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Match of the Day Magazine Issue 626

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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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min
erling’s on his way!

Who will get £150m Haaland? ERLING HAALAND has been a busy boy! Well, his agents have anyway. His transfer team met with officials from Real Madrid and Barcelona recently and now plan to jet around the rest of Europe to try to seal a mega money deal for the Borussia Dortmund wonderkid. We really want to see him in the Prem. What about you, reader? THE OPTIONS! Where do you think Erling should go? Make your call! FLAMEY! The 20-year-old, nicknamed the Terminator, has bagged 39 goals in 43 games in all comps so far this season. Bossing it! CRAZY CAPTION! Drop some funny speech bubbles on Haaland’s secret convo with Man. City’s Phil Foden during the UCL!…

3 min
dream team!

KEEPER EDOUARD MENDY CHELSEA Eddy has been solid between the sticks for the Blues, letting in just two goals in nine UCL games. He’s also made 24 saves in the 720 minutes he’s played. Mendy is the commanding keeper Chelsea have needed. Kepa who? RIGHT-BACK JUAN CUADRADO JUVENTUS Juve might have been dumped out of the UCL in the last 16 by Porto, but Cuadrado can keep his head held high after putting in some tekky performances that saw him bag six assists –!a competition high this season that still stands! LEFT-BACK FERLAND MENDY REAL MADRID Now in his second season since his huge £47m move from Lyon, Mendy is starting to look like a proper Real Madrid galactico. His goal against Atalanta in the last 16 was his first in the Champions League – there’s so much…

1 min
this week’s big games!

SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG 28 APRIL SECOND LEG 4 MAY PSG V MAN. CITY Neymar and Kylian Mbappe against England's best? We’re here for it! This is the furthest Pep Guardiola has taken his amazing City side in the UCL, so he’ll need a master plan to stop PSG’s deadly duo. We’ll be recording this one and watching it on repeat! KEY MAN Neymar No-one wants to lift the trophy this season more than this guy! Phil Foden He’s a big-game baller with three goals and two assists in the UCL! SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG 27 APRIL SECOND LEG 5 MAY REAL MADRID V CHELSEA Chelsea have conceded the fewest goals in the comp this season and are ready to cause an upset against Real, who have levelled up their league form for the UCL. These two haven’t met since 1998,…

3 min
the most influential ballers the planet!

1 MARCUS RASHFORD Where to start with Rashy? His influence off the pitch is so huge that the Queen gave him an MBE. He’s helped to provide essential items for the homeless, set up a campaign to provide free school meals for children in the UK and is bringing out a book about how you can be the best you can be as part of a literacy campaign! 2 LIONEL MESSI Leo is a huge fan of the children’s charity UNICEF and his donations help to level up the education systems in Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh. If that wasn’t enough, he also paid a huge £920,000 to hospitals in Barcelona and Argentina to help improve their facilities for the fight against Covid-19. What a hero! JAKE SAYS Messi has been an ambassador for UNICEF since…

1 min
boss man skittles!

HOW TO MAKE YOUR MANAGER SKITTLES! 1 Pull out this entire page and stick it to a thin piece of cardboard 2 Carefully cut around the managers and their flap 3 Fold along the two solid black lines to make a base for the boss 4 Now lean the boss back on flap A so he stands up! HOW TO PLAY! 1 Line up the managers in a classic 1-2-3 formation 2 Using a ball, a pair of rolled-up socks, an orange or pretty much anything round, roll it at the skittles and see how many you can knock over 3 Er, that’s pretty much it. Happy skittling, folks! Listen to live Premier League games on BBC Radio 5 live…

1 min
win! stomp rockets!

Spring has arrived and we’re here to help you get ready for some outdoor action. FIVE lucky MOTD mag readers will each win a Stomp Rocket Original and some Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes, which are capable of making giant loops, epic tricks and gliding over 100 feet! Q For your chance to win, simply tell us which Prem club has the nickname the Blades! A Brighton B Sheffield United C West Brom HOW TO ENTER BY EMAIL Send to 14289@motdcomps.co.uk and put the code 14289 in the email subject line. Don’t forget to include your answer, name and contact number. BY TEXT Text COMP [space] then MOTD14289+ either A, B or C [space] plus your name and contact number to 66644. Text entry cost will be however much your mobile phone company charges for one standard text…