World (Up)Stage

South Africa gets the buzz, but the Champions League has the goods

Updated: March 30, 2010, 5:53 PM ET
By Doug McIntyre | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the April 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Back in 2001, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger caused quite a stir when he suggested that the best soccer on earth is played not at the World Cup but in the Champions League. Since then, a lot of soccer insiders have come to agree. "I think the Champions League is better than the World Cup," Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said in 2005.

As two of the top coaches in club soccer, Wenger and ...

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