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Match of the Day Magazine Issue 627

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
super league drama!

Breakaway plot foiled! WHEN 12 OF Europe’s biggest clubs said that they were going to form a new competition called the European Super League, angry fans, pundits and players all over the world joined to slam the idea. One by one the clubs pulled out and within 48 hours their plan had crumbled! THE CLUBS THAT HAD SIGNED UPÉ HERE'S WHY THE IDEA SUCKEDÉ IT WAS SO THE RICH COULD GET RICHER! IT COULD’VE KILLED THE SMALLER CLUBS! THE 12 CLUBS DIDN’T HAVE TO QUALIFY... …AND THEY COULD NEVER BE RELEGATED!…

4 min
end of season awards!

PLAYER OF THE SEASON! HARRY KANE TOTTENHAM IT’S NOT OFTEN a baller at a club this far down the table wins MOTD mag's top gong, but you just can’t ignore Harold Edward Kane! The England hitman has scored 21 and bagged 13 assists in just 30 Prem games this season. Nobody scores goals quite like H! THE SERIOUS CONTENDERS! JAKE SAYS The Spurs striker has been in red-hot form, scrapping and dragging his side up the Prem table and into a cup final. Kane is elite! WOMEN’S PLAYEROF THE SEASON! FRAN KIRBY CHELSEA WHAT A COMEBACK story this has been. Fran’s had to deal with injury and illness over the last couple of years, but after some rest, she’s boomed into form this season – firing the Blues toward potential back-to-back WSL titles and Champions League glory! THE…

1 min
the season’s big losers!

WORST MISSOF THE SEASON! TIMO WERNER v LEEDS THIS HASN’T BEEN Timo’s season in front of goal, and it hit rock bottom against the Prem new boys. A flick-on from a corner took the ball to the back post, where Timo was ready to pounce – but instead he stopped the ball from going in, then fired it against the crossbar! WORST SIGNINGOF THE SEASON! DONNY VAN DE BEEK MAN. UNITED THIS ISN'T ALL Donny's fault, he's actually done okay when he’s been on the pitch – but it's still a mystery why United dropped serious cash on him just to leave him on the bench sipping a cup of Bovril! WORST PENALTYOF THE SEASON! ADEMOLA LOOKMAN v WEST HAM A LAST-MINUTE penalty gave Fulham the chance to snatch a point in their fight for survival – but…

2 min
the life of hamza!

Unless you try things, you'll never know what you can achieve! Yes, Hamza. What is the message of your wicked new comic? HAMZA SAYS: “Be yourself and be proud. No-one can tell you what is right for you. Unless you try things, and give it your all, you’re never going to know what you can achieve and how much success you can have!” Give us the most important thing you’ve learnt on your journey! HAMZA SAYS: “Give your best every day! I think with football especially, you’ve always got the chance to put things right. Once you get knocked down, it’s how you get back up. It’s about your mental strength and how you’re going to react!” How can more British South Asians become pros? HAMZA SAYS: “It’s education. There should be open days with kids…

1 min
the activity zone!

SILHOUETTE? MORE LIKE SIL-WHO-ETTE! Can you guess who these four footy superstars are? TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE! Uh-oh, some photos just got mashed up – can you guess who the two people are in each pic? PREMIER LEAGUE CROSSWORD! ACROSS 3 Leicester signed striker Kelechi Iheanacho from this Premier League club in 2017 (3, 4) 5 VAR is short for video assistant ________ (7) 7 Man. United beat this club 9-0 back in February (11) 8 The country of Arsenal superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (5) 10 The keeper with the most clean sheets in the Prem this season (7) 11 The Prem club that has the motto ‘Nil Satis Nisi Optimum’ (7) DOWN 1 This guy was sacked as Sheffield United boss this season, Chris _______ (6) 2 The home of West Brom, the ___________ (9) 4 Aston Villa signed goal king Ollie Watkins…

1 min
win! sweet ps4 controllers!

We're here to give your gaming a serious upgrade. Three very lucky MOTD mag readers are about to bag themselves the very awesome wireless Gioteck VX4 dark camo controller and another one in purple. Playing against your mates will be cooler than you ever imagined! Q For your chance to win, simply tell us which German club played in the Champions League this season: A Borussia Dortmund B Frankfurt C Werder Bremen HOW TO ENTER BY EMAIL Send to 14306@motdcomps.co.uk and put the code 14306 in the email subject line. Don’t forget to include your answer, name and contact number. BY TEXT Text COMP [space] then MOTD14306+ 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…