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Match of the Day Magazine Issue 636

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
the return of ronaldo!

CR7 rejoins Man. United in amazing move! Just when you thought that the summer transfer window couldn’t get any wilder, Man. United jumped in front of their rivals Man. City and brought GOAT-level icon Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford from Juventus. Yep, that’s right – C-Ron is back in the Prem and on MOTD! C-RON’S MAGIC MOMENTS! A reminder of Ronaldo’s legendary first spell at Old Trafford! 1 FA CUP FINAL HEADER! A 19-YEAR-OLD Ronaldo was handed a start at the Millennium Stadium against Wigan in 2004 – and scored a header to open the scoring in a 3-0 win! 2 PUSKAS AWARD! IN 2009, C-RON hit a 40-yard thunderbolt against Porto in the Champions League and was awarded the Goal of the Year by UEFA! 3 UCL FINAL GOAL! REWIND TO 2008 and it was that man…

1 min
are you a ronaldo genius?

1 PLAYER PUZZLER! CR7 played alongisde these players at which club? (1pt) 2 SPOT THE BALL! Which letter is CR7 hiding behind? (1pt) 3 THROWBACK! This is an old pic of one of Ronaldo’s ex-managers – who is it? (1pt) 4 THROWBACK! This 2004 snap is of Ronaldo lifting an English trophy – but which cup is it? (1pt) 5 WHICH CLUB AM I? (1pt) • C-Ron played for us 98 times, scoring 81 goals! • Our nickname is the Old Lady! • We’ve been the champions of Europe twice! I AM HOW DID YOU GET ON, READERS? 1-2 points Hmmm, that could've gone better! 3-4 points That's not bad. You know some Cristiano – but there's work to be done! 5 points Huge performance – you must be CR7's biggest superfan! YOUR SCORE ANSWERS!…

12 min
champions league kick-off!

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP A MAN. CITY FACT FILE COUNTRY England NICKNAME The Cityzens MANAGER Pep Guardiola CAPTAIN Fernandinho STADIUM Etihad Stadium (55,017) BEST PLAYER EVER Sergio Aguero BEST UCL FINISH Runners-up THE BIG QUESTION CAN CITY FINALLY GO ALL THE WAY? Their defence is strong, the midfield is very tekky and the forwards are hot – it’s their best chance for years! KEY MAN KEVIN DE BRUYNE Kev limped off in last season’s final, so he’ll want to make up for that disappointment! SECRET WEAPON JACK GREALISH They've heard of Jack, but not many UCL ballers have faced him – they better be ready! POINT TO PROVE GABRIEL JESUS Gab is City's only striker but still not a regular starter – he needs to win Pep over big time! STRONGEST LINE-UP 1st MOTD MAG PREDICTS After coming so close last season, Pep and…

1 min
champions league activity zone!

HEAD OF TWO HALVES! Can you name the UCL team-mates who’ve been stuck together below? ANSWERS 1 Top half: N'Golo Kante, bottom half: Romelu Lukaku, 2 Top half: Victor Lindelof, bottom half: David De Gea, 3 Top half: Manuel Locatellii, bottom half: Giorgio Chiellini UCL KIT KINGS! Which of these shirt manufacturers do YOU think makes the coolest kits? LEGEND MATCH-UP! Can you match the footy icon with the club he won the Champions League with? ANSWERS 1 B, 2 A, 3 E, 4 C, 5 D…

7 min
champions league moments!

30 MARSEILLE’S SHOCK WIN! 1992-93 In the first season of the Champions League, Marseille stunned AC Milan in the final and lifted the famous cup after a 1-0 win. Basile Boli’s first-half header did the damage! 29 STANKOVIC’S STUNNER! 2010-11 Dejan Stankovic struck a worldie for Inter Milan against Schalke in the quarter-finals in 2011. The midfielder’s awesome volley from halfway was crazy and happened in the first minute of the match! 28 HAALAND’S LEVEL-UP! 2020-21 Borussia Dortmund hero Erling Haaland bagged 20 UCL goals before his 21st birthday, the youngest to reach the mark. He’s also the fastest to do it, in just 14 games. The records will just keep coming his way! 27 HENRY’S SOLO GOAL! 2005-06 Can you imagine scoring an outrageous winner at Real Madrid? Arsenal ace Thierry Henry did just that in 2006 by racing from…

3 min
the summer transfer window awards!

THE BEST SIGNING AWARD! ROMELU LUKAKU Inter Milan to Chelsea £97.5m THE BLUES won the Champions League last season – now they want the Prem title. To push Man. City and Liverpool to their limits, Chelsea splashed the cash on a legit elite finisher who will take their forward line to the next level. Belgium's record scorer hit 64 goals in two seasons in Serie A! THE IT FINALLY HAPPENED AWARD! JADON SANCHO B. Dortmund to Man. United £73m THIS ONE WAS a proper transfer saga. The England winger bagged 38 Bundesliga goals and 45 assists in his four seasons in Germany – so it was no surprise he was tracked by United scouts every step of the way. It took Red Devils a few windows to get their man, but they finally got the deal done! THE…