve on perfection. Staying with tactics, the Chelsea FC back four has become one of the best in the business. Read about the men making it tough for visitors to Stamford Bridge.

Benítez face to face
Champions also goes face to face with Rafael Benítez. The Liverpool FC manager debunks the myth that he is a cautious coach: "You cannot win trophies if you are cautious." He explains what he looks for in a player, and talks about his "special bond" with the supporters as well as his life away from football.

Milan's Dutch
Elsewhere in the new issue, Champions discovers why Dutch players thrive in Milan; recalls Manchester United FC's victorious 1999 campaign in the words of the men who were there; hears from VfB Stuttgart coach Markus Babbel on why, when it comes to music, Metallica reign; and investigates the changing face of Italy's Serie A.

Shevchenko goes home
This edition also marks the return of Andriy Shevchenko to the competition with FC Dynamo Kyiv. The forward speaks exclusively about his stay at Chelsea and why it was right to come home: "I want to play football. I feel I'm needed and I'm still motivated." Also recognised is the neglected genius of Dynamo's former coach Victor Maslov, who invented the pressing game.

Today's stars yesterday
Plus, what to look for when buying a player; the emergence of Miralem Pjanić at Olympique Lyonnais; the tightest group matches; today's stars yesterday; and much, much more. Champions, the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League, is on sale on newsstands across Europe.

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