Culture

In the mixer

Brace yourself: competitions, culture and cold showers are the order of the day in this issue

Television

THE THREE KINGS

Box to Box films

Director Jonny Owen has European Cup previous with his documentary I Believe in Miracles, which focuses on Nottingham Forest’s run to back-to-back titles under Brian Clough. Here he profiles Bill Shankly, Jock Stein and Sir Matt Busby, who were all born within 50km of each other near Glasgow and whose impact was felt across the world. Owen shows how closely their careers were linked, with Shankly even visiting the Celtic changing room after their 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon: “Jock had just come out of the bath. He was sweating as much as the players and I said, ‘Jock you’re immortal now.’”

All three would achieve that status, with Busby emulating Stein by leading Manchester United to the European title in 1968, ten years after the Munich air disaster. Shankly never lifted the trophy with Liverpool but Owen shows how, by building an unbreakable bond between fans and team, the manager laid foundations for the Reds’ European Cup successes that followed.

Health

FROZEN ASSETS

Ronaldo’s regime  

If you’re going to enjoy Champions Journal to its fullest, you should indulge in a bit of hydrotherapy first. That’s because cold showers have been shown to have significant mental-health benefits (even if the thought of them sends a pre-emptive chill down your spine), as well as pluses for your physical wellbeing. Make it part of your morning routine and you’ll emerge with lower stress levels and increased alertness, as well as improved circulation and metabolism.

Elite athletes are well aware of these gains; Cristiano Ronaldo has been making the most of it since his Manchester United days, as Phil Neville has previously explained. “He used to play [away] Champions League games, then go back to the training ground and have an ice bath at 3 in the morning.” More recently, in discussing the footballing progress of Cristiano Jr, Ronaldo revealed that he’s been encouraging the same behaviour. “‘Sometimes I tell my son to take a dip in cold water to recover after a run on the treadmill and he says, ‘Dad, it’s so cold there.’ That’s fine, he is only 10 years old.”

Books

ESSENTIAL READING

2020 Beyond Lockdown

We’re teaming up with UK-based charity Football Beyond Borders this season. We’ll be lending a hand to the great work they’re doing, supporting youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds who love football but have become disengaged from school. We have twenty copies of their book, 2020 Beyond Lockdown, to give away. It’s a touching photographic record of British schoolchildren during lockdown and highlights the impact that missing out on education is having at this difficult time. Enter our competition now.

Television

THE THREE KINGS

Box to Box films

Director Jonny Owen has European Cup previous with his documentary I Believe in Miracles, which focuses on Nottingham Forest’s run to back-to-back titles under Brian Clough. Here he profiles Bill Shankly, Jock Stein and Sir Matt Busby, who were all born within 50km of each other near Glasgow and whose impact was felt across the world. Owen shows how closely their careers were linked, with Shankly even visiting the Celtic changing room after their 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon: “Jock had just come out of the bath. He was sweating as much as the players and I said, ‘Jock you’re immortal now.’”

All three would achieve that status, with Busby emulating Stein by leading Manchester United to the European title in 1968, ten years after the Munich air disaster. Shankly never lifted the trophy with Liverpool but Owen shows how, by building an unbreakable bond between fans and team, the manager laid foundations for the Reds’ European Cup successes that followed.

Health

FROZEN ASSETS

Ronaldo’s regime  

If you’re going to enjoy Champions Journal to its fullest, you should indulge in a bit of hydrotherapy first. That’s because cold showers have been shown to have significant mental-health benefits (even if the thought of them sends a pre-emptive chill down your spine), as well as pluses for your physical wellbeing. Make it part of your morning routine and you’ll emerge with lower stress levels and increased alertness, as well as improved circulation and metabolism.

Elite athletes are well aware of these gains; Cristiano Ronaldo has been making the most of it since his Manchester United days, as Phil Neville has previously explained. “He used to play [away] Champions League games, then go back to the training ground and have an ice bath at 3 in the morning.” More recently, in discussing the footballing progress of Cristiano Jr, Ronaldo revealed that he’s been encouraging the same behaviour. “‘Sometimes I tell my son to take a dip in cold water to recover after a run on the treadmill and he says, ‘Dad, it’s so cold there.’ That’s fine, he is only 10 years old.”

