Robin van Persie takes centre stage in the latest Champions Matchday which also features exclusive interviews with Tomáš Rosický, Laurent Blanc and Mohamed Salah
Robin van Persie is the cover star of the latest edition of Champions Matchday and in an exclusive interview, the Manchester United FC striker discusses European glory and Marco van Basten’s inspirational advice
Laurent Blanc gives us exclusive insight to his Paris Saint-Germain project, focusing on Paris’s passing style, the on-field relationship between Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimović and the importance of investing in youth.
AFC Ajax are masters at youth development and we get the inside story on their academy from director of football Marc Overmars and graduate Daley Blind. Illustrious academies are not the only way to make it to the UEFA Champions League, though, so our latest scouting report is on four players who began their careers in non-league football.
In other exclusives, we discuss Arsenal FC’s chances of silverware with midfielder Tomáš Rosický and catch up with Juventus striker Fernando Llorente. Marco Streller charts his career, while FC Basel 1893 team-mate Mohamed Salah explains why his side play better against English teams. We also remember five stars of Celtic FC’s 1967 European Champion Clubs’ Cup-winning team with Billy McNeill – the first British player to lift the trophy.
Elsewhere, we round up another enthralling group stage, plot a typical UEFA Champions League match with our latest infographic, pay tribute to SL Benfica’s 1962 European Cup winner Eusébio, and explore the UEFA.com users’ Team of the Year 2013.