Champions Matchday previews semi-finals

All four of the semi-finalists are covered in the latest Champions Matchday, which includes interviews with stars such as Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Philipp Lahm and Andrea Pirlo.

The latest edition of Champions Matchday is out now
The latest edition of Champions Matchday is out now ©

As Juventus take on Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona meet FC Bayern München in this season's semi-finals, you'll find no fewer than 21 European Cups in their trophy rooms. One of those trophies belongs to Madrid thanks largely to Sergio Ramos, who scored the Blancos' 93rd-minute equaliser in last May's final. One of our semi-final cover stars, he speaks exclusively about the joy of winning the 'Décima', his footballing idols and what it would mean to lift the prize again in Berlin.

His fellow cover star is Barcelona's graceful centre-back Gerard Piqué, who tells Champions Matchday of his lifelong love for the club and the special relationship that has developed between Barça's superb forward trio of Neymar, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi.

We also talk exclusively with Bayern captain Philipp Lahm after his long-awaited return to the side, to team-mate Thomas Müller about his path to success, and to Juventus's iconic midfielder Andrea Pirlo on how his hunger for success in the UEFA Champions League is as strong as ever.

Elsewhere, we chart in detail each of Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stéfano’s 49 European Champion Clubs' Cup goals, ask four of Europe's top football writers what qualities make up a truly great side, look back at two great UEFA Champions League campaigns for Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Dynamo Kyiv, and take an exclusive peek behind the scenes at clubs on UEFA Champions League nights.

This issue also offers readers the chance to win an official adidas Finale Berlin match ball signed by Sergio Ramos, and includes comment from Guillem Balagué and FC Internazionale Milano luminary Sandro Mazzola, plus much, much more.

Champions Matchday is the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League and is available in print or free to download in digital format. You can follow the magazine on Twitter @ChampionsMag.