Match of the Day Magazine

Match of the Day Magazine Issue 574

Match of the Day is Britain’s best-selling football magazine. We bring our youth audience closer to their heroes with an action-packed version of the iconic TV programme. Facts, stats and gossip provide our audience with the knowledge they need for playground banter, while glossy posters, quizzes and cartoons allow them to celebrate the game they’re obsessed with. Parents and teachers say it’s sometimes the only thing boys will read. A huge compliment.

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3 min.
the big 6

1 THE WORLD’S BEST All hail the king and queen of footy! IF THERE’S ONE thing players want, it’s to be called The Best – and that’s what happened to Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe last week at FIFA’s swanky awards ceremony. The pair bagged the top gongs on the night for the men’s and women’s categories. Congrats, ballers! LEGENDARY LEO! Messi won a tenth La Liga title with Barcelona, scoring 51 in 50 games! MEG ON A MADNESS! The World Cup-winning Golden Boot hero was this summer’s MVP! 2 NEYMAR IS BACK Brazilian baller returns to rescue PSG! A MONTH AGO, it looked like he was set to quit Paris to make a big-money move to Spain, but now Neymar is back for PSG doing what he does best – scoring goals and winning games. After missing the…

1 min.
are you a footy genius?

1 LEAGUE CHALLENGE! Which division do these clubs play in? (1pt) 2 SPOT THE BALL! Is the real ball hiding behind A, B or C? (1pt) 3 MANY FACES! Name the THREE team-mates stuck together here! (1pt for each) 4 SHIRT BUDDIES! Which number do all these dudes wear? (1pt) 5 WHO AM I? (1pt) • I celebrate my 22nd birthday this week • I wear the No.9 shirt for my Prem team • I scored 25 goals for Aston Villa last season I AM: HOW’D YOU GET ON, QUIZZER? 1-3 points Extra shooting practice for you! 4-6 points Great effort – the gaffer’s buzzed! 7 points Time to wear the armband, ledge!…

1 min.
how footballers used to look!

MICHAEL EGGERT VfL Bochum midfielder Pictured in 1979 aged 25 KALLE DEL’HAYE Borussia Monchengladbach winger Pictured in 1975 aged 20 IAN WALLACE Coventry striker Pictured in 1978 aged 22 ERIC GATES Sunderland forward Pictured in 1987 aged 32 MIKE LAPPER USA defender Pictured in 1993 aged 23 ALAN BILEY Portsmouth striker Pictured in 1983 aged 26 GERNOT ALMS Hansa Rostock defender Pictured in 1993 aged 31 MARTIN DAHLIN Swedish striker Pictured in 1989 aged 21 BRIAN KILCLINE Coventry centre-back Pictured in 1987 aged 25 LOTHAR HUBER Borussia Dortmund defender Pictured in 1976 aged 24 STEFAN EFFENBERG Bayern Munich midfielder Pictured in 1990 aged 22 GREG DOWNS Coventry full-back Pictured in 1990 aged 32…

4 min.
which is the best league in the world?

PREMIER LEAGUE Europe’s most in-form player, amazing atmospheres and elite-level managers –!but is the Prem the best? FACT FILE Current champs: Man. City Biggest stadium: Old Trafford, Man. United, 74,849 Average Prem attendance: 38,182 Goals scored last season: 1,072 All-time top scorer: Alan Shearer, 260 STAR BALLER MOHAMED SALAH Back-to-back Golden Boot wins in his first two seasons at Liverpool, Mo has become an elite goalscoring force in the English game! BEST PREM ELEVEN! TOP THREE BOSSES! THE BIGGEST GAME! THE TROPHY The Prem title is mainly made of solid sterling silver and weighs around four stone – the same as 37 iPads! OFFICIAL MATCH BALL Nike Merlin! LA LIGA The biggest game in world footy, huge transfers and Lionel Messi – does Spain’s top tier get your vote? FACT FILE Current champs: Barcelona Biggest stadium: Nou Camp, Barcelona, 99,354 Average La Liga attendance: 26,933 Goals scored…

2 min.
declan rice my volta

“Every time I step on the pitch I try to enjoy it as much as I can!” Declan Rice FACT FILE Full name: Declan Rice Born: 14 January 1999 (age 20) Place of birth: Kingston Upon Thames Shirt number: No.41 Boots: Adidas Copa 19.1 West Ham games/goals: 75/2 England games/goals: 5/0 WHO WERE YOUR HEROES GROWING UP? RICE SAYS: “Frank Lampard and John Terry. Terry was Chelsea captain and won everything. I think he knows that I’m a big fan of his, especially as I was at Chelsea as a kid!” WHERE DID YOU PLAY AS A KID? RICE SAYS: “Local parks, school, on the concrete, astro – anywhere I could find a pitch, I’d be playing! We used trees or jumpers to create goals if there wasn’t a net, but most of the time we had those samba five-a-side goals!” DID YOU…

2 min.
this week in the champions league

MAN. CITYv DINAMO ZAGREB ETIHAD STADIUM, TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER, 8PM DINAMO ZAGREB whacked Atalanta 4-0 on matchday one, ending the Croatian team’s rubbish run of 11 defeats in a row in the UCL. But Pep Guardiola’s City stars should still be way too powerful for them at the Etihad – Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus scored in their 3-0 win v Shakhtar last time out and this one could be another goalfest! LILLE v CHELSEA STADE PIERRE-MAUROY, WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER, 8PM THE PRESSURE IS ON CHELSEA after The Blues lost 1-0 to Valencia in their opening game. They've reached the UCL knockout stage in 14 of their last 15 attempts but they need Tammy Abraham to find his Euro shooting boots. Lille are also without a win and hope that 20-year-old Victor Osimhen…