José Mourinho, Arsène Wenger, Kaká, Andrés Iniesta, Louis van Gaal, Laurent Blanc – just some of the game's leading men who give their thoughts on how football may change in the next decade. Read their predictions in Champions magazine's big debate.
Ten years ago, cover star Wayne Rooney had to choose between football and boxing. In a rare interview, the Manchester United FC striker says he still enjoys pulling on the gloves occasionally: "I can still do a bit now after training, but obviously not fighting. It's a good way to get rid of some anger."
Gerard Piqué, a former team-mate of Rooney, has matured into one of Europe's best centre-backs since returning to FC Barcelona. He talks exclusively about life in Manchester and about how going home benefited his career. Champions also comes face to face with Arsenal FC's Thomas Vermaelen and FC Bayern München's Philipp Lahm, two more defenders who display a maturity beyond their years.
As this year's UEFA Champions League final draws near, Champions profiles Santiago Bernabéu, the man who gave the 2010 final venue its name. A visionary who helped to shape European football, he was a complex man on a mission to make Real Madrid CF the world's best team.
Zdeněk Zeman is another soccer idealist and maverick. He speaks candidly about his long experience of Serie A and his football philosophy: "Football is a game and you have to play the game – that means trying to score. Playing for results is not the same as playing football."
Champions remembers one of the great European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals – when Johan Cruyff's AFC Ajax humbled Franz Beckenbauer's FC Bayern München; gets out its calculator to discover how the Zidane theorem could unlock the secrets of team-building; and goes on the road with players and clubs as they negotiate the UEFA Champions League.
The new issue also celebrates life at Camp Nou with the European champions; examines the changing game in Turkey; learns how Brazil and its stars found their rhythm in Europe; and explores the role of captain.
Plus, one-to-ones with FC Girondins de Bordeaux's Jaroslav Plašil, PFC CSKA Moskva midfielder Alan Dzagoev and two-time European champion Paulo Sosa. Champions, the official UEFA Champions League magazine, is on sale on newsstands across Europe. To subscribe to the magazine, click here.
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