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Match of the Day Magazine Issue 624

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
Biweekly
$4.87
$87.97
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min
ronaldo’s real return? c-ron ready for shock transfer!

“YES, IT MAY BE TRUE,” were the words of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane when he was recently asked about rumours linking Cristiano Ronaldo with an epic return to Real Madrid this summer. Juventus’ elimination from the UCL has sparked huge gossip around C-Ron’s future – with a move back to the Bernabeu looking on! Watch Prem highlights on MOTD, Saturday evenings, on BBC One The RUMOUR MILL! Check out the latest transfer rumours at bbc.co.uk/sport/football/gossip…

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1 min
it’s all meme me me!

AFTER HIS NORTH LONDON DERBY RABONA, ERIK LAMELA WORKS ON HIS NEXT WONDERGOAL… IT’S 2042 AND ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC COMES OUT OF RETIREMENT AGAIN TO PLAY IN A BIG TOURNAMENT FOR SWEDEN… EDEN HAZARD’S INJURY PROBLEMS WERE STARTING TO GET A LITTLE CONCERNING FOR ZINEDINE ZIDANE… THE WEEKLY DARTS COMPETITION AT NEWCASTLE HAD A FAMILIAR ENDING FOR STRIKER JOELINTON… ENGLISH-BORN CHE ADAMS RESPONDS TO CRITICS AFTER RECEIVING SURPRISE SCOTLAND CALL-UP… UNSETTLED DONNY VAN DE BEEK UNVEILS HIS LATEST PLAN TO END HIS OLD TRAFFORD MISERY……

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3 min
top 50 premier league players this season!

THE KEEPER EMILIANO MARTINEZ ASTON VILLA Most people thought Arsenal made a mistake letting Emi go – and they were right. The 28-year-old has been a bargain at £10m and has kept 14 clean sheets, made 97 saves and conceded just 28 goals – he's turned Villa from relegation favourites to European contenders! THE RIGHT-BACK JOAO CANCELO MAN. CITY Is he a right-back? A left-back? A midfielder? Who knows – but wherever Pep Guardiola plays Joao, he controls the game. The Portugal international has been a key player for City's system, has chipped in with assists and has a pass-completion success rate of 86.5%! THE LEFT-BACK LUKE SHAW MAN. UNITED When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves Man. United, one of his finest achievements will be how he’s managed to turn Lukey-boy’s career around at Old Trafford. He’s looked fit, solid at the…

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3 min
teams of the season

LALIGA Real Madrid and Barcelona haven't been at their best, giving Atletico Madrid a shot at the title. Sevilla and Real Sociedad are also eyeing up the top spots! MARCO LLORENTE A. MADRID Midfielder LLORENTE IS ATLETI’S assist king. He’s set up loads of goals this season – especially since the start of 2021! GERARD MORENO VILLARREAL Forward MORENO HAS BEEN in elite form so far – he's scored almost half of his side’s goals in the league this season! LIONEL MESSI BARCELONA Forward BARCA MIGHT be playing below their usual standards, but that's not stopped Leo. He’s still bagging goal after goal! BUNDESLIGA Bayern are heading towards another title, but it's been a closer race than usual. Leipzig will take them to the limit, but Dortmund have dropped off the pace! KOEN CASTEELS WOLFSBURG Keeper WOLFSBURG’S DEFENCE has been on…

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2 min
fernandes on target!

FACT FILE Full name: Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes Date of birth: 8 Sep 1994 (age 26) Place of birth: Maia, Portugal Portugal caps / goals: 25 / 2 SINCE JOINING UNITED, BRUNO’S WON… Premier League Player of the Month x4 Premier League Goal of the Month Europa League top scorer Man. United Player of the Year UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season spot EA Sports FIFA Team of the Year spot AND THIS SEASON PFA PLAYER COULD ADD… OF THE YEAR Atletico Madrid’s on-flames Marcos Llorente is the only midfielder who's scored more goals from open play than Bruno in Europe’s top five leagues – and Fernandes is only one behind him! DOUBLE THREAT! Some players score goals, others bag assists – but only truly special players can do both. Only three players have hit double figures for goals AND assists in Europe’s top five…

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2 min
timo werner

“I need a manager who screams at me. It gives me more power!” Werner FACT FILE Full name Timo Werner Date of birth 6 March 1996 (age 25) Place of birth Stuttgart, German Position Forward Club Chelsea Ex-clubs Stuttgart, RB Leipzig Germany games / goals 35 / 15 On adapting to life in the Prem… WERNER SAYS: “A lot of good strikers come to the Premier League and take a year to settle down and adapt to the league – but I think my form is going up and I’m getting better and better. This year might not be the year of goalscoring for me – but I’ve learned a lot!” On missing chances… WERNER SAYS: “When you don’t score as a striker, it’s always tough. I want to help the team and I want to score, because that’s my nature –…

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