Insight

In the mixer

Seb Powell invites you to enjoy a football feast featuring everyone from Oliver Kahn to Sir Alex Ferguson (with a bit of Wolverine thrown in)

Tifo

STATEMENT PIECE

Parc des Princes

Saint-Germain decorated their stadium with a stunning tifo. Spanning half the stadium – from the Auteuil end to the Boulogne end – massive lettering spelled out the slogan “Allez Paris” (Go Paris), either side of a vintage version of the club’s logo. It seemed to do the trick, as the hosts progressed to the final four.

Football boots

SUPERPOWERED FOOTWEAR

Adidas x Marvel

The joy of crossovers is usually confined to the entertainment industry, with characters from one film franchise suddenly popping up in another. But now Marvel have taken things to the next dimension by teaming up with adidas – and graphic (in a good way) football boots are the result. The X Ghosted+ has got a Cyclops makeover, while the Predator Freak+ (see boot review,) has merged with the X-Men’s Wolverine (pictured). Characterful.

Podcast

ONE OF OUR OWN

Champions Journal: The Podcast

Not content with conveying the joy of the Champions League to you in printed form, we’ve now gravitated to the airwaves. Our brand new podcast – featuring regular contributors Ian Holyman and Simon Hart, plus deputy editor Dan Poole – seeks to enlighten and delight you with an audio extension of our magazine remit: going beyond the 90 minutes. The first episode, featuring a wealth of great guests and informed discussion, is available to listen to now via our website.

Tifo

STATEMENT PIECE

Parc des Princes

Saint-Germain decorated their stadium with a stunning tifo. Spanning half the stadium – from the Auteuil end to the Boulogne end – massive lettering spelled out the slogan “Allez Paris” (Go Paris), either side of a vintage version of the club’s logo. It seemed to do the trick, as the hosts progressed to the final four.

Football boots

SUPERPOWERED FOOTWEAR

Adidas x Marvel

The joy of crossovers is usually confined to the entertainment industry, with characters from one film franchise suddenly popping up in another. But now Marvel have taken things to the next dimension by teaming up with adidas – and graphic (in a good way) football boots are the result. The X Ghosted+ has got a Cyclops makeover, while the Predator Freak+ (see boot review,) has merged with the X-Men’s Wolverine (pictured). Characterful.

Podcast

ONE OF OUR OWN

Champions Journal: The Podcast

Not content with conveying the joy of the Champions League to you in printed form, we’ve now gravitated to the airwaves. Our brand new podcast – featuring regular contributors Ian Holyman and Simon Hart, plus deputy editor Dan Poole – seeks to enlighten and delight you with an audio extension of our magazine remit: going beyond the 90 minutes. The first episode, featuring a wealth of great guests and informed discussion, is available to listen to now via our website.

Read the full story
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Collector's item

SAFE HANDS

2001

These are the gloves that Bayern München goalkeeper Oliver Kahn wore on the night of 23 May 2001, when he saved penalties from Valencia’s Zlatko Zahovič, Amedeo Carboni and Mauricio Pellegrino in the shoot-out to earn the Bundesliga giants their fourth European Cup. And that wasn’t all that the normally fierce Bayern goalie won that evening: he was presented with the UEFA Fair Play Award for consoling his opposite number, Santiago Cañizares, at the end of the game. Sweet.

Documentary

SIR ALEX FERGUSON: NEVER GIVE IN

DNA Films, Passion Pictures, Ventureland

Ferguson directed by… Ferguson. Who better to tell the story of Manchester United’s managerial great than his son, Jason? He does a commendable job of squeezing his dad’s storied career into 110 minutes, profiling both the personal and professional life of one of Britain’s greatest ever managers.  

