MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MATCH – 9.9.2000

Seven cover stars as the 2000-2001 Champions League group stages get underway, as a player from each of the four (one Scottish, three English) UK teams involved, and foreign stars such as Luis Figo (Real Madrid), Zinedine Zidane (Juventus) and Patrick Kluivert (Barcelona)

Match does a double page interview with Ryan Giggs about his experiences in the European Cup, before turning over for a double page spread on selected teams involved. The four UK teams (Manchester United, Arsenal, Leeds United, Rangers) are previewed on the left page, while the right page has teams listed under ‘Foreign Faves’ and ‘The Outside Bets’

Eventual winners Bayern Munich are in ‘Foreign Faves’, and the preview says “Watch out for young Owen Hargreaves, the British teenage whizzkid” while runners-up Valencia were listed under ‘The Outside Bets’

After three poor league seasons (though they did reach two FA Cup Finals) since finishing 2nd in 1997, Newcastle United were now revitalised under Sir Bobby Robson, and Match had a joint interview with Warren Barton and Steve Harper about this.

Newcastle would go on to finish 4th (2002) and 3rd (2003) in the following three seasons, before a decline which resulted in relegation in 2009.

In 2000, the internet was becoming more accessible for the public, and footballers were jumping on the bandwagon. Match met Jamie Redknapp and Rio Ferdinand at the launch of their own websites, though both players admit they’re not that internet savvy.

Redknapp says it’s a great opportunity to share his thoughts with the rest of the world, set the record straight about newspaper stories, and answer questions from fans. It’s basically Twitter, before Twitter.

Match then gives a guide to the best footballer websites, with players and managers such as Ben Thatcher, Harry Redknapp, Patrick Berger and George Boateng all having their own websites.

Patrick Berger’s website revelas that his first car was a Skoda.

George Graham gets interviewed about the state of English football, believing that English players should work on their technique, and try to be more like Germany or Holland.

Match does a double page spread on Sylvain Wiltord’s protracted transfer from Bordeaux to Arsenal, due to Bordeaux’s lack of willingness to sell, and his former club Deportivo La Coruna being entitled to a percentage of any future transfer fee.

In news, or more rumours, Paul Dalglish of Norwich City is supposedly dating Hannah from S Club 7.

Match does a double page interview with Eirik Bakke on his rise where he played a vital part in Leeds title challenge and played for Norway at Euro 2000, where it is revealed he is related to Monaco player John Arne Riise, who Leeds tried to sign that summer, but couldn’t agree a fee with Monaco.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 9th NOVEMBER 1991

With the publishing date being the 2nd anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, it is quite apt the the front cover proclaims another once unstoppable force of the 70s and 80s to be on the verge of collapse, suggesting that Liverpool’s era of domination could be coming to an end.

A double page spread is dedicated to this suggestion, with the writer hinting that Kenny Dalglish saw it coming and wanted to get out with his reputation intact, highlighting high profile defeats to Arsenal (1989 title decider) and Crystal Palace (1990 FA Cup Semi-Final) as evidence of this.

In 1991, such a suggestion would have been laughed at as Liverpool going throught a blip, and that they will be adding to their 18 titles in the 1992/1993 season and beyond.

20 years on, with Liverpool still on 18 titles (and since overtaken by Manchester United), it appears the writer of the article was correct.

There is a poster of Andrei Kanchelskis and of Hibs winning the Skol Cup (That’s Scottish Communities Cup in modern currency)

This week also sees a competition to win videos of classic World Cup matches such as West Germany v France (1982) France v Brazil (1986) and England v West Germany (1990)

Meanwhile, there is a full page advert for Pro Set cards, remember them?

In rumours which look silly now, Leeds want to sign Brian McClair, Vinny Jones wants to play for the Republic Of Ireland, and George Best is to join St Patrick’s Athletic as an advisor.

In actual news, St Johnstone have signed Soviet Union international Sergei Baltacha.

In case you’re wondering, yes, it is Elena Baltacha’s dad.

Warren Barton is featured in a player profile, who disappointingly isn’t asked for his favourite music, so we don’t know if he’s a stereotypical Phil Collins loving footballer.

Warren, 22, is single and lives in a flat in Bethnal Green. He drives a Saab 900I and is keen on Tennis and Golf.

Bet the women are just queing up.

Warrend hates Australian soaps (and Kerry Bishop in particular), is a big fan of Robert De Niro and Julia Roberts, and thinks Lawrie Sanchez is the most boring person at Wimbledon.