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Match of the Day Magazine Issue 628

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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min
all eyes on porto!

The final showdown! These two must be sick of each other! Man. City and Chelsea have met three times on the pitch since January – and are now set for one last clash next week in the Champions League final. Both teams are bang in form and buzzing to lift the trophy in this all-English tie – but who will come out on top? Make your choice! WHY MAN. CITY WILL WIN It’s their first-ever Champions League final – they'll be desperate to finally get their hands on the trophy! Pep Guardiola has been in 15 finals as a manager – and he's only lost one of them! They’re unbeaten in the UCL this season! WHY CHELSEA WILL WIN They’ve beaten City in their last two meetings! They’ve only conceded four goals in the Champions League this season! They…

1 min
are you a footy genius?

1 PLAYER PUZZLER! Which top club do all of these ace ballers play for? (1pt) 2 SPOT THE BALL! Which letter is the ball hiding behind? (1pt) 3 THROWBACK! This baller has swapped sides in Manchester – who is it? (1pt) 4 WSL A-Z! The surnames of these sick ballers all start with the same letter – what is it? (1pt) 5 WHO AM I? (1pt) • I’m 31 and play as a striker for Man. City! • I’ve scored 39 goals in 93 England appearances! • I won the WSL twice while I was at Arsenal! HOW DID YOU GET ON, READERS? 1-2 points That wasn't your best work – but keep going and you'll improve! 3-4 points Fair play, you know your WSL! 5 points That’s a historic performance. Well done, you absolute star!…

9 min
50 reasons to be buzzing for euro 2020!

1 20-YEAR-OLD PHIL FROM STOCKPORT! GET ON BOARD the hype train for Philip Walter Foden because it's about to leave the station now – and it’s not coming home without the Euro 2020 trophy. England’s wonderkid has hit peak form at just the right time! 2 SKILLZY DOING SKILLS! LET’S FACE IT, if you’re called Skillzy, you must have some serious tek about you – so if this summer’s mascot doesn’t turn up and show us some combos, we’ll be low-key mad! 3 THE ADIDAS UNIFORIA BALL! THIS WAVY LEATHER thing has been knocking about for some time now – but it’ll hit differently when it’s kicked in the games that really matter. Every host city’s co-ordinates are printed on to the ball, which is cool! 4 THE RETURN OF ZLATAN! AFTER RETIRING from international duty following…

2 min
your ultimate guide to… the euros

1 IT WAS INVENTED BY THIS GUY! HENRI DELAUNAY was the first general secretary of UEFA, and the European Championship was his idea – but sadly the Frenchman died five years before the first tournament! 2 THE GERMANS HAVE DOMINATED IT! THEY’VE REACHED the final a record six times, lifted the trophy on three occasions and are the holders of a load of other impressive Euros records, too! MOST TOURNAMENTS 1 Germany, 13 tournaments 2 Russia, 12 tournaments 3 Spain, 11 tournaments MOST MATCHES PLAYED 1 Germany, 49 matches 2 Spain, 40 matches 3 France, 39 matches MOST GAMES WON 1 Germany, 26 wins 2 France, 20 wins 3 Spain, 19 wins MOST GOALS SCORED 1 Germany, 72 goals 2 France, 62 goals 3 Holland, 57 goals 3 BUT SPAIN AREN’T FAR BEHIND! THE SPANISH have also won it three times – with two of those wins coming in the past…

3 min
top 7 euros wonderkids!

1 KAI HAVERTZ COUNTRY Germany CLUB Chelsea POSITION Forward AGE 21 • The Germany star has been bossing it for ages now. He was unbelievable when he was at Bayer Leverkusen and has put in some man-of-the-match showings in a Chelsea shirt this season. Havertz hits important goals and provides bags of assists. He’s already got three goals and seven assists in just 13 appearances for his country! • MY ONE-WORD REVIEW 2 PEDRI COUNTRY Spain CLUBBarcelona POSITION Midfielder AGE 18 • It hasn’t taken long for this wonderkid to make a serious impact at the Nou Camp. His performances and link-up play with Lionel Messi have been phenomenal and helped to to keep Barca in the race for the La Liga title. The epic teen midfielder could also help his country to unlock some of…

4 min
man. city

NICKNAME The Cityzens MANAGER Pep Guardiola BEST UCL FINISH Semi-finals, 2015-16 MOST UCL APPS Fernandinho, 66 TOP UCL SCORER Sergio Aguero, 39 goals CELEB FAN Drake MEET THE TEAM… 31 EDERSON Position Keeper Age 27 Country Brazil Nobody knew that the Brazilian would have such a huge impact when he joined City. He’s got Mr Tickle arms and his passing has changed the game. Not sure about the smiley-face tattoo, though! PLAYER RATING 9/10 2 KYLE WALKER Position Right-back Age 30 Country England Leaving Tottenham five years ago was a risk, but two Prem titles, four EFL Cups and an FA Cup has proved Kyle right. The hard-working, versatile England defender is having quite the career! PLAYER RATING 8/10 5 JOHN STONES Position Centre-back Age 26 Country England His name is Stones – but he’s been solid as a rock for City this…