Insight

In the mixer

Are you going to settle in and watch a documentary or get out and see an exhibition? Do both. And read a book. Oh, and definitely win an amazing prize…

Documentary

The phenomenon: Ronaldo

Dazn

Few players have left quite such an impression on the modern game as the Brazilian Ronaldo. With interview contributions from former team-mates such as Zinédine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Paolo Maldini and more, this documentary covers the period between Brazil’s World Cup heartbreak in 1998 and their triumph in 2002, with the Real Madrid legend at the heart of both tournaments. It’s a redemption story for the striker that also features the story behind that haircut. 

Boots

Al Rihla

Adidas

Ahead of the World Cup, adidas have arrived with the Al Rihla (AKA The Journey) boot pack. Players will be lining up in Qatar with the colours and designs of the X Speedportal, Predator Edge and Copa Sense boots, reflecting the speed of the modern game and with inspiration drawn from the tournament’s surroundings. With some bold colours on show, this range is certainly not for the faint-hearted. 

Gaming

Football Manager 2023

Sports interactive

Football Manager has long allowed us to sit in the dugouts of our chosen clubs, scouring the globe for the latest talent, tweaking tactics and dealing with unhappy veterans. Now, thanks to the introduction of the fully licensed UEFA club competitions across Football Manager 2023 (which is available on PlayStation for the first time), taking your lowly league team to the dizzy heights of Champions League glory just got that bit sweeter – and more realistic. What’s more, we’ve got five FM23 codes up for grabs so that you can have your own copy; head to the competitions section of champions-journal.com to enter. Good luck, gaffer.

Documentary

The phenomenon: Ronaldo

Dazn

Few players have left quite such an impression on the modern game as the Brazilian Ronaldo. With interview contributions from former team-mates such as Zinédine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Paolo Maldini and more, this documentary covers the period between Brazil’s World Cup heartbreak in 1998 and their triumph in 2002, with the Real Madrid legend at the heart of both tournaments. It’s a redemption story for the striker that also features the story behind that haircut. 

Boots

Al Rihla

Adidas

Ahead of the World Cup, adidas have arrived with the Al Rihla (AKA The Journey) boot pack. Players will be lining up in Qatar with the colours and designs of the X Speedportal, Predator Edge and Copa Sense boots, reflecting the speed of the modern game and with inspiration drawn from the tournament’s surroundings. With some bold colours on show, this range is certainly not for the faint-hearted. 

Gaming

Football Manager 2023

Sports interactive

Football Manager has long allowed us to sit in the dugouts of our chosen clubs, scouring the globe for the latest talent, tweaking tactics and dealing with unhappy veterans. Now, thanks to the introduction of the fully licensed UEFA club competitions across Football Manager 2023 (which is available on PlayStation for the first time), taking your lowly league team to the dizzy heights of Champions League glory just got that bit sweeter – and more realistic. What’s more, we’ve got five FM23 codes up for grabs so that you can have your own copy; head to the competitions section of champions-journal.com to enter. Good luck, gaffer.

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Exhibition

Art of the terraces

Walker Art Gallery

They’ve become known as the ‘casuals’, but there was nothing lackadaisical about the fans behind this cultural movement that took place on English football terraces. Beginning in the 1970s, it was a fusion of fashion and music that resulted in a distinctive look for fans in the stands. It was a style dominated by some specific brands – adidas chief among them – and had an effect on the world beyond football, making sportswear an acceptable form of leisurewear.

This exhibition celebrates the era through the work of artists who have been influenced by it; it’s on until 12 March at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery.

Book

Something in the water

Callum Murray

“The compact area forces you to be skilful, quick and strong, with fast decision-making, while the baiting atmosphere develops character.” Thus football scout-turned-author Callum Murray seeks to explains why concrete council estates have become such fertile breeding grounds for footballers, in a thoughtful study of the game’s new talent hotbeds. He cites Kylian Mbappé – a product of the Parisian banlieues – as a prime example, though the book’s strongest testimonies come from professionals who grew up playing cage football in English football’s rich talent seam of southeast London.  

Documentary

The phenomenon: Ronaldo

Dazn

Few players have left quite such an impression on the modern game as the Brazilian Ronaldo. With interview contributions from former team-mates such as Zinédine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Paolo Maldini and more, this documentary covers the period between Brazil’s World Cup heartbreak in 1998 and their triumph in 2002, with the Real Madrid legend at the heart of both tournaments. It’s a redemption story for the striker that also features the story behind that haircut. 

Boots

Al Rihla

Adidas

Ahead of the World Cup, adidas have arrived with the Al Rihla (AKA The Journey) boot pack. Players will be lining up in Qatar with the colours and designs of the X Speedportal, Predator Edge and Copa Sense boots, reflecting the speed of the modern game and with inspiration drawn from the tournament’s surroundings. With some bold colours on show, this range is certainly not for the faint-hearted. 

Gaming

Football Manager 2023

Sports interactive

Football Manager has long allowed us to sit in the dugouts of our chosen clubs, scouring the globe for the latest talent, tweaking tactics and dealing with unhappy veterans. Now, thanks to the introduction of the fully licensed UEFA club competitions across Football Manager 2023 (which is available on PlayStation for the first time), taking your lowly league team to the dizzy heights of Champions League glory just got that bit sweeter – and more realistic. What’s more, we’ve got five FM23 codes up for grabs so that you can have your own copy; head to the competitions section of champions-journal.com to enter. Good luck, gaffer.

