Culture

In the mixer

A big read with Duncan Hamilton and some big interviews with Graham Hunter, plus a new look and a top ticket, make the cut

Shame in the game: Racism in football

Television – BBC iPlayer

This 25-minute BBC documentary came out in February but is just as relevant now. From Champions League to non-league, it’s unflinching in its portrayal of discrimination at all levels of the game – BAME players, staring down the camera, telling you exactly what’s been yelled at them from the terraces over the years. Since this programme was made, the conversation surrounding racism in football, and society in general, has gathered pace; watching this hammers home the importance of keeping that momentum going.  


European Cup Final Ticket

Collector's item – 1956

No barcode, no hologram and no glossy design – just the bare essentials to get you to your seat for the first European Cup final (or Coupe des Champions Européens) between Real Madrid and Stade de Reims in Paris. Those lucky enough to get their hands on one of these didn’t just witness history unfold at the Parc des Princes: they also saw one of the classic finals. Madrid battled back from 2-0 then 3-2 down to win4-3 courtesy of a Héctor Rial goal, his second of the game 11 minutes from time securing the first of Madrid’s 13 European titles. Worth every centime of the 1,000 franc admission.

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Shame in the game: Racism in football

Television – BBC iPlayer

This 25-minute BBC documentary came out in February but is just as relevant now. From Champions League to non-league, it’s unflinching in its portrayal of discrimination at all levels of the game – BAME players, staring down the camera, telling you exactly what’s been yelled at them from the terraces over the years. Since this programme was made, the conversation surrounding racism in football, and society in general, has gathered pace; watching this hammers home the importance of keeping that momentum going.  


European Cup Final Ticket

Collector's item – 1956

No barcode, no hologram and no glossy design – just the bare essentials to get you to your seat for the first European Cup final (or Coupe des Champions Européens) between Real Madrid and Stade de Reims in Paris. Those lucky enough to get their hands on one of these didn’t just witness history unfold at the Parc des Princes: they also saw one of the classic finals. Madrid battled back from 2-0 then 3-2 down to win4-3 courtesy of a Héctor Rial goal, his second of the game 11 minutes from time securing the first of Madrid’s 13 European titles. Worth every centime of the 1,000 franc admission.

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The Big Interview

Podcast – Graham Hunter

As well as writing for the very magazine you hold in your hands (read his cover feature with Steven Gerrard on page 78), Graham Hunter can be read, seen and heard across a raft of well-known publications and programmes. He’s a Scotsman based in Spain, which means he straddles two rich footballing cultures, and he brings them together in his podcast.

Be drawn in by Graham’s Celtic accent (that’s ‘Celtic’ with a hard ‘C’ – he’s an Aberdeen man) as he sits down with European football’s finest. Marcello Lippi, Sergio Ramos and Roberto Di Matteo, for example; Virgil van Dijk, Eni Aluko and Lionel Messi too. Across four seasons there have now been close to 100 interviews that have had 14.5 million listens. And they’re always great chats, because Graham has a knack for putting people at their ease. Sit back and enjoy.


Got it covered

New Look – Facemasks

There’s a pleasing inevitability about the fact that fans are using the presence of some extra real estate about their person as an opportunity to advertise their allegiances. There are 30 Atalanta supporters who deserve particular praise: together they created face masks based on flags previously unfurled for Coppa Italia and Europa League games, before selling them for charity. Champions League clubs themselves have been getting in on the act too, with Barcelona, Bayern München, Juventus and Liverpool all selling masks for good causes.


Going to the match: Passion for football

Book – Duncan Hamilton

Lockdown is slowly easing across Europe but getting to a game still feels like a distant possibility for many. What a pleasure, then, to follow Duncan Hamilton on his journey through the 2017/18 season as he describes the lure of the stadium. Whether it’s to watch Guiseley v Hartlepoolin the National League or Chelsea v Qarabağ in the Champions League, each game brings its own visceral reaction, allowing Hamilton to examine why simply being there means so much. We can’t wait to get back.

Shame in the game: Racism in football

Television – BBC iPlayer

This 25-minute BBC documentary came out in February but is just as relevant now. From Champions League to non-league, it’s unflinching in its portrayal of discrimination at all levels of the game – BAME players, staring down the camera, telling you exactly what’s been yelled at them from the terraces over the years. Since this programme was made, the conversation surrounding racism in football, and society in general, has gathered pace; watching this hammers home the importance of keeping that momentum going.  


European Cup Final Ticket

Collector's item – 1956

No barcode, no hologram and no glossy design – just the bare essentials to get you to your seat for the first European Cup final (or Coupe des Champions Européens) between Real Madrid and Stade de Reims in Paris. Those lucky enough to get their hands on one of these didn’t just witness history unfold at the Parc des Princes: they also saw one of the classic finals. Madrid battled back from 2-0 then 3-2 down to win4-3 courtesy of a Héctor Rial goal, his second of the game 11 minutes from time securing the first of Madrid’s 13 European titles. Worth every centime of the 1,000 franc admission.

