Champions Journalist
Champions Journalist is a competition that gives fans a chance to represent their club by contributing articles or vlogs on Champions Journal, with tickets to home matches while their team remains in the Champions League.
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The lockdown diaries: Atiya Zakaria, London
The glamourous lives of footballers seem a world away from the reality people are facing during the Covid pandemic. But as a documentary...
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The lockdown diaries: Pedro Pardo, Valencia
Our Champions Journalist fan reporter Pedro Pardo yearns to return to Mestalla. But in the meantime, he’s living off memories good and bad...
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The lockdown diaries: Alessio Costabile, Napoli
Our Naples-based fan reporter Alessio Costabile has been listening to the Manu Chao song about Diego Maradona La Vida Tombola on loop....
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The lockdown diaries: Anastasia Gradl, Dortmund
In our latest dispatch, Champions Journalist winner Anastasia Gradl describes how she has been making up for the absence of live football...
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The lockdown diaries: Louis Frank, Paris
We continue our new series by checking in with Champions Journalist fan reporter Louis Frank, who has been digging up old photos...
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The lockdown diaries: Carla Fernández Ariño, Madrid
In the first of our new series looking at how supporters across Europe are coping with the absence of football, our Champions Journalist...
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11 March 2020, Liverpool
Liverpool
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Atlético Madrid
The last time I was this excited about watching a game of football was the first time I ever went to Anfield. Funnily enough, that game...
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11 March 2020, Paris
Paris Saint-Germain
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Borussia Dortmund
Some Wednesdays are different to others. On some Wednesdays, Paris wakes up breathing a little heavier than usual. These Wednesday are...
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26 February 2020, Lyon
Lyon
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Juventus
Olympique Lyonnais were coming up against the mighty Juventus. After a poor season in the French league, the firing of our manager and a...
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26 February 2020, Real Madrid
Real Madrid
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Manchester City
It is a mild spring-like evening in Madrid. The streets around the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, in the Spanish capital’s financial district...
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25 February 2020
Napoli
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Barcelona
For the past month, everything here in Napoli has been about Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi – past and present, Napoli and Barça’s finest...
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25 February 2020, Chelsea
Chelsea
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Bayern München
I felt confident after our dominant performance against Tottenham on the weekend but, most of all, I was excited. Excited to watch my team...
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19 February 2020, Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur FC
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RB Leipzig
My dad and I arrived in London after catching the train from Peterborough to King’s Cross. Then we got the tube to Seven Sisters before...
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19 February 2020, Atalanta
Atalanta
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Valencia
In the days before Atalanta v Valencia, the main talking point in Bergamo wasn’t the match itself. Nor was it predictions or expectations...
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18 February 2020, Atlético
Atlético Madrid
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Liverpool
It’s finally Tuesday. It feels like forever since the draw in December, when we found out we’d be playing Liverpool. It’s not just any...
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18 February 2020, Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund
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Paris Saint-Germain
We leave Bavaria at 6am, 500km from Dortmund; our seven-hour journey is even longer than that of some of the Parisian fans’, as one...
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11 December 2019, Atalanta
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‘It always seemed like an impossible dream’
Ask an Atalanta fan about playing in the Champions League and they’ll say that it has always seemed like an impossible dream...
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11 December 2019, Bayern
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‘We can’t really control what we love’
Can you imagine your life living more than 800km from your true love? Well, for me it doesn't sound that dramatic: I grew up in...
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11 December 2019, Shakhtar
Shakhtar Donetsk
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Atalanta
'We always dream of playing Champions League in spring'
Every December, fans in Ukraine cherish the dream of Champions League football the following spring. This year it was not to be, as a...
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10 December 2019, Dortmund
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‘The Yellow Wall is bouncing and having a great time’
I am sitting on the train to Dortmund. Three guys my age are sitting in my section, as well as a woman and two older men. All of us...
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10 December 2019, Barcelona
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‘The city was ready for someone incomparable’
I was wondering whether he was going to play or not. Then I decided that I really didn’t care, as long as he travelled with the team...
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10 December 2019, Benfica
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Zenit
‘A real eagle flies over the crowd and lands on the crest’
Despite being out of the Champions League, Benfica can still grab a place in the Europa League when they take on Zenit tonight – and that...
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26 November 2019, Real Madrid
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‘Everyone arrives early for the Champions League anthem’
Masses of people swarm through the streets, chanting for their team and waving their sparklers, filling the air with red smoke as if...
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5 November 2019, Valencia
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‘Once I’m in Mestalla, I get goose bumps. I’m home’
It’s Tuesday night. Valencia are hosting Lille at Mestalla. Not many stadiums can say that they scare their visitors – but Valencia’s is...
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23 October 2019, Inter
Inter
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Dortmund
‘After the magical anthem, the moment arrives’
I’m getting ready to leave the office and the clock shows 4pm as I head outside. The weather is perfect: it’s not too cold, so I can wear...
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2 October 2019, Zenit
Zenit
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Benfica
‘You could feel the atmosphere of a big match’
A Champions League night in St Petersburg! After five long seasons, I was finally able to walk to our new stadium and witness the best...
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Crvena zvevda
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‘Fans hope the club is returning to where it belongs’
Watching Crvena zvezda in the Champions League is a great experience. Every Champions League game at the Rajko Mitić Stadium is a special...
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1 June 2019, Liverpool
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‘I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life’
It’s 01:00 and me, my little brother and my dad are squeezed together on a graffitied stone bench, eating in stunned silence. It’s...
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1 June 2019, Tottenham
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‘I could feel excitement competing with stress’
The alarm starts beeping. In 14 hours’ time the club I have supported for the past 18 years could possibly be European...
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12 March 2019, Manchester City
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‘It’s a new adventure for us… we’re not impostors after all’
A scoreline of 7-0 sounds like a kids’ football match, where one side is clearly older, or bigger, or has more players than the other...
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5 March 2019, Ajax
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Ajax
'My heartbeat was over 200bpm and I couldn't stop smiling'
I had come home from football training and was getting ready to go to a party. While putting on some clothes, I started watching Real...
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19 September 2018, Lyon
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‘It was tense but you could feel something was brewing’
I have been following Lyon for over ten years now – and my most recent exciting Champions League night with them was...
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3 April 2018, Juventus
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‘Goals like this have an eternal value, fixed in the mind’
It was 2018 when me and three of my friends decided to spend all our savings to go and see a Champions League quarter-final...
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10 May 2017, Atlético
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‘The kind of magic that only occurs in the rain’
This isn’t a story of a heroic comeback (although I wish it was), nor a 5-0 walk in the park. Instead it’s about something much...
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24 April 2012, Chelsea
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‘To say I was nervous was an understatement’
As a Chelsea fan, there are countless memories associated with the Champions League, from John Terry’s slip on that rainy ...
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14 September 2011, Dinamo Zagreb
Dinamo Zagreb
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Real Madrid
‘We gave Real Madrid hell and an everlasting memory’
It was a day like no other. And as it slowly turned into evening, then night, you could smell history in the making. For the first time...
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Paris Saint-Germain
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‘All visiting teams feel the power from our fans’
Walking into the Parc des Princes is an experience like no other. The roar of the fans, the smell of the grass, the vibrations...
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Napoli
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‘You want the world to see your city, not just your team’
Hunger. It’s hunger that moves everything on these European nights in the azure lion’s den: the Stadio San Paolo. Naples is a hungry...
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Olympiacos
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'Olympiacos belong with the stars of the Champions League'
An Olympiacos home game in the Champions League is the kind of moment you may never get to replicate. As you wake up on the morning of the...
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