In the mixer
Insight

In the mixer

Are you going to settle in and watch a documentary or get out and see an exhibition? Do both. And read a book. Oh, and definitely win an amazing prize…

Documentary

The phenomenon: Ronaldo

Dazn

Few players have left quite such an impression on the modern game as the Brazilian Ronaldo. With interview contributions from former team-mates such as Zinédine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Paolo Maldini and more, this documentary covers the period between Brazil’s World Cup heartbreak in 1998 and their triumph in 2002, with the Real Madrid legend at the heart of both tournaments. It’s a redemption story for the striker that also features the story behind that haircut. 

Boots

Al Rihla

Adidas

Ahead of the World Cup, adidas have arrived with the Al Rihla (AKA The Journey) boot pack. Players will be lining up in Qatar with the colours and designs of the X Speedportal, Predator Edge and Copa Sense boots, reflecting the speed of the modern game and with inspiration drawn from the tournament’s surroundings. With some bold colours on show, this range is certainly not for the faint-hearted. 

Gaming

Football Manager 2023

Sports interactive

Football Manager has long allowed us to sit in the dugouts of our chosen clubs, scouring the globe for the latest talent, tweaking tactics and dealing with unhappy veterans. Now, thanks to the introduction of the fully licensed UEFA club competitions across Football Manager 2023 (which is available on PlayStation for the first time), taking your lowly league team to the dizzy heights of Champions League glory just got that bit sweeter – and more realistic. What’s more, we’ve got five FM23 codes up for grabs so that you can have your own copy; head to the competitions section of champions-journal.com to enter. Good luck, gaffer.

Penalty Pedigree

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Documentary

The phenomenon: Ronaldo

Dazn

Few players have left quite such an impression on the modern game as the Brazilian Ronaldo. With interview contributions from former team-mates such as Zinédine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Paolo Maldini and more, this documentary covers the period between Brazil’s World Cup heartbreak in 1998 and their triumph in 2002, with the Real Madrid legend at the heart of both tournaments. It’s a redemption story for the striker that also features the story behind that haircut. 

Boots

Al Rihla

Adidas

Ahead of the World Cup, adidas have arrived with the Al Rihla (AKA The Journey) boot pack. Players will be lining up in Qatar with the colours and designs of the X Speedportal, Predator Edge and Copa Sense boots, reflecting the speed of the modern game and with inspiration drawn from the tournament’s surroundings. With some bold colours on show, this range is certainly not for the faint-hearted. 

Gaming

Football Manager 2023

Sports interactive

Football Manager has long allowed us to sit in the dugouts of our chosen clubs, scouring the globe for the latest talent, tweaking tactics and dealing with unhappy veterans. Now, thanks to the introduction of the fully licensed UEFA club competitions across Football Manager 2023 (which is available on PlayStation for the first time), taking your lowly league team to the dizzy heights of Champions League glory just got that bit sweeter – and more realistic. What’s more, we’ve got five FM23 codes up for grabs so that you can have your own copy; head to the competitions section of champions-journal.com to enter. Good luck, gaffer.

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!

Exhibition

Art of the terraces

Walker Art Gallery

They’ve become known as the ‘casuals’, but there was nothing lackadaisical about the fans behind this cultural movement that took place on English football terraces. Beginning in the 1970s, it was a fusion of fashion and music that resulted in a distinctive look for fans in the stands. It was a style dominated by some specific brands – adidas chief among them – and had an effect on the world beyond football, making sportswear an acceptable form of leisurewear.

This exhibition celebrates the era through the work of artists who have been influenced by it; it’s on until 12 March at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery.

Book

Something in the water

Callum Murray

“The compact area forces you to be skilful, quick and strong, with fast decision-making, while the baiting atmosphere develops character.” Thus football scout-turned-author Callum Murray seeks to explains why concrete council estates have become such fertile breeding grounds for footballers, in a thoughtful study of the game’s new talent hotbeds. He cites Kylian Mbappé – a product of the Parisian banlieues – as a prime example, though the book’s strongest testimonies come from professionals who grew up playing cage football in English football’s rich talent seam of southeast London.  

Documentary

The phenomenon: Ronaldo

Dazn

Few players have left quite such an impression on the modern game as the Brazilian Ronaldo. With interview contributions from former team-mates such as Zinédine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Paolo Maldini and more, this documentary covers the period between Brazil’s World Cup heartbreak in 1998 and their triumph in 2002, with the Real Madrid legend at the heart of both tournaments. It’s a redemption story for the striker that also features the story behind that haircut. 

Boots

Al Rihla

Adidas

Ahead of the World Cup, adidas have arrived with the Al Rihla (AKA The Journey) boot pack. Players will be lining up in Qatar with the colours and designs of the X Speedportal, Predator Edge and Copa Sense boots, reflecting the speed of the modern game and with inspiration drawn from the tournament’s surroundings. With some bold colours on show, this range is certainly not for the faint-hearted. 

Gaming

Football Manager 2023

Sports interactive

Football Manager has long allowed us to sit in the dugouts of our chosen clubs, scouring the globe for the latest talent, tweaking tactics and dealing with unhappy veterans. Now, thanks to the introduction of the fully licensed UEFA club competitions across Football Manager 2023 (which is available on PlayStation for the first time), taking your lowly league team to the dizzy heights of Champions League glory just got that bit sweeter – and more realistic. What’s more, we’ve got five FM23 codes up for grabs so that you can have your own copy; head to the competitions section of champions-journal.com to enter. Good luck, gaffer.

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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