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Match of the Day Magazine Issue 632

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

2 min
three lions rated!

GK PICKFORD The Everton keeper really got his rave on this tournament, dazzling with his smart saves and epic ranged passing. Plus, he became the first keeper since 1966 World Cup winner Gordon Banks to keep seven England clean sheets in a row! RB WALKER Kyle was key to England’s defensive dominance at the Euros, whether he was playing at right-back or in a back three. His recovery pace, positioning and calm head under pressure got the Three Lions out of some pretty sticky situations! CB STONES Almost ever-present at the heart of the Three Lions back line, the Man. City baller brought his amazing club form into the Euros. He is the first ever English defender to keep five straight clean sheets for England at a major tourney! CB MAGUIRE Magz fought back from injury to…

1 min
how they did it!

1 RAZ IS STERLING! England’s forwards didn’t start the Euros in the most clinical form, but Raheem Sterling made sure that didn’t matter. His link-up play was unreal and his direct running resulted in match-winning goals. The Boy from Brent stepped up! 2 SOUTHGATE MASTERCLASSES! He's not the biggest name in world footy, but no-one could have played Euro 2020 better than boss Gareth Southgate. He made big calls in every game, leaving the likes of Jack Grealish on the bench, but he was proved right every time! 3 SUPER SQUAD DEPTH! Ballers like Harry Kane and John Stones might have been the first names on the team sheet, but every player was key to England’s success – even those who didn’t play much. Jadon Sancho and Jordan Henderson both made massive impacts stepping off…

1 min
all the games!

ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA GROUP GAME 1 Their toughest group game on paper was settled by Sterling’s second-half goal! ENGLAND 0- 0 SCOTLAND GROUP GAME 2 The Lions controlled the game – but they just couldn’t break down the Scottish defence! ENGLAND 1-0 CZECH REPUBLIC GROUP GAME 3 Raheem put the Three Lions into an early lead – and then they never looked worried! ENGLAND 2-0 GERMANY ROUND OF 16 Harry Kane bagged his first goal of the tournament to finish off the Germans! ENGLAND 4- 0 UKRAINE QUARTER-FINAL The Three Lions’ confidence and class was at an all-time high, they dominated this one! ENGLAND 2-1 DENMARK SEMI-FINAL Mikkel Damsgaard’s free-kick made it nervy, but they came back to win in extra-time! ENGLAND 1-1 ITALY ITALY WIN 3-2 ON PENALTIES FINAL Penalty shootout heartbreak for England after the final finished 1-1 after extra-time. Football didn’t come home – it went to…

1 min
10 euro 2020 brain teasers!

1 Which of these three players finished as Holland’s top scorer in the tournament? 2 Which one of these countries finished top of Group A? 3 In which stadium did England play all three of their group games? 4 Which drink did Cristiano Ronaldo tell everyone to drink during a press conference? 5 Who were the only team to beat Hungary at Euro 2020? 6 Which of these West Ham players scored the most goals at Euro 2020? 7 Robert Lewandowski took how many shots in three group games? 8 Which one of these Juventus players did NOT score an own goal at Euro 2020? 9 Which one of these three ballers was the oldest goalscorer at Euro 2020? 10 How many metres from goal was Patrik Schick’s wonder strike against Scotland? HOW’D YOU GET ON, READER? 1-3 points Uh-oh! Let’s…

3 min
euro 2020 dream team!

KEEPER GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA ITALY • Come on – who else was going to take the gloves in our elite squad? Gio has made crucial penalty shootout saves, lead from the back and showed experience way beyond his young baller years. It's no wonder PSG are doing all they can to bring the ex-AC Milan keeper to France! RIGHT-BACK KYLE WALKER ENGLAND • Gareth Southgate had a load of right-backs to choose from for this summer’s tournament, but boy did he make the right call. Kyle’s Olympic sprinter speed was absolutely key to England’s success. He was everywhere! CENTRE-BACK HARRY MAGUIRE ENGLAND • Haz missed the first two games of the group stages due to injury, but he returned to the starting 11 and made an already strong England defence look even more solid. He headed every ball, organised like a boss…

1 min
how to be a presenter with ........ josh denzel

TIP 1 DO YOUR RESEARCH! JOSH SAYS: “The better you know the person you’re interviewing, the better the conversation flows. I make sure that I do as much digging as possible to find out what makes the player tick. I find mutual interests. If you can create bridges between you and the player, it becomes much easier!” TIP 2 TAKE YOUR CHANCES! JOSH SAYS: “The hardest part is starting out. Don’t worry about what people think about your stuff. I used to post videos that 30 people would watch. I just plugged away and was true to my goal of being a presenter!” TIP 3 DON’T GIVE UP! JOSH SAYS: “There were lots of times when I thought that I was wasting my time, but the more I practised, the better I got – and that made me…