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History of Philips Stadion, the one and only home of PSV Eindhoven


Eindhoven - Philips StadionEindhoven - Philips Stadion08.06.2017: The second most successful team in the history of Dutch football, PSV Eindhoven, have been playing their matches at Philips Stadion, formerly known as Philips Sportpark, since the club was founded in 1913. At first, there was merely a pitch, and in 1915 a wooden stand was added, which could hold 550 spectators. Seventeen years later, the stadium capacity was increased to 900. The Phillips Sportpark, as it was then called, became a real stadium in 1941 when it was turned into an athletics stadium with a capacity of 18,000.

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Atlético Madrid is to move to a new stadium in 2017


Madrid - Wanda MetropolitanoMadrid - Wanda Metropolitano11.05.2017: Wanda Metropolitano, originally planned to provide venue for the Olympics, will become the new home ground of Atlético Madrid in 2017. A new, giant arena, which will have a capacity of 68,000 seats, is now being built at the site of the original athletics stadium. Only the frame of the main stand of the original stadium will remain at the new one. The original Estadio La Peineta, built in 1994, was supposed to be the main venue for the 2016 summer Olympics, or the 2020 summer Olympics.

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The oldest stadium in the world – Bramall Lane


Sheffield - Bramall LaneSheffield - Bramall Lane03.05.2017: Although Bramall Lane is the oldest stadium in the world, it still hosts professional matches. It is the home ground of Sheffield United, and was opened on 30th April 1855! However, in the first seven years following its construction it served only as a cricket ground. The first football match was played at Bramall Lane on 29th December 1862 – Sheffield F.C. tied 0-0 with Hallam F.C. In the following years, local clubs from Sheffield played their matches regularly at the stadium.

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Villa Park, a traditional stadium in England, has been in use for 120 years


Birmingham - Villa ParkBirmingham - Villa Park18.04.2017: Aston Villa, a traditional English club currently playing in the Championship, the second level of English football, was founded in 1874. The Birmingham-based club moved to their “castle”, called Villa Park, twenty three years after the club had been founded and they have been playing there ever since. In the course of the 120 years of its history Villa Park has witnessed great many events.

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Two stadiums just across the street can be found in Dundee


Scotland - DundeeScotland - Dundee10.04.2017: The home grounds of both Scottish Premier League clubs based in Dundee are situated unusually close to one another. They stand a few metres apart, just across the street. Tannadice Park, the home ground of Dundee United with a capacity of over 14,000, was built as early as 1883. The home ground of Dundee FC, called Dens Park, was built sixteen years later, in 1899.

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Marakana, the legendary stadium in Belgrade


Belegrade - MarakanaBelegrade - Marakana26.03.2017: This is the place which saw Antonín Panenka’s famous penalty, his chipping the ball lightly into the middle of the net – a penalty, which went down in football history. Thanks to Panenka’s legendary kick Czechoslovakia won sensationally against West Germany in the 1976 European Championship final. The stadium, which is the home ground of the Serbian football club Crvena Zvezda (‘Red Star’) Belgrade, was officially renamed in December 2014 to Stadium ‘Rajko Mitić’, in commemoration of the club legend.

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Veltins Arena – home of the Schalke 04 fans


Gelsenkirchen - Veltins ArenaGelsenkirchen - Veltins Arena19.03.2017: The fourth largest stadium in German Bundesliga is situated some forty kilometres away from Dortmund and the border with the Netherlands. This time we are going to see Gelsenkirchen and its famous Veltins Arena. Obviously, we are talking about the home ground of Schalke 04, which is one of the few stadiums boasting of a retractable roof and a slide-out pitch. How did Veltins Arena come to exist?

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