The latest edition of Champions magazine comes face to face with new Chelsea FC boss Carlo Ancelotti – and the four-time European Champion Clubs' Cup winner discusses topics ranging from Deco and Zinédine Zidane to, yes, Sir Elton John.
Black and white
Issue No37 also spotlights Diego who has swapped the green of Werder Bremen for the black and white of Juventus. The Old Lady's new playmaker says the move is a dream come true. The Juventus connection continues with a focus on Marcello Lippi's Juve team that reached three UEFA Champions League finals in succession between 1996 and 1998. Champions looks back on a glorious period for the Turin club.
Goals win games, and the official publication of the UEFA Champions League devotes a dossier to them and those who score them: the target men, poachers, wide men and all-round attackers. On the subject of goalscorers, this edition charts the rise of FC Barcelona's striking recruit Zlatan Ibrahimović; the role of Manchester United FC's maverick – and sometimes misunderstood – forward Dimitar Berbatov; and the making of that deadly double act at Liverpool FC, Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.
Madrid new boy
Cover star Xabi Alonso talks exclusively about his task at the heart of Real Madrid CF's midfield. Alonso reveals his excitement at playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká and Karim Benzema – "I have never seen so much quality together" – and also admits to re-enacting the Istanbul shoot-out of 2005 with Kaká. It is not just Galácticos making headlines at the Santiago Bernabéu either. Sporting director Jorge Valdano explains his football philosophy, while Champions also profiles Madrid's returning president Florentino Pérez.
Elsewhere, Champions speaks to Arsenal FC's rampaging right-back Bacary Sagna as well as to new FC Bayern München marksman Mario Gómez, FC Rubin Kazan's Macbeth Sibaya, and French coaching duo Laurent Blanc and Didier Deschamps. Find out why Johnny Rep fell out with Johan Cruyff; read about some of the competition's greatest group games; and remember the world's biggest transfers: "The first I heard was when a telegram arrived. It said, 'Present yourself tomorrow morning at the training ground. STOP. You have been sold to AS Roma.'"
Plus, a free season preview featuring the stars, coaches, matches and expectations of all 32 group-stage teams; the players out to get noticed; Sandro Mazzola's predictions; and our tip for the top ... Champions, official magazine of the UEFA Champions League, is on sale at newsstands across Europe.
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