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Stadium with a 70-meter tower – ACF Fiorentina

Florence - Artemio FranchiFlorence - Artemio FranchiToday we will be visiting a country devoted to football, but which is, however, beginning to lag behind, and not only with regard to football stadiums. As the headline indicates, we will take a closer look at the stadium of ACF Fiorentina, called Artemio Franchi. Most football fans are now aware of the fact that the Italian Serie A is not as good a competition as it used to be, and that there are better competitions, with higher quality games and more elegant stadiums – e.g. the German Bundesliga, undoubtedly one of the best football leagues in Europe, ergo in the whole world.

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Stade de Gerland (1897 - 2015)Lyon - Stade de Gerland

Olympique Lyon spent 65 years at Stade de Gerland

18.02.2016: Stade de Gerland, named after the Gerland quarter, has become a "former" stadium only recently - at the end of 2015. During the last years of its use it had a capacity of 41,044, which made it the fifth largest stadium in France. The construction of the stadium began in 1913, but it was hindered by the First World War. It was completed in 1920. Stade de Gerland became the home ground of Olympique Lyon in 1950, when the famous French football club was founded.

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Ghelamco Arena: The start of Sporting successes of KAA Gent

Gent - Ghelamco ArenaGent - Ghelamco ArenaFor the first time in history, KAA Gent were the champion of the Belgium Jupiler Pro League in 2015. It was the start of their sporting successes. On the 17th of February 2016 they will play their first 1/8 final in the Champions League. As a newcomer in this Champions League, they did an amazing job. But were started this sporting successes? Is it the coach, the players? Or the new Ghelamco Arena?

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New stadium of Olympique Lyon has been opened

Lyon - Parc OLLyon - Parc OLOlympique Lyon played their very first match in 2016 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, their new stadium, and they beat Troyes 4-1. It was decided that a new stadium would be built only after it had been confirmed that France would host the 2016 European Championship. The Lyon stadium will provide venue for four group matches, a round-of-16 match and a semi-final match. With a capacity of nearly 60,000 seats it is the third largest stadium in France.

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Remembering Parkstadion, the former home ground of Schalke 04

Gelsenkirchen - ParkstadionGelsenkirchen - ParkstadionThe Parkstadion was the home ground of Schalke 04 from 1973 to 2001, when the German club from the coalmining city of Gelsenkirchen moved to a more modern stadium, the Veltins Arena. During the twenty years the Parkstadion was in use, it provided venue not only for football world cup matches, but also for concerts given by well-known musicians, like Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd.

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Chelsea to have a new stadium

London - Stamford BridgeLondon - Stamford BridgeA new stadium of Chelsea F.C. will be built on the site of the current one, Stamford Bridge. Its construction will cost about 500 million GBP. It will have three-tier stands and a capacity of 60,000 seats, which is about 20,000 more than the capacity of the present stadium. However, the increased capacity will not be the only alteration, as the plans also include redevelopment of the entire ground. World-famous architects from Basel (Herzog & de Meuron) are in charge of the project.

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Paris - Parc des Princes

Venues for Euro 2016 held in France

02.12.2015: In 2016 the 15th European Championship will be held in twelve French cities. The very first European Championship, taking place in 1960, was held in France as well. France hosted another European Championship in 1984, which means that in 2016 it will become the host country for the third time. So far only two countries hosted Euro twice – Italy (1968, 1980) and Belgium (1972, 2000).

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