Match of the Day Magazine

Match of the Day Magazine Issue 604

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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The Prem is back! YES, READERS! Those are the four words we’ve been desperate to hear and now, finally, the world’s best league will be back in business from next week. So Liverpool can race towards their first Premier League title win, the battle for Champions League spots can restart and the relegation scrap is back on. We are hyped! 17 JUNE PREMIER LEAGUE On Wednesday 17 June, Man. City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United will get the season back underway! KICK-OFF TIMES! Monday 8pm Tuesday 6pm & 8pm Wednesday 6pm & 8pm Thursday 6pm & 8pm Friday 8pm Saturday 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm & 8pm Sunday 12pm, 2pm, 4.30pm & 7pm All remaining 92 games will be shown on TV across four different providers, including four games live on the BBC – as…

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back to training!

GUNNERSAURUS ARSENAL Arsenal’s ledge mascot has been back with a ball at his feet and bagged a new keepy-up PB of four! CALLUM WILSON BOURNEMOUTH The Bournemouth baller is totally hyped to be back on the turf with his gaffer Eddie Howe! CONOR COADY WOLVES The Wolves lads have all been bringing their own balls to training to make sure they stay safe. Class! JAMES MADDISON LEICESTER Madders had missed his bestie Ben Chilwell so much he gave him a hug from two metres away! ANTHONY TAYLOR PREM REFEREE One of the league’s top officials has been out upping his stamina levels with his dog Monty! RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK CHELSEA It’s been all about socially distanced circuits at Chelsea. RLC put in a shift on the SAQ jumps! ROBERTO FIRMINO LIVERPOOL Bobby has been making sure his touch is on point. Not sure we…

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20 reasons to be buzzing for the prem start! the title charge, top-four race and golden boot award are all to play for

1 LIVERPOOL'S TROPHY CHARGE! WITH THE REDS sitting 25 points ahead of second-place Man. City, it’s going to take an absolute madness for Jurgen Klopp’s lads not to lift their first title win in 30 years. They need just TWO more wins to secure the trophy! 2 CHAMPIONS LEAGUERACE! LIVERPOOL AND Man. City’s spots in next season’s UCL are pretty much secured, which leaves two places that will be contested by Leicester in third all the way to Arsenal in ninth. A lot of these teams still need to play each other again, too. Tasty! 3 HOT GOSSIP! THERE’S ALREADY bare talk about the huge deals that might go down this summer – but when football is rolling again, the whispers will start to level up even more. The big question of the summer –…

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lionel messi

Messi on how he’s finding lockdown… MESSI SAYS: “Living or working with so much uncertainty is never easy for anyone. We all wonder when we'll get back competing again. For any player, it's crucial to stay focused when you finally are back on the pitch!” On how he stays focused… MESSI SAYS: “Some people say that mental strength is 40%, 50% or even 60% of our sport. It's very important and I see a growing focus on this sort of preparation in professional sports. I try to train every day, and do the drills we get sent by the coaching staff!” On playing matches without fans… MESSI SAYS: “It brings a new set of challenges. We prepare the same but each person needs to prepare and visualise playing without fans, because it's very strange. I…

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Q HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED TO PRACTISE TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER? JOE, 11 A Good question, Joe. Pro ballers work extremely hard to be where they are. On top of their scheduled training sessions, they work on their weaknesses in their own time so they can be the best they can be. That being said, at your age, it’s important for you to just enjoy your football before thinking about going pro. If you can do that, your talent will shine through when you play! Q WHAT IS THE BEST FREE›KICK TECHNIQUE TO USE? GEORGE, 8 A There’s nothing better than a set-piece sailing into the top bins, Georgey! To make that happen, I’ve always gone for whippage as it’s got a ledge balance between power and control –›keepers don’t stand…

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FUN FACT – Adidas' fresh Uniforia pack was meant to debut at Euro 2020, but they've still been released despite the summer tourney being postponed! That means it's time for ballers everywhere to make their tekkers pop with these bright new colourways. The Predator, X, Copa and Nemeziz have all had a lick of paint, ready for footy's return – which is your fave? Junior version from £38 adidas.co.uk TICK YOUR FAVE PAIR! PREDATOR COPA 20+ As worn by: Paulo Dybala Colourway: purple tint and black PREDATOR MUTATOR 20+ As worn by: Paul Pogba Colourway: pop and signal green NEMEZIZ As worn by: B. Silva Colourway: signal green and team royal blue X As worn by: Mo Salah Colourway: lively shock pink…