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MATCH! 29 June 2021

If you’ve got a football-mad kid, then you need to get them a digital subscription to MATCH Magazine! Packed full of the latest Premier League news, interviews with the games biggest stars, and more stats and facts than you can shake a stick at, each issue brings young fans closer to the teams they love! For your budding future stars, MATCH Magazine also has detailed tips and guides to help them hone their talents and show off their footballing skills. There’s also quizzes and jokes in every issue to keep them entertained and all the scores from the Premier and Football Leagues.

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
51 Issues

in this issue

2 min
ramos’ reign!

It’s been in the pipeline for a while, but now it’s finally been confirmed… Sergio Ramos has played his last-ever game for Real Madrid! MATCH looks back on the Los Blancos superstar’s legacy! THE WONDERKID! Real Madrid signed Sergio Ramos from Sevilla in 2005 for around £18.5m, when he was a19-year-old wonderkid! He started off as a right-back but was shifted to central defence by boss Jose Mourinho in the 2010-11 season. He quickly developed into one of the best and most consistent centre-backs in Europe’s top leagues! THE CHAMPION! In his 16 years at the club Ramos has lifted 22 trophies, including five La Liga and four Champions League titles! Only club legend Paco Gento, on 23, won more silverware while at Real. One of his best moments came in the final of…

2 min
prem stars on fire!

KEVIN DE BRUYNE After missing Belgium’s opener, KDB returned with a bang! He came on for the second half v Denmark when his side were losing 1-0 and turned the game on its head with a goal and an assist. He’s even been playing with the left side of his face completely numb after the clash in the Champo League final with Antonio Rudiger! JORGINHO Italy were probably MATCH’s fave team to watch in the group stage! They pressed really high up the pitch, always looked to attack and kept the ball really well. A lot of that was down to midfield magician Jorginho, who sat at the base of midfield and kept things ticking over for his side. He finished the groups with 94% pass accuracy! ANDRIY YARMOLENKO West Ham fans will be wondering…

1 min
barcelona rebuild!

ERIC GARCIA The 20-year-old Spain centre-back grew up just 30 minutes from Barcelona’s city centre and joined their ace academy when he was seven years old! He spent ten years at La Masia, captaining almost all of their age groups, before leaving for Man. City at 17. His role model as a youngster was CB Gerard Pique, who also spent a brief spell in Manchester before returning to the La Liga side! MEMPHIS DEPAY Barca dropped a massive hint that they were going to sign Memphis midway through June when they started selling shirts with his name on the back! His transfer then got announced a week later, with the Netherlands baller saying he was desperate to play for his former international gaffer Ronald Koeman again. He also gets to link up with…

3 min
how to win a penalty shootout!

WIN THE TOSS! At the 2018 World Cup, researchers discovered that going first in the shootout gives you a 20% greater chance of victory! AIM HIGH! It obviously comes with its risks, but penalties aimed high are statistically harder to save than low penalties! DON’T CHANGE YOUR MIND! Statistically, there’s barely any difference in shooting left, right or even down the middle, so just pick a spot and stick with it – changing your mind is a big no-no! TAKE YOUR TIME! Pausing for a second after the referee blows the whistle before taking your penalty can really help you re-focus and ready yourself for your shot. Don’t rush things! CELEBRATE! If you score your penalty, make sure you celebrate! It’s actually been proven to put additional pressure on the opposition’s next taker! THE RUN-UP! Straight run-ups have a higher success…

1 min
football superstars set!

Collect your favourite players and build you footy know how with stats and expert tip about today’s biggest global football heroes, including Rashford, Neymar and Pogba! Each book also includes a glossary of top football terms, be it the Ballon d’Or or Copa del Rey! For more information, visit welbeckpublishing.com and follow @KidsWelbeck on Twitter and @welbeckkids on Instagram CLOSING DATE: JULY29 HOW TO ENTER! WWW.MATCHFOOTBALL.CO.UK Then click ‘WIN’ in the navigation bar on the MATCH website. Full T&Cs are available online.…

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BRAZIL’ SNO.10! NEYMAR SAYS: “I never planned to wear the No.10 – that was never in my mind! I always said that I wanted to wear No.7 or 11 and it was Dani Alves who looked at me and said, ‘You are a No.10, you must wear it’. I’m glad I listened to him–and, of course, it’s a number some of our greatest ever players have worn!” WEARING THE ARMBAND! NEYMAR SAYS: “I’m happy just to play, but of course when you’re asked to captain your country there is a very special feeling. You don’t have to wear an armband to be a captain – there are many in the team. If I’m asked to be captain or not I’ll always try to lead and help the team!” CONFEDERATIONS CUP CHAMP! NEYMAR SAYS: “The Confederations…