Books

ESSENTIAL READING

2020 Beyond Lockdown

We’re teaming up with UK-based charity Football Beyond Borders this season. We’ll be lending a hand to the great work they’re doing, supporting youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds who love football but have become disengaged from school. We have twenty copies of their book, 2020 Beyond Lockdown, to give away. It’s a touching photographic record of British schoolchildren during lockdown and highlights the impact that missing out on education is having at this difficult time. Enter our competition now.

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!

Architecture

WINTER WONDERLAND

Santiago Bernabéu

It’s not unusual to see the blue seats of the Santiago Bernabéu decked in white, be it with the scarves and shirts of the fans or some dazzling pre-match tifo. To witness them shimmering under a layer of snow is less common, yet this was the spectacle in early January after the heaviest snowfall for more than a decade fell on Madrid. A stadium that has stood empty this season during renovation work was transformed into a wintry vision, giving a glimpse too of the scale of the transformation work taking place. Huge trusses are now in place to support a retractable roof at the ‘New Bernabéu’.

Collector's Item

MEDALS OF HONOUR

1977 & 2016

For the victors, the stars align. The medal on the left (there are 11 stars in all, one for each player) was awarded to Liverpool players after the club’s first European Cup triumph: 3-1 against Borussia Mönchengladbach in Rome in 1977. Fast forward to 2016 and this modern medal, with the stars now shaped in the pattern of the Champions League starball (see page 98), was presented to Ronaldo and co after Real Madrid’s penalties triumph against city rivals Atlético.

Competition

PRIZED POSSESSION

Wendie Renard shirt

We’ve got a 2020/21 home shirt signed by Lyon captain Wendie Renard to give away; the seven-times Women’s Champions League winner spoke to us in issue 5. Just sign up to champions-journal.com for your chance to win. And remember: we regularly update our competitions page, so you should keep checking in to see what’s up for grabs.

Television

THE THREE KINGS

Box to Box films

Director Jonny Owen has European Cup previous with his documentary I Believe in Miracles, which focuses on Nottingham Forest’s run to back-to-back titles under Brian Clough. Here he profiles Bill Shankly, Jock Stein and Sir Matt Busby, who were all born within 50km of each other near Glasgow and whose impact was felt across the world. Owen shows how closely their careers were linked, with Shankly even visiting the Celtic changing room after their 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon: “Jock had just come out of the bath. He was sweating as much as the players and I said, ‘Jock you’re immortal now.’”

All three would achieve that status, with Busby emulating Stein by leading Manchester United to the European title in 1968, ten years after the Munich air disaster. Shankly never lifted the trophy with Liverpool but Owen shows how, by building an unbreakable bond between fans and team, the manager laid foundations for the Reds’ European Cup successes that followed.

Health

FROZEN ASSETS

Ronaldo’s regime  

If you’re going to enjoy Champions Journal to its fullest, you should indulge in a bit of hydrotherapy first. That’s because cold showers have been shown to have significant mental-health benefits (even if the thought of them sends a pre-emptive chill down your spine), as well as pluses for your physical wellbeing. Make it part of your morning routine and you’ll emerge with lower stress levels and increased alertness, as well as improved circulation and metabolism.

Elite athletes are well aware of these gains; Cristiano Ronaldo has been making the most of it since his Manchester United days, as Phil Neville has previously explained. “He used to play [away] Champions League games, then go back to the training ground and have an ice bath at 3 in the morning.” More recently, in discussing the footballing progress of Cristiano Jr, Ronaldo revealed that he’s been encouraging the same behaviour. “‘Sometimes I tell my son to take a dip in cold water to recover after a run on the treadmill and he says, ‘Dad, it’s so cold there.’ That’s fine, he is only 10 years old.”

Books

ESSENTIAL READING

2020 Beyond Lockdown

We’re teaming up with UK-based charity Football Beyond Borders this season. We’ll be lending a hand to the great work they’re doing, supporting youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds who love football but have become disengaged from school. We have twenty copies of their book, 2020 Beyond Lockdown, to give away. It’s a touching photographic record of British schoolchildren during lockdown and highlights the impact that missing out on education is having at this difficult time. Enter our competition now.