Sir Alex left a huge imprint on football, far beyond the stands of Old Trafford, and this intimate portrait explores the life he’s led between growing up on the streets of Govan and enjoying his retirement. It’s well earned, especially when you take into account his devastating brain haemorrhage in 2018, when doctors only gave him a 20% chance of survival. The two-time Champions League winner feared he might lose his memory and it was during recovery, recounting tales of yore to hisfamily, that the idea for this documentary took shape. No matter your allegiance, it’s an inspiring story.

Competition

CAN YOU KICK IT?

Mason Mount ball

We’ve got a 2020/21 adidas Champions League Finale ball signed by Chelsea ace Mason Mount to give away (and don’t miss our interview with the Blues midfielder). Just sign up for an online account at champions-journal. com for your chance to win. And remember: we regularly update our competitions page, so keep checking in to see what’s up for grabs.

Enter Now

Tifo

STATEMENT PIECE

Parc des Princes

Saint-Germain decorated their stadium with a stunning tifo. Spanning half the stadium – from the Auteuil end to the Boulogne end – massive lettering spelled out the slogan “Allez Paris” (Go Paris), either side of a vintage version of the club’s logo. It seemed to do the trick, as the hosts progressed to the final four.

Football boots

SUPERPOWERED FOOTWEAR

Adidas x Marvel

The joy of crossovers is usually confined to the entertainment industry, with characters from one film franchise suddenly popping up in another. But now Marvel have taken things to the next dimension by teaming up with adidas – and graphic (in a good way) football boots are the result. The X Ghosted+ has got a Cyclops makeover, while the Predator Freak+ (see boot review,) has merged with the X-Men’s Wolverine (pictured). Characterful.

Podcast

ONE OF OUR OWN

Champions Journal: The Podcast

Not content with conveying the joy of the Champions League to you in printed form, we’ve now gravitated to the airwaves. Our brand new podcast – featuring regular contributors Ian Holyman and Simon Hart, plus deputy editor Dan Poole – seeks to enlighten and delight you with an audio extension of our magazine remit: going beyond the 90 minutes. The first episode, featuring a wealth of great guests and informed discussion, is available to listen to now via our website.

In the mixer
Insight

In the mixer

Seb Powell invites you to enjoy a football feast featuring everyone from Oliver Kahn to Sir Alex Ferguson (with a bit of Wolverine thrown in)

Tifo

STATEMENT PIECE

Parc des Princes

Saint-Germain decorated their stadium with a stunning tifo. Spanning half the stadium – from the Auteuil end to the Boulogne end – massive lettering spelled out the slogan “Allez Paris” (Go Paris), either side of a vintage version of the club’s logo. It seemed to do the trick, as the hosts progressed to the final four.

Football boots

SUPERPOWERED FOOTWEAR

Adidas x Marvel

The joy of crossovers is usually confined to the entertainment industry, with characters from one film franchise suddenly popping up in another. But now Marvel have taken things to the next dimension by teaming up with adidas – and graphic (in a good way) football boots are the result. The X Ghosted+ has got a Cyclops makeover, while the Predator Freak+ (see boot review,) has merged with the X-Men’s Wolverine (pictured). Characterful.

Podcast

ONE OF OUR OWN

Champions Journal: The Podcast

Not content with conveying the joy of the Champions League to you in printed form, we’ve now gravitated to the airwaves. Our brand new podcast – featuring regular contributors Ian Holyman and Simon Hart, plus deputy editor Dan Poole – seeks to enlighten and delight you with an audio extension of our magazine remit: going beyond the 90 minutes. The first episode, featuring a wealth of great guests and informed discussion, is available to listen to now via our website.

Penalty Pedigree

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Tifo

STATEMENT PIECE

Parc des Princes

Saint-Germain decorated their stadium with a stunning tifo. Spanning half the stadium – from the Auteuil end to the Boulogne end – massive lettering spelled out the slogan “Allez Paris” (Go Paris), either side of a vintage version of the club’s logo. It seemed to do the trick, as the hosts progressed to the final four.

