From the publisher:
It was great to see the season end with fans back in the stands at the Champions League final in Porto. And in issue 8 of Champions Journal we pay tribute to 2021 winners Chelsea with a photo gallery of their big day out in the northern Portuguese city.
Just 25 days after the final, the new season was already up and running. Our first stop of 2021/22 was Albania, where Kosovan champions FC Prishtina won through the preliminary round tournament to reach the first qualifying round. From there, on to Bodø in Norway, to learn about the sustainable ethos underpinning a new era at the first-time Norwegian champions.
That’s not to say we’ve shied away from the bright lights and big names in issue 8. We’ve talked Neymar and Drogba with DJ and producer Marshmello; family and heroes with Paul Pogba; and Vinícius Júnior’s drive to succeed at Real Madrid. And with the Super Cup taking place in Northern Ireland, Jim Gracey tells us tales of Belfast’s favourite son, George Best. Jürgen Klinsmann takes his picks of the 2020/21 campaign, former Chelsea and Scotland ace Pat Nevin tells us about the art of writing and Sheridan Bird takes us a on a tour of Milan. That and a whole lot more.
Champions Journal is a quarterly print magazine and website driven by great writing, eye-catching design, engaging interviews and bold photography – and a love of European football.
Our aim is to offer a fresh perspective on club football’s greatest competition. As well as talking to the stars, we aim to take a wider look at the world beyond the 90 minutes – with features exploring the cities, the culture, the fans, the fashion and the music surrounding the game.
Champions Journal is published by creative agency TwelfthMan, based in Shoreditch, London. We’ve also been producing the official UEFA Champions League final programmes since 2016 and have never had enough room in them to include all the content ideas we’ve had. Hence the new magazine.
Note from Stanchion:
While stocks last, all orders of Champions Journal will include a free Osvaldo Casanova print, each depicting a special goal from the Champions League.