In the mixer
Culture

In the mixer

Brace yourself: competitions, culture and cold showers are the order of the day in this issue

Television

THE THREE KINGS

Box to Box films

Director Jonny Owen has European Cup previous with his documentary I Believe in Miracles, which focuses on Nottingham Forest’s run to back-to-back titles under Brian Clough. Here he profiles Bill Shankly, Jock Stein and Sir Matt Busby, who were all born within 50km of each other near Glasgow and whose impact was felt across the world. Owen shows how closely their careers were linked, with Shankly even visiting the Celtic changing room after their 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon: “Jock had just come out of the bath. He was sweating as much as the players and I said, ‘Jock you’re immortal now.’”

All three would achieve that status, with Busby emulating Stein by leading Manchester United to the European title in 1968, ten years after the Munich air disaster. Shankly never lifted the trophy with Liverpool but Owen shows how, by building an unbreakable bond between fans and team, the manager laid foundations for the Reds’ European Cup successes that followed.

Health

FROZEN ASSETS

Ronaldo’s regime  

If you’re going to enjoy Champions Journal to its fullest, you should indulge in a bit of hydrotherapy first. That’s because cold showers have been shown to have significant mental-health benefits (even if the thought of them sends a pre-emptive chill down your spine), as well as pluses for your physical wellbeing. Make it part of your morning routine and you’ll emerge with lower stress levels and increased alertness, as well as improved circulation and metabolism.

Elite athletes are well aware of these gains; Cristiano Ronaldo has been making the most of it since his Manchester United days, as Phil Neville has previously explained. “He used to play [away] Champions League games, then go back to the training ground and have an ice bath at 3 in the morning.” More recently, in discussing the footballing progress of Cristiano Jr, Ronaldo revealed that he’s been encouraging the same behaviour. “‘Sometimes I tell my son to take a dip in cold water to recover after a run on the treadmill and he says, ‘Dad, it’s so cold there.’ That’s fine, he is only 10 years old.”

Books

ESSENTIAL READING

2020 Beyond Lockdown

We’re teaming up with UK-based charity Football Beyond Borders this season. We’ll be lending a hand to the great work they’re doing, supporting youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds who love football but have become disengaged from school. We have twenty copies of their book, 2020 Beyond Lockdown, to give away. It’s a touching photographic record of British schoolchildren during lockdown and highlights the impact that missing out on education is having at this difficult time. Enter our competition now.

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.

Television

THE THREE KINGS

Box to Box films

Director Jonny Owen has European Cup previous with his documentary I Believe in Miracles, which focuses on Nottingham Forest’s run to back-to-back titles under Brian Clough. Here he profiles Bill Shankly, Jock Stein and Sir Matt Busby, who were all born within 50km of each other near Glasgow and whose impact was felt across the world. Owen shows how closely their careers were linked, with Shankly even visiting the Celtic changing room after their 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon: “Jock had just come out of the bath. He was sweating as much as the players and I said, ‘Jock you’re immortal now.’”

All three would achieve that status, with Busby emulating Stein by leading Manchester United to the European title in 1968, ten years after the Munich air disaster. Shankly never lifted the trophy with Liverpool but Owen shows how, by building an unbreakable bond between fans and team, the manager laid foundations for the Reds’ European Cup successes that followed.

Health

FROZEN ASSETS

Ronaldo’s regime  

If you’re going to enjoy Champions Journal to its fullest, you should indulge in a bit of hydrotherapy first. That’s because cold showers have been shown to have significant mental-health benefits (even if the thought of them sends a pre-emptive chill down your spine), as well as pluses for your physical wellbeing. Make it part of your morning routine and you’ll emerge with lower stress levels and increased alertness, as well as improved circulation and metabolism.

Elite athletes are well aware of these gains; Cristiano Ronaldo has been making the most of it since his Manchester United days, as Phil Neville has previously explained. “He used to play [away] Champions League games, then go back to the training ground and have an ice bath at 3 in the morning.” More recently, in discussing the footballing progress of Cristiano Jr, Ronaldo revealed that he’s been encouraging the same behaviour. “‘Sometimes I tell my son to take a dip in cold water to recover after a run on the treadmill and he says, ‘Dad, it’s so cold there.’ That’s fine, he is only 10 years old.”