Football boots

SUPERPOWERED FOOTWEAR

Adidas x Marvel

The joy of crossovers is usually confined to the entertainment industry, with characters from one film franchise suddenly popping up in another. But now Marvel have taken things to the next dimension by teaming up with adidas – and graphic (in a good way) football boots are the result. The X Ghosted+ has got a Cyclops makeover, while the Predator Freak+ (see boot review,) has merged with the X-Men’s Wolverine (pictured). Characterful.

Podcast

ONE OF OUR OWN

Champions Journal: The Podcast

Not content with conveying the joy of the Champions League to you in printed form, we’ve now gravitated to the airwaves. Our brand new podcast – featuring regular contributors Ian Holyman and Simon Hart, plus deputy editor Dan Poole – seeks to enlighten and delight you with an audio extension of our magazine remit: going beyond the 90 minutes. The first episode, featuring a wealth of great guests and informed discussion, is available to listen to now via our website.

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!

Collector's item

SAFE HANDS

2001

These are the gloves that Bayern München goalkeeper Oliver Kahn wore on the night of 23 May 2001, when he saved penalties from Valencia’s Zlatko Zahovič, Amedeo Carboni and Mauricio Pellegrino in the shoot-out to earn the Bundesliga giants their fourth European Cup. And that wasn’t all that the normally fierce Bayern goalie won that evening: he was presented with the UEFA Fair Play Award for consoling his opposite number, Santiago Cañizares, at the end of the game. Sweet.

Documentary

SIR ALEX FERGUSON: NEVER GIVE IN

DNA Films, Passion Pictures, Ventureland

Ferguson directed by… Ferguson. Who better to tell the story of Manchester United’s managerial great than his son, Jason? He does a commendable job of squeezing his dad’s storied career into 110 minutes, profiling both the personal and professional life of one of Britain’s greatest ever managers.  

Sir Alex left a huge imprint on football, far beyond the stands of Old Trafford, and this intimate portrait explores the life he’s led between growing up on the streets of Govan and enjoying his retirement. It’s well earned, especially when you take into account his devastating brain haemorrhage in 2018, when doctors only gave him a 20% chance of survival. The two-time Champions League winner feared he might lose his memory and it was during recovery, recounting tales of yore to hisfamily, that the idea for this documentary took shape. No matter your allegiance, it’s an inspiring story.

Competition

CAN YOU KICK IT?

Mason Mount ball

We’ve got a 2020/21 adidas Champions League Finale ball signed by Chelsea ace Mason Mount to give away (and don’t miss our interview with the Blues midfielder). Just sign up for an online account at champions-journal. com for your chance to win. And remember: we regularly update our competitions page, so keep checking in to see what’s up for grabs.

Enter Now

Tifo

STATEMENT PIECE

Parc des Princes

Saint-Germain decorated their stadium with a stunning tifo. Spanning half the stadium – from the Auteuil end to the Boulogne end – massive lettering spelled out the slogan “Allez Paris” (Go Paris), either side of a vintage version of the club’s logo. It seemed to do the trick, as the hosts progressed to the final four.

Football boots

SUPERPOWERED FOOTWEAR

Adidas x Marvel

The joy of crossovers is usually confined to the entertainment industry, with characters from one film franchise suddenly popping up in another. But now Marvel have taken things to the next dimension by teaming up with adidas – and graphic (in a good way) football boots are the result. The X Ghosted+ has got a Cyclops makeover, while the Predator Freak+ (see boot review,) has merged with the X-Men’s Wolverine (pictured). Characterful.

Podcast

ONE OF OUR OWN

Champions Journal: The Podcast

Not content with conveying the joy of the Champions League to you in printed form, we’ve now gravitated to the airwaves. Our brand new podcast – featuring regular contributors Ian Holyman and Simon Hart, plus deputy editor Dan Poole – seeks to enlighten and delight you with an audio extension of our magazine remit: going beyond the 90 minutes. The first episode, featuring a wealth of great guests and informed discussion, is available to listen to now via our website.

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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