Penalty Pedigree

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Culture

In the mixer

A big read with Duncan Hamilton and some big interviews with Graham Hunter, plus a new look and a top ticket, make the cut

Shame in the game: Racism in football

Television – BBC iPlayer

This 25-minute BBC documentary came out in February but is just as relevant now. From Champions League to non-league, it’s unflinching in its portrayal of discrimination at all levels of the game – BAME players, staring down the camera, telling you exactly what’s been yelled at them from the terraces over the years. Since this programme was made, the conversation surrounding racism in football, and society in general, has gathered pace; watching this hammers home the importance of keeping that momentum going.  


European Cup Final Ticket

Collector's item – 1956

No barcode, no hologram and no glossy design – just the bare essentials to get you to your seat for the first European Cup final (or Coupe des Champions Européens) between Real Madrid and Stade de Reims in Paris. Those lucky enough to get their hands on one of these didn’t just witness history unfold at the Parc des Princes: they also saw one of the classic finals. Madrid battled back from 2-0 then 3-2 down to win4-3 courtesy of a Héctor Rial goal, his second of the game 11 minutes from time securing the first of Madrid’s 13 European titles. Worth every centime of the 1,000 franc admission.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

Shame in the game: Racism in football

Television – BBC iPlayer

This 25-minute BBC documentary came out in February but is just as relevant now. From Champions League to non-league, it’s unflinching in its portrayal of discrimination at all levels of the game – BAME players, staring down the camera, telling you exactly what’s been yelled at them from the terraces over the years. Since this programme was made, the conversation surrounding racism in football, and society in general, has gathered pace; watching this hammers home the importance of keeping that momentum going.  


European Cup Final Ticket

Collector's item – 1956

No barcode, no hologram and no glossy design – just the bare essentials to get you to your seat for the first European Cup final (or Coupe des Champions Européens) between Real Madrid and Stade de Reims in Paris. Those lucky enough to get their hands on one of these didn’t just witness history unfold at the Parc des Princes: they also saw one of the classic finals. Madrid battled back from 2-0 then 3-2 down to win4-3 courtesy of a Héctor Rial goal, his second of the game 11 minutes from time securing the first of Madrid’s 13 European titles. Worth every centime of the 1,000 franc admission.

Read the full story
Sign up now to get access to this and every premium feature on Champions Journal. You will also get access to member-only competitions and offers. And you get all of that completely free!

The Big Interview

Podcast – Graham Hunter

As well as writing for the very magazine you hold in your hands (read his cover feature with Steven Gerrard on page 78), Graham Hunter can be read, seen and heard across a raft of well-known publications and programmes. He’s a Scotsman based in Spain, which means he straddles two rich footballing cultures, and he brings them together in his podcast.

Be drawn in by Graham’s Celtic accent (that’s ‘Celtic’ with a hard ‘C’ – he’s an Aberdeen man) as he sits down with European football’s finest. Marcello Lippi, Sergio Ramos and Roberto Di Matteo, for example; Virgil van Dijk, Eni Aluko and Lionel Messi too. Across four seasons there have now been close to 100 interviews that have had 14.5 million listens. And they’re always great chats, because Graham has a knack for putting people at their ease. Sit back and enjoy.


Got it covered

New Look – Facemasks

There’s a pleasing inevitability about the fact that fans are using the presence of some extra real estate about their person as an opportunity to advertise their allegiances. There are 30 Atalanta supporters who deserve particular praise: together they created face masks based on flags previously unfurled for Coppa Italia and Europa League games, before selling them for charity. Champions League clubs themselves have been getting in on the act too, with Barcelona, Bayern München, Juventus and Liverpool all selling masks for good causes.


Going to the match: Passion for football

Book – Duncan Hamilton

Lockdown is slowly easing across Europe but getting to a game still feels like a distant possibility for many. What a pleasure, then, to follow Duncan Hamilton on his journey through the 2017/18 season as he describes the lure of the stadium. Whether it’s to watch Guiseley v Hartlepoolin the National League or Chelsea v Qarabağ in the Champions League, each game brings its own visceral reaction, allowing Hamilton to examine why simply being there means so much. We can’t wait to get back.

Shame in the game: Racism in football

Television – BBC iPlayer

This 25-minute BBC documentary came out in February but is just as relevant now. From Champions League to non-league, it’s unflinching in its portrayal of discrimination at all levels of the game – BAME players, staring down the camera, telling you exactly what’s been yelled at them from the terraces over the years. Since this programme was made, the conversation surrounding racism in football, and society in general, has gathered pace; watching this hammers home the importance of keeping that momentum going.  


European Cup Final Ticket

Collector's item – 1956

No barcode, no hologram and no glossy design – just the bare essentials to get you to your seat for the first European Cup final (or Coupe des Champions Européens) between Real Madrid and Stade de Reims in Paris. Those lucky enough to get their hands on one of these didn’t just witness history unfold at the Parc des Princes: they also saw one of the classic finals. Madrid battled back from 2-0 then 3-2 down to win4-3 courtesy of a Héctor Rial goal, his second of the game 11 minutes from time securing the first of Madrid’s 13 European titles. Worth every centime of the 1,000 franc admission.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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