Books

ESSENTIAL READING

2020 Beyond Lockdown

We’re teaming up with UK-based charity Football Beyond Borders this season. We’ll be lending a hand to the great work they’re doing, supporting youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds who love football but have become disengaged from school. We have twenty copies of their book, 2020 Beyond Lockdown, to give away. It’s a touching photographic record of British schoolchildren during lockdown and highlights the impact that missing out on education is having at this difficult time. Enter our competition now.

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!

Architecture

WINTER WONDERLAND

Santiago Bernabéu

It’s not unusual to see the blue seats of the Santiago Bernabéu decked in white, be it with the scarves and shirts of the fans or some dazzling pre-match tifo. To witness them shimmering under a layer of snow is less common, yet this was the spectacle in early January after the heaviest snowfall for more than a decade fell on Madrid. A stadium that has stood empty this season during renovation work was transformed into a wintry vision, giving a glimpse too of the scale of the transformation work taking place. Huge trusses are now in place to support a retractable roof at the ‘New Bernabéu’.

Collector's Item

MEDALS OF HONOUR

1977 & 2016

For the victors, the stars align. The medal on the left (there are 11 stars in all, one for each player) was awarded to Liverpool players after the club’s first European Cup triumph: 3-1 against Borussia Mönchengladbach in Rome in 1977. Fast forward to 2016 and this modern medal, with the stars now shaped in the pattern of the Champions League starball (see page 98), was presented to Ronaldo and co after Real Madrid’s penalties triumph against city rivals Atlético.

Competition

PRIZED POSSESSION

Wendie Renard shirt

We’ve got a 2020/21 home shirt signed by Lyon captain Wendie Renard to give away; the seven-times Women’s Champions League winner spoke to us in issue 5. Just sign up to champions-journal.com for your chance to win. And remember: we regularly update our competitions page, so you should keep checking in to see what’s up for grabs.

Television

THE THREE KINGS

Box to Box films

Director Jonny Owen has European Cup previous with his documentary I Believe in Miracles, which focuses on Nottingham Forest’s run to back-to-back titles under Brian Clough. Here he profiles Bill Shankly, Jock Stein and Sir Matt Busby, who were all born within 50km of each other near Glasgow and whose impact was felt across the world. Owen shows how closely their careers were linked, with Shankly even visiting the Celtic changing room after their 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon: “Jock had just come out of the bath. He was sweating as much as the players and I said, ‘Jock you’re immortal now.’”

All three would achieve that status, with Busby emulating Stein by leading Manchester United to the European title in 1968, ten years after the Munich air disaster. Shankly never lifted the trophy with Liverpool but Owen shows how, by building an unbreakable bond between fans and team, the manager laid foundations for the Reds’ European Cup successes that followed.

Health

FROZEN ASSETS

Ronaldo’s regime  

If you’re going to enjoy Champions Journal to its fullest, you should indulge in a bit of hydrotherapy first. That’s because cold showers have been shown to have significant mental-health benefits (even if the thought of them sends a pre-emptive chill down your spine), as well as pluses for your physical wellbeing. Make it part of your morning routine and you’ll emerge with lower stress levels and increased alertness, as well as improved circulation and metabolism.

Elite athletes are well aware of these gains; Cristiano Ronaldo has been making the most of it since his Manchester United days, as Phil Neville has previously explained. “He used to play [away] Champions League games, then go back to the training ground and have an ice bath at 3 in the morning.” More recently, in discussing the footballing progress of Cristiano Jr, Ronaldo revealed that he’s been encouraging the same behaviour. “‘Sometimes I tell my son to take a dip in cold water to recover after a run on the treadmill and he says, ‘Dad, it’s so cold there.’ That’s fine, he is only 10 years old.”

Books

ESSENTIAL READING

2020 Beyond Lockdown

We’re teaming up with UK-based charity Football Beyond Borders this season. We’ll be lending a hand to the great work they’re doing, supporting youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds who love football but have become disengaged from school. We have twenty copies of their book, 2020 Beyond Lockdown, to give away. It’s a touching photographic record of British schoolchildren during lockdown and highlights the impact that missing out on education is having at this difficult time. Enter our competition now.

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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